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This application failed to start because iertutil.dll was not found. Reinstalling this application may fix the problem

Last Modified: 2012-02-15

This error was presented to me on an XP Pro PC. It is about the 5th time I have seen it in about 2 weeks (on other computers).

Initially I copied iertutil.dll from another PC (I'm note sure if it was SP2 or SP3 or even if is is relevant). This got the PC up and running to desktop stage, but IE wasn't working properly. I ran a repair XP installation from CD which fixed IE to the point where it opens up a web page but whenever internet options, or home button, or a few other things like windows update, it give the message "the specified modeule cannot be found"

Any fix for this ?

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Hi Bill,

Your first line supplied the answer. Thet were using IE 6.0 Removing this and installing IE8 enabled me to access the Windows update website and bring the computer up to scratch. Seems ok from there.

Excellent!  Thank you Riselaw.  Glad you sorted it.

I'm going to be perfectly honest with you about my expectations regarding Internet Explorer, and I have a feeling you may hear more back from the users once they start using IE8.

I eventually updated to IE7 after resisting the change and keeping IE6 on my XP systems for about a year after IE7 was released.  That entailed running a *.reg script to show and move the traditional Menu Bar up to the top above the Address Bar where it should be, and another to hide the silly new Search bar and get a nice wide Address Bar again.  I removed Search Providers leaving just Google UK and removed the Accelerators that just cluttered my Right-Click actions, and I got to a usable layout that was more comfortable to use, but then found too man things just not working or or only working intermittently.

It was a farce.  A complete abomination of a browser.  I began using Mozilla Firefox almost exclusively until that became a piece of bloatware, and that was happening as I was contemplating (later than most) an update to the wonderful new IE8!!

I got the same old crap, only slower than IE6 or 7 and with a lot more bloat, bugginess, and intermittent and permanent "issues".  I've never seen an MS browser that needs to be "fixed" so frequently by re-registering a huge list of DLLs.

I now use Google Chrome almost exclusively and will only use IE8 if something simply does not work in Chrome.  In my opinion IE8 is the worst browser I have ever used, and despite having a major aversion to Google's general desire to know everything about everybody on the planet, it's the lesser of the two evils.

There, that's my furious venting out the way.  Expect some further questions from your users/clients once they start using IE8.

Thank you for listening - if you did ;-)

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