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    well i have to replace a dll file called NTDLL.DLL but its being used by windows.

    so i have to delete it with dos. its in my system32 just so you know.

    i forget how to use dos on startupto delete the file so can u guys explain it for me?

    thanskl

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    mm...problem is, taht in XP you can't really boot to a pure command prompt.
    you'll just be in a dos window

    anyway, hold f8 at boot for options
    and use the del command to delete whatever.

    There is a crack in everything.
    That's how the light gets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherflux
    mm...problem is, taht in XP you can't really boot to a pure command prompt.
    you'll just be in a dos window

    anyway, hold f8 at boot for options
    and use the del command to delete whatever.
    After holding F8, there will be options to startup in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command promt etc. choose that command prompt.

    but i think its ok if you use the ordinary Safe mode option

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    if other ideas dont work make a windows me bootdisk and do it that way

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    mmmm I don't think a 9x boot disk dos thingy will read an NTFS partition (if that's what he has)
    I may be wrong though.

    There is a crack in everything.
    That's how the light gets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motherflux
    mmmm I don't think a 9x boot disk dos thingy will read an NTFS partition (if that's what he has)
    I may be wrong though.
    No, a 9x/ME boot disk will not read an NTFS partition.

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    Quote Originally Posted by TheCanuk
    well i have to replace a dll file called NTDLL.DLL but its being used by windows.



    so i have to delete it with dos. its in my system32 just so you know.



    i forget how to use dos on startupto delete the file so can u guys explain it for me?



    thanskl
    Ok don`t don`t just delete the file. You could boot up with the windows xp disk

    and replace it with with the one in the disk. You could try "sfc" command to scan for modified "protected system files". You will be asked for your windows xp setup disk.

    Anyways to delete the file you can type "del /?" for a list of options. If you want to replace a DLL file in use you will have to re-name first then replace it.


    Example: assuming you have a copy of the dll on a disk

    ren NTDLL.DLL NTDLL.DL

    copy a:\NTDLL.DLL
    Last edited by mini sparsely; 10-08-2004 at 03:52 AM.

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    or better to rename it to ntdll.old
    or something so you'll remember

    There is a crack in everything.
    That's how the light gets in.

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    umm im so lost.

    i dont remember how to do this at all.

    could someone make steps to replace this file?

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    Quote Originally Posted by TheCanuk
    umm im so lost.

    i dont remember how to do this at all.

    could someone make steps to replace this file?
    Well first make sure you have a copy of NTDLL.DLL from your winXP setup disk.

    Goto start/run.. type cmd .. click ok

    type:

    cd %SystemRoot%\system32
    ren NTDLL.DLL NTDLL.DL
    copy a:\NTDLL.DLL

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