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Windows 7: *32 task manager


26 Aug 2011   #1

win 7 x64 home premium
 
 
*32 task manager

I'm running win 7 x64 home premium
I backed up my registry then used ccleaner registry cleaner (I will never use it again) and now in my task manager I see *32 next to running application processes. Whole computer is dreadfuly slow and windows media player wont play anything. I restored previous registry and system restore has failed to solve the problems, any suggestions?


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26 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Try running an SFC/SCANNOW command and see if it fixes anything. If there's any corrupted or deleted system files, it'll fix them.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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26 Aug 2011   #3

Win 7 SP1
 
 

The applications that have the *32 are 32bit apps. There is normally nothing wrong with them, they're just not 64bit applications and that is how Windows 7 let's you know that.

The SFC /SCANNOW is a good thing to do. Also, you can check Windows Update to make sure you have all the recommended system updates.

Have you run a virus and malware scan? If not, I would do so.

As for media files, have you tried another media player like VLC or WinAmp?

It could be an association issue. I've seen malware and viruses mess up the association of files (that's the way Windows knows to open a media player when you double click on a video file). You can right click on the file, choose "Open With", and then select the program you want to open it with and check the box at the bottom so that Windows will always open those types of files with the program you chose.


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26 Aug 2011   #4

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Just a word of advice to folks considering using a registry cleaner. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!

They were somewhat useful with Win XP, but Vista and 7 don't work well with them! The chance for damage is great!

Unless a certified expert instructs you to, never even think of it.
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26 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Just a word of advice to folks considering using a registry cleaner. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!

They were somewhat useful with Win XP, but Vista and 7 don't work well with them! The chance for damage is great!

Unless a certified expert instructs you to, never even think of it.

I have had This install going for about 13 months, Used and abused CCleaner and My windows is fine and dandy.

If they are not be used why does they make them for the OS's.
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26 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Just a word of advice to folks considering using a registry cleaner. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!

They were somewhat useful with Win XP, but Vista and 7 don't work well with them! The chance for damage is great!
This isn't technically good advice, unless you add a few caveats. Reputable reg cleaners are safe to use, work well, and actually provide a purpose. It's been beaten to death, but there have been plenty of examples of how a reg cleaner will help resolve some issues. CCleaner is highly recommended and does a great job. It also gives you a one-click option to backup those changes in case something does go wrong, but on countless systems over the past couple of years...I haven't had to use the backup.
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26 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Just a word of advice to folks considering using a registry cleaner. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!

They were somewhat useful with Win XP, but Vista and 7 don't work well with them! The chance for damage is great!

Unless a certified expert instructs you to, never even think of it.
In your experiences, they may be somewhat 'dodgy'. But most people use cleaners such as CCleaner which is quite trustworthy. I use it every few days or so and see no problem with my computer. In fact, it clears a few GB worth of rubbish when I run it!

So, continue using your registry cleaner. But stick with CCleaner or other reputable software. Anything without positive reviews are most likely to be malware or something similar.
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26 Aug 2011   #8

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I wasn't really addressing you guys specifically, because most folks who commented have decent knowledge of Win OS. I was addressing noobs who don't have much of a clue.

I know that countless times I have seen posts over on the MS Answers site with people thinking they were helping their system with a registry cleaner and being over zealous and trying to do too much cleaning!!!! In the end they delete or corrupt essential registry entries and have to re-install their OS.

That is why I put the comment about an expert instructing them to do so and helping them with selections.

You know there have to be numerous nonmembers looking for help and seeing something posted then they go hells bells and screw things up worse. I'm just trying to alert these people, to be careful!

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27 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, Linux Mint Julia, in dual boot mode
 
 

[QUOTE=JaidynM;1553063]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
Just a word of advice to folks considering using a registry cleaner. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!!

They were somewhat useful with Win XP, but Vista and 7 don't work well with them! The chance for damage is great!

Unless a certified expert instructs you to, never even think of it.
In your experiences, they may be somewhat 'dodgy'. But most people use cleaners such as CCleaner which is quite trustworthy. I use it every few days or so and see no problem with my computer. In fact, it clears a few GB worth of rubbish when I run it!

So, continue using your registry cleaner. But stick with CCleaner or other reputable software. Anything without positive reviews are most likely to be malware or something similar.[/QUOTE


I have to agree. I have been using CCleaner for years with Windows 7 without any problems at all due the registry cleaning and I am using it several times a day (yes, I know; it's paranoid). The only mysterious thing is that registry key
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.mepg\OpenWithProgids ......as well as the one for \.mpg\ .... keep returning after
having fixed them. I am not an expert so I just leave them "as is". Hardly any other registry keys are ever found that have to be fixed.
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29 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by legacy7955 View Post
I wasn't really addressing you guys specifically, because most folks who commented have decent knowledge of Win OS. I was addressing noobs who don't have much of a clue.
That's why it is important to make sure the comments and advice are completely accurate. There are shady reg cleaners that I would avoid at all costs, but there are a few that do the job properly, allow quick "undos" and don't harm the system, like CCleaner. In addition to that, CCleaner has several other useful features.
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