A lot of times when run programs like MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer Setup Wizard, AIM and other programs get a error saying "[program name] has caused a error in ADVAPI32.DLL".
Download advapi32.dll , replace the old one.
Advapi32.dll is a system protection file,and here is how to extract and replace a system protected file in Windows Me:
If you extract a file directly to the destination folder to replace a file that is protected by the System File Protection feature, you may receive the following error message:
|1.||Start your computer in Safe mode. To do this, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Safe Mode from the Startup menu.|
|2.||Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.|
|3.||On the Tools menu, click System Configuration Utility to start the System Configuration Utility tool.|
|4.||In the System Configuration Utility tool, click Extract File.|
|5.||In the Extract one file from installation disk dialog box, type the name of the file that you want to extract, and then click Start.|
|6.||In the Restore from box, type c:\windows\options\install or type the custom location of the installation files.NOTE: Use c:\windows\options\install if you installed a Windows Me retail product, or c:\windows\options\cabs if your computer manufacturer installed Windows Me.|
|7.||In the Save file in box, type c:\.|
|8.||Click OK to extract the file, and then click Yes to create a folder for the extracted file.|
|9.||Drag the extracted file from the folder on drive C to the location of the file that you replaced, and then click Yes to overwrite the file.|
|10.||Restart your computer.|
Extract FileSome files are used in Safe mode and you cannot replace them while they are in use (such as the Wsock32.dll file). To replace these files, use the Extract command that is included on the Windows Me Startup disk.
The specified file is protected and may not be copied or deleted.
You can extract files directly to the destination folder when you start your computer with the Startup disk.
The default source folder for Microsoft Windows installation files is the C:\Windows\Options\Install folder.
If you need to make a Startup disk to run Extract, use the following steps:
|1.||Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.|
|2.||In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.|
|3.||On the Startup Disk tab, click Create Disk.|
If you want to extract original compressed advapi32.dll from window CD, please follow the steps:
|1.||Click Start, and then click Run.|
|2.||Type msconfig, and then press ENTER.|
|3.||On the General tab, click Extract File.|
|4.||In the Specify the system file you would like to restore box, type drive:\windows\path\file (where drive is the drive on which the Windows folder is installed, generally drive C, path is the location in the Windows folder is the destination of the file that you are extracting, and file is the file that you want to extract). |
|5.||Click Start, click Browse, and then locate the Windows installation files. If you are using an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) version of Windows Millennium Edition, the installation files are on the hard disk at C:\Windows\Options\Install by default. If you are using a retail full version or upgrade version, you can also insert the Windows Millennium Edition installation CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, and then locate the installation files. The folder is named "Win9x". For example, if your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is D:, the folder is named "D:\Win9x". For Windows 98, the folder is named D:\Win98. |
|6.||Click OK, and then follow the instructions on the screen|