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Unable To Open Folders, Run .exes And Open Shortcuts Other Than Through Command Prompt

Q: Unable To Open Folders, Run .exes And Open Shortcuts Other Than Through Command Prompt

I'd attempted to install XP Service Pack 3 via Windows Update. An error message occurred halfway through (can't remember the exact message at the moment) and the installation failed. The computer was fine after this and I continued to work on it until I shut it down.

The next day I booted up to find that all my desktop and quick launch shortcuts and desktop files had lost their icons. All shortcuts now have the extention .lnk. Nothing happens when I double click on any of files. This is also the case in the Start menu, where all program shortcuts don't work and neither does Settings -> Control Panel. I also cannot open any folders on my desktop, including My Computer.

I managed to open up the command prompt through Task Manager and I've been able to navigate to programs and execute them from there so I know the programs still work. This is the only way I've been able to get online and run programs to try to solve this. I can also open Windows Explorer via command prompt and navigate through folders that way.

Things I've tried:

1. I'd created a System Restore point before attempting the Service Pack installation. Ran System Restore through command prompt in the hope of restoring back to that point but there are no restore points available.
2. Ran an AVG scan. Found nothing untoward.
3. Ran HijackThis. Not an expert by any means on this but it didn't appear to show anything alarming.
4. My hours of searching online led me to Doug Knox's site, specifically the file association fixes. I downloaded and attempted a couple of the registry fixes, however, each attempt resulted in the following error:

Cannot import C:\...\xp_exe_fix.reg: Not all data was successfully written to the registry. Some keys are open by the system or other processes.

I've made sure I've had adminstrator rights when I've tried this plus tried it in Safe Mode.

I've kind of being going around in circles since.

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A: Unable To Open Folders, Run .exes And Open Shortcuts Other Than Through Command Prompt

Might as well try[post="RRT (Remove Restrictions Tool) 1.0 - http://www.majorgeeks.com/RRT_Remove_Restr...Tool_d5635.html "]Remove Restrictions Tool[/post]Really, you may need to do several scans for malware. The items that you cite are typical symptoms of some malware problems which I've read about.Louis

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Heres what happened I wanted to change system wide folders Icons so I went into Folder Options>File Types>File Folders >>Advanced and attempted to changes the icons in doing so somthing went wrong and now when I double click on any folder (except hard-drives and My Documents) it will open up in the command prompt. I must right click and select OPEN for it to work.

Any suggestions here???

Thanks very much in advance,

A:Solved: Folders open in Command Prompt

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I was trying to fix a problem I was having with the cursor and in the process, I downloaded Windows update which included Microsoft.Net framework 2.0; Microsoft.Net framework 3.5 SP1; Microsoft.Net framework 3.0 Service Pack; and Security update Windows XP KB973869. Since it did not fix the problem with the cursor, I decided to use Roxio Back on Track 3 program to restore the computer to a previous state. When I tried to restore the computer to an earlier state, Windows was unable to open. I got a message that said "the file "system32\drivers\Ntfs.sys is either corrupt or missing." So I tried to reinstate the computer to the original settings before I tried to restore it, but I got the same message. I tried to use the Windows CD to restore the file using the command: CD system32
ren ntkrnipa.exe ntkrnipa.old
ren ntkrnipa.exe ntkrnipa.old... but, when I entered the command in red, it said "the system cannot find the file or directory specified." Then, I used the command: copy cd:\i386\ntfs.sys drive:\windows\system32\drivers. Again, I received the same message. Please tell me how to restore the computer to the original state. Then, I'll worry about the cursor problem later.

A:Unable to Open Windows and use Command Prompt

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Hello all,

I am unable to open the Command Prompt window using Start->Run and entering cmd. When I enter cmd, all of the icons on my desktop disappear, the screen flashes, and then the icons reappear. The Command Prompt window never appears, not even briefly, and there are no error messages. I have gone into the System32 folder and double-clicked on cmd.exe, and the exact same thing happens. I am able to perform other commands using Start->Run such as %APPDATA%, msconfig, and explorer.exe, but the Command Prompt simply will not open. Any and all help is appreciated.

