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MSpaint, Calc components missing from my XP SP2

by gbappiah / April 3, 2008 1:34 AM PDT


I recently lost my windows components MSpaint, Calculator. I've tried reinstalling them in the "windows components" section of Add/remove programs and this did not work because apparently there is a missing i386 folder which is needed.

Next I tried system restore, which did nothing.

Now I'm in the process of trying a windows repair, however once I enter windows setup environment and select 'R' for repair, it send me to DOS and I don't know the DOS cmd to repair.

does anyone have any suggestions on either: A) how to restore my windows components

B) the proper cmd to repair windows?

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Why not??/
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2008 1:37 AM PDT

Copy the i386 folder from your XP CD?

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Finally! They're back!
by gbappiah / April 3, 2008 2:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Why not??/

Ya it's my fault, I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and made a clumsy mistake. Thanks for the help though!

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CMD for repair windows
by gbappiah / April 3, 2008 2:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Finally! They're back!

....However, I am still curious as to how to repair a windows install when in the DOS interface as apposed to the "Windows Setup"...

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When you post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2008 3:16 AM PDT
In reply to: CMD for repair windows
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This worked great for me!
by machguy / April 27, 2008 4:48 AM PDT

It is still probably resident on your PC, it's just that the shortcut has disappeared.

Go to 'Start', then 'Settings', then 'Control Panel'

In the 'Control Panel' go to 'Add or Remove Programs'

In the 'Add or Remove Programs' window click on 'Add/Remove Windows Components' in the left column.

When the 'Windows Component Wizard' opens, highlight the 'Accessories and Utilities' then click details. A new window will open.

Highlight 'Accessories' and then click details.

Be sure that 'ACCESSORIES' & 'GAMES' have a check mark by each one. By HIGHLIGHTING each category above you will be able to see which items are checked or not. Select those items you desire or just check them all if you're not certain. If they do not have check, i.e., check them and click okay. If they do have a check mark, uncheck it then check it again and click okay (this will force it to reload the shortcut again).

Click okay in the next window, and okay in the next, and then 'Next' in the wizard. It will start to load your settings. Click finsihed when it completes. Your Paint, Calc, etc. should be back to where they were originally and function correctly. Sometimes it may require the Operating System disk, so be prepared to have the disk ready if asked to insert it.

This should put your ACCESSORIES (CALCULATOR, PAINT, etc.) and GAMES (Freecell, etc.) back to normal function and availability. They can be easily found and tested by going to START, ALL PROGRAMS, ACCESSORIES and then locating and selecting the desired program.

Steve M.

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Using Windows CD
by gbappiah / April 29, 2008 12:49 AM PDT

Thanks, I did this a different way though. I used the windows CD, once it auto-plays, there should be options to install windows, repair windows or install windows components. It basically does the same thing except instead of installing from your local I386 directory.

* One component I noticed which does not get repaired using these methods is the recording OR sound properties. Anyone having these problems, after repairing everything else, will need copies of "sndrec32" and "sndvol32" placed in their System32 directory from another windows PC perhaps. If I find out any other way I'll post.

Good luck all

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