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When trying to run IE or other various programs on a clients machine it will attempt to load, and then instantly close. SFC does this, Outlook does this, and various other programs. Windows Explorer also will not open.

What's odd, is that I can load Regedit, msconfig, HijackThis, AdAware, etc. I've noticed the process dwwin.exe loads and then closes whenever these are trying to run.

Also, nothing will run even in Safe mode. I get the error

svchost.exe - Application Error
The instruction at "0x7c80ac9b" referenced memory at "0x80040119". The memory could not be "read".

on startup.

There were viruses, but as far as I know they are now gone. (One was the virus that creates scvhost.exe)

I'm at a loss, because I've got EVERYTHING shutdown with the exeption of the essential processes. Why does dwwin.exe load with IE and various other stuff, but not everything?
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by:Sootah
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Also, if I go to Start->run and spend any time typing something explorer will shutdown and then reload. If I type whatever I'm trying to run quickly then I can load it. Explorer still will shutdown in the background and reload, but whatever I opened (msconfig, in this case) stays open.
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SheharyaarSaahil earned 2000 total points
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Hello Sootah =)

>> Also, nothing will run even in Safe mode. I get the error
Try to change ur RAM stick with another one and check if same problem ??

If same problem, then it means that ur windows system files are corrupted,,, u need to restore the original ones.
SFC cud do it, but its not running itself... so start preparing urself for a repair install !! :)How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315341

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

!! GOOD LUCK !!
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by:Sootah
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I'm trying to avoid a repair install. Not a huge deal if it is needed, but I hate having to do it. I prefer to be able to fix it without measures such as that. ;)

What is the key
LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg ? It looks like it's the place MSCONFIG stores all the keys that you make not load. I could be wrong tho.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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:)

>>  It looks like it's the place MSCONFIG stores all the keys that you make not load.
yeah, right !! :)
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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have to go now.... too tired =\
will get back to u tomorrow..... plzz dont mind and dont forget to change the RAM stick ;-)
good luck !!
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by:Sootah
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Well, RAM was fine. Couldn't figure out why it was doing it, so I did a repair install. I hate having to do that, although it now works, it feels as if I failed.

Ah well. Thanks for the help.
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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>> I hate having to do that, although it now works, it feels as if I failed.

Microsoft has created Windows..... still u can find many MSKB articles where they have written,,,, if nothing is working, Do a Parallel or Repair installation !!
What u will call them,,,,,, LOSERS !!! ;-)
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