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MSVCR71.dll is troubling regsvr32

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Something about MSVCR71.dll or how it's installed seems to be ticking off regsvr32 and I cannot use regsvr32 for anything. Even if I just type "regsvr32" at a command prompt, I get a popup with the flags and telling me I need to specify a dll (per normal). Then, a moment later, I get the following error:

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RegSvr32: regsvr32.exe - Unable To Locate Component
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This application has failed to start because MSVCR71.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
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OK  
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I can do a minimal boot using msconfig (.ini's only) and get the following error when I try to run just regsvr32:

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RegSvr32
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LoadLibrary("msvcr71.dll") failed.
GetLastError returns 0x0000007e.
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OK  
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I don't know how to "reinstall" msvcr71.dll. I've replaced the windows\system32\msvcr71.dll with a known good copy, not that I could unregister or register it.

I know this one is tough, and I'm looking for a real fix, so max points.
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by:LeeTutor
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go to Start -> Run, type MSCONFIG and click OK, click the button for Expand file.  Type in the name of the file  to replace in the File to Restore field, in the Restore From field, choose the option (probably the drive letter for your CD-ROM/DVD where you will place the WinXP installation CD), and type the name of the destination folder (Windows\System32) in the field for Save file in.  Then click the Expand button.

If that doesn't work, try the other methods from this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;888017
How to expand Windows XP files from the installation disk

Then reboot and see if the problem goes away.

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This did not resolve my issue.
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Have you tried the system file checker?  Go to Start -> Run -> type CMD and hit Enter key -> type SFC /SCANNOW and hit the enter key.  Have your XP install CD ready to replace any needed system files.
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Getting a fresh copy of the regsvr32.exe file resolved this issue.
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