Windows can't find file on start up

September 11, 2010 at 19:28:30
Specs: Windows XP, Genuine Intel(R) T1350 @1.86GHz/502Mb Ram

Everytime I start up my computer a box comes us that says "windows cannot find clshwdis.dll, make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again"

I'm just wondering if this might be to do with some sort of virus, or if I might have accidently removed something I shouldn't have.

(Secretly hoping you're going to tell me it's not something I can fix and it's going to be a major problem so I *have* to buy a new computer...)

The computer's running really slowly lately, but it's quite old and really full, so I don't know if it's related or if I just need to do a clean up.

Thanks heaps for any help you can offer!

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September 11, 2010 at 22:53:33
I am assuming that once that message is "dismissed/ignored", Windows finally does ultimately boot to the Desktop (you should have said whether that is the case or not).

If that assumption is correct:
• Start
• Run
• type msconfig and press OK
• Navigate to the Startup tab
• Scroll down the list to find the file in question
• Disable it by UN-checking it
• OK all the way out and Re-Start Windows
• That message should be gone

However, it would be in your interest to identify what/when/where that annoyance came from.

BTW: "...The computer's running really slowly lately, but it's quite old and really full..." should be something you REALLY should address -- "really full" is not a condition you can ignore. Deal with that ASAP!

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September 11, 2010 at 23:37:19
Another thing to do is to empty out your Windows Prefetch folder.
It is possible the "Missing" file relates to something you uninstalled at some stage but whose entry was in the prefetch folder.

Windows will rebuild the prefetch contents with only those currently used items.

Also suggest you get hold of CCLEANER Slim and run it to clean up your drive.
there are other maintenance tasks you can do to aid your system performance.

There is also a lot of good info in the following site about what & how to trim down in your startup.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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September 12, 2010 at 14:54:16
Re: msconfig
A dll is not a program in it's own right so it won't show in msconfig startup. You could try temporarily unticking various items in the hope you can find which one is stops the error message. If so, then it will give a clue on which program (or part program) is the culprit.

Re: Prefetch
A spare entry in Prefetch in its own right will not cause any issue - it doesn't call up anything. It only functions when a program tries to call it, so it's the residue program that needs the attention, not prefetch. If you decide to remove prefetch files (which won't help) then make sure layout.ini remains in place because it has been known not to rebuild.

You could try searching for clshwdis.dll in the registry but what you do then depends on how conversant you are with the registry. Although I do not generally advocate registry cleaners, in this instance it is quite possible that the registry part of CCleaner Slim will indeed find the invalid entry, which you can then remove.

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September 13, 2010 at 07:26:45
@Derek -- you're quite right regarding msconfig. I stand humbly corrected. I just answered (knee-jerk fashion) with where my first instinct would lead me... I would want to find the source of the problem, i.e: which entry is calling/invoking that file. The Registry should have an entry, and hopefully some indication of the original source. (I must resolve to take a deep breath before opening mouth...)

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September 13, 2010 at 09:53:23
Re #4

No reason to be humble (even Mary Poppins was only "practically perfect at all times" LOL.

It is very reasonable to go to msconfig for starters. I was only pointing out that the poster would not actually find a "dll" there.

Ms Hulot goes horse riding

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September 14, 2010 at 16:19:06
Thanks for all your help guys.

Once I'm done freaking out about my dissertation I'll have a go at some of these things and let you konw what helped. I asked my fiance about the prefatch thing and he said that if it turned out to be something to do with that it might be because I manually removed Icewind Dale a while ago out of anger...

Anyway, I'll have a look and let you know.

Thanks again!

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September 14, 2010 at 16:37:07
It's not anything to do with Prefetch for the reasons given in #3. It might however be due to you manually removing the "program" Icewind Dale (or any other that you have not properly uninstalled). Most likely it runs from the registry but if you don't fancy sorting it there then use msconfig to find it as given.

Ms Hulot goes horse riding

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