The OLEAUT32.DLL file cannot start...


Error message: The oleaut32.dll file cannot start. Check the file to determine the problem.

This is frequently caused on Windows 98 machines while installing programs created using Microsoft Visual Basic.  During the installation, old system files are replaced by newer version of those files.  This should not be a problem.  New versions of a file should be "backward compatible".  Backward compatible means that the new files should work every bit as well as the old version of the file.  Microsoft broke this backward compatibility.


The solution is to:

1) Download the fix from here.  We did not create these files, but we packaged them in a way that they are easy to install.


2) Hunt all over Microsoft's Website until you find the fix.  Follow their not too easy to follow instructions.

Download the fix from here:

  1. Print these instructions out!

  2. Backup your computer if you can.  There are no guarantees that this will work.  There is even a small possibility that it can make the situation worse.  (You have been warned.  You are responsible to do backups. We are not liable!)

  3. Download the self extracting file, vb98ole.exe, from here.

  4. Restart your computer.

  5. When the "Windows" during startup, press the F8 key.

  6. Choose to start the computer in the "safe - mode".

  7. Run vb98ole.exe.  This will copy the needed files to \windows\system.

  8. Restart the computer.

If the above steps did not work, re-run steps 4 - 8. In step 7 change to location from \windows\system to \windows\system32.

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