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Article ID: 187580 - Last Review: December 29, 2014 - Revision: 1.3

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When you attempt to reinstall Windows 98, you may receive the following error message:
SUWIN Warning SU0167, the specified directory contains a directory named desktop that you must move or rename before Setup can continue. For more information, see SETUP.TXT on Setup Disk 1 or the Windows CD-ROM.


This behavior can occur if you upgrade to Windows 98 from Microsoft Windows 3.1x, uninstall Windows 98, and then reinstall Windows 98. The error message occurs if you create files or folders on the desktop in Windows 98 before you uninstall Windows 98. If you do so, the Desktop folder is left in the Windows folder when you uninstall Windows 98. You receive the error message because Windows 98 Setup cannot create a Desktop folder if one already exists.


To resolve this issue, rename the Windows\Desktop folder to Windows\Old.Desktop before you reinstall Windows 98. After Windows 98 Setup is finished, you can move your files or folders from the Windows\Old.Desktop folder to the Windows\Desktop folder. To rename the Windows\Desktop folder at a command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after each line:
move desktop old.desktop

  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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