Windows cannot find

  johnmelad 19:15 03 Sep 2008

When I go into my control; panel and click on add/remove I get the following message:

Windows cannot find 'C:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe

So I can't now remove stuff I don't want. Help, bear in mind that I an not very IT literate


  MAT ALAN 19:19 03 Sep 2008

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1.Put the Windows XP CD ROM disk in the CD ROM drive.
2.Click Start, and then click Run.
3.Type expand X:\i386\rundll32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe in the Open box, where X is the letter of your CD ROM Drive.
4.Restart the computer.

  MAT ALAN 19:21 03 Sep 2008

forgot if that does not work you need to scan for virus's..
Wouldn't be a bad idea to do that anyway...

  johnmelad 19:51 03 Sep 2008

Mat Alan

I copied and pasted your suggestion, changing X: to D: and I get the message Windows cannot open this file:
File Rundll.exe_

XP came pre loaded but I have a CD telling me that the operating system is already installed on your system. Then states that it is a Re installation CD.

The CD also states that - This CD is not for re installation of programs or drivers...

  johnmelad 19:59 03 Sep 2008

I have (latest edition of) Norton anti virus and firewall. Did a virus check Sunday. Have had this problem for several weeks before that.

  MAT ALAN 20:28 03 Sep 2008

you need a full bootable version of XP you could borrow one to copy the file you need...

  bluto1 21:37 03 Sep 2008

Do as MAT ALAN said and when asked for the Product Key, use your own.

  johnmelad 17:57 15 Nov 2008

Unfortunately, all of my friends (like me) are what you would call a silver surfer. We are all new to this, all have laptops that came with the operating system pre-installed so can't get a full copy of XP.

My copy of XP does not have a product key anyway.

Is there anything else I can do?

  MAT ALAN 18:28 15 Nov 2008

My copy of XP does not have a product key anyway..

Then how did you register you O/S...

  Joe R 18:45 15 Nov 2008


download this utility and it will tell you your key. click here

  johnmelad 18:48 15 Nov 2008

When I purchased the PC, the it came with the OS (XP) already loaded.

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