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System folders act like regular folders

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My system folders (control panel, printers, dial-up networking, etc.) act like regular folders.  They are opened in windows explorer and have the same settings as other folders. How can this be corrected?
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Start-Run-SFC and be ready to replace corrupt system files.  Have your CD ready.
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I'm sorry slink9 but this didn't work for me. I think I might have to reinstall windows. Thanks for your comment.
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The first reinstall to try is (from a DOS prompt, logged to the CD)
SETUP /P f
This will reset the registry and reinstall.  Maybe it will help and should leave all programs in place.  If that doesn't work then an FDISK and reinstall from scratch may be in order.
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by:user3333
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Thanks slink9.  It may be a few days before I get around to trying this. I will let you know how it works out.
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Say slink9 what do the switches /P f do?
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Say slink9 what do the switches /P f do?
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/p f says to reset the registry.  It has worked very well for me many times.  It normally leaves all programs in place and functional.  Of course, make sure you have backups first.
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Setup /P f solved my problem. So far as I can tell all programs are ok. Thanks slink9 for the /P f tip.
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