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How to avoid system file corruption due to driver updates

Q: How to avoid system file corruption due to driver updates

My old laptop had this issue: Intel Graphics adapter WDDM1.1 driver update causing system corruption

It was working fine until one day it stopped booting into normal mode; it turned out that a Win7 download of an Intel graphics driver update was causing the issue. I hadn't created a system backup, which, in hindsight, wasn't a good idea but I'm not sure if the laptop would've worked from a system restore, given that it wasn't working from even a clean re-install.

I'm buying a new laptop and would like to know how to avoid issues like this in future. I used to have auto-install of updates but should I change that setting to "check for updates but only install if I choose to"? If so, I'm concerned that I might not install important updates on a timely basis which might cause more problems...

Thanks for any help.

Preferred Solution: How to avoid system file corruption due to driver updates

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: How to avoid system file corruption due to driver updates

I personally set the updates to alert me but let me decide when and if to download and install.

I have never missed an important update.

Also, I only install drivers from the manufacturer of the hardware or computer.

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Something in the latest batch of updates (Image Attached) has resulted in file corruption as detected when running Sfc /scannow. The corruption is repaired but the same message reappears every time it is run. I have restored to just prior to installing the updates and do not have any corruption. I will reinstall updates a couple at a time to determine the culprit. This has happened on both my PC's.

Has anyone else experienced this problem?

A:File Corruption From Latest Batch of Updates

Yeah, so far I've narrowed it down to one or more in this group,

I got tired of running SFC's earlier, but it comes back clear with those uninstalled.

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I'm supporting someone who is having an issue with Windows Updates causing a system corruption after installing updates. 

After installing the updates the system goes into a loop where it tries to do an Automatic Repair, fails, reboots, and repeats. 

Srttrail.txt says that the issue is with cng.sys and gives an error code of 0xa:
Root cause found: 
Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\cng.sys is corrupt.

Repair action: File repair
Result: Failed. Error code =  0xa
Time taken = 5047 ms

The system is running Windows 8.1 x64.
FDE is enabled with Bitlocker. 

I was able to get back into Windows by doing a system restore. I disabled Bitlocker, tried to run the updates again, and the same issue occurs and I had to do another system restore to get back to Windows. 

I ran sfc /scannow and it found corrupt files but was unable to fix. 

The list of updates that are trying to install are:


Any thoughts?

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This may not be the area to post this and this is a solution to a problem so feel free to move this to a more enterprise area of the forums.  I had a HP Proliant DL380 G6 with a predictive hard drive failure.  I replaced the drive via the hot swap option:  CAUTION: DO NOT REPLACE A DRIVE WITH PREDICTIVE FAILURE WHILE SERVER IS OPERATIONAL.  You must shut down the server to replace drives with predicitve hard drive failures.  As a result of the hot swap, it corrupted one of my vhdx files (a 2010 Exchange Server).  The symptoms of the problem was I could no longer copy files from this RAID 5 volume to any location, the copy would consistently fail and as a result I could not backup the data. SOLUTION:  Power off the server.  Replace the drive with predictive failure with a known good drive (preferrably NEW drive) and then power on the server.  The RAID rebuild should take place automatically.  Then, run a CHKDSK /R on the affected RAID volume to allow Windows to replace the bad blocks.  If all goes well, Windows should repair the drive and with any luck (as in my case) you will be able to recover your data and fire up your VM successfully. The reason I am posting this is because it took me many hours of work and research to resolve this problem and I am trying to save someone else the trouble.

A:SAS Predictive Failure process and how to avoid corruption S...

Hi: Thanks for your post. HP split into two companies a couple of years ago and server support has been moved to the HP Enterprise (HPE) company. I suggest if you want your post to be of help to your peers, that you post your solution on the HPE Community Support Forum -- DL servers section. Unfortunately, I can't move your post from this forum to that one, as they are not connected. https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/bd-p/itrc-264#.WNkNOeQ2y9I  

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Well, short version of what is wrong: Whenever I try to load safe made, it'll run down the .sys's and stop on mup.sys, then go no further. I'm using WinXP.

Long story: I been plagued by a few tough to kill trojans and the like when, all of a sudden, during the repairing instructions suggested by another board in this forum, the computer started to develope massive processing lag (ontop of the usual glitches that is probably hardware related). Eventually, about the third safe mode in the instructions, the mup.sys pause occured. I have the WinXP CD and would rather avoid a reformat, but will if it's possible to save personal files (by making backups).

Computer is a handful of years old and was windows 98 until upgraded to XP.

Any help appreciated,

A:System File Corruption?

I would suggest getting on a computer that has a printer and do a Google Search for MUP>SYS. There are a lot of finds take a look and see if you can find a solution you will be able to follow. From what I gather it is just copying a new uncorrupt file over the old one, but getting to do it is the task and I honestly do not know if I could explain it easily to you.

