This morning, cmd.exe is missing from my computer (Windows 10), from the regular path C:\windows\System32\cmd.exe. Please don't advice on location check. My query is -

  1. Is this a serious issue? Like some kind of malware attack?

  2. Is it possible to get back / re-install command prompt (results from google / youtube are not helpful). I don't have a recovery partition.

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    Please list recent changes that were made. What is the path statement? What happens when you try typing "cmd" into run? – music2myear Jun 14 at 4:30
  • the Assist is much appreciated. NO changes were made. cmd.exe file is missing from the location. path was "C:/windows/system32/cmd.exe". many cmd related files are still in that folder, just not this one – grifterXcode Jun 14 at 4:32
  1. Yes it could be evidence of a virus or malware
  2. Yes you may be able to get back the command prompt by doing the following:
    1. Run powershell as admin
    2. Run the command sfc /scannow

It will repair missing or corrupted system files.


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