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Unchecked "Hide protected operating system files"

Q: Unchecked "Hide protected operating system files"

Hello There !!!

Trying to reach cookies file I followed the path :C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
I could not go beyond /Windows/ the Cookies folder never appeared.So I opened FOLDER OPTIONS to uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files". But the result was the path taking me from "Users" to "Cookies" did not show up anymore the folders /App data/Roaming/Windows/ and a lot of sub-files appear now as I try to go through the default path. How can I rebuild the default folder structure ? I tried RESTORE but unfortunately I had canceled that option time ago.

Without me deleting anything, simply by unchecking the hidden operating system files, I could not find anymore the folders "App Data", "Roaming", "Microsoft" and "Windows". If I enter one by one at START>SEARCH the name of these folders they appear at COMPUTER. But not anymore in the path sequence I was intending to follow to get to the COOKIES file to eliminate some cookies creating problems.

Just one example. When I click on MyUserName, it should come after App Data, but instead this is the list of folders that appear listed :
My Documents
My Music
My Pictures
My Videos
IE9-Windows7 -x86-enu

I have already re-checked up again the Folder Options "Hide Protected Operating System Files" box, expecting it will also help to put the path sequence in due order but the path continues interrupted.

I will appreciate your help to return my computer to its original operation..


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Preferred Solution: Unchecked "Hide protected operating system files"

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hey guyz..

The option "hide protected operating system files" is missin ...please help me out.....

A:Hide protected operating system files is missing...

Go into regedit.... you might need to make some changes within.

winkey + R > regedit >
In Checked value: fill value data as: Type 1 instead of 0

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my Hide protected operating system files (recommended) in folder options is missing.
is there any way to fix that? with regedit, maybe? my pc has just been recovered from a virus .

A:Solved: Hide protected operating system files missing

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Hey all,

This is a weird question, but I've been trying to figure out how to CREATE a "protected operating system file/folder." For example, "desktop.ini" is one.

My story is that I accidentally deleted a junction (the C:\Documents and Settings junction which maps to C:\Users for backwards compatibility). I created a new one using the command-line mklink tool, but the folder is not marked as a "protected operating system file", so when I turn the option on to hide those, it still shows up.

The only thing I can find online that is special about these files is that they have the System and Hidden attributes both turned on. I have turned these on, but it still shows up, so there seems to be another flag behind the scenes that marks files as "protected" files.

Any search turns up a million tutorials for how to go into the Folder Options GUI and turn on/off the "show..." option. Does anyone know how to do this? Let me know if I need to elucidate.

A:How Do You Create a "Protected Operating System File"?

Hello Jim,

You might see if using this command in a elevated command prompt, then restart the computer may work. It should make it a hidden system file.

attrib +s +h full folder path /S /D


attrib +s +h full folder path /S /D /L

Hope this helps some,

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The option is in the registry marked 0, but does not show up in folder options view tab.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Hide Protected Operating System Files Option Missing In Folder Options

Try merging this:


You might also check this value is empty

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden\Po licy\DontShowSuperHidden]

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My Sansa Clipp+ mp3 player, when connected to the computer, doesn't show the music files anymore.

In the good ol' days I could actually manage my music and recordings from my PC.
Then something happened, but I could at least see shortcuts that would open the relevant folders.
Now I don't even see shortcuts anymore, everything treated as hidden system files, so I have to change the view settings in Windows Explorer in order to see them.

A workaround is to save a shortcut to the relevant folder on my PC, but is there any real solution to the problem?

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This is a client's pc.SONY VAIO All In One VPCL21AFX/B
recvd a "Operating System Not Found" error msg when starting after normal shutdown
rebooted w/o external devices, same error
F8 didn't work
F12 put it into a Sony repair menu Esc'd out to Win menu
Command Line "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" - successful
reboot "Operating System Not Found" error
ran Sony Data Rescue to save data files on external drive and got nothing but empty directories
pulled HD and looked at it as an external on another machine - there are no data files
the Sony recovery utility will restore a factory load but delete all data
Where did the data files go? They were all there the night before.

A:Sony Vaio Win7 "Operating System Not Found" - missing data files

Is the HD detected in BIOS setup?

Try running a few Startup Repairs from DVD or Repair CD, which automate all repair commands, tests and fixes.

To take a look at the state of the partitions use Partition Wizard bootable CD.
Post back a camera snap if possible so we can look it over. You can scan for missing partitions using Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help. I would also run
Partition Wizard Check File System and Partition Wizard Partition surface test to check HD condition.