The reason for the printer is to print out the solutions that you think will help.

Have a good day.

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I am using some imaging software (Acronis True Image) which from time to time finds itself unable to read the opening sectors of both of my external USB drives, declaring them to be unpartitioned (not true) and containing no recognizable file system (not true--NTFS). Both drives check out fine with CHKDSK and Disk Management confirms they are healthy. I can recover from this problem by using the system file checker and rebooting, following which True Image can again read the disks correctly, but not for long, because the problem is back again within a day or so. Acronis Support is pretty clueless on this.
The reason I'm bringing this up in this forum is that I assume what sfc /scannow is doing is replacing some system file which is corrupt. Is there any way I can find out which file it is and why it keeps getting corrupted? There must be a conflict somewhere but I have no idea what it is, so any general ideas would be a help.

A:System file corruption

SFC operations are logged here: %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log

Are you quite sure it's not just the reboot that's temporarily "fixing" Acronis? In other words, if you reboot without running SFC first, does that help?

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Good evening all,

I'll try to keep this brief.

2 AMD FX series cpus. Both installed with usb boot media (windows 8.1 Pro).

Both have 1tb Western digital drives. One is a brand new drive 1mo or less in age the other at least a few years old.

I did not image one system to the other, installed from a fresh usb drive recently purchased.

I have corruptions when running sfc /scan now.

On the older computer i had to totally re-install and today the boot looping issues occured again. Computer powers up boot cycles until it says startup has failed and i must recover the system.

This is not a major deal as i did a restore, but its getting old FAST. the other system is also running sluggish. small tasks like managing the file folder system or opening web browsing sessions seem to cause freezing.

Older cpu fx-8120 8gb ddr3 1600 new system specs fx-8320 8gb ddr3 1866.

These by no means are slow crap machines. Both seem to run like crap, boot speeds i'd assume should be much faster. i load a decent amount of software but a 5min boot time is a bit ridiculous for such a machine.

Please let me know if i can provide any further information.

A:File system corruption

You must have had a corrupted installation .iso. I would recommend to get a clean 8.1 .iso and start from scratch. Trying to troubleshoot these kinds of problems will be like herding flee. A reinstall will be the shortcut.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

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I am getting an error "file system corruption of local disk C:" while trying a system restore. I am using vista home premium. How to resolve this error?

A:file system corruption error in C:

Hi and welcome to TSF try using your recovery or install disc to run a repair http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tuto...torial148.html

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I'm running a little low on RAM here until we get another shipment, so I gave added some extra in that was just lying around, all i know abouit is the sticker that says ddr266 128mb, which matches the known good stick.

The question though: Could incompatible ram cause file system corruption? The machine runs fine for hours. I install XP Pro SP3 and run all the updates, and sometimes even have time for some configuration changes, but three times now, with three different Hard Drives, it eventually doesn't boot from missing various files, or runs chkdsk and destroys all my changes leaving it looking like a new log on (Bliss Desktop asking for a XP tour!) or something similar.

Just wondering if it's worth another clean install without the "mystery" RAM or if it's likely to be something else. (cuz then I can leave it to the hardware guys )

A:Can Incompatible RAM cause file system corruption?

Ram can cause many different problems ...I would wait for the shipment

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File system corruption on OS problem will not let me do a restore even though advised to do so on start up. Thanks

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Yesterday when I booted my computer, I got the "Windows is updating, do not turn off your computer (or whatever)" screen. Immediately I was concerned because I did not do any updates the day before, and I have updates set to notify, but not download, the updates. Eventually the log-in screen came up so I logged in and did what I was intending to do. Since I tend to be a little paranoid, when I was done I decided to do a Malwarebytes Anti-malware scan. I started the scan and left the room. Returning 5-10 minutes later, my computer was on the bios screen! I couldn't figure out how to get out of there, so I did a hard shutdown. I then restarted the computer and it booted normally (I mean other than getting the screen "Windows did not shut down properly"). I decided to try the scan again, but this time I first cleaned the drive using Ccleaner. After cleaning I noticed it deleted a larger amount than usual, about 750 megs. Upon close inspection, I notice one file was 700 megs, the CBS_log file under Windows System Log files. I did some quick research online and it seems the cbs log file is a Windows log file that lists system errors. Anyway, I did the MBAM scan and this time it completed, and came back clean. While doing the research on what is a cbs file, I also came across instructions on the "System File Check (SFC) scan." So I did that scan (verify only) and that scan came back "Windows did not find any integrity violatio... Read more

A:Does this sound like malware, or system file corruption?

Did you check your update history? There was an out of band update released yesterday or the day before.

