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Windows 7: Cannot start x86 Programs from exe files


16 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Cannot start x86 Programs from exe files

Hello,

I've run across a weird error that is making me bang my head against the wall...
I am running windows professional x64

I cannot seem to start any x86 programs from their shortcuts, or exe files. The problem exists in both regular and safe mode. When I click the exe or shortcut, the process comes up in the task bar using a tiny amount of memory (~100K) and just sits there.

I CAN run any program from cmd using the start command (start path\to\.exe), and I also can run any x64 programs that I have installed. I have tried sfc /scannnow and chkdsk /r.

Also, if I add a program to the startup list (registry or startup folder) it starts up fine on boot. Not really sure where to go from here, any help is appreciated.


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17 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7/Linux
 
 

Hi there - Try fixassociations see if that does the trick....

Download http://www.raktor.net/fixAssociation...sociations.com to your desktop.
Double-click on fixAssociations.com to perform the fix.

Now test to see if the executable programs now work - you may have to reboot first.
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17 Sep 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MaxB View Post
Hello,

I've run across a weird error that is making me bang my head against the wall...
I am running windows professional x64

I cannot seem to start any x86 programs from their shortcuts, or exe files. The problem exists in both regular and safe mode. When I click the exe or shortcut, the process comes up in the task bar using a tiny amount of memory (~100K) and just sits there.

I CAN run any program from cmd using the start command (start path\to\.exe), and I also can run any x64 programs that I have installed. I have tried sfc /scannnow and chkdsk /r.

Also, if I add a program to the startup list (registry or startup folder) it starts up fine on boot. Not really sure where to go from here, any help is appreciated.
MaxB,
Welcome to SevenForums.

First, follow the procedure given in this SevenForums tutorial
Default Programs - Restore Default File Type Associations
Restore Default Windows 7 File Extension Type Associations


Get back to us with the status please. Thanks
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17 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cookieman View Post
Hi there - Try fixassociations see if that does the trick....

Download http://www.raktor.net/fixAssociations/fixAssociations.com to your desktop.
Double-click on fixAssociations.com to perform the fix.

Now test to see if the executable programs now work - you may have to reboot first.
Just applied that, no effect. I'm pretty sure that this isn't a file association issue as I can start exes from the command line and the exe's for x64 programs without issue. And clicking x86 exes start processes, the processes just arent doing anything.
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17 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7/Linux
 
 

Did you also try the above suggestion by Karlsnooks?

Also, have you ran a basic check for malware at all using Malwarebytes Anti-malware (or a similar anti-malware program) and also a scan from your resident antivirus just to rule out anything malicious?
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17 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cookieman View Post
Did you also try the above suggestion by Karlsnooks?

Also, have you ran a basic check for malware at all using Malwarebytes Anti-malware (or a similar anti-malware program) and also a scan from your resident antivirus just to rule out anything malicious?
Yes to both.
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17 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7/Linux
 
 

Well I must admit I am at a loss too!


Unless karlsnooks who has already posted, or any other member has a solution at hand, then would it be feasible for you to use system restore to a point before this started happening.


Regards.
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17 Sep 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

It might be worth trying to create new shortcuts.


You might also wan't to try running sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt to see if you have any system corruption. You may need to run it several times if it finds any.
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06 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Hi,

I have the same problem. Have someone figured it out?

Thanks
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06 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Hello overload and welcome. You might want to try each of the suggestions made previously in this thread.
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