I think I must have got a virus or something because quite a few programs I try to run now fail and I get the message "The application has failed to start because oledlg.dll was not found. Re-installing the program may fix this problem".
I've tried re-installing 3 of the programs affected but I still get the same error. I've tried restoring to my previous restore point but that made no difference.
Has anyone got any idea what I can do about it?
I've had a look on various other support forums and I can download the dll. It says to install it in c:/WINDOWS/system32 but I can't find that folder on my PC. Would my PC still run if that whole folder has been deleted?
I've got explorer set to show hidden folders so it's not that. I've searched for a folder called "32" but it didn't show in the results.
It is possible to install Windows to a folder other than C:\WINDOWS, but I doubt that that is the case. If it were, you would need to install the dll into the system32 folder relative to the install folder, for example D:\WIN\system32 if your windows was installed to D:\WIN.
Do you have the WINSOWS folder? If so, you should have both a system and a system32 folder within it. If the system folder is there, you can probably install the dll in system and get it to work. The hard question is why you can't find the system32 folder. It is possible, though unlikely to the best of my knoledge, for malware to make a folder totally invisible, not just hidden in the normal sense.
Perhaps it would help if you post a dir listing of your windows folder. You should be able to do that from the command line. If you have any trouble getting that copied into a post, let us know what you have and someone can advise you further.
There is a option in the "Folder Options"(The same place where you chose to show hidden files) that says "Hide protected operationg system files (Recommended)". It could be that one. there is also one that says "Display the contents of system folders". I didn't see any change when I change these settings but it sound like they have something to do with it.
I just used RUN from the start menu to open the folder & it's there. So why isn't it showing in Explorer?
Oh well, that's not important; at least I've still got it. Now all I have to do is figure out where to put oledlg.dll
Thanks for your help everyone.
No, folder options is in the menu but the WINDOWS folder doesn't appear.
I downloaded a security fix about this dll from Microsoft but I can't get it to install.
Can you recommend a good freeware registry fix program? I've downloaded a few but all they do is tell me I've got errors. I have to buy the full program to get them fixed.
It's really annoying me because I can't run several of my most-used programs - GOM player, Adobe Photoshop (although this does eventually load), Explorer XP - and double clicking a file in Windows Explorer doesn't open it. Even right click, OPEN doesn't work. I have to right click, select OPEN WITH and then the program to use.
It's not something I can't live with, but it's bloody aggravating.
Forget what I said in my previous post. I use JSAS for developing my php websites and that won't run. That has totally fekked me as I can't get on with any work! I really need this problem fixed, or a different way to run my php programs, in double quick time.
Make regular Restore points especialy before installing new software or running your home made progs.
This way if you get probs it could be quickly resolved.