Update changes the currency symbol of Lithuania from the Lithuanian litas (Lt) to the euro (

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Hello, there. I've got quite a mess on my hands. I've tried everything I know how to do and it hasn't worked. Reinstalling my OS wouldn't be the end of the world, because I have a back up from a few months ago, but I"d like to avoid it.

I am using a Gateway laptop with Windows Vista installed on it. I think SP1 was put on awhile back through windows update. I use avast anti-virus and do full scans every 2 weeks.

Here's the problem: one morning I couldn't get my computer to wake up. I couldn't get task manager to come up, so I restarted the computer (I now believe it was in the middle of a windows update when i did this). When it restarted, it would get to the login screen but wouldn't let me select a user or enter a password. Since then, whenever it restarts it gets to right before the logon should appear, and then it hangs or restarts. Sometimes I get a blue screen. The blue screen never stays around long enough for me to get it all, but it gives a 00000F4 error message and starts doing a memory dump. A different blue screen appears when I try to do start up repair. That one refers to C000001 and talks about a fatal system error.

I have tried everything I know: safe mode, start up repair, last known good configuration. I used the OS disc to do start up repair. I also tried system restore which told me that I would have to scan the disk first. Scanning told me that windows has detected file system corruption. When I saw the list of restore po... Read more

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I recently had to restore my notebook to factory conditions to take care of some malware. The restoration worked perfectly and my computer was up and running. After opening Windows, I downloaded and installed the Google Chrome browser and installed or uninstalled nothing else.

This morning, however, I woke up to find a Bad Image error on one of my system32 files. The only changes my system underwent between the system restoration was the downloading and installation of an update bundle for Windows Vista and the download and installation of Google Chrome.

I searched for the problem online and found only one tech forum in which a similar problem occured. One of the admins suggested to the original poster that the windows update "reacted badly" to some software on the computer and "instead of damaging windows, it damaged the system".

I ran and sfc/scannow, 100% Verification in which the files were detected but could not be repaired.

This is not the first time this has happened. A few months ago, another Bad Image error caused me to have no sound on my notebook, this too immediately following an update.

Any solutions/similar cases out there?

A:System File Corruption After Windows Update

Please parse the log, as seen in the top yellow box here: System Files - SFC Command

Then upload the sfcdetails.txt file which has been created on your Desktop.


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And I have no idea how. I noticed that iTunes deleted more then half of my photos off my ipod, but didnt think anything of it, and then i started yahoo messenger and it said it was corrupted and to run a chkdsk. So I did, and this is what it came up with (below). What caused this? All my photos are back, it said it was recovering orphaned files and stuff. But there was too many to count.

Level Date and Time Source Event ID Task Category
Information 5/28/2011 11:57:57 PM Microsoft-Windows-Wininit 1001 None "

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended
that you continue.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
Attribute record of type 0x80 and instance tag 0x3 is cross linked
starting at 0x17c02 for possibly 0x2 clusters.
Some clusters occupied by attribute of type 0x80 and instance tag 0x3
in file 0x35ee is already in use.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, """")
from file record segment 13806.
Attribute record of type 0x80 and instance tag 0x4 is cross linked
starting at 0x566fc for possibly 0x2 clusters.
Some clusters occupied by attribute of type 0x80 and instance tag 0x4
in file 0x3cca is already in use.
Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, """")
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A:Major file corruption system wide

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Running Windows Home Premium.

First to elaborate on my current issues, I've done months of searching for answers and have found none. Hopefully you guys can help. When turning on my laptop, each time I have to skip the dskchk that pops up. It usually freezes between 50 and 64 during the second phase i believe. (Not sure on the phase) anyway so I generally skip it. On a blue moon it will lock up for about 5 seconds and then go to the windows login screen.

This lead me to believe some kind of system file was corrupt, which I've got out the trusty old command prompt and used the SFC /scannow function, which enivitably created the CBS files. Which is great because it turns out the windows sidebar system.ini is corrupt. A truley useless program, that I do not use nor boot at start corrupted itself from what I can tell.

Now here's where it get's odd, I don't use registry cleaners or anything of that sort, and when I use the gadgets, they all appear to work normally. No inconsistancies, or issues. I'm truley stuck.

A:Windows has deteccted a system file corruption...

SFC.EXE tells you when system files have been changed. You'll have to look at the copy in the driver store to tell you what exact change was made.

Have you done a hardware diagnostic on your hard drive? (usually freely available at the website of the manufacturer)

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Bad memory ,system corruption ,missing file

I found out in one of my thread on malware problem running a scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool saying I may have bad memory.And because this is not malware related and I don't want to be taking any more time of the malware specialists there and so I will post here.

what scans can I run to see if my memory is okay? Could system corruption ,missing file or malware cause bad memory? Only problems I have been having is thumbnails taking a very long time to load in the administrator account but okay in the guest account

Farbar Recovery Scan Tool saying I may have bad memory thread saying it


A:Bad memory ,system corruption ,missing file

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Not speculation any more. Funny how it seems to effect some systems and not others. I don't intend to reinstall again until more info is available.

