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Computer does not boot up, A file in my windows folder is "Missing/corrupted"

Q: Computer does not boot up, A file in my windows folder is "Missing/corrupted"

So, I was playing a game called Battlefield 2, and it was a little laggy, it was pissing me off so I restarted my computer. I don't know if this screwed something up, but instead of re-booting up, my computer told me that a file in the system 32 folder or around there (It's called system, I think) was corrupted or missing.
Whoop dee doo. I've had like this happen way too much, and I'm incredibly tired of re-formating. I do NOT want to re-format and re-install it, PLEASE, GOD, NO!

So, it told me to put in my windows CD and push "R" to repair it. So, I did, but that gives me a nice command line, and I don't exactly know what to do.

I tried restarted, and now without any error it just brings me to the blue windows XP screen before the computer goes to your desktop, but it just stays there without actually..going to my desktop and letting everything function. So, what do I do now? Is there any way to replace this file, or am I gonna have to re-format?

A: Computer does not boot up, A file in my windows folder is "Missing/corrupted"

hey there killaer

they only thing thing that comes to mind is (F8 ) and useing the (The Last Good Configuaration ) option

when you use thr repair dose it not tell you wich drive your software is on / profile ??

it should give you the option as in ( 1 c;/win) or something to that affect , maybe you need to slow down and read what the options are

i know this can be very frustrating but sometimes good things come to those that stop and smell the pc chips and stand back, look, read ,and reread

i have learned this lesson many times !!!!!

hope things work out


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OK. This is complicated; please be patient. Some months ago my PC (Win7 Ultimate x64) suddenly came up with the dreaded "BOOTMGR CTRL+ALT+DEL to continue..." error message. No idea what caused this; the OS had been operating flawlessly for almost a year. Anyway, I tried using a "Windows 7 Recovery Disc" which I had burned from an .iso file downloaded ages ago. After several unsuccessful attempts to fix the problem with the Recovery Disc, I gave up in frustration and rebooted from the Win7 installation DVD. It of course told me there was an existing Win7 OS on the machine; did I wish to update/overwrite that or install a NEW copy of the OS? I chose "new copy" and installed it. This fixed the problem, of course. Once I was certain all was working (several days later), I used Win7's "BOOTMGR" utility to DELETE this second, unnecessary version of the OS. All still worked fine, but it "shrunk" drive D: and left an "UNUSED" area on the drive (according to the DISKMGR tool). I don't remember the drive letter the install routine created. Anyway, I could not "extend" D: or get back the wasted HD space no matter what I tried. Naturally, in the process I stupidly screwed up something and was back to the "BOOTMGR missing..." situation. Arrgghh!! I used another PC to search for help on the 'net, and found a lot of praise for a utility called "EasyBCD" (using "Ubunt... Read more

A:File "BOOTMGR" & folder "BOOT" appear on TWO partitions...why?

post screenshot of disk management with all fields visible

bootsqm.dat will be created if you do a "check disk". It can be deleted if want.
bootstat.dat see The Boot Status Data Log

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Hi, my brother just rebooted his computer yesterday and got the error in the title. He was able to use it fine before he rebooted and it just came up out of the blue.

What I've tried: He didn't have anything on the hard drive so after not finding a solution through google I just decided to reformat and reinstall Windows. When that didn't work and I got a message about a damage disk or something (only ever came up once or twice) I tried to install Windows on a brand new 500gb Caviar Blue. Half way through the installation I just got the same message again.

After a few tries I decided to try to install Windows on my old second hand P4 system with the hard drive from the first system and it worked perfectly and booted like normal. But when I went and put the 500GB hard drive with a blank XP install on it I got the error again. So back I go to the first system and I put the hard drive in and it boots fine.

I have absolutely no idea what's going on because first the error came out of nowhere, then Windows won't install, then it installs fine on a different system, AND THEN the new Windows install gets the original error in one system but not the other.

Systems: PC-1: Athlon X2 2.4GHz CPU, 2GB DDR2 800 RAM, GeForce 8600GTS, 500GB SeaGate Caviar Blue Hard Drive.
PC-2: Pentium 4-3.0Ghz CPU, 3GB PC400 RAM, 320GB Hard Drive.
Both using an XP SP3 OEM Disk.

Any ideas?
Thanks (let me know if you need more info)

Edit: Sorry if this is in the wrong place, ... Read more

A:"\windows\system32\config\system corrupted or missing"

On PC-1 does windows finish the install, as this is a message that typically appears after XP is finished installed and working? If so, does this happen before any software or drivers are installed? If the motherboard has onboard graphics, pull out the Graphics Card before installing XP (just to eliminate any possibility of it being faulty and causing the problem)

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I am getting the following error when moving files on the same drive or from one to another:

"Error Moving File or Folder
Cannot remove folder (insert folder name here): The directory is not empty."

This is fairly common (once or twice a month) and it occurs usually with folders containing many subfolders when being moved by explorer gui "Move the selected items", or ctrl-x, ctrl-v . Repeated attempts through the same process seems to move the folders, but the errors increase as the concentration of stubborn folders increases.

There are no event viewer logs corresponding to these errors. (eventvwr.msc: system, or application)

I would have thought this would be a common problem, but extensive searches came up with nothing... so either it is rare, untroubling to others, extremely easy to fix, or my search queries suck. =)
I am going to run Checkdisk to make sure all is well there, and I will repost the likely failure.

A:"Error moving file or folder" "directory is not empty" one file left

Occasionally when I am deleting a file, it is difficult, I have to go through process explorer, search for the thread that is strangely(?) associated with that file in explorer (no reasonable dependencies could be linked, nor is the file being viewed), and kill the thread before deletion.

any thoughts?

Thanks =)

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Strangely, the "My Computer" and "Recycle bin" disappeared from all the places.

They are Not shown in any of following places: Start menu, folder tree, explorer, desktop etc.

Typing "My Computer" in address bar shows an empty folder with no drives.

In "show icons on desktop" setting window, "My Computer" and "Recycle bin" check boxes are disabled !!

looks like a registry problem.

any help ?

I'm using windows 7 x86. (fresh install)

A:Solved: Entire "My computer" folder tree missing.

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Suddenly lost my CD & DVD icons from my "My Computer" folder on desktop of XP SP3.

Everythinhg was working fine, then they were not being detected by the pc. Running lights come on, drawers open etc., but the disk will not play or show up so that I can start it.

Nothing else on pc seems affected.

Any suggestions or walk-throughs to get things back to normal?

Help surely appreciated.

Dex T.

A:Cd & DVD icons suddenly missing from "my computer" folder

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Hi all,

Sorry to repeat a question I see a lot of instances of, but none of those seem to be addressing my problem correctly.

I have not done anything new to my computer in recent days, so this problem has caught me off guard (I see most instances of this problem come after upgrading to Windows 7, I have had Win 7 installed for a while now).

Here is a summary of my problem:
1) My computer recently got stuck on the "Starting Windows Screen." So I manually held the power button to reboot.
2) On reboot, it said there was a need to run a startup repair, which I did. Everything checked fine, except for the last one which said "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted," which it claimed to have successfully fixed.
3) After rebooting from repair, the system gets stuck on "Starting Windows Screen" for a good 10-15 minutes, after which it runs a registry check. After it completes that I get hopeful -- but the screen then gets stuck on an all black screen with just the mouse cursor and nothing more.
4) Additional note: Attempting to start the computer on "safe mode" leads safe mode startup to become stalled on "DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS"
5) The lastest attempt to repair yielded this message: "Startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically.
Problem event Name: Startup Repair Offline
Problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: uknown
04: 21201099
05" AutoFailover
06: 2
07: Corrupt Volume
OS Version: 6.1.7600.... Read more

A:Stuck on "Starting Windows", Repair Shows "System Volume on Disk is Corrupted"

Hi Stan, Hopefully I can help you out....or at least lead you in the right direction. From my experience, the symptoms you are suggesting sound like perhaps a dying Hard drive.

1. Do you have the windows 7 boot disks that came with your computer or when you bought the Operating System? If so, you could try and insert one of those and boot from it, and attempt to repair the installation. (this won't affect your data, only the windows system files).

2. If that doesn't fix it, you could try a fresh reinstall of windows 7, and see if that works.

3. If neither of those work, its likely that because of the fact that when windows is repairing itself, it is generally putting copies of its system files in the same physical location on your disk. Because your disk is obviously not completely dead, ie....its still loading to the windows 7 startup screen, its just copying files to the bad sectors on your hard drive and gets stuck when loading. This is especially my guess because you said Safe mode is having same problems, even after attempting to repair. In the past, I've tried and salvage a disk by reformatting it and only leaving on partitions which do not contain the bad clusters. This takes some time, and some guess work.....and really this is only a "bandaid" fix because once the disk has bad clusters, its only a matter of time before these things give out. You wouldn't want to trust your important data on it anyways....

I hope this leads you in ... Read more

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My hard drive crashed on my laptop. I had a running dual boot environment of Win2K and XP. Both the Win2K and XP were backed up with Acronis Ver11. After replacing the hard drive I created the partitions needed for Win2K and XP using a Win2K CD. Formatted and installed Win2k on the first partition. Did a restore of Win2K via Acronics. I used the restore because of the other software I had installed/running on the first partition (Win2K). The XP/OS application I have needs three partitions. The three were created by the Win
2K CD and then formatted via Disk Management (Win2K). Next I restored my XP/OS via Acronics on the second partition. Modified the Boot.ini file for both Win2K and XP. The Win2K boots no problem. Selecting XP I get the following error: Missing or corrupt file Windows\system32\config\systemd. I did copy in the NTldr and NTDetect from the i386 folder (XP CD), to the XP OS no change.

