Solved Can't reinstall xp home dll file missing it says when I try!

August 28, 2012 at 08:56:21
Specs: Windows xp home, about 900MHz/192MB
The problem occurred when I carried my old Compaq Presario laptop while it was on. Next came the "blue screen of death", which informed me that the specific dll file is missing or corrupt (sorry I don't have the exact file on me - I'm writing this on another computer - obviously!)

How can I get the computer to accept the xp install disc from the cd drive? If I could just find out how to format the hard drive I guess the reinstallation would work after that.

Or perhaps I've damaged the hard drive this time! (I've had to reinstal windows on several occasions before this, and on those occasions I took it to a computer repair shop, and they just reformatted the hard disk in a few seconds...But I thought, this time, I'll try to sort it myself without having to bother anyone...)


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August 28, 2012 at 11:50:18
One thing that strikes me is that you can't lose files out of a computer by carrying it. Errr...mind you don't hoover up that dll LOL.

The issue you have must have been broadly due to one of two things:

1. It was pure coincidence (hence anything is possible).

2. There is something awry with the hardware (hard disk, loose connection, edge connector oxide, or whatever).

Is there some history to this computer that you need to tell us about? You shouldn't need to keep reformatting. The shortage of RAM already mentioned might not be helping.

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August 28, 2012 at 09:14:42
How can I get the computer to accept the xp install disc from the cd drive?

The problem may be that your laptop is not booting from the XP CD, but is still trying to boot into Windows from the hard drive. You need to go into BIOS Setup and change the boot device setting: http://www.ehow.com/how_6621486_rei...


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August 28, 2012 at 09:15:32
After the BSOD, did you try to boot again, with F8 into safe mode or last known good config or did you try to reinstall right away? If you want to reinstall & it's not reading the CD properly, sometimes the CD is dirty & one wipe is all that's needed.

Anytime you get a BSOD, make a note of the error message & search it on Google.

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#3
August 28, 2012 at 09:26:54
"about 900MHz/192MB"

You have way too little RAM for XP. The minimum for reasonably good performance is 512MB, but 1GB or more would be much better. Was this originally a Windows 98 machine?

"I've had to reinstal windows on several occasions before this"

This is generally a sign that a person doesn't know how to fix a problem.

"If I could just find out how to format the hard drive"

It's all done with the XP disc - boot off the disc & watch for "Press any key to boot from CD...", press a key & wait for Windows setup to begin. From there, all you need to do is read what's on the screen & do as it says. Partitioning & formating the drive are all part of the process. This site will walk you thru it:

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/win...


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August 28, 2012 at 11:50:18
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One thing that strikes me is that you can't lose files out of a computer by carrying it. Errr...mind you don't hoover up that dll LOL.

The issue you have must have been broadly due to one of two things:

1. It was pure coincidence (hence anything is possible).

2. There is something awry with the hardware (hard disk, loose connection, edge connector oxide, or whatever).

Is there some history to this computer that you need to tell us about? You shouldn't need to keep reformatting. The shortage of RAM already mentioned might not be helping.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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August 29, 2012 at 08:29:01
Hi thanks for taking the time to respond! The RAM is way too low yes - but it does do xp ok generally. I even run an old version of Photoshop on it! (but have to be careful not to do too many things at the same time, or PS crashes on me). By the way, it can't be upgraded,I've checked that out. Just waiting till I can afford something better. Last night - o joy - I tried a different disk - this time XP Pro - (I have a few in the house...) and for some unknown reason, I was able to get it to work!!

My success or otherwise with getting through with these matters (I'm not a techie in any way) is fairly random at present, but over time I hope to find time to get a bit more systematic about it. I have started a notebook to record each action I take and its consequence. I hope to fixup some old machines to sell or give away cheap to poorer people such as elderly or young kids, to get them started with a few Windows basics etc , here in St. Kitts W.Indies (these would be Win 98 or better)....

Thanks again


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#6
August 29, 2012 at 08:33:42
Thanks for your help - actually I just got through by trying an XP disk , and it worked...I'm back in action , but hoping to get a better machine soon, when finances allow

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August 29, 2012 at 08:41:21
With a bit of luck moving the computer wasn't much to do with it and it was a software fault. Thanks for feedback - hope it lasts.

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