Rundll32.exe missing. I don't have the discs

Dell / DIMENSION 4600
July 10, 2010 at 08:36:34
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.659 GHz / 254 MB
Manufacturer: Dell computer corporation
Model: DIMENSION 4600
First of all here are my specs:
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 2.659 GHz / 254 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with
AGP8X (Microsoft Corporation)
Sound Card: SoundMAX Integrated Digital

The Rundll32 file was accidentally deleted from
my computer when we (finally) wiped out a
virus. I got this computer secondhand and
don't have the CDs to get the file again. I can't
use anything in Control Panel or run Task
Manager or run a System Restore. HELP

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July 10, 2010 at 09:11:37
For a starter try rhe EXE File Association Fix at the link below. Did you actually do a file search for that file as I doubt that it's gone?


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July 10, 2010 at 09:20:23
Go to the Run box and type this:

sfc /scannow

Hit Enter key and see if it will run. This should restore any missing files. If this fails to run then look here to see if you can see a copy of rundll32.exe:


If so copy rundll32.exe across to c:\windows\system32

I crossed with post from Tufenuf. I agree that it is unlikely that the file is missing and suggest you follow his post first.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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July 10, 2010 at 10:50:01
Thanks for the immediate response. I searched for the file
and no results were found.

@Derek, I went to the run box & typed "sfc /scannow" and
the "Open With" window popped up, asking me to choose the
program I want to use to open the file "sfc.exe". It
recommended Chrome, IE, iTunes (??), Notepad, & XML
Editor. I selected each of these by turns and nothing opened.

@Tufenuf & @Derek, I am going to try that website now that
I've searched for the file and the above step did not give me
any results.

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July 10, 2010 at 10:54:22
Before I installed that .EXE fix, when I went to control panel and
tried to select anything, a window popped up saying that
Rundll32.exe was missing. Now it lets me select anything.

Hopefully that takes care of all the problems. You guys are
great! Thanks for the help and I know who to come to in the

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July 10, 2010 at 10:55:57
OOOPS, I see we were posting at the same time. Anyways, if your PC won't boot up in the future, try the method below, it may help you unless someone has already deleted the hidden partition

If you don't have anything important to save on the PC why not try accessing the hidden partition to change the PC back to factory settings?

press f11 when booting up your PC.

Most Dells do have a hidden partition.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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July 10, 2010 at 11:54:32
AllieNicole, Glad to see that the problem is fixed and glad that we could be of help. Thanks for posting back.


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November 11, 2010 at 22:06:36
Here's an article on how to edit rundll in the registry, and repair other problems associated with rundll.

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November 12, 2010 at 14:26:44
Re #7 - This problem has already been fixed if you care to read the post.

I would not recommend any of those "fix-alls" which are bordering on scams.
They come up when you google, with a heading that matches your search.

You don't need to buy that sort of stuff to fix computers and they can often produce more problems than they fix. If there were magic potions to fix all computer ills they would be common knowledge and used by everyone.

By the way, that website does NOT show how to "edit" Rundll, it tells you how to delete a registry entry

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands

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