Maya.exe cannot start because splash.dll is missing.
When launching Maya you may encounter a pop up window which states that Maya.exe cannot start because splash.dll is missing.
This error will happen if you have Maya 2010 and 3dsMax 2010 on the same computer. There are two solutions to get this corrected. Since this was addressed in 3dsMax 2010 Hotfix 7, you can simply download and install the hotfix. If updating 3dsmax is not an option you will need to set the following environment variable for Maya:
This needs to be added to the maya.env file.
Maya.env file can be located here
drive:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\maya\version
drive:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\maya
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