Windows 7 - No administrator mode for CMD

I have a few Windows 7 PCs I manage and a couple of them are saying that when I try to enter administrator mode it says "Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\system 32\cmd.exe'.  Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again." The same happens with regedit. My guess is that this is a virus of some form.  I've run malwarebytes, Avast AV for Business, AdwCleaner, JRT and RKill and none have found anything.  Or maybe something set a local policy.

Suggestions?
Keith SteinmetzAsked:
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Rich MCommented:
I would try logging on as different user to rule out profile problems.   If problem persists you need to boot to recovery environment cmd prompt and run SFC, but point it to the c drive.  I can post those instructions if you want to try that.
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Keith SteinmetzAuthor Commented:
SFC would not run in Safe Mode.
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Keith SteinmetzAuthor Commented:
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arnoldCommented:
Double check whether you provided is a typo, in your error there is a space where one is not needed, system32 is thefoldersithin Windows not system 32. The existence of the extra space would pose an issue.


If you search for command, and right click on the returned result and select run as administrator.

Navigate to c:\windows\system32\
And see if cmd.exe is present there.



Open taskmgr as admin (start a cmd.exe with elevated rights from there)
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Rich MCommented:
No, not safe mode.  Boot from Windows 7 install and go to repair computer, get to the command prompt and run:

sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

[assuming the c drive is accurate]
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
What about running CMD.exe from C:\Windows\SysWOW64?
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nobusCommented:
can you do a system restore to a date all was ok?
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Keith SteinmetzAuthor Commented:
Arnold - I traversed the tree with File Explorer, and right click on the file in the directory, selected Run as Adminitrator.  No Joy!
     Checked the system32 directory, it was there and Run as Administrator did not work.

Rich - Good idea!  I'll try that.

Hello There - Tried there as well.

Nobus - The system restore didn't work. I guess this has been running this way for a while.

Going to try Rich's idea and then an offline scanner.  Wish me luck!
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nobusCommented:
can you enable the hidden admin account?
net user administrator /active:yes

info here : https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/enable-the-hidden-administrator-account-on-windows-vista/
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Keith SteinmetzAuthor Commented:
Nobus - Did that and ran a bunch of scanners. Found a root kit that was killing the system. Once that was found I ran offline SFC  and a couple off line scanners and it looks like everything is running well!
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