02
Jul
2008



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xpWhen booting Windows XP, the whole process could suddenly stop for no apparent reasons. At this point, the system could display the following error message: “Explorer.exe unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because Browseui.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.” In the majority of cases after this error, Windows hangs with a black background screen. Other times instead it finishes the process but on the desktop most of the icons won’t show up, including the Start menu and Taskbar. To fix this issue try the following trick, provided by Microsoft:

  1. Restart the computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt by pressing the F8 key when the BIOS information is displayed.
  2. Insert the Windows XP CD in the CD drive.
  3. In the Command Prompt, switch to the following folder: %Windir%\System32 and press Enter by typing this command: cd C:\Windows\System32 Make sure that C: is the name of the partition where your operative system is located.
  4. Type ren browseui.dll browseui.old, and then press Enter. Note: If you receive a message that states that the file was not found, ignore the message and continue to the next step.
  5. Type the drive letter of the CD drive followed by a colon, and then press Enter. For example, type D:, and then press Enter if your CD drive letter is D.
  6. Type cd i386, and then press Enter.
  7. Type expand Browseui.dl_ %Windir%\System32\Browseui.dll, and then press Enter. Note: Make sure that there is a character space between “Browseui.dl_” and “%Windir%.”
  8. Restart the computer normally.
  9. Now open Windows Explorer and Microsoft Internet Explorer and check if the system gives you the following message: Explorer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close – Iexplorer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
  10. If you get one of these two messages, click more information in the error message to verify the mod name. If the mod name is Browseui.dll, you must unregister and then reregister the Browseui.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  2. At the command prompt, switch to the %Windir%\System32 folder.
  3. Type regsvr32 browseui.dll /u, and then press Enter.
  4. Type regsvr32 browseui.dll, and then press Enter.
  5. Restart the computer.



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10 Comments to “Fix “Browseui.dll was not found” issue in Windows XP”

  1. Paul Says:

    I am stuck at the part where I am supposed to type “expand Browseui.dl_…….” it says that it “can’t open input file: browseui.dl_

  2. eshant Says:

    i dont know what to do in my computer there is brouseui.dll problem can u plz help me what can i do or download for this problem

  3. Selvaraj N Says:

    I am following your instructions.slow my problem .thank you….very very thank you

  4. Chantal Says:

    I am following these instructions as well but for vista ( was told the basic principles apply) but i am having the exact same problem as jack although i am typing the correct commands as in C:\Windows\System 32, i am using a recovery disc tht i downloaded off the internet and it seems to work fine when i simply boot from the disc but still doesn fix the dll problem so to no avail i am completeley stuck i cannot get pass the cd i386 command it just says Can’t open input file: browseui.dl_…… What do i do?

  5. Web Talk Says:

    It’s not C:\Windows32 but C:\Windows\System32

  6. Jack Says:

    I am looking for guidance

  7. Jack Says:

    I followed your directions without success: examples
    C:\Windows32 is not recognized
    ren browseui.dll browseui.old cannot find file
    cd i386 cannot find path
    C:\Windows32 Expand Browseui.dl etc :can’t open input file
    Is there any direction that I can go to now?

  8. Web Talk Says:

    Hey! Relax bazza! You are very welcome, just relax, take a couple of deep breaths and let it go. 😉

  9. Bazza Says:

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  10. Jack Hoxie Says:

    worked like a charm …recommended.


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