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Can't install any applications!

  1. #11


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    You must have set your IE up to block your files, I have IE7 on XP86, XP64
    and Vista64 and have downloaded at least 100 .exe and .msi files and have
    never had a blocked file using default settings.



    "dean-dean" <dean-dean@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:%23jcW%23qbaHHA.4716@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Well, this is very interesting. And a little bit of good news for you. I
    > guess download from Firefox in the interim. What IE7 does is stamp, or
    > "block", a file until it's unblocked in the file's properties. If the
    > file is blocked when you click on it, it will show a warning dialog, and
    > also put a "Block" stamp on any files it spawns. The same is true for
    > .zip files, for example. A blocked .zip file will have blocked files when
    > extracted. An unblocked .zip file will not have blocked extracted files
    > (the behavior in XP is slightly different). But that shouldn't keep the
    > installer from installing, and I haven't figured out why you're having
    > this problem. Their shouldn't be any crashing going on (Faulting
    > application..., etc.). Don's post about DEP warrants some investigation,
    > too, but if DEP were invoked, you should be seeing a clear dialog to that
    > fact. Hmmm......
    >
    >
    > "JoshB" <JoshB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:8E6A19EE-9D31-4678-8581-321DF2D46D23@microsoft.com...
    >> Yeah, it's not a file association problem (as far as I can tell).
    >>
    >> I had previously tried turning UAC on and off, but the behavior was the
    >> same
    >> (well, without the "Allow" dialog, but it still faulted).
    >>
    >> Now, here's a wrinkle for you. I thought perhaps it was something with
    >> the
    >> installer being downloaded with IE. On my Mac I downloaded the same
    >> Firefox
    >> installer to a USB drive and then copied the installer over to the Vista
    >> machine. I copied the installer from the USB drive to the desktop and ran
    >> it.... and, sure enough, it ran and installed fine.
    >>
    >> I checked the file sizes of the two installers, and they are identical. I
    >> haven't yet tried to compare md5 checksums for the two files, though.
    >>
    >> So, looks like I've narrowed it down. Files downloaded with IE cannot be
    >> installed. Now that firefox is installed, I'll try downloading an
    >> installer
    >> with that, and see if it works.
    >>
    >> "dean-dean" wrote:
    >>
    >>> His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe, IE7
    >>> to
    >>> download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't think
    >>> it's
    >>> an association problem.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "John Barnes" <jbarnes@email.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> > Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    >>> > incorrect
    >>> > opening function? Since you say you have installed it several times,
    >>> > is
    >>> > it possible you are doing something early after the install that is
    >>> > resetting your .exe extensions. There are other postings and a KB
    >>> > article
    >>> > related to resetting .exe if it gets improperly associated.
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> > "dean-dean" <dean-dean@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> > news:%23fo6PJaaHHA.3272@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> >> It's so odd that you can run programs (.exe types) but not installer
    >>> >> programs (.exe types or .msi types, I assume). It seems something's
    >>> >> running
    >>> >> interference, incorrectly, either not allowing the files to be
    >>> >> expanded,
    >>> >> or
    >>> >> letting items be written to the registry, or both, and balling up the
    >>> >> works
    >>> >> by malfunctioning. Try this, if you haven't done so. Open the start
    >>> >> menu,
    >>> >> and click on your User picture. When the User Accounts window pops
    >>> >> up,
    >>> >> click on "Turn User Account Control On or Off". If it's off, turn it
    >>> >> on.
    >>> >> If it's on, turn it off. They try installing again, using the "Run
    >>> >> as
    >>> >> Administrator" right-click.
    >>> >>
    >>> >>