System Info:
Windows XP SP3 Media Center Edition

A:Unable to open Command Prompt window

Use search for cmd.exe and click on the one in dllcache - if it worls delete the other and copy the other.

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I am running windows 8.1 on a desktop computer. 3 days I restarted my computer trying to free up memory for Adobe lightroom (had started running slow I don't often restart my computer but I had read in an Adobe perfomance tip this can help when lightroom begins to bog down), when it started back up I opened Adobe bridge and when I tried to navigate away from the current folder it immediately stopped responding and still continues this behavior. I then opened lightroom and tried to import photos and lightroom stopped responding. After closing lightroom and restarting the program I discovered I could do most operations in lightroom except import photos, that function causes the program to lock up.
I have tried restarting the computer in safemode and I cannot get it into safe mode. tapping f8 as the computer restarts does noting, following instructions online to get the computer to safemode does not work, the computer stalls (I let it go for several hours at one point) on a black screen before you get to the restart options. I have attempted to run malware bytes and spybot. I have renames the installation files as well as the executable files and they will not run. The process loads (I can see it in the task manager as a background process), but the UI will not load.
While trying to restart the computer, it is slow to load my user account. After typing my password it will get stuck on a black screen where only the curser is visible for several minutes. And, most of... Read more

A:exes wont open, folders don't refresh, computer restarts slow

Welcome aboard   Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2 SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me. Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeClick Go and post the result. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (aka MBAM): http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free to your desktop.* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Up... Read more

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I cant open my cmd even though its installed on my computer. i am getting this error while trying to open it from RUN "Windows cannot find cmd. Make sure you typed the name correctly , and then try again. to search for a file, click the start button and then click search" please help me find the solution to this.

A:Cant open Command prompt

Go to Start and click on Run. Type in cmd and then click OK.

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I've got Windows XP and I can't open the command prompt. The icon doesn't look like it used to though, the current icon is the icon that is allocated to executables that don't exist(The rectangle box with the blue strip at the top). Anyone know why? The icon points to C:\WINDOWS\system32\ckcnv.exe.......is this right?


A:Can't open Command Prompt

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Hi. Segref here, another newbie.

I can't quite figure how to post without replying, so here goes.

I am running 7 build 7600. When I try to open the command prompt as administrator Windows goes to the User Account Control. I say yes and am returned immediately back to the desktop or the folder I was in. If I try to open without admin rights I just return to where I was.

A:Command prompt won't open!

Quote: Originally Posted by Segref

Hi. Segref here, another newbie.

I can't quite figure how to post without replying, so here goes.

I am running 7 build 7600. When I try to open the command prompt as administrator Windows goes to the User Account Control. I say yes and am returned immediately back to the desktop or the folder I was in. If I try to open without admin rights I just return to where I was.

You say yes to what? UAC??

let us know

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When I start the command prompt my laptop istantly shuts down. I use the Malware antivirus but after the scan it hangs.
My friend told me that the virus is a cold\hott\traymgr.exe but my antivirus can't detect it.

How can I delete it? Should I reformat my Laptop?

A:I can't open my command prompt help pls..

