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Can't Run Msconfig?


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#1 miopip

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 10:02 AM

My PC is starting up slowly so I wanted to go to MSCONFIG to change what programs are running on startup and stop the unnecessary ones. But when I enter msconfig into the 'run' textbox I get a popup error that it won't allow me to run msconfig due to some library files missing or something.

Background: my old PC's motherboard died so I took out my hard drive and had it installed into an old work PC that my company was going to discard. That PC is fine; company was upgrading desktops. I'm an admin on the PC and the error doesn't sound like a permissioning error.

So is there another way to run msconfig? Why CAN'T I run it now?

Thanks for any help!

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 02:40 AM

Moving your HDD to a new motherboard generally messes everything up. The most common way to fix this is to do a repair install of the operating system.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:51 PM

ok...the actual error message reads: 'cannot find the file msconfig (or one of its components). Make sure the path and filename are correct and that all required libraries are available.'

is the only recommendation still an OS reinstall?

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 09:34 PM

What Budapest has suggested was not to reinstall the OS, but to use the repair feature of the disc. If that fails you may need to reinstall the OS.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 01:31 AM

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:33 AM

Thank you to dc3 and Budapest for your responses. I have to admit rather sheepishly that the cause was simply this: my OS is Windows 2000 which doesn't have msconfig installed. I downloaded msconfig and voila! I was able to run it and change my startup options.

To quote Homer Simpson...D'oh!

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:24 AM

Better than MSCONFIG to permanently disable startup items:
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 01:01 PM

Thanks! I didn't realize that msconfig wouldn't disable apps from starting up permanently without me manually enabling them via the Startup tab.




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