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HELP! crashed computer!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sadistic-sweetie, Sep 30, 2008.

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  1. sadistic-sweetie

    sadistic-sweetie Thread Starter

    Sep 30, 2008
    OH GOSH...:(
    Huge problem, when I go to start up my Windows XP, where there should be a welcome screen it reads:

    Unable to Locate Component
    This application has failed to start becayse SHLWAPI.dll was not found. Re installing the application may fix the problem.

    Does anyone at all know how to fix this?!
  2. Claymore


    May 20, 2005
    If you have an XP CD try this:

    To Extract a file using the Recovery Console

    Insert your Windows XP CD and restart the computer.
    At the prompt 'Press any key to boot from CD', press Enter.
    Windows Setup will load. This takes a few minutes.

    After Setup loads, press R on your keyboard to enter the Recovery Console.
    At the prompt to select 'Which Windows installation would you like to log onto', on your keyboard press the number of the installation. This will usually be 1 unless you are dual-booting.
    You will get to a prompt C:\WINDOWS

    You now have to locate your CD drive. The CD drive letter will depend on if/how your hard drive is partitioned and the number of CD drives. To do this:

    Type D: and press Enter
    If there is a valid D: drive type in dir

    You are looking for a listing of files that will look something like this:

    If D: doesn't give this result try typing in E: followed by dir
    If E: doesn't give this result try typing in F: followed by dir

    When you have located the CD drive type in the following:

    expand i386\shlwapi.dl_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 /y

    (Note the spaces: after expand; before C: and before /y
    and that's a letter i in front of 386
    and that's an underscore after dl)

    Press the Enter key.
    You should get a confirmation that the file was expanded.

    Restart the computer by pressing the power button, remove the CD, and boot up normally.
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