Common PC Startup Issues And How To Resolve Them

PC Startup issues can be a frustrating experience for computer users as they severely obstruct productivity. Most users tend to associate startup problems with old computers and ignore it until it becomes really serious. However, there are several reasons due to which computers, even new ones, can suffer from startup problems.

Some common startup issues that users may come across are slow startup, startup errors and failure to boot. The good news is that most of these issues can be easily managed by the user and there is no need to endure them.

This article analyses common issues associated with start-up problems and offers useful tips on how to resolve them without spending any money.

Missing Start-up File Error

At times, a start-up file may be accidentally removed from your system. This may lead to the generation of an error message and you may encounter an error message on your computer screen like the one below:

Discover.exe entry point not found. Procedure entry point setkeyboardlive@@yaxxz not located in the dynamic link library downloadmgr.dll.”

Problems like these can be solved by uninstalling and then reinstalling the program to which the file belongs. However, while uninstalling the program you must take care that all the files of the program are completely removed from your system. This can be easily achieved by using a reliable third party software uninstaller.

Malware Infection

In some instances, the file may be present in the system but a malware infection may have made it inaccessible, damaged it or replaced it with a rogue file with the same or similar name. For example, a startup file called dsca.exe which is a perfectly legitimate file belonging to Dell Online Support may be replaced by malware files with names like dsa.exe, dssca.exe, or dscca.exe and obstruct the start-up process. Therefore, it is vital for your system to have an advanced anti-malware program that can prevent such files from messing up your start-up process.

File replaced by another legitimate file

In some rare instances a file associated with start-up process may be replaced by another legitimate file during the update process. One such case is of the start-up file airpluscfg.exe which belongs to software from D-link. After the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3, the following error may crop up during the start-up process:

“The procedure entry point apsSearchInterface could not be located in the dynamic link library wlanapi.dll."

This error occurs because the wlanapi.dll file belonging to D-Link is replaced by a file with the same name belonging to Windows Service Pack 3. The solution of this problem lies in downloading and then installing the latest version of the driver from the official website of D-link.

Besides the above mentioned solutions, it is also noticed that many of these files are non-essential start-up files and therefore, they can be disabled during the start-up process. This will eliminate the chances of errors caused by these files. However, it is important to verify whether the file in question is an essential start-up file or not.