    >>> >> "JoshB" <JoshB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> >> news:902FA132-6754-44A1-B9C4-4E15766DB0C5@microsoft.com...
    >>> >>> That seemed very promising... but, no luck. The scan completed,
    >>> >>> with:
    >>> >>>
    >>> >>> "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."
    >>> >>>
    >>> >>> Anything else I can try? I'm even ready to try a reinstall of the
    >>> >>> OS, if
    >>> >>> there's an interesting twist to the install that I can try (I've
    >>> >>> already
    >>> >>> reinstalled four times, at this point).
    >>> >>>
    >>> >>> "dean-dean" wrote:
    >>> >>>
    >>> >>>> Bummer. I'm assuming, after doing the "Unblock", that you
    >>> >>>> right-clicked
    >>> >>>> on
    >>> >>>> that same file again, and chose Run as Administrator. Try this.
    >>> >>>> Open
    >>> >>>> Command Prompt, by right-clicking it, choosing Run as
    >>> >>>> Administrator,
    >>> >>>> and
    >>> >>>> copy and paste this:
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>> sfc /scannow
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>> The System File Checker checks all the current system files and
    >>> >>>> can restore the cached approved copies. I'm not sure this will
    >>> >>>> work,
    >>> >>>> but
    >>> >>>> it
    >>> >>>> might be worth a try. For
    >>> >>>> more information regarding the System File Checker with Vista, see:
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>> http://vistasupport.mvps.org/system_file_checker.htm
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>> "JoshB" <JoshB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> >>>> news06ABF64-2046-48E5-A7A0-09F0FB0949DF@microsoft.com...
    >>> >>>> > Nope, no luck. Same behavior after unblocking.
    >>> >>>> >
    >>> >>>> > "dean-dean" wrote:
    >>> >>>> >
    >>> >>>> >> You could try this. Right-click on the setup file, say the
    >>> >>>> >> Firefox
    >>> >>>> >> Setup
    >>> >>>> >> file, choose Properties, and click on the "Unblock" button
    >>> >>>> >> (Apply,
    >>> >>>> >> OK).
    >>> >>>> >> Then, right-click,on that same file again, and this time choose
    >>> >>>> >> Run
    >>> >>>> >> as
    >>> >>>> >> Administrator.
    >>> >>>> >>
    >>> >>>> >>
    >>> >>>> >> "JoshB" <JoshB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> >>>> >> news:883B63D4-E03A-48FA-BED4-35CE645DF335@microsoft.com...
    >>> >>>> >> > Hey all, this has been driving me crazy, and I'm about to
    >>> >>>> >> > start
    >>> >>>> >> > crying.
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > It seems that I'm unable to install *any* third party
    >>> >>>> >> > application
    >>> >>>> >> > on
    >>> >>>> >> > my
    >>> >>>> >> > new
    >>> >>>> >> > Windows Vista Home Premium installation. Firefox, Thunderbird,
    >>> >>>> >> > Nvidia
    >>> >>>> >> > drivers, VNC, any .exe file that tries to install an
    >>> >>>> >> > application
    >>> >>>> >> > fails
    >>> >>>> >> > with a
    >>> >>>> >> > generic error message:
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > "firefox has stopped working - A problem caused the program to
    >>> >>>> >> > stop
    >>> >>>> >> > working
    >>> >>>> >> > correctly..."
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ... faulting
    >>> >>>> >> > module
    >>> >>>> >> > ntdll.dll .... "
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > I've activated my install, restarted the machine a million
    >>> >>>> >> > times,
    >>> >>>> >> > looked
    >>> >>>> >> > everywhere on the 'net, I've even reinstalled the OS several
    >>> >>>> >> > times,
    >>> >>>> >> > trying
    >>> >>>> >> > upgrades vs. clean installs, vs. 30 day trials. I've updated
    >>> >>>> >> > the
    >>> >>>> >> > system
    >>> >>>> >> > (the
    >>> >>>> >> > updates seem to apply fine). All hardware seems to be
    >>> >>>> >> > recognized
    >>> >>>> >> > fine
    >>> >>>> >> > in
    >>> >>>> >> > the
    >>> >>>> >> > Device Manager... My xbox 360 connects just fine as an
    >>> >>>> >> > Extender...
    >>> >>>> >> > I
    >>> >>>> >> > just
    >>> >>>> >> > can't seem to install any new programs!
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > My machine is a run of the mill Dell Dimension 4700.
    >>> >>>> >> >
    >>> >>>> >> > Any help or pointers at all will be much appreciated!
    >>> >>>> >>
    >>> >>>> >>
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>>>
    >>> >>
    >>> >
    >>>
    >>>