Welcome to BCI use the Malware antivirusAre you referring to Malwarebytes? Try this:Please download Rkill by Grinler and save it to your desktop.Link 2Link 3Link 4Double-click on the Rkill desktop icon to run the tool.If using Vista, right-click on it and Run As Administrator.A black DOS box will briefly flash and then disappear. This is normal and indicates the tool ran successfully.If not, delete the file, then download and use the one provided in Link 2.If it does not work, repeat the process and attempt to use one of the remaining links until the tool runs.If the tool does not run from any of the links provided, please let me know.Do not reboot the computer or you will have to run it againAfterwardsUpdate mbam and run a FULL scanPlease post the results=============================Then runWe Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepealDownload RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop.Direct Download (Recommended)Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorZip Mirrors (Recommended if you have a slower connection or if the Direct Download mirror is down)
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorRar Mirrors - Only if you know what a RAR is and can extract it.
Primary MirrorSecondary MirrorSecondary MirrorExtract RootRepeal.exe from the archive (If you did not use the "Direct Download" mirror).Open on your desktop.Click the tab.Click the button.Check all seven boxes: Push OkCheck the box for your main system driv... Read more

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I'm running 32 bit Windows 7, and when I run cmd.exe or click on the icon in the System32 folder nothing happens. I checked the task manager and the process is running but no window displays. Any ideas?


A:Command prompt won't open

Try this, go to Start and type cmd in the lower bottom box, when it appears in the upper window right mouse click and run as administrator, you can also make it a shortcut to cmd on the desktop or in the Taskbar set to run as admin.

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I was messing around with the command prompt, trying to make a script to scare the shit out of my friend when he opens it. I entered the following code, under the assumption that it would make the prompt go full screen.

0x4,"Console","FullScreen", 0x1

After I hit enter it asked me if I wanted to overwrite FullScreen. I said yes and nothing happened to the prompt. But after I closed the window I was unable to open another prompt up. Task manager says its running, it just won't display it. I have tried restarting. Is there anything other than a reinstall that will fix this?

A:Command Prompt Won't Open

Where did you enter this code? In the registry?

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XP Open Command Prompt Here... Two Methods

I only tested the first two options here. Scripts are nice work too until something changes and breaks them :/

Ok, this may seem like old news but when your trying to access something that was broke from the start its time to re-write the senario once again. The thanx goes to the snippets from sites listed.

So your out surfing for that tidbit of text that just doesn't work. Vuala, thats why I am uploading this once again.

I have two Registry edit methods that DO work as listed, granted there are a few more and this would be much quicker with a simple "batch file" but here goes.
For XP use one of two Registry choices noted below :

# 1) Through the Registry

Start/Run/Type -->regedit


NOTE: THERE ARE NO QUOTES USED IN THESE LINES UNLESS STATED. They are just highlights noting beginning and end, e.g. "ok". Its one of the most confusing things at times too.

Create a key called "Command Prompt" without the quotes. Mine got grouchy stating another existed so I named it to "CommandPrompt". You can use what ever its just a name at this point with no command. My issue cleared up after I removed the duplicates and rebooted. Just be sure ... Read more

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How can I keep a command prompt open after execution in Windows XP?

A:keeping a command prompt open

When you click on the RUN command from the START tab, type CMD.

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I bought computer that I do not know password. I dont want to reinstall windows. I read that restarting computer and press f8 and choose safe mode with command prompt. Problem is my computer loads the drivers as normal on the black DOS screen but when it gets done and is suppose to give a command prompt it does not. It for some reason goes to the unwanted log in screen in safe mode. But that does me no good because that screen again requires password. How do I get the stupid command prompt in the scenario?

A:cant get windows 7 pro to open a command prompt

What do you hope to accomplish from Command Prompt? If you want to use the hidden Administrator account to change the password or create a new userid then see here:

User Account Password - Change from WinRE

You can get a legal copy of Windows 7 here: Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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Hey guys. If I have posted this in the wrong topic forum, forgive me I am new here, and didn't see a forum for command prompt.

Just had a quick question about my command prompt...when I open cmd, and type in "tasklist" to view my processes, I am greeted with and error that states "ERROR: The system cannot find the file specified". I go into the folder for windows/system32, and "tasklist.exe" is there, however I still receive the error in cmd. Any reason why this is happening? Did I accidentally erase something? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


A:Cannot open "tasklist" in command prompt

That is not a valid command, try using the Task Master, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and click on Processes.

