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Windows 7: "any" .exe stopped working

24 Mar 2014   #1
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
"any" .exe stopped working

Hello guys,

My buddy just re installed his Win 7 on his PC. All went fine. Updates are installing fine.

Issue, if we try to run a game (even a small game) it comes out with "*.exe stopped working". I have DVD for Street fighter 4 and I tried that. Game installs fine, but when we try to execute the exe it gives the above error.

I have tried SFC, clean boot, did a complete scan for virus and malwares. Any other suggestions?


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24 Mar 2014   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Have you looked in Event Viewer to see if there are any Errors/Messages that might help explain this?
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24 Mar 2014   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If Event Viewer doesn't help, have you checked if you have all the latest drivers?
If you have the latest, you might try a prior Video driver.
Sometimes the latest is not the best imho.
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24 Mar 2014   #4
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply David. I have checked the event viewer and no, there is no such message that could helped me.

I have the latest drivers installed. I will try to roll back to previous driver for his card and report back.

P.S. Issue started after installing an update. Not sure which one. But, he was able to play that specific exe before an update was performed and PC required a reboot. Once the PC was rebooted and the updates were installed. He tried to play the game and it started to give the error.
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24 Mar 2014   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Yea, that was my next thought, that an update broke something.
If the driver doesn't help it sounds like time to start uninstalling updates to see if you can determine which update caused the issue.
Maybe use Restore Points (if available), or start uninstalling updates manually ...
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24 Mar 2014   #6
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hmmm....that will be a long process. Any ideas which update could cause the exe files damage?
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24 Mar 2014   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Yea, I hear ya.
I don't know which update might have caused the issue
Was the re-install done with the latest official media refresh ISO ?

If that was used it should mean you would have the fewest number of updates to apply.
If you used an older "install media", more updates would be needed to get "up-to-date".
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24 Mar 2014   #8
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

1) read this Default File Type Associations - Restore and see if that solves it, if that doesnt..

2) Perform a SFC Scan (System File Check)

1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow

2. Type the following command, sfc /scannow and then press ENTER:

(A message will appear stating that 'The system scan will begin'. Be patient because the scan may take some time)

3. If any files require a replace SFC will replace them. You may be asked to insert your Windows 7 DVD for this process to continue

4. If everything is okay you should, after the scan, see the following message "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations"

5. After the scan has completed, close the command prompt window, restart the computer. (TIP repeat scan 3 times)

(just to give credit where its due I couldn't be bothered to type all that out on my phone so those instructions are from "Brianzion" on a previous post so all credit should go his way)
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24 Mar 2014   #9
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the tip Badger. But, as mentioned in my OP, I have already tried SFC scan. I tried the tutorial and that also did not solve the issue.
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24 Mar 2014   #10
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Yea, I hear ya.
I don't know which update might have caused the issue
Was the re-install done with the latest official media refresh ISO ?

If that was used it should mean you would have the fewest number of updates to apply.
If you used an older "install media", more updates would be needed to get "up-to-date".
He bought his Win 7 DVD in 2012. I just checked the updates, there are a lot of them.

Not sure, what to check.
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