Missing Directory / Restored / Programs won't run from folder?


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
       #1

    Missing Directory / Restored / Programs won't run from folder?


    FYI - I think this is an odd folder issue, not a program run issue.

    TL;DR:

    Booted up one day and a Folder on my System SSD drive was missing.
    I found the folder on my D: backup drive (D: is just a full copy/clone of C:). I copied it to the C: drive from my backup D: drive.
    Some Programs in the restored folder will not run from the C: drive.
    Some Programs in the restored folder will run from the D: drive (backup).
    Everything else on the system is running normally.
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    More details on the fail to run:

    Most of the programs in these folders are very simple. Drop them anywhere and they run with no "install". The simplest example is cardfile.exe from Win 3.1. (Yep Has some old info in it I still use. It worked a day before folder went missing. There are other fairly simple programs that also don't require an install but with dll's, etc in folders under this lost folder. Some of them refuse to run. But some other similar "no install" programs in folders under the lost one do run.

    Failure message for the ones that won't run is

    Missing Directory / Restored / Programs won't run from folder?-image.png

    I can't determine if all the 16 bit programs in this folder fail as I don't know how to tell if the ones that do run are 16 or 32 bit.

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    What I've tried:

    (Focusing on cardfile.exe as it's a simple .exe only program)

    I ran a full CHKDSK at boot. It did find (found.000) the missing folder and all the programs are there.

    As mentioned, cardfile.exe runs fine in the backup mirror folder on the D: drive.
    I can't run cardfile.exe directly in the found.000 folder that has the original name.
    If I copy cardfile.exe from found.000 to another existing folder on the C: drive, it works fine.
    I copied the complete found.000 folder to the C: drive using the original name but cardfile.exe won't run from there
    I copied the complete folder from the D: drive to the C: drive using the original name but cardfile.exe won't run from there.
    I copied that cardfile.exe to a temp folder on C: and it runs fine from there.
    I deleted the copied folders on C:, created a new folder with the same name as the original folder, and put cardfile.exe in but it won't run from there. (that same executable runs from a temp/test folder).

    I checked permissions on the folders and files and it all looks fine to me. I have full execute, modify, read, and write privs to the folder and to cardfile.exe.

    FWIW - I have not installed any Windows updates since last September when they stopped (aside from the Malicious Software Removal Tool).

    Thoughts?
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  2. Posts : 10
    Win 7
       #2

    Applications should be installed in \Programfiles or \Programfiles (86) as appropriate not in the root of C:
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  3. Posts : 7,107
    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
       #3

    Hi

    hopefully you have a restore point that you can use......
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  4. Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #4

    JimmyJoe said:
    Most of the programs in these folders are very simple. Drop them anywhere and they run with no "install". The simplest example is cardfile.exe from Win 3.1. (Yep Has some old info in it I still use. It worked a day before folder went missing. There are other fairly simple programs that also don't require an install but with dll's, etc in folders under this lost folder. Some of them refuse to run. But some other similar "no install" programs in folders under the lost one do run.

    Failure message for the ones that won't run is

    Missing Directory / Restored / Programs won't run from folder?-image.png

    I can't determine if all the 16 bit programs in this folder fail as I don't know how to tell if the ones that do run are 16 or 32 bit.
    Cardfile.exe from Windows 3.1 is a 16-bit app. No 16-bit apps will run in 64 bit Windows, they will only run in 32 bit Windows. There was only ever one 32-bit version of Cardfile.exe, that was supplied with Windows NT 3.1, 3.5, and 3.51.

    Cardfile - Wikipedia
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