How to find what’s wrong, if anything, with my machine?


  1. Posts : 235
    Windows 7 x64 Pro
       #1

    How to find what’s wrong, if anything, with my machine?


    For many years, I have used PSPad as my default txt editor and it has worked great. However, starting a short while ago, it would regularly crash. I have no reason to believe that the issue is with PSPad, so yesterday, I ran MS Security Essentials – it found a few meaningless items and I deleted them. I also uninstalled PSPad, removed everything PSPad-related from my machine, downloaded the latest version of PSPad, installed it, and rebooted. (Also note that months ago, I removed a number of MS updates that are known to be problematic.)

    The problem has not fully gone away. When I exit PSPad, I usually get a window that says “PSPad has stopped working”. What can I do to figure out the root cause of this annoying problem?
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  2. Posts : 7,031
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #2

    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    chkdsk c: /f
    It will say your disk is in use and ask if you want to schedule to next start = yes
    Restart
    Pay attention on the results, specially bad blocks, bad clusters, bad sectors etc

    Back to Windows, open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    sfc /scannow

    If it finds any corrupted files, fixing or not, reboot and run again.

    M$ is trying to kill Win 7 so you move to Win 10 and they make money out of you.
    Follow the instructions on Single file with all updates - Simplix
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  3. Posts : 235
    Windows 7 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Megahertz07: Thanks. I have done both chkdsk and scannow and nothing inappropriate was found. Also, I plan/hope to never downgrade this computer to Windows 10 (which is nothing more than spyware disguised as an operating system...)
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  4. Posts : 7,031
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #4

    Did you followed the instructions on the Simplix thread (disable WU and removed the telemetry)?
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  5. Posts : 6,872
    W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
       #5

    the newer "stopped working" comment is likely caused by the PSpad install.... its likely been updated to cover newer system requirements in W10/11..... you might actually be better off using a version that was only intended for W7
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  6. Posts : 235
    Windows 7 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Megahertz07: Yes, Windows Update is set to not check and the telemetry updates they suggested be removed were removed (or never were installed) on this computer.
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