Solved: powrprof.dll file cannot start

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shoeby2

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Whenever I start my computer I get the following message:

"The POWRPROF.DLL file cannot start. Check the file to determine the problem."

Any suggestions for getting rid of this?

Thanks for your help.
 

shoeby2

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I'm actually running Windows ME - you think I can use the same fix?
 

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TW,

Thanks for the link - I went to the site and extracted the POWRPROF.DLL file but I still keep getting the error message at startup. This message comes up twice:

"Error loading POWRPROF.DLL A dynamic link library (DLL) initialization routine failed."

This is then followed by an error starting program message that says:

"The POWRPROF.DLL file cannot start. Check the file to determine the problem."

I'm not sure what to try next - any suggestions?

Thanks again for your help,
Brian
 
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Did you go to start, run type msconfig
Hit ok
Click on the startup tab
Make sure there are check marks next to one or two instances of Loadpowerprofile you see
then hit apply and ok
reboot see if that resolves it

 

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Just looked at the startup and both loadpowerprofiles are checked and active.
 
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Hi shoeby2,
Have you installed any new software or hardware before this error started happening?
Have you ran your antivirus??
Just trying to cover the basics.
 

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TW,

This error started to show up after I ran Norton Systemworks, the Registry Tracker I believe and it did a clean-up of sorts. I've extracted the dll file from both the C drive and also from my Windows ME disk, but I still get the same errors.

Thanks,
Brian
 
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when you say extracted from C: drive did you rename the file to:
POWRPROF.old
then put in the new file in the same place. reboot

 

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I didn't rename to .old so I just did, extracted again, rebooted but I'm still getting the error.
 
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Can you open the Power management in control Panel?
Run SYC.exe from the start, run dialog box. See if any other files are corrupt.
If not follow the instructions for the first file but use this one instead:
Powercfg.cpl
 

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I'm unable to open SYC.exe so I'll try your other suggestion. Do I rename the POWRPROF.dll to old, then extract the Powercfg.cpl file to the system folder?
 
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its SFC.exe sorry
No try the SFC first to find if that file is corrupt. Can you open the power Management applet in Control Panel??
Lets see what sfc tells you.
 
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