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Thread: Shell32.dll error on boot




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    I recently uninstalled internet explorer 6-on a different computer than this one.(control panel-install/uninstall-Microsoft Internet explorer 6 and tools)I rebooted when the prompt said so, and now it wont boot up. I can get to just the background, and then i get a shell32.dll error. If i hit close, nothing happens. I get a different error in safe mode, then, on its close, i get the shell32.dll error again. I am using Windows ME.

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    Since the Shell is the main kernel of the OS, this error normally means it is time to format/reinstall. What you might want to do first, though, is to install WinME again over the existing copy on your computer. This will sometimes allow the corrupted system files to be overwritten with a good version and the system will become stable again.

    This does not always work (don't even know if I can say it works often at all since I'm not an ME fan), but you'll want to make sure that you backup any critical data before you try this. Since it is a shell error, you should be able to boot from a boot disk into a DOS mode and copy any important data to another partition or onto floppy.

    Good luck. :)
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    If ya have the System Restore facility enabled just roll back to a time before the problem occurred and this can be done in safe mode. :smokin:

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    As I stated before, I don't care for WinME, but will this really work for a corrupted system? It was my understanding that the system restore was for dodgey drivers, not system files.

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    It will work for drivers and programs so long as it hasn't been disabled to save disk space. :smokin:

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    i cant boot in safe mode, ill try dos

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    oh, and how would i copy my data to a different partition.-i have tried to reinstall ME, but it wont run- can i run it through dos...if so, how?

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    Here are some very basic DOS commands that should help you out...

    dir
    Gives a listing of files in the directory (folder) you're currently in.

    copy
    Copies specified file(s) to a new location.

    format
    allows you to perform a full format of a designated drive.

    You should be able to type the command name follwed by a /? to get some help and syntax usage for the commands. This should allow you to at least get a backup copy of important data so that if the installation fails, then you can scrap it and start fresh.
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    We ran into this problem on a Win95 system and the way we fixed it was actually quite simple, we just re-installed IE 5.5 sp2. That should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralexander
    We ran into this problem on a Win95 system and the way we fixed it was actually quite simple, we just re-installed IE 5.5 sp2. That should work.
    How can he reinstall something if he can't actually get into a working operating environment? :)

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