Thanks for your Help in advance


A:Solved: Missing or corrupt file "systemd" on a dual boot

Copying ntldr and, and running fixmbr and fixboot from the repair console
should work. If not, do a complete repair from xp cd boot.

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Im looking for a way to re-create two folders, 1 my pictures, 2 my video. ive tried TweakUI, but that can only move a path. I tried repair (not Repair console) with XP SP2 CD, and ended up with a chose OS screen (which i found out can be avoided with msconfig.) but still regedit has a big whole where my pictues and my video should be. Ive both a SATA and an IDE drive, IDE is used as storage and SATA is partitioned and computer management say Extended partition, with boot on it and system is on the IDE one.
Before it got messed up i had my documents on the ohter partition, which is how i want it.
I would greatfull of some help and a detailed fix, i will fomat but even that is hard as that is part of how it all become so mixed up.

A:Missing Shell Folder for "My Pictures" + "My Video"

Vince, Tweak UI has that ability under the Repair section. Just use the drop down arrow button and choose My Videos and My Pictures one at a time, click the Repair Now button, click Apply/OK.


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I have several icons/files from my "User" folder showing up in the "Computer" folder (several in duplicate), PLUS numerous blank icons...

This seems to have occurred after the Common Files folder became corrupted, after I somewhat riskily decided to power off while Vista was attempting to come out of Sleep mode - it had already taken about 3 mins and I was in a hurry - bad move, I know. That delay appears to have been due to an old version of Online Armor, and has now been fixed (by an update). Chkdsk scanned and (apparently) corrected some errors, and I also ran SFC which said it had corrected some errors but had also found some that it couldn't correct. Any help much appreciated.


A:Icons/Files from "User" folder showing up in "Computer" folder

Hello Aster, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to fix it.

Hope this helps,

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My DVD RW & CD RW are missing from the "My Computer" folder. They show up in the Device Manager with a yellow !. I have tried everything mentioned in other forums with no good results. They were working find one day and were not there the next day when I booted up. PLEASE HELP!!!

A:DVD -+RW & CDRW missing from "My Computer" folder

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I'm currently using Windows XP Pro Corporate SP2 on my problem computer and an hour ago I was struck with this problem.

It started when I downloaded the AOL 9.0 client and signed in with my account. I thought the AOL Welcome page was loading, and loading, and loading, until I realized that it had been frozen (my first clue was my music playing in Winamp in the background was stalling and resuming, as well as my cursor). I tried the good-old Control-Alt-Delete, yet nothing happened. Everything became unresponsive except for the cursor for a good ten minutes before I'd had enough and pressed the damn restart button on my computer.

Windows didn't like this move at all, apparently, since I saw a line of vertical dashes appear across the lower portion of my screen, and moments later, this message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup (blah blah blah, etc.)

Unfortunately for me, I had misplaced the setup CD-ROM that the error was suggesting I use. 2+ years ago.

I built this computer myself, so I can't simply call up the manufacturer and request some recovery CD's so I can get into the Recovery Console.

A friend of mine left a burned CD at my house which included his Windows XP Home OS, I thought, so I tried to get to the RC from that disc. This is when I discovered that the disc wouldn't boot and I couldn't g... Read more

A:Failure to boot! "Missing or corrupt file"! Help!

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Wanted to resurrect an older thread, but its closed :

Please read completely before responding.
I am a 30 year IT pro, most of it as a programmer. I am the geek in charge of a tech non profit org in Hawaii.
so yea.. i have at least half a clue.

Here is the deal.
In doing drive copies, data recoveries, etc... when we are moving a mass amount of data from one drive to another we run into this problem a lot.
"Error moving file or folder" -- "directory is not empty"
If you restart the move, it will continue on and keep going, restart enough times and eventually it will move all directories.

I think its a programming issue with windows and wonder if anyone has a work around ?

I have a suspicion that the copy process is getting out of sequence. That it is trying to move a folder before it actually emptied it. Possibilities are :
1) windows forgot its place in moving through and navigating numerous sub directories and it is having a problem with recursive calls.
2) Computers with hyper threading or dual core processors are spawning the movement of files across multiple processes, and some are getting ahead of the other.
3) It did actually move the file, but the cache or something in memory has not updated, or the full data write has not completed yet before it tried to move the directory. (delayed write)
Yes, you can copy and then delete the old... Read more

A:"Error moving file or folder" -- "directory is not empty"

This is a known issue. It is by design.

As you may know, moving is in its essence an unsafe process. It would be better to use the actual sequence of copy and then delete.

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Hi Everyone,

So I just received a computer I purchased from CyberPower Inc. and set everything up; so far things have gone smoothly except for the following:

When I first booted the computer up, and every subsequent startup, I receive the following error message on the homescreen, "There is a file or folder on your computer called 'C:\Program' which could cause certain applications to not function correctly. Renaming it to 'C:\Program1' would solve this problem. Would you like to rename it now?" If I opt to rename it, then the next startup the message appears again but this time wants me to rename it to "C:\Program2". It does seemt to be causing some problems for the way internet explorer functions.

I haven't finished setting up the computer/restoring my backups or anything because I don't want to go through that entire process if I am going to need to find the windows installation CD that came with the computer, reinstall the OS, etc.

Any ideas here?

Thank You very much in advance, I really appreciate your time!

A:"There is a file or folder on your computer called 'C:\Program'"

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Computer Specs:
CPU: I5-2400
MB: Asus Pz868
Ram: Corsair 8GB Vengeance LP
Using on board VIdeo For now
Maxtor HD Sata
WD Raptor Sata
HP Lightscribe DVD-r Drive Sata

Problem I was having once I completed my new build with old system parts was as listed in title. It started out as select proper boot device, and now it states ntldr is missing. From what I have been reading it seems as if my partition with my windows 7 install is not set active. I do not have my windows 7 DVD only my old vista DVD. I tried to boot into it to make use of CMD and attempt to make my partition active but I was unsuccessful to even get into CMD. I went into bios and forced booted from the drive with the OS and still same error, also I attempted to disable the other sata and run the computer again with no success also. Look forward to hearing from someone soon. I will be sitting by my laptop all night until this computer gets running.

A:"Select Proper Boot Device" now "NTLDR is missing"

Finally Got to command prompt but it shows my current drive listed as x: dunno if this will be relevant and helpful to anyone.

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I tried copying a fresh version of the file to \Windows\System32. No dice. I tried renaming it all uppercase and then all lowercase. Nothing. I put a copy in the root directory. No effect. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked.

Then--doh!--I stopped thrashing and did what I should have done initially: I dug into the Microsoft Knowledge Base and learned about XP's built-in Rebuild command. It can often easily fix "Missing HAL" and similar problems in just a minute or two. If you know about this command and how to use it, you can potentially save yourself hours and hours of manually reinstalling or rebuilding a failed operating system.

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I went to create a new folder under documents and won't, then tried it elsewhere (desktop etc) and it shows me a shortcut to create a new folder, and wants me to browse to it. I don't know where to make it browse to, to even see if it works or not. Anyone know here?
Thanks, Linda

A:Windows 7 missing "Create New Folder" option

The issue should be caused by damaged or incorrect registry key entry. Please check the following registry value:

1. Click Start, type regedit in Search Bar, and then click regedit in the Programs list.
Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.

2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


3. Please check if the value for (Default) is: {D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}

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When I click on "tools" on the menu bar in any folder that I am exploring and subsequently click on "folder options" I notice that the "view" tab is completely missing. The only tab I have access to is "file types"

This creates a serious problem when dealing with hidden folders that were hidden prior to me having knowledge of this "view" feature being absent.

What are my options to restore this "view" tab so that I can view the hidden files that I need access to?


A:"View Tab" in "Folder Options" missing

Other than a system restore, I don't know how to restore the view tab. I can tell you how to enable the hidden files and folders from the registry.
Start> Run> type: regedit and hit OK. Navigate to:
Click on Advanced folder in the left pane and look for Hidden in the right panel. Set the value to 1 to show and 2 to hide.
If not there, create DWORD value with Value name: Hidden and set the value as above.

Edit: Forgot to add, you need to restart computer for settings to be changed.

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Running W7 64bit - Lenovo Y580 (though I believe the problem lies in Windows itself).

Lately, every time I boot the "My Computer" folder opens on the loading screen. Why is this the case and how can I eliminate this?

I've already done the below (but still see the 'My Computer' upon boot):
1) Regedit Userinit.exe - I have looked this up in the registry. It's attributed correctly.
2) Regedit Userinit.exe - Current user/run and runonce checked - no funny programs/bad .exe locations
3) Ccleaner - I checked startup files (same with msconfig>services>startup). No luck.
4) MSE - I don't think malware is causing this as MSE comes up full scan clean
5) System Restore - No luck.
6) Booting in safe mode - No luck.
7) Checked start menu > startup folder - no luck.
8) Folder options - Already unchecked restore previous logon folders at startup

The 9th option: I ran troubleshooting performance and I suddenly see a startup file called "(default)" but with no file location or .exe location, so I don't know where on the computer or registry it is. Is this the culprit?

What should I do to eliminate this problem?

A:"My Computer" folder opening on every W7x64 boot

Most tech enthusiasts will not run the corrupt, bloated factory preinstall which throttles Win7 but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Stick with the tools and methods given and you'll get an keep a perfect install.

At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

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Not a major issue, of course, purely cosmetic, but still a minor annoyance none-the-less:

I have a number of card reader drives that I never use (haven't even removed that plastic cover tape from them to help keep the dust out) that show when viewing the "Computer" window that displays drives. Is there any way to hide specific unused drivers from this view? Not remove drive entirely, of course, I may need to use one in the future, but just to hide them so they aren't visible, until I may chose to make them visible again?

