Solved Uninstalled Internet explorer and now windows. Exe won't run

June 25, 2013 at 14:15:06
Specs: Windows XP
Cannot find iertutil.dll? I know the file is related to Internet explorer. I'm still on Win XP and after I login there are no icons or start menu. Says win.exe, task manager , and dwwin can't run because of iertutil. I bought my computer with XP on it already and don't have recovery disc. Pretty sure I can't make one from a friends computer running XP. What are my options guys? Am I totally screwed? Even safemode is looking for file. But I can load safemode with command prompt. Can I system restore from command prompt?

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June 26, 2013 at 02:59:59
After a lot of beer, and hrs later I ran across a restore point from about a month ago. Everything is good now. Thanks for all of the suggestions


#1
June 25, 2013 at 14:31:33
Yes you can do System Restore from command prompt. This explains it in detail:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixth...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
June 25, 2013 at 14:51:54
Why did you try to uninstall IE in the 1st place?

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#3
June 25, 2013 at 15:06:20
I use google chrome and it never dawned on me that IE had essential files that would affect my OS.

Tried restore in command prompt as well rstrui.exe application has failed to start because iertutil.dll was not found. It says reinstalling the application may fix the problem


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#4
June 25, 2013 at 15:18:51
See if this IE8 download will fix it:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...
Download the file and save it somewhere then double click the saved file to start the install.

Note that you need IE to download Windows updates (until they cease in April 2014).

When you get it going, see these two "How-to's":
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#5
June 25, 2013 at 15:29:35
The only way I can do that is download to another computer and save to flash and install from safemode with command prompt. I tried that the yesterday and setup ran I believe but still nothing

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#6
June 25, 2013 at 15:58:38
Was it a proper uninstall of IE that you did, or did you just remove files?

What version of IE was originally installed?

If you have/had XP Home 32 bit IE8 I can see if I have the iertutil.dll file on mine (email addresses via Private Message section - unsafe just putting them on a forum). What worries me though is that you might then get reports of some other file missing and so on, although it is still worth a shot.

I also found this:
http://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-w...
The important thing is to get the right file version - that's why I mentioned I can only provide one for "XP Home 32 bit IE8".

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#7
June 25, 2013 at 16:17:32
It's XP professional. I can't believe windows didn't even warn against IE uninstall. I did it via add remove program's. isn't there a way to make a restore disc on XP? If so could I make one on another CPU and use it on mine? Or are the settings tailored to the CPU?

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#8
June 25, 2013 at 16:50:44
Found this:
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6142_10...

Standing back from this (and despite my warnings about incorrect file versions) it might still be best to use the iertutil.dll file given in the link in my #6. You can use the method you outlined in your #5. Even if it is not quite the right version it might get your restore working or even the IE8 download to install.

If you can't get to your flash drive or CD in Safe Mode, another method would be to create a Live Linux CD (on another computer), boot to that on the dud machine which will then enable you to copy it across from a flash drive. You might have to change the boot order in BIOS so that the CD drive is ahead of the HD.

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#9
June 25, 2013 at 16:58:32
Another way.

Take the HD out & slave it to another comp, then Copy & Paste iertutil into > C:\WINDOWS\system32\ on the faulty drive.
Put the drive back into the other comp, boot up & let it finish installing IE.


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#10
June 25, 2013 at 17:17:47
Johnw

Glad to see the poster and I are not alone. As always, other options and thoughts are most welcome.


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#11
June 25, 2013 at 17:23:25
Another late ( your crazy hours ) night for you Derek.

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#12
June 26, 2013 at 02:59:59
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After a lot of beer, and hrs later I ran across a restore point from about a month ago. Everything is good now. Thanks for all of the suggestions

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#13
June 26, 2013 at 12:25:34
JasonHouTx81
Good to hear and thanks for letting us now. If you are able to decide on a Best Answer that will mark this thread as closed, although probably the beer did it.

Johnw
That late night is not a record - in the past I've seen the sun starting to rise. Looks like my time clock is about mid America.

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#14
June 26, 2013 at 18:02:36
Uninstalling it via Add/Remove Programs was the right way to do it, at least until you reach IE6, then you can't go further. That's why it didn't warn you about uninstalling other versions, because it something you're free to do.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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