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Windows wont load \$Windows-BT\Windows\System32\winload.efi

Q: Windows wont load \$Windows-BT\Windows\System32\winload.efi

this is a previous post on your site i have a similar problem with a few differences:

''Hi all

Short version is that I bought a new Hp laptop with pre-installed Windows 8. Didn't like W8 for many reasons so tried to install windows 7 according to guided installation instructions from a techie site google took me to. The installation stopped after 30 minutes, referring to a driver issue I believe, and I had to revert to loading up using Windows 8 again to get out of the dos error screen.

Now the system tells me how I get (inconsistent) blue screens although I don't physically see a blue screen, and every day I boot up, it reverts to the 'Windows Boot Manager' screen, telling me a recent hardware or software change has resulted in something missing, damaged, etc.

Additional message when in the Boot Manager reads:

File: \$Windows-BT\Windows\System32\winload.efi
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: the digital signature for this file could not be verified.

Although Im not an expert, it seems to me that the file path mentioned above relates to the part installation of windows 7 - if so, how can I remove the part installation, clean the system up, and reluctantly return to W8?

[btw - unable to get help from Windows or Samsung so far] ""

My problem is the same as this person except I can not log into windows at all. All i get is HP with a little loading spiral at the bottom i left it alone for 2 days on and it never loaded windows. I was able to get to a command propt by pressing F8 when the computer starts, going to repair computer, then troubleshoot, then advanced setting and got this info:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2
path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {default}
resumeobject {2bd8a43b-efb5-11e2-9839-dd9e53a4fce2}
displayorder {7254a080-1510-4a85-ac0f-e7fb3d444763}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 3

Windows Setup
identifier {7254a080-1510-4a85-ac0f-e7fb3d444763}
device partition=C:
path \$WINDOWS.~BT\Windows\system32\winload.efi
description Windows Setup
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \$WINDOWS.~BT\Windows
nx OptOut
detecthal Yes
winpe Yes

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {default}
device partition=C:
path \windows\system32\winload.efi
description Windows 8
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {Current}
recoveryenabled Yes
isolatedcontext Yes
allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \windows
resumeobject {2bd8a43b-efb5-11e2-9839-dd9e53a4fce2}
nx OptIn
bootmenupolicy Standard


please help me

Preferred Solution: Windows wont load \$Windows-BT\Windows\System32\winload.efi

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows wont load \$Windows-BT\Windows\System32\winload.efi

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Everytime i restart my computer i get this?

windows failed to start windows\system32\winload.exe 0xc000000f

Ive tried putting the disc in but it doesnt even load that?

A:windows failed to start windows\system32\winload.exe 0xc000000f

Anyone? Quite urgent

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I have begun getting an error message on boot that that the file \$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing. I've done the following:

1) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc and ran Repair System. No system errors found.

2) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr, bootrec.exe /fixboot, and bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd.

3) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran chkdsk /f /r

4) Booted from Win7/64 Install (upgrade) disc, opened command prompt and ran sfc /scannow. For this program I keep getting a message there is a system repair pending which requires a reboot to complete. Reboot Windows and try again.

If the Win7 disc is not in the CD/DVD drive there error returns.

This started appearing BEFORE I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on the H: drive (SATA0) while Win7/64 resides on the C: drive (SATA1). I had been running EasyBCD so I could dual boot Win7/32 but have since uninstalled it.

I've tried:

Windows Repair Console; chkdsk /f /r; sfc /scannow; bootrec.exe /fixmbr, /fixboot, /rebuildbcd

The system will NOT boot unless the Win7 Home Premium Upgrade disc is in the CD/DVD drive.


A:\$windows.~bt\windows\system32\winload.exe corrupted or missing

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

Normally you would assure SysReserved or C is marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to fully repair or rewrite boot files. Try that first. But they have be corrupted beyond repair.

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hello there guys...

went around my mates today and he brought laptop off hes mate...
but the problem is the bloke that had it before took the harddrive out it ..my mate put and new one in with vista alreaday on it...anyways it boots up so far then the message come up WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/WINLOAD.EXE ..he dont have no vista recovery disks either...is there any way he can solve this problem through command prompt ? if so would someone giude me through the steps...thank you all for your time and help

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Recently, my computer pops up a page every time I turn it on and it seems as if a file is damaged. This is what the page says:

Windows Boot Manager:

A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source.

If you have a Windows installation disc, insert the disc and restart your computer. Click "Repair you computer," and then choose a recovery tool.

Otherwise, to start Windows so you can investigate further, press the ENTER key to display the Boot menu, press F8 for Advanced Boot Menu and select Last Known Good. If you understand why the digital signature cannot be verified and want to start Wondows without this file, temporarily disable driver signature enforcement.

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.


Thanks. Hope someone can help

A:windows\system32\winload exe. Problem! Help?

Well....surprisingly you need to as it says...
If you have a Windows installation disc, insert the disc and restart your computer. Click "Repair you computer," and then choose a recovery tool.Click to expand...