Thanks as always,


A:Hiding unused "removable storage" devices from "Computer" folder

Hello Russell,

You could check Hide empty drives in the Computer folder in Folder Options to have them stay hidden until you insert a card. When a card is inserted, the drive will display in Computer.

Drives - Hide or Show Empty Drives in Computer Folder

Hope this helps,

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Hi all,

When i tried to open my task manager from win 7 system, I got a pop up that says, " missing mfc42u.dll". I tried to fix it by using "repair my computer" from boot menu in order to do system recovery. However, after I click "repair my computer", I got a screen that says aceesing failed. I also saw an error symbol which is "x00000...". So I need your help to fix the missing mfc42u.dll and the inaccessibility of "repair my computer" from boot menu.


A:need recover missing dll (mfc42u.dll) and access my "repair my computer " from boot m

We need the full error code to determine whats wrong with Recovery.

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I have a computer here, that has two hard drives and a different os on both hard drives. 1 Drive has windows 2000 pro, and the other has xp home. It was configured so that on boot up, there would be a choice of which operating system to boot into, though I do not know which drive was giving this choice. At this point when I boot, I get the error message "ntldr is missing press any key to restart". I have changed the boot order in the bios to see if it will boot from the other hard drive, and I get the same results. Any advice on where I could begin to fix this machine would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Solved: "ntldr is missing" error message in a dual boot computer.?

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I hooked up a drive I haven't used in quite some time in my new external case. with some of the directories on there I get this...

"the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" and it won't let me access it

what causes this and is there any way to fix it?

A:""the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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On going problem: have used a site called which sends amazing stationary including music and gifs.

Used to see gifs perfectly , cannot any more.

they recommend downloading a "patch" to correct the red "xs" and it worked in the past - following all their inxs.

Recently, through a virus check I think I deleted this patch under probing by the site. as I try to install it again I get:
"The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid or corrupted"

Is that their patch, the one on their site or my patch?

Have investigated through and they have some kind of explanation for this error message that goes on and on and I still don't know what to do.

can anybody help me?



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First things first: WinXP Pro, SP2 fully up to date but system restore is turned off.

Trying to get Windows Explorer to export a directory tree to a text file the other day instead of doing it via command line, I messed something up and can't get it back. In Explorer, this is where I was: Tools >> Folder Options >> File Types >> File Folder >> Advanced

I managed to insert the script that I wanted, but somewhere along the way I made a mistake and set it to Default. Now, whenever I click on an folder in Explorer it runs whatever is set as default. I can "Default" a lot of things (enqueue in Winamp, play in VLC Media Player, Find, etc) but none of them is the simple "Open" command.

I looked around at a couple other things (namely "Folder" and Firefox) in the File Types box, and while they both have Open commands included, I can't "Edit" them to see what kind of command they are running.

Any ideas?? I'm going to lose my mind if I keep starting the Find function in windows when all I really wanted to do was open that subfolder!!


ps - A friend recommended checking the registry to verify that this is what I had:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Folder>Open>command value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L
and while it's very similar, what I have right now is:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>Folder>Open>command value is: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L
and I don't know if t... Read more

A:Solved: Reset Windows Explorer "File Folder" to default

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When I upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 the experience seemed to be good. I am having my doubts now. I am confused concerning the following two issues.
1. It seems now that I am not recognized as the administrator of this PC. I am the only user, I am given a message that tells me i am not allowed to save files to a certain folder. Don't understand this at all.
2. I now have an external HDD that seems to have been named "File History". I am not understanding this either.

Please advise what has happened to my system. I built my own system with the following perimeters:
Processor a 2.40 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core
Main Circuit Board b Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA785GM-US2H
Memory Modules c,d 3070 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Drives 1790.70 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
1129.81 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

ATAPI iHES208 2 ATA Device [Optical drive]
SONY DVD RW DRU-V200A ATA Device [Optical drive]
TDK DVDRW1280B ATA Device [Optical drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Sony USB HS-CF Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
Sony USB HS-MS Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 5
Sony USB HS-SD Card USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 6
Sony USB HS-xD/SM USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
WD 1600JB External USB Device [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 2
WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAV5D080140, rev 80.00A80, SMART Status: Healthy
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A:Why did windows 10 create a "File History" folder on my External HDD

Some tutorials that might help you determine answers to your questions:

1. Account Type - Determine in Windows 10 also check the other related tutorials referenced at the end.

2. Your external drive seems to have been set up as the File History location. File History is a method for Backing up files and saving older versions of them. It was first introduced in Windows 8 and is accessed from the Control panel:

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OK, this is my first post here, & I've never joined a Windows forum, or one for people who build their own computers, although I am somewhat familiar with forums, so let me try to give enough info to see if I can clarify my first question & add a few related ones.

I just upgrades a Dell Precision 690 desktop to Vista Ultimate 64, because for some of the work I do in Photoshop CS4, I felt I would benefit from having access to over 3gigs of Ram. The Dell has 2 Intel Xeon 3 gig processors & the compatibility in place to run a 64bit OS, so I bought Vista Ultimate 64, and upgraded to 8 gigs of Ram. That all works fine & I set up several 66 meg files for large format printing the other day, so I'm pleased with the upgrade from that standpoint.

I just need to get used to some pesky details that slow me down & haven't figured them out from searching. I did make my way to the "local group policy editor" and "enable folder options" so this is now giving me my preferred view (details) whenever I open Windows Explorer.

There are 2 related issues I want to ask about. When I open Windows explorer, it opens as a small window & I like to maximize it. It also opens with the folder named after my user name expanded, and the "Computer" folder collapsed. I never store anything in the folder named after my user name, & I store everything in a mapped network drive, that is mapped to show up below the "computer" folder.

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A:are "Folder options" available in file>open windows?

Hello Islandsign, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to customize and reset the folder view settings so Vista will remember your folder view settings afterwards. When you make a change, close the window. When you open that same window, it should be the same as when you last closed it.

Windows Explorer Folder View settings

Hope this helps,

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Hi I have a netbook, Asus eeepc 1000HE
As soon as I push the power button, it states "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \windows\system32\config\system you can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows setup using the original setup cd-rom. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair."

So I dont have a cd drive, but i have windows on a flash drive, but I really need step by step help. Sticking the flashdrive doesnt do anything, nor does pushing "r". The first screen that shows up is the error, so I even tried pushing it as soon as I boot up the computer, but the error message just comes up.

A:Asus eeepc 1000HE "windows could not start because the following file is missing..."

You'll need to boot from a CD-ROM or USB to fix this. A system hive needs to be replaced.

How to Restore the Registry Hives From a System Restore Snapshot in Windows XP
How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting
How to automate the Microsoft suggestion above
Directions for Recovering Registry Hives From an XP Restore Point

If you have no other way to boot, make this USB key (provided your machine boots from USB. If not, you need to get a CD-ROM or connect the drive to another machine.):

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.

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My laptop's system got corrupted.

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: /window/system (something like this)"

Solution I have used:
I got my laptop's hard drive and bought a Hard Drive Enclosure. I connected it to my desktop and found the files.

Next Problem:
The files i found seen to be fragment files in the form of (name).chk. The .chk files can have their extension be change. But this method willl take a long time. There are some programs out there that check what extensions this guys have - like filechk and unchk3.

But i want to recover my files properly. So i want to fix my system, is it possible that i can fix my slave drive's system?

(I already did saw a tutorial saying I shud make my hidden files into unhidden. I'm supposed to find the 'windows>system32>windows and replace it, but I failed because I couldn't find that folder.)

A:Slave Drive - "Windows could not start because the following file is missing/corrupt"

I'd like to know exactly what the error message you're seeing is.

From what I can tell, I doubt the .chk files are related, because .chk files have to do with the CHKDSK utility. When you run CHKDSK and it cleans the disk, it rewrites the damaged files with a .chk extension.

A lot of the time, when you have a "file is missing or corrupt" error, you can copy that file from a working PC onto a removable media like a flash drive or external hard drive. Then you can copy the file from the external to it's proper location on your PC. Also try opening a command prompt and typing the following command:

sfc /scannow

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I have tried to start up my PC recently and I get the message

that my boot system has failed due to the fact it's missing the file "\BCD".
I have contacted the microsoft company to report this issue no one can help me without my product code, or a disc/USB with the windows 8 system on it.
I have none of these and yet my issue still remains. My PC has worked perfectly the day before I shut it down.
I'm trying very hard to restore my system but all I can find of the ways to restore it is by clicking control panel, etc...

I cannot access my laptop's desktop all I get is this error message and options to enter the setup utilities, firmware and boot options.

In all I'm asking for is, is there a way to restore my system from any of these options or is this another toss away laptop because windows 8 has failed to find this missing file?
I cannot get a replacement because I do not have the key with me that was used to install the operating system. This is all very frustrating and not to mention my job relies on this computer so it's putting everything to risk with my situation right now.

Thank you very much for your support with this matter I look forward to your options.

A:Windows 8, "Missing File: \BCD Error Code: 0xc0000034"

You may borrow a Windows 8 disk from a friend and boot from this disk
Select the correct time and Keyboard type.
Click Repair your computer in the lower left corner.
Select Troubleshoot from Choose an option screen.
Click Advanced options in Troubleshoot screen.
Click on command Prompt.
Type these following commands and hit enter after each line of command:
Bootrec /fixmbr
Bootrec /fixboot
Bootrec /scanos
Bootrec /rebuildbcd

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I am getting the following error and it loops: "file is missing or corrupt windows root system32 hal.dll"

When I try and run the windows cd and either wipe or repair the error it tells me that the "the setup did not find hard drive disks"
Now I am thinking the hard drive is defective?? Or do I have a virus???

thanks for all your help

A:"file is missing or corrupt windows root system32 hal.dll"

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Was just wondering if it's alright to remove the "file missing" entries, as some of them are aparently not too helpful!


