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Problem with explorer.exe - Reinstall Windows?


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David803

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Hiya,

first post here...it looked busy and helpful so I hope you can help me! I had a search, but couldn't find anything that looked like my problem.

Basically, I've tried to install some new hardware, my old machine running ME didn't like it...I had to restart, and now I get the message running along the lines of "Explorer.exe is damaged. You must reinstall Windows". After a bit of looking around I think I DON'T have to reinstall windows, rather repair the explorer.exe file. There's the problem...my machine came with a Recovery CD, which, for whatever reason, is not working, meaning I can't reinstall Windows using that CD. Would it be possible to copy on explorer.exe from different machine? I have data on the HD I'd like back, so I'd really like some recovery options...

Hope you can help!

Thank you.
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bobthemailman

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u may have the system so that it boots from the hd before the cd drive so it would not detect the cd :tazz:
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to change this you have to go into the system bios setup and look for something like system boot device then change the 1st one to floppy then the 2cnd one to ur cddrive and the 3rd to your hd
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u may have the system so that it boots from the hd before the cd drive so it would not detect the cd :tazz:

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Thanks mate, but I've already covered that one...it loads the reinstall utility, and it's from there that it tells me my computer is not the correct configuration...I had to get it repaired once, so they may have installed from a different disc, but not given it to me...grrr.....
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is the cd damaged? if so there is your problem :tazz:
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is the cd damaged? if so there is your problem :tazz:

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CD looks fine...I don't think it's the CD...it worked OK when I used it before they repaired my machine!
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how far you get in instalation
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how far you get in instalation

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Nowhere...it refuses to start installation at all! Just kicks up the message then reboots my machine.

*kicks stupid old computer*
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ok I don’t know but I experienced something similar when my windows disk was damaged - just make sure there is no crud or scratches and check the cd label for holes in the label. and try cleaning the disc drive lens

Edited by bobthemailman, 08 June 2005 - 12:27 PM.

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you need and ebd or emergency repair disk. to start the pc in dos.
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Tim.s is on the right track. If you know someone who has computer with the same operating system, use it to make an emergency boot disk (startup disk) so you can startup in DOS. Then copy Explorer.exe to the startup disk as an added file. Then when you boot up with the disk you will get the command prompt;

A:\>

add this

copy A:\explorer.exe C:\Windows\

exactly as it is with the backward slashes and everything, then hit Enter. It will copy the file into the folder, and if it's the only corrupt file you should be able to run windows again. :tazz:
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