The information in this article applies to:
After you install either PowerPoint 4.0 for Windows or Word 6.0a for Windows, you receive the following message when you restart Windows:
Unable to load a device driver that may be necessary to run Windows
in 386 Enhanced Mode: VSHARE.386
With some configurations, VSHARE.386 is not properly installed by the Setup program for these particular versions of PowerPoint and Word. The above error occurs in such situations.
To correct this problem:
1. Manually install the VSHARE.386 file from the floppy disk using the
2. Make backup copies of the your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files. (You
DECOMP.EXE utility on Disk 1 (Setup).
a. Quit Windows.
b. At the MS-DOS command prompt, copy DECOMP.EXE to your Windows
directory, which is usually on your path.
NOTE: DECOMP.EXE is always located on the first disk.
c. Insert the disk that contains the file VSHARE.38_.
NOTE: For PowerPoint, VSHARE.38_ is located on the last disk.
For Word, VSHARE.38_ is located on the first disk.
d. Decompress the file to your Windows SYSTEM subdirectory. For example,
if the disk containing VSHARE.38_ is in drive A and your Windows
SYSTEM subdirectory is on drive C, use the following command:
decomp.exe a:\vshare.38_ c:\windows\system\vshare.386
3. Remove any lines in your CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files that load
may need to refer back to these later.)
4. Reboot your computer.
SHARE.EXE. If SHARE.EXE is required for your MS-DOS-based applications,
this may prevent them from working correctly.
5. Reinstall the application.
6. Restart Windows.
If this procedure is successful and you do use MS-DOS-based applications that run outside Windows and require SHARE.EXE, try rebooting your computer using the original CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
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Last Reviewed: October 14, 1996