Cannot replace advapi32.dll (file is in use)

  kpmatthews 23:52 12 May 09
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hi, im trying to replace file advapi32.dll on vista32 but i get a message telling me the file is in use. i can see its used by alot of services as well as programs (even in safe mode) and i cant kill all the processes.

any suggestions? thanks, kris

  tullie 02:29 13 May 09

Why do you want to replace it if its needed and working?

  kpmatthews 09:19 13 May 09

hi, when trying to run bootvis i get an error pointing to the advapi32 file. i've heard this can be corrupted by malware and the like. i figured i should replace it and it appears to be a common problem for this file to become corrupted. i used unlocker to kill all processes and programs using the advapi32 file and i got the blue screen of death, not surprising given the amount of services that were using this file.

after spending a couple of hours first trying to sort out the permissions then trying to fix the file im almost resigned to doing a fresh install, it would have been quicker! i tried a repair with the vista dvd but no luck.

  Graphicool1 11:39 13 May 09

Try it in 'Safe Mode'

  robin_x 06:03 14 May 09

Try File Unlocker click here

  ened 06:43 14 May 09

Apparently this file does not ship with Windows and:"...the technical security rating is 74% dangerous."

From click here

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