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HELP! Lost msconfig.exe (I think!)

by hoosierfjc / October 9, 2005 11:36 AM PDT

I can no longer access msconfig by Run: msconfig

When activates nothing happens....so I did a search for msconfig and just found help menus referring to msconfig but not the msconfig.exe file

I'm not sure where it is and need to make some important changes to my computer and am unable to do so using msconfig.

I'm using XP Home with SP2 and would appreciate some help here ASAP. Thanks in advance!

FJC in IN

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Lost MSConfig
by hpjohn11 / October 9, 2005 12:02 PM PDT

If you go to Search, ask for MSconfig. It will show up
in a menue with a long title and Help. Click on tis and when you find MSConfig right Click on it and make a shortcut. Drag it to the desktop and rename MSConfig. You can leave it there or put it on your Quick Launch menu or any where. When you want to use it click on it.

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Did not work!
by hoosierfjc / October 9, 2005 12:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Lost MSConfig

Thanks for your "pronto" response, but this solution did not work. Same result...did not run.

Name of the file used was: MSCONFIG.EXE-35E4DAE9.pf
Response was: Windows is not able to run this file becuae it doesn't know what file created it....something like that!!!

Any other possibilities....ANYONE???? Thank you!

hoosierfjc

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MSCONFIG
by gmperry / October 9, 2005 12:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Did not work!

You might try THEELDER GEEK.COM
gOOD LUCK
GMP

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Re: Did not work!
by Tufenuf / October 9, 2005 12:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Did not work!

You should have a copy of msconfig.exe in your C:\Windows\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries folder and in your C:\Windows\System32\dllcache folder. If you don't go to the link below and download the "Download msconfig here: msconfig for Windows 2000. (Windows XP version.)" and place copies in the loacations shown above. It is the correct Windows XP msconfig.exe as I downloaded it to check it out.

http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/msconfig.html

Tufenuf

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System File Checker.
by Cursorcowboy / October 10, 2005 12:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Did not work!

1. The article [Q310747] describes the Beta release of System File Checker (Sfc.exe), a command-line tool that examines protected system files and restores the correct versions by using backups stored in the Dllcache folder or files copied from the operating system CD. Protected files include those with .sys, .dll, .exe, .ttf, .fon and .ocx file name extensions. Due to disk space considerations, storing all protected files in the Dllcache folder might not be practical especially on computers with limited storage space. Therefore, the system may require and prompt for the operating system CD. In addition, SFC can be used to repopulate the %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache folder if the contents become damaged or unusable.

2. Recommended reading and important to understand are these five articles:

a. ''Description of the Windows File Protection Feature (Q222193).''

b. ''System Files Reference.''

c. ''Windows File Protection and Windows'' which explains that WFP prevents programs from replacing critical system files which must not be overwriten that are used by the OS and by other programs. Please note that WFP may record events to the system event log noting file replacement attempt that may lead to concluding certain anomalies.

d. ''Registry Settings for Windows File Protection and System File Checker (Q222473).''

e. Also note, ''Replacing files protected by the Windows File Protection (Q555047)'' which explaining how to replace files, which you may never need to know or use.

Caveats: The WFP cache (%systemroot%\system32\dllcache) is not protected and its files can be overwritten either using the Windows Explorer or the command prompt. Since the folder is a compressed system folder, it is necessary to disable the Hide protected operating system files option in the global folder options to see the folder in Windows Explorer or in a directory listing.

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Windows cannot find msconfig
by dedwinj / May 6, 2011 3:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Lost MSConfig

For three days I've tried various fixes, but the one proffered by hpjohn11-10/9/05 7:02 PM worked. And took less than a minute to do. Thanks hpjohn and thanks CNET.
David Jones
Los Angeles

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Success!!
by hoosierfjc / October 11, 2005 8:36 AM PDT

Read suggested articles for additional background info and then used the "perfectdrivers" site and downloaded additional files of msconfig. Swapped names of current resident msconfig files and am happy to report that I can now run msconfig.

Possible assumption(s): somehow the resident msconfig files were corrupted. Once I downloaded the ones from the suggested site and refiled them where they belong....everything now works fine.

Thanks so much for your help and most importantly your time.

hoosierfjc

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(NT) (NT) hoosierfjc ; Good Job & Thanks for posting back.
by Tufenuf / October 11, 2005 8:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Success!!
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by jbrian12 / May 6, 2011 5:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Success!!

lol this thread is 5 years old 5 YEARS!!! Don't think the topic starter still lives lol

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lost msconfig.exe
by dedwinj / May 6, 2011 8:34 AM PDT

The following worked for me today 6 may 2011

Lost MSConfig by hpjohn11 - 10/9/05 7:02 PM In Reply to: HELP! Lost msconfig.exe (I think!) by hoosierfjc
If you go to Search, ask for MSconfig. It will show upin
a menue with a long title and Help. Click on tis and when you find
MSConfig right Click on it and make a shortcut. Drag it to the desktop
and rename MSConfig. You can leave it there or put it on your Quick
Launch menu or any where. When you want to use it click on it.

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