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Windows 7: Some general weirdness with Windows Explorer, etc

21 Jun 2012   #1

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Some general weirdness with Windows Explorer, etc

I have been experiencing some general weirdness with my windows lately, here are some issues....

a) If I click on 'New Updates Available', it doesn't open up Windows Update like it should

b) The same can be said about my notifications to open 'Action Center'

c) When I do a windows search, it just brings up random documents. For example, searching for 'Windows Update' should bring up the program, but instead shows 23 text files that may contain the word windows update.

d) My Windows Explorer is messed up by not showing file sizes, and some blank spots where I should be able to sort, etc.

I uploaded a screenshot of the windows explorer weirdness as part of the attachment.



- I ran Malewarebytes with nothing detected, combofix was fine, and did a scan with avast resulting in 0 threats
- It fixed itself once on a reboot recently but has since gone back to acting strange again.

I'm not really sure what could be causing this, has it happened to anyone else?

Thanks fro any replies

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21 Jun 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

welcome to sevenforums stevebeans ,try sfc/scannow to start with

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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21 Jun 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1

Thank you for the reply, here is what it found.... apparently quite a few files I could not repair.

Any suggestions?

I am tempted to re-install windows as it's probably due but

a) I don't remember where my license is
b) Every time I do there is always something I forget, like bookmarks UI Settings to some game or something of that nature. Do you know of any programs that run you through a good backup check list, back the items up then restore to new clean windows?


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File Type: txt sfcdetails.txt (72.1 KB, 7 views)
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21 Jun 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1

(side note: my HDD was having weird issues, although it could be windows, or both. I bought a new HDD and was going to do a clone, but if I do a re-install it would definitely be on the new HDD which does allow me flexibility if I do forget stuff from the old. But still, a checklist would be nice)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

ok ,these logs are not really my field there are a few guys who know this stuff better than i do,
i would consider a repair install which will keep your settings and user files etc,
but i would also wait for the big hitters here to have a look first,
i'll post to get you some additional help.

also i believe that sometimes running sfc scan several times can get it to complete, so in the meantime run the scan again, maybe twice.
then hopefully you will get some more help here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jun 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1

thank you, not a bad idea. Perhaps a run fixes something that allows something else to be fixed and so forth. I'll try it 1-2 more times and see if the logs change
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21 Jun 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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21 Jun 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1

Thanks for the tip. Updated as best I could. Going to run that scan again now
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21 Jun 2012   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

sfc /scannow scans sometimes need to be run 3 times rebooting after each. For what ever reason at times it just can't fix everything without being run again.
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21 Jun 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 64-bit SP1

Yea, I ran it 3x now and still can't fix Now my network icon is showing the red x like it's disconnected but I have Internet access.... It may be time to plan a re-install
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