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I have installed Windows 7 Pro x32 and I'm in corporate lan (domain), but I have admin rights. After a while I can't open command prompt, but cmd.exe and conhost.exe can be found in Task Manager. What have I tried until now without luck:

- remove policy keys
- upgrade Windows 7
- run as Administrator

But, I can open it using SHIFT + right-click and Run as different user and typing different user account.

As I'm programmer I tried to create console application. After i ran it i can see my desktop background through it. I mean console background is transparent.

DebugView shows this after opening cmd:

[4048] CFRContextMenu: Contruct
[4048] Initialize
[4048] START : CFRContextMenu::Init : .\Src\FRContextMenu.cpp (94).
[4048] InitFiles Count : 1
[4048] F:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe has unsupported format
[4048] FAILED : CFRContextMenu::Init.
[4048] Initialize ---- FAILED
[4048] CFRContextMenu: Destruct

I'm not sure what else I can do except to format and install windows 7 again.

Thanks in advance.

A:Command prompt - open problem

I really have no suggestions other than to off this tutorial to you Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium. Somehow my registry got corrupted I suppose and explorer will not run.

If I double click any folder, it brings up Microsoft One Note. Same thing if I right click the task bar and click "Open Folder" - I get MS One Note. If I go to a command prompt window and go to C:\Windows and type explorer.exe, I get a message box saying "This file does not have a program associated with it. Create an association in the Set Associations Control Panel." I can't open Control Panel though, if I go to Control Panel I get the same message. I found the CP .exe files and tried opening them through a command prompt - same thing. Basically anything that uses an explorer will not open at all.

Any ideas how to fix this? I assume I need to set this association in the registry but I haven't been able to figure out where or what to set.


A:Explorer.exe will not open, even from Command Prompt

Open an ELEVATED command prompt
Elevated Command Prompt - Windows 7 Forums

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lam using windows 8. At first when l was opening command prompt it was using C:\Users\Software Developer> (Software Developer is my computer name) and l could easily access my desktop usingC:\Users\Software Developer>cd.. desktop

l dont know what happened, now the command prompt by default is on c:\windows\systems32> if you enter dir it shows all the files on systems32.

l want to get it back to C:\Users\Software Developer> so that l can access my desktop easily, and l know it has something to do with the Environment variables path/settings. Any help would be appreciated.

A:how to get command prompt to open in userprofile

Hello ZNYAZO, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Are you opening an elevated command prompt instead?

Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8

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Hi friends !
Uber Philf told me to start a new thread with my problem. I cannot open an Elevated Command Prompt, Dont know why. I know that I can open it in two alternative ways : 1). Win+R, type cmd, hit enter eith ctrl+shift pressed ; and 2). start > all programs > accessories > command prompt > right click and run as admit. The prompt should be C:\Windows\System32_

But What prompt I am having is C:\Users\username_

Am I doing it wrong? Then what I am to do? I have user account control settings turned off.

A:How to open Elevated Command Prompt?

Several member had the same problem

Go to search by the start menu

type cmd

As soon as cmd pops up, do not hit enter. right click and run as adminitraor.

If done properly you will have the cmd. Try and report back

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How do I open a command prompt window when in safemode
I have successfully booted in Safe Mode, and the drivers are loaded but system reverts to the login window.


A:Open command prompt window

Hello dbldee,

You could open a command prompt just like you normally would while in Safe Mode. Open Start Menu, type CMD and press Enter.

If you wanted to open a command prompt with Safe Mode instead, then the tutorial below can help show you how to.

Command Prompt at Startup

Hope this helps,

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I'm having an issue on my computer where command prompt will not open. I looked in the system32 folder and cmd.exe is missing, however there is cmd.exe.mui is there. I also tried to run hijackthis to get a log, however the program keeps spitting out a blank log when I click save log.

