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    System32 folder 'missing' (XP Pro SP2)

    Following a tip in another board for making a shortcut, I looked for and am unable to find the system32 folder in C:Windows (shows only a folder named "system"). I have set Explorer to show hidden files and folders. A search turned up a system32 folder in C:i386, with only 2 files therein.
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    Re: System32 folder 'missing' (XP Pro SP2)

    I don't think it's really missing - Windows wouldn't be working if it were. Either it's hidden by some other mechanism, or (less probable) it has been renamed at a very deep level.

    What happens if you use Start | Search...and look for <code>RUNDLL32.EXE</code> ? You should find several instances, one of which is in your "System32" folder. On my PC, there are instances in C:I386, C:Windows$ServicePackInstall$, C:WindowsSystem32 and C:WindowsServicePackFilesI386.

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    Re: System32 folder 'missing' (XP Pro SP2)

    Indeed-hence my putting "missing" in quotes.
    Solved the problem by unchecking "hide protected operating system files"- missed that one!
    With thanks, as always
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    Re: System32 folder 'missing' (XP Pro SP2)

    Glad you found a solution, but I'm surprised - "Hide protected operating system files" is checked on my system, yet I can see System32. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: System32 folder 'missing' (XP Pro SP2)

    Yet another sweet (?) mystery of life with a Windows PC.......

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