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DLL Files Corrupted by Windows Automatic Downloads

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#1 saxdragon


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:27 PM

I'm going to put my previous post regarding my problems with corrupted DLL files following a clean install after a major crash. This is for background purposes:

[[Just finished a clean install of Windows XP Home. Computer had black screen with error message. I made several attempts at repairing system using the original install disk. Did multiple malware and virus sweeps. Finally got it working again but it refused to update Windows Security files, constant crashes, hangs, etc. After more repair attempts and malware sweeps gave up and did clean install after backing up my files.

After spending 12 hours on the process of the clean install, installing antivirus software, browsers and security updates, the most recent Windows updates were installed as I restarted (for the 679th time today) whereupon the next bootup was preceded by the computer running CHKDSK on the blue screen. It tried to continue the boot, then went into a cycle of rebooting after the Windows loading screen (before you enter your personal account). Everytime this happened, I saw a blue screen with white type flashing by for a fourth of a second. I couldn't start in safe mode, but I managed to stop the automatic restart and here's what the message on the blue screen said:

STOP: C000007b {BAD IMAGE}
The application or DLL \??\C:\WINDOWS\System32\GDI32.dll
is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your
installation diskette

What are these "Windows images"? I get more error messages, hangs, and crashes from these than anything else! Bad image...what is that?!

BTW, upon running a boot time scan with Avast I discovered a Win32 worm that snuck in with my first download of Windows updates. Avast quarantined it.

Another point - I had just managed to downlaod and install IE8 and all the Security updates etcetera from Windows before the CHKDSK ran and the machine stopped working.

I've spent a solid week trying to resurrect this machine. The hard drive is less than two years old. Seems a little soon for it to be going bad. I appreciate very much any help in solving this problem

Thank you ]]

My current problem is that whenever I install automatic downloads of updates from Microsoft, I end up with more missing and/or corrupt system files. DLL files mainly for now, but who knows if it'll spread to other kinds. I can't boot my computer without having to run Windows Repair Console to expand and retrieve undamaged files from the installation disk to be installed into the System32 folder on my hard drive.

Does anyone have an idea why this is happening? I think I need those Microsoft updates, but I've turned them off until I find out what's going on.

Thanks very much,

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:36 PM

No one needs to use the auto-update function...it's pretty easy to just go to Windows/Microsoft update and download every critical update from there.


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