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Windows 7: the folder path '?program files' contains an invalid character

3 Weeks Ago   #1
ziadmario54321

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 
the folder path '?program files' contains an invalid character

hello everyone from this forum,
every time i install/uninstall a program which uses the windows installer (example: microsoft visual basic 2008 express edition), i get this error message:



any fixes?



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3 Weeks Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. First run a disk check in case it has corruption then can you rename the folder which may get rid of the problems I would rename to something else than change it back
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
ziadmario54321

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 



i already did this before, no problems.
and, i pretty much can't rename the "program files" folder. is that what you meant?
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Hi ziadmario54321, welcome to the Forum.

This MS website might help you & it does suggest a registry edit, so it would be a good idea to back up the registry first. It also mentions changing or renaming hard drives, so fi that applies to you you may need to take note of that.

Error 1324 The path Program file Contains an Invalid Character. - Microsoft Community
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
ziadmario54321

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 

the program files directory is "c:/program files", which is correct.



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3 Weeks Ago   #6
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If its invalid it can have hidden charectersyou can see it must also be Program Files NOT program files
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
ziadmario54321

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 

uh, i type in lowercase letters. and it is indeed "Program Files".
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
ziadmario54321

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit)
 
 

???
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

On your first post it says ?Program Files
Open explorer. What name you have, Program Files or ?Program Files ?
On register search (F3) for ?Program Files
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I think Megahertz is on the right track, you should not have the "?" in front of Program files. The question mark (?) is an invalid character & can't use used in naming files.

So try removing the ? & see if it now works.
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