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    Updating oleaut32.dll file

    How does one go about upgrading or installing a newer version of the oleaut32.dll file in the Windows / System folder. When I attempt to drag & drop a new version I get an error message that Windows is using the file. Attempts to rename and delete the old file met with the same result. The system is an old Windows 95b installation that was upgraded to Windows 98. The file version on the machine now is Microsoft OLE 2.20 File Version 2.20.4122. The version that the program I am trying to get to work is Microsoft OLE 2.40 File Version 2.40.4277. All attempts to run the program, LPJ SlideShow, bring the error message that the oleaut32.dll file is out of date and that the program requires a newer version to operate.
    Any insight would be appreciated.
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    Re: Updating oleaut32.dll file

    Two things to try:
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    Copy oleaut32.dll to the folder the problem program runs from.
    Quite often, programs look locally for .dll's before searching the system folder and this allows different versions to co-habit. (I've known software that does not like newer versions of .dll's)

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    Save it to C:
    Boot to DOS and simply copy it<pre>copy cleaut32.dll c:windowssystemoleaut32.dll</pre>


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    Re: Updating oleaut32.dll file

    Leif,
    Thanks for the info. I had a hunch that the only way to do this was with DOS. Having only been an educated computer user since Windows 95 came on the scene, I tend to shy away from DOS stuff. Should I delete or rename or move the old version of the file before I attempt to insert the new version?? Or just overwrite the old version with the new?
    Solution #1 won't work in this situation because there is already a copy of oleaut32.dll on the CD where the program resides and runs from. Do you think if I substituted the older version of the file for the one I burn on the CD that it would work in all systems or perhaps only in the system with the older version installed ?? This is a little freeware slideshow program that allows you to add images and MP3 files to a CD along with a few other files to create a personalized SlideShow presentation to share for business or personal use. You can check it out here http://hjem.get2.net.dk/lpj/ . This particular machine is the only one I can't share the CDs with and the version conflict seems to be the issue.
    Again, thanks for the input.
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    Re: Updating oleaut32.dll file

    Hi Doc,
    Either copy or rename (or both!) the original. The last thing you want is to get into an irrecoverable situation.
    (Rename to something like oleat32.old)

    It has got to be worth tryng replacing the file on the CD - can you copy the whole thing to a HD to do a dry run? The fact that the dll is on the CD makes me think that the program will look there first for it - what happens if you just delete it from the CD altogether?

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    Re: Updating oleaut32.dll file

    Hey Leif,
    Would always copy the file to a floppy or zip before foolin' with it. I'll fool around with different CD formats using different versions and leaving the file out entirely just to see what happens. The program does allow for copies to the HD for dry runs.
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