You can rescue files as shown in Step 3 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then get the superior Clean Reinstall without the factory bloatware which is the worst possible Win7 install.

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Hi all,

Installed a DVDRW drive but comp crashed when installing some software and it stopped detecting my Primary Master and Slave drives. I've fiddled about with the Master and Slave configs and have managed to get it to detect my HD and DVDROM.

I've unplugged my DVDRW and my small HDD and am trying to get windows to load up.

After using FDISK /MBR an rebooting, I get "Missing Operating System".

Tried installing Windows XP after formatting, it seems to have installed but it's not loading.

Current config:

Slave: Pioneer DVDROM (not the DVDRW)
Master: Seagate 80GB (C: = 15GB) & (D: = 61GB).

D: has files on there that I'd like to recover. Too big to put on floppy.

I've run a search for similar problems and tried some of the solutions but no good. Any ideas? Thanks

A:"Error Loading Operating System" to "Missing Operating System"

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I have an old HP Pavilion 8260 that I got for free which is having some odd issues. Any time I try to boot, I get one of these 2 errors (first it was always Operating System Not Found, now it's Missing Operating System).

Here are the steps I've tried so far: I tried to boot from a floppy with a disk I know works; tried to boot off of the CD Rom; Tried disconencting everything except Floppy, CPU, and RAM; Tried resetting the BIOS by selecting "Set to Default" and by pulling out the CMOS battery (it was after doing this that it switched to the Missing OS error message).

The hard drive is dectected in the BIOS, as is the CD Rom and floppy drive. It properly recognizes the amount of RAM.

I am fresh out of ideas, even though I'm generally pretty good at this. If anyone else has any advice, it's greatly appreciated.

A:"Missing Operating System" or "Operating System Not Found" errors...

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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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it seems i have infected with a virus or some malicious item.
It checks the options 'Hide Extension for known file types' and 'Hide protected OS files' to allow it self to be hidden.

i tried to uncheck the above two options to find the file which causing the problem. after uncheck and say ok, it again rechecks the options.

Please help over come this problem.

A:Unable To Uncheck 'hide Extension For Known...' & 'hide Protected Operating ....'

What OS (Win XP/2000, etc) are you using? What type of anti-virus are you using? Have you performed any anti-spyware scans? Have you tried doing your scans in "SAFE MODE"?You need to start there first. If you don't have any anti-virus or anti-malware programs see BC's List of Virus & Malware Resources and at least scan with Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D. In #4 there is a list of several free online anti-virus scans which you can perform. I would also recommend that you download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free for Home Users.

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Good Morning,

I would like to introduce myself. I am new to the forum. Should I address an issue inappropriately, kindly alert me.

Most recently, I have experienced multiple PC issues. Recently, I performed a System Recovery and encountered the following ?

1. Cannot perform a SYSTEM RESTORE. The message is: ?Restoration Incomplete. Your computer cannot be restored."

2. When I booted up this morning, and DID NOT HAVE A DESKTOP.
The screen was blank ? no Icons.

3. The items below are APPEARING IN MY TEMP FOLDER, and are located at: C:\DOCUME~1\COMPAQ~1\LOCALS~1\Temp:

........a. 415303181927525125.tmp
......... plus similar numbers.

........b. IswTmp
........c. msohtmlclip1
........d. msohtmlclip

I delete the above items through safe mode but they re-appear.
** I am MOST CONCERNED ABOUT Items 1 & 2.


? (DESKTOP PC) Windows XP
? (SP3) HP Compaq Presario 061 - Media Center Edition,
? AMD Athlon (m) 64 Processor / (X 86-Based PC - 32-bit package)
? Version 5.1 / 2600 Build Processor

** If someone would give me some feedback, I would appreciate it tremendously.

Kind regards,

A:NO DESKTOP after booting up & SYSTEM RESTORE "Incomplete" & "Strange" Temp Files

Usually when the machine has a "blank" desktop, the boot/startup process has been interupted or is frozen to before Explorer is launched.

You can launch Explorer manually be navigating C:\Windows and double-clicking "Explorer".

If successful, do the following:

Start>Run>(type) "msconfig" and turn off all non-MS services and all startups.

Then, Start>Run>(type) "cmd", and at the command prompt type "chkdsk /f" and schedule a chkdsk to run on next reboot.

