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I can't access "msconfig" it won't open. W. XP


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#1 johnbull

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:07 PM

hi all,
 
       nice to see so many smiling faces, my name is John
I used to be able to open msconfig when i wanted to look-up "start-up" programs, NOW I get an error-message "Windows cannot find"
 
Can any of you help me out?           John.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:58 PM

This should help:

 

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/how-to-fix-windows-cannot-find-msconfig-error-at-run-command/



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:23 PM

"Windows cannot find msconfig.exe..." usually indicates the file is missing or the reference to the path within the Windows registry may be incorrect.

Press the WINKEY + R keys on your keyboard or go to StartBtn.gif > Run..., and copy and paste this command into the Open dialog box:
%systemroot%\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\msconfig.exe

If msconfig does not open, do a physcial search for msconfig.exe. Use Windows Search feature to see if the file is still present.

In Win XP, msconfig.exe is located in the following folder:
C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\

Copies of the file may also be found in these locations:
C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\
C:\WINDOWS\$NtServicePackUninstall$\
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\
C:\WINDOWS\i386\

If it is missing extract a new copy of msconfig.exe. Press the WINKEY + R keys on your keyboard or go to StartBtn.gif > Run..., and in the Open dialog box, type: cmd
Click OK or press Enter.
Insert your XP CD into the drive.
At the command prompt C:\>_, type: EXPAND -R X:\I386\MSCONFIG.EX_Z:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\BINARIES
Click OK or press Enter.

If you don't have your XP CD, download a replacement copy of msconfig.exe for your operating system from one of the locations below and place a copy in the C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\ and C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\ folders.
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:26 PM

If msconfig.exe is present, then the reference to the path within the registry may have been changed and needs to be corrected.

CAUTION: This step involves making changes in the Windows registry. Always Create a New Restore Point and back up your registry before making any changes. Vista and Windows 7 users can refer to these links:To check the registry path, press the WINKEY + R keys on your keyboard or go to StartBtn.gif > Run..., and in the Open dialog box, type: regedit
Click OK or press Enter.
Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\MSCONFIG.EXE

The default value should be: C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe

Look in the right pane to make sure the path matches.
If not, then right-click on "Default"
Select "MODIFY" and enter: C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe

If MSConfig.exe is not listed, right-click on App Paths
Select NEW > KEY
Enter MSCONFIG.EXE as the name
Right-click on "Default"
Select "MODIFY" and enter: C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe
Exit regedit and reboot your computer.
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