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Unread 27-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name correctly

This problem was posted about 2 years ago, but I cannot locate the solution.

I have had to restore my system <Toshiba satellite P205-S7476> as it would not boot. I seem to have everything back together, except that I encounter a dos error on startup, e.g., "Unable to locate windows\system32\sysprep\HIDECMD.exe file..."

My research says that the restoration disk is the source of the problem, but I cannot get past this point. Microsoft is no help.

Any help as to where I might get this file or otherwise solve this problem.

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Re: HIDECMD.exe Problem

Hi Brian,

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First of all make sure you've a decent Antivirus installed and updated. The file Hidecmd.exe looks like a malware but it's no longer in your computer and hence the error.

So just removing it from your startup list should fix the error.

1. Open the Run box ( Start > Run)

2. Type in MSCONFIG & press Enter.

3. Switch to the Startup tab and look for any entries of HIDECMD.exe or strange files that aren't supposed to be there. If you found it uncheck the box next to it and click Ok.

The error should be gone in the next reboot.

Now to cleanup your machine further it's strongly recommended to download and install CCleaner from here. Once it's installed do the scans and fix all the errors reported.

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Re: Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name corre

This is as you said a problem with the restore disk .... it was not created properly, you need to contact Toshiba support and get help from them.
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Re: HIDECMD.exe Problem

Thanks very much for the help. I followed your suggestion, but could not locate the file in startup. So I unchecked all the apparent Toshiba addons restarted the laptop and the error did not occur!! Then I added back each unchecked item until the error recuured - caused by executing a "B4.BAT" file, in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Muemu\Programs\Startup. I checked the Toshiba website but so far have been unable to find areferece to this program/file.
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Re: Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name corre

hmm .. so your system was booting in spite of the error. you can open the B4.bat file in notepad and check it's content.
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Re: Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name corre

Had the same problem and fixed it with - Path Too Long Utility

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Re: Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name corre

Your Path too long thingy has nothing to do in this case. At least spam in context with the thread.
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Re: Windows cannot find 'C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SYSPREP\HideCmd.exe' Make sure you typed the name corre

Hello,
I have a Toshiba laptop and have ran into this problem as well, and here is how I fixed it.

Go to your sysprep folder (where the hidecmd.exe is supposed to be)
"c:/windows/system32/sysprep"

You will see numerous folders, these folders should be your video, wireless drivers, camera drivers, etc.. etc..

Inside each folder are self extracting zip files. (ex: b12345a.exe, 5 digits, starts with b and ends with a)

Go through each folder and install each one (there are some you probably don't need, but it's best to install all as that is what it is supposed to do)

As far as the error popping up you can just do what they said up above (windows key+R 'shortcut to the Run program' and type in msconfig and remove it that way) or you can google around and there are quite a few programs out there like Quiet by Joeware that does what hidecmd.exe is supposed to do, which is to hide your command prompt.


Hope this helps,
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