Windows patch KB 3022345 triggers apparent sys file corruption | InfoWorld

A:The Scoop On KB 3022345 System File Corruption

Has it been withdrawn?

After the corruption in mine : SEE HERE , I just did a Macrium restore to back before April tuesday patches came out.
Now I can't find KB3022345 in pending updates.

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We have Vista x64 Home Premium Dell desktop that we have struggled for days and days after a SMART HDD Rogue Fake HDD infection. After many, many AV scans, etc. we finally thought we had the system clean because scans were atarting to continuously show clean and the system was booting again. So, after thinking we had recovered the system, we uninstalled McAfee and installed Kaspersky Pure 2.0 as out new AV tool. We scanned again with the new Kaspersky and everything was looking good. Then about 2 days later, after basically letting the system sit idle, we began having problems installing and uninstalling programs, some programs could not start up, Kaspersky database update would fail, getting errors popping up having to do with corrupt file system, corrupt $MFT, etc.:

- Windows Media Player constantly running very high on memory consumption, even though we are not even running Windows Media Player

- Early on, after virus cleaning, we say a error pop up (only twice) saying the $MFT was corrupt and unusable

- Tried uninstalling various applications and it fails

- Kaspersky updates won't commit. Says it cannot create a directory .

- Other apps starting up automatically in Windows (i.e. Logitech, Dell Dock) give file system corruption type errors.

So, I have been on the assumption that the MFT and/or the file system is corrupt and have tried the following tasks:

From the Vista Installation DVD RE command prompt, I have run both of these commands ... Read more

A:Possible File System and/or MFT Corruption after Malware Cleanup

How do I repair a corrupted MFT on an NTFS partition? - Tech Support Forum

I suggest that you backup asap.

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I've been banging my head against the wall with this issue and I'm out of idea's for how to fix this. I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Currently my system restore will not work. It doesn't give me an error message that it is failing but when I try to update windows it tries to create a restore and doesn't do anything. It doesn't lockup my machine as I can still navigate and close windows. I've scanned my machine multiple times and there are no viruses to speak of. I ran an sfc /scannow and it said it did find corrupted files but it can't fix them. It does this every time when it's only 10% complete. I've tried this in normal boot and in safe mode and every time it stops at 10%. Here is the log error messages:

2015-07-21 20:44:45, Error CSI 00000047 (F) STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND #1321692# from Windows::Rtl::SystemImplementation::DirectFileSystemProvider::SysCreateFile(flags = (AllowSharingViolation), handle = {provider=NULL, handle=0}, da = (SYNCHRONIZE|FILE_READ_ATTRIBUTES), oa = @0xe2c670->OBJECT_ATTRIBUTES {s:48; rd:NULL; on:[105]"\??\C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_atiilhag.inf.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_a84b3670179ab5eb"; a:(OBJ_CASE_INSENSITIVE)}, iosb = @0xe2c650, as = (null), fa = 0, sa = (FILE_SHARE_READ|FILE_SHARE_WRITE|FILE_SHARE_DELETE), cd = FILE_OPEN, co = (FILE_SYNCHRONOUS_IO_NONALERT|0x00004000), eab = NULL, eal = 0, disp = Invalid)
2015-07-21 20:44:45, Error CSI [email protected] Read more

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my windows will not boot because the following file is corrupt or missing;
SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM. what do i need to do?

A:system32/config/system-file corruption or missing

try this: http://ramanathan.wordpress.com/2007...-or-corrupted/

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I was encountering this problem last week:

I did a clean reinstall and was sort-of able to get the laptop to boot to normal mode. I say "sort-of" because it still has a couple of issues:
1) After the clean install, Windows update downloaded about 150 updates. After rebooting, I ran into the same issue as before - unable to boot into normal mode. I did another clean reinstall and installed the Windows updates 1 by 1 and found that installing the Intel Graphics adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics adapter WDDM1.2 - Intel HD Graphics 4000 was causing the problem. If I don't install this update, I don't have the file corruption issue.

2) The other problem is that I can't get my laptop to display on an external display. The Win + P keys don't bring up the display selection dialog. I installed the above-mentioned Intel graphics update and the Win + P keys were working now - but now the laptop goes into safe mode within 10-20 seconds of booting up - same as the original problem. So now I can't display on an external monitor unless I install the Intel driver but the driver corrupts the system files and I run into the original problem.

