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Can't run some exe files like regedit and command prompt


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#1 Kanadon

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 12:45 PM

This happened after a power outage. When I try to run them, it seems like explorer restarts because the taskbar disappears for a couple of seconds and then comes back on. Also all explorer windows are closed.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:00 PM

Power outages and such...can create corrupt/damaged system files.

IMO, the wise thing to do after such..is run chkdsks /r and then possibly defrag your system partition. I settle for running chkdsk /r.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 01:16 PM

Nothing's changed.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 02:30 PM

You could try either...running the sfc /scannow command...or a repair install.

You could also try using Event Viewer for possible clues. It's errors that you would be interested in, not warnings.

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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There's also a chance that your hard drive is damaged. If chkdsk /r ran to completion without reporting problems...my guess would be that the drive itself is OK.

Edited by hamluis, 09 May 2009 - 02:31 PM.





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