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Hello i have a 13" Lenovo laptop with windows 7 pro on it. It has no cd/dvd rom drive. it crapped out on me so i decided to reinstall windows using the recovery function. i restarted computer went to recovery then went to reset to factory defaults. Everything went smoothly, it finished then it restarted. it was taking a little long to restart, so like a idiot i hit the power button. then a black screen showed up "windows failed to start. a recent hardware....etc 1. insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer2. choose your language settings, and then click next3. click "repair your computer  File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe Status: 0xc000000f Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt. i restarted computer tryed to go back to recovery but then it says something about signature corrupt or missing or something. so recovery doesnt work can you believe that. i then created a system repair usb drive booted to it then attempted to repair it. i went to repair but it couldnt repair it because their was no operating system on it. what a dillema Please help.  

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i downloaded the neosmart vista disk recovery to correct the "Bootgmr is missing" error but now when i bootup i get the following error message - File: \windows\system32\winload.exeStatus: \0xc000000fInfo: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.Help!

A:Vista - \windows\system32\winload.exe error

Using the neosmart Vista disk recovery you should see a window with the following information.
This page is for forming responses
Contents [hide]
1 Why your PC shows Operating System not found
2 Fix Operating System not found or Missing in Windows
2.1 Fix #1: Verify your hard drive status in BIOS
2.2 Fix #2: Rebuild the BCD using bootrec.exe
2.3 Fix #2: Use Easy Recovery Essentials for a guaranteed fix
2.4 Fix #4: Run Automatic Repair
3 Operating System not found on Sony Vaio Laptops
4 More Information
4.1 Support Links
4.2 Applicable Systems
You need to use step 2.2 to rebuild the Boot Configuration Data.

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My uncle recently returned from holiday and tryied to start his computer up upon doing so he was shown a message saying that the file \windows\system32\winload.exe was missing damaged or currupt and to fix this he needed to insert the windows vista disc and go to fix problem however when he brought his computer he was not given the windows vista disc and cannot do this. The file error is 0xc000000f. Is there sny way to fix this without buying a vista disc. The computer will try a memory scan but upon completion will show the orriginal error message and everything else either restarts the computer or shows the error message. Is any one ablr to provide any help


A:Missing File \Windows\system32\winload.exe

ok this should help http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ but it is only recovery not a install disc

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hey i wanna know who could help me wit this error \Windows\system32\winload.exe, error 0xc000000f when i restar my computern and i got the installation cd but its givin me this error at expandin file at 0% error 0x80070017 so who could help me wit this error

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Two problems.
#1. I have a Lenovo laptop with Windows7. Can't start windows...keep getting this --"File: \windows\system32\winload.exe Status: 0xc000000f Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt." How do I fix this?
#2 I tried the System Repair disk, and also System Recovery disk. However when I try to change the boot priority order in order to use a system repair or system restore disk, it doesn't work and when I go back to check the order, it is always topped by USB FDD, not even the hard drive.
How do I make the change stick, and what is that missing file? HELP!!!


A:missing or corrupt file \windows\system32\winload.exe

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I'm trying to repair my cousin's laptop. It's lenovo X120e Windows 7. I think it's 32-bit version of windows. The laptop is a netbook so there is no cd/dvd drive so I'm loading the Windows 7 disks through flash drive or usb method to use the Windows 7 repair. I tried using the startup repair but it would not repair the problem.

First Problem:

File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
I tried using this solution How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows, but now I got this problem.
The problem that resulted from using the solution above.

File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.
Now when I try to load the windows 7 disk using the usb method, no operating system or drives show in the repair section. It's blank. So I don't what to do next so any help is appreciated. Thanks.

A:File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe missing or corrupt

Try going through the steps outlined in Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery to get (hopefully) uncorrupted versions of the files onto the system.

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Product Number: K1K07EA#ABU
Serial Number: [Personal Information Removed]
How do I get a revovery image on a USB when I can't access my laptop to get the image?
Can I download Recovery Manager on an old laptop?
All tests pass not sure what happened, let me know if any other information is needed.
Thanks in advance,


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A:Error Code 0xc0000225 File:\Windows\system32\winload.efi

Hi, You're welcome. This happens because your machine shipped with 8.1, so will have no specific drivers for 8 When you are on the page displaying 'No software or drivers are available for this product with the selected operating system. Please make a different selection', do you see an Edit option to the right - if you do, click this and select Windows 8.1 as the OS - most of the drivers should work for 8.  As long as you have install the LAN or WLAN driver, just go through the Win 8 updates until the 8.1 upgrade is offered, apply this and then install  the rest of the drivers. Regards, DP-K  

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I am running Windows 8 Professional 64-bit and encounter the following error when booting:
Windows 8 Professional x86_64
Intel Core i7 3770K (Ivy Bridge)
4 x 4 GB Corsair Vengeance
4 random SATA2 HDDs and a Corsair Force Series 2 SSD
ASRock Z77 Pro3 (Mainboard)

Before the error ocurred
I was attempting to launch The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim which failed to start properly and I had to force a reboot on my computer
Windows was stuck for 10 minutes and i forced another reboot to find the automatic repair screen. The automatic repair failed and when I rebooted I had this new problem.

