how do I fix my msconfig so it will run? error: "Windows cannot find 'msconfig'.

When I go to run and type msconfig I get the following message.

"Windows cannot find 'msconfig'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. to search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."

Only three names came up when I ran the search.
      1. msconfig in C:\WINDOWS\Help
      2. MSCONFIG.EXE in C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch
      3. msconfig in C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries



Thank you for writing in Microsoft Communities. I understand that you are unable to open msconfig on the computer.


I understand how frustrating it could be when things do not work as expected. Please do not worry I will try my best to resolve it.


1.       Which operating system is installed on your computer?

2.       Were there any recent changes made to the computer prior to the issue?


Please go ahead and follow the methods mentioned and later update us on the status of the issue.


Method 1: Run [System File Checker] SFC scan on the computer which would scan for corrupt system files on the computer and replace them.

For Windows 7 and Vista:

For Windows XP:


Method 2:  Also try to scan your computer from Microsoft Safety Scanner, which would help us to get rid of viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.


Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.


Note: Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.


Please perform these recommended steps and post back if you are still experiencing the issue.

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Last updated January 25, 2020 Views 740 Applies to: