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xano1994

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I have another computer, running WINdows XP. For some reason when I tried to start it a message comes up as follow:

The application has failed to start because SHLWAPI.dll was not found, Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

Now this is coming up before i can even get to the logon screen. I can't even logon in safe mode. Please help, I do not know what else to do in order to get back into the computer.

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Xano1994
 
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Hope you have an XP CD (any one will do).

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:
AUTORUN.INF
DOCS
DOTNETFIX
I386
etc.

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
etc.

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:; 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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