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.efi
Error code: 0xc0000225
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 or PC manufacturer

Press Enter to try again
Press F8 for Startup Settings

Attempted fixes

1 - Press F8
Screen flashes quickly but nothing else happens
2 - Reboot computer with installation media (USB 3 stick)
Computer failed to get past POST check
Moved USB stick to another port and booted from it and followed this procedure:
Automatic System Repair - Didn't work
System Restore - Didn't work
BootRec /RebuildBCD, BootRec /FixBoot, BootRec /FixMBR - No difference here either
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A:0xc0000225 - File \Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing

Could you please boot your computer from Windows 8 setup media, start command prompt from there by pressing SHIFT+F10 after WinPE Setup wizard starts and try accessing your boot partition (this is where your efi boot file is located).
If am not mistaken, it's too late in Russia and my mind doesn't serve me well at this time, this error indicates that your boot code on your system partition is OK and BIOS successfully runs it, but after that, when it tries to access EFI file from your
boot partition to start Windows, it fails to do so because it cannot access the volume that is pointed by boot code (the volume where EFI file is located). For example, it may happen if your boot code is located on a NTFS system partition and your data partition
is formatted into ReFS file system. In this case, your system will be able to access the boot code, but the boot firmware will fail to access winload EFI file located on a non-supported file system.
In short, it looks like you have specified in BIOS to use 16-bit old BIOS (non-UEFI) firmware, but Windows Loader points to EFI file due to a record in the Boot Configuration Database (BCD) that points to winload.efi EFI firmware.
Could it be that you were installing Windows 8 on a UEFI-enabled PC and then changed BIOS setting and disabled UEFI in BIOS?
Could you please certify that you have enabled UEFI in your BIOS and you are starting Windows using old int13 (13 hex interrupt) access method? Do you see Windows Loade... Read more

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I've been getting an error message every time I try to upgrade my Win7 Pro install to Win10. When I researched the issue I discovered that somehow my system partition was only 37MB instead of the usual 100MB that Windows creates when installing. This probably because I cloned the drive from a 1TB mechanical to my current 256GB SSD a year ago.

In any case, I attempted to resize the system partition by using Partition Wizard to first shrink the OS partition, then expand the System partition to fill the extra unallocated space. Everything went smoothly with the resize, but now I can't boot Windows - I just get the error in the title of this thread every time. I knew it probably wasn't a good idea to mess around with the beginning section of the OS partition, and I'm really kicking myself in the pants right now for not doing a disk backup first like I knew I should have.

So far I've only tried the bootrec commands and system repair, but neither have worked. Can anyone provide some additional methods I should try?

A:Windows Failed to Load - Winload.exe Corrupt or Missing

I finally got this issue resolved! Not sure what did it other than pure dumb luck. I kept at it with System Repair and the bootrec commands. It was strange that I kept getting different results each time. Sometimes System Repair would crash, sometimes it would say no problems can be resolved, ect. The bootrec commands were the strangest. At the very end when I would run "bootrec /scanos" it said 0 OS detected. For the hell of it I decided to do fixboot, fixmbr and rebuildbcd one more time and it seems to have worked!

My OS is back online and the System partition is a solid 300Mb. Time to do a disk image and then try the Win10 upgrade again!

EDIT: It seems I spoke a little too soon. I can boot in to my OS now and log in, but ONLY when my USB flash drive is connected. It seems that bootrec put the boot configuration on that drive instead of using my System partition on the SSD. When I run bcdedit within windows it says "device partition=I:"

Since I can't run the bootrec commands within Windows, how should I go about changing this? See the attached image for details.

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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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From my Windows Boot Manager It stated that Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. My problem started after I went to the
https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act , and my google chrome requested that I kill the website for inactivity. It asked me 3 times. I told it to wait twice and the third time the program froze
and would not let me close it. I disconnected my laptop from power including the removal from of the battery. This shut it down and stopped the connection. When I restarted the computer, I checked to see if anything had affected the bios, and it did not, until
I tried to restart the OS. Then I received the message from the Windows Boot Manager. I have tried repair, and reformat the hard-drive to no effect. I wanted to find out why the affordable care act would require the use of a
guillotine for ending a person's life. (ICD 9) 

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Hi All

Ok, last night I was trying to update my creative sound card drivers. I went to the creative website and downloaded the latest drivers for my sb audigy 2 zs. During the install of the drivers, my computer said that there were older drivers installed, and asked if I wanted to delete the old drivers and restart the computer. I clicked "yes", the old drivers were uninstalled, and the computer restarted.

When I entered windows, the driver installation resumed, but a screen also popped up that said something about opening the trouble shooter for my sound card, or something like that, I wasnt really paying attention. When the trouble shooter screen came up, the computer bsod and restarted. I didnt catch the error message.

Now Windows wont load, it says
"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\system32\c_1252.nls"
and that I can attempt to repair using the original setup cd-rom.

I did some searching around the internet and found this site


However, I dont have the original windows cd that came with my computer, as I dont believe they sent me one. I do have a recovery DVD that came with my computer.

I have a product key sticker on the side of my tower, and I am running Windows xp Media Center 2004.

