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Windows 7: Problem with locked EXE files

08 Jul 2010   #11
motc7

 
 

This is going to seem kind of drastic, but I don't like what I'm seeing here.

I would scan your computer for malware first.

Malwarebytes it's free.

If nothing comes up there, the I would do a repair install and see if that works.

Repair Install


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09 Jul 2010   #12
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
This is going to seem kind of drastic, but I don't like what I'm seeing here.

I would scan your computer for malware first.

Malwarebytes it's free.

If nothing comes up there, the I would do a repair install and see if that works.

Repair Install
Do we have a verdict yet?
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09 Jul 2010   #13
Metalmurphy

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
This is going to seem kind of drastic, but I don't like what I'm seeing here.

I would scan your computer for malware first.

Malwarebytes it's free.

If nothing comes up there, the I would do a repair install and see if that works.

Repair Install
Do we have a verdict yet?
The scan came clean, after which I gave up and reformatted the whole thing. Everything working fine so far. I just hope I don't come across the same problem again.
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11 Jul 2010   #14
hayami

Windows 7
 
 

I have similar problem too. I hate the most when I am DLing a exe file using firefox. The exe got locked instantly and download failed. I have to use Downthemall to download those exe instead.

I used LockerHunter and it reports the exe is locked by System.

Someone said it is related to Application Experience service being disabled. I tried to enable it and it seems it solved the problem.
What part of Windows 7 randomly locks executable files? - The Something Awful Forums
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12 Jul 2010   #15
Metalmurphy

Windows 7
 
 

Actually when the download fails with firefox you don't have to re-download.

Just don't clean the Download List in firefox and rename the .part file to .exe
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29 Sep 2010   #16
dragonmaster

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm also having this same issues. For some unexplained reason windows randomly seems to lock files and they cannot be unlocked. I have yet to hear a satisfactory explination for this. For a while i believed it may have been my anti-virus being a bit overzelous but i have managed to disprove this by replicating the error in both firefox and deleting files with the AV turned OFF.

Does anybody else have an expliantion for this because i am completely stumped.
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29 Sep 2010   #17
Metalmurphy

Windows 7
 
 

Actually, I figured out what my problem was. One disabled service was causing it, I'm not sure atm but I think it was Program Compatibility Assistant Service.

See if you have that enabled. If you do then see if any other services that are on by default aren't disabled.
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29 Sep 2010   #18
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Metalmurphy View Post
Actually, I figured out what my problem was. One disabled service was causing it, I'm not sure atm but I think it was Program Compatibility Assistant Service.

See if you have that enabled. If you do then see if any other services that are on by default aren't disabled.
Thanks for reporting back, Metalmurphy (are you robo-cop? ), your experience will help others, I'm sure.
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24 Feb 2011   #19
streetwolf

Windows 7 x64 RTM Retail
 
 

Helped me. Thanks.
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10 Aug 2011   #20
Zibri

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I also noticed this behaviour.
It also shows up when you update a program. Sometime I have to wait a minute until the file is unlocked by system.

I wonder what causes this behaviour. It started after SP1. I re-enabled the Application Experience service (which I disabled). I'll let you know if it solves the problem.
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