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Missing Folder C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Missing Folder C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc

    I have a new laptop (Lenovo) running Windows 8.1 and have set up a WAMP server for website development. I need to modify my Host file to set up a Virtual Host. I have always used Windows OS, but not very knowledgeable about tech stuff beyond what I need to know for website development. The problem I have is that my C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc folder is not there.

    I started out by having problems setting up an Administrator account. I tried to run lusrmgr.msc and no luck. On my Computer Management screen the Users and Groups folders were missing from Local Users and Groups. I thought maybe the Lenovo installed version of Windows was not full featured, so I paid $100 to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro. After the upgrade I was able to access the administrator account and the Users and Groups folders were visible.

    But my C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc folder is still missing. I had noticed it was missing before I upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro, so I don't think that had anything to do with it.

    Any ideas? I have been stuck on this for 2 days.

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  2. #2

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    This is a long shot, a straw-grasp on my part: have you tried booting rescue DVD or USB stick and running Startup Repair? I'm hoping it would sniff out that the Drivers directory is missing and reinstate it. I'm sure you have already clicked un-hide folders & files from within Folder Options.'s Windows Repair (All in One), accept default clicks, add items #26 & 27 -- might be your first and best bet.
    And, you're not using any 3rd party DriversUpdateManager, correct?
    Before doing much more than the above: please make sure you have restorable image backups just in case.
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  3. #3

    Open a Elevated Command Prompt:

    Press WIN + X to open Start context menu.
    Select Command Prompt (Admin)

    Run the following commands sequentially or put them in a batch file and run the batch file.

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    SFC /scannow

    These can take awhile so be patient.

    See if that restores the missing etc directory. If not, you could create tghe etc folder then create a hosts file and store it there.
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