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by: greenice May 20, 2005 11:20 AM PDT

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by greenice - 5/20/05 11:20 AM

Error 1606 could not access network location

This issue has been posted a number of times in this forum, unfortunately, though looking through many of the posts; I have not been able to resolve the problem.
I have Windows XP Pro SP2 with latest updates and IE v6.0.2900.2180 xpsp2
Trying to uninstall a program to my surprise received following message: Error 1606 could not access network location %USERPROFILE%\Recent. I Google searched and found various options, mainly:

-Locate and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\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

However, the Common Administrative Tools under User Shell Folders in my registry is non-existent, it is not there. I have also gone to the following key: HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders and changed the value data from C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools to %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools, rebooted, but still got the same issue. I have tried the option of installing Windows Installer Clean-Up utility to remove any vestiges of earlier installer progs that may still be screwing around, but to no avail. In fact, was unable to install this utility because received same dam message. Its funny because I have since installed two other apps and everything went ok. Could the missing entry Common Administrative Tools in the User Shell Folder be the cause of this issue, I mean, is it normal that no such entry exists in this folder?
Could the issue be related to some sort of virus or Trojan imbedded in the app already installed, and blocks the uninstall? On the other hand, I know my system is clean, Ive just got about everything under the Sun and nothing shows but a crisp and clean white sheet. I may be wrong. Nothings for sure nowadays. Additionally, I recently installed through Windows Update the Windows Installer 3.1 v2 which I then uninstalled thinking that this could be the prob but found same issue.

I sure appreciate any help.


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