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Windows 7: contents of C\windows switched with contents of c\program files


01 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimat 32bit
 
 
contents of C\windows switched with contents of c\program files

I am not a 100% on how I managed this but here were my last steps:
- changed the host file in c\windows\system32\drivers\etc
- rebooted computer
- received system errors, so I ran a HDD defragmenter
- I then tried to access a file in c\program files but could not find it, but it mysteriously felt like I was in the c\windows directory. So I looked in c\windows and found the file I was previously looking for in c\program files.

The other problem is that any file or program that is rooted in those folders gives me an error message reading "location is unavailable" whenever I try to access it.

Needless to say, My computer is JACKED and I would appreciate and help on this.

If this is at all confusing just ask and i will try to explain it better

Thanks

Shawn


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01 Nov 2010   #2

 
 

Try doing a System Restore predating the issue.

James
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01 Nov 2010   #3

 
 

Hi Shawn, welcome to the forums

Try a System Restore to a time/date when you knew everything was working ok and see if that helps.


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01 Nov 2010   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Try doing a System Restore predating the issue.

James
Great minds think alike
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01 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimat 32bit
 
 

Thanks, but i already thought of that and to my surprise, I have no restore points
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01 Nov 2010   #6

 
 

1 option is to try Repair Install

Or, Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> [right-click]Command Prompt (run as administrator). Once CMD opens type sfc /scannow to run the system file integrity checker. Any modified/changed system files will be restored.


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01 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimat 32bit
 
 

Well i ran the file integrity checker and that didn't work.

I somehow misplaced my windows 7 install disk. Is there any way I can do a repair install without it?
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01 Nov 2010   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shawn N View Post
I am not a 100% on how I managed this but here were my last steps:
- changed the host file in c\windows\system32\drivers\etc
- rebooted computer
- received system errors, so I ran a HDD defragmenter
- I then tried to access a file in c\program files but could not find it, but it mysteriously felt like I was in the c\windows directory. So I looked in c\windows and found the file I was previously looking for in c\program files.

The other problem is that any file or program that is rooted in those folders gives me an error message reading "location is unavailable" whenever I try to access it.

Needless to say, My computer is JACKED and I would appreciate and help on this.

If this is at all confusing just ask and i will try to explain it better

Thanks

Shawn

Restore from backup before problem, do a repair install from the win 7 dvd, or re-install.
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01 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Question 1: How, and why, did you change your host file?
Question 2: Have you tried changing it back to see if it fixes things?

If you were trying to fix a Google redirect issue by deleting malicious hosts from C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc, it's very effective. I've done it in the past and it works great as long as you leave "local host 127.0.0.1 alone. Clearing out malicious redirect hosts never affected my PC in any way. Or, did you modify it some other way?
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01 Nov 2010   #10

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Try doing a System Restore predating the issue.

James
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You honor me.
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