|Tell us the make and model of your computer.|
The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.
If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":
Tell us what it is.
If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.
If you have an XP MCE version on your computer, e.g. MCE 2005, if you have a brand name system, you probably NEVER had Recovery or Restore disks that can be used to just repair XP MCE.
If you got any Recovery or Restore disks at all with the computer, probably the only thing you can do with them is to install all the original software on the computer that it had on it originally, and in that case, you will lose ALL of the personal data that's on at least the C partition that you have added, unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you use the Recovery or Restore disks.If you can't get Windows to work properly,you can boot the computer from something such as a Linux CD and copy the data you don't want to lose to elsewhere.
You probably don't want to have to do that even if you DO have Recovery or Restore disks that came with the computer and can find them.
The first thing you should do is this - if your hard drive is failing you need to replace it first, otherwise you will be wasting your time trying to fix problems that will only get worse.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
If the hard drive itself tests okay......
Your best bet is to tell us which specific DLLs are corrupted or missing.
In many cases, there is already a second copy of the file elsewhere on the hard drive.
In many cases, you can boot the computer from any XP CD, go into the Recovery Console, and copy the second copy to the other location, or you can boot the computer from a Linux CD you have made on another computer and do that.
There never was and never will be a retail XP MCE version.
There is an OEM version - I have that for MCE 2005 - it comes on two CDs, not just one - I've never seen it or heard of it being on a DVD.
You used to be able to buy the Microsoft OEM MCE 2005 2 CD set on the web, and some local places that build computer systems and have lots of parts had that for sale, it cost more than OEM XP Home, less than OEM XP Pro (32 bit), but you may have problems finding that now.
SFC /SCANNOW notes.
MCE 2005 has SP2 updates built into it.
If you have installed SP3 updates in Windows........
SFC (System File Checker) will NOT accept the source as a valid source of files when you run sfc /scannow
- even if you have the OEM 2 CD set, or a suitable brand name supplied equivalent disk,
- if the brand name system builder has copied the \i386 folder to the hard drive, which is often done so you don't need to insert a Windows CD to install things the CD is normally needed for,
because it has SP2 updates built into it, not SP3 updates.
Even if you have the OEM 2 CD set, you can't make a "slipstreamed" MCE CD like you can for XP Pro or Home that has the SP3 updates integrated into it.