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Windows 7: Downloaded .exe files - side-by-side configuration incorrect

14 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Downloaded .exe files - side-by-side configuration incorrect


I've really been having a lot of trouble with .exe files downloaded from the internet (i.e. program installers and the like). When trying to run any .exe installer an error message comes up that says:

The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail
This seems to happen with ALL downloaded .exe installers (including Firefox installer, GameStop's app installer, game demo installers, etc).

I'm really stuck for what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. Also, I cannot read any PDF files in Chrome or Firefox (says "Object label badly formatted"). Any help with this would be appreciated also (Cannot download new version of Adobe Reader anyway).

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 Downloaded .exe files - side-by-side configuration incorrect

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