rundll32 error question. help me!

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hi! i have an xp home edition computer that i'm working on that pops up the box "cannot open rundll32" whenever i try to go to 'systems' or 'uninstall programs' or anywhere else in the control panel to change settings. i found several bugs and viruses in the computer that i got rid of. but this is the last problem that i didn't get rid of yet. thanks alot! please help! -thecheyguy

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Sounds like some files are missing or can’t de found. Check your system32 folder to verify that the file is there (and is the correct version). Also check the system variables (path) to verify that your pc “looks” in the right directories.
If you had virus’s and bugs on the pc, I would prefer a clean install from scratch. You can’t ever be sure that you got rid of all problems and what about root-kits?

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  • Poppaman2
    If you've recently cleaned a bunch of malware ("several bugs and viruses in the computer" as you put it) from this system, it's a good bet that either the file "rundll32.exe" is either corrupt or missing (it may have been replaced by viral code and removed during the cleanup process). You best bet would be to either 1. perform a system REPAIR (not restore) from a an original copy of the XP Home Edition installation media (which you may or may not have...) or 2. grab a copy from some other XP Home system (it's in the %systemroot%system32 directory or in the %systemroot%system32dllcache directory) and copy it to your system manually. It's only about 10KB, so a floppy (remember those???) will work. Best of luck, PM2
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  • Mgregory
    Agreed...fresh install best...however you can retrieve the file from Windoze installation disk. You can do this from repair console or command prompt. Best method is to make sure you have repair console installed..boot from XP cd and install if not already there...follow prompts. Then at c: type "help". There you will find the command for copy.....also you will find command for help on any command listed. Let us know how things turn out for you.
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