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What Happened To My Msconfig?


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#1 alpo599

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 06:07 AM

Went to bring up msconfig using the run box and got an error telling me that windows could not find msconfig and to make sure I typed it correctly, etc. It used to work but don't know what happened. Done a search on the computer and found it in another directory. It was in a hidden directory in windows which has something to do with updates, I think. It was in in this directory..........Windows/$ServicePackUninstall$

Don't know what happened but I copied it back to the PC Health directory where it belongs. Still don't work by just typing "msconfig" in the run box but does work if I browse then go to it and run it. Anyone know why this was moved to the hidden directory and why I can't just type it in the run box anymore???

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 07:04 AM

The copy in ..........Windows/$ServicePackUninstall$ was likely a backup copy that was put there when you updated Windows at some point.

Well, I've learned something new today - that's one of the reasons that I like this place! :thumbsup: . I assumed that this was an issue with the PATH statement in the Environmental Variables - but it wasn't in mine either. A bit of research revealed that the path to certain apps is stored in the registry.

So, I exported this key from my registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\MSCONFIG.EXE]
@="C:\\WINDOWS\\PCHealth\\HelpCtr\\Binaries\\MSConfig.exe"

Copy everything inside the Code box (but not the box itself) and paste it into a Notepad document. Save the file as "msconfig.reg" (the .reg extension is essential). Then double click on the file and say "Yes" when Windows asks for permission to merge this into your registry.

NOTE: This is only a fix for the missing path - and may not remedy your situation. If that happens, then I'd have to suggest scanning for malware as the next step.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 11:47 AM

Thanks. Will get that put into the registry. Should fix the path problem.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 12:19 PM

Got it done. Wouldn't merge with the registry. When I doubleclicked on the file I saved, it said something about it not being a binary file and wouldn't do anything with it. I went into the registry to the right place and put it in there by hand. It works now. Thanks again.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 02:03 PM

I was a bit concerned over the \\'s - but that's what my XP Virtual Machine had in it when I exported it.

Glad to hear that you were able to get it into your registry!
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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:57 PM

I had the same problem, so I tried what usamsa suggested and it worked for me! Thanks usamsa!




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