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15-Feb-2010, 12:19 PM #1
rundll32.dll not found - Can't reload XP
1st indication was rundll32.dll not found messages.
Tried to repair XP but won't boot from CD.
Can't get to Control Panel/Add Remove Programs due to rundll32.dll Not Found error.
Got rundll32.dll from other machine copied to system32 and everywhere else but still can't find it error. rundll32.dll WAS in c:\WINDOWS\system32\ already.
start/run/regedit gets can't find error but start/run/command/regedit opens regedit OK
Can't do start/Programs/....System Restore - Opens an Open With dialog wants to know how to open rstrui.exe
Get that same "Open With" dialog with virtually ALL attemps to run shorecuts from desk top.
Booted in SAFE MODE and got the same problems.

I can get to Firefox by "X" out of "Open With" dialog. Same trick doesn't work with Notepad

Try to execute many diff. directly from c:\WINDOWS\system32 - Get "Open With" dialog on all.

System has AVG Free 9.0 installed.

Just noticed that the ONLY ICON in the bar at bottom of desktop is the "Safely Remove...." ICON.

This is granddaughters homework/play machine so don't know what she did.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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15-Feb-2010, 12:46 PM #2
You need to enter your bios and change the boot order to boot from cd-rom first then hard drive.
that way it will look for the xp install disc you stuck in the cd-rom
Here is a great tutorial and full list of keys to try to enter your BIOS
MS-Word PDF
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15-Feb-2010, 01:37 PM #3
Did that. Tried a different XP Upgrade disk and was able to boot from disk and got the options screen. Tried "Repair" option and got to C: prompt. Don't know what to do from there.

I could reinstall XP Home at this point but would rather fix what's gone bad and not have to reload everything.

I downloaded "Registry Mech" from one of your pages but the install I downloaded wouldn't run, got the same "Open With" dialog.
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15-Feb-2010, 02:02 PM #4
Why would I get the "Open With" dialog on .exe files????
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15-Feb-2010, 02:09 PM #5
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I downloaded "Registry Mech" from one of your pages but the install I downloaded wouldn't run, got the same "Open With" dialog
??what are you referring to above by registry mechanic???
which page are you talking about ?
please provide the link
I don't recommend any registry tools anywhere that I am aware of??
I wouldn't use any registry tools they do more harm than good

try this one:
How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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15-Feb-2010, 02:38 PM #6
Clicked "Registry Fix Download" link at the top of this page. Took me to
http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/download/
Downloaded but as I said I can't run any .exe due to the "Open With" problem.
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15-Feb-2010, 02:41 PM #7
Don't touch any registry cleaners even with a 10 foot pole! You'll only end up worst. I know, the link is at the top of the page. TSG needs to make a living...

As for your .EXE problem, try this fix: EXEFIX

Save the reg file to your desktop. Double-click on it to merge it to your registry.

Reboot the computer.
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15-Feb-2010, 04:29 PM #8
Phantom010 you're my horse if you never win a race.

The EXEFIX you suggested fixed the problem. Or at least seems to have.

Everything is working again. Thank you.
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15-Feb-2010, 07:24 PM #9
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