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msconfig does not execute from Start Run


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#1 USN Vet

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 09:34 AM

If I do a search on my PC for msconfig and it finds it (pchealth), and click on it, it will execute.

If I click start Run and enter msconfig, it cannot be found.

What should I look for ? I assume the Registry is ok, if it executes from the search results.

(yes, it is typed correctly)

Edited by USN Vet, 04 July 2011 - 09:35 AM.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 10:57 AM

i would run chkdsk /r, followed by a defrag.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 01:48 PM

It's probably not in the path. Just copy msconfig to \windows or \windows\system32 and reboot. Does it work from start - run now?

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:14 PM

But, system32 is not where is belongs.

It is supposed to be here: \WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\BINARIES

and that is where it is, when a search is executed.

Edited by USN Vet, 04 July 2011 - 02:15 PM.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:22 PM

It's probably not in the path. Just copy msconfig to \windows or \windows\system32 and reboot. Does it work from start - run now?



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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:06 AM

i would run chkdsk /r, followed by a defrag.

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Hamluis - Thanks, but chkdsk came up with no errors. Volume is clean.

Allan: - Thanks for responding (twice) ! Just curious why it should be copied to where you indicate, if msconfig is in the folder where it should be and the Registry points to that location. Seems odd it has to be in two locations.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:08 AM

Just try it please. If it's a problem with the path variable we can easily address it. If not, we have to look elsewhere.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:45 AM

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\system32\wbem;C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem

This is the environment variable for PATH
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:58 AM

Is there some reason you won't copy it to \windows or \windows\system32?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 09:39 AM

Primarily because if one were to, lets say, restore msconfig from the XP Cd,
you would expand it to C:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\BINARIES, which is also
where the Registry points to.

Just seems to me, it does not belong in windows or sys32.

Not trying to be difficult, but why have multiple versions in different folders ?
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:29 AM

First, because it is a troubleshooting step. Second, there's absolutely no harm in doing it. But you know what? It's your system and I'm here to help, not to twist your arm. So by all means, do as you wish.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:52 AM

Hello USA Vet.

Windows uses several methods to find the file to run. There is the %path%, which a good deal of system tools use. Then there is the AppPaths registry key that a select few that don't live in the path folders use. I'm guessing that this key is missing from your computer.

  • Copy the following into a notepad (Start>Run>"notepad"). Do not copy the word "code".

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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


  • Click File, then Save As... .
  • Click Desktop on the left.
  • Under the Save as type dropdown, select All Files.
  • In the box File Name, input fix.reg
  • Hit OK.
When done properly, the icon should look like Posted Image.

Double click fix.reg and answer Yes to the prompts. You should recieve the message that the entries have been successfully merged. If not, post back with the error message. Delete fix.reg after use.

Tell me if that fixes it.

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Edit to change to quote tags. The code tages seem to have newline issues for me.

Edited by PropagandaPanda, 05 July 2011 - 10:54 AM.


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Posted 05 July 2011 - 02:41 PM

Allan: You are correct. It is my system.
And If I choose not to duplicate programs, then, sobeit.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

The reason you can't run it from Start->run is because it is in a non-standard location. Windows expects to find it in System32, you say it is in a location called Windows\PCHealth. Not sure why it's there on your machine, all my machines have it in System32. What version of Windows are you running?
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:01 AM

The reason you can't run it from Start->run is because it is in a non-standard location. Windows expects to find it in System32, you say it is in a location called Windows\PCHealth. Not sure why it's there on your machine, all my machines have it in System32. What version of Windows are you running?

Thanks Strolin for your replay, also. The computer in question is running XP/SP3 with update fixes. I have seen more than a few forum posts, aside from the following link which have commented that msconfig is not where you would expect it to be (system32). My link

And I think I mentioned previously, that instructions for extracting msconfig from a XP Installation CD are as follows:
Extract a New Copy of Msconfig.exe

Open a command prompt window. Insert your XP CD into the drive
and enter the following command:

EXPAND -R X:\I386\MSCONFIG.EX_Z:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\BINARIES

So, I assume that is where msconfig should be located. In any event, I will not have access to that computer for a few days, to review further, but just acquired another one with XP PRO installed & will crank that one up & take a looksee !
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