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 15:46:17, on 28/02/2010
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (WinNT 6.01.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Gadwin Systems\PrintScreenPro\PrintScreenPro.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Creative\Software Update 3\SoftAuto.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavalys\EVEREST Ultimate Edition\everest.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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A:Lots of "File missing" - Windows 7, Relatively fresh install.

Went and ran a Malware aswell.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3806
Windows 6.1.7600
Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385

28/02/2010 16:56:00
mbam-log-2010-02-28 (16-56-00).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 291930
Time elapsed: 44 minute(s), 0 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 7
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 2

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{5621d1e1-e5cd-3c3a-8bed-404c8a0c1573} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{a711bdac-f61f-3b0b-b967-a3c625fbc64c} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{4ee2ff43-3eba-3de5-ac2c-495e76ac4fa7} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{4ee2ff43-3eba-3de5-ac2c-495e76ac4fa7} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\D (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\D.1 (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ctfmon.exe (Security.Hijack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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in safe mode it indicated a file is missing <windows root>\system32\had.dll

i went into the safe mode and it gave the option to start in safe mode in XP or windows and when I tried to enter under XP it said it was missing and to find and reinstall it.

is there a way to reinstall it.

A:Solved: missing a file " windows root\system 32\had.dll "

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I'm sure there is simple solution to this, but I am baffled. Upon Windows reboot (XP Pro) the My Document folder is automatically opened. How do I disable this from happening ?

Thanks in advance !

A:"My Documents" Folder opens on "boot up"

See if this helps.

Go HERE and read post #5

Regards Howard

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Hello to all!

I'm new to this forum and obviously i'm not sure if this is the right place for starting and posting this thread.

Since i'm pritty desperate i'm going to explain the best i can what is really happening and how it all started:

since a few days ago i was noticing that a few files, specifically mp3 files are missing from my music collection. I managed to recover the missing ones and transfer the whole collection to a new drive without issues. Today i've found that some recently downloaded files, including several mp3's where missing again from the new HDD. I started to look around the internet abut the problem and what could be the reasons that causes my files to "vanish" from my HDD. As i was reading, i stoped at one thread in other's site forums that related to some "security" and "user privileges" issues in Win 7. I then tried to "fix" the problem but noticed that the files where still missing.

Next thing i tried was looking for the missing files in some AppData subfolder named something like "virtual backup" or something. That was the last time i saw the "user" folder and the last time y accessed my local drive. Turned out the folder just dissapeared from the screen after a short "access denied" dialog box (error). After that, all of my desktop icons dissapeared and my c: drive went like it's empty and can't be accessed, still i can see the drive lying there and every time i run a virus ... Read more

A:Missing files, missing "user" folder, can't access local drive

Viruses do things like that. The scenario sounds familiar. Scan with Malwarebytes. The free version is good enough.

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Hello, this is my first post here.
The problem is that when i want to start my PC, i get this error:
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM"

It`s say, imput original windows xp CD, and click "r" to repair.

I tried that, but got this error:

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are pwered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program"

Please help me :(
Thank you

P.S i dont have floppy

I need any way, to get to recovery console and that hdd would be active, i dont know why that happened :(
Help me

A:"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt"

If Windows is having trouble finding your hard disk (as opposed to the/a system file) there's a good chance you've got a bad HD, or it's going to fail soon.

Boot to Windows Recovery Console by using the XP Cd-Rom, and from there run the following:

"fixmbr" and

If running these does not solve the problem, you may need to acquire the diagnostic utility for your particular HD (provided by the manufacturer) and run it to try to repair it.

Also, check in BIOS if the HD is being listed as being installed there.

Has there been any work done on this machine recently, or any other "event" such as thunderstorm/lightning strike, power outage or malware infection ?

How old is the HD ?

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Motherboard: MSI 865G Neo2-Pls
Processor: P4 2.4B 533 512k
RAM: Kingston PC3200 ddram 256mb x2 (512)
HD: Maxtor 80gb 6Y080MO
PS: Generic 350W Antec Case ps
OS: Windows XP professional

This computer was working fine until one day when I turned it on, it passed the regular fireup screen normally and instead of going right to the Windows XP loading screen as normal, it just stayed black for about a minute. After about a minute, it gave the following error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:


I have kept virus protection, spyware protection and other necessary safeguards kept up on this computer. I went ahead and reinstalled XP fresh. 3 days later, after not doing anything online at all (and hardly anything otherwise), I tried starting the computer and it refused to start, giving me the same error as above. I figure if it did the exact same thing after a fresh reinstall, another reinstall won't do any good.

Any idea what could possibly be causing this?

A:"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt..."

Here is a solution

However the continued occurrence is a concern, and could point to a hard drive problem or a RAM problem as an example.
If the hard drive shuts off to early in the shutdown process, as an example, this can cause the registry to be corrupted. That would usually be a fault within the drive, more than within Windows.

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Hi there. I just turned my computer on this week, and I got the message

"Windows Cannot Start because a file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\System32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file."

The last time I turned on my computer was a week ago. Do you think my hard drive is broken or something? Do i need a new computer? How do I reinstall the file? I went to a friends house recently and they freed up some space for me. They said they deleted the "window" folder or something. Do you thing that the "window" folder is important? I haven't gone into the window folder before, so I guess it is just junk files.

I am a beginner at computers, so I don't know much. Any help appreciated!

A:"Windows Cannot Start because a file is missing or corrupt"

Hi, deleting files without care can result in Windows files being removed, as may have happened above.

Do you have the original Xp install Cd?
Boot from the Xp Cd. - when prompted press [R]
Choose Windows installation [typically by pressing [1]
When prompted for password.
Press Enter.
Type chkdsk /r
[note space after chkdsk]

When fininshed.
Type Exit
And press Enter.

The Bios needs to be set to boot [Start] from the Cd - it may already be set to do so.
How to boot from a Cd.
If the above does not work - now would be the time to try and back up any needed data and files.
How to use Linux live Cd to backup files from a dead Pc

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I was merrily typing my articles for Monday's newspaper deadline -- when everything locked up. This has happened before lately with Word documents. And I've always been able to reboot. Today to my horror comes the black screen with the above message and \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32|CONFIG\SYSTEM

Rebooted 10X and tried to reinstall with an XP Pro Resintallation CD. But I'm working with dead air.

Hope someone of you can help me as you've so graciously done in the past.
thank you!

A:Can't start Windows XP due to "missing or corrupt file"

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Hello. I seem to be having a problem with the isapnp.sys file when I boot my laptop. Apparently the file is corrupt so I can't boot. I've looked through the Microsoft website and was told to use the windows repair console that comes with the CD to repair the file. When I attempt to use the command that replaces the isapnp.sys file, I get "Access is Denied" in the console. I think it may be because the console didn't ask me for an admin password so my system isn't validating me as admin. So I moved on and came up with the idea to burn the isapnp file to a CD by taking it from this computer that I'm on right now, but I can't boot my laptop into command prompt without going through windows first. I tried to use safe mode with command prompt but I still get the isa driver error. LKGC does nothing either because I still get the same error. Please help! I'd like to know what to do about the Access is Denied in the recovery console, or how to boot directly into command prompt without touching windows...The laptop has no floppy drive either...

A:"ISAPNP.sys is missing or corrupt" error on windows boot

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I am a newbie here, so apologies for the long post.

My PC recently went into hibernation mode, and soon after i restarted windows noticed sector errors and fixed them. HOWEVER, since then it will not start windows, and now it tells me "missing operating system"

I can access the motherboard boot screen and see all of the drives(including disc drive), i have used the command prompt and can see that all the drives are active, however the SSD boot drive is not NTFS but RAW.

I have tried using my windows 7(ultimate) backup disc & a windows 7(Home premium) install disc, but both will not let me access windows, without a fresh install.

Could this be as simple as the driver for the SSD is no longer on the PC?, and i now need to source it and install it?, or is it likely that the drive is ruined?

I have a NAS which has the windows backup's stored on there, however the PC will not let me access the NAS without installing Windows, can i install the Home premium version on a new SSD and restore the ultimate from my NAS backup once the windows install is complete?

In addition is there any way to rescue the data on the corrupt SDD?, or to reuse the SSD etc etc.

Sorry for all the questions, but hopefully someone can help!

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Hello. I am missing the option that while right clicking on the desktop for add a New folder. I have found the fix but have tried to fix it myself, without any success. Is there a way that I could get a TECH to access my PC and fix this issue?

A:Missing the right click on desktop to "Add a "NEW" folder

Before going any further, you might try to perform a

system restore and restore the system to a point where the issue does not appear.
Hope it helps.Tracy Cai
TechNet Community Support

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Okay, here's the rundown as best as I can remember it...

Several years ago (around 10, if I'm approximating), I purchased a slew of components and built my first computer from scratch. Since that time I have run through four power supplies. It seems as though some other component is causing these power supply failures. This is not the purpose of this post, however (but some back story).

Now, I am not the most technically savvy person in the world, and after the second failure, I took the computer to a "professional". While I don't know what he did in its entirety, I did notice a change that confused me. However, as I had decided to be an end user from this point forward and not a techie person, I didn't question it. The change... I could access the user account "Documents" folder from the "My Computer" window but not from within the "Documents and Settings" folder under the root directory.

In other words, if I were to double-click the "My Computer" icon, I would be given the usual options of hard disk drives and CD drives as well as the "Shared Documents" folder and the "_Username_ Documents" folder for the user logged in. (That would by Ahr Neely's Documents for the Ahr Neely user, and as there was only every one user created on the computer it was the only documents folder that should have existed.)