Reboot system and report results.

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hi every body
My PC has lots of files called "Thumbs.db" & "System volume information" in all its drives.I cant delete these files and I think the cause of shutting my pc down automatically and showing blue screen is these files.the operating system is win xp/sp2.
I don't know what to do with these and what anti virus will delete them.please help me.

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I'm currently trying to finalise group policy settings for my Windows 8 students. All seems to be going well except, I cant for the life of me find out hide to hide 2 remaining items under "This PC", these being the "Access
Media" & "Add a Network Location" icons on the File ribbon (image below), can anyone help please.

A:Hide "Access Media" & "Add a Network Location" icons using Group Policy

I think we can deploy script with set-acl powershell command to take ownership with Administrator of following keys, and set Deny permission on Users:

SET-ACL on registry key
Image like this:

After doing this, my explorer appears like this: No these 2 options

Kate Li
TechNet Community Support

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New installation of windows 7 ultimate 32bit and on trying to copy a 38gb folder from c drive to d drive, pc gives bsod.
Lately playing world of tanks is resulting in system lock ups,please can anyone help


A:bsod copying files from "c" to "d" drive and system lock ups

Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

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I am trying to get BGInfo to use custom fields with the WMI Query to hide the network adapters not in use from showing "none" many times on the screen.
I have used the following query:
IP  Address
WMI Class: Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration   Class Property: IPAddress
WMI Query:
SELECT IPAddress FROM Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration WHERE IPEnabled=True AND NOT description LIKE "%VMware%" AND NOT description LIKE "%Virtual%"
After using this custom field and deleting the default IP Address field, the results show properly during the current session.  After rebooting the computer, the IP Address field shows correctly the IP Address for 5 seconds then changes to <IP Address>
after the network card initializes or something else happens to it.
Would someone please help to offer advice how to make this change permanent so the IP address displays properly.

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A week ago I spilt a glass of red wine on my Dell 8600 notebook!! so i did what logic told me; put it up side down try clean it out and what not. in any case i saved the 60 gig hd (hitachi something or other)... and it seems to be working fine when i put it into a 2.5 hd case thingie. So from another laptop i can get into my old hard drive, where you can see program files, bitlord downloaded files, and all 50 gigs in use. The problem is My Documents...

I can go into my documents... and "see all the files", but the thumbnail images dont show up.. and when trying to transfer any of the documents in my documents, ex. jpegs... i get an error message " Cannot copy img_xxxx: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

I don't seem to be using the file anywhere.. When i turn off the read-only in the entire folder and apply to all subfolders and files it just jumps back to read-only, and it won't burn on to a dvd. I also can't open the files obviously... what could be wrong? what can i do? PLEASE HELP! have most things backed up, but 6 months of pics and music down the drain?

A:Solved: Write-protected "My Documents" and all files in it... can't transfer!

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I need this to change or delete password requirement so that I can get in to my ftp file.

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Windows 8 comes with a whole lot of fonts pre-installed, quite a few of which I do not need and are merely cluttering up the place. I would especially like to get rid of the specialised fonts for Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Indian etc, etc & so 4th.

However, for many of them, when I try to delete them, I get the message that they are "protected system fonts". Surely, there aren't that many system fonts? Can we not get rid of or hide these fonts any more? Surely they are an unnecessary drain on resources, and boot-time extenders?

A:Cannot delete surplus fonts: "protected system font"

Hello Dogmatix,

Yes, you can still hide system fonts if you like. It's the same way used in Windows 7 below.

Fonts - Show and Hide - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,

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Hi, tgis is the first time I am here. I need your help!

I have following:

Dell Dimension 8100, P4, 1.7Ghz
RAM: 512MB
Operating System: WINDOWS ME

I want to do following:

I have bought the full version(RETAIL) WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL. I want to backup all my DATA FILES and "clean install" WINDOWS XP on this computer.

What are the stelp, precautions and anything else I need to take?

Anyother suggestion will be helpful.

Please help!

Thank you.

A:Want to upgrade operating system from "WINDOWS ME" to "WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL"!

1. Back-up all your data.
2. Put CD into CD ROM (you may have to boot from CD). "Do not upgrade" do a clean install.
3. Click HERE for instructions on installation.

As you go along and if you have questions, just ask.

