Renamed shell32.ddl and can't change it back.

September 11, 2011 at 18:37:55
Specs: Windows 7
I was stupid and tried to customize my Windows 7 and renamed shell32.ddl to shell32.backup.ddl and the one I moved into Windows\system32 didn't go into the folder. I tried to REN (rename)in the command prompt but it said access denied. (To change the name I had to change the ownership to myself) But I should be able to rename it back right? I can't actually boot my computer because it thinks I lack the "shell32.ddl" help?!?!

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#1
September 11, 2011 at 19:33:21
I think you mean shell32.dll don't you?

If you create a Linux Live CD (such as Puppy Linux) you should be able to rename it back using that. Even tho Puppy doesn't use the HD it is accessible - all single click.

You probably know that you have to burn the CD from an image (not just burn the download onto CD), also put the CD drive ahead of the HD on the computer you are using it on then boot with it in the drive.

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#2
September 12, 2011 at 00:56:55
A simple System Restore may save your life if you have not turned it off. Just choose the day before you made the change for the restore point.

If your computer is still running without shell32.dll, go into Safe Mode and log in to the computer with Administrator credentials and try to rename the file again.

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#3
September 12, 2011 at 07:22:17
Re #2.
The poster said "I can't actually boot my computer", so I doubt it will make Safe Mode.

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#4
September 12, 2011 at 15:57:31
Not sure a "restore point" would fix that. Might be able to roll back the file version.

I'd boot to dvd and use repair.

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#5
September 12, 2011 at 21:23:39
download a new Shell32.Ddl file and replace it in the windows directory.

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#6
September 13, 2011 at 06:15:41
faizyamjad86

What makes you so certain it is Shell32.Ddl - I've never heard of such a file.
As I said earlier it is probably Shell32.ddl but the poster has not come back to confirm or deny this.

In any event, downloading files is risky because they have to the right file version. There are better ways to deal with this.

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