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Windows 7: Windows XP Mode won't start: Unable to Locate (rdpinit.exe) Component

06 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Windows XP Mode won't start: Unable to Locate (rdpinit.exe) Component

Greetings all,

A few days ago, I noticed that my Windows XP Mode started working funny, in that when it tried to hibernate, it would start the process where that smaller horizontal window would be moving, but the line would quickly would turn from green to red, then yield a message that said XP Mode couldn't hibernate because some other process was attempting to work, and I should try again later. In spite of saying this, the application would close out, and when I re-opened it, it would work fine.

I restarted XP Mode several times, and subsequently restarted my actual computer (which is running Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit, SP 1) after it failed to awake from hibernating, and instead started up one day as if it had been shut down. I cannot recall if I was having the XP Mode hibernation issues before I had the problems on my actual computer, but I know this has all occurred within the past week. Other issues that would occur were several times I'd have to enter my password in order to get XP mode to boot up. I'd say this would happen about 50% of the time I tried to use it lately, but it's always happened sporadically since I got the machine a year ago.

I decided I'd install the updates that said they were available on XP Mode, since that little window popped up the last time I logged in. I can't remember how many updates there were, but the downloading (or maybe it was installing) process stalled at 13% for quite a long time, so I decided to restart XP Mode and my actual computer. When I logged back in, and tried to open XP mode, I can see the desktop image that I have saved for it, but then an error message comes up and says "rdpinit.exe - Unable to Locate Component. This application failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem". The only option is to click "OK", and when I do, another error message comes up saying "Explorer.EXE - Unable to Locate Component. This application has failed to start because WININET.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem". After clicking "OK" to that message, the screen just shows my desktop image and nothing happens.

I've tried rebooting into Safe Mode, and I'm able to get to the login screen, but I get those two error messages again, only this time, there's no desktop image, the entire screen stays Black, short of the Safe Mode text along the top of the window.

I restarted XP Mode again, and this time used Ctrl + Alt + Delete to get the dialogue window, and there was an option to install updates and shutdown the computer. I chose that option, and it said it had 3 updates to install (I don't remember how many initial updates there were to install, but I know there were more than 3). It took a long time for the process to complete (I actually went to bed and woke up the next morning, and it appeared to have finished since XP Mode was shut down), but when I try booting up, I get the same two error messages again.

I searched out several solutions before posting here, but none worked. I tried creating a new virtual machine and using the old existing XP vhd, but that didn't work. I now have two machines listed under "Virtual Machines", but they both give the same 2 error messages.

I tried using 7-Zip, but since I didn't quite know what it was, I'm not sure how to use it or if I may have used it wrong. I tried opening the Windows XP Mode.vhd file in it, and it said it had 2 errors, but then got stock for a long time extracting at 0% and nothing happened.

I've made a copy of the XP vhd to another drive on my system, just in case, but for now I'm wondering is there anything I can do to save the installation of XP that I currently have on my machine? I'm concerned because I have programs that were installed in the XP version that I may no longer have discs for, and I also believe I left some files I need on the desktop of the virtual machine. Is there a way to repair XP Mode, or re-generate the files that seem to be corrupt or missing?

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I know this message is long, but I hope it helps to get a resolution. Thanks in advance!

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