Corrupt or missing DLLs in Windows 2000.

August 5, 2019 at 15:36:21
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro

I've got a PC with Windows 2000 which I use to work on spreadsheets or play vintage games whilst listening to music on the Hifi system. It worked fine as usual on Sunday, however today after booting Windows displayed a few error messages, that some files were missing or corrupt and I was to insert the original CD to replace them. I didn't do this right away, as I wanted to examine the issue, however during the course of the evening it was amongst the things I did, along with many restarts, safe mode bootup, recovery console and so forth. The current state of affairs is this:

- The recovery console, which you can start from CD-ROM, was useless (naturally, as the OS _does_ load).

- The DSL modem program didn't work after that first boot-up, yet it does work now, albeit with one of the tray icon monitors being always lighted green. The initial error message, if memory serves, was "entry point could not be found [...] in [...].dll".

- Firefox worked just once during all these boot-ups, now though there's always a crash report.

- Star Office does load, however files won't open anymore (they did initially). Crash reports appeared now and again.

- Spybot does not work ("missing chai.dll", although it IS there in the folder).

- Avira generated an error message on first boot, though seems to be loading now.

- Windows Explorer seems to be working, yet after at least one boot-up it crashed, leaving me with a blank desktop and having to use Task Manager to restart.

- Programs like VLC, Calc, Irfanview e.g. function normally.

- The desktop colours, background and icons, and this has not varied, have become quite shrill.

The PC is exactly as it's been for years, I haven't installed anything for ages and certainly not on Sunday. I do not visit any dubious websites (merely stuff like eBay, BBC, IMDB, Wikipedia) and have Noscript in FF.

How do I proceed? What are my options (reinstall isn't)? And why on earth did this happen _now_? As opposed to at any other random point in time (or indeed ever...)?

Thanks very much in advance for any help!

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August 5, 2019 at 17:45:13
I'm very rusty on Win2k but in view of the mixed symptoms I wonder if this is a hardware fault, such as the HD going down. Here's an HD test:

Another possibility is RAM - you could try cleaning its edge connectors with a soft pencil eraser. Here's a RAM test:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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