Windows 10: Can No longer Access or Find Windows Accessories Solved

  1.    29 Jan 2018 #1

    Can No longer Access or Find Windows Accessories

    My Dell Laptop recently had two hard drive "errors". These have been taken care of/repaired? Some programs are now no longer accessible. I'm looking at Windows Accessories first because I needed to use the Snipping Tool.

    A search for help came up with Reindexing the Hard Drive. That ran much longer than reasonable (5+ hours) and I ended it.

    How can I restore the Snipping Tool, Accessories, and other lost software? I know I could reinstall Windows, but what are the other possibilities?


    Gar Cooper
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  2.    29 Jan 2018 #2

    What were the errors and how repaired? Are the files not there is there any check disk files? Depending on the errors you dontknow what else is corrupt
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  3.    29 Jan 2018 #3

    Please be aware I'm not an IT pro.

    What were the errors and how repaired? The system began running very slowly. I didn't log details but I ran some Windows diagnostics which located the disk problems (bad sectors?) and offered to repair. Things OK for a couple of days. Then got a msg. that the system had repaired some hard disk problems. After that, I noticed that Windows accessories were missing.

    Are the files not there. What directory should I look at? Are they exe files? is there any check disk files?
    What directory should I look at or how do I find them?

    Depending on the errors you dontknow what else is corrupt. True!
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  4.    29 Jan 2018 #4

    Thy are in windows\system32 if the drive has bad secotor the disk is on its way out so backup asap and a new disk will be needed
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  5.    29 Jan 2018 #5

    I made a system image today.

    I entered *.chk in the search box for Windows Systm32. 0 *.chk files

    I did find snippingtool.exe there and put a shortcut in Start.

    Is reindexing called for? If so, how do I monitor it's progress? Task Manager and Resource Monitor indicated something was happening but don't show whether progress is being made.
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  6.    12 Feb 2018 #6


    Closing this thread.
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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       12 Feb 2018 #7

    Have you tried running, in an elevated command prompt (search cmd, right click and run as administrator), Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth then run sfc /scannow
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