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rundll32.exe Application not found


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My computer recently began bugging out. Many icons don't work as they should. They either open an "Open With" window and I have to browse through my computer to find the program, which is the only way I can open programs, or (as in the case of most of my icons in Control Panel) it says rundll32.exe is not found. I checked the Task Manager and rundll32 is missing from Processes. I think that may be the problem. I tried a system restore but that did nothing to help.

Please help, it's been really frustrating. Thank you.

Edited by waahooo, 04 September 2006 - 04:33 PM.

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You can also start this with task manager, file, new task, type sfc /scannow then press enter

Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc defragmenter

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

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Okay, everything you said was good up until typing sfc in the run command. When I typed sfc /scannow, the Open With window appeared again. Where can I find the sfc in my computer so I can start it?
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Did you try with task manager

Click file, new task, type sfc /scannow then press enter
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Same thing happens when I try it with Task Manager.
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You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need your XP product key to complete this

The XP Product Key is a 25 character alpha numerical code, which does not include the sequence OEM


If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install

Click this to view the XP Repair Install Guide

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

The XP repair install will look and run as a normal install, however, you must not see a request to format the drive


After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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Possibly, you will need to press the start button and keep tapping the delete key, (possibly F2) until the PC enters set up.

Am I supposed to do this while Windows is already started or while my computer is booting up? I've been doing it while Windows is already up but nothing seems to be happening...
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As soon as you press the start button
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Nothing seems to be happening when I do that.
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Is that with delete and F2

If you boot the PC, on the very first screen will be, " press ????? " to enter set up
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the above solution is complicated

Simply follow the bellow step... ur problem will be solved

Try it.
Click Start, Run. Type command and press Enter. Type notepad and press Enter.
Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.


Code: Select all
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"




Save this as fix.reg to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file type: All files in Notepad.)
Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm.
Reboot your computer.

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the above solution is complicated

Simply follow the bellow step... ur problem will be solved

Try it.
Click Start, Run. Type command and press Enter. Type notepad and press Enter.
Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad.


Code: Select all
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"




Save this as fix.reg to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file type: All files in Notepad.)
Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm.
Reboot your computer.


Thanks Somu. :) Which text needs to be copied? Just the stuff in blue? I know it seems obvious but I wanted to be sure. This whole RUNDLL thing has me a bit jumpy. I'm worried about (further) harming my computer.

Thanks!

Christy

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Just copy the stuff in blue, yes.

~os
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Copying and pasting that code (and then doubleclicking the file and saying Yes)worked for me on a computer I was working on for someone.

Thanks!

Edited by Troyos, 16 February 2010 - 12:18 PM.

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i cant open applications or my control panel, i get the same rundll.exe as described here and i followed the steps, my querie is that once i copy the file, then open the notebook folder a whole page of text appears ....do i copy over the top of this?

thanks
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