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Registery Problem and System Restore Probmem!!! HELP!!!

by erhiancheong / February 1, 2011 1:21 PM PST

Hi everyone!

I hope someone here can help me!

Today I ran into a snag when I went to launch Dreamweaver. I got a DLL problem with VIC32.DLL.

The program was working fine last week. Instead of reinstalling all of CS4 Design Premium, I figured I'd try a system restore first, going back a week to when I recall Dreamweaver working last. System Restore said there was a problem and that I had to run CheckDisk first. So, I scheduled a cheskdisk and restarted. Checkdisk ran its course and windows restarted only now when I go to system restore, I get an error saying that

C:\Windows\system32\rstui.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

Likewise, I get such errors with a few other programs (Cisco Clean Access Agent).

I tried to replace the DLL for dreamweaver manually and now it says that the ordinal 234 could not be located in the DLL.

Ive tried a few various Registery cleaners/repairers that CNET rated highly (probably just made things worse)

Does anyone have any idea what I should do? I would try a repair install of Windows of of course dont have the DVD since this was a store bought laptop for college (first PC Ive ever bought from a store).

Thanks everyone!

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You're right
by Jimmy Greystone / February 1, 2011 10:17 PM PST

You're right, those registry cleaners likely only made matters worse. At best, they did absolutely nothing of value whatsoever. I don't care how highly recommended they are, registry cleaners are nothing but snake oil scams. These programs will find "errors" on a virgin install of Windows. And when you think about it, have you ever seen a single one that will even give a vague explanation of how it decides which registry entries are necessary and which should be removed?

At this point, you can try reinstalling Dreamweaver, but you may have made things worse to the point where reinstalling Windows is the only option. Or at least the fastest option, because you likely have some malware that triggered the initial problem. Had you cleared that out first thing, then you probably wouldn't be here posting this question, but at this point you've likely compounded the issue many times over, and it'd be faster and easier to just format and reinstall. But maybe some others will have other ideas. I spend less time worrying about cleaning up malware as I do keeping it from ever getting on my system. Well, at least I did before I got myself a Mac for my primary desktop.

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That's something pre-installed Windows don't do!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2011 9:04 AM PST

Ok, they do let us make RESTORE MEDIA but I found most forget to do that. But even with RESTORE MEDIA I've yet to find any repair install offered.

Make the restore media while you still can.

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