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cmd is not a valid Win32 application.

By total_novice
Aug 2, 2006
  1. I go to run in windows XP and type in cmd as I always do and I get this error:
    cmd is not a valid Win32 application.
    When I go to run and type in anything like "ping google.com" without the quotes. I get this error:
    ping is not a valid Win32 application.
    Any help on resolving this error would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Your problem may be caused by viruses/spyware.

    Go and read this thread HERE.

    Post a HJT log as a .txt attachment into this thread.

    If it turns out you do have a virus/spyware problem, I will move this thread to the appropriate forum.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    If it turns out not to be spyware/malware/viruses, it might be a sign of data corruption. It might be a bit unlikely, the chance of this being due to a failing drive or file system / logical issue is possible.
     
  4. total_novice

    total_novice TS Rookie Topic Starter

    HJT log

    When I go and launch command prompt through the start menu (after typing cmd.exe instead of just cmd) and type in anything legal like "ping google.com" without the quotes. I get this error:

    C:\Windows\system32\ping.com is not a valid win32 application

    followed by a message in the prompt, Access is Denied
     

    Attached Files:

  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your version of HJT is out of date. The current version is 1.99.1.

    Go back to the link I gave you and make sure you get the latest version of HJT, then post a new HJT log.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. total_novice

    total_novice TS Rookie Topic Starter

    >Your version of HJT is out of date. The current version is 1.99.1.

    >Go back to the link I gave you and make sure you get the latest version of >HJT, then post a new HJT log.

    your link leads us to http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ where 1.99.1 is not available ....
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`ve just been to that link and downloaded HJT. It is version 1.99.1

    Just click on the large download button, it has a small green flashing light next to it.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  8. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Yes, 1.99.1 is certainly available on the site. Go to the nav bar on the left, and scroll down untill you see a button that says "download HJT" (or similar).

    Failing that, this being a bit of a rareity for me, try this direct download link.
     
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