I managed to locate a Windows xp pro corporate edition cd. Using this cd I was able to get into the... Read more

A:Windows wont start: \windows\system32\c_1252.nls is missing or corrupt

I just tried to boot up using a windows xp mce 2005 cd, but my version is 2004, and the results were the same as before.

I saw some screen shots of the recovery console online, and it should look like

however my screen shows

Everytime I type something here, it just says "There is no floppy disk or cd in the drive."

It doesn't ask me which windows installation I would like to log on to, or ask me for my administrative password.

Does anyone know anything about this, or have any advice at all?
I really dont want to mess up my computer any worse than it already is by changing things I dont understand.

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Backstory (skip if you need)
I'm fixing someones laptop, It was slow and taking 30 minutes to startup, i did the usually virus scan and restarted, then it was stuck in an auto repair loop. I used a windows 8 Install CD from microscoft. None of the options in it would work, install (key doesnt match) reset (missing partition), image recovery (cant find an image), restore (no restore point), etc.
Used command prompt, did stuff like bootrec, bcdedit, diskpart, and chkdsk. After it ran chkdsk it finally loaded windows. I reset/reinstalled the OS completely. Fixed, restarted, running smooth. Owner said it was working great for a day, then after turning it back on it was in an auto repair loop.
It's stuck in a preair loop, I can't even boot from the 8 CD! Have it configured in the bios, it shows the the blue windows logo then the screen goes black for 3 minutes and a blue screen flashes for 1 second saying  "Your PC ran into a problem and need to restart. Collecting some info (0% complete) search online for error: 0x000021a"
The weird thing is, Windows 7 disks boot fine, but it's "not compatible". And if I physically remove the HDD, it will boot into the windows 8 CD. So I put the HDD back in (while still at the command prompt) and it wont take my commands in related to the C: . I get a "System cannot find the drive specified"
I also tried hooking upp the HDD to my PC SATA, it shows in explorer, but just right clicking it crashes explorer.exe. D... Read more

A:Windows wont load, Boot CD wont load, Automatic Repair Loop

I got a windows 8.1 disk made and it allowed me yo boot from the CD, but it's SLOOOOW, it takes minutes to load reset or w.e (none of them still work), or open the command prompt.
I ran chkdsk /f /r /x but it didnt help. chkdsk /r ends with:
"A disk read error occurredcc0000185
Insufficient disk space to fix the Usn Journal $J data stream."
Before when I ran it, I'm pretty sure it let me restart and booted into windows, not now.
Next I tried bootrec.
/fixmbr - succesful
/fixboot - succesfull
/rebuildBCD - Total identified Windows installations: 0
/scanOS - Total identified Windows installations: 0
Next bcdedit
Nothing worked "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The requested system device cannot be found."
Next sfc /scannow
"There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."
"Windows resources protection didnt find integrity violations"
BCDBoot c:\WindowsFailure when attempting to copy boot files
Next diskpart - but I forgot what I did before that may have worked. All i can remember is I had to select a disk or volume, and do something with it.

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I was Running Windows Security Defender it said i had a Root Kit Virus and needed to download Windows Defender offline so i did
ran it it foud 2 so i removed them and it restarted and now while loading Windows it flashes blue screen and restarts i dont have a boot disk and i really need help

A:Windows Defender Offline Removed Root kit now Windows wont load

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Hi my surface rt 8.1 won't load windows store say windows is not compatible with my surface need to update windows. This happened when it did an automatic update at around 7:00.Have tried to check for updates but errors out. Checked to see what is installed
and is as follows KB 2883200, KB 2889543, KB 2894029, KB 2894179.All of theses were installed on 2013 & 2014. This update before with no problem. I have tried to install the most recent update per live assistance (KB 2919355)and have not been able to get
it to load. The stand alone installer say it is not compatible with  my surface.It will load but when it tries to installed fails  Any Ideas what to do?

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I was Running Windows Security Defender it said i had a Root Kit Virus and needed to download Windows Defender offline so i did
ran it it fourd 2 so i removed them and it restarted and now while loading Windows it flashes blue screen and restarts i dont have a boot disk and i really need help

A:Windows Defender Offline Removed Root kit now Windows wont load

G'day Kevier, and   to BC.
What operating system are you running?
How are you communicating with us now?

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After few total freezes when playing dota2, my windows won't load past starting windows screen (this), that end up with BSOD every time.
I'am think that my HDD is gone, but i need to know for sure.
I tried to run it in safe mode, but it can't load any file past CLASSPNP.SYS
I just need to know is that HDD or windows because my disk is something about 8 yo and I need to replace him anyway, but i would like to save files on him, that's why i need to start it up somehow.
Btw. can I copy my win7 32 registry to new win7 64, will that work in any way?

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im getting this error when i start up my computer Could not load or run C:\Windows\system32\pmnnl.exe im guessing this is what is slowing my computer down tremendusly. ive attached both hijackthis and combo fix logs any help would be great. thanks in advance.

A:Could not load or run C:\Windows\system32\pmnnl.exe

You are being helped here: http://forums.techguy.org/malware-removal-hijackthis-logs/679852-hijackthis-combofix-logs.html

Please reply to that thread.

I am closing this one.

