Solved Why would this appear on a Windows XP box?

May 20, 2016 at 14:04:58
Specs: Windows XP
The procedure entry point InitializeCriticalSectionEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll message appears on a Windows XP box a few moments into the start-up routine. Why does this happen if this is a Vista related concern or problem?

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May 20, 2016 at 17:15:39
The function "InitializeCriticalSectionEx" function does not exist in XP. It was introduced with Vista. It appears that a program designed for Vista or later is configured to run at startup.


#1
May 20, 2016 at 14:15:54
You refer to Vista in your closing line...

Have you upgraded XP to Vista?


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#2
May 20, 2016 at 15:21:49
I think you might be saying that the error message is Vista related. If so, from what I can make out it can happen on other systems including XP. EDIT: Seems not from other responses.

The para starting "To fix this, I’ve published" might be of interest/help:
https://tedwvc.wordpress.com/2013/0...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
May 20, 2016 at 17:08:27
The function InitializeCriticalSectionEx() was added in Vista, or so the MSDN tells me.

CTerry, what did you install last? Whatever it was, it's trying to load with Windows, and failing because it's incompatible with WinXP.

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#4
May 20, 2016 at 17:15:39
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The function "InitializeCriticalSectionEx" function does not exist in XP. It was introduced with Vista. It appears that a program designed for Vista or later is configured to run at startup.

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#5
May 21, 2016 at 07:34:16
Guys/Gals/whatever--will respond as follows:
trvlr--NO upgrade to Vista, am an XP man--Will go straight to Windows 10 (when I can afford it AND if computer can take it).
Derek--Yes, the error message appears to be Vista related--this I gleaned from other research that I have done, hence the question. And thanks for the wordpress article--just a bit too complicated for me (sorry).
LMiller7/Razor2.3--You guys seem to be hitting close to the mark, but I can't remember what it was or is that I loaded that would be causing this. I guess I could go through all the start-up apps and turn them off one by one until I find it. Or maybe I just live with it.

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#6
May 21, 2016 at 17:30:46
"am an XP man"

Install SP3.

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#7
May 21, 2016 at 18:09:40
"I could go through all the start-up apps and turn them off one by one"
Good idea but several at a time would be quicker.

While you are at it some might not be necessary and others might not need to run all the time (run from shortcut as and when required instead).

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#8
May 22, 2016 at 11:35:03
I agree with Johnw. If you've never upgraded to SP3, that could very likely be the problem. Although being "an XP man", I would think that you'd have upgraded to SP3 about 8 years ago.

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#9
May 24, 2016 at 08:50:02
Folks, thanks again. I checked the Add/Remove Programs program and found something interesting. There is a line entry for Windows SP3, but no data about the program on the right side of the box. Seems like SP3 WAS there, but now it is not. Guess I need to find a downloadable version of SP3 and reinstall. Thanks for the help guys. Will see if this works.
JohnW...none of the links I followed from your response lead me to a downloadable version of SP3. They all seem to think that "XP is no longer supported"...heheh. Sigh...will find one somewhere. I thought I had a CD but can't find it. Ah well....

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#10
May 24, 2016 at 08:58:07
XP SP3, see this:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/det...

I'm surprised it does not offer it on Windows Update. Support has stopped but I thought they still offered old updates. Having said that, some time after Win 98 support stopped the update website fell apart, probably due to lack of maintenance.

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#11
May 24, 2016 at 13:45:16
If you're unsure which SP you're running just open 'system properties' (right click 'my computer' then 'properties'). It'll show there.

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#12
May 24, 2016 at 22:02:07
DAVEINCAPS - windows key and Break key

Derek's link in #2 points to Visual C++ 2012 Update 2 software and an inherent bug in it that Visual C++ Studio 2012 Update 3 fixes for XP.

To me it sounds like you need update 3 for Visual Studio 2012. For sure do SP3 for XP. It is still available but most other updates are gone from MS servers. Thing that really ticks me off is that the way back machine won't go way back but allows MS to re-direct to pop up their not available search results page instead. What is the point of a way back machine that won't go? Worse, one that conspires with MS? I've had very few success stories with that way back machine.

Lee


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#13
May 25, 2016 at 21:36:30
Yeah, there's several ways to get there.

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