Rundll32.exe will not let me shutdown or restart - Windows XP

rundll32.exe will not let me shutdown or restart - Windows XP. Each time I print a job an additional task called rundll32.exe appear.

No viruses

repaired XP and didn't succeed to solve the issue!

please help

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Last updated August 12, 2018 Views 4,119 Applies to:


Have you made any changes to the computer prior to this issue?

Try the following methods and check if it helps.

Method 1:

Step 1:

Try to boot to safe mode and check if you face the same issues.

A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP :

If it’s work fine with safe mode then I would suggest you to perform clean boot form the safe mode to find out which program is causing the issue.

Step 2:

Perform clean boot and check if it helps.
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state :
Note: Once you are done with the troubleshooting, perform the steps in “Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal startup state “ to reset computer as usual.

Method 2:

a. Go to the "Start" menu.
b. Click "My Computer".
c. Double-click on the "C:" drive.
d. Double-click on the "Windows" folder.
e. Double-click the "System 32" folder.
f. Double-click on the "Dllcache" folder.
g. Locate the Rundll32.exe file, right-click on it and then select "Copy."
h. Click on the "Back" button in the Windows Explorer to get back to the "System 32" folder
i. Right-click any open space and then click "Paste” and check if it helps.

Method 3:

Perform System File Checker and check if it helps.
Description of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 System File Checker (Sfc.exe):

And also check the event viewer for any related event logs
How to view and manage event logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP:

Method 4:

Try creating a new user account and check if you are facing the same issue.

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP:

Also refer:

"RUNDLL32.EXE - Entry Point Not Found" Error Message When You Start Your Computer:

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