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#1 DarioGe

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:29 AM

Dear All,

I have a netbook running Windows 7. For a few weeks now, every time I start windows I get a popup error message telling me that there is a problem with COMCTL32.dll and that it may be missing or corrupted. I get the same error when trying to starting various programs, such as Nokia PC Suite. I have tried running a registry scan with CCleaner, using the "System File Checker" utility (from safe mode as well), substituting COMCTL32 with a clean version coming from a brand new Windows 7 Installation in virtual machine and even restoring the PC to a previous restore point. Not even re-installing Nokia Suite, or other affected software, seem to have helped.

Could anybody please help?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

The following was originally posted by Animal, one or our Site Administrators.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in unpredictable results.

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


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