3) The last issue is that the 'space' key on the laptop is acting oddly - hitting the space key almost always resets the cursor pointer a few words before where it's supposed to be, or the cursor just disappears. This didn't happen prior to the file corruption so I'm wondering if this is ... Read more

A:Intel Graphics adapter WDDM1.1 driver update causing system corruption

Forgot to mention that I have NVIDIA NVS 5200M graphics card.

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Which of these updates do I need to avoid in order to not get the "upgrade to windows 10!!!!" adware installed again? I currently don't have it installed (I had to go through a lot to get it that way) and want to keep my computer adware free. SEE ATTACHED JPEG

Anyone know?


A:Which windows updates do I avoid on win 7 to avoid windows 10 adware?

Hello Zooga,

If you like, you could just use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Windows 10" update, and not have to worry about which updates to install or uninstall.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi there, nice to meet you, my name is Jason.
I have discovered that when I install klite mega codec pack (12.4.4) on to any of my computers and then check the file system with gparted, gparted warns me that the file system is unreadable and corrupted(the big red exclamation mark). When I uninstall klite mega codec pack the exclamation mark disappears.
If anyone has any ideas why this is happening I would be grateful for your input. I now do not install klite anymore.
I have discovered this anomaly more than once on various computer set ups which helped me come to the conclusion that Klite mega codec pack is corrupted and should not be used. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your time.

A:Klite mega codec pack causing ntfs file system corruption........

Try the latest one from here and see if same issue occurs.
Otherwise try an earlier version.

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Hi there, nice to meet you, my name is Jason.
I have discovered that when I install klite mega codec pack (12.4.4) on to any of my computers and then check the file system with gparted, gparted warns me that the file system is unreadable and corrupted(the big red exclamation mark). When I uninstall klite mega codec pack the exclamation mark disappears.
If anyone has any ideas why this is happening I would be grateful for your input. I now do not install klite anymore.
I have discovered this anomaly more than once on various computer set ups which helped me come to the conclusion that Klite mega codec pack is corrupted and should not be used. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your time.

A:Klite mega codec pack causing ntfs file system corruption........

Try the latest one from here and see if same issue occurs.
Otherwise try an earlier version.

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I've tried system restore and got this message:
Windows detected file system corruption on OS (C:). You must check disk for errors before it can be restored.). So down below of that message, there's a link which says ''Check the disk for errors''. So I clicked on it, and then it says ''Windows can't check disk while in use, do you want to check for hard disk errors the next time you start your computer?''. So I agree to it by clicking ''Schedule disk check''. So then I restart my computer & and it does nothing at all. I wanted to try system retore because theres this pop-up that keeps accuring on my Internet screen (Google Crome,Internet Explore) that says ''Please Install Flash Player Pro To Continue'', and saying that It's outdated. But when I did try to install it, It wouldn't let me. Comes to find out, I THINK (Idk) it's like some type of virus. But I was just wondering on why my computer wont allow me to restore now? What should I do??

My computer: Desk Top (Windows 7) Hp S1933
(I'm super slow when it comes to computers, so please bear with me!)

A:Error: "Windows detected file system corruption on OS (C:). You must check disk for e

Hi, go to start search and type, cmd, right click on the returned cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the command prompt copy paste the following:-

reg query "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" > 0 & notepad 0

press enter, please post the notepad outcome here.

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Using win 8.1 64 bit with i.e. 11.0 and wondering which updates I need to avoid in up dating so MS 
doesn t sneak win 10 etc onto my setup and what other stuff I don t need. 
Can somebody post an updated list  -  thanks

A:Updates to avoid

Hi again Pestyone You know that the update that "sneak is" Windows 10 on your system is harmless, right? It's only to prepare a future "upgrade advisor" like there was on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Are they harmful? Not at all. So what's the problem with installing them? Plus, Windows 10 is still a Technical Preview, Microsoft won't force you to update to that kind of OS, nor will it force you with a headlock to upgrade to Windows 10 in the future.

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OK, so I have my Windows 7 64 bit system set to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them"... and below that have the options checked to

* Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates
* Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows.

So, my question is this... what is the game plan to avoid Windows 10 from jumping on my computer?

From someone else's post I found an article I'll read at
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8 - gHacks Tech News

I'm about to do some updates, so I'm trying to research this before I do.

I used Acronis so I can revert back if need be. But, I'd like to take advantage of legitimate security updates without having Windows 10 forced on me, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:How to avoid Win 10 updates???

Also, I just found a program called GWX Control Panel
See - Download GWX Control Panel - MajorGeeks

Is anybody using this? If so, does it work OK and should I be looking at this program?

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I have been a tad busy & haven't updated Windows for over 2 months now I think.. I just checked today & found it had 68 important updates & 57 optional. I know W10 Free period is over, can u guys just scan over my list & lemme know the updates I need to avoid, as I don't have the luxury to repair a crash system nor start everything fresh again...

