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Windows 7: Windows cannot install the specified device error

07 Mar 2010   #1
erniekeys

windows 7 64bit
 
 
Windows cannot install the specified device error

I am running windows 7 64bit and have started getting "windows cannot start the specified device, file or path." error messages everytime I try to open a program that is 32bit. The 64 bit programs are no problem. It just started after I ran Malwarebytes. I am the only user on this computer, so all programs are opened as an administrator. I tried to open a new user account to see if my UAC was bad, but it won't let me open a new account. I have run Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender and both had no problem shown. What do I need to do to get the 32 bit programs to run?


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07 Mar 2010   #2
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi.
Have you tried a system restore?
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08 Mar 2010   #3
erniekeys

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Yes, I have tried a system restore, but nothing changed.
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08 Mar 2010   #4
TGSoldier

 
 

Click on All Programs and Accessories, then right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.

Then sfc /scannow
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08 Mar 2010   #5
erniekeys

windows 7 64bit
 
 

I found the problem in the programs X86 directory, common folder, authenticom folder. I renamed the folder and the problem went away.
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