Solved Windows cannot find Rundll32.exe

October 21, 2013 at 14:07:33
Specs: Windows XP
Dimension E520 win xp pro sp2 Rundll32.exe is out of whack.
How do I fix it when exe files will not run?

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October 21, 2013 at 18:55:27
Depending on how you got to where you are now, a file association fix might work. You can download the XP exe fix here:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

Usually though if that's the problem you won't get a rundll32 error so that may not be the reason.



#1
October 21, 2013 at 15:29:31
What is the EXACT message you are getting please?

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#2
October 21, 2013 at 17:42:27
Thank you for asking!

When I right click the mycomputer icon and then left click on properties,
the windows box comes up that says:


Windows cannot open this file:
File: rundll32.exe

What do you want to do?
(1) Use the web service to find the appropriate program
(2) Select a file from a list

OK . . . Cancel

About the only thing I can do with my computer I go on line.
Now you know as much as I know!
hg

message edited by hglucas


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#3
October 21, 2013 at 17:54:17
Perfect reply.

Many things it could be, which means many things we can try, process of elimination.

Lets try system restore first.

I have had good results using in Normal or Safe Mode, different to Last Known Good Configuration in Safe Mode.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...
http://bertk.mvps.org/index.html
http://bertk.mvps.org/html/safemode...
System Restore is accessed the following way:
1. It's a good practice to shut down all other applications before using System Restore, as it requires a full-system reboot to complete the installation. Connecting to the internet is not required, however. So shut all applications. Then click "Start."
2. Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Then the program will load.
Or,
If System Restore doesn't work in Normal Mode, it might work in Safe Mode.
Toggle F8 or Press Ctrl ( depends on your comp ) during bootup ( just before, verifying DMI pool, message comes on )
Select Safe Mode.
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...
How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449


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October 21, 2013 at 18:55:27
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Depending on how you got to where you are now, a file association fix might work. You can download the XP exe fix here:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

Usually though if that's the problem you won't get a rundll32 error so that may not be the reason.


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