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Regsvr32 returns "bad command or filename"

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I have a user who has windows 98 machine.  I'm trying to have him manually register a dll.  from the c:\windows\system directory when he tries to register it with the regsvr32.exe it returns an error "bad command or filename".  Even when he just types regsvr32 and presses enter it gives "bad command or filename".  the file is there so that's not the problem.  just typing regsvr32 should bring up a messagebox displaying the parameters used for regsvr32.  I've even emailed him a regsvr32.exe to try and I've written a batch file to run the command regsvr32 myfile.dll.  

Any ideas?  Corrupt registry?  Does he need to install or reinstall dcom98?  He says he's not having any problems with his machine.
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by:hewittg
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Have your win98 cd, go to start
run
type in sfc.  Scan for altered files.

Glenn
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by:Crash2100
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try going to the dos prompt and type in the following commands:

C:
cd C:\windows\system
regsrv32 myfile.dll
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by:gencross
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For some reason perhaps the regsvr32.exe file is not in the path.  

at a Dos prompt type: Path[enter].  The windows\system directory should be there.  If it is not goto the autoexec.bat file and add it to the path= line.  If it is double check that the regsvr32.exe file is in the windows\system.  You may also want to test running another EXE file from the same directory as the regsvr32 to see if it runs in the path or gives a error also.  This way you can track down where the problem is.  There may also be something else that is going on that you do not know about since it sounds like you are not in front of the computer yourself.

Hope this helps
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by:pleasenospam
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"manually register a dll"

Perhaps somebody could go into a little detail about the PURPOSE of the registration.
For instance, does this put an entry in the REGISTRY?  If so, what does that do?
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by:danbishop
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Sounds like the file is missing.

Refer to this for explanations, etc.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q249873


Download the file here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q267279


-Dan
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by:emery800
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pleasenospam: Some dll's need to be registered for programs to run properly and once in awhile you get a stubborn one that didn't register and you can do this manually by running the regsvr32.
  dsa7: Did you have them do a search and make sure the file is in the windows\system folder? Dave
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by:dsa7
ID: 6991639
had the user go to the dos prompt.
had him switch to the c:\windows\system directory.
typed dir regsvr32.exe. file was found
had the user type just regsvr32 and press enter
received "bad command or filename"
at the very least the it should have brought up the messagebox listing the parameters for regsvr32

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by:emery800
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I guess it should have worked that way, I usually just run it from the start/run command in windows and you don't have to type the path. Dave
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by:hewittg
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Have you tried to restore it as stated above?

Glenn
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by:pleasenospam
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Suppose it is ALREADY registered.  Will it fail to respond or otherwise do any harm
to register it again?
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by:emery800
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Nope!
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by:hewittg
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My point is, it is not even seen with the dir.


GLenn
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by:emery800
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GLenn: I haven't ever run it from dos, have you? As I indicated you just run it from the start/run window and leave a space before the dll. They could be typing something in wrong from dos. :>) Dave
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by:dsa7
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i had the user read back to me what was in the dos window and had him and it was fine.  I also wrote a batch file that return "bad command of filename"
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by:emery800
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Interesting! :>)
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danbishop earned 100 total points
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Refer to my link above - first one. Last statement from MS states that it has a dependancy. Just because you see the file, doesn't mean it's going to run if it's dependant on something that's not there, like MSVRCT.DLL, which almost every Windows program uses. If your user happened to uninstall an application that removed that file (for instance) then regsvr32 will not work.

Then after you've read the first link, download the package from the second link.

Try this and tell me what happens.

-Dan
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by:dsa7
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Thanks Dan.  I will try that.
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by:pleasenospam
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Before closing this out maybe some kind soul could post the correct version number
and length for REGSVR32.EXE

On my system there appear to be 4 different versions ranging from 10 KB to 37 KB
and the latest version number is for the 10 KB file.

I wonder if this might have been the source of some weird death screens from time to time...
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