Deleted DLL files

  John Ross 17:26 05 Jul 2006

My daughter was told she could make her computer run faster and clear up the hard disk if she deleted all DLL files.

Having doen this her PC seems still to work, but not quite like it did before!
For some reason there still seem to be over 5000 on the c drive.

It won't shut down properly

A notepad file opens at the end of bootup that says :

[email protected]%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21787

Any suggestions as to how to make the PC recover? It is running XP Pro SP1.
thank you!

  rawprawn 17:29 05 Jul 2006

System restore

  rawprawn 17:31 05 Jul 2006

Download and run this free program
click here

  Diodorus Siculus 17:31 05 Jul 2006

That made me smile.

Are they still in the recycle bin? IF so, try restoring them.

System restore is a better option if it works though...

  Diodorus Siculus 17:31 05 Jul 2006

Run CCleaner after things are back to normal!

  VoG II 17:38 05 Jul 2006

click here

She probably just deleted the dll cache.

  rodriguez 17:39 05 Jul 2006

Whoever told her that deleting all DLL files speeds up the computer either needs pushing off the end of a very long pier with a very long stick, or they need some basic computer knowledge that DLL files are cruicial for the system to run on and need telling this before they ruin their own computer :-P Anyway try System Restore, if that doesn't work try going on Start, Run then typing in sfc /scannow (you will need your Windows disc) and if that fails just backup all the work and files you want to keep and reinstall Windows.

  John Ross 20:35 18 Jul 2006

System resore didn't work for any of the restore points.
I am not sure why.

The sfc /scannow seemed to work (once i spotted the space)

VoG's link to Microsoft solved the nortepad problem.

CCleaner looks a better option!

Thank you : if only eveything / everyone in life were as helpful and informed.......

  keef66 09:39 19 Jul 2006

Possible that system restore relies on .dll files to run??

CCleaner is simple, quick and removes impressive amounts of rubbish. If you have more than one user account you need to run it from each desktop.

Perhaps your daughter could suggest to this helpful individual that deleting all the .exe files is much more effective?

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