|06 Nov 2012||#1|
Windows 7 Startup Message "The path is not of a legal form."
I'm very new to forums and not very good with pc technical stuff so hoping you guys out there can throw me a rope !
All of a sudden, my pc now has this small message box load when it gets to the desktop which says
"The path is not of a legal form."
I have searched everywhere on the net to find something that might be able to help diagnose what is causing this but to no avail.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. I am using Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate.
|My System Specs|
|06 Nov 2012||#2|
It means that something on your computer is misconfigured.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you what because it really depends on where the message is coming from (which is often in the title bar of the message box) or on the actual path that it's complaining about. For example, it may very included the path (that it says is not of a legal form) in the message that complains of the path not being of a legal form.
What does it mean?
So, I can't really answer to where it's coming from or even what to do about it. But I can at least talk a little bit about what it means for a path to be of a legal form.
A "path," first of all, is the string that identifies where on your computer a file lives.
For example, if you have a file in a folder called My Documents at the root of your C drive and the document's name is "document.doc," then the full path for that would be C:/MyDocuments/document.doc.
That gives every bit of information to locate that file on your hard disk:
C: is the drive.
My Documents is the folder.
Document.doc is the file.
That's a path.
Now, that of course (what I just described) has what I consider to be "a legal form."
The problem is that there are characters that are not allowed to be used in file names and in folder names or they are more difficult to use in file names and folder names and, if used improperly, will cause this kind of message.
For example, you would be hard pressed to create a file that has a vertical bar in its file name. You would be hard pressed to create a file that has a greater-than sign or a less-than sign in its file name.
If you were to attempt to do that, you'd get an error message of some sort.
The error message
Now, what's happening in a case like this ("This path is not a legal form") is that there is some kind of an error in the path that is specified by some application's configuration setting.
There's some kind of error (along the lines of an illegal character or it may be something else) that is causing whatever is trying to process that path to give up; to say, "You know what? I can't do what I need to with this because it's of an illegal form. It's not right. There's something wrong with this specification to a file."
Identify the program
Now, what is happening? If it's happening at start up and it's happening occasionally, the only way to know where this coming from is to try and identify the program that's displaying the error message at the time it's displayed.
But that's the kind of a thing that's going on. There is something wrong with a file name that has been specified as a parameter as a configuration option to a program that you are running at start up, and then occasionally as you're browsing.
To be honest, to be fair, it may not be something you've configured. It may be some kind of configuration that was improperly set by the program's set up or it was something that was modified perhaps even by malware. I mean there are many different ways that this kind of an error can happen.
But that's fundamentally what it's all about. It's complaining about a file name that it can't figure out where the file is.
Hope i answer well.... If you still have doubt..... tell me.... hope i could make you understand...
|My System Specs|
|Similar help and support threads|
Open a new window with "full path" instead of Search Results\"Path"
How can I make it such that in Search Results, when I open a folder in a new window (by right-clicking a file), I will be directed to a window with the "full path" displayed in the address bar, instead of Search Results\"Path" or Search Results>"Path"? Edit: "Right-click -> open file location"...
"overclocking failed" message at system startup
I just recently built a new computer and i decided to see how much more speed i could get out of my processor with amd overdrive's autoclock feature. it brought it from 3.1 GHZ to 3.2, and it wasn't stable so i just reset the settings back to default. I also tried overclocking my graphics card with...
|PC Custom Builds and Overclocking|
on startup error message "Reboot and Select proper Boot device"
Hi Everyone, My computer started to freeze up a lot and now I receive the following error message on startup: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device. Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key." It is a Windows XP OS. Any help is greatly appreciated. :) Thanks!
|BSOD Help and Support|
"You have no 'Administrator' privilege" Message On Startup
I'm not sure if this a new update for Windows 7 (64-bit Professional) but an account with Standard access now has a window that pops up upon login that says ... You have no 'Administrator' privilege, so some features may not work successfully. I've done more fresh installs than I can...
Strange "warning" message during startup
Hello WSF, I recently installed the Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit OS on my rig. Ever since installation I've been having this really odd warning at startup during boot process. This is how it happens: 1) Power on, XFX splash screen pops up and computer proceeds through the DOS screens and whatnot...
"Do you want open this file" message with startup links
When I try to run any item in my start menu (or Windows > Start Menu > Programs), I get a "Do you want to open this file?" warning for the .lnk. There is no option to check "always open for this type of file." This also happens on startup, for each item in Windows > Start Menu. Items pinned to...
© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:34.