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#1 kevcri

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:38 PM

Hi all,

I was trying to remove spyware from a pc and read an article here about using autoruns to remove suspiscious entries. it turns out that Like a dope I didn't backup the registry and seem to have removed to much.

when I start the computer it starts just fine loads up, but whenever I try to open a program Internet explorer, control pannel etc I get "Windows cannot find 'program'" error I don't get this error if I open a text file. the error contains the whole path to the program, and I am able to explore to there and see the file so the error makes no sense.

I thought I would try running through command prompt and tried to run CMD. I got the same error "Windows cannot find CMD"

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:59 PM

Sounds like a repair install might work...it would replace any missing/damaged system files.

Autoruns reflects all sorts of information, users need to be aware of what tab they are dealing with. The Logon tab is the tab to focus on if trying to manage startup items, while the other tabs reflect some key Windows files in various subsets.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 06:19 PM

thanks, but those instructions are really how to uninstall IE7, but not how to repair windows. are there instructions for running a repair install
thanks
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Posted 02 May 2008 - 07:24 PM

Windows XP Professional Repair install from CD - http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/i...dexfullpage.htm

MS, XP Repair Install Procedures - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341/EN-US/

Perform a Repair Installation - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/h...ips/doug92.mspx

You will, IIRC, need your valid XP license data.

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 11:07 AM

I did the repair instalation and am still having the same problems.

if i boot in safe mode with command prompt I cna run executables, otherwise nothing works

has anyone ever had this problem?

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 11:31 AM

I found answer and thought I would post it so the next person that searches can find it.

the file association for .exe is missing off the registry I downloaded from below

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

ran the registry entry for exe and it works now

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Posted 03 May 2008 - 02:10 PM

Nice persistence :thumbsup: and a bow to Doug Knox, yet again :flowers:.

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