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Windows 7: A problem with starting up programs

22 Jun 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium x64
A problem with starting up programs

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit edition. Whenever I start my computer it comes on fine without any problem. But sometimes when I try so start some applications or program it doesn't start at all. It shows like it is starting but doesn't come up actually. I see the hourglass when I try to start the program. A very simple program which I try is like Windows Media Player, Firefox, Opera, Foobar, Windows Media Center and many more.
When I checked the processes list in task manager, it shows that the program is running.
In general restart makes everything working well again.
What can be the problem?

Looking forward hearing from you!

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23 Jun 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hello Seinek. Welcome to the Forum.

First, obviously, run a complete virus and malware scan.

If clean, then run System File Checker: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Have you recently installed any new hardware or devices? Certain sound card drivers are known to cause this problem. If you remove or disable the device and the issue goes away then you have your culprit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Welcome to SevenForums.

TVeblen has given you some excellent advice.

Could you also please run CCleaner (link in my sig).

Please complete your system specs so that we can better advise.


User CP (3rd item in the top menu bar) |

in left-hand column,under Your Profile, Edit System Spec |

using Speccy - System Information - Free Download
and SIW to gather info, fill in the blanks.
Do me a favor and add the word laptop or desktop to the “system manufacturer” block.
Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader, Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor

Scroll down and click on the SAVE CHANGES button.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Jun 2011   #4

windows 7 home premium x64

Thanks for those replies!

I forgot to add that I had done already scans and they had showed nothing.

But fortunately I've found out that running those programs as a root is a solution, so it must be the permission/access problem. I believe now I can do it on my own

Anyway, thanks for the help!

I also promise that before asking any question I will complete my specs to help you helping
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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