InitializeCriticalSectionEx not located in KERNEL32.dll

December 31, 2017 at 20:24:14
Specs: Windows XP
I'm running XP . I downloaded Wondershar e Filmora to edit some mp4 videos. When I try to run the program I get an instant error "The procedure entry point InitializeCriticalSectionEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNAL32.dll I found a site on line that suggested I download this TechUtilities program which I did. It did nothing. Any clue?


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#1
December 31, 2017 at 21:28:03
The version of Windows is too old for that application. MSDN says InitializeCriticalSectionEx requires at least Vista.

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#2
January 1, 2018 at 00:38:01
On the Filmora site it states:

"For Win10 / Win8 / Win7"

Increasingly, new programs do not work on the obsolete XP.


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#3
January 1, 2018 at 08:02:15
An operating system is far more than just the user interface. One of it's primary functions is to provide services to applications and these are contained in kernel32.dll and many other DLLs. Each new OS provides more functions that an application can use, If an application is designed to use one of these newer functions it will not work on older operating systems that do not have it. Using a copy of the DLL from a newer OS rarely works and it certainly won't in this case.

You have no assurance that is the only incompatibility. That is just the first problem that came up and the software could not continue.

When downloading software be sure to check if it is compatible with XP. Many new applications and updated versions of existing applications will not run on XP.

You have 2 choices:
1. Use older software that is compatible with XP.
2. Upgrade to a new OS.


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#4
January 1, 2018 at 08:38:06
Yea I get that a lot with this old dinosaur. I saw a fix on another site but you'd have to be a programmer and I'm anything but. thanks anyway.

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#5
January 1, 2018 at 08:43:24
I'm getting to the point where I'm going to have to get a new computer. Explorer stopped working for many sites. And now Firefox is slowing down and locking up. I have my Mother's laptop from when she passed, but all my stuff is on this desktop. Oh well, thanks for trying

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#6
January 1, 2018 at 09:21:42
"I'm getting to the point where I'm going to have to get a new computer. Explorer stopped working for many sites. And now Firefox is slowing down and locking up."

You didn't post any hardware specs but it's possible you just need a newer operating system - Windows 7 or Linux. The slowdown issues & "Explorer stopped working" could be because you downloaded & installed TechUtilities. Uninstall it immediately. Then run install & run the following cleaners:

AdwCleaner: https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Malwarebytes for Windows: https://www.malwarebytes.com/products/
CCleaner-Slim: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/b...

If you want to run Filmora, you need an early version such as v6.0.x that still supports XP. Make sure you have SP3 installed. It's not clear if you've done that or not. You might also want to look for a copy of Wondershare Video Editor which was the precursor to Filmora. Plus there are other alternatives: https://alternativeto.net/software/...



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#7
January 1, 2018 at 09:48:56
The consensus is that XP shouldn't even have the program that it can't find. I got this computer from a computer lab. more than likely they installed a program that used it. Somewhere along the way I probably deleted something that took that program with it. It's really not that big a thing as along as the other stuff is working. I could just download the video to Mom's lap top and load the program to that. I just hate laptops.

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#8
January 1, 2018 at 10:00:12
You said you installed "TechUtilities". Get rid of it, it's malware & could be one of the reasons you're having problems. Use the cleaners I linked to in response #6.

"The consensus is that XP shouldn't even have the program that it can't find"

Not exactly. The problem is you tried to install a version of Filmora that doesn't support XP, probably version 8. Look at the version history, you need version 6. But 1st you need to get rid of the "fix my PC" crapware you installed.

Scroll down for the version history: https://filmora.wondershare.com/wha...

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#9
January 4, 2018 at 12:27:57
Yep, avoid all those clever dick online fix-all scams. They cause more problems than they fix.

Run both of these if you can:
AdwCleaner:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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