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Windows 7 explorer works no programs will launch

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September 24, 2012 3:55:15 PM


After the latest windows updates (9-22-12), now I cannot launch any program, including outlook, IE, norton or quicken. I can bring up an explorer window, copy and move files, and use the search funtion. I am out of ideas. System restore is useless.

a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2012 4:22:07 PM

notepad? any error on the event viewer?
a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2012 4:48:45 PM

Hmm another bug regarding the update. (seem, a lot of problems regarding the 22 update)

Could u uninstall the updates, u can find it at windows update -> installed update..
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September 24, 2012 4:49:21 PM

Thanks for any help you can give. Notepad will launch. The evet viewer shows a bunch of log entris for that time. I copied them into notepad and trasferred the text file to a working computer, but it seems to be too big to post here. I got a couple of errors when I tried.
September 24, 2012 4:50:26 PM

Remove program and most control panel functions will not launch.
September 24, 2012 4:50:54 PM

Windows update will not launch.
September 24, 2012 4:57:13 PM

Did you try safe mode? If it works you might be able to uninstall the updates from there.
a b $ Windows 7
September 24, 2012 5:05:13 PM

Well it tought,..... :sweat: 

Most temporary solution i found is by restore from backup, system restore, or last known good config...

I will try to reproduce the problems... (strange but my work rig is not affected, i will try again at my home rig)
September 24, 2012 5:29:40 PM

Idid try safe mode. Programs, including IE and updater will not launch. I think the updater requires IE, and IE won't launch.
September 24, 2012 5:31:00 PM

I have tried going back to last known config, and have done system restore back three weeks. Same result.
September 25, 2012 12:43:16 AM

Thanks for this suggestion. So far I cannot get the install/upgrade to work. I ge and error message after the first reboot and then I am right back in the windows 7 desktop that doesn't work.

I hope I don't have to blow everything up. I I could at least launch Outlook so I could backup all my emails, I would be content.
a b $ Windows 7
September 25, 2012 2:13:54 AM

Did you try to launch from shortcut or the .exe itself? Can you get into regedit?
September 25, 2012 2:22:58 PM

It makes no difference where I try to launch from. I can go into regedit. What can I do there that might improve this situation?
a b $ Windows 7
September 27, 2012 5:11:33 AM

Update: It seems I'm cannot able to reproduce the problem, both at my work and home.....

so not sure where to start..
September 28, 2012 2:16:57 PM

Umm.... I appreciate the attempt to help, but I cannot even launch any program. I don't have an issue with progams not recognizing the ile extensions or launching the wrong program. Launcing any kind of program even in error would be an improvement over what I have going on.
September 28, 2012 2:19:31 PM

I have tried several times to re-install through the upgrade option on my DVD. It acts like it will work, but then alwas gets an error and I have to restart into the W7 desktop, which is not repaired.
a b $ Windows 7
September 28, 2012 3:29:17 PM

Last resort..

unplug the hard drives... try in other computer

run a virus/malware scan and disk scan from other computer..

If it's healthy and clean (nothing detected), try to backup the data and reinstall the windows