Shell32.dll missing

  Spark6 14:20 17 Dec 2006

My usually reliable XP2 system has let me down over the weekend and I am unable to boot it successfully. The XP CD and an Acronis Recovery CD have both been tried but I end up with the following messages:

Winlogon.exe: Unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because Shell32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem. (It didn't.)


Error loading Shell32. The scheduled module could not be found.

Specific Error Code is 2.

Does anyone know of a workaround/cure for this problem?

I'm going out for an hour or so but will check back later.

  Spark6 16:23 17 Dec 2006


  VoG II 16:35 17 Dec 2006

Have you set the BIOS to boot from the CD drive click here

  Spark6 19:39 17 Dec 2006

Thanks for the suggestion. I've re-checked and the first boot is from the CD drive and, as I mentioned in my post, it has failed with the XP and the Acronis disc.

I've now despaired of curing the fault on the HD and am reinstalling XP and hoping I shall be able to recover my data from an Acronis backup.

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