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Accidentally Deleted a Registry File

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#1 Zetsubun


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Posted 08 October 2009 - 05:20 PM

So I had the virus that sometimes manifests itself as a fake smss.exe file, and I guess somewhere in the process of trying to remove it I accidentally deleted the real smss.exe file in the I386 folder. I understand that missing smss.exe can cause system instability and slowness. What are my next steps?

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 05:48 PM

Reference: http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/smss.exe.html.

In the first place, the i386 folder is a storage folder...has nothing to do with active O/S.

If any file is missing from the i386 folder, seems to me that any number of efforts could correct that. The most simple seems to be simply copying it from the active location and placing it there.

I don't know the source of your info...but I only show two locations (System32 folder and System32\Dllcache folder) for this file, with the i386 not being either.

I suppose that it could be part of the .cab file in i386, which makes sense to me. If it is, then it's compressed and you would have to restore the .cab file in entirety. I suppose that could be done by updating an SP or doing a repair install.


#3 Zetsubun

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:03 PM

Oh, so it isn't a registry file then? That's good to know.

The way I found out it's missing is that I'm trying to make a bootable disk for another computer with a program called "PE Builder". When it tries to copy the files it needs for the disk it always registers that c:\I386\SMSS.exe is missing and cannot create the disk because of it.

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