    >



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  3. #12


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Not all .exe are created equal. Application/exe can work while a
    self-extracting Archive will not
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/165/1/ shows how they can act
    differently depending on how they are opened.

    "Don" <don195702@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:uWHgMSbaHHA.5044@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > dean-dean wrote:
    >> His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe, IE7
    >> to download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't
    >> think it's an association problem.
    >>
    >>
    >> "John Barnes" <jbarnes@email.net> wrote in message
    >> news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    >>> incorrect opening function? Since you say you have installed it
    >>> several times, is it possible you are doing something early after the
    >>> install that is resetting your .exe extensions. There are other
    >>> postings and a KB article related to resetting .exe if it gets
    >>> improperly associated.

    >
    >>>>>> >> JoshB wrote:
    >>>>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:
    >>>>>> >> >
    >>>>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ... faulting
    >>>>>> >> > module ntdll.dll .... "

    >
    > I googled ntdll.dll and found tons of stuff, but I'm not sure any of it
    > is relevant here.
    >
    > Two responses sounded interesting -- one stating that a faulty memory
    > module was the problem, and the other said that exempting the crashing
    > program from Data Execution Prevention fixed it.
    >
    > Now, exempting anything from a security feature is not a real solution
    > to any problem, but I thought this might be interesting to try as a
    > one-time experiment. Just substitute e.g. the Firefox setup executable
    > for 'explorer.exe' in the instructions I've cut-and-pasted below:
    >
    > 1.click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen
    > 2.click the Control Panel menu item
    > 3.then double-click the System icon.
    > 4.Click the Advanced tab
    > 5.Find the item marked Performance right under there is a button that
    > says Settings.
    > 6.Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    > 7.You'll see two options in that window click the second option that
    > says "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select."
    > 8. When you are finished with that then click the 'add...' button it
    > should be visable at the bottom of the box. then you have to find where
    > the file 'explorer.exe' resides on your computer most of the time it's
    > something like this c:\windows\explorer.exe anyway add explorer to that
    > list. It'll give you a warning just ignore it and click ok. Then you
    > reboot and if you try it everything should work just fine.



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  4. #13


    JoshB Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    No luck. I tried the following, but it still exhibited the same
    behavior.

    I tested downloading a file with Firefox, and the downloaded file
    *will* install. However, I'm still having trouble installing some
    items, and I believe the underlying problem with IE is causing these
    other issues. Some examples:

    - Yahoo Music Jukebox, the installer is tiny, and goes and retrieves
    the "real" installer... I think it must use the IE subsystem for
    downloading it, and that installer is blocked, so the installer fails.

    - Updated NVidia drivers all fail to install. The WHQL version does
    show me the Terms and Conditions to agree to, but after that I'm told
    that the executable is corrupt and to go and try and download it
    again. The beta, non-WHQL version doesn't execute at all, and gives an
    invalid memory access error... perhaps that points to my having a back
    memory module? I kind of doubt that, but maybe that's because I'm a
    software engineer, and inherently mistrust software as a result

    Any other ideas? Does the above shed any more light? Perhaps waiting
    for Vista SP1 really would have been best, but Vista's MCE is so
    pretty!


    On Mar 18, 4:24 pm, Don <don195...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > dean-dean wrote:
    > > His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe, IE7
    > > to download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't
    > > think it's an association problem.

