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using DOS command to load missing explorer file

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#1 pickles18


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Posted 16 May 2005 - 07:12 PM

Windows98SE, Avast, Zone alarm. Used add/uninstall programs to remove Trailer Life Campground program. Caused 2 computers to give message: Cannot load explorer due to missing windows/system/COMCTL32.dll file. Cannot start in safe mode. refreshing drivers does not help. On one computer did reinstall of windows and OK. Then copied missing file from this computer to a floppy. On second computer, got error message :cannot complete backup as hard drive is too full (30 gig hard drive, 21.7 is empty).
Therefore only solution I see is to copy missing file using DOS prompts and my floppy. Have done this before but can't remember how to write the correct prompts.
Waiting for cancer surgery so any help most appreciated before I go in.

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 08:10 PM

Assuming that you're using Windows to copy the file from the functional system onto the floppy, that your floppy on the other machine is A: and your hard drive is C:, and you want to get the file "COMCTL32.dll" from the A: drive to the C:\Windows\System directory, the command would be:

copy a:\comctl32.dll c:\windows\system

If you are already at the a: prompt, just type:

copy comctl32.dll c:\windows\system

The first path and file you type is your source; the second is your destination.

If you are lucky and that's the only corrupted file, it might work. If not, you can always do a repair install. (You'll need your Windows key, justincase, and your 98SE disk) Don't format, just install over the top, and then re-install your Windows Updates. Your other programs and data should still work fine.

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 08:31 PM

I also have a COMCTL32.dll in C:\Windows\VCM so you might want to put a copy there too.

copy a:\comctl32.dll c:\windows\vcm

cannot complete backup as hard drive is too full

Replacing COMCTL32.dll might solve this problem but if not try deleting your swap file. Windows will replace it. Use this command:

Del C:\Windows\win386.swp

Dos doesn't need a swap file.

If you use Herks suggestion to install over the top you will need to do all the Windows updates again as they will be gone.

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