I have bought Alienware 17 laptop. Win 7 didn't have the network driver so I went to download them from Dell. I then downloaded the driver and copied it to Alien over the USB. But when I run it (by clicking right mouse button and Run as Administrator) I am getting weird message.

Windows can not find C:\Network_Driver... Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

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Tried running from command line got error that file in not x64 compatible, says its 16-bit application. Same file on other machine runs just fine.

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Has anyone encountered something similar before? Why am I getting this message? Can it indicate hardware problem?

  • Verify that the path you typed exists of course. Sounds like it doesn't – Eric F Oct 13 '14 at 17:38
  • @EricF thats the thing I am clicking right mouse button and running Run as Administrator so I can't see how the file can be not there. – Matas Vaitkevicius Oct 13 '14 at 17:40
  • Are you administrator? – Eric F Oct 13 '14 at 17:41
  • @EricF yes, otherwise I would not get the option. and if gives me same message if I run it with double click too. – Matas Vaitkevicius Oct 13 '14 at 17:42
  • Maybe a loose connection to the HDD? – Eric F Oct 13 '14 at 17:42

16-bit applications can only run on a 32-bit verisons of Windows. Because you're attempting to run it on a 64-bit version it's not being allowed to run.



I would suggest you to scan your pc using software like Malware Bytes, HijackThis and Combofix (and with your antivirus too). You can try to rename your file to something other too, like "a.exe" (maybe there's a name-related issue)

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    Windows are brand new, laptop has never seen internet (LAN driver is the one I am trying to install). I would find it hard to believe that windows 7 installation disk that comes from dell would have viruses in it. – Matas Vaitkevicius Oct 13 '14 at 21:12
  • Ok, and this problem shows up with every user on your laptop? Otherwise you'd create another user and migrate your content – m2cit Oct 15 '14 at 12:45

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