    >
    > > "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote in message
    > >news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >> Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    > >> incorrect opening function? Since you say you have installed it
    > >> several times, is it possible you are doing something early after the
    > >> install that is resetting your .exe extensions. There are other
    > >> postings and a KB article related to resetting .exe if it gets
    > >> improperly associated.
    > >>>>> >>JoshBwrote:
    > >>>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:

    >
    > >>>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ... faulting
    > >>>>> >> > module ntdll.dll .... "

    >
    > I googled ntdll.dll and found tons of stuff, but I'm not sure any of it
    > is relevant here.
    >
    > Two responses sounded interesting -- one stating that a faulty memory
    > module was the problem, and the other said that exempting the crashing
    > program from Data Execution Prevention fixed it.
    >
    > Now, exempting anything from a security feature is not a real solution
    > to any problem, but I thought this might be interesting to try as a
    > one-time experiment. Just substitute e.g. the Firefox setup executable
    > for 'explorer.exe' in the instructions I've cut-and-pasted below:
    >
    > 1.click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen
    > 2.click the Control Panel menu item
    > 3.then double-click the System icon.
    > 4.Click the Advanced tab
    > 5.Find the item marked Performance right under there is a button that
    > says Settings.
    > 6.Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    > 7.You'll see two options in that window click the second option that
    > says "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select."
    > 8. When you are finished with that then click the 'add...' button it
    > should be visable at the bottom of the box. then you have to find where
    > the file 'explorer.exe' resides on your computer most of the time it's
    > something like this c:\windows\explorer.exe anyway add explorer to that
    > list. It'll give you a warning just ignore it and click ok. Then you
    > reboot and if you try it everything should work just fine.




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  5. #14


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Since IE works for virtually everyone else, you need to consider things on
    your computer which might be causing a problem. Two that come to mind are
    your anti-virus and your firewall. Since their hooks into the various
    browsers are different, that might explain the variables in your results.
    Since nVidia suggests that you turn off the anti-virus when installing their
    drivers, they must have had some problem in the past with an A/V product. I
    never have. If you are on a site you trust, turn off your A/V and see if
    the problem goes away.


    "JoshB" <jburley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1174283508.950821.13570@e1g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
    > No luck. I tried the following, but it still exhibited the same
    > behavior.
    >
    > I tested downloading a file with Firefox, and the downloaded file
    > *will* install. However, I'm still having trouble installing some
    > items, and I believe the underlying problem with IE is causing these
    > other issues. Some examples:
    >
    > - Yahoo Music Jukebox, the installer is tiny, and goes and retrieves
    > the "real" installer... I think it must use the IE subsystem for
    > downloading it, and that installer is blocked, so the installer fails.
    >
    > - Updated NVidia drivers all fail to install. The WHQL version does
    > show me the Terms and Conditions to agree to, but after that I'm told
    > that the executable is corrupt and to go and try and download it
    > again. The beta, non-WHQL version doesn't execute at all, and gives an
    > invalid memory access error... perhaps that points to my having a back
    > memory module? I kind of doubt that, but maybe that's because I'm a
    > software engineer, and inherently mistrust software as a result
    >
    > Any other ideas? Does the above shed any more light? Perhaps waiting
    > for Vista SP1 really would have been best, but Vista's MCE is so
    > pretty!
    >
    >
    > On Mar 18, 4:24 pm, Don <don195...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> dean-dean wrote:
    >> > His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe, IE7
    >> > to download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't
    >> > think it's an association problem.