Here's my list:

optional updates:
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Is there a list of them posted somewhere? After several different searches I'm not finding them online other than KB977165 which causes the BSOD.

A:Which problematic Windows updates should I avoid?

To the best of my knowledge no such list exists. Many times once an update is known to cause problems it is pulled until fixed. Many times MS will never acknowledge the a problem ever happened. Only those who have experienced the problem or those asked to help attempt to fix the problem caused are ever aware of it.Many times the problem update is only a problem for those running a particular make\model of PC, a particular third party program(s), or someone already infected with the exploit that the update\patch is attempting to correct.It is for that reason that I actually run with MS auto-updates off. Unless it is an extremely critical update, released out of cycle, MS only pushes out updates the second Tuesday of every month now.Agreed it can be a bit of a PITA remembering to check but I have found it far easier to remember and check, then if a problem should arise to track down it`s source. The only program on any of my machines set to auto-update is my AV.DISCLAIMER; The above is purely my opinion and my opinion only. Your mileage may vary.

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I'm just about to under take a fresh install of Win 7 x64 for my m8 and wanted to know are there still updates to avoid if i want to stay away from the Win 10 hole, or should i just install the GXW Control Panel and let that do its work, he would like as many updates as poss (so that includes a lot of the optional ones) but i know some are to be avoided.


A:Fresh install what updates to avoid

At the Windows Updates page, go to "Change settings" on left panel.
Ensure "Install updates automatically (recommended)" is select.
As for Install new updates "Every day" and the time "xxx"
The Time should be when you are using the computer or at times leave it on (not necessary all the time).
Also ensure the computer internet is active during the period.
The default setting is that Microsoft /Windows consider that computer are running 24/7 (non stop).
As for Recommended updates & who can install updates; both should be tick mark on the box.
I would recommended to this as i do not need to manually do click to windows updates anymore.

For start, after doing the necessary setting, and need to prepare to let it run accordingly.
Imitate "Check for updates", and after this try not to use your this computer.
Some updates will reboot and continue to download and updating.
This will take a lot of time.

For Windows 10, if it is downloaded, do not click "Get started" as this give permission to upgrade.

So far using these settings, i do not face any problem in the system.
Do note, when you want to shutdown, or restart, if there is "Update and shutdown" on the Shutdown box, do the updates.
Even if you do encountered if you just want to reboot, updates are important.

I no longer see any updates that required me to use my fingers.

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I have done a clean install of Windows 7.  I have installed all the drivers needed and the computer is running great.
My goal is to keep the computer running great and get some work done.  I do not wish to return to spending massive number of hours fighting a computer and trying to regain my bandwidth and data for my use.
Is there a list of which updates to not install?

A:Win 7 Clean install, Now which updates to avoid?

 Typically after a reformat if thats what your calling a clean install you would want to get Windows updated, Install AV, antimalware etc.  Sounds like you had malware on the machine. Normally software can update itself. Not sure what you mean by updates to not install?

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Are there any individual updates that are causing problems for anyone ?

A:Any June 2015 Updates To Avoid ?

All of mine updated with no problems.

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I just came from a refresh and am installing 200+ updates as of the moment. Before, I always manually checked the description of the update before installing (telemetry, windows 10 update, bloat etc). But having 200+ updates now, I don't have the time and will to review each update. I'm just gonna download all of it and uninstall all unnecessary updates.

Is there an eight-approved list for all updates I should uninstall? Or does KB3184143 (Update to remove windows 10 offer) take care of all the useless updates?


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I have heard that many Windows updates are unnecessary or even bad. I know Microsoft has tried to foist on me software I didn't want or need through updates.

Does somebody maintain a listing that sorts out the good, the bad, and the superfluous in Windows updates?

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As a simple FYI to those who aren't yet privy to this fun tidbit, I'm going to paste-in a reply I just typed in response to another poster.

In short, this is how to clear (safely) your Windows/MicrosoftUpdate cache (or, simply-put, a history of logged updates, which suggests progression and no need for prior updates.)

Let it be said that even though Vista is a secure, great OS overall, sometimes one needs to be sure they've got all their "hotfixes," etc. Here is my method, which I verified with MS Tech Support as a valid/safe one. I hope someone out there benefits from this as I have:

if you're having problems with Windows/MicrosoftUpdate, it's a good (and safe) idea to clear your Update Cache. This does NOT delete hotfixes. It simply saves disk space and allows Windows to do a fresh scan for missing or overlooked updates. Vista is a great OS, but it's imperfect. Here are the steps:

1.) Go to Start / Accessories / Command Prompt (CMD)
2.) Right-click on the icon for CMD and choose RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.
3.) Now, we'll shut down the 3 locking handle-type services tied-into WindowsUpdate so you can manipulate the folder. However, you'll definitely want to be ready. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution. DO NOT OPEN THE FOLDER. Just keep this handy.
4.) In your "elevated" Command Prompt (run as administrator,) type each of the following verbatim with no quotes:

a.) net stop wuauserv (wait for response)
b.) net stop... Read more

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My spouse's laptop has Windows 7 Professional and it contains a Citrix client VPN access to her work.

