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#1 goodgunsm


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Posted 16 October 2009 - 11:00 PM

In cleaning up my desktop I accidently deleted the file/program pchealth.

Then I discovered this is a useful or maybe essential program.

Can it be reinstalled from somewhere.

I don't have an XP disc, only recover CD's.

I'm running a Sony Desktop with XP home sp3.

It hasn't caused any problems I can tell until now when I tried to run msconfig and the computer said it couldn't find it.

I did a search and did find msconfig and was able to run it but I know something isn't right.


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 08:19 AM

Try your best not to write any data on your hard disk on which Windows is installed.
Download Piriform Recuva portable version on your Pen drive or another hard disk from here : http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/portable
Run Recuva from pen drive. Cancel the wizard, and scan your hard disk partition on which Windows is installed. You may be able to recover the deleted folder.

If this does not work, you can download msconfig tool from http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/a...-v2-x86-ENU.exe

This is for SP2, so it wont install. Just extract the files and you would find msconfig.exe in one of the folders.

To extact :
Copy the file WindowsXP-KB906569-v2-x86-ENU.exe to any folder on a partition of lots of space.
Double click on WindowsXP-KB906569-v2-x86-ENU.exe.
you would see an error message box that your have newer service pack etc. Do not close it.
You would see a new folder being created with random name. This folder contains all the extracted files. Copy them to another folder of your choice.
Close the error message box.

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Posted 17 October 2009 - 10:56 AM

PCHealth download:
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Posted 17 October 2009 - 01:15 PM

Just to add BleepingComputers take on optimizers:

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

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