    >>
    >> > "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote in message
    >> >news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> >> Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    >> >> incorrect opening function? Since you say you have installed it
    >> >> several times, is it possible you are doing something early after the
    >> >> install that is resetting your .exe extensions. There are other
    >> >> postings and a KB article related to resetting .exe if it gets
    >> >> improperly associated.
    >> >>>>> >>JoshBwrote:
    >> >>>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:

    >>
    >> >>>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ... faulting
    >> >>>>> >> > module ntdll.dll .... "

    >>
    >> I googled ntdll.dll and found tons of stuff, but I'm not sure any of it
    >> is relevant here.
    >>
    >> Two responses sounded interesting -- one stating that a faulty memory
    >> module was the problem, and the other said that exempting the crashing
    >> program from Data Execution Prevention fixed it.
    >>
    >> Now, exempting anything from a security feature is not a real solution
    >> to any problem, but I thought this might be interesting to try as a
    >> one-time experiment. Just substitute e.g. the Firefox setup executable
    >> for 'explorer.exe' in the instructions I've cut-and-pasted below:
    >>
    >> 1.click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen
    >> 2.click the Control Panel menu item
    >> 3.then double-click the System icon.
    >> 4.Click the Advanced tab
    >> 5.Find the item marked Performance right under there is a button that
    >> says Settings.
    >> 6.Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    >> 7.You'll see two options in that window click the second option that
    >> says "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select."
    >> 8. When you are finished with that then click the 'add...' button it
    >> should be visable at the bottom of the box. then you have to find where
    >> the file 'explorer.exe' resides on your computer most of the time it's
    >> something like this c:\windows\explorer.exe anyway add explorer to that
    >> list. It'll give you a warning just ignore it and click ok. Then you
    >> reboot and if you try it everything should work just fine.

    >
    >



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  6. #15


    JoshB Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    I do not yet have any third-party anti-virus software installed. Nor
    do I have any different firewall setup other than the standard,
    default Vista install.

    In the firewall case, even if the NVidia software is copied over from
    a usb disk, it still gives an error.

    I don't at all doubt that it's the Vista security subsystem getting in
    the way... that's exactly what I'm hoping to try and get to the bottom
    of. Since I don't have any third-party apps installed, something fishy
    with the OS seems to be going on.


    On Mar 19, 5:20 am, "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote:
    > Since IE works for virtually everyone else, you need to consider things on
    > your computer which might be causing a problem. Two that come to mind are
    > your anti-virus and your firewall. Since their hooks into the various
    > browsers are different, that might explain the variables in your results.
    > Since nVidia suggests that you turn off the anti-virus when installing their
    > drivers, they must have had some problem in the past with an A/V product. I
    > never have. If you are on a site you trust, turn off your A/V and see if
    > the problem goes away.
    >
    > "JoshB" <jbur...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1174283508.950821.13570@e1g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
    >
    > > No luck. I tried the following, but it still exhibited the same
    > > behavior.

    >
    > > I tested downloading a file with Firefox, and the downloaded file
    > > *will* install. However, I'm still having trouble installing some
    > > items, and I believe the underlying problem with IE is causing these
    > > other issues. Some examples:

    >
    > > - Yahoo Music Jukebox, the installer is tiny, and goes and retrieves
    > > the "real" installer... I think it must use the IE subsystem for
    > > downloading it, and that installer is blocked, so the installer fails.

    >
    > > - Updated NVidia drivers all fail to install. The WHQL version does
    > > show me the Terms and Conditions to agree to, but after that I'm told
    > > that the executable is corrupt and to go and try and download it
    > > again. The beta, non-WHQL version doesn't execute at all, and gives an
    > > invalid memory access error... perhaps that points to my having a back
    > > memory module? I kind of doubt that, but maybe that's because I'm a
    > > software engineer, and inherently mistrust software as a result

    >
    > > Any other ideas? Does the above shed any more light? Perhaps waiting
    > > forVistaSP1 really would have been best, butVista'sMCE is so
    > > pretty!

    >
    > > On Mar 18, 4:24 pm, Don <don195...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > >> dean-dean wrote:
    > >> > His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe, IE7
    > >> > to download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't
    > >> > think it's an association problem.