A:Solved: Command Prompt Will Not Open

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Before I had this problem, I was trying to fix an issue where .exe files would not open at all. The person who answered my question gave a link to a Kioskea tutorial, which I followed and while it did fix the issue, it brought up a new one: All .exe files open with Command Prompt, so I have to type the filename itself before it will open. Any help is appreciated.

A:All EXE files open with Command Prompt



Extract and launch the registry fix

Good luck

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I hope you are as good as they say, because here I have a problem for you

I have a server at my home network, running windows XP Pro SP2, and it is configured with 2 users. One Administrator and one user. When I connect using remote desktop, I usually connect as the user (Not Administrator), but lately the command prompt has stopped working on this account. When I type cmd in the run-window, command prompt opens, and about 1/2 sec later, it's closed. If I connect as the Administrator, this problems doesn't exist.

I have scanned for viruses, using both my installed Norton Internet Security package, and also using Symantec's online virus-scan. No virus found...

Anyone have any Idea what could be wrong/what I can do to make it work? I really need cmd...

A:Command Prompt closes the moment I open it

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I know I can open a shutdown dialog box with a shortcut to something like "(new ActiveXObject(?Shell.Application?)).ShutdownWindows();", but how do I do this from a command prompt?

What single command can I type at a DOS prompt to open a windows shutdown dialog box without needing any external files such as a shortcut.lnk? Anyone know?

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I would like to make a registry key so that when I right click on a folder the context menu shows: Open A Command Prompt Window Here (Administrator)
​Which can easily be done but I also have the Take Ownership thing in my context menu, and the to conflict so that neither one works... Please, let me know how to create a registry key so that they won't conflict... THANK YOU!​

This Is On System 1
The Current Registry File I've Made Is:-

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Open Command Prompt Window Here (Administrator)"

@="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""


A:Open A Command Prompt Window Here and Take Own... Registry Key HELP


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I would like to find out how to open command prompt without having to log in.

A:[SOLVED] How to open command prompt before logging in

Hello Adamhumbug

1. Restart PC tapping F8 until you get into the Boot Options menu

2. You can select Startup Repair whcich should allow you to enter the Recovery Console where you can select Command Prompt
(Only if you have preinstalled Vista)
Alternatively if your having issues

1. Restart PC tapping F8 until you get into the Boot Options menu

2. Select Safe Mode With Command Prompt



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Hi, my friend's PC suddenly behaves strangely all of a sudden.
Originally, entering safe mode will restarts the PC by itself. Task Manager won't run and Cmd Command Box won't stay open, hence no DOS-based program can be used.
I did some tweaking using the Techno Digits Smartvr.Exe, only to manage
the safe mode turned into the famous blue screen of death, able to run Task Manager, however the Cmd Command Box still close automatically and the Folder Options will not stay to let me view the hidden files.
Today I tried using HijackThis 2.0.2, only to find that it opens for a few seconds as well and I only managed to save a portion of the log file.

Here is the log file:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:59:08 AM, on 12/30/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avgnt.exe
E:\Programs\Against Downadup Virus\FixDownadup.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = about:blank
O1 - Hosts: 209.85.129... Read more

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Greetings I'm working on a customer's HP All-In-One computer with Win7SP1, giving it a "tune-up". The first problem I came across was that Windows Update wasn't working and the last update had been in April. For some reason the service had been disabled, so I re-enabled it. Something like 30 updates mostly failed during restart, but after trying a couple of times they finally took.

I then wanted to run "sfc /scannow" via the command-prompt shortcut under Accessories, as an admin. The CP window opens and instantly closes again. I thought, "That's odd," and booted to Safe Mode. Same problem. So I booted to Safe Mode w/CP, and same thing, the computer boots to Safe Mode, the CP window opens and closes instantly.

Other things I've tried:
-Since I can't run "sfc", I removed the drive and connected to my Win7 computer via USB and ran sfc with the switches for off-boot drive/dir. It ran successfully and said it repaired some errors but not all. It says that for every computer I've ever run it on.

