Yet another instance where an attempt to use the Windows XP operating system has rendered it toast on the bottom side of my MacBookPro. Fortunately, I have a reliable OS on the front side.
It’s bad enough that my latest web design effort includes 30% of the time developing and testing in a web standard browser, and then spending the other 190% of my time trying to find work arounds for Internet Explorer’s misbehaviors. I have my old Compaq PC laptop set up for testing in IE 6 (1/3 the sign of the devil). I had run my site through Browsershots and it showed good results for IE7, but somereports from the field suggested otherwise.
So I booted up the MBP in Windows mode. For some inane reason, instead of going to the IE7 site, I went through Windows Update, and saw its suggestion of 19 “critical updates” including IE7. I figured, what the heck, I have to run to the grocery store, let it do all 19.
How sweet it was when I returned that I hit 18 out of 19 successfully.. and the one that failed was the install of IE7.
But it gets even worse.
On a reboot, I get the deeply meaningful and explanatory message:
This application has failed to start because SHLWAPI.DLL was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this.
What *&@ing application? And is the best y’all can suggest is it may fix the problem?
I know I fixed this once before, but was stumped on what I did. Oh yes, I booted in the operating system that just works, and fished around the Windows dive, looking for archived versions of the DLL in question. I thought they go back into C”\System\win32 or is it C:\System\win32\dllcache ?? Well neither work, the same box, a different cryptic message.
In less than 9 months, I have re-installed Windows XP 4 freaking times. I barely use it, and it still melts down trying to do what it asks me to do.
So, I was going to toast the BootCamp directory since I just got a copy of Parallels, so I can suffer the agony of MicroSplotch without rebooting my Mac.
Meanwhile, the old Compaq laptop is crunching through the IE7 update (like 40 minutes), and almost 4.5 hours later, I may get to test the web site.
PT Barnum was almost correct. You can fool 90% of the people most of the time, those who have been suckered into flying under the 4 colored pirate flag.
I hate windoze. Even more so than before.