Restoring Shell32.dll without a repair install

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by PlagueWielder, May 19, 2003.

  1. Hey

    Ive had to do a repair install of windows xp 3 times in the last 2 days becuase Im trying something with shell32.dll.

    I cannot get into windows. I have a backup of the file called shell32.dll.backup in the System32 folder but I cannot access it.

    Is there anyway that I can replace the file with my backup one? I think its possible with the recovery thing on the windows xp cd.

  2. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    make a backup of the file, then if it all goes pear shaped use the Recovery Console

    Installation Info here

    When you boot up there will be an option to boot to the recovery console, you can then copy the backedup shell32.dll into the dllcache (if there is a copy there) and also into the system32 folder as well, that should fix things
  3. I dont think I need to install it since its on the windows xp cd and I can boot into it from there.

    Also, I deleted all the shell32.dll's from the computer (SP1 makes backups of them) except from the one in system32 cause you cant replace it without deleting the others.

    What I need to know is how to use the recovery console to replace the files. I went into it once and it had a bunch of commands and I dont know which one to choose and what to do.

  4. Ok, I did a little research and found the commands that I need to use but I dont know how.

    I think this is what I need to do:

    1. Use the delete command to delete shell32.dll
    2. Use the rename command to rename shell32.dll.backup to shell32.dll.

    Can someone please explain how to use these 2 commands?

  5. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

    When booting to the recovery console you will be presented with


    type the following commands and press ENTER after each line

    cd system32

    del shell32.dll

    ren shell32.dll.backup shell32.dll

  6. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    del - command to delete a file
    ren or rename - commands to rename the files

    ren works as "ren filename new_filename"
  7. Thanks you all. Hopefully I wont have to do this again, 3 times in 2 days seems to be enough :p .