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hey guys been meaning to post about this or a while now. For some reason when I go to power on pc 99% of the time it hangs at the "loading operating system" screen at the beginning. to fix this I hit the reset button on my case and it usually gets by the next time around. (sometimes takes 2 resets)

It also seems that this only occurrs when the system is cold. When I reboot after it's been running, I don't seem to experience the problem.

anyone have any thoughts? doesn't appear to be a big issue at the moment, but more of an annoyance. I just done want it to lead to another issue down the road.

thanks friends!

A:system cold boot hangs at "loading operating system"

I suspect the HDD.
Run Disk check and HD diagnostic please:
HD Diagnostic
Disk Check

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I use DropBox and OneDrive a bit at work. With "selective folder" sync in DropBox, I have no issues and things work as I like.

In OneDrive, I know that there is an option for "online-only". However, for a few of my personal things, I don't want these things to appear "AT ALL". For example, i have a password database stored in OneDrive. Previously (before Windows 8.1), it was stored in a folder on OneDrive/SkyDrive called CloudOnly.

I noticed today, that my OneDrive folder in File Explorer shows my "CloudOnly" folder. The files in that folder show as "Online-only" under Availability. But I don't want anybody to be able to even see that folder from my PC, regardless of whether I'm online or not. I don't think I have an option for this anymore. I want it so that I log into the OneDrive website to access that file if necessary, but do not want to see the "Smart links" within the OneDrive app or the File Explorer structure. My computer is always "online" at home or the office, so anybody who gains access to my PC has access to these files. I don't want this for everything.

Is there anyway to accomplish this, or do I need to move this stuff out of OneDrive and over to Dropbox?

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Can you please help me get rid of asafenotice.com virus. Below is my "hijack this" log. I keep getting pop ups and "System Alerts: [email protected]" in my taskbar telling me download malware removal software.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:17:39 PM, on 2/19/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\sp_rsser.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Access ActiveX Object\isamntr.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Access ActiveX Object\pmsnrr.exe
C:\Program F... Read more

A:Infected by "System Alerts: [email protected]"

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A week ago I spilt a glass of red wine on my Dell 8600 notebook!! so i did what logic told me; put it up side down try clean it out and what not. in any case i saved the 60 gig hd (hitachi something or other)... and it seems to be working fine when i put it into a 2.5 hd case thingie. So from another laptop i can get into my old hard drive, where you can see program files, bitlord downloaded files, and all 50 gigs in use. The problem is My Documents...

I can go into my documents... and "see all the files", but the thumbnail images dont show up.. and when trying to transfer any of the documents in my documents, ex. jpegs... i get an error message " Cannot copy img_xxxx: Access is denied. Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use."

I don't seem to be using the file anywhere.. When i turn off the read-only in the entire folder and apply to all subfolders and files it just jumps back to read-only, and it won't burn on to a dvd. I also can't open the files obviously... what could be wrong? what can i do? PLEASE HELP! have most things backed up, but 6 months of pics and music down the drain?

A:Write-protected "My Documents" and all files in it...

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hi im using XP SP 3 with anti virus avg 8 free and spybot installed, recently i found that below show hidden files the option to show system files is not available.i dont know when it started may be after advirs infection that i had recently,
i am attatching a snapshot.
although i'v found out its something in superhidden key i dont know what modification is needed.. please help if u want i can provide current values in superhidden registry key.

A:Hide protected system files option not available under folder options

Sorry if its an old topic but i am unable to perform search. i am getting this error everytime:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 75497472 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 24 bytes) in /home/tsf/public_html/search.php on line 884

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I am trying to use the fsutil file setshortname to set "Program Files" to PROGRA~1,

but the system is giving me an "Error: Access is denied" response.
what I have typed:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>cd /d D:\
D:\>fsutil.exe 8dot3name set 0
The registry state is now: 0 (Enable 8dot3 name creation on all volumes).
D:\>fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1
Error:  Access is denied.
And I try it in Safe Mode.It is also "Access is denied.".
Can someone
help me?

A:"fsutil file setshortname "Program Files" PROGRA~1"=>"Error:Access is denied."

Hi TimFF,
This might be related with the UAC settings, check this thread:
give full permission for the users in program
files folder
The steps in the above thread is not recommended.
For the short name usage, we may consider to create a directory-junction from
PROGRA~1 to C:\Program Files:
With the following commands:
mklink /J "C:\PROGRA~1" "C:\Program Files"
Best regards

Michael Shao
TechNet Community Support

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newbie here, just googled on because I have somehow received some annoying spyware that is driving me nuts. In the system tray a bubble pops up every 10 seconds or so with this message:

System Alert: [email protected]
Type: Spyware/Trojan
Vulnerable: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2003/Windows XP
Description: Spyware program that sends confidential information to a remote attacker
Protection: Click this baloon to download official security software

I also get pop-ups every now and then.