For some reason, I do not have the details, Windows Updates clobbers the Citrix client, thereby she cannot access her work. Note that Windows performs these updates without asking the user if they want these updates to be performed.

We have to uninstall the Windows Updates and reinstall the Citrix client to get her VPN working again.

How can I setup her laptop to block (or at least ask the user) Windows from performing updates so that it does not affect her Citrix VPN access?


Jeff in Seattle

A:How to block Windows 7 Updates to avoid clobbering Citrix VPN access?

Open Control Panel then Windows Update.
Click on Change Settings in the left pane.
Under the Important Updates section, change the dropdown to Check for updates ......
Click OK.
That way you will be notified of updates but you will have the chance to hide the one (or ones) you don't want.

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I am wondering which network to purchase so that I don't have driver issues with win 7.

Anyone know a good card?

A:Trying to avoid driver hell... Which network card should I purchase?

Hi D3lizZsh and welcome to the forum!

If you've eyed several candidates to add to your shopping list. Do a bit of digging and go to their respective manufacturer's link. Check if they have 32-bit/64-bit versions of the driver for Vista. One thing that will surely help you decide is if the particular network card has been Vista Certified, it will bear the Vista Certified logo

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While installing the driver one entry is add in "Services" key for the driver... I don't want to add any data in the Registry while installing the driver...Please send me the procedure asap...

A:How to avoid adding data to Registy while installing Driver?????????

If you don't add any data to the registry then Windows won't know about the driver and all you get would be a couple of files on your disk.

What are you installing the driver for and how are you doing it?

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Somehow I have managed to stuff up by XP registry, and cannot read or update files in Word, Excel etc.

I have tried to restore the registry, with no success, tried starting in safe mode, tried the recovery console, and everything else I can think of.

I have been through the Microsoft Knowledge Base and not found anything apart from problems that occur across a Netware share (which seems to be the same problem but I am running a standalone computer).

It all seems to have started from running an lmfix software to remove a popup infection I couldn't get rid of.

I also can't load any new files or programs.

Can anyone suggest a way to resolve this without reinstalling XP again.

A:XP system file locked for new files and updates

If you have the microsoft office cd or word/excel cd it may be easier to uninstall and reinstall them. You wont lose any data, except maybe templates if you had made some.

Or is this happening with any type of file?

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For The Last Few Months, When I Rightclick On A Drive Icon, Any One, Windows Explorer Crashes And Recovers, But I Never Get To Use Any Of The Options You See By Right Clicking Ie. Properties Etc.

Talked With Sony Vaio Support (what A Nightmare) And They Say I Need To Do A Full System Recovery.

Hope That's Not True.
Any Options?


A:Trying To Avoid System Recovery

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During the last weeks I have experienced 2 sudden incidents that have made my system unbootable and wiped the partitions on both my disks (total data loss). This has been initiated by apparent driver downloads/updates that have started automatically ”out of the blue”. Both happened on the evening of the 15th (January and February).
SYMPTOMS: There have been three incidents. The two last ones I’m sure are related, but the first one may have a "normal" explanation and may well not be related to the other two:
 #1. In DELL BIOS I turned NVIDIA Optimus technology from OFF to ON. When exiting BIOS and starting Windows new display drivers were downloaded and installed automatically (no questions asked). After a required reboot a number of system files were missing, error messages started to appear, one of the security options in Windows 7 was disabled and couldn’t be enabled (I am on an XP system now and don’t remember the name). Norton IS, Spybot S&D and Windows Defender did not find anything. I finally recovered the system from a Norton Ghost image from a few days prior to the BIOS change.
#2. A update window suddenly appeared on the screen (not initiated by me). The title bar said something about updates of Intel drivers (wireless driver was one of them). It developed into a black screen with a progress bar and red letters across it (”do not turn your computer off” or something like that). I think it also wa... Read more

A:Automatic "driver updates" causes lost partitions/unbootable system on the 15th

I have now run Norton Bootable Recovery Tool from a CD and searched the SSD boot disk. Nothing found, but the files on the disk were recognised (357,000 files). The system disk was mapped as disk D by Norton Bootable Recovery Tool (in a normal running system it was C). So the files are there, but not accessible. The data disk (HDD) is searched now. Nothing found so far and I don't expect that either as nothing was found on the system disk. Also here the program recognises the files (the file names are listed as they are being searched). The disk is mapped as C (normally it is D).

