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Windows 7: CMD WONT OPEN MISSING AND CANNOT FIND %windir%\system32\cmd.exe

18 Apr 2014   #1
Nneumann09

windows 7
 
 
CMD WONT OPEN MISSING AND CANNOT FIND %windir%\system32\cmd.exe

Hi there and I appreciate ur time for looking at this, it has been a last resort, my cmd will not open, there is no icon, i dont seem to have the file %windir%\system32\cmd.exe and when i go to cmd properties it says this "the name %windir%\system32\cmd.exe specified in the target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct". In addition, i have not used cmd in a while so i am not sure when the problem could have occurred. Howvever, I managed to download A hacking tool and disabled my anti virus protection(norton). After doing so i removed the tool and enabled. Not sure if this is realted but could it be possible? Am currently running and scanning for malware and what not. But to no surprise, nothing. I am in need plz help, thank u for ur time


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18 Apr 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Where do you see properties of cmd if you have no %windir%\system32\cmd.exe ?
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19 Apr 2014   #3
Nneumann09

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Where do you see properties of cmd if you have no %windir%\system32\cmd.exe ?
Under accessories, there is the "command prompt" but it has no icon. I cannot open it and i can only take a look at its details. I right clicked and went on to properties and if i try change anything or look on another tab it pops up that message thanks anyway for ur time appreciated
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19 Apr 2014   #4
okecove

windows 7 professional x64 bit
 
 

Type CMD in the search box.
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19 Apr 2014   #5
Nneumann09

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by okecove View Post
Type CMD in the search box.
nothing comes up its as if it has just disappeared
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19 Apr 2014   #6
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nneumann09 View Post
Howvever, I managed to download A hacking tool and disabled my anti virus protection(norton). After doing so i removed the tool and enabled. Not sure if this is realted but could it be possible?
What tool are you talking about?
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19 Apr 2014   #7
Nneumann09

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nneumann09 View Post
Howvever, I managed to download A hacking tool and disabled my anti virus protection(norton). After doing so i removed the tool and enabled. Not sure if this is realted but could it be possible?
What tool are you talking about?
I download the tool LOIC(low orbit iron cannon), It was initially just an experiment however i'm not sure if this could have affected the problem i am having. I am currently running all scans on malware and viruses; nothing has seemed to appeared yet.

However any ideas how i can resolve the CMD problem, it would be a huge relief
thanks
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19 Apr 2014   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nneumann09 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Where do you see properties of cmd if you have no %windir%\system32\cmd.exe ?
Under accessories, there is the "command prompt" but it has no icon. I cannot open it and i can only take a look at its details. I right clicked and went on to properties and if i try change anything or look on another tab it pops up that message thanks anyway for ur time appreciated
Does it show a "target"?
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19 Apr 2014   #9
Nneumann09

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nneumann09 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Where do you see properties of cmd if you have no %windir%\system32\cmd.exe ?
Under accessories, there is the "command prompt" but it has no icon. I cannot open it and i can only take a look at its details. I right clicked and went on to properties and if i try change anything or look on another tab it pops up that message thanks anyway for ur time appreciated
Does it show a "target"?
Yes it shows the following(in target box): %windir%\system32\cmd.exe
However when i press ok or try to click another tab it syas the mentioned message: the name %windir%\system32\cmd.exe specified in the target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct
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19 Apr 2014   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Let's try this, download the attached zip file, it has the cmd.exe from my PC. Go to C:\Windows\System32 and put the unzipped file in that folder, reboot and test.


cmd.zip


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