cannot stop program trying to start after reboot  

  1. Posts : 421
    Windows 10 x64 21H2 patch 2023-05

    cannot stop program trying to start after reboot

    I tried to install a game yesterday. It said the installation files are corrupt and to buy the game again

    Now every time I reboot my system setup.exe fails every time, telling me the installation files are corrupt.

    The restarting of apps after a reboot is something I've never been fond of, now it's driving me insane. I can't find how to stop this. The files don't even exist on my system anymore, and the installation DVD is not loaded, so I don't know where it's even getting this setup.exe from.

    I've removed all references to the file from the registry (that I could find), and I've scanned my system for any of the files. Nothing exists.

    Game was GTA V.

    How do I stop this error?
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  2. Posts : 29,350
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2

    You could try Autoruns (part of Sysinternals). I would Image before going to far.

    Assumed you checked the Startup tab in Task manager.
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  3. Posts : 421
    Windows 10 x64 21H2 patch 2023-05
    Thread Starter

    Yes. And I checked the \Run keys under HKCU, HKLM.

    After more investigation, the path to the executable is C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727. The program crashing is vbc.exe. Which is why I cant find setup.exe anywhere.

    It is reference in the registry at Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\bam\State\UserSettings\S-1-5-21-1972058309-3731701569-3657155102-1001

    But I can't delete the specific key \Device\HarddiskVolume6\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\vbc.exe

    Even running in safe mode.

    I'll give Autoruns a go, and if that doesn't work, looks like I'm going to have to restore my system from an old image.

    Problem is my son was first to try the install, and I don't have a recent image for his PC
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  4. Posts : 29,350
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2

    I do not like to mess with registry. Since you have image of at least your system.

    Change Owner of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 10

    Not recommending but I was aware of this ownership tutorial. Option 4.

    Changing permissions can have adverse impacts.

    The first thing I would do is an inplace repair with 1809 boot media (I think I saw in specs you are using 1809) Adjust according to the version you are using.

    I would also Image you son's right now.

    Maintenance...... always a pain.
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  5. Posts : 56,676
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider

    A suggestion for finding some possibly hidden or obscure parts of that game, including registry entries. Get the 30 day trial offer of Revo Uninstaller Pro and do a forced uninstall based on what you know about the game. It's name, location, some keywords maybe. Revo is very good at ferreting out hidden entries. After the 30 days, it just reverts to free version, won't beat you up to go buy something. Also, what it does remove from the registry, if anything, it keeps a backup copy, just in case.

    It's free. Revo Uninstaller Pro - uninstall
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  6. Posts : 421
    Windows 10 x64 21H2 patch 2023-05
    Thread Starter

    @f14tomcat. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look at it.

    Caledon Ken said:
    Changing permissions can have adverse impacts.
    I agree. That's where I draw the line. Comfortable with working with the registry, but I try to stay away from changing permissions.

    Autoruns located the nasty registry entry and I was able to delete it. Rebooted and looking good.

    I'll run autoruns on my son's PC before I image it :)

    Thank you gentlemen.
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  7. Posts : 29,350
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 22H2

    You are welcome.

    Good luck.
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