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I am getting this error when I start my laptop.

"Could not load or run C:\Windows\system32\pmnnl.exe specified in the registry. Make sure the file exists on your computer or remove the reference to it in the registry"

I am running a Windows Vista Home Premium version. I have a licensed version of Norton Anti Virus running on the system.

I have gone thro the other threads for this and have found the same problems reported by other users and I am guessing this is due to some malware. Is it possible to use the same solutions provided ?

A:Could not load or run C:\Windows\system32\pmnnl.exe

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My computer has been running slower lately. I found this forum and read about someone else having a similar problem, but not exactly here. In the log from the link I posted, SifuMike, posted this:Lets check your HOSTS file. It's located at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. You can open it up in Notepad. If it's just some lines on top with a # in front of it and followed by localhost, then you don't need to post it;however, if there are others following localhost, you may have to fix it. Post it here if that's the case.I opened up my HOSTS file at that location and there were other lines following localhost. This is what was in there:# Copyright ? 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one# space.# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.# For example:# rhino.acme.com # source server # x.acme.com # x client host localhost bin.errorprotector.com br.errorsafe.com br.winantivirus.com br.winfixer.com cdn.drivecleaner.com cdn.errorsafe.com 127.0... Read more

A:Avg Free Edition Scan: Found C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts And C:\windows\system32...

The entries you see below the local host are really BAD sites which are being redirected back to nowhere (your computer), so they can't call out. I don't know what put those entries in, quite possibly AVG or some other application you've used. They're a good thing. But ...In some computers, mine included, if a large hosts file is used, the DNS service has to be disabled. Otherwise the computer can get very, very slow for the internet access.More and better details herehttp://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htmand a quote:Editors Note: in most cases a large HOSTS file (over 135 kb) tends to slow down the machine. This only occurs in W2000/XP/Vista. Windows 98 and ME are not affected.To resolve this issue (manually) open the "Services Editor"Start | Run (type) "services.msc" (no quotes)Scroll down to "DNS Client", Right-click and select: PropertiesClick the drop-down arrow for "Startup type"Select: Manual, or Disabled (recommended) click Apply/Ok and restartrestart = REBOOT is a must. You can also stop and then disable the DNS service from Control Panel.See about the middle of that writeup. If I were you, I'd read the whole article. The thing that puzzles me a bit is that your hosts file isn't all that long and it sure is missing a lot of other very bad things.

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As windows loads an error window pops up with this message: "Could not load or run C:\Windows\system32\wvwwv.exe specified in the registry. Make sure the file name exists on your computer or remove the reference to it in the registry."

In fact I hear the error message sound seconds before my desktop actually loads up and the popup window is already present on the desktop after the boot screen finishes.

This file doesn't seem to exist and the only reference in the registry is wvwwv.dll. I went through all my services and startup files and I don't see this referenced anywhere.

I'm stumped.

Here is my HiJackThis Log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:32:17 PM, on 1/23/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
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well most of the treads i see about this are in spanish and needless to say i don't speak another language i only know english so regretably i am asking how i can go about getting comdlg32.ocx to load correctly on windows 7?  every time i try to load it through a commnd prompt or through the file search on the start up menu i get the same failed to load error.  and that goes for trying to load the file as an administrator.  any help with getting this file to load properly on windows 7 would be most appreciated.

A:c:windows\system32\comdlg32.ocx failed to load

To those who still have this problem. Here's the solution. It is pretty simple. The reason the .ocx file is showing up as incompatible, is because it was put in the wrong folder. I assume most of you placed the .ocx in the System32 folder. But if you are
using Vista and/or Win7 64-bit, the .ocx must be placed in the SysWOW64 folder instead, which, just so happens to be right next to the System32 folder :D.
After that, just follow the same instructions, but simply change to the corresponding path in the CMD. Like this:

Move comdlg32.ocx to c:\Windows\SysWOW64 Open a command line window and run following command:
regsvr32 c:\Windows\SysWOW64\comdlg32.ocx
b) For Vista/Win7 users with UAC turn on, the above command needs to be run from elevated command prompt.
Once comdlg32 is registered successfully, following message will prompt: "DllRegisterServer in C:\WINDOWS\SysWOW64\comdlg32.ocx succeeded."
Now launch the application again and you should not see the file missing error.

Hope it helped.

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Okay, so here's the deal. I had Windows Service Pack 2. Everything was just lovely, then I decided to FINALLY upgrade to Service Pack 3 because some high end Adobe products I was installing suggested it for better compatibility. Aiesh, so I took the plunge and tried to upgrade to Windows Service Pack 3. I was smart because of all the horror stories though and did a full backup up all my data including system state, etc. I set a system restore point, the whole nine yards. I upgraded with no problems but when the computer restarted it do so, got past POST, and the windows boot or load screen popped up with the loading bar. . . but windows never loaded! A lot of people report having problems where it get's past the windows load screen and just keeps cycle rebooting. Or it'll load to the user selection screen/welcome screen. This is not me, I am simply stuck at the windows load screen. (Picture below for reference)

