Before anyone grouses - I searched the forum for similar posts and found none. So if I'm treading on old territory, my apologies...
An older gateway tower system running Win XP that operates normally except for multiple ' application will not open because MSVCR71.dll was not found. Try reinstalling the application to fix this problem' errors.' The error dialogs usually appear after windows boot-up while the system is bringing up the desktop icons and system tray. This process literally 'drags' and I assume it is related to the same error!
I've noted the errors are most commonly associated with adobe flash, web mail (Verizon Yahoo) and the HP smart update for the attached HP printer. I've troubleshooted (won't bore you with the detail...), have defragged/ cleaned the registry, DL'd/ installed all the HP drivers from the HP site, reinstalled adobe flash since it had an outdated version anyway.
The most recent problem relates to viewing e-mail and attachments. Some of which will not open due to the same basic error relating to MSVCR71.dll
I do not have the installation CD for this PC and the errors have been ongoing for so long as to make a system restore out of the question. Some have suggested D/L-ing the DLL from third party site but that in my experience is an invitation for disaster.
As you can guess, this is not my PC and I am basically at a standstill with this annoying problem. This should be an easy fix and maybe I'm too close to see the answer. So, I'm asking for a quick and permanent solution.
or in other words... Help!