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"The ordinal 654 could not be located in the dynamic link library SHELL32.DLL"

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I am getting the above message when booting into OS. Have tried replacing SHELL32.DLL, still no go.
Decided to try and do a refresh installation of NT, but at point where installation reboots machine, message appears ahain, click on OK and machine restarts again and so on and so on....

Does anybody know how I can sort this one?

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Mark
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See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q173888 - this should solve your problem...
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jkr.

Thanks, but that's not it. The article is related to Internet Explorer and mentions checking the versions of certain files and renaming if any are a particular version.

None were, but I tried renaming them anyway. All that happened then was that NT wouldn't start up at all. Just got message saying that it couldn't find one of the renamed files, and a message saying a memory dump was underway.

The problem still remains.....

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The problem is an incorrect DLL or incorrect call to a DLL.

Have you reapplied your service pack?
Did you install/uninstall any software around the same time as this appeared?

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acmp.

Too much time gone by to know what happened originally to cause the problem or who did what....it's a communal machine.
No, didn't reapply the service pack....I must admit, never thought of that. It's obviously too late now, since the machine is halfway through a refresh reinstallation.
I think it's looking more and more like I will have to reinstall NT from scratch.

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It may not be too late to SP the machine, you might as well try, it only takes a few minutes.

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Well it's all hypothetical anyway, 'cos I can't load NT to install the service pack...unless there's a way to install it without being in NT.

The only thing I can think to do just to get NT working again is to get a virgin copy of SYSTEM32 and SYSTEM onto the hard disk. Do you know where I could get a listing of the aforenmentioned folder contents after a virgin installation of NT?

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mtindill

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If you have another copy of NT on your network you could simply copy the system32 folder over to the troubled machine.  Just drop the bad systems HDD into the good system and copy from disk to disk.

If that doesn't fix it (after service packing it) then it's probably not worth wasting any more time on so I'd rebuild it from scratch.

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Don't worry about not installing the SP.  The SP installer would not open if this is the error you have been recieving.  If you know what SP is on your box you can try extracting the files out of the your current SP installer and replace shell32.dll.  You can use winrar to extract *.exe files.  
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