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XP HAS NO SYSTEM RESTORE AND CANNOT TYPE IN DIALOG BOXES

by Martin B. / January 9, 2009 12:19 PM PST

My system was running just fine until about a week ago and I cannot seem to figure out the problem or fix it myself. I hope someone is able to assist me.

Here's the details of my system:
Dell Optiplex GX 150, XP Pro Svc Pack 3, CA AntiVirus and access the internet through roadrunner.

I am not able to locate a system restore point, there's no calendar or previous date available. I realized I need to go to a system restore when I attempted to enter some info in a dialog box on a website. I can surf the web, but, cannot enter any information in any dialog boxes (ie: entering my acct # to check my credit union, cannot type a request in a google search box and actually, can't even access this site as I can't type in the dialog box (I'm using my old computer). This is actually the issue I need to resolve, but, assisting me with the system restore will be greatly appreciated.

I have run several system scan's in an attempt to locate a virus, thinking, that's the culprit, and the scans have found some threats...I've quarantined them but, it still doesn't fix my problem.

I, all of a sudden notice that I have Internet Explorer 7...don't recall loading that and am wondering if I've been attacked.

Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time. I hope I've included enough information for you to help diagnose the problem. I truly appreciate your help.

Sincerely,
Milissa

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That's not unusual....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2009 1:19 PM PST
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Probably just need to reregister a few DLL files
by Slikkster / January 9, 2009 9:34 PM PST

Oft times these kinds of anamolies are solved by reregistering some Windows Dynamic Link Library files --essentially resfreshing them correctly in the Windows registry. Sometimes glitches can occur to cause one or more common DLL files to have their registration hosed. When that happens, you get problems such as you describe.

See this web page and do the steps outlined as you see them listed:

http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t402329.html


Click Start -> Click Run -> Type: regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll Click OK
Click Start -> Click Run -> Type: regsvr32 jscript.dll Click OK
Click Start -> Click Run -> Type: regsvr32 vbscript.dll Click OK
Click Start -> Click Run -> Type: regsvr32 ole32.dll Click OK

Reboot.

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Addendum to last post
by Slikkster / January 9, 2009 9:38 PM PST

Due to the funky way the CNET forums work, just note that the "Click OK" is not part of what you would type in the "Run" box, lol. All you would be typing in when clicking Start, then Run is:

regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll

(then click OK)

Repeat for the remainder of the DLL's listed. Reboot.

After each regsvr32 command, you should get a popup that tells you that the file was successfully registered.

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