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A:Solved: Missing User Folder from "Documents and Settings" Folder

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Here again asking stupid questions...I have a "TP-Link 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet PC Card" and first I installed the original drivers from the cd that came with the card and got an error message:

Windows cannot load the device driver for this harware. The
driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Click Troubelshoot to start the troubelshooter for this device.

Ok so I click...and then i only get an empty screen...

So I downloaded the newest drivers and installed them but it says still the same...

So the next thing I did was /google and from there I found loads of random sites and then ofcourse Microsofts support I tried it...and it says 1st:

Click Troubleshoot to start the Troubleshooting Wizard. The wizard asks you some simple questions and provides a solution to your problem based on the answers that you provide. If the Troubleshooting Wizard is not available, go to step 3.
Follow the resolution steps provided by the wizard to resolve the problem.

Yeah! good luck...when I only get an empty window where even not the search works...

So what to do??

btw...the card is installed in a "Dell Dimension XPS T550" and before that it was in my other computer and worked just fine..!

A:TP-Link GB LAN Drivers "corrupted or missing"


last time i saw this i was trying to get a WIFI nicon XP working on a nasty pcworld laptop, it was built for vista and no matter what i tried i couldnt find the drivers for it, all the ones i tried gave me the code 39 error.

The cure, i used the restore disk and driver disk to put Vista back on the laptop and it worked fine.

Seems to be a case of find the right driver for it, although its possible that the card has gone faulty, have you tried it back in the PC to make sure.?

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I have had my new laptop for 76 days now and it has been fine apart from not finding my headphones via bluetooth. But anyway. In the morning i got my laptop and opened it up and turned it on, as you do. Then i log in and up pops the silly youtube video i was watching the night before. 2 seconds later the whole thing crashses and 2 or 3 minutes later says its trying to do an automatic recovery. This fails about 30 minutes later and i get this error

'Your PC Needs to Be Repaired

The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

File:\WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe Error code: 0xc0000102

You' ll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your system administrator.'

I have Rebooted and have been all through the various menus when you try boot it but to no help. I cant figure out whats wrong with it and nothing looks out of place or in the wrong settings.

I have nothing with windows 8 on it (CD or USB or anything) because it came pre-installed. I dont want to loose all the stuff i have on it either.

A:Windows 8 Boot Error "Missing Boot Files"

This matter is being dealt with here

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I just upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Win7 professional x64 hoping to fix the above mentioned problem. After a complete re-install Im getting the same errors.

Im not sure of the proper terminology here, but during startup the computer does a scan of all hardware and "Volume 0" has a "failed" message.

The odd thing is that sometimes after a few restarts and pointless boot menu visits the computer starts up fine.

I tried windows repair feature by booting from the disk, but when I get to the window where i select the operating system to repair, its empty. Drive C, where the operating system is, is not showing.

I have a feeling that the hard drive itself has gone bad and is very unstable. Please let me know if I'm missing something or we just need to get a new HD.

Thank you

A:Win7 pro startup error "Boot MGR missing"/"Operating System Not Found

What type of hdd do you have. For example if you have a Seagate drive, there is software you can run to do a diagonostic on the hdd before the operating system boots.
This would be a good idea, especially if you were having same issues when Vista Home Premium was installed first.

Do you have more than one hdd installed. If yes, make sure in BIOS settings, the proper drive is selected for First Boot. And better yet make sure its the only drive attached when booting.

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i recently had my computer freeze so i decided to reboot my dell c521 and when it rebooted it started up with a (startup repair) screen and then when it was done my windows icon apeared along with the password section but all the words turned to symbols ? i took it to geek squad and they suggested it was a virus and to wipe the computer clean. so when i got home i follwed the instructions given and booted from the dvd/cd with reinstallation dvd, and followed prompts and when it rebooted my computer i got this erorr message:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem:

1. Insert your window installation disc and restart your computer.
2. choose your language settings, and then click "next"
3. click "repair your computer"

also said...

Status: 0xc0000221
Info: Windows failed to load because a critical system driver is missing, or corrupt.

i tried the repair and it just reboots back to the "WINDOWS BOOT MANGER" screen.

now it doesnt do nothing but that and cant get back to the windows start up page. called geek squad back up and they said that they think i deleted all the drivers..? anyone know how to fix this and get the computer running again ? i have both drivers and utilities disc along with operating system disk for reinstallation.

A:dell c521 32bit stuck on "WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER" and seems im missing drivers

Run Startup Repair 3 times
If it doesn't fix things, then start with these free diagnostics:

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources

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if you windows report

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.

Please re-install a copy of the above file

There is a very simple way of handling this with out formatting without re installing windows all you will need is a working windows xp CD with you

1.start up your computer/ laptop and run bios setup

2. in the bios setup change boot sequence and make CDROM as first priority changes and restart the computer with your xp CD in the drive

4 boot from the CD and select repair console
in the comand window select your operating system and enteradmin password if any

If you get a prompt asking you if you want to Overwrite the File.
You should enter Y for yes, then press <ENTER> to Overwrite.
then finally type EXIT

AND ITS ALL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NB: Replace the letter E: in 5 with your CD-ROM Drive letter

A:Can't boot up Windows "ntoskrnl.exe missing or corrupt"

This error is quite old if I remember right. Errors like missing files are more commonly caused by hardware failures and malware attacks, and to attempt to replace missing files only, is not recommended

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Well here the problem

My brother was using my laptop the other day and pulled out his mobile phone connector resulting in the pc freezing. He hard resarted it and now my laptop is stuck in and endless reboot. I cannot get onto any safe mode or normal windows

When I click the "Last Know Good Configeration" choice I get the error message

"windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system"

It says I can attempt to repair this file using this file by starting the Windows Setup using the original CD-Rom.

I found this solution on the microsoft website

The problem is I don't have a original CD-ROM becuase my system restores on the hard drive. I have tried doing this using the Compaq recovery tool but have had no luck. There are other advanced options I could use on the compaq recovery but they would result in me loosing the data.

Does anyone know if it is possible to download the files to make my own Windows Setup CD-Rom and burn it to disk from my main computer?

Anyone have any ideas?

Any help much appriciated

A:Cannot Get onto Windows "the following file is missing or corrupt?"

depending on what model your compaq is, sometimes you can try to run a system restore (restoreing the computer back to an earlier date) using the recovery cd's. thats what needs to be done to fix the problem while keeping data intact, there are other ways to fix it, but you have to have the windows cd or bootable cd with a file broswer.

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Hi! I was recently given a compaq sr1330nx desktop computer that didn't work. After putting in a different power supply it started right up. It hadn't been used in over a year and I downloaded the 62 high priority updates needed and installed them. The next morning when I started it up it was very slow and unresponsive. I ran the error check utility and defragmented the hard drive. Still very slow and inconsistent. Then is when I probably screwed up and reset the 2 jumpers on the motherboard and went into the bios and checked "reset configuration". Now all I can get is a line of white bars across the bottom of a black screen and the message "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: C:\windows\system32\config\system. You can attemt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom. select 'r' at the first screen to start repair."
The person who gave the computer to me set it did not come with a cd, it has a backup partition on the hard drive. She also asked me to try to save her many data files if possible. I've searched with google and have not been able to come up with a solution. There are many sites saying they have free boot cd's that are guaranteed to work, but then find out they want $49 or some other large amount for something that I have no idea whether it'll work or not.
I tried the system restore utility, but no restore points are shown. I haven'... Read more

A:"windows could not start because the following file is missing"

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Recently I have been receiving a Windows 8.1 error message on startup. The message banner displays RegSvr32. Then error message refers to module location at: "C:\Users\Jay\AppData\Local\EedoRsux\Mihez.dll" failed to load.
Requests that I make sure the binary is stored at to specified path or debug it. I searched the path location with Windows File Explorer and the file is missing. There are five other ".dll" files in that particular subdirectory, but no "Mihez.dll"
How can I very simply fix this issue without reloading or reinstalling Windows 8.1? Seems there has to be a way to simply download/copy the original file off the website that supports Windows into my directory? Will this work?
I really appreciate some help on this pesky issue... :)

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So, the last few days I've been struggling with 2 HDDs that fried after I did some weird connection between them, while replacing my old VGA. I eventually got to save one of them (luckily, the newest one, with higher capacity and the one which I installed my OSs in), with the help of fzakbar from the hard drive support forum (2 fried HDDs?).

After the fix, while the system recognized the HDD, it wouldn't boot. Before the incident it was divided in 2 partitions, one for Windows 7 and another for Ubuntu, and it would boot from GRUB (which would let me choose from the 2 OSs).

In order to save my data, I ran Ubuntu from the DVD, and I was actually able to save all my important files to an external HDD. I then proceeded to download and run "Boot-Repair", which is supposed to fix the boot problem. After that GRUB was working again and I could boot to my old Ubuntu installation, however it wouldn't show Windows 7.

I then tried fixing Windows via its installation disk. The automated repair ("startup repair") didn't work, it would say the version of the disk is not compatible with the installed version (probably because the disk is old). Then I tried using the bootsect and bootrec tools directly in the cmd. Now when the system starts I get the message "BOOTMGR is missing". I can run Ubuntu from the DVD and use Boot-Repair to fix GRUB and boot Ubuntu again, but the problem still persists, it won't find Windows 7. I also tried choosing MGR instead of GRU... Read more

A:Windows 7 won't boot ("BOOTMGR is missing")

Try to use the HIRENS boot disk and run 'Missing BOOTMGR' fix menu selection. This disk is a LINUX (bootable) system repair utility.

Hiren's BootCD 15.2 - All in one Bootable CD ?

