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Bad Image error message.

by golfr.2 / September 27, 2009 7:17 AM PDT

for no apparent reason, my pc will not fully boot all startup programs.
I have only adAware, AVG, messenger, and my network connection starting at boot up.
It tries to boot messenger and the error message comes up:
Windows\winSxS\\gdiplus.dll is not a valid windows image.
Then all boot operations cease.

WhenI tried to open Device Manager this message came up: mmc.exe-bad image. Avira also gets a long involved message similar to the messenger one and will not boot.

I hope someone can help with this as my system is dead in the water.

I have run registry scans, virus scans, and malware scans, finding nothing.
I am running XP home with all the latest service packs and updates.

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Several options
by Steven Haninger / September 27, 2009 9:45 AM PDT

Restart and press F8 before Windows loads and select "Last known good". If that doesn't work, you can try system restore and select a date prior to when the error began. If still no good, a repair installation could bail you out.

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will do
by golfr.2 / September 27, 2009 7:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Several options

I will try the last known...hve tried sys restore back about a month to no avail.
thanx for the suggestion

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