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Windows cannot find 'bat=exe'


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#1 winnipegboy

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:57 PM

My friends Windows 8.1  laptop has recently started throwing up 50 to 100 command windows upon startup all with the same error in them.

 

The command window says" Error: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value." and the error dialogue box on top says" Windows cannot find 'bat=exe'.

 

See attached screenshot.

 

I'm imagining a registry error has occurred. I've used Ccleaner and Malware bytes on it, but aside from many fixes I've performed, we are left with the bat=exe error.

 

Short of a system restore, I'm imaging a regedit fix. 

 

Any suggestions?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

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#2 wpgwpg

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 01:08 PM

 Have you by chance run a registry cleaner?  They can cause problems that're tough to diagnose and even tougher to fix.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

#3 winnipegboy

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:39 PM

Thanks, Wpgwpg.

 

Yes, I have run a registry cleaner, but the problem was there before I did.  I have used Ccleaner (from Piriform)  which I have used for years and have complete faith in.  I agree most 'registry cleaners' can cause a lot of trouble.



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:51 PM

Download and run Autoruns. Look for anything related to bat=exe in the Logon or Everything tab. If you find it, uncheck the entry. If the problem goes away, you can run Autoruns again and delete the entry.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

Wow, what a great tool. Never knew it existed.  Thanks for the great suggestion.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:03 PM

Autoruns has no entry at all for bat=exe.  8-(

It did find several entries with a "file not found" in the path and highlighted in yellow.  I unchecked them all, but the cmd windows and error see screen shot above) still return.

'bat=exe' is a string that doesn't appear any where else on the internet, so I've got a pretty unique problem.

 

Interestingly, the owner has experimented with shutting down the 60ish cmd windows and then was horrified to note, that when he plugged inhis power supply (low battery warning)  the cmd winds all reappeared!   How weird is that.

 

Its an annoyance that he's living with. I'm sure its a simple fix once its found. Would hate to have to restore Win 8.1, he has a lot of applications installed and is a newbie.

Any ideas are muchly appreciated.   Thank you Bleepers.  



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:48 PM

Has he tried a window refresh? Sound like he has some system file corruption.  If so this will damage the registry to..



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:20 PM

Thanks, Cobalt.  If you mean a restore point, we looked and though the laptop is over six months old, there are only to recent restore points there, more recent than when the problem started.

 

If you are referring to "Refresh your PC without affecting your files" Haven't tried that yet. Will he have to reinstall all the software he has installed since the laptop was new?

 
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Posted 10 August 2014 - 08:45 PM

As far as Refresh, Yes he would have to  reinstall any Software . He has added.






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