-Virus Scans: Computer had MS Security Essentials, so did full scan and it found like 3-4 viruses (mostly java based). Then installed Malwarebytes and it found 2-3 more and cleaned them. I then ran MRT(Malicious SW Removal Tool) and it found 1 more virus. I then uninstalled MS SE and installed Avast!, and its scan found 1 more. It then did a pre-boot scan and everything was clean. Finally

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A:Command prompt window won't stay open

Never run registry cleaners, not even CCleaner's. They can cause massive issues and more likely brick your PC.

I have a feeling that the virus has blocked the command prompt from opening. I would advise you make sure your PC is clean before we do any work:

Please read all of the following instructions found here: NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

After reading all of the instructions found above post the required logs in a new thread: Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help - Tech Support Forum

Please note that the virus team is very busy and will get to you in due time. If you do not get a reply within 72 hours then you may bump the post.

Do not post any logs here!

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some of my software like easyzip adobe reader and audacity 1.2 will not open. what they do instead is briefly open a blank command prompt screen that disapears in less than a second. very frustrating smart people pls help. i am running windows 2000 service pack 2. I have completely reformated my windows hard drive i have been getting the same prob no matter what service pack is installed.
I have an athlon xp2000+ with 512 megs ram two physical hard drives setup on 4 partitions a delta 44 sound card,an sb live value soundcard two cd drives one is a cdrw a dlink 10/100 pci lancard dfe538tx and my mobo is a ecs k7s5apro which has a cmedia sound chip and an sis network adapter built in.
What I dont have is a clue , I have no idea why stuff stopped working last week.

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I am trying to open 4 files at the same time so I can run all my "crap cleaners" at the same time. One of the programs, Auslogics DiskDefrag, will not open but all the other programs will. I am using a .bat file and the command I am using is

start diskdefrag.exe

that is the name it gives it in task manager. It says it cannot find the file and I have searched for it and that is what it is. I was wondering if there is a command that I could open the exe file by opening it from its file location. Please help! Thanks in advance!

A:Open file location with command prompt

Perhaps this folder is not in the Path.
Just add the file location to the command:
start c:\program files\auslogics\defrag.exe (use the actual location on your computer).

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I really don't have much to say other than what the title says. I have scanned my computer multiple times with Spysweeper and Norton. I think the problem may have started with a winzip crack I downloaded from limewire (I know! I'm a bad person!

Anything you can suggest is highly valued

A:Command Prompt and Task Manager won't open

Hi, welcome to TSF.....

Please read the following thread for advice on posting a HiJack This log file:


You most definately have some sort of active infection which is hiding from Spysweeper and Norton.

In the meantime, when you right click on your Task Bar...is 'Task Manager' grayed out or just not there?

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Hi guys I'm new to this but figured this was the next best thing before involving a computer tech. Ever since yesterday I've been having issues with just about every game on my computer. League stopped patching for "unknown issues", got home today and Overwatch was having issues with agent.exe(blizzards command prompt to run battlenet) and when I try to open a command prompt to try and force repair, it refuses. Saying that it cannot open the application correctly. I saw that you should try running it as admin, but I can't elevate the command to make it open. I know you have to go through command prompt to enable yourself to do that also, which as you know I cannot. I ran multiple scans and my computer isn't finding any viruses, I'm just not sure what is going on here and how I can fix it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:cmd.exe issues, cannot open command prompt to repair with SFC.

Did you try right clicking the Windows Start icon and selecting the inherent elevated command prompt option?

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cannot able to open my task manager, even tried to install anti virus, but its not working.kindly help . hijack this file is attached.

A:Cannot open task manager, command prompt, Picasa

If you click start>run>taskmgr and you get "being used by another process" then you have a virus.

You appear to have Bitdefender and Kaspersky anti virus installed, please confirm.