I have AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 but it hasn't seemed to be able to kill it. Nor has my Norton Internet security. I have been reading some threads of others who describe similar problems, and at the end of each one there is instruction to start a new thread if you have the same problem.

So, I am starting a new thread. Any help in cleaning my system will be greatly appreciated.


A:"System Alert:[email protected]" Please Help

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I am getting a yellow triangle with a pop-up balloon with "System Alert: [email protected]". I found another thread where you helped to remove it, and did what was recommended: installed HiJack This and performed the scan. Below is the log. I hope you can help me remove it too. My computer is Dell Dimension 2400 with Windows XT Home edition.
Thanks in advance

PS: While writing this I received another triangle with "System Alert: Malvware threats" that informs that my computer is infected with a back door Trojan ... and asked to click on it to download removal software. I suspect it is related to the original one.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 2:52:05 PM, on 2/4/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Sha... Read more

A:"System Alert: [email protected]"

You should print out these instructions, or copy them to a NotePad file for reading while in Safe Mode, because you will not be able to connect to the Internet to read from this site.

Please download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri)
Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.

Next, please reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :
Restart your computer
After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;
Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu with options should appear;
Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press "Enter".
Choose your usual account.
Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click smitfraudfix.cmd
Select option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected files.

You will be prompted: "Registry cleaning - Do you want to clean the registry?"; answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter" in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.

The tool will now check if wininet.dll is infected. You may be prompted to replace the infected file (if found); answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter".

The tool may need to restart your computer to finish the cleaning process; if it doesn't, please restart it into Normal Windows.

A text file will appear onscreen, with results from the cleaning pr... Read more

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good day.
I have a problem which is puzzling me. I am re-installing windows xp on an Emachines desktop computer. It is an Emachines T1840 model with Intel 1.80Ghz processor, 40gig hd, has 640 mb ddr2 ram, dvd 16x player. I had installed windows XP on for a friend. The friend's brother downloaded all kinds of rubbish onto the computer and corrupted it.It came back to me and after a thorough cleaning with Avira Antivir anti-virus, Asquared trojan cleaner and Counterspy spyware cleaner I decided to run defragger on it(WIN). It shut down consistently with a message "Windows has recovered from a serious problem.
I decided to reinstall the operating system. It is now the second day and whether I put in a winxp disk or a winvista disk or try any of about 10 different winows disk that I have I keep getting "setup cannot copy the file "so and so" To retry Press enter. Ifyou are installing from a cd make sure the winxp cd is in the drive. To skip this file press ESC. If you skip this file Setup may not complete and windows may not work properly" To get each missing file I have to interchange disks and if I am fortunate to see the desktop, everything is corrupted.
Please help me and tell me what is happenning. I pulled the computer down to the screws and I still have the same problem
rongo with thanks

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I thought I would do a 'clean install' of Win 10 on my laptop. Used Killdisk to get rid of 2 of 3 partitions on my hard drive (not the OS partition). I must have done something wrong because now my system will not reboot. All I get is a message saying: "missing operating system". I tried to reboot by: 1) using a 'boot disk' prepared on my desktop; nothing. 2) using my Win 7 disk; nothing.

Then I tapped F12 and tried changing the BIOS settings to boot the DVD drive first. No luck! It appears that I mistakenly wiped the 'recovery partition' and perhaps the 'boot manager'? I dunno.

I can't do anything else that I know. Does anyone out there know how I can get my system to respond to changing the boot order so I can re-install Win 7 and start over again? Thanks for your help.

A:Wiping System to Re-install Win 7 - now "missing operating system"

How did you install 10 flash drive/ cd ?
If you did either of the about you might be able to use startup repair
Startup Repair

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Hi Folks,
I am running with an ASUS Pro31 Series and Windows XP Pro. In trying to fix a problem with Microsoft Outlooks, I was frequently rebooting my computer (trying to access the SAFE MODE boot menu) and it has now permanently failed to boot and has the following error on screen:

"Missing Operating System"

I have tried but cannot seem to access the menu where you can select to reboot in "Safe Mode" etc. I can only access the BIOS SETUP UTILITY using F2 and the BIOS RAM EASY FLASH UTILITY using F4.

