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#1 FruitBat

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Posted 09 July 2004 - 07:01 PM

When I went looking for notepad on my pc I found 2 items....one is the original( I have no idea of how to put it back) and the other is this NOTEPAD.EXE-18957DA.pf any ideas is this is a good thing or bad thing?
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#2 terryb

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 02:54 AM

If you have XP, you should have a copy of
notepad.exe in your dll cache in C:/WINDOWS
and C:/WINDOWS/system32.
(The one labeled with a "pf" is in your prefetch
folder, which means you opened notepad...it's
insignificant.) If only notepad is corrupt, you can
download a copy of it at www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn. If, your problem is bigger than that, you may need this:
Open the file search, click on tools, folder
options, then view. Check the "Show hidden files" option, and uncheck "hide
extensions..." and "Hide protected operating files" (O.k and apply)
Then, perform a search for notepad.exe If you don't have a notepad in windows
and the notepad.exe file in the dllcache in windows and
system 32, do the following:
Go to start, click on run and type in cmd.exe
Click o.k.
At the prompt, type in sfc/scannow to bring up your
sfc tool (It scans your system for missing or replaced system
files then puts them back.) It may ask for your XP disc, to get a clean copy
if your files are corrupt. Insert the disk; when it asks what to do,
choose exit. Let the sfc tool do the rest. When it's done (about 10 minutes),
take out the disk, search for notepad.exe, and copy/paste a copy of
notepad.exe in windows/dllcache and windows/system 32. There should already
be a notepad in the actual windows folder, and the windows/system32/dllcache.
Now, you should be able to use notepad, plus you've done a quick repair
on system files. If some .dll files happen to still be damaged, you may have
to search the net for a .dll library and download your missing files. That should do it.

#3 FruitBat

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Posted 10 July 2004 - 08:49 AM

Hi there :D

Thanks so much for your input. I am trying now. Wish me luck LOL :p

FruitBat

Just tried it and still nothing :techsupport: Grrrrr The PC gods don't like me

Edited by FruitBat, 10 July 2004 - 11:32 AM.

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#4 terryb

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 02:56 PM

It may be easier to just remove the corrupt notepad.exe and download
the new one.
Did you take a look at
www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn. (The downloads section?)
Unfortunately, some trojans/viruses/etc. (CoolWebSearch) target notepad and other
important windows files and replace them with more trojans!
There is a tool option on spybot SD under Hosts File that enables you
to block certain internet servers that are notorious for "bad behaviour".
Since, I've used it, I've not had problems with the CoolWebSearch and other garbage. You may want to read up on it after you get notepad back in shape.
Are you using any anti-virus software?

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 04:17 PM

Yes I am using AVG free, Ad-Aware, and CWShredder. and Stinger, Also I just switched my broswer to Mozilla 1.7.
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#6 FruitBat

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 07:23 AM

Grrrrrr :techsupport: :techsupport: Now I keep getting this error "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\smss.exe" I did a search and found that notepad.exe was in both C:\WINDOWS as well as C:\WINDOWS\system32

So now what is my next course of action :wtf:
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#7 terryb

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:45 PM

**Can you tell me the exact words in your error message?* When does it appear?*

And, are you having trouble shutting down or logging off?
Smss.exe is the Session Manager SubSystem. SMSSís purpose is to start, manage, and delete user sessions.
You need to
1. Make sure your system is totally free of trojans, viruses, and any pests. Are all your scans showing clean results?
2. You need to find out which windows files are damaged, which may require you
to run your sfc tool (Or, later, re-download files that have since become damaged.)

#8 FruitBat

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 05:43 PM

"C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\smss.exe application cannot be run in WIN32 mode

.....is the exact quote....and it responds that way when I try to open any existing notepad.doc that i have made in the past.

and yes my system is free and clear to the best of my knowleedge....I ran AVG, Ad-aware, CWShredder, Stinger......they all show up clear. :weep:

No problems opening and closing.......my pc will do that all by itself when I dont want it to and also at my comand LOL

I did run the sfc tool :-)

Edited by FruitBat, 12 July 2004 - 05:48 PM.

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#9 terryb

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 06:49 PM

O.K., Lets find out if smss.exe is on your computer.
Go to Start/Search/Tools/Folder Options/View
Check where it says "Show Hidden Files"
and uncheck "Hide Extensions for known file types"
and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files"
(Yes, if it asks if you're sure.)
Then perform a search.
Type in smss.exe and make sure your computer is searching
in hidden files, etc.
You should have the smss.exe file in your windows dllcache
and in system32.
Tell me what you find.

#10 FruitBat

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 08:37 PM

okay here goes......
smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32
smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386


thats it thats all ....hmm
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#11 terryb

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 08:44 PM

Try this,
Right click on the one in system32, copy it
then paste it into windows dllcache. (You may have to do a search for
the dllcache.) Then, see if you still get the error message.

If that doesn't work, let me know; you can re-do it,
And, is notepad working?

#12 FruitBat

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 08:53 PM

Can't find my windows dll cache
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#13 terryb

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 08:56 PM

go to your search page and type in dllcache
Be sure it's looking in hidden files.
Tell me what you find.

#14 FruitBat

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 09:01 PM

all hidden files are still open I havent change anything back yet......and it found nothing ack I take it thats not good
:gasp:

Ooposie my bad I found dllcache

Edited by FruitBat, 12 July 2004 - 09:09 PM.

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#15 terryb

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Posted 12 July 2004 - 09:13 PM

o.k. hopefully, it's there, or you've got some bad problems:-)
Do you have one in windows and in system32?
If so, do the paste thing. While you're there, make sure you have
copies of notepad.exe. With all those files restored, the problem
should be cleared up!

#16 FruitBat

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 08:41 AM

Hey there Dave............so about that but my pc crashed on me......and when I tried to get back on (5 tries) it kept crashing.......ackkkkkkkkkk I think I need an over-haul on this sucker. :techsupport:

Anyways back to the original question

OKay I found Dllcache in C:|WINDOWS\system32 thats it no where else
I looked in there and I did find smss.exe as well as notepad.exe

So if their both there notepad should work correct?
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Posted 13 July 2004 - 10:40 AM

A .doc file is not opened by notepad, the extension .doc is usually used by Word.

Notepad uses .txt extension.

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 04:10 PM

i had notepad problems as well as smss.exe and other dll and exe error messages too
I followed the advice on YOUR other link and mine is fixed. If you would go BACK to where you originally posted this problem
the solution is there step by step and It's not that hard to do.
and if you won't take anybody's advice, then why ask in the first place?
Cuz this works.

1. Notepad.exe should be in these places
C:/WINDOWS
C:/WINDOWS/dllcache
C:/WINDOWS/system32
If its not there...copy it and paste it where it should be!

2. Smss.exe should be in these places
C:/WINDOWS/dllcache
C:/WINDOWS/system32
C:/WINDOWS/system32/dllcache
If its not there...copy it and paste it where it should be!

That's exactly what the post tells you to do.
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#19 FruitBat

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 09:42 AM

KK sorry it took so lomh im responding terry, I Had company come in to town, I did exactly what you told me to do and it seems tto be working fine.

And as for your comments becca :huh: ....I have been trying to do what terry was asking ,but my system kept crashing and and I am very thankful that i was getting help.I Obviously you didnt read all the posts fully. But thanx anyways for your input ;)
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