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[SOLVED] programs not starting

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by win993, Jan 22, 2002.

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  1. win993

    win993 Thread Starter

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    I cannot get any of my programs to start.
    I receive the ff. error message:
    "The comdlg32.dll file is linked to missing export shell32.dll:712"

    and

    "A device attached to the system is not functioning".

    What do I do?
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    Welcome to TSG win993

    What version of Windows are you running, and did the problem start after installing something?

    Typically errors like that involve a version mismatch. Have you tried booting in safe mode? (tap f8 key repeatedly when starting to access the startup menu). If you have Win98 the System File Checker can be used to restore the default version of the file.

    If you have just installed something, it may have replaced your default version of either of those files.

    It may have backed up the old version in c:\windows\sysbckup

    If you can only boot to a command prompt (from the startup menu), try this: At the c:\>prompt enter:

    copy c:\windows\sysbckup\filename c:\windows\system

    substitute the file name to be copied for filename (comdlg32.dll or shell32.dll).

    ctrl-alt del will restart from a command prompt.

    see...

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q137273
     
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  4. win993

    win993 Thread Starter

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    I tried most everything but nothing worked.I could not start SFC nor could I use the "extract" command.

    I eventually re-installed windows 98 from the CD and my system was back to normal..........till next time .
     
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