Using the recovery DVD I got as far as the three options:
- Recover Windows XP to first partition
- Recover Windows XP to entire HD
- Recover Windows XP to entire HD with 2 partitions

I stopped there because it is essential that I retrieve the data from the HD. I am not concerned about the laptop, just the data. Yes I am a dumb dumb for not backing all of it up.

This laptop was supplied to me by my employer, so I am not sure how many partiotions it came with etc. Is it safe to assume that the first partition contains the C: drive data?

Are there any fancy tools I can get my hands on - over the net or otherwise - to try to get it booting normally again?

If not, what options would I have for trying to get the data off the HD?

Also, why does is it that I cannot access the SAFE MODE start up menu?
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A:Boot Failure: "Missing Operating System" - Need to retrieve data from HD!

It almost sounds like Windows became corrupted. As for data recovery unless I'm mistaken (and I might be) no data is truly lost unless the drive physically fails. I know of one program that should help with data recovery but I'm still learning about this topic.

If you are interested the program is: Recover My Files

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guys i am on the brink of messing up everything please help me
it all started when i installed a transformation pack for vista.

i basically restarted my pc after reinstalling and everything was fine.
i ran a virus scanner and it spotted some suspicious files, but i also noticed some strange files in my C:\ drive. so i just deleted them not thinking they would be important.
unfortunately for me, when i restarted my pc, i got the message
"error loading operating system"

and i started panicing and didnt know what to do(thank god i have another computer which allowed me to make this post)

anyway i booted from my thw windows xp disk, and went into recovery console.
i then typed chkdsk/r and as soon as i hit enter
it said, windows has encountered one or more unrecoverable errors.

so i typed in, fixmbr, because i thought i might have a problem with the master boot record.

now nothing happens when i restart.
it just shows a blank screen...
what should i do., im begging anyone to help.
i really dont want to lose all my files that ive got(its over 100gb of my stuff)

how can i recover this
anything at all.
please help me!!!

A:"error loading operating system" need some expert advice FAST!

Are you running Vista or XP? (This is the XP forum.)
Which files did you delete?

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When i Turn On my laptop , it Shows "Operating System Not Found" ,But If I restart
( by ctrl+alt+del ) everything goes fine...whenever i shutdown my lap and then switching it on it boots slowly and shows "Operating System Not Found" ,But when i restart ,everything goes fine..

What is the problem?

A:Dell Inspiron 1564 "Operating System Not Found" Problem

Make sure the hard disk is properly inserted in the laptop and has not come loose. You will need a screwdriver to remove the hard disk panel to check. That would be the first thing to check. Post back after you have done so and we will provide further steps if needed.

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Last night, my computer (specification in signature) was running the [email protected] client on both cores (nothing unusual about that) among other things and suffered a BSOD. After dumping something (memory or page file?), it restarted - it didn't stay on the screen, so I couldn't note down any information. After restarting, the computer got as far as:

Loading operating system_
Booting from CD_
(there's a random irrelevant CD in the drive and removing stops it from checking the CD but otherwise makes no difference).

At that point the screen dims (with the writing still faintly readable, and no progress is made.

I've run a Ubuntu live DVD and it sees the harddisks (both data and Windows drives) and the files are accessible.

When I attempt to repair the Windows installation via the Windows 7 DVD disc, no operating system is detected, even after loading the necessary drivers for my motherboard's RAID controller (the installation is not on a RAID-configured disk but I think the drivers may be necessary nonetheless based on my installation experience, about a year ago).

When I select "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows..." and click "Next" and then select "Startup Repair", a repair is attempted and I am told to restart the computer to complete the repairs. According to the diagnosis and repair details:

Root cause found:
The partition table does not have a valid System Partition.

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A:Unable to boot following BSOD: "Loading operating system" hang

I solved it using help I recieved for a similar problem months ago.

At the command prompt type:

Wait for completion. Type:

lis vol
Determine which volume number and drive letter is your system drive/partition (where Windows 7 is installed) and make a note of it - you might need to use the label or the volume size as a clue.

Type the following, replacing c: with the drive letter of your system drive/partition and replacing # with the associated volume number - press enter after each:

bootsec /nt60 c:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:


sel vol #


Now restart the computer, removing the CD from the drive as soon as the PC enters the boot process (allowing it to shutdown first).


