According to Microsoft, there are two methods to fix a C:/Windows/system32/cmd.exe error: boot the computer into safe mode, then troubleshoot to determine the cause of the issue, or perform a system restore. C:/Windows/system32/cmd.exe errors are frequently caused by misconfigured system files.
To boot a computer into safe mode, all external hard drives must be removed before restarting the computer. Once the computer boots back up, press and hold the F8 key to access safe mode.
To perform a clean boot in Windows 8, use the search option and type "msconfig". On the Services tab, check "Hide All Microsoft Services," and select "Disable All". Then select "Open Task Manager" in the Startup tab. Select "Disable". Apply the changes, and restart the computer.Learn More
To start a computer in safe mode, restart the computer, hit F8 while the computer is restarting and press enter on the safe mode function. Hit F8 before the menu screen appears.Full Answer >
System32 is a required Microsoft Windows system directory, often located in either C:WindowsSystem32 or C:Winntsystem32. Microsoft Windows error messages frequently contain the system32 directory because many of the system files Windows uses to run are stored in this directory. The system32 file doesn't cause errors itself unless it's missing.Full Answer >
If the computer only has one operating system installed, safe mode can be accessed by pressing and holding the F8 key as the computer starts. If multiple operating systems are installed, the F8 key should be pressed when the desired operating system is highlighted. For Macs, safe mode is accessed by pressing and holding the shift key immediately after the startup sound.Full Answer >
To format a computer with Windows 7, insert the installation disc and restart the computer. Remove all partitions before formatting the remaining space on the hard drive.Full Answer >