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cannot find rundll32.exe


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Jamie ryan

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Hello. Whenever i try to click on add or remove programs in control panel it says cannot find rundll32.exe.
I know that the problem is that some files are missing and i have put in a windows xp cd and run sfc /scannow, but i dont have my windows xp cd and i was wondering if their was some other way of solving the problem. Thanks.
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If you have downloaded and installed SP2, you can find a copy of it in C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386.
Copy it to the c:\windows\system32 folder.
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thanks for the reply. i've got the sever pack 2 cd but can't install because i havnt got enough space. so is there anyway i could copy the files straight from the cd?
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I have never seen the contents of a SP2-CD (because I dowloaded mine).
But I think it should be in X:\i386 (just like the Windows XP Setup Disc)
(where X: is your CD-Drive letter).
You can't directly copy it because, the rundll32.exe will be called rundll32.ex_ in there.

Follow the steps below, to get it back:
Start -> Run.
Type: cmd
Press <enter>.
In the command-prompt windows type: expand x:\i386\rundll32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe
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Jamie ryan

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I've followed the directions but in the command-prompt window, it says Can't open input file: x:\i386\rundll32.ex_.
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you cannot directly copy it, but I believe you can expand it by choosing it in Explorer and then right clicking and choose EXTRACT and then pointing to your desktop

So, double click MY COMPUTER, choose the CD, right click, choose exploer

look for rundll32.ex_ and right click it, then choose EXTRACT, then move the file to c:\windows\system32
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if that will not work using windows built in extract, download 7-zip

http://www.7-zip.org/

install it, and use that to right click and choose extract

I KNOW that one works on windows compressed format
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Jamie ryan

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i've had a look on the cd and cant find rundll32.ex_ anywhere. (the cd isnt a copy) so do you know where exactly the file is
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are you certain the file is gone....check c:\windows\system32

Let's not put the cart before the horse
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Jamie ryan

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the file is definitly gone
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Download the zip file from the following link:
http://www.spywarein...rundll32_xp.zip

Unzip it; copy the rundll32.exe to c:\windows\system32
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Jamie ryan

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Thank you very much, it finally works.
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Download the zip file from the following link:
http://www.spywarein...rundll32_xp.zip

Unzip it; copy the rundll32.exe to c:\windows\system32



Thanks Darth. I'm gonna give this a try. I know this post is a million years old but I wanted to say thanks in advance anyway :)

Christy

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Will this verison of rundll32.exe work for Vista also?
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