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SortServer2003Compat.dll error

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Hi Experts,

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1.

In the last few days 2 of my applications are giving error messages like this one:

Whatsrunning: WhatsRunning.exe - Bad Image

C:\Windows\system32\SortServer2003Compat.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error.


What's Running 3.0 BETA 9 2010-04-20 is an application downloaded from http://www.whatsrunning.net/

There are 2 versions of SortServer2003Compat.dll on my system:
They are in the following folders:
C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-i..on-server2003compat_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_bf1f242392e2cb73
C:\Windows\winsxs\wow64_microsoft-windows-i..on-server2003compat_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c973ce75c7438d6e

Both files are reported as uninfected by AVG.


Regards,
Leigh
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by:John Hurst
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Have you tried a different virus scan? I do not trust AVG at all (although some might). Try scanning with Malwarebytes. I do not have those files in my winsxs folder on my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit machine.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:LeighWardle
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Thanks, Thinkpads_User.

I have done a Malwarebytes scan on c: drive.  No relevant infections were found.
I am scanning the other drives now.

... Leigh
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Hi Thinkpads_User.

I have finished the Malwarebytes scan on all volumes.  
All infections have been removed and have rebooted.

I am still getting the error...

... Leigh
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by:John Hurst
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>>> In the last few days 2 of my applications are giving error messages ....

Try the following:
1. Run System File Checker.  Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator. At the command prompt, run SFC /SCANNOW . Allow to complete and restart. Check again.
2. Restore to a Prior Point (Action Center -> Recovery. See if that helps.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:LeighWardle
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Hi Thinkpads_User.

>> Try the following:
>> 1. Run System File Checker.  Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator. At the >>> command prompt, run SFC /SCANNOW . Allow to complete and restart. Check >> again.

I Ran SFC /SCANNOW
On completion I got this message:

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example
C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log


I rebooted - still getting the error...

I have attached the CBS.Log.

Can we pursue corrupt files that Windows Resource Protection was unable to fix ?
What do I look for in the log?  (it's 77,000 lines!)

... Leigh
CBS.zip
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by:John Hurst
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So now it would appear that something has corrupted your operating system.

Did you try restoring to a prior point?

After that, look at the following links for Windows 7 in place repair. Be sure to back up first.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html

... Thinkpads_User
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by:LeighWardle
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Hi Thinkpads_User.

I had kept some hard drives containing earlier version of my c: partition.
By booting each one, then running SFC I have established that the corruption occured between 26 January and 27 February 2011.

Since then I have installed something like 60 applications - so I don't want to do any sort of restore that far back.

So I am now keen to pursue Windows 7 in place repair:
>>the following links for Windows 7 in place repair. Be sure to back up first.
>>http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

>>http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html

I am a bit confused though.  Both those links only refer to start up problems (not an issue for me).  Are you sure they will do an in place repair?  

... Leigh
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Some people have successfully used these links (which is why I referenced them). I have not had to use them, so I cannot give you first hand experience.  That is why I say back up first, in case something goes wrong, either because of what you have, or because of how the process works. They may not fit your particular situation.

The only other approach would be to back up and do a fresh install.  ... Thinkpads_User
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by:LeighWardle
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Hi Thinkpads_User.

I ran the Windows 7 startup repair, as described here:
>>http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

After navigating to the final button and clicking it, the process only took a second to give a message:

Startup Repair could not detect a problem

It then displayed a log file - this showed clearly that the repair only addresses start up issues.

Because I am going overseas for a one month holiday next week I am going to abandon my repair attempt for the time being.

By the way, this link claims to show how to repair Windows 7:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

I will pursue that when I get the opportunity.

... Leigh
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by:LeighWardle
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I am awarding the points to Thinkpads_User for his persistent help.
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Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck when you return. ... Thinkpads_User
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