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I've got a system that was acting weird on, running slow, etc. I did an repair install of Windows 7 SP1 over the existing OS and can't get all of the Windows updates to roll.

I attempted to do SFC /SCANNOW and it reports no integrity violations.

KB947821 was run overnight and this evening, I found the computer still running it with the "Searching for updates" prompt.

CBS folder is attached.

SFCFix shows:
SFCFix version by niemiro.
Start time: 2017-01-07 21:29:07.744
Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 - amd64
Not using a script file.

SUMMARY: Some corruptions could not be fixed automatically. Seek advice from helper or sysnative.com.
CBS & SFC total detected corruption count: 0
CBS & SFC total unimportant corruption count: 0
CBS & SFC total fixed corruption count: 0
SURT total detected corruption count: 111
SURT total unimportant corruption count: 0
SURT total fixed corruption count: 0
AutoAnalysis:: directive completed successfully.

Successfully processed all directives.
SFCFix version by niemiro has completed.
Currently storing 0 datablocks.
Finish time: 2017-01-07 21:29:17.739

I've looked around the forums online and tried various things, but can't seem to get the updates to pull down correctly.

Thanks in advance for any assistance that can be provided.

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I'm having a problem with a very long (125+ page) and extremely crucial Office 2007 Word document. Two strange things have started happening: First, when I try to close the file I get an error message that says: “Cannot close file. File is open in another location” (which, of course, it isn’t). In order to close the file, I have to do a “Save-as” and rename the file. However, when I open the newly created file, it only opens up as a "read-only" document which can't be saved or edited. To make matters worse, when I close the new file and reopen it, the new file becomes read-only as well. And on and on ad infinitum with every new file created from the original file!!!

When I check Properties for both the old and new files, “Read-Only” is not checked, so I'm really stumped. I've tried every method I know to correct both the File Open in Another Location and the Read-Only problems. I tried going to Task Manager to see if either the original file or the new file was actually running in another program, which they were not. I went into Event Viewer to see if there was any error in Microsoft Office, and I couldn’t find one (although, I’m not really sure how to find this exact kind of error). I tried to reopen both files from Windows Explorer, which didn’t help. I tried shutting down and rebooting which didn’t help. I even tried copying the contents of the new file and creating a newer file with a different... Read more

A:File Corruption: 'File Open in Other Location' + 'Read-Only'

It would be an interesting experiment to save the file as an RTF (Rich Text File), rename it, and then open it for editing in Word and see if the same problems happen.

The reason it would be interesting is, when you save Office files as Office files, they're written with Visual Basic code. VBA code is used in lots of applications and it affects "system" features like your ability to edit and save.

So, save the doc as a "Save As..." and in the white box at the bottom, click it, and a list will show up with the various other formats you can save as. RTF does not contain Visual Basic or VBA code.

RTF keeps formatting information, though special indents and numbering systems may look a little funny afterward.

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I am operating with Windows Vista Home Basic and have had trouble updating my files after a clean reinstallation. Finally succeeded through many strategies, but in doing so (a jillion times) eventually noticed that failures occurred whenever the 'System Distribution' file in the windows folder had not been emptied of logs and previous downloads. Not sure what this means. Any ideas? Could there be a problem with hard disk, processor, motherboard, electrical shorts? (Do not have problems downloading to other computers in my home, so my overall connection is good.)


A:Can't install updates without deleting files from System Distribution File

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I have computer 1 with Office 365 Outlook - with email account. If I have a second computer and copy the .pst file from one computer to the other, I know that when I open Outlook all the existing emails will be there, calendar, etc. But if I have Outlook set to leave messages on the server, will the old messages be downloaded causing duplicates? I know that Outlook keeps an ID record of emails that are downloaded - but is this kept within the *pst file? If so then it should work that I can copy the *pst file and carry on without duplicates. I can understand that if I created a new blank account with nothing in it, then the old files would download...but will this still happen if I just copy & paste the email *pst account file across (keeping the name the same) - same Office 365....

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I missed this yesterday, it's different from the nVidia problem, this one can affect many.  The article (click here) has advice on how to prevent your network or File Explorer from crashing, until a fix has come out in Win10 updates.
Maybe the fix has already been sent, but I only saw a Windows Defender update this morning.  Mr. Woody Leonhard here says the fix has been issued.  I didn't see it, will have to check.

A:How to avoid Win10 File Explorer crash due to WU just issued

This just gets better and better. It's bad enought for people with some experience to deal with these issues but what happens to all the poor souls with little computer experience when a KB update borks their computers?
Edit: An Microsoft is thinking about pushing out these updates using P2P?

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