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regvr32exe problems
« on: June 05, 2019, 06:09:43 AM »
Hello Members, I'm new here and I hope that someone can help me out with this problem.
I still work with a windows XP home edition and get the last week a message that it can't find regvr32 exe, my PC need it to install new software.
It there anybody who can help me with that problem?

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 07:52:23 AM »
Do you have a restore point back to when this was working - it may be because of something you have installed or because of an infection.

A scan with a robust antimalware scanner may be worthwhile.

You could boot into Safe Mode with Networking and use the ESET Free Online Scanner - https://www.eset.com/us/home/online-scanner/

A sfc /scannow run from the Command Prompt may restore the file but when running that cmd in XP you could be prompted to insert a XP CD as the system may not have all of the i386 files to replace from.

If you don't have a XP CD then you could create install media from - https://softsfreak.com/download-windows-xp-sp3-bootable-iso.html

I would advise running an antimalware scan on this ISO before proceeding with it though.

You can do this with the MSRT - go Start - Run and type mrt and press enter where you will see the file scan option.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 09:52:20 AM »
Hi, thank you for your advice, the problem is that my XP is walking on his last legs, I already use ESET Smart Security, I also tried Zemana, Malwarebytes etc. but the problem still exist, sfc /scannow doesn't work anymore. I think the best way is to buy a repair CD for XP and go from there because the problems are too big.
But thanks again with thinking with me.

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 01:22:32 PM »
How do you mean "sfc /scannow doesn't work anymore" ?

Are you getting error messages ?
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 03:16:20 PM »
If you can get hold of a XP CD then you can boot up with it and select R for the Recovery Console and open Command Prompt.

At the prompt enter bcdedit |find "osdevice"

This will give you a partition letter.

For clarity, that is a Pipe symbol before find and is the uppercase of \

Enter this next cmd using that partition letter instead of the X I have exampled -

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=X:\ /offwindir=X:\Windows

and that will scan and repair as necessary comparing with the XP CD.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 03:21:43 PM »
Thanks for your advice Tom, I will give it a try as soon as I have this CD.

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 03:27:54 PM »
Okay - don't forget to let me know how you get on.

You didn't say why sfc /scannow no longer works.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2019, 03:38:32 PM »
You didn't say why sfc /scannow no longer works

It still ask for the CD, so I did a trick I get from the internet, I downloaded XP sp3 and stored the I368 folder on the C:/ and changed something in the registry...but still nothing.
Of course, I lett you know if I have results with the XP CD.

I hope you understand what I write Tom, I come from Holland and English is not my first language you see.

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 03:45:34 PM »
You're doing fine with the language.

We have another member on here from Holland who goes by the username of Lady.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2019, 03:52:11 PM »
OK, fine you understand me, I have learned English from a friend who lives in England, have you heard of Geoff Capes?

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2019, 01:11:15 AM »
OK, fine you understand me, I have learned English from a friend who lives in England, have you heard of Geoff Capes?

Yes, I remember him from the World's Strongest Man competitions shown on the tv.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2019, 01:26:27 AM »
Yes, that's him.
Tom, can I use any XP install CD for repairing my PC?

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2019, 01:33:23 AM »
No, you will need the Home version.
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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2019, 01:37:00 AM »
Fine, thank you.

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Re: regvr32exe problems
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2019, 02:09:13 AM »
These are the steps to do a repair install but you will need to enter a product key.

However, the COA sticker key may or not validate the install where it is an OEM key on a branded machine.

Because of this I would advise creating a system image and the means to recover from it first if you want to try this route, although the offboot sfc /scannow may resolve.

https://computerstepbystep.com/windows_xp_home_(repair_b).html
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