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Every time i open a program that runs in the foreground, a separate command prompt runs as well also in the foreground, that takes up a taskbar spot. It seems like the program should be running in the background, but its in the foreground. Whenever I exit out of either one, it closes the window that its related to.

For example, if I open Outlook.exe, it opens outlook like normal but it also opens a command prompt with it named Outlook.exe. It is not editable, and it seems to be a read-only cmd prompt. Is there a setting that enables/disables this? It opens with outlook, IE, even explorer.exe upon startup

Windows XP Service Pack 2
Dell OptiPlex

A:Programs open a related seperate command prompt

anyone have any ideas?

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I need to be able to open PDF files from Win 8 32 bit DOS Command Line to complete a DOS macro for a document management database I've used for 20+ years.

On XP Systems I simply have macro grab file name from database and type >Start "Path\filename.pdf"

Does Windows 8.1 have a similar capability? I'm using ClassicShell.

I understand that Start now opens another instance of cmd, but is there a work around to launch PDFs from command prompt and hand back control to DOS after file is open?

Thank you,

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Dont know what happened but everytime I open command prompt my laptop shuts down.

There is pop up after I open a command prompt saying "You have been logged off Windows will now shutdown"

I have a Dell XPS M1330 Vista Home Premium

A:[SOLVED] Computer shuts down whenever I open a command prompt

How are you opening the Command Prompt? From a shortcut, or Start | Run(or in Search box), then typing cmd?
If the later, try typing cmd.exe, %comspec%, and C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe, see if it makes any difference.

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Hello friends. A short while ago my pc was infected with what I think is called Koobface malware. I followed the removal instruction for self help online and got my PC back to working status. Everything seems fine except I notice that my command prompt keep opening and quickly closing at random time. I have tried rescanning with adwareremoval and malwarebyte but the problem keep on persisting. I notice that the command prompt problem would appear a few minutes after i start window, then after that about every half an hour or so. This problem is very annoying since it would alt tab out of programs.
Any ideas if I'm still infected with malware or is this some other problem?
I'm using windows 10 by the way.

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I have winxp pro and when I type cmd in the run box to get the command prompt window, it opens it , flashes for a split second and the it closes itself.

I have autoexec.nt and config.nt in windows system32 foder.
I run sfc /scannow and didn't fix the problem.

I have no viruses, any idea what's wrong ?

A:Solved: Command prompt window doesn't stay open

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When Ever I Open Command Prompt Or Task Manager It Just Closes.I Am Moving So I Cant Reformat my comp cause its in the boxes,however,i do have my hijack log..here it is.

StartupList report, 10/24/2008, 5:00:55 PM
StartupList version: 1.52.2
Started from : C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.EXE
Detected: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Detected: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
* Using default options

Running processes:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WLTRAY.e... Read more

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I have tried to search for this problem and haven't found any other reference. I have tried virus, malware & spyware scans and seem to be clear of such. I am running Windows XP Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 2. Laptop is Toshiba Satellite, Intel Pentium 1.50 MHz, 2.00 GB RAM. All of my programs seem to work and I have no problems with internet access or speed. It is very annoying and, if I am typing, I miss letters or spaces if the flashing of the command prompt window opens and closes. It never stay open long enough for me to read any text so I can't tell you what is going on. Just in the time I have been typing this, the event has happened 10-12 times. I would really appreciate any help. I have tried "System Restore" but get a "Failure to Restore" message for all of the restore points I have tried.

