Message: The AOL software cannot startup correctly

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Message: The AOL software cannot startup correctly

If you receive the error message The AOL software cannot startup correctly while trying to start your AOL software, try the solutions given below. After trying the first solution, check whether the issue is resolved. If the issue persists, continue using the suggested solutions until the problem is fixed.

Information you need

You will need to know the version of the Microsoft Windows operating system installed on your computer. You will also need to know the version of AOL Connectivity Service (ACS) that your AOL software (AOL 9.0 or higher) uses to connect to the Internet. You can find this information by following the instructions given in the online help articles mentioned below:

Note: If you are using AOL 9.0 VR or higher, you have ACS 4 installed on your computer.

Solutions


Enable only essential startup programs

Multiple programs may have been set to start automatically when a computer is turned on. These programs may cause the computer to slow down. Not all startup programs are essential for the proper functioning of your computer. For instructions to enable only the essential startup programs on your computer, please click the appropriate link from the ones given below, depending on the version of Windows installed on your computer.

If you are using Windows 2000/Me/98, you will have to manually close all the programs that are currently running on your computer to resolve the issue. Please click the link corresponding to the version of Windows you have on your computer for instructions to close all programs.


Run Quick Restore

Note: Please close the AOL software before running Quick Restore.

The Quick Restore feature allows you to reset the AOL software to the default state by deleting all the updates downloaded in the past. It can help resolve issues that you may have with your AOL software without having to reinstall the software.

Once Quick Restore is completed, you may receive a series of AOL software updates, also known as AOL TOD (Tools on Demand) updates. For more information, read our online help article AOL TOD update.

The instructions to run Quick Restore may differ depending on the version of ACS installed on your computer. Click the appropriate link from the ones given below for instructions to run Quick Restore.

Note: If you are using AOL Desktop, skip to the next solution.

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Uninstall and reinstall the AOL software

If the issue persists, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the AOL software. Uninstalling the AOL software removes all damaged and non-repairable files. Once the uninstallation is complete, reinstalling a new copy of the AOL software is quick and easy. Please note that uninstalling the AOL software removes all screen names and settings associated with it. However, your Filing Cabinet files will automatically be stored on the desktop in a folder named Saved on AOL.

IMPORTANT: If you have saved your AOL password on the AOL software, ensure that you remember your password before you uninstall the AOL software because uninstalling the software will delete your saved password. If you don’t remember your password, we recommend that you change your password before proceeding any further. You will also need to remember the answer to your Account Security Question (ASQ) to be able to change your password. You can change your ASQ if you don’t remember the answer to it. For instructions on how to change your password or ASQ, refer to the following online help articles:

Please click the link corresponding to the version of Windows on your computer for instructions to uninstall the AOL software.

Note: If you are unable to uninstall the AOL software, skip to the next solution.


Manually delete AOL folders

Sometimes, uninstalling the AOL software may not resolve the issue that you are currently facing. In such cases, manually deleting the AOL folders will ensure that all AOL files and folders are removed from your computer. For instructions on how to delete the AOL folder, please refer to our online help article Manually delete AOL folders.

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Last updated: 06-19-2014
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