So, I booted into safe mode with networking, searched for help EVERYWHERE and couldn't find any. -=/ By the way, I could boot into safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, and safe mode with networking. So I used my system restore point that had made before the SP3 upgrade and now I am typing to you from the comfort of my Service Pack 2. But this ticks me off because I want SP3 on my system for the sake of those Adobe programs and just because I can't get the dern thing on there it bugs me. Does anyone have a suggestion for me as to WHAT is stopping me from have ... Read more

A:Installed Windows Service Pack 3 Now Windows won't load past Windows Boot Load Screen

Hi sirdanceal0t,
I had a similar problem when Windows XP SP3 was released it was only designed for Intel processors, so if you have a AMD processor it will cause your system not to load, if you are running a AMD processor if i were you try and get back to the System Restore Point or if that fails reimage your pc and just before installing SP3 looks for the patch/fix for your processor model, then install SP3 and it should all be fine.

On the other hand if you have a Intel processor i woulldn't know what to advise.


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I read someone else's post with the same problem.. (he didn't have the shell32.dll one though) and I did what the other posts said. Here is my HijackThis Log. Please help me. And also.. lately Spybot - Search & Destroy hasn't been finding any spyware or anything at all. It used to find something every time I ran it.. but not anymore. I don't know if that has to do with these changes though. My Sims 2 game won't start anymore either. It reads the CD but it never starts. The game isn't scratched or anything.. maybe I just need to clean the drivers. But I thought since one of these changes says drivers in it.. that might be the reason why my game won't start. If you have any tips on how to help my computer run a little faster.. that'd be great too. I feel like my computer goes slower than it should. It's also been making a lot of weird noises lately. I'm sorry for listing so many problems.. I don't know if I'm supposed to post these here.. but if you could help me with all of that.. that would be really great. Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:55:39 AM, on 12/9/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files ... Read more

A:Avg Anti Virus Found C:\windows\system32\shell32.dll And C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc...

..Update..A computer guy came and looked at my computer. He said I needed a new fan.. so I don't need help with that now. My Sims game also works now.I just need to know if I'm infected.. and if there's something wrong with my Spybot.. and how I could change my hosts back or whatever is wrong with them. Thanks. I have a new problem now though.. I can't watch videos on Mtv.com. When I pause them, they won't load anymore. Only if I play it.. and I don't have a very fast internet so.. it loads slow. So it always stops every 5 seconds. It's very annoying. It did it before.. but then worked sometimes. I thought it might have been the site or maybe a lot of people were watching it, but it hasn't been working at all now. Can you please help me with that too?

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Finally, on one of our computers we decided to remove all of Norton to go with another anti-virus; unfortunately, on rebooting we could not. During a repair-install of XP to keep all of our programs using the XP install CD an error came up. As a result of this apparent error we cannot "install" SP2 from CD, nor install any downloaded SP1 updates from Microsoft. We've tried everything we can think of.

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hello people.. it's been a while since I was here good to see that the machine kept us busy fiddling with them

well anyway, this problem isn't 4 hours old yet... it's our desktop, self built, ASUS P5L-VM 1394 motherboard, 3GB memory, XP Pro updated to SP3.. used to have an ATI Sapphire X1300 256MB but it died a few days after new year day.. so I took it out and let the comp survived on the built-in Intel video card... on software side, all I got is free AVG antivirus and tons of my kids games (magically it doesn't even use 50GB yet, the comp has a 500GB hdd).. and importantly this machine only got on the internet whenever it updated to SP3 and this morning, updated the AVG that had missed about 2 months of updates..

so, here's what happened. my hubby turned it on, got in, turned on a game, and the windows shuts off, the computer restarted itself with that stupid message.. "Windows XP cannot load because c:\windows\system32\config\ is corrupt bla bla bla bla press R to repair bla bla" ...can't remember the rest...

so my first instinct, go to google and find out what to do.. I did, that MS support page.. but I can't get into the recovery console thing. the disc loads, only to keep loading the drivers and stuff.. and when it's done, it only gives the choices of making, deleting, creating a partition, or exit the windows installation... I tried rebooting and get the disc to load again, pressing R non stop and it doesn't ... Read more

A:Solved: a new twist to XP won't load due to c:\windows\system32\ corrupt

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I dont know if this is posted in the right area but I'm so desperate to get my laptop working its unreal.
First it started off with my laptop crashing, I had totally forgot it needed to do a windows update and turned off my laptop in hopes that it would work properly.
After that my laptop has not been working. The machine turns on and gives me two options. Start windows normally or do a repair. Upon starting windows normally, it loads so far before sending me back to the two options of start windows normally or repair. On the second time I clicked repair. My laptop then goes so far before presenting me with a blue screen that is usually the screen where my accounts are. The cursor still moves but it loads no further even after leaving it an hour. I decided to make a repair disk, hoping that the problem was because of windows. the disk loads, gives me a choice on the keyboard language then does nothing. I honestly have no idea what to do, I want to keep all the files safe on my computer as I havent backed them up and I have worked so hard on the projects. someone please help

