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'This application has failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem


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#1 frankp747

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 11:23 AM

Someone please help I was doing a system restore when the computer turned off when i rebooted it, the next time i turned my laptop on it goes to the log on screen but when I click my name it begins to log on but then an error message pops up titled Explorer.EXE - Unable To Locate Component and it says 'This application has failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.' So I click 'OK' and all that shows up is my wallpaper. No icons on the desktop no toolbar on the bottom no start menu no nothing just my picture. I really don't have a clue what to do at all. If anyone could give me clear instructions or any tips on how to fix this problem it would be greatly appreciated, I have tried using the drivers disks to try to install but i cant access the dvd /cd drive wont open the disk juast sits in the dvd cd drive as well please help plus now it laptop whn i try to boot it stays at the windows xp screen but does not want to go any further then scanning there its a acer aspire 5670 with widows xp professional, sincerely frankp747

Edited by frankp747, 08 September 2011 - 11:42 AM.


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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:45 PM

Hello frankp747,

From what I read, the "Wininet.dll" error can be caused by software, hardware, or malware. Why were you performing a system restore?

Have you tried to access Safe Mode?

  • As the computer is booting, tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the "Advanced Boot Options" Menu.
  • Use your arrow keys to move to "Last Known Good Configuration" then press the <Enter> key. Reboot the computer.
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  • If that doesn't work, try "Safe Mode."
If Safe Mode loads then try to do a System Restore using a point before your troubles began.
  • Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools," "System Restore."

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 05:53 PM

Let's try a repair install. Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, allowing XP to install on top of itself. After completion you'll need to go to Windows Update and download & install all updates (except for hardware & driver related updates, which should never be downloaded from Windows Update - only from the OEM websites). Here is a clear tutorial on how to perform a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 06:43 PM

Prior to performing the system restore did you remove any of the Service Pack files via Disk Cleanup?

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:24 PM

no i just was doing a system restore and laptop turned off then when i turned it on it went to screen and gave me thee warning , then lateer when i tried it again all it does is stay loading on windows xp screen , sincerely frank p747

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:33 PM

How did the lap turn off was it plugged in, and you lost power to your house? Or was it running on battery when doing the restore?

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:37 PM

lost power to it battery turned off and when i rebooted got that error message of missing wiiinet .dll then now it just stays stuck at trying to load windows

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:48 PM

In cases like this I would recommend reinstalling windows if you could, because of other possible file corruption, but I will see what other advisors say.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:52 PM

A clean install is certainly the simplest solution, but if it were me, I'd try a repair install first as suggested by Allan:

Let's try a repair install. Boot to the XP CD and choose the SECOND repair option, allowing XP to install on top of itself. After completion you'll need to go to Windows Update and download & install all updates (except for hardware & driver related updates, which should never be downloaded from Windows Update - only from the OEM websites). Here is a clear tutorial on how to perform a repair install: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/


If that doesn't work, then I suppose a clean install is your only option.

Edited by keyboardNinja, 08 September 2011 - 09:52 PM.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:52 PM

i have tried but i can not get the dvd to load the cd i put it into the dvd drive and it sits there reading it wont turn it on i have tried it for days with no luck , i do wish i could re install windows i would right now maybe i just dont know how another way around that, sincerely frank p747

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 09:56 PM

i have tried but i can not get the dvd to load the cd to reinstall windows i put it into the dvd drive and it sits there reading it wont turn it on i have tried it for days with no luck , i do wish i could re install windows i would right now maybe i just dont know how another way around that, sincerely frank p747

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:19 PM

In the BIOS do you have boot from CD selected?

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:26 PM

yes i do but cd is not reading for some reason before i was able to get into bios and i did put it to that setting but i could not get it to open the and read the cd once i did put the cd in the drive it would not run

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 01:43 AM

Just a general question, do you see any mention on the screen during boot up suggesting to "hit any key to boot from CD disk"?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 06:52 AM

If you cannot boot to a cd / dvd it is for one of four reasons:

1) The dvd or cd is bad or not an original disc
2) The drive itself is bad
3) The drive is not the first device in the bios boot order
4) The mobo battery needs to be replaced




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