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I switched my Fujjitsu-Siemens Amilo li-1718 the other day and was met with the dreaded 'operating system not found' message.

I haven't changed anything big recently, and it's more or less been working fine for a long time now.

I had, however, just had it in a bag and moved it across town, so after reading up I thought maybe something might have come loose inside. But I also read that it could be a BIOS problem, and after going in there I noticed that under 'hard drive' in 'main' it said 'None.' Changing it to auto or user didn't seem to make much difference as it still wouldn't load and would always revert back to none.

However, I also read that if the computer keeps resetting itself to an arbitrary time and date that it can be symptomatic of a CMOS problem... my computer had been doing this occasionally for a month or two before this happened.

I also tried making a windows vista recovery CD, and tried to boot off that, but still got the same 'Operating System Not Found...' message.

Basically, I want to make sure i've tried everything before I open the case and go poking around inside, as I'd really have no idea what i'm doing, but i'm hoping it's just a loose wire that will be pretty self-evident when I open it up.

Any ideas?

A:"Operating system not found" - BIOS or Hard Drive error?

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Whenever my computer tries to boot, it takes a while to detect anything from the CD-ROM (my first boot priority), and then when it detects the IDE, it says "error loading operating system" and after that I can't do anything but restart or shut down. I am running Windows XP Professional and it will load with a boot disk, but if I take out the boot disk it won't load. I'm not sure what to do, so please help me!

A:Solved: "error loading operating system" message when I try to boot

hi there, im sorry this isnt a solution. but i am having the same problem.

my old hard drive kicked the bucket and i got a new one. i cloned the hard drive using TrueImage which went fine. but when i restart the comp i get that error. i have tried to change the bios access mode to Large LBA and the other one but to no avail. i have herd that running the command fdisk /mbr may help but it could also cause problems.

does anyone know how to get past this?

also reinstalling xp doesnt work. i have formated the hard drive and tried to set up windows but to no avail

Thanks Lee

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Hey I had Windows 7 home basic installed on my dell inspiron laptop, and there was only 1 partition (c drive), I think that I deleted something from windows, and now when m switching on the laptop its saying "operating system not found".
Somebody please help me, how can I recover the data on hard drive. Is it possible that data is still present on hdd.
Sorry for my grammer, m not good in english.

A:How to recover data if computer ia showing "no operating system found"

Simply plug the hard drive into another PC, then just copy and paste the data to whatever storage device you have available

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Has anyone ever heard of receiving the dreaded "Missing operating system" error after enabling BitLocker? Any ideas how to repair or work around this error?

The Backstory:

I have a Bitlocker-encrypted (TPM + pin) spinning 160 GB hard drive running Windows 7 SP1. Newly purchased, there is a 240 GB SSD drive sitting next to it, and my plan is to copy my whole partition from the 160 GB drive to the 240 GB drive and then enjoy a
faster computer.

First step was to fully decrypt BitLocker (took about 6 hours). Then, with the 240 GB SSD attached to my laptop with a USB adapter, I created a 240 GB partition, quick-formatted to NTFS, but did not assign any drive letter.

Next step was to boot the latest version of CloneZilla, and I did a partition-to-partition from the spinning disk to the SSD. Note that my original spinning drive did have a 300 MB partition for bootlocker - I ignored this partition and cloned only the Windows
7 partition. My reasoning was that the 300 MB Bitlocker partition may have drive-specific information that wouldn't work on the new SSD.

So with my partition cloning complete (about 1 hour), I swap the physical drives. My spinning 160 GB disk is removed and placed on the table, and my new SSD is inserted and screwed into the laptop. I restart - and boot directly into a Windows 7 install disk.
From that disk's recovery console, I run the automatic recovery option, which "fixes" a corrupt boot record.

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A:"Missing operating system" immediately after attempting to enable Bitlocker

I am familiar with those two specific messages, which are corrected by making the Windows partition active. I wouldn?t touch BitLocker until someone with a good knowledge of SSDs replies to your issue.

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Hi there I don't know if anyone out there has had this similar problem?
I bought a new hard drive, began to install windows xp, unfortunately I hadn't realised that the power socket for the hard drive was plugged into the slave socket of my standby saver and it switched off as the setup was beginning the formatting section of the windows xp install. I rebooted the hard drive and now all that appears in an error saying "Error loading operating system" AHHHHHHHHH! I have tried to reboot with the windows disc in the hard drive and also tried installing the disc when the error message appears, NOTHING!
I have went onto a couple of other forum sites and it looks as though I may have to change the BIOS, but some others say do not do this unless all else fails
I have been directed to the techsupportforum as I have been told that if anyone knows it will be on this forum site. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help, I am at my wits end and don't know what to do now.