A:windows 7 refuses to load and system repair wont load

Do a hardware/software reset with your BIOS:Shut down and turn off the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall or surge protector (then remove the battery if it is a laptop).
"Remove the computer from any port replicator or docking station, disconnect
cables to printers or devices such as external monitors, USB memory sticks or SD cards, headset or external speakers, mouse or auxiliary keyboard, turn off WIFI and Bluetooth wireless devices." (Use Hard Reset to Resolve Hardware and Software Issues HP Pavilion dv5000 Notebook PC series - HP Customer Care (United States - English))
Hold down the power button for 30 seconds. This closes the circuit and ensures all
power from components is drained to clear the software connections between the BIOS
and hardware and clear any corruption in the temporary memory.
(If it is a laptop, plug the battery back into the laptop and then) Plug the computer back into the wall. Do not reconnect any unnecessary peripherals; monitor, keyboard,
and mouse should suffice and be the only peripherals reconnected.
Turn it on to reinitialize the software connections between the BIOS and hardware

After doing those steps, clear your CMOS by entering the BIOS (see your system manual for steps to enter the BIOS), going to the EXIT screen, and loading setup/optimized defaults.

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not sure if im in the right place
but computer wont do anything but load up with options to do system repair or whatever its called but it says it cant fix the problem i dont have disc for it or any pw's im on a reg user account it wont load in safe mode but by doing different things i have access to do various things but not sure what or how to lol i had issues before and got them fixed by using sites similar to this any help is appreciated

A:system repair wont work windows wont load

Might be a failing Hard drive. Get to your bios and see if there is any diagnostics there to do a hard drive test. On some motherboards its delete on others its F2. If there is no diagnostics on the bios i would make a USB bootable diagnostics and do that.
I just had the same problems and found out the hard way that it was a hard drive.

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MOD EDIT: Moved to different forum ~ stevealmightyNOTE: If it is deemed that the members computer is infect, please start HERE to post a HJT log. The reason why I did not move this to the misplaced HJT log thread is that a qualified malware expert may know right off whether you're infected or not just by looking at the title of the topic.Any questions, please feel free to PM me!C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe and C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts "changed"I ran an AVG antivirus scan, and under the virus results, it says that my C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe have been Changed. Object: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe Results:Change Status:ChangedObject: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts Results:Change Status:ChangedShould i be concerened about this? Have I been infected by some malicious program? If so, how do i solve it?Help would be greatly appreciated.Here is my HijackThis logfile.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:29:58 AM, on 2/2/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch Buttons\QLBCTRL.exeC:\Program Files\Hewlett-Pack... Read more

A:Avg Antivirus Results Says My C:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe And C:\windows\system32\drivers...

Go to Control panel > Programs and Features. Uninstall: DAEMON ToolsIt doesn't work with Vista.Next, Using Windows Explorer, navigate to and delete:C:\Program Files\DAEMON Tools Reboot/restart your computer.If you're still having problems, then please post a 'fresh' HJT log here (describing the problem(s)):http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/22/virus-trojan-spyware-and-malware-removal-logs/

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Hi, I just got a new computer and am already having troubles it does not matter how many ways or times I try to delete it from start up it comes back
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Execute] C:\WINDOWS\System32\Tools\DelFolders.exe
I had XP Pro on an older PC and never had this problem, I chose to install XP rather than Vista because I was informed that it was early days and it a litle too buggy, I am no computer wizz by any means and I find this to be very annoying, any advice given would be followed to the letter, I downloaded the Hijack this in order to generate a boot log but I dont think that this is a virus but having read the "before Posting" so I have not posted my log here.
thanks for any help given..

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This started very simply , yet i still dont know how.

I have an acer aspire 5610 with XP.
I dont have the installation disc because windows was pre-installed.

I was surfing facebook and dailymotion , and pandacloud neutralised a couple of suspicious files. I thought that was the end of it.
I did a scan with pandacloud. It found a cookie. I laughed cos it made it sound so urgent.
I then scanned with malware bytes anti malware , and to my horror seen 15 files in the scan results , most of which were trojan agents and a few were called csrss.exe and 8.exe.
They were in quarantine , so i deleted them and thought that was the end of it. Then firefox wouldnt load because the proxy had been reset ( not by me ) and i couldnt change it.
I opened IE 8 , and it was fine but i noticed that rather than getting the page i asked for in google search , i was getting insurance / credit / search sites instead. Any link i clicked took me to a site i didnt ask for , but if i copied and pasted the link , it took me to the site i requested.

At this juncture , i knew something was up , googled a bit and discovered I probably had a google redirect virus , and downloaded Gooredfix , which wouldnt run ( gave me the do you want to report this to MS screen every time )

I then came here , seen that someone else was having the same problem as me , downloaded hijackthis , copied the log , then downloaded combofix. It ran , downloaded windows recovery console , and then sat doing nothing for about 25 m... Read more

A:Solved: windows xp cant find system32\ha1.dll and wont boot =(

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Hi, i some how got a trojan 5.bi, when i try and use viruse ware to delete it it says connot be accesable, im running windows 32 bit vista, heres the info.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:05:45 PM, on 20/03/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\On-Screen OSD Indicator\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_01\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgtray.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\ZOTAC FireStorm\Firestorm.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\Identity Protection\agent\bin\avgidsmonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Search Enhancement Pack\SCServer\SCServer.exe
C:\Program Files\FixCleaner\FixCleaner.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main... Read more

