by TONI H - 1/21/07 6:55 AM
In Reply to: Exeplorer.exe Help by mamabear0917
Boot up the computer and as it's booting up tap the F8 key a couple of times...you may have to do this during the Compaq splash screen appearance is that screen hides the actual boot screen from showing so I'm sure you will have to play with the timing on that. Unless you want to go into the SETUP option that might show during that splashscreen and find the location of the splash screen option to turn off/disable the logo/display itself. If you do that, make sure you save the changes so the computer will then reboot by itself and now show you the black and white normal bootscreen.
Once you can get to the boot menu options that will be displayed after using the F8 key, choose Start with Command Prompt.
Once you have the command prompt screen, you will normally be at the C:/Windows> prompt so now type:
COPY C:/WINDOWS/SERVICEPACKFILES/I386/WININET.DLL C:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32
and press Enter.
Make sure you leave a space after .dll and before the next C: that you type
You should get a response "one file copied"
At that point, you can type Exit and it should reboot the computer to the desktop finally if that's the only file that is stopping it from happening.
This file normally wouldn't stop you from booting to the desktop in the first place except some program is trying to get ready to connect to the internet (your ISP if dsl or cable, antivirus, windows itself searching the net to get updates, etc) as soon as you can get to the desktop.
By using the ServicePackFiles folder, you will be getting the version that was installed with ServicePack2. It might not be the newest one that came with KB925454 as an update, so you might still have to go to the link I gave you before to get that installed again. But you should be able to get on the net with this one and get the computer to boot up.
As for the disks...if you can find the one that states "Restore" or "Recovery" disk from your stack of cd's from the vendor, that is the disk that has the XP installation files on it. The vendors rarely give you individual XP installation disks anymore, and some vendors actually use a part of your harddrive as a partition to hold those files so wiping your harddrive without a Restore or Recovery disk leaves you with nothing to use at all. Make sure you have what you need before EVER wiping your drive (formatting it or trying to change the partitioning on it).
If you don't have any disks that indicate Restore or Recovery, get in touch with Compaq directly and see if you can get a replacement set of cd's from them or have them tell you how to burn your own cd from the partition they might have used so you will always have it. You will have to pay a charge for the cd's to come from Compaq but that small charge is better than not having anything at all.
Also, I might suggest that you invest ten bucks and buy a floppy drive. They are simple to install and connect to the motherboard (get the floppy cable as well)and can save your butt in a pinch. I cannot for the life of me understand the logic behind some vendors doing completely away with them. They may not be used as frequently anymore, but they are a small, cheap, and valuable tool even today, and I don't build a computer for anybody, including myself, without putting one in.
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