I forgot to mention on boot up my MSI motherboard goes through the motions them almost immediately the error message appears.

A:[SOLVED] &quot;Error loading operating system&quot; - New Installation

clear the drive with killdisk

then format and install


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I just installed a new motherboard into my compaq preserio and when the computer starts up I am greeted with a black screen that says "loading operating system...". When I plug the original motherboard in I am greeted with a black screen, nothing happens after that. I have already installed the new motherboard's drivers but thats was when it crashed. I ran a diagnostic on it and it gave me error BIOHD 3, which I believe means that the drivers couldnt be found. So I am stuck at a stand still until I can find a fix.

A:Stuck at black screen that says "loading operating system"

Usually, after a motherboard change, a Clean Install Windows 7 is needed .

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Having issues opening any microsoft office files on my computer (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc). I can still create new files without any issues, but as soon as I try to open a downloaded document, I get the following errors:

Once I click OK:

I've tried uninstalling office with Revo Uninstaller to remove all remnants such as registry data and leftover folders, with no luck.

Note that if I open the document(s) with an alternate means (such as wordpad for .docx files, or even google spreadsheets for excel files) they work fine, so I doubt the files are corrupting when I download them.

Any ideas?

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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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My laptop is a SONY VAIO - VGN-NS255D

Anyone know how to fix this?

A:"Operating System Not Found" Error - Windows 7 (x64 bit) 4GB Memory

Did you make /have the OEM manufacturers system repair disk ?

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Good morning, COMODO Firewall keeps blocking this "Windows operating system". I checked the rules but it has one to allow all requests! What should I do? Thanks in advance. I tried to unlock the application but, after few second, it blocks it again


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Hi, i recently built a computer with an abit an-7 mobo,a 160gb maxtor hdd, 512mb of ram and a radeon 9250...anyway
I was booting up for the first time with the OS (winxp home) in the cdrom rom drive, everything was going peachy until it came to formatting the hard drive, it took about an hour or so but when it was complete an error came up saying that it was unsuccsessful and the disk may be damaged... i then tried a "quick format" and then the setup decided that the disk wasnt inserted into the cdrom drive, giving up i quit setup and rebooted, on the next cycle on startup a message "error loading operating system" popped up and now wont go away... what can i do to stop this, and what can i do next time to make setup sucessful.

Thanks alot, any input it much appreciated, i have found similar posts but all of them are problems happening after winxp was installed, from friends input it seems my hard drive needs to be reformatted but i cant get to it anyway, ive tried to boot dos, fdisk and maxpower from the cdrom drive but to no preveil, once again any input is really appreciated, ime a real noob and am probably missing something stupid

A:"Error Loading Operating System" - But Xp never finished installation


I would be inclined to download the diagnostic software from the maxtor site and zero the disc and check it over for faults and then use the 'install disc' option within that software and start again with XP - if the disc checks out OK that is.


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For reference: Acer Aspire v15 Nitro running Windows 8.1

I made a mistake. A friend gave me a USB drive and I wanted to format it, but the USB was actually broken and didn't show up. What I thought was the USB was a drive with a name containing the word "Pushbutton". I formatted it and the computer ran fine until I restarted it. Upon restart, I am getting the error:

"Missing operating system.
No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key"

I've been working on this problem for a little while and at first suspected I messed up the MBR. I loaded the windows 8 startup disk on a USB and ran various repairs to no avail (including bootrec stuff in the command prompt).

I have no idea what I did. I know all of my files are still in there somewhere. I didn't do anything to the main disk or partition. I think I formatted some kind of partition that is related to booting up the OS.

I'm not sure if this changes anything, but my hard drive is full disk encrypted using VeraCrypt.

A:Error: "Missing operating system. No bootable device"

I don't know about VeraCrypt, but with MS encryption, you need an extra BOOT partition that is not encrypted. Perhaps that is what got clobbered.

If you have access to another working PC, then you should download the Minitool Partition Wizard Boot CD and make a CD or USB stick from it. To make a USB stick, you'll also need to download RUFUS and use that.

Once you have that, boot your machine and see what partitions are on the drive.

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