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Win 7 has stopped launching applications. Help!

lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
So my computer has a problem that is perplexing me. Most apps refuse to launch. After a quick loading cursor there is just nothing.

The apps that seem to work.
snap shot
minesweeper, solitare
console -- including running, say tracert
notepad
MSE
Windows Help
Task manager

Apps that don't
Anything I've installed -- at least I can't think of an exception to this
Internet Explorer -- but at one point a window was opened by another application but couldn't connect. Which is odd.
Windows Media Player

Fixes I've tried
Safe Mode
Rolling back to several previous restore points.
System Repair form the install disk -- said no problem. Seems to only check boot problems.


Anyone have something to try before I go to reinstall? In particular, I glanced at the event logs but didn't see anything that obviously corresponded to the programs failing to launch but I'm no Windows expert. Any advice on exactly where to look would be appreciated.

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  • iTunesIsEviliTunesIsEvil Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    If you haven't already, see what happens if you set UAC to the lowest (least restrictive) setting. If you've already got it there, try turning it up a notch, rebooting, and turning it back down again.

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  • TetraNitroCubaneTetraNitroCubane The Djinnerator At the bottom of a bottleRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    This isn't a solution so much as a diagnostic, but I'd suggest downloading Sysinternal's Process Explorer. Run the program as Admin, and take a look at what's running in the background. You're likely to see somewhere between 30-50 programs/services depending on what you've got going, but pay attention to what's running underneath (daughter to) Explorer.exe. Leave Process Explorer open and then try to launch one of the problematic programs. Does Process Explorer show that the program is still running, even though you can't see it actually doing anything? Or does it open, and then immediately shut down?

    If it's just hanging and not launching, it might be something hardware related. If the programs are closing as soon as they open without generating an error in the event viewer, it may (possibly - not certainly) be something like a trojan or other infection. A lot of times malware is designed to kill new processes on launch to prevent scanners and other tools from operating. Again, just a possibility.

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I should have thought about that but it didn't help.

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  • ZellZell Registered User
    edited June 2010
    So my computer has a problem that is perplexing me. Most apps refuse to launch. After a quick loading cursor there is just nothing.

    The apps that seem to work.
    snap shot
    minesweeper, solitare
    console -- including running, say tracert
    notepad
    MSE
    Windows Help
    Task manager

    Apps that don't
    Anything I've installed -- at least I can't think of an exception to this
    Internet Explorer -- but at one point a window was opened by another application but couldn't connect. Which is odd.
    Windows Media Player

    Fixes I've tried
    Safe Mode
    Rolling back to several previous restore points.
    System Repair form the install disk -- said no problem. Seems to only check boot problems.


    Anyone have something to try before I go to reinstall? In particular, I glanced at the event logs but didn't see anything that obviously corresponded to the programs failing to launch but I'm no Windows expert. Any advice on exactly where to look would be appreciated.
    All the programs that are working are 64 bit and all the ones that aren't are 32 bit, also all 64 bit applications use DEP. Not sure if that's any helpful to you but something to think about.

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