Ok, msconfig will run for a second, but never opens a window. taskmgr and sfc work though. I have XP Home.
I have tried:
- norton antivirus. Shows up to date, runs ok, and will detect a test file I got from grc.com
- panda activescan
- spy sweeper
- spybot 1.3
- booted to safe mode, no internet connection option. Same thing happened.
- replaced the msconfig file with a new one and called it mc2.exe. Still failed the same way
- monitored it with regmon, and filemon (neat tools!) from sysinternals. Seems to run, load a bunch of DLL's, check a pile of registry keys, and scan some ini files. Then it closes and goes away. The only DLL it has trouble with according to filemon is mfc42loc (name is from memory...may have spelled it wrong), which doesn't to be on my system (and I don't think it is normal in the US). Also the behavior is repeatable, so I don't think something I missed is killing it, or the timing would be different each time.
Any ideas on what else to try? I think it is some environment condition (registry, DLL) but am at a loss to figure out what. Also policy edit is unavailable on XP home, so don't think it is that.