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File: rundll32.exe deleted - How do I get it back?

By Tongan
Aug 5, 2007
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  1. When I try to use anything in control panel I get the error message: "Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly..etc"

    I have read countless forums of people with the same problem but nobody ever says how to get the file back.......
    I was wondering if there was somewhere to download this file?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. - This is for Windows XP SP2
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Run your Windows XP disk in repair mode from a cold boot.
     
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    To restore a System32 executable (eg: sndvol32.exe) to the C:\Windows\System32 folder:

    From your hard drive:

    Click Start, Run, type cmd and press enter

    Type cd c:\windows\i386 and press enter (change directory {cd} to whatever path the i386 folder is in, which could be C:\Windows\Driver Cache)

    Type expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe and press ENTER ( note space between .ex_ and c: )


    From your cd/dvd:

    Hold down the SHIFT key, insert your cd/dvd into the tray and close the door - when the blinking lights stop release the SHIFT key

    Click Start, Run, type cmd and press enter

    Type cd e:\i386 and press enter (change directory {cd} to whatever cd/dvd you have the disk in and whatever path the i386 folder is in)

    Type expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe and press ENTER ( note space between .ex_ and c: )


    edit: in case there is a problem using the foregoing: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888017
     
  4. Tongan

    Tongan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 76

    I will go with the XP disk....
    thanks for all the help guys.
     
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