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    OLEAUT32.DLL error message (Win2K, Word 2K)

    I received a Word file from a client this morning and when I attempted to open it, the following messages appeared:

    "OLEAUT32.DLL is out of Date. This program requires a newer version."

    Followed by:

    " The Visual Basic environment could not be initialized."

    Then the document opens.

    I then ran the Office Repair routine from the Office Disk. No luck.

    Then came to Woody's Lounge and checked out another thread on the subject, which directed me to the Microsoft DLL Help Library. Also learned that I have 2 versions, one in the WINNT/System32 folder dated 1/15/97 and another in an application folder with a create date of 10/12/01 and mod date of 12/18/98 (curious that the file could be modified before it was created). At the DLL Help Library noted many versions of the file, but no way to download them.

    I'm at a dead end at this point. Suggestions on how to proceed are welcome (tossing my PC out the window is, unfortunately, not an option).

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    Re: OLEAUT32.DLL error message (Win2K, Word 2K)

    Well, I cheated and fixed this myself. For those who might follow here's the path I took:

    Since I couldn't figure out how to find a more current version of the file on the Microsoft webiste, I looked on another PC on my network and found the same file (apparently it's normally found in the WINNT folder on a Win2K machine). Checked the version and date against the file on my PC and against the DLL Help database mentioned elsewhere in the Lounge (search for oleaut32.dll and you'll find it).

    Having deceided to risk using the newer version from another PC, I attempted to rename the file to old_oleaut32.dll, but Windows kept sayng the file was used by Windows and couldn't be modified. So... I renamed the newer file kk_oleaul32.dll and moved it into the WINNTSystem32 folder and then restarted the computer in CMD mode (press f5 during reboot). From this point it was a matter of remembering my DOS commands, to wit:

    cd winntsystem32
    rename oleaut32.dll old_oleaut32.dll
    rename kk_oleaut32.dll oleaut32.dll

    Next I restarted the PC, took a deep breath and opened Word (I had discovered that the error message was now appearing every time I opened a document in Word.) Voila... everything seems to be working OK. I'll still be a little anxious for a few days, but this seems to have fixed the problem.

    Looking back on it, I think this may have all started because I loaded software for a Kodak digital camera that I borrowed from someone that is several years old. My guess is that it replaced the more recent file with and older version and didn't bother to ask if that was OK.

    Now, I have to search for an update to the Kodak files.

    Hope this helps if someone else runs into a similar problem.

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