Repairing an Error Reading File issue on Your Computer
What Is an Error Reading File issue?
When you attempt to install certain programs on your computer with Windows 95, 98 or Millennium operating systems, certain issues can cause an Error Reading File alert to appear. The error might read as Error 1305. Error Reading From File: [File Name] or Error Reading From File: [File Name].
What Causes an Error Reading File issue?
An Error Reading File issue may be caused due to a damaged CD-ROM or an issue with the CD-ROM drive configuration. It might also be caused by an improperly installed or damaged Microsoft Data Access Component.
How to Fix a Windows Error Reading File issue
There are few options to fix an Error Reading File issue on your computer. Try each solution below in the order they’re presented.
Solution 1: Examine and Clean the DVD or CD-ROM Program and Drive
- Look closely at the disc for apparent scratches or deformities.
- Use a cleaning kit designed for CD-ROMs, and follow the instructions to clean the silver side of the DVD or CD-ROM.
- Completely dry the CD-ROM before attempting to use it again.
- Reinsert the DVD or CD-ROM into the appropriate drive to confirm it’s working.
- If it still isn’t working, try using the DVD or CD-ROM in a different drive to detect if the issue is the disc or the original drive you were trying to use.
- If the DVD or CD-ROM is working in a different drive, then clean the original drive you were trying to use by using a cleaning disc specifically designed for the DVD or CD-ROM drive, which can be purchased at most home electric or computer stores.
Solution 2: Close Any Software that’s Unnecessary which might be interfering with the reading of the disc.
- Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to open your Taskbar.
- Click on each program that’s running (with the exception of Explorer) and select End Task or Remove to quit each
- Make sure there’s no additional programs open on your computer, and if there is, close them out (spyware, etc).
- Reinsert the DVD or CD-ROM to see if it will now work.
Solution 3: Make sure you’re using 32-bit protected mode driver.
- Go to Start.
- Select Settings.
- Click on Control Panel.
- Double click on System.
- Select the Performance tab. The File System should read 32-bit. If it reads Some drives are using MS-DOS compatibility, it might mean you have a 16-bit real mode driver which means you might have issues with your computer drive being able to read certain files on the CD.
- Contact the maker of the CD-ROM drive to find a solution and update for your computer.
One of these solutions should resolve any issues with Error Reading File warnings on your computer.
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