A:help! windows\system32\k.dll trojan, wont be removed by viruseware

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When I start up my pc, I get a screen that says, "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully, a recent hardware or software change may have caused this, ….etc."
Then I am offered with a bunch of options to either:

1) Start in Safe Mode
2) Safe Mode with Networking
3) Safe Mode with Command Prompt
4) Start Windows Normally
5) Last Known Good Configuration

None of them work, the safe mode ones, show a bunch of lines of code as per normal when starting up safe mode, then it freezes and stops and eventually goes back to the screen mentioned above. Same for 4 and 5, windows blue loading bar screen comes up, then the screen turns black and nothing. After a few mins my computer restarts again and goes back to the screen mentioned above.

Prior to my computer not being able to restart/load windows. I had some pop up vundu trojans i was trying to remove. Did some research after about 5 hours finally removed it. A couple days after i started receiving "generic host process error" Something to do with explorer.exe program. So i ctrl + alt + del and explorer.exe was taking up 100 cpu usage. At this point i tried to minimize task manager and my computer froze up. I waited about an hour came back and still nothing so i manually turned off my computer and turned back on. And now it will not restart. I have no idea where my windows xp disks are or even if i have them. I found what appears to be the solution to my explorer.exe pr... Read more

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When I start the laptop, the first black screen loads, and then directly skips to an error message saying "Windows cannot start because the Windows/system32/config/system file is either corrupt or missing." Then it prompts you to try to load Windows using the installation CD.....which I do not have! Whoever's reading this, PLEASE please help me, the laptop's like, my life, and I haven't had the common sense to back up anything....any help would be MUCH appreciated!

A:Wont startup; error-Windows/system32/config/system

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I keep getting these two boxes that have each of these errors in it. How can I resolve these errors?

A:c:\windows\system32\kejezegu.dll and c:\windows\system32\yukahute.dll errors.

Hi and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, as far as they possibly can, before posting for assistance.


If you have problems with any of the steps, simply move on to the next one and make a note of the problem in your reply.

Please note that the Security Forum is always busy, so I would ask for your patience while waiting for a reply - it may take a few days.

This thread will now be closed.

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When I run the AVG Scan, I get the following result:
1- "C:\windows\system32\shell32.dll", result = Change, status = Changed
2- "C:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe", result = Change, status = Changed

This has made my internet extremely slow and sometimes (more often than usual) my computer freezes or applications take a long time to load.

Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

A:Avg Scan: "c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll" And "c:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe...

It is normal that AVG shows that files have changed. These changes could be due to windows updates etc. You should only worry if they also show as infected.

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I have the same problem when I start my system, is telling me that system32.exe is missing. Where to download hijack to clean my system.


A:Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\system32.exe. Make sure you typed the name co

Go to this site, and download 'Hijack This!'.

Unzip it, launch Hijack This, then press Scan, and press Save Log

This will generate a text file that will list all running processes, all applications that are loaded automatically when you start Windows, and more.

open that file
Go to Edit | Select all
Now click Edit | copy to copy it

Come back to TSGweb user, Right Click and paste its contents in a new thread so it doesn't get lost

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Whenever I boot up my computer I get this error message:

Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\system32.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then search.

It slows down my startup. I beleive it is the W32.Kwbot.F.Worm

please help

A:Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\system32.exe. Make sure you typed the name co

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.96.1
Scan saved at 12:52:05 AM, on 8/21/2003
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\WkUFind.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Mouse\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\Winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\DownloadWare\dw.exe
C:\Program Files\WildTangent\Apps\GameChannel.exe
C:\Program Files\DelFin\PromulGate\PgMonitr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\P2P Networking\P2P Networking.exe
C:\Program Files\America Online 8.0a\aoltray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
C:\Program Files\Netropa\OSD.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
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A:Windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\system32.exe. Make sure you typed the name co

split off another thread

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Hi there, Please help me!

I ran a registry cleaner (not for the first time) and after my PC crashed and came up with the following message :

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


I have been looking on the net and seen a work around where you copy over the system file along with some others, from the c:\Windows\repair folder to c:\windows\system32\config\system. The thing is that in my repair folder there is no system file!!
I do not have an XP disc as my PC has a partioned drive and on the second drive is a recovery area, but I do not know how to use it or access it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Steve

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For the past month or so, everytime that I start up my laptop (Toshiba running on XP) I got this message (which only lasts for about 2 seconds):


Please select the operating system to start:
Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

If I don't choose anything in the two seconds, it automatically chooses Microsoft Windows XP Professional, and boots up regularly, until today. I booted it and this message same up after the previous screen, asking me to choose a way in which to start up my machine from the following options:


Safe Mode
Safe Mode w/ Networking
Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Start Windows Normally

No matter which I choose, I get this error 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 using the original Setup CD-ROM.
Select "r" at the first screen to start repair.

I don't have the original Windows Setup Disk, so I cannot do the option they have provided. No matter what I do I cannot get past this message! PLEASE help me!! Thank you VERY much in advance!

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