Windows system32.exe error (Solution to fix it):

By Techblissonline Staff Updated on 22nd August 2014 Filed Under: Windows Tips

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Has your PC been affected by windows system32 exe? Do you receive an error stating “Cannot find C:\Windows\System32\System32.exe”, when booting Windows XP or any other version of windows? If yes, then you had been infected by a virus and you have to fix it.

What is system32.exe?

Windows system32.exe is a virus. It is said that this virus operates through the P2P file sharing networks like Kazaa and limewire.This virus infects the shell registry of windows. Though it is a medium threat virus, and not very destructive in nature, it can cause some significant damage to your system.Hence, it is always better to get rid of this virus.

But you don’t have to worry as you can always get rid of it by free downloading avast or downloading AVG 8.0 antivirus programs and scanning your C drive, where windows is installed.You can even try running any of your favorite antivirus software.

In-fact, the error “Cannot find C:\Windows\System32\System32.exe” error is thrown after the virus has been removed. But why do you get the error then? The error is most probably because of an incomplete removal of all registry traces of the virus by the antivirus program that you were using.

But you don’t have to worry as your virus file is already removed and you can fix this dubious error notification by updating a registry entry.First, back up the system registry before you start fixing this error.

You can try running one of the free windows registry cleaners including Eusing Registry cleaner . They will usually get rid of stray entries and the errors would then disappear.Alternatively, if you are confident in making the registry update manually, then follow the below mentioned steps to fix this error notification.

  • Click Start >> Run, to open the Run dialog box
  • Type regedit and press ENTER to open the registry
  • Navigate to the following registry key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >> SOFTWARE >> Microsoft >> Windows NT >> CurrentVersion >> Winlogon
  • On the right hand window pane, look for Shell.
  • Right click on shell
  • select modify
  • Delete the existing value and enter Explorer.exe
  • Reboot your computer

That is all folks! You should not get the windows system32.exe error again.

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