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missing cursor file

by Surprisechupka / February 10, 2007 2:38 AM PST

My whole cursor (windows) file is missing! The only change I have made to my computer was installed Windows media player 11 - after that --Pooof! No cursor file ... Have looked everywhere - puff of smoke. How do I get a copy of that file or will I have to do a new windows install? I have tried system restore - no luck.

I have a Tosh laptop so my backup windows requires a full system restore - no way to pick and chose the files I want to add back.


Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Help please!

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Whatever do you actually mean by ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 10, 2007 8:08 AM PST
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My whole cursor (windows) file is missing! ?

If you actually mean that the pointer itself is not visible, have you tried another mouse or checked to ensure that your current mouse is plugged in? It could also indicate a problem with your graphics card driver--try updating it.

Try the mousekeys (you can control the cursor with the keypad keys).

Step by step instructions:
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/windowsxp/mousekeys.aspx

If you mean that the cursor shape has changed that too can be controlled through Control Panel.
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Cursors, points all poooof!
by Surprisechupka / February 10, 2007 2:13 PM PST

Thanks for your reply Edward. No, I do not mean my pointers and cursors are invisible I mean they are NON-existant. The cursor file under Windows is as empty as Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard.

It is not my graphics card driver- checked all that first off Makes no sense the file would be there and working one moment, have to restart the computer for the install to be complete and when it does the cursor file has gone up in a puff of smoke. I guess I am not so much a newbie as as Middlie. Have enough knowledge to check all that stuff before I come whining here. HA! Guess I confused a few by using "cursor" when it was really my pointers that went poof - my cursor seems to be just fine. Guess now I must go in search of the windows cursor file .... Have been also giving it some thought and wonder if one of my fool spyware programs deleted it when windows restarted .... Grrrrr!

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So you are saying that the...
by Edward ODaniel / February 11, 2007 5:22 AM PST
CURSORS directory (folder) is empty?

First, try searching your hard drive for *.cur (the cursor icons). It is possible that you (or a program) inadvertently moved them to another location on the disk--if you find them move them back to %systemroot%\cursors.

If you don't find any you can re-install them by making use of the Windows Add/Remove programs applet to add the mouse pointers (they are located under the Accessories). You may first have to unselect them then after "uninstalling" them, reselect them and re-install.

Alternatively you could search your Windows CAB files for *.cur (also for *.ani if you use the animated cursors) and copy them to the CURSORS directory. (ZipScan would make this option easy - http://www.foobarsoftware.com/ - you can normally do this using Windows Explorer but sometimes it has problems with some CAB files)

Then make use of the Mouse applet to select the pointers of your choice.

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