My desktop computer is unusable (I'm posting this from my laptop). At startup, it gives an error message that it was not shut down properly. It gives me the option to start normally or start in safe mode. No matter what I select, it just reboots itself. I'm positive the cause isn't a virus. Last night I tried to speed up the computer by disabling non-essential programs from loading at startup. I used a freeware program (that I forget the name of) to guide me. I think something crucial must have been disabled, corrupted or deleted - oops.
I googled my computer problem and found this: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...;NoWebContent=1 It's been years since I bought my computer, so I have no idea where the XP CD is. The Windows Recovery Console isn't installed. I've tracked down a .zip of Kernel32.dll here: http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?kernel32
My question is: now what? Can I unzip the Kernel32.dll file, burn it to a CD and use it to fix my desktop? If so, is there anything special I need to do? I'm a bit confused. I'm hoping this is a problem I can fix myself (I live in a small town and it will be weeks before I have a chance to take it into the city). I'm generally comfortable with troubleshooting and am good at googling for/following instructions, but am I in over my head with this?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Edited by mlb275, 27 June 2010 - 12:46 PM.