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Solved: msconfig won't run

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Richterville, Apr 9, 2010.

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  1. Richterville

    Richterville Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,
    msconfig won't run at start.
    Windows cannot find msconfig.
    It's there physically (I had to manually find it - Search won't work either)
    I think it's a registry error. I looked where another forum "told me" to look, and I had different entries.
    I've antivirused and anti malawared myself, so i think that's not it.

    Thanks,

    Richterville
     
  2. TekTime

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    Try this.
    http://www.thetechguide.com/downloads/msconfig.zip

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    If that doesn't help, you could also try the system file check which scans for and replaces missing/corrupt system files.

    Go to:
    > "Start"
    > "Run"
    > Type "Command"
    > Choose "OK"

    At the command prompt type: sfc /scannow (You will need your Windows install CD)

    By the way, it is possible that hidden (undetected) malware is causing your issue.
     
  3. Richterville

    Richterville Thread Starter

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    tried the above, and no joy I can get msconfig to run if i find it manually, but not from "start"
     
  4. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    If you locate this entry in the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\MSCONFIG.EXE, in the right pane, next to Default, it should show: C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe

    You have those 2 entries, correct?
     
  5. Richterville

    Richterville Thread Starter

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    in the first one all i have is
    Name: (default) Type:REG_SZ Data: c\program files\sony\sony picture utitlity\video utility
    and
    name : path type: REG_SZ Data: c\program files\sony\sony picture utitlity\video utility

    but the second one is there.
     
  6. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    So Msconfig.exe isn't under the App Paths key?
     
  7. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths]

    Create a new sub-key named "MSCONFIG.EXE"

    Then, select this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\MSCONFIG.EXE

    In the right-pane, double-click (default) and type the full path to
    MSConfig.exe

    Example:
    C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\MSConfig.exe
     
  8. Richterville

    Richterville Thread Starter

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    the only thing there was the sony vid utility
     
  9. Richterville

    Richterville Thread Starter

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    Nice one guys - that did the trick. Follow me to my next thread..."Search don't work!" :0)
     
  10. Cheeseball81

    Cheeseball81 Moderator Malware Specialist

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