I'm using Windows XP Pro SP2. My primary hard drive's SMART system tipped me off that failure was near, so I bought a new Western Digital, partitioned, formated, and mirrored my old failing drive to the new one. When I swapped the drives, it brought up a boot screen with the option of "Windows (default)" or "Windows (default)". I went with the second one because that's what was highlighted, and everything seemed to load exactly how it did on the previous drive. So my thought was to load MSConfig to check out the boot.ini. When I type msconfig into Run, nothing happens, or it comes up for a split-second then disappears, I can't tell. I went to C:\Windows\Pchealth\helpctr\binaries to run msconfig from there, same thing. I tried running it from a DOS prompt, same thing. I tried copying msconfig to a new location and running it from there, same thing. Then I went to Google and found that there are a viruses and trojans that will disable msconfig, regedit, ctrl-alt-del, notepad, and sysedit. Everything works fine except msconfig. Spybot, Ad-Aware, and Symantec Corporate Edition all come back clean. I can check my startup programs through Spybot and nothing looks unusual. Processes look normal. So then I downloaded a replacement for msconfig. I went back to the binaries folder and renamed the old msconfig as backup. Before I got a chance to unzip the replacement msconfig, something (Windows?) put a new copy of msconfig into the folder. As a test, I deleted the new one. Two seconds later, it came right back. The replacement msconfig (from the zip) also doesn't run if it's in a different folder than binaries.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I'm not too worried about the bootup options at this point. The MSConfig has me worried though. I don't know if I have malware or a corrupt system, but neither is good. Three things I haven't tried yet: safe mode, the other Windows (default) boot, or putting the old HDD back in to see if this related to swapping drives or if it was preexisting.