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Windows 7: Unstable Software Beahviour - Install Crashes - Windows 7 32Bit

11 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit
Unstable Software Beahviour - Install Crashes - Windows 7 32Bit

Hi All.

The last month I have observed some very peculiar software behavior on Windows 7. I don' do overclocking at all.

Symptoms: Basic programs and Drivers fail upon install and after some programs do install, fail to run after reboot. Programs don't register correctly for uninstall.

What I have Done: Reinstalled OS7 Ultimate on fresh HDD. I have conducted a thorough CPU, RAM (Memtest86) CPU and PSU test with Raid64 - All check out.

Conducted Malware and Virus tests with 3 different Programs, Avira, Mcafee and AVG - No conspicuous treats found - tagged EXE. from Cracked software - Sorry.

I have tried fresh install of OS7 on 2x different HDD's and problem remains - I cannot even get my MOBO drivers to install - Chipset Driver fails on run, ATI Graphics Catalyst Control does a partial install but fails before complete. Audio Driver refuses and crashes halfway trough install. Network driver is only driver that installs.

Tested all HDD's for issues with Paragon Partition Manager and drives check out fine. Will conduct another test with Crystal Disk Info 6.

Programs like VLC, Media Player, WINRAR become severly corrupt and fail after reboot - in some instances they refuse to run at all upon install. Worth noting that these programs are not displayed when Trying to uninstall them - Windows does not even register them.

I have had the MOBO, CPU and Ram tested at supplier - No faults found, apparently. BIOS was updated. However they did not test programs like VLC, Winrar etc. - so I cannot fully trust their consensus. PC Was tested with their own HDD and most things work....


1. Obtain a spare HDD, do complete and thorough format on drive, Download fresh drivers from applicable vendors and try again from fresh OS7 Install.

2. Use new SATA connectors on drives to illuminate potential fault.

3. Will only run Operating HDD, no spare drives whatsoever.

This sums up what I have tried and still at a lost. From testing it is safe to say that the MOBO, CPU and Ram are fine, so I need to illuminate the variables which the 3 the above test will determine.


Could a virus be at fault here? I have also noted that certain programs become corrupted when transferring from USB to HDD, after downloading them fresh.

At this point in time I'll be focusing on the HDD as this could also be blamed for corrupt files.

Any further suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2013   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Werner mate try these the Avira is ok but I do not like or trust McAfee or AVG

(ADW download from bleepingcomputer)
delete any rubbish they find.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit

Thanks ICit2lol, will give them a bash.

I have noticed that it seems as soon as I transfer fresh drivers from my USB to HDD those programs will become unstable within minutes. After the 5th time of installing OS7, I quickly ran my Graphics driver and in installed, but like always catalyst control crashes upon reboot - even when the PC ran fine, but at least the driver loaded - can't do jack on 1024X768 on a 27" LCD.

I'm afraid that my media may be heavily contaminated - based on what I'm observing. And it seems any new media I expose to the PC gets corrupted in no time.

I will try a few swipes with the above mentioned programs ICit2lol. This will take me a while to do though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Dec 2013   #4

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Has got me thinking maybe the HDD is going bad you could run a tester over it I think the Seagate test will run on a WD or anything much at all. SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

There is another type of HDD test too with Partition Wizard - a physical surface test you could try also.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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12 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit

Thanks for the update ICit2lol, got them now.

What I'll do is the following, feel free to advise:

1. Gonna test all current HDD's connected onto the MOBO with Mentioned Programs above.

2. Conduct a thorough Virus Scan with above mentioned as well.

3. Use new SATA Cable connector.

4. Install OS7 on spare drive - with no other HDD's, just to ensure cross contamination is eliminated. If Drivers and soft runs at this stage, I will gradually add 1 Media HDD on to the system and see if anything happens after reboot between HDD add-on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs from here and save it to your desktop.
Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.

The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives including your mobile phone. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.
Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.
Reboot your computer when done.

Note: Flash_Disinfector will create a hidden folder named autorun.inf in each partition and every USB drive plugged in when you run it. Don't delete this will help protect your drives from future infection.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit


Got hold of spare HDD - 160GB Seagate, installed with new CLip-On SATA lead, installed OS7, Created Restore point and before staring MOBO driver install.

Noticed partial software package failure install for ATI CPU and GPU drivers - Microsoft Visual 2010 C++ Redistributable Package - Never had this issue before. Report simply states driver install failed - no reason.

Downloaded new 2010 package from Microsoft and ran, can't as current version installed is the latest? Tried to look for updated version, only version for visual 2012. I'm not sure if this is required as I'm not running OS8. Any comments on this slight issue?

However all drivers installed, APPs installed, VLC, Mediaplayer, WInrar, WInamp and runs fine after reboot, shutdowns as normal before I continued.

SO fare nothing has failed yet. I'm tempted to start installing my Production SOftware - Had major run fails on Ableton 9.

Only variables are new SATA connector, Spare HDD - never used in this current PC, simplified cable management on Power leads for 5HDD's.

Any recommendations for tasks to due before continuing?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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