A:Black "command prompt" windows keep flashing open & closing immediately

Hello let's do this to stop the screen so you can read it and post the error.. Then do an MBAM scan and post a log.Click on Start, then right click on My Computer.Scroll and select Properties, then choose Advanced tab.Under Start up and Recovery click Settings. Under System Failure uncheck Automatic System Restart. Now when the BSOD occurs the screen will stop and you can write the complete error down to post.Next run MBAM:Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.36) and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C... Read more

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At my wits end here. Initially figured that I had TDSS or a TDL4 variant, ran TDSSkiller which detected and removed it, then combofix, on reboot am still infected. Ran malwarebytes, superantispyware, the microsoft malicious software removal tool as well to no avail. Ran a MBR checker and determined that the MBR was infected, so I used an XP cd, booted into the recovery console, wrote a new mbr, immediately booted into safe mode and ran combofix again; still infected when xp loaded up. I couldn't attach a DDS log as it keeps closing, so I have attached a hijack this log instead.

Other behavior I've noticed:

*Malware creates a random .exe file in either \WINDOWS, or \Documents and Settings with a gold & red colored shield icon, with a random filename such as 'svcproxyutil.exe' or 'xmlcheckapp'
*Creates files starting from FY1.tmp all the way up to FY7.tmp
*On delete of the suspicious randomly named .exe the file is immediately re-created by explorer.exe or services.exe (I checked this using the old sysinternals filemon tool)
*Process Explorer is also closed immediately when opened unless I rename the .exe, in which case it will run.

GMER - http://www.gmer.net
Rootkit scan 2011-09-14 11:43:54
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP2T0L0-5 ST3500418AS rev.CC66
Running: 8wm4uq6b.exe; Driver: C:\DOCUME~1\te\LOCALS~1\Temp\kxldapob.sys
---- Kerne... Read more

A:regedit, command prompt, task manager close immediately on open

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recently,i uninstalled all Malwarebytes software and from then I was unable to open .exe files,not even command prompt and regedit and getting error as "no such interface supported".i tried all the methods like changing registry values(I
can open cmd in safemode options and through that I can access regedit and import Exe.reg but changes regains while restart) and sfc /scannow but nothing works me.so please get me out of this,thanks in advance

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Please help here; My PC refuse to boot, is like the operating system is corrupt because it has been giving me some signs until it refuses to boot, I need to reinstall it completely to put everything in order again but my problem is that I have some important documents with disk C but I couldnít transfer it to disk D because the system refuses to boot and I know that from command prompt I can transfer it from disk C to disk D the point is that I donít know how to open command prompt when the system refuses to boot, is there any key that can lead me to command prompt if yes please also which command shell can be use to transfer the files from C to D inside command prompt, Please help.

A:Solved: How to open command prompt when the opperating system refuses to boot

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Recently shortcuts have stopped working, the give the error msg:

"Access to the specified device, path, or file is denied"

because of this error i cant change any settings in the control panel.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Unable to open shortcuts

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Hello again > I have a Dell Vostro 1320 running Windows 7 Ultimate. Every time i try to open a short cut in my desktop,it pops up an " Application not found " message in a little window > It doesn't matter if a create a NEW shortcut and send to desktop,it won't open,it will show the same error > I've tried system restore but it does not work either or am doing something wrong !
Am i the only one having this error troubleshoot with Windows 7 >

A:Unable to open shortcuts in desktop

To help us help you,please use the TSG System Info tool to let Tech's know the specs of your computer: http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe Copy and paste the results here in your thread. You can use the TSG Info to fill in your computer information in your user profile as well.

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As stated one of our customers has some windows based software (Sage Line 100 and Telemagic to be precise) which is run from a shortcut on the desktop mapped to a network share with the exe located within.

however whenever you run either of these shortcuts or even if you navigate directly to the file you get the error
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"

however the users in question have full local rights and full control over the files on the server inc the exe. As they are part of the USERs group which have full control. The Administrator has no problem in getting this file to run

now the confusing part, from the cmd prompt the file can be accessed. So creating a batch file solves the issue. However this being more of a work around than a solution.

There is no group policies that are effecting this as no other users are struggling. Maybe there is a local policy in effect but i have no idea where to look.

Any ideas would be ace?



A:unable to open exe from explorer but can from cmd prompt?

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