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"The procedure entry point strcat_s could not be located in the dynamic link library msvcrt.dll"

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After an automatic update of an "out of date file" detected by "Package and Deployment Wizard" of Access 2000, I got the noted message on restart.  The computer ( Acer Notebook running Windows XP)  did not restart correctly.

It loads until the request for logon and pasword, then the message appears. I get the desktop image but without any shortcut, and it freezes.

As the computer has no disk drive, I built a bootable USB key for Windows XP with Bart PePuilder, and I succeed to replace msvcrt.dll in C:/Windows/System32 by the one copied from another XP computer.

But this did not solved the problem.

The only information I got on Internet in another forum about this problem was from another guy who has the same  problem then I. And he had not received any answer.

Can you help me to restore the right content of the dll file. Or maybe the problem is elsewhere?

Than you for your attention.

Raymond Brodeur
raybrodeur@videotron.ca
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If the system is running try SFC/ scannow but you may need to reapply some Windows Updates afterward
Alternatively just copy across the msvcrt.dll from your XP CD
See: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324762
The other location to use would be C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$\msvcrt.dll
Which should be a backup of the last correct update of the files at C:\Windows\System32
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Thank you for your fast answer.

I cannot run SFC /scannow because my notebook has no cd drive to read Windows cd.

I told I had changed msvcrt.dll but I realize that I could not do. This dll is used and send le message even in safe mode

I can use some fonctions of Bart PeBuilder but only when booting in safe mode with promt command.

If I try to boot from the usb key, that works for a moment but stop suddenly with the message : Windows stopped not to damage the computer.....

I am going to thing I will have to reinstall Windows.... Have you some other idea ?

Thanks

Raymond Brodeur
raybrodeur@videotron.ca
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USB CD Drive?
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Probably this can be a solution.
Will test it. I think a friend has one.
Will give feedback later.
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Hi
I connected a USB cd drive on my netbook and tried to boot from it with an old original Windows XP disk. I  listed the cd drive in first row in Setup boot order.

But the computer did not recongnized the cd drive....

I copied the entire Windows disk on my bootable USB stick and booted from it. Starting Windows Setup.exe manually, I reached Windows installation menu. But no way to Repair. Trying to re-install Windows I got the message that the version I have on the computer is newer than the one I want to install....and refuses to go on...

So, what should be the next step ????

Thanks
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Not all USB CD Drives are compatible with system BIOSes but it should be recognised by Windows (even if you have to unplug and replug it) & should let you run the SFC.
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...but Windows does not boot completely. After having asked for logon and pasword, it freezes with the background image of the destop.....
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As I could not find solutions, I contacted a technician who discovered that the disc of my computer had failed. He changed that disc, re-installed Windows, and I could rebuild every software I used formerly.

So thank you, MASQUERAID, for your help. This thread can be closed.
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