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I Cant Find My System32


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#1 helpme203230239

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:14 AM

ok well i need to install something into my system32 file but i can not find my system32 file...it spouse to be in my c:windows/system32 but when i go into my windows folder all i have is system.... i did find a system32 file in my documents!......i clicked on it.. and it went to the next file STEM32~1 and i clicked in that and it had nothing in it... so were is this file?!!?!?!?!?

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:34 AM

System32 is not a file, it's a folder (directory).

You cannot install something into a file. You can copy something into a directory. System32 is where Windows system files are stored.

You can find system32 by opening Windows Explorer (Windows key + E) and expanding the Windows folder (click on the plus sign) Then, system32 will be below that.

If I might ask, why do you think you need to "install" something there?

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 12:48 AM

well thats what i meant... i need to copy a .dll there but i need my system32 in my windows but its not there so im wondering on how i get it there... i was going to ask that after....and i also did what you said to with the windows key + e... but i dint find the system32 still... i clicked on the tool "run" and typed in system32... and it pulled it up... but i still need to put that directory were it should be...c:windows/system32

Edited by helpme203230239, 23 May 2006 - 12:52 AM.


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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:20 AM

Like Herk said, you will find System32 folder (or directory) inside of Windows and that is inside of C:. So in other words, go to:

Start > My Computer > C: > Windows > System32

It is not a hidden folder so you should be able to see it. As far as copying a .dll to that folder:

Navigate to the .dll in question. Right click on the .dll and choose Copy.

Then navigate to the System32 folder, open it, and then hit ctrl + v keys to paste the .dll there. This will COPY the .dll, and the original will still be in it's orignal spot. Is that want you wanted?

Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 23 May 2006 - 07:21 AM.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:37 AM

Hello, One question. Do you turn off your computer when you are finished with it? If not shut it down correctly and reboot and then go looking for system32.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 03:38 PM

i think you guys are missing what im saying.... my system32 file is located somewere else.... its not in my c:/windows and i need it there...i can access my system32 buy going to the run tool and typing it in.... but... my program is trying to locate that file by going into windows/system32 but its not finding it.... and there is no problem with the .dll file because it works on another computer... so anyone know why this is or what i can do??

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 05:30 PM

It is in there or your computer would not be working.

Open Windows Explorer
Click "View" and check "Standard Buttons"
Click "Folders"

In the left pane:
Click the + to the left of "My Computer"
Scroll down to "Windows"
Click the + to the left of "Windows"
Scroll down to "System 32"

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 03:06 AM

ok...like i said before... i dont know were my system32 is located.... its not in c:/windows... its somewere else i need to locate it... and put it were its spouse to go!!!!

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 03:25 AM

Have you tried Start> Search> System32?
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 08:37 AM

By chance.....

Was windows installed on your computer into the "C:\WINNT\" folder?

That's the only possible OTHER place it could be.

That throws a lot of people off the track.

Look for that folder in Windows Explorer. If it's there, then look under it (or in it) for the \system32\
folder and put your .dll file there.

Something is just very wrong if you're having to do this manually.
Any decent install program will look for the default system root folder.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 11:28 PM

no i dont even have a winnt folder in my c drive!!! is there something wrong with my computer?

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 11:30 PM

Have you tried Start> Search> System32?


and yes i did try that... it gave me 1 file that led to c:/unziped/wsc-en-pcc2005-12???

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 06:24 AM

right click on My Computer > Properties

Tell us what version of Windows you have, including Service Packs, if any.

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Posted 31 May 2006 - 07:07 AM

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 08:25 AM

Hi guys, i had this exact same problem, i have to put a .dll into my system32 and was told i would find it at C:\WINDOWS\system32 ..so i tried to navigate my way there and found it absent(or as it seemed). I can access it by typing into the address bar but you can not see it by navigating there or using your helpfull hint of using explorer and using the expanding option...its still not there. i have enabled viewing hidden files and folders aswell...

Took the liberty to take two screenshots of it for you...HERE




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