WinXP home hangs on startup, Windows Explorer Entry Point not found
Posted on 2004-10-16
Dell Dimension 4500, WinXP Home. Installed service Pack 2, with Virus software still functioning. My Network (Belkin 54g wireless with Packard Bell Laptop) stopped working. I uninstalled SP2, but the wireless network still didn't work. Asked some friends who said I was paranoid about SP2. Re-installed it, still forgot to turn off Virus software.
I realised this halfway through so I cancelled the installation. This seemed to work OK so I turned off the virus software and reinstalled yet again. On restart I got a message saying the setup had been interrupted. I restarted yet again and now get messages saying
"the procedure entry point SHCreate ThreadRef could not be located in the dynamic link library SHLWAPI.dll", followed by
"the procedure entry point SHRegGetValueW could not be located in the dynamic link library SHLWAPI.dll".
I click OK on these two messages and then the PC hangs, my desktop is empty. I still have my personal wallpaper and I have gone past the initial screen where I choose my user and password, but no desktop! HHEEEEELLLLPPPPP!!
I have installed Broadband directly on the laptop now and am operating from there... lucky I have 2 machines!