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Msconfig closes immediately

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Eric-Tech, Jun 19, 2009.

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  1. Eric-Tech

    Eric-Tech Thread Starter

    Jun 8, 2007
    This is primarily a informational post for those interested.. I found this post http://forums.techguy.org/malware-r...regedit-msconfig-closes-immediately-upon.html and wanted to reply but it was closed.

    I just copied my drive over using Western Digital's Data Lifeguard utility. Upon rebooting (and making sure the new drive was selected in the bios to boot from) I encountered 2 problems..

    1: the boot menu (which had not previously been enabled) now showed two entries for "Default system", both which worked, but was annoying to me..
    2: msconfig would not work for me to check the startup and boot.ini.

    I ran through a lot of steps trying to get msconfig to work again.. copied the file to a different location, rename it as a different filename, check for virus/malware, even copied it from my laptop, and checking the registry entries.. Nothing would let this program run!
    As far as antivirus programs, I run Avast! .. I was POSITIVE I had no virus malware, etc. Even still, I ran a boot time virus sweep. NOTHING found. Even ran HijackThis.. again nothing. After MUCH searching on Google and even these forums, I simply resigned myself that I was going to need to do a repair install (which I hate doing). I decided to check one last thing first.. manual edit of the boot.ini.

    When I opened it up and compared to my laptop running the same version of the OS (Win XP Pro sp3) I noticed it was missing an entry .. the information under [operating systems] (second entry) was blank... I added :

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer

    and rebooted. Upon rebooting of course, the boot menu was no longer there, and it went straight to the Windows XP loading screen.. and when I attempted to bring up msconfig through the start - run command, it again worked.


    So I wanted to throw this out in case anyone else runs into this problem. Again, mine specifically was using drive copy software (WD Data lifeguard in my case) to copy from a failing drive to a working drive.

    I'm happy to say it's all working now! :D
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