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Robertyyy
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Hi all, my computer says its missing c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe, i have been told i need to install my Windows 7 again is that true? i have backups on a SanDisk backup but i have never used these sticks before, i have just used disks before. help!!

Posted 7 years ago
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whs
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The rundll.exe is important. It performs a similar function as the svchost.exe. You can try to fix it by running SFC /SCANNOW in an elevated command prompt. If that does not work, make a Repair Install ( http://www.sevenforums.com/tut.....stall.html ).

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Robertyyy
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Hi whs, I have tried SVC /SCANNOW in an elevated command prompt, but it says, windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. I will try your second option, thanks.

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LH
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Shutdown the computer, wait 10 seconds, bootup in Safe Mode, and try again,
sfc /scannow

Posted 7 years ago
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Robertyyy
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It done the exactly same thing LH, but i was unable to start my computer in safe mode, i have gone to the administrator tools then the diagnostic startup, and i could not get through to the internet, so i had to start it again in the normal startup, normally you just press the F8 to run it in safe mode, but i was not allowed to do that, what should i do know? thank you.

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ispalten
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A few questions please :

1) What gave you the error message?
2) Who told you you have to re-install Windows?
3) Do you have the file c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe? (open a COMMAND PROMPT and issue DIR RUNDLL32.EXE /S to see if you do and where).
4) What type of backup do you have on the 'sticks' and how big is it?
5) What program was used to create the backup and how much did you back up?

Usually this is caused by a virus, av.exe, do you have it still running (open Task Manager and look at processes)?

If not, it can be fixed a few ways.

One is just copy the file over to the requestion folder if you have another copy on your system, then run http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm to 'hook it up'.

Scan system with a good anti-virus as this situation usually appears after xp gurdian 2010 virus attack or xp anti-virus 2010 attack. Then download a file, " exe file association fix" from this link, http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm and after downloading, this run thes file. Hopefully this will fix it.

Otherwise you'll need to get the file off of your Install CD's. If this is the case, post back for instructions.

Posted 7 years ago
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LH
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Disconnect from the Internet and try again.

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whs
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1. Is the rundll.exe file actually missing. Did you check that in the system32 folder
2. If you want to see what the SFC actually found, paste this command into an elevated cmd and hit Enter:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log

3. If you want to trace who issued the message, use this method: http://www.vimeo.com/10514220

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Robertyyy
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Thanks for your help, whs, LH, & ispalten, but this computer stuff is getting a little bit to hard for me at the moment, i will see if tommorow if i feel any better, i will contact you all on thursday if thats ok, thank you all.

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Robertyyy
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Hi whs, if i made a make a Repair Install does it mean i wont lose my email or google earth or any of my games, because i am logged in as an administrator but i dont know if i can log into windows 7 as an administrator trying to set up windows 7? like your 2 choice is asking, i still cant get anything when i put in a cd, but i can get though to it by clicking my computer.

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whs
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1. Repair install does not touch your data - but it never hurts to have a backup for additional safety. It should not touch installed programs either. But those are easy to reinstall anyhow.

2. If you ran the System File Checker (SFC) in cmd, you must be logged in as admin. cmd runs only as admin.

3. I am not sure I understand your question regarding the CD. But if you want to load from CD, you have to set the CD/DVD reader as first boot device in the BIOS. You do that by changing the boot sequence which you enter by tapping a function key after you started the PC. Depending on the manufacturer, that can be F12, F2, ESC, etc. But the first boot splash screen will tell you.

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LH
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Probably a Recovery CD,

Posted 7 years ago
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Robertyyy
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Thank you whs very much!!!!!!!!!!!! I tried out your second choice of doing a Repair Install and it worked very well, I kept all my games and programs , I lost that warning that I did not have the c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe, Thank you again whs!!!! And if you want my vote you will become a Moderator, but you probably have a good job anyway, thank you LH as well if it was not for the How-To Geek website I would be lost, Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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whs
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Robert, I am glad it worked out. And thanks for the "moderator thought" - but I am not the type for that. I don't have the patience .

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Robertyyy
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Hi whs, I just want to say thanks again!! What happened was i gave my computer and windows 7 disks 32 and 64 to this girl who was meant to be a computer repairer about two weeks ago, she kept it for 3 days then it was returned by two different people, they had not fixed the c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe at all, and they did not fix anything, you can guess what she has done, anyway Thank you again whs!!!

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LH
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Robert. Never give your disks to anyone. Make copies (which you should do anyway), and give them a copy.

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Robertyyy
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LH, Point taken.

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