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Windows 7: programs fail to start

23 Jun 2013   #1
radcliffe287

Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
programs fail to start

Occasionally, after the PC has been running for some hours (either in use or with screen-saver), nothing happens when I try to start a program, by clicking on shortcuts in the taskbar, on the desktop, or in folders. Programs already open but minimised re-open and behave correctly. My only recourse is to reboot - logging off and on again doesn't help.


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25 Jun 2013   #2
problemshredder

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

it might be the memory is full. check the status of the RAM from task manager, make sure there's plaenty of room left. if it isn't the RAM, it could be the program itself is impaired. is this also happening when opening other programs?
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25 Jun 2013   #3
radcliffe287

Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply!

To respond,I've got 3GB of RAM, and when I get this 'lock-up', not one program will start! I will check the memory next time in case it's got clogged up, though.
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25 Jun 2013   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Can't you run shortcuts only? Or also the EXE itself doesn't work?

Test:
  • keep "command prompt" open all the time. Eventually minimize it.
  • When the problem occurs: activate command prompt and type: notepad. Or mspaint. notepad or mspaint opens?
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25 Jun 2013   #5
radcliffe287

Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

OK - will try it! Thanks!
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25 Jun 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

start->type in: notepad.exe->press enter
And try to run notepad.exe in the "command prompt"

Post results
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25 Jun 2013   #7
radcliffe287

Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Thanks - that sounds rather like the previous post (which was yours too I see), and I will try it when next frozen out!
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25 Jun 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

Meanwhile you can go over your install thoroughly and become more familar with Win7 working through these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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25 Jun 2013   #9
radcliffe287

Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Thanks!
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