Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Most programs and games not working after trying to install a patch

04 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Most programs and games not working after trying to install a patch

I tried to install a patch (for MAX PAYNE 3), and my PC crashed all of a sudden, i think. (it showed the blue screen-"dumping physical memory", and rebooted). Ever since then most of my previously installed programs stopped working. When i press the exe files it shows the "this program has stopped working" dialog box.

Re-installed windows, downloaded Microsoft security essentials and scanned the pc. Things got a little better, but the games still won't work.

One of the games (NFS Most Wanted 2012) showed a different message. It said sth about "Kernel32.dll", so i looked for solutions and cleaned my registry (using "Wise Registry Cleaner"). Tried 2 games that wasn't working before and they worked!

But after 2 days or so, the same errors are showing for the games again!! I scanned the pc and cleaned the registries- but nothing works! What else should i try?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

When you re-installed, did you do a Clean Install, formatting the hard drive or did you do a repair install from the booted Windows 7?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

I did not repair the existing windows, i formatted the windows drive (C: ), and did a clean install. However, the other drives/partitions were not formatted during the re-installation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Aug 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


I would have first tried to System Restore from boot using System Recovery Options

Do a diagnostic install following the steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Delete all partitions during Custom install using the Drive Options.

After install get online if necessary providing your LAN driver from the backup. Then only run all Important and Optional Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3). After each requested reboot, test the performance to see if the problem exists yet.

Once all rounds of Updates are completed with performance tested after each reboot, start installing programs one by one testing performance again after each is installed.

This way you should be able to pinpoint the problem Update, program or setting. Report back as you go and we will help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Most programs and games not working after trying to install a patch

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
after fresh install no programs are installing or stopped working
hi all this issue has been givingh me sleepless nights for a few days now, after fresh install of os i cart get any programs to install comes up saying either stopped working or cart be installed, i do manage to get my wifi driver installed and few other little programs but nothink major as in...
General Discussion
BSOD Playing any games for a while and working on programs
Basically I got a computer for rendering and gaming, I got the computer around November 2011 and not long after I got it I started getting BSOD playing games. i have even brought a new Crucial SSD to re-install windows on and i continued to get blue screens on it. Its gotten to the point where I've...
BSOD Help and Support
How can I move games and programs to new OS install
Hi, My computer is giving me problems and I think im going to reinstall windows 7 with a clean install. I would like to know if there is a way I could move my games and some of my programs without downloading them. Thanks, Jhost
Installation & Setup
GTA IV patch & patch 7 install errors
ive recently had to re-install GTA Iv and now the patches wont install!, i keep getting this error message:- this is the error log: Launching Title Update: "F:\Win7 Storage Area51\Internet Extractions\UpdateTitle.exe" /selflaunch ...
Install locations of programs/games
I have a win 7 ultimate x64 box. I used to run XP. I loaded fresh on new drives, and installed the OS, some office and utils on drive C: as normal. I have 2 more drives, D: and E:, that I have installed about a terabyte of games/simulators on. I have installed these on both drives under \program...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:10.
Twitter Facebook Google+