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Error Message Every Time I Try To Start Any Programs


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#1 darkside701

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 11:04 PM

Majority of the programs say "(null) not a valid win32 application" or "invalid windows image"
Even task manager says "application failed to initialize properly"

I'm lost someone please help...

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 01:29 AM

Hi darkside701,

Try to run system file checker:

Put your XP CD in the drive, Click Start > Run and type:
sfc /scannow

Windows checks to see if any critical files are damaged. If so, SFC will attempt to replace them.

Tell us if it works.
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 09:23 AM

Why You May Not Be Able To Run SFC or Do a Repair Install
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 11:33 AM

darkside701,

If you don't have a XP CD there is still a way to use System File Checker, but you have to modify the registry. So post up if you just have a Recovery CD, and no XP CD.
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Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:09 PM

I'm not sure, the CD I have came with my laptop and says it's a reinstallation cd for xp pro. The cd also says Only use this cd to reinstall on a dell computer, however I used the cd to install windows on my desktop.

Edited by darkside701, 23 September 2007 - 07:19 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2007 - 11:25 PM

OK, follow my directions and see if you're re-install CD works.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 10:58 AM

I ran sfc and it updated twice then once it finished I restarted and before it got to the password sreen I got a blue screen of death and after a second restart it said that windows was unsucessful at starting and I was given a few options and I picked last known configuration that worked and now it actually seems like it works.

=)

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 02:10 PM

Wow, that's wild. Just run your computer like you do normally and keep us updated if something else happens such as BSOD, or the original error messages.

Edited by Sagacity83, 24 September 2007 - 02:28 PM.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 02:38 PM

will do

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:36 PM

Well my computer has gone back to the way it was earlier.... It must have something to do with the windows updates because it worked fine until I restarted after installing the updates. Do you guys know how to get to the menu that lets you pick the last known configuration that worked?

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 09:42 PM

How to start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration feature in Windows XP CLICK HERE

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 10:45 PM

darkside701 if you can, post which windows updates you were trying to install. Thanks
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