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Windows 7: ntvdm.exe was unable to start correctly


24 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
ntvdm.exe was unable to start correctly

Hey all, I need some advice

Last night, when shutting down the computer, windows said there were updates. So I let it install them. Then, this morning while browsing the web, the system froze. So I turned it off by holding the power button. On restarting, windows wanted to perform the system check disk (i think that's what it is called). So I let it do it's thing. Upon logging in after check disk had completed, a pop-up came up saying ntvdm.exe was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142).

I clicked ok, and it logged in, but the screen is blank, only for the cursor. I have tried ctrl+alt+del to open the task manager, but nothing happens when I try that. The screen saver does kick in after a while, but there is nothing else as I can do, as explorer hasn't loaded it seems and I can't get to the task manager to start it.

So I log into safe mode, same pop-up occurs, window is blank again. But I can get to the task manager and start explorer. Everything seems fine then (all my files are there etc). I have tried running check disk again in safe mode, but command prompt won't load. Nor can I do a system restore, as it says there are no restore points (I'm pretty sure do I had set it to automatically set them, but alas it would appear not to be the case )

Is there anyway to solve this without a complete re-install? I am currently typing this in safe mode, and it's rather depressing I must admit lol

My operating system is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit.


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