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designasmile Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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While trying to apply the solutions to several security threats, the
installation failed and received this message:

Error1606: Could not located network location
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\
Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools\

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mogs RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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Error 1606 description
Description
Error 1606 Definition: Error 1606 is also known as ERROR_UNKNOWN_FEATURE . Generally this means feature id not registered. .

Error 1606 is a common Windows error message. Error 1606 is usually caused by a missing system files, wrong system settings or a corrupted registry file. Use CTRL+ALT+DEL to get the task manager, if there is anything listed with [Not Responding] end task it. Next, run a system scan to check for registry errors & other system problems. 90% of the time this will fix the cause of the error.
Click to Scan your PC and fix Error 1606.

Recommendation It is best to clean your registry in order to optimize system performance & Fix the cause of many Windows Errors. It is highly recommended to Run a Free Performance Scan to automatically optimize memory, CPU and Windows Settings.


Hope it helps...regards

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ddmarshall RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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The usual solution for this is here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/886549

If the automated fixit does not work, you may have to check and edit the registry manually.

A workaround could be create a new adminstrator account and do the updating from there.

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designasmile RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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I have done the "Fix-it for me" and manually checked registry -
all matched up but did not solve the problem.
Gary

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ddmarshall RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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Last edited on 27th Jun, 2010 11:07
There is another registry key associated with this error, but it should only exist on computers updated to XP from Windows 98 or Windows ME. Here are the details:

Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
In the right pane of Registry Editor, double-click Common Administrative Tools.
In the Value data box , type the following line, and then click OK:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools
On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.
Restart the computer.

Suspiciously, this does reference the path you are having problems with.

I haven't got access to an XP system to dig around in. Maybe some of the XP users on the forum could help you.

If this has only recently started you could try going back to a restore point from before the problem started.

Have you altered anything on your computer recently?


I found a reference to this problem being associated with Norton Antivirus 2003!
This Symantec article lists all the registry keys that should be checked:

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/sunset-c2002k...

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designasmile RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching programs
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I'm running XP-Pro installed on a new hard drive, and have never
used Norton on this drive. I will double check the registry and link.

I first noticed this problem when I tried to update Adobe Reader
and the Error 1606 came up.

I think the problem may have started when I ran a-squared free
antivirus. When I turned on the computer the next morning, the
desktop was all changed, icons missing, and files missing, and a new
folder %SystemDri... was on the desktop. Also when I click on the
Administrative Tools icon in the Control Panel, nothing comes up.
When I click on Word, I get the notice that: "This copy of Microsoft
Office Word is not Original"

I'm thinking this is all connected and when a virus was removed
it made the registry changes. Is it time to re-install on a new drive?

Gary


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designasmile RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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What free Performance Scan are you recommending?

I have run several reg scans, including Advanced System Care,
Glary Utilities, and Wise Registry Cleaner. Is there another
that you would try?

I'm able to use the computer and work around the problem,
but I'm thinking it might be easier to re-install on a new hard drive.

Gary

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ddmarshall RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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I don't use Registry Cleaners apart from CCleaner to do an occasional scan and I rarely delete anything. It looks like you need something that puts things back in the registry rather than deletes them.
You could try running the 'set' command in a command prompt and posting the results back here for XP users to see if they can spot any anomolies.

Otherwise, I agree that the only thing to do is to go to a backup from before the problem started, if you have one, or it's a reinstall.

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Anthony Wells RE: Error 1606 Problem while patching a programs
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Hello Gary ,

The more recent versions of A2squared Free (i think it's been renamed) have been shown to have very high detection rates for malware (especially since the A/V was incorporated) , but equally it has it's fair share of False Positives and can clash heavily with other security systems .

If you let A2 "auto" delete without checking the detected files and if it had an FP on an important file (quite possible) then the "unusual" desktop sight the next day may be the result - equally an embedded "nastie beastie" that got ripped out "over-enthusiastically" could similarly be linked .

Not much comfort , I realise , but worth taking into consideration .

Best of luck .

Anthony



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