I've got one basic problem with multiple symptoms.
I'm running Win 7 Pro (an anytime upgrade) on a Dell Studio i5 laptop. Essentially there are several programs that simply won't install and they may share a common problem related to DirectX.
For example. I've been trying to install an AutoDesk program - Autodesk_123D_2012Beta7_En
and it runs into a persistent hangup during installation with both DirectX and MVB 2008. I can ignore these during the install and it completes, however running the program gives me an error thusly...
"Runtime Error! Please repair or reinstall the program.
We’re sorry, there was an error while initializing the graphics subsystem. This is likely due to one or more of the following: your graphics driver is not configured for "True Color", there was a problem installing the application, the application installation was damaged, or some other problem with the graphics hardware and drivers or the configuration of the application. More detailed information may be included below."
When I install the latest DirectX package, either in the web installer or in the downloaded package it hangs on "dx3d9_24.dll".
I've extracted this .dll out of the .cab file and manually copied it to System32 but it changes nothing.
So I can't install DirectX. I can't uninstall DirectX. I can't install Visual Basic 2008. And I can't run Microsoft's "Fix It" tool (it throws a 0xc000007b error). dxdiag shows no errors (see attached).
This looks like the same error I first got when installing AutoCAD 2009. The installation hangs on the DirectX step. AutoDesk Revit 2009 installs but perpetually shows the little blue/yellow shield in the icon and won't ever run without my authorization first. It also won't open .rvt files on double-click from explorer, although this may be unrelated.
I feel like this is the key to Dell happiness but I can't find my way out of this box! Any hints are most appreciated. However I'd prefer not to rebuild the machine again. If there's a culprit it's likely the AutoCAD 2009 installation attempt, but I can't tell for sure. I don't absolutely have to have AutoCAD on this machine. But if I don't then I'd at least like to be able to install other things that need require DirectX. DxDiag.txt