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autoexec,nt - DELETED by XP on each shutdown!!!?? HELP!!!!!

by P colhoun / November 5, 2004 9:19 AM PST

since removing a virus (amg free edition), my autoexec.nt file has been playing up.

I've looked at the knowledge base advice on and found how to expand this file from the original CD etc.

Whilst this works temporarily and avoids the "\system32\autoexec.nt 16 bit subsystem can't load some DOS or WINDOWS programs" error message, each time i re-boot I need to expand and reinstate the autoexec.nt file.

IS there a permanent fix anyone knows of?


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Re: autoexec,nt - DELETED by XP on each shutdown!!!?? HELP!!
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 5, 2004 9:53 AM PST


There was a previous thread (quite long) about this issue here in the "Newbies" forum. There were a number of suggestions and a few different solutions for the problem. Click on the link below and read all of the suggestions. One of them may work for you. Even the very last post in the thread worked for that individual.

Autoexec.nt Repair Thread

Hope this helps.


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Msdos - 16 bit thingy
by khoock37 / January 19, 2005 9:33 PM PST

Go to C drive -> windows ->Repair ->copy autoexec.nt

Go back windows ->System32 (Paste)

This happens when you sometimes download programs from internet.Keep this in your note pad as it is very handy.

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I can help
by be7169 / January 19, 2005 11:41 AM PST

Just perform the following steps to create a simple batch file to put in your Windows Startup Directory file that will copy the file to the proper directory if it's missing:

Open Windows Notepad
Input the following text:

copy c:\winnt\repair\autoexec.nt /y c:\winnt\system32

Click File/Save As/ [Save as type] needs to be [ALL FILES]
Filename can be filename.bat

Save the file to you Windows startup folder and reboot the machine. This will copy the file every time Windows starts up and will overwrite the file if it already exists. On Win2000 you copy the batch file or the filname.bat to c:\documents and settings\all users\start menu\programs\startup

I think the directory is the same in Windows XP too. Hope this helps. I had the same exact problem, well, not anymore. E-mail me and let me know if this fixed your problem or not.

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this is interesting
by lwh / February 13, 2005 2:26 PM PST
In reply to: I can help
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