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Win2K: Application failed to initialize properly

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#1 jev


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Posted 08 January 2010 - 05:45 PM

My Win2K laptop has suddenly started acting as if its memory and/or resources are severely limited.

While running my normal complement of applications (Firefox, Thunderbird, WordPerfect, etc.), I find that additional programs or utilities (even something like CMD or Task Manager) won't open, usually giving the message "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application. When trying to access a drive on the LAN, I get an insufficient resources message. Closing a program or two allows others to run, but I've never had to do this in the past.

I am running AVG antivirus, and check routinely with Malware Bytes, Spybot S&D and AdAware. I have run scans with all four and found nothing. A check for memory errors also turned up nothing. I haven't changed anything in the configuration other than uninstalling some old freeware a few weeks ago. I have used Windows SFC to verify that all the Win2K files are unchanged.

The only solution I've found in browsing Microsoft and online forums suggests possible corrupted permissions for DLL and OCX files; I've used CACLS %systemroot%\System32\*.dll /E /G BUILTIN\Users:R and CACLS %systemroot%\System32\*.ocx /E /G BUILTIN\Users:R to fix this, but no change in behavior.

Any help GREATLY appreciated!

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