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Once again, a weird issue. On my girlfriends PC, programs in Windows 7 will not open. You can double click on the program to start, but it will keep showing the loading icon. Internet Explorer works fine though, it's just that certain programs such as MSN or games do not work.

The interesting bit is that any program you will try to open will use 112 or 120k of memory. This happens with any program you try to open except IE. Right now I'm reading up on Windows commit charge use, as it may have something to do with that.

Things I have tried:
- Install SP1 for Windows 7, the problem returned after 2 days.
- Disable the pagefile, the problem returned right away.

Sometimes after a reboot, the problem will vanish as if everything is normal again. The system has absolutely no virusses or spyware.

Edit: when a 112k or 120k program that won't start is being forced to close in task manager, the loading icon will continue to appear until you reboot. I will re-install as last resort, but I'd like a solution so I won't have to re-install.
Edited by Acoma_Andy - 4/19/11 at 10:55am
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I have seen this issue appear after I improperly shut down/crashed windows. I found the root cause to be corrupted system files - I tried using CMD to verify the sys files but to no avail

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Why not just reinstall the programs? I had to do this for someone whose browser wouldn't load. Same symptoms as you stated, all I did was uninstall the browser than get one off of my flash drive, and badda bing badda booom, problem solved.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Master Chief;13190658 
Why not just reinstall the programs? I had to do this for someone whose browser wouldn't load. Same symptoms as you stated, all I did was uninstall the browser than get one off of my flash drive, and badda bing badda booom, problem solved.

I tested this with MSN. It worked after re-installing, but the next day it would not work again.

You can surf the web for hours and hours, it never crashes. But programs won't open...
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post #5 of 23
If it is indeed a corrupt windows file run this command in elevated CMD

Start>Type CMD>Press SHIFT+CTRL+ENTER
Then type SFC /SCANNOW
This will check for corrupt windows files.
It does take its time,but just be patient smile.gif
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System Restore back to a date before it started happening.
    
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I had the same problem on one of my other computers. In my case, the problem was my Dell U2410's USB hub/card reader. Things would work from a cold boot if I disconnected the USB cable. It would stop working from a cold boot if the USB cable was connected. Strangely, my sig rig's computer also has a U2410 but with no problems.

I noticed that a service called "Portable Device Enumeration" service was hanging at "stopping." I changed the service to "Automatic." Now everything works fine again.

My hypothesis is that certain dependent services that are freezing may cause problems with other parent services like Remote Procedure Call (RPC). RPC is used by basically everything in Windows. Check to see if you have any abnormal services hanging.
Edited by Riou - 4/19/11 at 4:57pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou;13194240 
I had the same problem on one of my other computers. In my case, the problem was my Dell U2410's USB hub/card reader. Things would work from a cold boot if I disconnected the USB cable. It would stop working from a cold boot if the USB cable was connected. Strangely, my sig rig's computer also has a U2410 but with no problems.

I noticed that a service called "Portable Device Enumeration" service was hanging at "stopping." I changed the service to "Automatic." Now everything works fine again.

My hypothesis is that certain dependent services that are freezing may cause problems with other parent services like Remote Procedure Call (RPC). RPC is used by basically everything in Windows. Check to see if you have any abnormal services hanging.
Very strange... At the time of the issue, I also owned and used a U2410..... HMMMMM...
 
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Originally Posted by Acoma_Andy;13189865 
Once again, a weird issue. On my girlfriends PC, programs in Windows 7 will not open. You can double click on the program to start, but it will keep showing the loading icon. Internet Explorer works fine though, it's just that certain programs such as MSN or games do not work.

The interesting bit is that any program you will try to open will use 112 or 120k of memory. This happens with any program you try to open except IE. Right now I'm reading up on Windows commit charge use, as it may have something to do with that.

Things I have tried:
- Install SP1 for Windows 7, the problem returned after 2 days.
- Disable the pagefile, the problem returned right away.

Sometimes after a reboot, the problem will vanish as if everything is normal again. The system has absolutely no virusses or spyware.

Edit: when a 112k or 120k program that won't start is being forced to close in task manager, the loading icon will continue to appear until you reboot. I will re-install as last resort, but I'd like a solution so I won't have to re-install.

I had the same problem for a day, the programs seemed to launch from the task bar and showed the the processing timer via the mouse, but never loaded. checked task manager and they had 100-120k mem used. My solution was to take off a USB stick that I had left plugged in. I've tried it 3x with the stick and the problem happens, and 3x without in which the problem never occurs.

hope this helps.

Duke

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