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COMMAND PROMPT NOT ACCESSIBLE!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Software' started by Obinna Osobalu, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Obinna Osobalu

    Obinna Osobalu Banned

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    HEY guys think I need help with this one.... My friend reports that his laptop that runs on XP has a folder in place of the command prompt icon with the inscription "Attributes Hidden". He says that he cannot access the command prompt both from the start menu or from RUN.

    Can you guys brainstorm on this one with me. :dry
     
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  2. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Does a shortcut on the desktop just to 'cmd.exe' work?
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    Not sure if this will work but try opening the folder going to tools then click on show hidden system folders and apply then see if that works
     
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  4. Obinna Osobalu

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    Nope! Comes up with "Attributes Hidden". Do you think it might have something to do with boot sector virus attack. Am thinking of running a boot scan with avast and then probably carrying out a repair on the OS.

    More brainstorming pls:dry
     
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  5. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Sorry, my first answer was a bit short (and may be possibly irrelevant!)

    Assuming you're on the 32 bit XP, the .exe for the command prompt is in the directory %systemroot%\System32

    With hidden files and folders and system files showing, drill down into there and see if the exe is there.

    If it's not, check your friend's recycle bin :blink
     
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  6. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Did he already have an AV on the machine?
     
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  7. Obinna Osobalu

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    Yep! Bit-defender.
     
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  8. Obinna Osobalu

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    WILL TRY THAT. WILL LET YOU KNOW IF ANYTHING COMES UP. THANKS
     
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  9. Obinna Osobalu

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    WILL TRY THAT TOO. THANKS
     
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  10. Tinus1959

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    Do a find on the file CMD.* It could well be that the extention is changed.
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    Nobody has so far mentioned that this machine might belong on a Domain where command prompt (along with other things) has been disabled.....

    Harry.
     
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  12. Obinna Osobalu

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    The machine has NEVER been on a domain. Anyway am supposed to see my friend today so I can actually try out all your suggestion.....
     
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  13. Tinus1959

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    Waiting for the results.
     
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