Hi, I installed a new motherboard, CPU and RAM on my son's old pc. Originally it was an Acer and only came with an OEM version of XP and as stated on previous posts, would not install. I got around this by using another version of XP from an Aldi Medion pc and this appeared to work fine and I was able to recover/repair and boot into windows.
Windows even accepted my original key code and everything appeared fine until I tried to install the M/B drivers. To cut this thread short, the setup.exe file will not run from the CD drive, however, the windows one will.
Additionally, some programs will run with no problems but others, like IExplorer won't start. The error messages I get include:
The procedure entry point SettDllDirectoryW could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll
Any suggestions? or do I have to do a complete new reinstall?
If i've understood your problem corectly, you have installed a new motherboard & processor (and some other stuff) and continued to use the same hard drive with an existing Windows XP installation on it.
If that is the case, you stand very lttle chance of getting it to work properly without a fresh install of windows. When XP installs it puts in and configures some very specific info about the hardware in the computer and how to communicate with it (google Hardware Abstraction Layer or HAL).
If you have changed the hardware, especially the motherboard and processor, I do not know of a way to get everything working properly without a reinstall.
Others may know of something, but the HAL is almost certainly your problem.