I deleted C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe now what??

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  1. STMayes559

    STMayes559 Registered Member

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    I am despirate to fix my computer. It has been messed up for quite some time now and I have no idea how to fix it. Folders such as Add or Deleted programs in My Control Panel do not open. I get a message saying,
    "Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe'." I can't figure out how to fix this problem. Please help me!??
     
  2. dw426

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    Best thing to do is use your Windows install disk to repair it if possible, otherwise, you MAY need to reinstall Windows.
     
  3. STMayes559

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    I don't think i have the disk any longer, is there any other way? i deleted all the stuff cause it said it had errors all the time so i just deleted it and cleared the recycling bin is there a way i can undo that?
     
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    Stolen From Here
     
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    how do I search for it?
     
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    Are you familiar with Windows Explorer?
     
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    no, i know i'm a n00b, but i guess that explains how i got in my situation
     
  8. Saraceno

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    Go to start, programs, accessories, then windows explorer.

    Alternatively, just open your recycle bin and click on 'folders' to view the folder directory on your left.

    Versions of windows should be including a 'windows explorer' icon just like it does with the recycle bin. Regular/novice users have no idea how to search!

    I'm not using XP at the moment, but will this user need to click on 'tools', then 'folder options' then the 'view tab' and select 'show hidden files and folders'?
     
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    On the Start menu, go to All Programs, then Accessories, then click Windows Explorer. This will probably open to My Documents but scroll down to the left, click the + sign next to My Computer, then C: drive, then keep clicking the + signs to open to the folders Franklin pointed you to. If you find the file, you can right click on it and click "Copy", then navigate to C:\Windows. You can then right click on the system32 folder , click on paste and the file will be copied to your system32 folder.

    Hope that helps.
     
  10. STMayes559

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    thanks but, i am still having trouble X(
     
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    Ah, yes, Saraceno, you have a point on the system folders question.

    How about post for STMayes how to reveal the system folders. It's way late for me , I have to crash.

    Good luck STMayes, I'm sure someone can walk you through it, there is plenty of competent help here.
     
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  13. STMayes559

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    thank you but it looks like i'm going to have to find a copy of the disk or buy it again X(, If i reinstall windows will i lose all my programs also??
     
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    Backup what you need onto a USB - your resume, applications, important documents. Programs? Plenty to download for free, take about an hour.

    Browser, you can get www.opera.com or www.firefox.com

    MS office can be flicked and you can get www.openoffice.org which does the same.

    Anti-virus you can get something like Avira www.freeav.com or Avast! from www.avast.com

    Media players and other software can be found at either www.portableapps.com or www.portablefreeware.com or even www.download.com

    Easy to do and all free! :D
     
  15. raakii

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    I remember i did the same thing 6 years ago, only to reinstall win 2000.
     
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    I've PM'd you a share link to a RAR file which contains a copy of rundll32.exe which you can extract to the system32 folder.

    Hope it can help?
     
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  18. STMayes559

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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU i haven't tried it yet but it looks like it will work!! i'm not on my computer so i can't do it at the moment but if i can ever repay yall i will THANK YOU i will let y'all know how it goes when i'm back in town and can do it
     
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    IT WORKED
     
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    Good stuff ST. Just send a carton of Heineken, and that should cover it. ;)

    Franklin and crofttk, they'll give you their orders. Cheers! :D
     
  21. missinglink

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    Would you mind forwarding that to me as well? I have the exact same problem with a missing rundll32.exe and i would really appreciate it if you could help me with the problem.
     
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    PM'd the link.

    Hopefully it will work for you as well?
     
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    So how do i unzip the folder? and how do i get it into the system32 folder?
     
  24. crofttk

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    Right click on it and look for "Extract all..." or "Open With" with sub-menu "Compressed (zipped) Folders". On the extracted file right click and select "copy". Then in Address window put c:\windows\system32 and hit enter. Then right click inside the files list and select "paste".
     
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