It has worked for me at least 90% of the time wth this problem, probably because the 90% of drives were not damaged, but only corrupted. It also has a plethora of other file and HDD recovery and various utilities you may find useful later in life! It has 'saved my bacon' so many times as to be my primary tool in my 'bag of tricks'!

?Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.?
- Benjamin Franklin

"Remember - HARDWARE is the part of the computer that can be KICKED!"

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Ok, so here's my situation. I have Ubuntu 9.04 and Windows XP Professional installed on my machine and I'm using GRUB to select between the two.

GRUB is working fine (to my knowledge) and I can use it to boot into Ubuntu fine, but any time I try to get into Windows the screen reads "NTLDR is missing." It's weird because Windows was working perfectly fine a few days ago. It is a brand new install and I haven't put anything on Windows other than Steam and CoreTemp.exe.

I noticed that boot.ini,, and ntldr were all missing from my Windows XP installation. I'm not sure how that could happen. I promptly copied over ntldr and from the install disc and ran bootcfg /rebuild to recreate boot.ini.

I've also run fixboot. I'm afraid of running fixmbr because I don't want to wipe out GRUB.

None of this has made any difference. Could someone help?

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I'm posting this in the Vista forum because this has never happened with Windows 2000 or XP.

I bought two exact duplicate models of hard disks. I set up Vista Ultimate on one of my systems. I used Acronis True Image 10 to clone the operating disk to the factory-new, never-used, same model disk as a backup drive in the event the first disk failed. I put in the clone to be sure it runs; but, I get the error mentioned in the title of this thread.

Now, if the second disk is supposed to be a clone of the first, why does this happen and how can I fix it?

I'm not married to Acronis for this job so I would use any disk cloning tool that makes a sector-for-sector copy. I use Norton Ghost 2003 for making sector-for-sector raw image (forensic) copies of PATA drives; but, these are SATA drives and Ghost 2003 simply sits there like Tarbaby and he don't say nuttin' to no SATA drive.

A:"Windows failed to start" "\Windows\System32\winload.exe missing or corrupt"

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I have such a mess going I am making another post to avoid confusion ( mostly in me ) I will try to explain.

I have a ssd for the os and then a hd for "D" storage,

Lets say my user name is "Harry" and I wanted to move some user/harry folders to the "D" drive,
I wanted to place the moved user folders into a folder of their own so I made in "D" a folder lets say I called "Dobby".

What I now thought I did was go to harry down to "my pictures" right click it then clicked properties,
then clicked location then clicked move, I then found "D" and found the "Dobby" folder in "D" clicked on "Dobby" and then select folder, I then click it to move and all files,

Now I have a two part problem.
"Dobby" folder is gone from "D" replaced with a second folder called "my pictures".
"my pictures" folder is gone from the user/harry folders list, how do I get it back?
Next problem,
When I go into "D" I have two "my pictures" folders one empty and when I click properties on it and look at the sharing tab it's name is "my pictures".

When I click properties on the other folder named "my pictures" in "D" and go to the shared tab it's name is "Dobby"?

So how do I get "my pictures" folder back in the list on user/harry?
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A:missing "my pictures" folder in users, folder renamed itself

dobby folder on D drive contains a hidden file disktop.ini. Thats why it behaves as "my prictures". Please listen carefully and do just what i tell you!

folder is gone from the user/harry folders list. =>You mean C:\users\Harry doesn't have folder "my pictures" anymore?

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I have accidentally set the folder of my program file to music folder, when I wanted to change it back there wasn't a "Customize this Folder" option available. No I am very annoyed by this. Please teach me how to change it back to default.

A:"Customize folder" option missing from folder view

Yea, I've had this problem too when making folders. For seemingly no reason at all they just lose their customize tab.

If you really want it back, just make another folder named "Program Files" in another directory, then move all the files into it (Make sure you get hidden ones too) and then delete the old program files folder and move the new one into the old directory on the C drive or wherever you had it before.

Make sure the old folder is empty though and that you don't miss anything!

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I recently installed Windows 8.1. I didn't like all the folders under Computer so I registry tweaked it to remove all the libraries folders. However, later on, I accidentally dragged the Downloads folder from Favorites onto the Computer tab and now there's a Download folder listed under Computer (but only shown in the navigation pane). Right clicking shows no option to remove it. Its stuck there. HELP !!!

A:How To Remove "Downloads" Folder Under "Computer" Tab

Hello AcerK,

Restoring your Downloads folder to it's default location using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be able to help remove it from the navigation pane afterwards.

User Folders - Restore Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi all, hoping someone can shed some light on what whats going on & how I can rectify this highly annoying situation. I'm not sure why this has started, but when I now try to DL any files or save ANY files, I get a message saying 'File directory is corrupted & unreadable'.

I tried to open an image with 'Windows Preview' & got 'Windows Photo viewer cant open this image, as the file appears to be damaged to large or corrupted' (none of which is correct)-yet I can still open ALL images by double clicking to use the windows photo/image viewer App

I also can not save anything either- I tried to take a screen shot & save it using paint- I just got the same 'File directory is corrupted & unreadable' message.

With Windows Internet Explorer, I have been trying to DL a torrent, but cant "open" the DL link (I click "open", but nothing happens), nor can I 'save it' (as I get the same 'File is corrupted & unreadable' message for both "save" options), nor can I click cancel to close the DL options box in Internet Explorer- as again, nothing happens when I click it.
To try get around these problems I tried using the magnet link option- which worked ONCE, but now even that wont work, as I cant DL the 2nd file- the DL starts (after taking ages to DL meta data- which is odd in itself), then the torrent is shortly terminated & I get the 'Error: File or directory is corrupt & unreadable' file message .

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A:"File directory is corrupted & unreadable" message when DL

Open Command Prompt as an administrator, often referred to as an "elevated" Command Prompt.

sfc /scannow
check your task manager what does it show cpu/system usage being at? If it's at 80-90-100% region a lot it's very likely you have an infected system

Kernel for Windows Data Recovery - Free download and software reviews - CNET

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Hello All -

I am really hoping that someone here can help me out!

I have decided to fix a friends old HP Laptop - "OLD" meaning it came with XP, but can upg to Vista (which I don't plan on doing - just trying to establish the age)

They had been having some problems and thought they had a virus. No virus was found, just a lot of junl and I cleaned up the harddrive, but noticed after running a few minutes the touchpad would stop working and I could not install any windows updates. It said it had SP2, but I saw no trace of it (and we all know what a computer looks like when its installed)

So I began tinkering with it. Before I knew it, I was looking at a blue screen. Fine, I will just reinstall windows. So I do that. I did get some sort of an error during the install about it not reading a file, so I reinstall again - until I get no errors through the process.

Windows now up - Time to install updates. Get the wi-fi working, download SP2 from Windows (the entire thing, not the installer - unextracted)

When I go to run it, at different times, it aborts the install, and says "file is corrupt"

WELL, I know that is not the case. The file is fine, its something with the computer/windows.

Before I start pulling out the memory, I am hoping someone here can tell me what I can do.

**The computer does NOT have a virus, unless its in the BIOS and is staying put, but none in windows itself**

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A:Service Pack 2 file "Corrupted" - Cannot proceed

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I was working on Microsoft Word 7 and had multiple documents open; the computer froze (from being overworked, I guess) and I turned it off doing the "hold the power button for five seconds" thing. When I started up my computer again and opened up Word 7, I was able to recover most of the documents I was working on, except one. That one will not open (the message that appears says that the file can't be found), nor am I able to delete it (the message is that the file can't be deleted because it's corrupted or unreadable).

What can I do to fix this? I want to delete it; how may I do that? Please and thanks for the help. I don't speack tech, so the official support help from Microsoft Office confused me a little.

A:Microsoft Word 7: "This file is corrupted or unreadable."

I have never tried it, but you might try Pocket KillBox
There are other similar programs out there.

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(My query's title is probably complete gibberish, so please excuse it.)

Hey there--my memory card had a HUGE folder in it which appeared to be quite corrupted. I took advice that I read in another forum and went and ran a chkdsk where I converted the files and now I have a "Found" folder with 49 fragments that were found from that messed up folder. What do I do with these?

Is there some way to finally access that information? Thanks in advance for checking this out. I really appreciate it.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite P300-160 with Windows Vista operating sytem,
my problem is when i try to open documents a pop up window appears

"Location is not valiable"

"C:\Users\Toshiba\Documents is not accessible"
"the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"

This is the message in the window,

on the guest account on the computer the documents opens fine without a problem,

Im not sure what is wrong i followed instructions i got from microsoft support, i used a programme called "Command Prompt"

I think it could be the hard drive failing but im not sure,


A:Documents "the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"


Not sure what you have done!

Do you have a "Toshiba" user on the PC?

Look here for some possible answers: -

Personal User Folder - Restore Missing Folder

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Without quotes, no extension. Anyone know what they are and if they're legit?


A:My c:\windows folder has a couple of strange files: "D" and "@#"

They dont see legit to me. Try to do a virus search. Otherwise i recommend factory reset

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Please help me fix my father's new computer/email before he has a nervous breakdown! Just bought a new Asus Essentio with Win8 last week.. everything seems to be okay (keeping my opinions about win8 to myself for the moment..) EXCEPT.. we can't configure his email setting so that the items he sends are saved in the "sent" folder. He was previously using Outlook (maybe express.. I can't remember) on the old computer and with the new computer it's Windows Live Mail. I have gone into the "tools" and made sure the little box was checked beside the "save sent items in sent folder" option, pressed "Apply", and... still no items saved in the "sent" folder! I feel STUPID that I can't figure this out.. it seems like it should be a lot easier to give the old man back his "sent items" folder. ??? Thanks!

