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How to get back gpedit.msc in XP SP2?

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I have just cleaned my HP Compaq nx7300 XP SP2 from virut/sality etcetera, and I got back missing system32-files such as ctfmon.exe, msconfig.exe. So now, I have my language bar up working again and also msconfig.exe works. But still, when I type gpedit.msc in "run", I get prompted to choose a software to open with. So the group policy editor doesn't work. Do I need to do a repair install do you think? How important is gpedit.msc?
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by:MSRamrod
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Are you using XP Home or XP Pro. XP home has no gpedit installed, and it can't be installed. Before putting too much time or effort into this, please clarify you aren't using an XP home version.
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by:numero_uno
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Try running mmc.exe and add gpedit.msc to the console and change settings from there
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Try the file association fix for .msc from here

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
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by:lukefuno
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if this is a home user computer, you may never modify this file.
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by:hermesalpha
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My Windows is XP SP2 Professional American version, so gpedit.msc should have been there at some point...
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You can put your XP installation CD into the drive, then go to a CMD prompt, and type the following command:

EXPAND  cddrive:\i386\gpedit.ms_  c:\Windows\System32

This will decompress the gpedit.ms_ into the System32 folder as gpedit.msc.  Of course, cddrive: must be replaced by D: or whatever drive letter your CD drive is...
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by:dstewartjr
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"I type gpedit.msc in "run", I get prompted to choose a software to open with."
 
File is there, just not associated correctly, so try the file association fix
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by:lukefuno
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download this file and save it desktop, then right click it and select "merge"

its what dstewartjr is telling you.
xp-mscfix.txt
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I downloaded the xp-mscfix.txt and right-clicked on it. But I was not given any option to 'merge', only send to, open etcetera.
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rename it to xp-mscfix.reg
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