How to fix “Windows cannot find msconfig” error

You got a pop-up message saying that “Windows cannot find msconfig” and you do not have a clue what to do? You have come to the right place, this article will answer your questions and teach you how to get rid of the trouble.

Automatic solution:

What is msconfig?

MSConfig (Microsoft System Configuration Utility) is a Microsoft program that helps the users to access several system settings, files and parameters like startup items, Windows services or ini files.

windows cannot find msconfig

Why do I have this error?

The two most frequent reasons to the error are virus infections and corrupt entries in the Windows Registry or file system. If you get the error, it means that either the path to the msconfig.exe file is wrong or it no longer exists in the system.

How to solve it?

The malware often attacks system files like msconfig. To ensure that the problem was not caused by the corrupted system file you may run a full scan with your Antivirus. Make sure that you have a powerful and fully updated Antivirus on your PC. If the error was not caused by malware, follow these steps:

  1. First of all you need to check if the file is still in the PC system. It can be found in C:\Windows\pchealth\helpctr\binaries folder (if you have Windows XP) or in C:\Windows\system32\ (if you have Vista)
  2. If you are able to find the file, that means that the path to it must be wrong. In this case proceed to step two. But if there is no such file in the folder you may copy the file from another computer or reinstall it from Windows Installation CD. To do that insert your CD into the drive and go to Start > Run and in the opened Command Prompt type in the following:

    If you have Windows XP:

    EXPAND -R X:\I386\MSCONFIG.EX_ C:\WINDOWS\PCHEALTH\HELPCTR\BINARIES

    If you have Windows Vista:

    EXPAND -R X:\I386\MSCONFIG.EX_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32

    (Where X is the drive containing the Windows CD) This will restore MSConfig.exe file to your system.

  3. To correct the msconfig path follow these steps:
  4. Go Start > Run and type “regedit” in the opened window. Hit Enter. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths and find the value that has the information about the path to the msconfig.exe file. Double-click on the value to change the path if it is wrong. If the value does not exist first right-click the App Paths key and select New > Key from the menu and name the new key MSCONFIG.EXE. Now double-click the value and add the right path to msconfig.exe.

If these steps were not helpful or you need a quicker solution – download an automatic tool and let it do the work for you. We advise you to use Regcure Pro as it was specially designed to deal with this sort of problems. It will fix your Windows cannot find msconfig error and help your PC work normally.
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