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Hello, as soon as Windows XP is charged I can't open the "My Computer" folder, nor launch some programs (Ccleaner for instance). Also, if I try to do an Hijackthis scan, it stops at "04 - registry & Start Menu autoruns". I try to click of after a while and a message pops up saying " This action cannot be completed because the other application is busy.
After some hours, everything works fine.

Some days ago it happened the same, and all the desktop icons disappeared. After removing an image I used for the active desktop (the file was listed under section 024 in Hijackthis), icons are charged but the problem with "My Computer" remains.

Thanks in advance to everyone.

Here is the DDS log:

DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by tbertacche at 18.27.50,07 on 21/08/2009
Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.13 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.2.1252.39.1040.18.447.82 [GMT 2:00]

AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *On-access scanning disabled* (Outdated) {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}
FW: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *disabled* {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}

============== Running Processes ===============

D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
D:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
D:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
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Something funky is going on, I cant find my "c" drive that normally would be listed in My Computer.

Any way that I can find it. It doesnt show up in "Windows Explorer" either.
From what I can tell, neither is it 'hidden', as administrator of the computer (I have 3 logins on Windows XP), all hidden files are showing when I log in.

H.....E.....L.....P !!!


A:Solved: "C" drive missing in "My Computer"

The 'C' drive is still missing from 'my computer'
I am able to access it by typing c:/ in the address bar
but there are hidden files somewhere
where can I 'un-hide' them and
where do I look?

simple but confusing stuff
time to get a computer for the kids so that they dont screw up mine!!


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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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When attempting to browse folders using Explorer opened from Start Menu Or left click on start button, Explorer will allow click on "-" to close paths, but hangs with hour glass if any attempt is made to expand any path or open any file. Explorer remains in this state until closed, at which time Windows asks if I wish to report the problem to Microsoft.
If I use the "My Computer" icon on the desktop to browse, all actions including access to networked resources work perfectly.
Can anyone please explain the difference between the two file browsing utilities and offer an explanation of the above?
My system is: AMD 3000; 2GB Ram Xp Pro with all service packs and updates. I am on a wired network with fixed IP addresses. Other network components are: Old Dual P350 with 0.5GB Ram running Windows 2000 (Explorer on this machine has no problems including access to networked resources); Buffalo 1TB Link Station; 2Wire ADSL router and HP LaserJet 1100 printer.

A:Solved: "File Explorer" hangs, "My Computer" does not?

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...on external hard drives. is there a way to take control on the whole drive? (TONS of folders on 2 different drives that i'd like to rename, etc here and there.


A:"destination folder access denied" on folder/file rename

Hi BleepingCrazy,

You can try taking ownership of the drive instead of each folder.

Hope this helps,

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Hi guys, a new member here. I hope you can help me with my problem.
I have 2 HDD. both of them have Windows 8.1 installed. When they are both connected, everything is working just fine. I can boot to any of them. The problem starts when I try to disconnect 1 of them. Lets call them "A" and "B".
Picture 1 is showing when only HDD "A" is connected. Enter and Press F8 options do not work.
When i use Press F9 it gives me an option to choose which OS i want to boot in (Picture 2), even there is only 1 OS.
When I choose the one on the bottom, it's working and I can boot to Windows.
When only HDD "B" is connected I cant boot to windows at all. It gives me an error (Picutre 3) : The boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing....". I've tried to repair it with my Windows installation USB (Picture 4) but that didnt work either. I even tried to use Command prompt commands (bootrec /rebuildbcd, /fixboot. nt60) but no luck.
When I connect both HDD, everything is working just fine (Picture 5).
My problem is that I want to have only Hdd "B" connected because all my stuff are on that drive. The other one is just to have it ready if something goes wrong. I thought I will be able to boot if I just rebuild BootSector on drive "B" but I guess I was wrong.
Can someone help me with this problem please?
Thank you
Pic 1: Pic 2: Pic 3: Pic 4: Pic 5:

A:Windows wont boot " File: \Boot\BCD" error

Impossible to read the pics.

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Hello all.

First off, I am in no means acquainted with any troubleshooting or fancy thing outside of everyday computer usage, so please respond as if you are talking to a dummy. I do have fairly decent common sense and Google skill however, which has given me enough confidence to try and fix this issue on my own.

Basically, one day I start my computer (running Windows XP Professional SP3) up and get a black screen saying:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this

Start in safe mode.
Safe mode with networking.
Safe mode with command prompt.
Last known good configuration setting (most recent setting that worked).
Start Windows normally."

For a few times, I was able to get Windows working with the last two options, but before I could dedicate time to fix the issue, it became so that none of these options worked, and I got caught in a restart cycle with this screen. Last things that I can recall that may have caused this: Windows Update or CCleaner Registry Fix (just something I do sometimes to make sure everything is working, nothing was wrong prior).

I bought an external HDD enclosure with hopes of popping my internal into it, and saving my stuff onto my laptop before messing around. Oddly, in My Computer, the 2 drive icons (a System Recovery one, and my Main one) would flash for a few seconds, every few minutes, and when I'd quickly click them, it'd say the... Read more

A:"Windows did not start successfully" to "ntldr is missing"

BTW if it IS in fact possible to copy certain files from my laptop's OS, I just realized I can probably just copy those files into the desktop internal (when plugged in as an external) instead of going through the whole DOS thing? But keep in mind, that's the small 3GB partition, so I don't know if that would even work. Unless putting those boot files on that small partition, will help open up the rest of the drive. Not sure how that works.
EDIT: Apologies for the double post, just saw the "edit" button.

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Whenever I try to open my 48Gig partition on my slave hard drive, I get this message:

F:\is not accessible
The File or directory is corrupted and unreadable

this is very strange because I just used it earlier today and opened it to look in it with no problem.

It was formated NTFS yesterday to only be used by my W2K operating system on the extended partition of my dual boot setup....but it is still visible in my Win98 My Computer list(I didn't think NTFS partitions could be seen by Win98).

AND everytime I boot to Win98, my computer runs a scan disk on it, both standard and surface scan which takes Hours!

What can have caused all this?

AND more importantly,...How can I fix it, Please?

A:Why do I get: "The File or directory is corrupted and unreadable"?

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I have a small set of Word files (perhaps 100 out of several thousand) that open properly but when I try to back them up / transfer them, I get the error message: "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" .

This seems different than similar postings I found (usually people who get this message have an entire drive problem... and cannot open the files contained in the drive).

Any solutions? Should I be worried that this is the sign of a potentially bigger problem?
I'm working off a dell inspiron 1150, windows xp, word 2003, maxtor one touch external hard drive


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Need a bits/bolts expert recommendation.
I do pc/net/cad tech work.
Revisiting this problem...

A user upgraded Windows OS, removed an old HP printer, some time ago... still has a recurring problem with a .lnk file (in an "HP Deskjet D1300 series" folder) which can't be deleted even in safe mode command prompt... can't delete the folder\*.* ...can't rd the folder (not empty). Any touch to the file brings a 'Corrupt file' dialog... "The file or directory uninstall.lnk is corrupted and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility."
Chkdsk runs often to no effect. I believe we've previously set the fsutil dirty bit. At one point, I think I got my SpinRite CD out and booted it, but for some odd reason it wouldn't see the hard drive in that computer, so it couldn't analyze it. The user is otherwise using his computer... somewhat ok, for a non-computer tech user ... there doesn't appear to be any other problems, virus, etc. This 'corrupted' file problem lingers but he's not been disposed to attack it aggressively... however, perhaps now I can convince him otherwise, since it continues to linger.

Tempted to try the SpinRite disk again, but... my idea was to remove the drive, slave it off another computer and try to work on it that way... or, just backup an image, format the thing (letting it deal with any physical abnormality) and restore the image... see if the file remained untouchable (is that likely?)... Read more

A:File "corrupted and unreadable". Can't delete.

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hello, let's just get to the point, i had this problem recently where my pc can load windows, it keep looping
pc's on - booting - then "Windows Loading Files" - restart
it's infinite i don't know what to do, i don't have a cd rom, and i can't reinstall my windows from USB because every time i tried it says : "disk error" or "disk read error"
even after i burn it to USB correctly, tried this on other pc and USB can load just fine.
i'm thinking, it's something wrong with my boot system in System Reserved, is there anyway i can do to fix this?

A:"Windows Loading Files" infinite loop, Can't Boot USB "disk error"


Have you tried changing the boot sequence inside the BIOS?

Normally pressing F2 or F12 on the computer will solve this.

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Here's the problem: It seems that I don't have a boot.ini file on my computer, and I need to figure out how to add one.

I'm running Windows 2000, and the machine usually boots up okay... but it always says "invalid boot.ini file, booting from C:WINNT".

Occasionally, the machine will freeze up as soon as it's turned on, and I've gotten both 7F error (UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP), and 7B error (INACCESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE). I'm hoping that I don't get any more fun surprises.

However, I'll repeat that the machine usually starts fine, except for the "invalid boot.ini file" message.

I've tried to look at the boot.ini file in the control panel's system/startup & recovery/advanced, but it tells me that 'boot.ini can not be viewed'. I've also tried to look at it by going to 'Run' and typing "notepad c:\boot.ini {OK}. It then tells me that it can't find the file and asks if I want to start a new file. That would be fine (I guess), but I'm not sure exactly what should be in my boot.ini file.

SO... for a relative newbie, how do I go about replacing the boot.ini file in Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) without doing something else horrible to my computer?



A:Windows 2000 and "invalid boot.ini file"

Anybody have any idea on this one?

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I just installed a new 60gb hard drive as a back up to put my movie files on,it installed fine and it works fine but i get "windows milenium emergancy boot" when i boot the system up .I don"t know if this error is serious but I do know that the system seems less stable in this boot mode..can someone please help? thanx

A:after installing new "hard drive" it starts with "windows emergency boot"

closing duplicate, view this thread

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

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A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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I have a problem today. I need it answered ASAP, please!

