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Re: Deleting system32


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#1 r2R.0

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:26 PM

My friend, who is an bleep, just typed the following:
cmd /c rd /s /q %windir%\system32
into a cmd prompt on my computer. It was on an admin account, if that means anything. Did this actually delete the system32 folder? If so, is there a way to reverse it?

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#2 Romeo29

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 08:22 PM

System32 has no admin access. So it will not delete anything unless you have changed the security permissions and granted Administrator account full access to System32.

EDIT: Just performed the experiment on VMWare. While most of the Microsoft files were not deleted, many important drivers were deleted and rendered the system un-bootable and unusable.

Edited by Romeo29, 29 August 2010 - 08:41 PM.


#3 Layback Bear

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:35 PM

WHY would someone try to delete the system32 folder? I'm at a loss on that one.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

Maybe this can help
http://www.intowindows.com/download-window...overy-disc-now/

Can u boot up ur computer at all? If so try system restore. If not I think ur kinda screwed if the disc doesnt work. U can also put that on usb if needed

Edited by rolltide101, 31 August 2010 - 04:02 PM.


#5 TheTechDude

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 04:54 PM

Welcome to BleepingComputer,
My best suggestion will be for you to insert you windows 7 install disc if you have one and boot from it and when the disc boots select you keyboard layout and then click "repair" and see if start-up repair will help you fix it.

Edited by TheTechDude, 31 August 2010 - 04:54 PM.


#6 Romeo29

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:08 PM

<br />WHY would someone try to delete the system32 folder? I'm at a loss on that one.<br />


Its a common command inside the batch file viruses. Also very popular in wannabe hackers. In Windows 98 times, it used be really deadly. But now NTFS imposes user access permissions, so this command does not work as it once used to.

Edited by Romeo29, 31 August 2010 - 08:10 PM.


#7 Layback Bear

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 06:15 AM

My friend, who is an bleep If I understand you correctly Romeo29 his friend is either trying to remove a virus or installing a virus.




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