Repair Rtlgina2.dll error with Windows XP Welcome Screen

What is Rtlgina2.dll?

Rtlgina2.dll module belongs to Netgear and is installed on your computer when you install a Netgear WG111 USB wireless network card. It is an important file and is required by Netgear network cards to function properly.

Issues with Rtlgina.dll

One common problem that users who install Netgear WG111 USB wireless network card face is the change in the Windows XP Welcome screen options. The rtlgina2.dll file is known to disable the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching options on your PC. This is the reason why, after installing Netgear WG111 network adapter you may find that instead of the pretty Welcome Screen, you are greeted with the classic login prompt that does not provide you the option of clicking on the user to log in. To switch users now, you will need to log out completely and log back in.

When you try to enable the Welcome Screen via the Control Panel/User Accounts, you receive an error message prompting you to delete the file Rtlgina2.dll.

Cause of the Error

The issues with Welcome Screen after you install the Netgear WG111 network card happen because Rtlgina2.dll replaces the normal login file, named MSGINA.dll.

Resolution Method

To correct the issue, download the XP_FixLogon.ZIP file and then follow the listed instructions. The file contains code to reset the registry to use the Standard Windows Gina DLL file and thus allow the Welcome Screen to reappear on affected computers. However, this is a third-party file, so must use it at your own risk.

In case you delete the rtlgina2.dll file, do the following:

  1. Obtain the original MSGINA.dll file that was overwritten by Rtlgine2.dll.
  2. Start your PC in Safe mode and then copy the MSGINA.dll file to the system32 folder.
  3. Rename the MSGINA.dll file to Rtlgine2.dll—you need to do this because after Netgear WG111 network card installation your registry is set to check Rtlgine2.dll for logon screen information and not MSGINA.dll.
  4. Restart your PC in normal mode.

You should now have your good looking Logon screen for Windows XP back.

DLL errors may also occur if your PC is infected by a malware infection. In this case, it is best that you run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Malware programs, such as virus, worm, Trojan, spyware, and adware are known to edit or delete the DLL and other important system files on a compromised computer. This is the reason why it is important that you install reliable antivirus and antispyware tool on your PC and schedule regular full system scans. Also, keep your protective tools up-do-date with the latest virus definitions and security updates. This will allow it to identify and prevent the latest malware programs from infiltrating your PC.

Last but not least, maintain a clean and compact registry to keep the DLL errors, such as missing Rtlgina2.dll in check. Entries related to DLL files are stored in the registry and you may receive DLL errors if these entries are corrupt, invalid or deleted. You can easily carry out registry repair and maintenance activites to ensure it is clean of unwanted and incorrect entries using an efficient registry cleaning tool, such as RegServe. It is a powerful, yet simple to use tool and allows you to carry out various registry maintenance activities with just a few mouse clicks.