Boot problems with missing DLL file

20 pts.
Boot failure
DLL files
Enterprise Desktop
External hard drives
Windows XP boot failure
Desktop computer Dell gx260 ,XP Pro,160gb 1gb RAM, got black screen with cursor top left, unable to start in safe mode or safe mode with command prompt etc.l have taken out hard drive to scan to in external case (drive reads fine) have done scan disk,backed up files to laptop, put hard drive back in computer now get message STOP:c0000221olecli32.dllcorrupt or missing the header checksum doesn't match, bad image checksum. How do I reload this ddl file to hard drive? I presume I will have to put hard drive back in external case and (loads as e: drive).What other checks can I do through command prompt while HD in case? Cheers feliciyf.

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Honestly at this point, you can try to replace the file from another PC, or you could just run a repair install, I suggest the repair install, update any service packs, drivers, and then you should be back into your OS, data intact. There are step-by-step instructions here.


This could have been caused by a virus infection. Make sure you have a good and up to date antivirus.

If the repair doesn’t help, you might need to format the disk, and re-install the OS.


Normally, dll errors of any computer units are associated with Operating System errors. These particular errors are the corrupted system files of the Operating System. Remember that Operating System files are the most important files needed to run the OS properly. You may have to re-install your Operating System.

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  • Maxtrembley
    I have another problem with dll files. Often, when I try to use a program on my PC, I receive an error that includes User32.dll in its description. Whet is User32.dll and how can a I manage the problem?
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  • Kymfoull
    @Maxtrembley Windows stores instructions for graphical elements such as dialog boxes and windows in the User32.dll file. The User32.dll file is necessary to the operation of Windows. If this file is damaged, deleted, or removed, the system will no longer work correctly. If a program or a service accesses User32.dll incorrectly, the program or the service will not work correctly.User32.dll errors are typically corrected by repairing the User32.dll file or by reinstalling the program, the hardware component, or the driver that is causing the error. If these procedures do not correct the User32.dll error, you can restore your computer to a condition before the error appeared by using the Windows System Restore feature.
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