Windows 10: Exes stop executing after a while

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  1.    08 Nov 2017 #1

    Exes stop executing after a while


    Hi,
    I have a Lenovo Ideapad 11S, and my OS is Windows 10. After using it for some time, suddenly all the executables (exes) stop working. Even the windows commands like reboot, task manager etc. don't start at all. The Windows menu continues to function, but on clicking the buttons nothing happens. The only thing I can do is a hard reboot. After the reboot, the problems go away for some time, and then reappear again.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Regards,
    Ajey
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 9,802
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       08 Nov 2017 #2

    Hi Ajey. Welcome to the TenForums @ajeysp

    You didn't mention what version and build are you on

    Windows key + R, type winver, enter

    When did this problem start? What changes were made just before this issue started. Are restore Points enabled?

    First I would run

    sfc /scannow

    from command prompt(admin) or powershell(admin)

    Does the machine exhibit same behaviour on a clean boot.

    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts


    Ken
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  3. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       08 Nov 2017 #3

    I've experienced this intermittently, but often, with all releases of Win10 through 1706. (I haven't installed the Fall CU yet, but I expect to see the problem there, too.) My impression is that it happens most often shortly after a major upgrade and gradually becomes less frequent.

    If I have the patience to wait it out, things eventually wake up. Sometimes it takes over 30 minutes, but programs I've tried to invoke finally start running. (Or the requested shutdown starts, etc.) It had been nearly happening every time I reboot or wake from sleep, but usually only once a day. Now it happens once a week or less often.

    Every time I recovery from one of these hangups (either by waiting or by doing a forced shutdown) I look in the Event log. I have never seen anything pointing to an obvious problem.

    This is obviously not something that happens to many people or somebody would have collected enough information to track down the cause. I suspect it's dependent on the combination of hardware and installed software. I'm sort of relieved to hear that someone else is experiencing it, but that is kind of cold comfort.

    If anybody has suggestions on collecting diagnostic documentation for problems like this I would like to hear them. Uninstalling 3rd party programs isn't practical since it sometimes takes over a week for the problem to happen. I have very few installed programs that I can do without for over a week.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 9,802
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       08 Nov 2017 #4

    Hi pokeefe0001.

    Just me but if something had been going on that long I would have performed a clean install. I know there is work involved but this is not right and continuously performing forced shutdowns is tempting the powers to be.

    Of course that is just me. Once I had everything back in I would then use a tool like Macrium Reflect to create an Image that I could fall back on. Free, reliable and member recommended.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    Then instead of a clean install I would get out my "clean" image if need.

    One member's opinion.

    Ken
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  5. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       08 Nov 2017 #5

    First a correction: "1706" obviously should have been "1607". I eventually did clean installs of 1507 and 1511. Those clean installs fixed some problems but not this "hangup" problem. In fact it put me back to the more frequent hangup situation. And the process of reinstalling and reconfiguring 3rd party software was a royal pain so I chose not to do another clean install again unless things become unbearable. (The products that claim to reinstall and reconfigure software automatically don't seem to know about the music notation software, the sound libraries, the HTML editors, etc. that I use daily.)
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  6.    08 Nov 2017 #6

    To fix the associations do the following:


    • Please open a new Notepad file.
    • Copy and paste the following into Notepad:

      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
      @="exefile"
      "Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\PersistentHandler]
      @="{098f2470-bae0-11cd-b579-08002b30bfeb}"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
      @="Application"
      "EditFlags"=hex:38,07,00,00
      "TileInfo"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion"
      "InfoTip"="prop:FileDescription;Company;FileVersion;Create;Size"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
      @="%1"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
      "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
      @=""%1" %*"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas]

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\runas\command]
      @=""%1" %*"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
      @="{86C86720-42A0-1069-A2E8-08002B30309D}"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PEAnalyser]
      @="{09A63660-16F9-11d0-B1DF-004F56001CA7}"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PifProps]
      @="{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}"

      [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\ShimLayer Property Page]
      @="{513D916F-2A8E-4F51-AEAB-0CBC76FB1AF8}"


    • Save this as fix.reg, save it to your desktop.
    • Double click fix.reg to run it.
    • Select yes to the registry merge prompt.



    Now, try to open a exe file again and it should work
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  7. Posts : 477
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       08 Nov 2017 #7

    FreeBooter said: View Post
    To fix the associations do the following:

    • Please open a new Notepad file.
    • Copy and paste the following into Notepad:
      ...
    • Save this as fix.reg, save it to your desktop.
    • Double click fix.reg to run it.
    • Select yes to the registry merge prompt.



    Now, try to open a exe file again and it should work
    Was that posted in the right thread? I don't see how it applies to the problem at hand. I personally would not manually change the registry without knowing exactly how such a change would fix the problem.
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  8.    08 Nov 2017 #8

    pokeefe0001 said: View Post
    Was that posted in the right thread? I don't see how it applies to the problem at hand. I personally would not manually change the registry without knowing exactly how such a change would fix the problem.
    What do you thing applies to OP problem, i have supplied registry fix for .exe file extension association.
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  9. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 9,802
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       08 Nov 2017 #9

    After trying FreeBooters idea I would ditch AV products for a while and use Defender. I would still do clean boot a use products as needed.

    What is the make model of the motherboard this system is built on. (question for both posters) Have you check for BIOS updates. Not saying to install BIOS updates but asking are there updates.

    I'm really having a hard time figuring how a problem self fixes itself as time goes on for second poster.

    FreeBooter would you see the system fixing this file association over time or erasing at some point and restoring itself after a reboot, especially in Ajey (OP) case.
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  10.    08 Nov 2017 #10

    Let's try something really simple- check the disk.

    Download and install Hard disk sentinel (trial) and post a screenshot of the result.
    To post a screenshot please use the Insert Image icon above your post to the left of the video icon. Then Browse to your image, select it and upload it. E.g. png, jpg. Thanks.

    For more guidance
    Take Screenshot in Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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    And the process of reinstalling and reconfiguring 3rd party software was a royal pain so I chose not to do another clean install again unless things become unbearable. (The products that claim to reinstall and reconfigure software automatically don't seem to know about...

    - I suspect you know of Laplink PCMover as you mention 3rd party products- that is about 95% successful in my experience- best not used for large programs e.g. Office. But it's proved a huge timesaver (and I have a great many progs installed).

    If you maintain a disk image set as we continually and strongly recommend, having that can help you recover to a known point when things start to go wrong- even to a new disk if your disk fails. Images can even be used as the source for Laplink, making that much more convenient in moving programs to a new OS.

    However, now we have Win 10, such programs are of much less use, unless trying to rescue programs from a damaged OS and reinstall them on a clean installed OS.
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