Pls HELP! WININET.dll was not found, DLL missing, corrupt or wrong version...

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  1. LeeLee

    LeeLee Registered Member

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    Hi, I am unable to open IE and some other selected programs. I am currently using Windows XP. The previous user screwed up my computer and I have no idea exactly what he did. This is what it appears on the screen now.

    "This application has failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."

    And once I have closed this message, another message pops up....

    "ERROR: Cannot find import; DLL may be missing, corrupt, or wrong version. File WININET.dll, error 126"


    1) Where and how do I obtain another copy of the WININET.dll file? There are some website that offers free downloads. Are they safe? How do I know which version to use?

    2) I can't even locate this file in my hard drive. Where exactly is it? Please very kindly specifiy the directory and how to reach there.

    3) Any possible ideas as to what caused this?

    4) I can't even open up the Nero to backup my files onto a CD and I don't have a memory stick. There is no way I can fit those files onto a floppy. Any suggestions as to how I can backup my files now?

    5) Do I have to re-install my entire operating system?


    PLEASE VERY KINDLY HELP!!! I am totally lost when it comes to computers. Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!
     
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    Tassie_Devils Global Moderator

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    snowbound ;) has given you good links to get and dl/install it, but here are some more facts for you to read over on it.

    http://www.programchecker.com/file/13819.aspx

    Cheers, TAS

    edit: I checked mine, and found 2. One in just system32, and one in System32/dllcache.... but both of mine have the same Version #....

    Just follow instructions from snowbound's links in dl/installing anyway. :)

    TAS
     

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  4. gerardwil

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    Hi Tas,

    I am following this tread which could have a lot of ins and outs.
    For now I wonder why your file is that "outdated".
    My version is: 6.0.2900.2781

    Gerard
     
  5. TopperID

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    Would running the System File Checker be able to replace the missing .dll?

    There is no harm in trying; so to run it, click Start/Run and type 'sfc.exe /scannow' (without the quotes but with the space between the 'e' and the '/'). System File Checker will then search for missing system files and replace them where necessary.

    You may need to insert your windows CD if requested to do so.
     
  6. Tassie_Devils

    Tassie_Devils Global Moderator

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    Gerard,
    Dunno mate....:doubt: Mine is 6.0.2800.1525 [are you referring to the fact my screenie looks like a 5 and not a '6'....

    TAS
     
  7. gerardwil

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    Hi Tas,

    No it's not the look of your screenie. Just the version number (6.0.2800.1525).
    The dll's in the attached screenie here are all version 6.0.2900.2781
    Cheers,

    Gerard
     

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  8. Tassie_Devils

    Tassie_Devils Global Moderator

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    sorry guys, hijacked the thread a bit here :doubt:

    Gerard, PM sent.

    TAS
     
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