Posted 10 January 2018 - 09:37 AM
Hello there ! I am typing this from my phone (its pretty uncomfortable for me), since, as the title says, the Ethernet on my desktop computer doesnt work...
Every evening, before going to bed, I disable the cable by using the control panel and re-enable it the next time I am using my PC. I do this for safety reasons since I let my PC on for a week and sometimes more (its pretty powerful, so I can allow myself to do so).
So, today, when I came home from work, my PC was on its lock screen. Nothing unusual, because it couldve restarted to update itself or my antivirus, I thought.
But then, when I tried to re-enable my Ethernet through the control panel, it said Enabling... for 2 seconds (thats normal) then Connection failed. Ive never seen this message before !
I thought that, just like many problems, this could be fixed with a reboot. Sadly, it remained the same. I discovered that the issue was deeper than I thought when I accidentally opened the Task Manager (I pinned it, so I can access it with a click). It said that Windows cannot find C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe. Make sure you typed the name correcly, and then try again.
When I read this, I immediately thought about using the sfc /scannow command. The cmd prompt opened just fine, but when I tried to run it as an admin through the start menu to get elevated privileges, it said the same thing as with the Task Manager. So, now, I am kinda stuck and am out of ideas. I need to do some work on my PC pretty soon, so this is definitely problematic !
PS: The same thing seems to happen to most, if not all, system32 related files/programs.