So I am doing a project for school and stuff...and I need to download this animation software called Pencil. Now, My PC has not been opening .exe files. So I'm screwed.

Let me explain.

Whenever I download a application file (.exe) and try to open it, this happens:

Now, it does this on EVERY .exe file I try to open. EVERY FILE.

If you know the solution, that would be great! Please tell me ASAP!

Austin C. Hutchinson

A:My PC says "File is Corrupted" whenever I open a download .exe file!

Try restoring the default action for .exe files: Default File Type Associations - Restore

Also try downloading the file while booted to Safe Mode with Networking. If that works then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem. Use Clean Boot to resolve:

Perform a clean startup to determine whether background programs are interfering

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Hiya, I could use a little help resolving what should be a simple problem. It's really a long story, but to skip to the important part, I'll just recount this little tale:

I wanted to delete some files off of an old external hard drive to make space for some new stuff. It didn't matter, since the files I was deleting had been long since copied to a new drive. However, Vista, in its infinite wisdom, told me I couldn't delete the files, and it was for my own good. I politely said, "okay, Vista! Thanks for keeping me honest!"

But then I muttered, "I already have a mother" under my breath, and proceeded to go behind Vista's back and turn off User Account Control so I could delete the files anyway. Well, I knew that wasn't the best idea, so I immediately turned UAC back on afterwards, but it was too late. Vista caught me, and after the second restart, smote me with a problem I'd seen once before: nearly every program on my computer was said to have been closed after it "encountered a problem" or some nonsense, and when restarted again, the disk checker was run, found numerous problems, and did whatever it had to do to go about fixing them all.

Now I'm not sure what all that was about, because everything seems to be running okay now, save for one minor thing. That little "click" sound you get when navigating windows explorer was nowhere to be heard. I tried another restart and another disk check, b... Read more

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Whenever i try to rename a folder it says file or folder does not exist.
it doesnt matter where i try to make one or rename one it always says the same thing.
please help.

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I was trying to patch and install non legit Windows 7 themes and long story short, I have installed Take Ownership and had accidentally click "Take Ownership" of the C:/Windows folder and it took ownership or alot of files...

So question is, would it affect anything? Good or bad? So far nothing different happening. Just feeling nervous as there was a whole stretch of files "taken ownership".

Thanks in advance guys!

A:Accidentally "Take Ownership" of the whole "Windows" folder.

Run a system restore.

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Help! I keep having problems with a little error at the bottom of the Windows Explorer Page that says "Loading Java Applet Failed". I found out how to change the settings which is listed below, problem is: There is no Java Plug In Folder in the Control Panel. Is this normal?
Click the Start menu
Select Settings
Select Control Panel
Double click the "Java Plug-in" icon
Click the "Proxies" Tab

A:"Java Plug In Folder" missing from Control Panel

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I am mising the icon "Make New Folder" in Vista's Explorer.
I know there are other possibilities creating a new folder (e.g. Organize, Make New Folder button).

I would appreciate if someone knows a trick how to add the icon "make new folder" to the Explorer.

Thank you!

A:Missing "Make new Folder" icon in Vista explorer

Hi BeWo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you mean when you right click and click on New that there is no Folder option, then this tutorial will show you how to restore it.

New Folder

Hope this helps,

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When I reinstalled Windows recently I decided to move my user data folders to my D drive since C drive is a new SSD - I did this by using the location tab in the properties dialog.

Now, when I click the start menu and click on my username to open my home folder, it displays all my data folders, EXCEPT My Music, My Videos and My Pictures. (of course, if I navigate to C:\users\...... only Appdata is there since everything was moved to D:\users\......) So I go to where the folders are stored, on D drive, and they are all there, but when I go to properties for these three folders, the "location" tab is not there.

Furthermore, I remember the default save location for MS Paint is the pictures folder, however now its default location is My Documents. Same thing applies to Windows Live Movie Maker (default should be Videos but it's defaulting to Documents). I think this is related to the problem I described above.

Also, when I click on the Pictures library (or the videos, or music library) it says there is no folder included, so I had to manually include the right folder from the D drive.

The attached screenshot sums it all up. Of course, when I saved it, I just saved it in the default directory for Paint, which happened to be... MY DOCUMENTS.

A:"My Pictures/Videos/Music" missing from home folder

Hello Marcus,

See if you may be able to use OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to restore those user folders back to their default location on C. User Folders - Restore Default Location
Afterwards, you could use what's recommended in the yellow Tip box at the top of the tutorial above, or try moving them back to D to see how they work afterwards. User Folders - Change Default Location
Hope this helps,

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Hi - I've trawled all over the Web looking for an answer to this with no luck so hoping you guys can help.

When I open "Folder Options" on the "Tools" menu, then select the "View" tab, the "Advanced Settings" box is empty -

I haven't got a clue how this happened and haven't had / got any viruses (I ran a couple of scanners).

Any help or thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
O/S - Vista SP1

A:Solved: Missing "Advanced Settings" in Folder Options

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Hey there, I have an issue with my desktops hard-drive that is defiantly over my level. I believe it's corrupting files, i.e. cabinet, source, etc. I goto install anything, let it be a file off the internet, or from a CD, and some where in the installation I get an error along the lines of "The source file is corrupted, Abort, Retry, Ignore" It never fails. It has a Barracuda 7200 Seagate hard-drive in it. I've never ran into this issue at all before, new for me. Also, it also pops up with CRC error messages every once in a while on installation. Hope you guys can help.

A:"The Source File is Corrupted" What is going on

*Bump* Also, the Seagate Techs wrote me tonight and this is what he said

"Thank you for contacting Seagate tech support.
The issues that you are haveing are not with the drive, but with the operating system. There is nothing on the drive level that can prevent software from being installed. That is all controled by the OS." Any Ideas would be lovely.

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Hi There,
My email contacts from MOST of my emails are sending out "False" emails apparently from me. That are not obviously from me, and as it may say in "Subject Line "Re: My Name" most of my contacts security advises not to open the emails.

When I was using a temporary Bigpond Pre-Paid wireless stick, and topped it up $100, every 2 days, it was obvious something was wrong.

Upon calling Bigpond tec, they could see the programme running in the background as "file Scanning" and would refer it to the police.

We (my husband and I) "think" we know who has bought the programme to do this, has reason to watch email conversations between family/business, and high computer knowledge. (not calling anyone anyone here a 'geek" I'm here.

Our super cool Bank Manager, prior sold programmes to IBM (no slouch) and we told him our suspicions, as we blocked all our bank accounts.
Wisely he advised, it isn't the money as would be gone, but malicious and watching all correspondence, with a good reason to as is a high ranked employee in a family run business.

My bank manager with my permission shall legally, look at my computer from his end, but wont illegally advise the person's IP address location (understandably) but would forward to the Police if we wish him to.

Sorry looong post (my 1st) he has put me into the direction of "Net Stat in dos"

Does anyone know where I start or go from here?

I have not gone... Read more

A:Computer "Hacked" Rather "File Scanning"

I have now gone to net stat after sending an email from older email address and noticed that at the same time it sent the same email to contacts in that email address (returned as not delivered) also via an email address not recognised, never heard of.
Could or am I sound daft by asking this be the searcher's fake email address.
With net stat it is just under information....information..information and audit.

Can anyone help from this point on?

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Hi All,

I was messing around with trying to move the default location for my User Folders. I was following Brink's guide: User Folders - Change Default Location. I had a secondary drive error (where the folders were to be relocated to), requiring a format. Prior to doing so, I changed all the folders back.

Now, my "Contacts" folder no longer has a "Location" tab in its properties, so I am unable to move it back. I went into regedit to the following location:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

and was able to find the "Contacts" folder. It was incorrectly named (some jumbled mess of what appeared to be random numbers and letters). I renamed it to "Contacts" and changed the Data to "%USERPROFILE%\Contacts".

After doing all this, the "Contacts" folder is displayed in My Computer and correctly pointing to C:Users\Me - but there is no location tab in its properties so I cannot move it again to a secondary drive.

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to restore the "Location" tab?


A:User Folder Missing "Location" Tab - Reg Edit No Help - What To Do?

Quote: Originally Posted by KBoy420

Hi All,

I was messing around with trying to move the default location for my User Folders. I was following Brink's guide: User Folders - Change Default Location. I had a secondary drive error (where the folders were to be relocated to), requiring a format. Prior to doing so, I changed all the folders back.

Now, my "Contacts" folder no longer has a "Location" tab in its properties, so I am unable to move it back. I went into regedit to the following location:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

and was able to find the "Contacts" folder. It was incorrectly named (some jumbled mess of what appeared to be random numbers and letters). I renamed it to "Contacts" and changed the Data to "%USERPROFILE%\Contacts".

After doing all this, the "Contacts" folder is displayed in My Computer and correctly pointing to C:Users\Me - but there is no location tab in its properties so I cannot move it again to a secondary drive.

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to restore the "Location" tab?


Welcome to the forum,

Have a look at option two of this tutorial,

User Folders - Restore Default Location

Notice the red warning box that gives instructions when a location tab is not available.

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For some reason, the "search" option is missing from the context menu of certain folders. For instance, I have 6 folders in the same parent folder. If I right-click certain ones, "search" (and all the usual items) shows on the context menu. On others folders, it's missing altogether. It may have something to do with the type of content in the folders. i.e. one folder has nothing but fonts in it and the right-click menu has all the usual options including search. A folder right beside it has nothing but icons in it, and "search" (along with several other usual items) is missing.

Anyone know what gives...?

WinXP SP3.

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