XP Problem with MSCONFIG

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stech1

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I was helping someone whose windows XP machine was having performance issues. It was loaded down with spyware and viruses.

While trying to limit what ran when Windows started, I ran MSCONFIG. The following message appeared:

"System Configuration Utility cannot read the Config.sys file because an error occurred.

The System Reported error is: the system cannot find the path specified."

It repeated this message for Autoexec.bat, system.ini and win.ini. After the error messages, I had MSCONFIG running, but it only had two tabs - General and Startup.

I did a search for config.sys (and Autoexec.bat, system.ini and win.ini) and sure enough it did not exist. I used Notepad to create blank text documents and named them as the missing files and placed them in C:\windows\system32. This did not fix the problem.

Here is the path statement:

"c:\windows\system32; %systemroot%\system32; %systemroot%; %systemroot%\system32\wbem; c:\program files\common files\adaptec shared\system"

Two questions:

1. Any Ideas how to restore the missing files without reinstalling windows xp?

2. How important are the missing files? Now that we have removed the viruses and spyware, the system seems to be working well.
 
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