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this application has failed to start because msi.dll was not found


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#1 beesgirl

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 05:39 PM

I get this error whenever i try to download anything. I dont know if this is all the same problem or a bunch of different ones but my add/remove wont open and i cant update through microsoft website or turn auto update on. Its driving me crazy any help is appreciated. running windows xp not sure what other info you may need. I have tried starting windows installer in the services thingy but it wouldnt start said it timed out. I dont have a windows cd I bought this pc used, also it wont let me use the system restore either. when i try to use those things (add/remove or system restore) i click on them and nothing happens. when i try to open security center to turn on updates i got the message that it is stopped and needs to be restarted when i try to start it i get this message....could not start the security center service on local computer. Error 126: the specified module could not be found. again im sorry if this is all confusinig but im not sure if its all related or not. thanks again.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:00 PM

Repair/reinstall the Microsoft Windows Installer:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315353
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:07 PM

ty for replying i just tried that from your link provided and when i typed msiexec.exe /unregister in the cmd and hit enter i got this error. this application failed to start because msi.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:28 PM

The other thing I can think of is to try sfc /scannow. Do you have a XP CD?
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 06:33 PM

no i dont have the cd i bought this pc from a rent to own place and os was already on it. i have tried that sfc/scannow it doesnt work either. but ty anyways for taking time to answer! if i restore with ctrl and f11 would that fix it? is there anywhere to download the missing file? sorry but im next to clueless.

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:11 PM

That will take it back to the day it left the factory. You will lose you documents and such

Edited by garmanma, 19 October 2008 - 08:12 PM.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 06:41 AM

ok ty

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 06:35 PM

well i fixed it! i took a huge chance though so i wont advise anyone else to do it. But i searched for a download of the missing file found a dll download site and downloaded it put it in the correct folder and it worked like a charm! I know I took a HUGE chance downloading somthing like that but either way broke computer or the way it was, was driving me nuts. But anyways just wanted to let you know i got it.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:04 PM

If it's a last resort, why not. Glad you got it working
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