    >
    > >> > "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote in message
    > >> >news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >> >> Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    > >> >> incorrect opening function? Since you say you have installed it
    > >> >> several times, is it possible you are doing something early after the
    > >> >> install that is resetting your .exe extensions. There are other
    > >> >> postings and a KB article related to resetting .exe if it gets
    > >> >> improperly associated.
    > >> >>>>> >>JoshBwrote:
    > >> >>>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:

    >
    > >> >>>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ... faulting
    > >> >>>>> >> > module ntdll.dll .... "

    >
    > >> I googled ntdll.dll and found tons of stuff, but I'm not sure any of it
    > >> is relevant here.

    >
    > >> Two responses sounded interesting -- one stating that a faulty memory
    > >> module was the problem, and the other said that exempting the crashing
    > >> program from Data Execution Prevention fixed it.

    >
    > >> Now, exempting anything from a security feature is not a real solution
    > >> to any problem, but I thought this might be interesting to try as a
    > >> one-time experiment. Just substitute e.g. the Firefox setup executable
    > >> for 'explorer.exe' in the instructions I've cut-and-pasted below:

    >
    > >> 1.click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen
    > >> 2.click the Control Panel menu item
    > >> 3.then double-click the System icon.
    > >> 4.Click the Advanced tab
    > >> 5.Find the item marked Performance right under there is a button that
    > >> says Settings.
    > >> 6.Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    > >> 7.You'll see two options in that window click the second option that
    > >> says "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select."
    > >> 8. When you are finished with that then click the 'add...' button it
    > >> should be visable at the bottom of the box. then you have to find where
    > >> the file 'explorer.exe' resides on your computer most of the time it's
    > >> something like this c:\windows\explorer.exe anyway add explorer to that
    > >> list. It'll give you a warning just ignore it and click ok. Then you
    > >> reboot and if you try it everything should work just fine.




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  7. #16


    Jane C Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Josh,
    Time for some hardware diagnostics. Download and run Memtest86 (free) to
    thoroughly check your RAM. Run hard disk diagnostics, usually available
    from the manufacturers website. Check all cables. Swap them out for
    different ones if you can and see if the problem still persists. These
    corruption errors could well be faulty hardware. Do bear in mind that even
    new hardware can fail without warning.

    --
    Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    "JoshB" <jburley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1174323255.720159.316250@y80g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
    >I do not yet have any third-party anti-virus software installed. Nor
    > do I have any different firewall setup other than the standard,
    > default Vista install.
    >
    > In the firewall case, even if the NVidia software is copied over from
    > a usb disk, it still gives an error.
    >
    > I don't at all doubt that it's the Vista security subsystem getting in
    > the way... that's exactly what I'm hoping to try and get to the bottom
    > of. Since I don't have any third-party apps installed, something fishy
    > with the OS seems to be going on.
    >
    >
    > On Mar 19, 5:20 am, "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote:
    >> Since IE works for virtually everyone else, you need to consider things
    >> on
    >> your computer which might be causing a problem. Two that come to mind
    >> are
    >> your anti-virus and your firewall. Since their hooks into the various
    >> browsers are different, that might explain the variables in your results.
    >> Since nVidia suggests that you turn off the anti-virus when installing
    >> their
    >> drivers, they must have had some problem in the past with an A/V product.
    >> I
    >> never have. If you are on a site you trust, turn off your A/V and see if
    >> the problem goes away.
    >>
    >> "JoshB" <jbur...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:1174283508.950821.13570@e1g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
    >>
    >> > No luck. I tried the following, but it still exhibited the same
    >> > behavior.

    >>
    >> > I tested downloading a file with Firefox, and the downloaded file
    >> > *will* install. However, I'm still having trouble installing some
    >> > items, and I believe the underlying problem with IE is causing these
    >> > other issues. Some examples:

    >>
    >> > - Yahoo Music Jukebox, the installer is tiny, and goes and retrieves
    >> > the "real" installer... I think it must use the IE subsystem for
    >> > downloading it, and that installer is blocked, so the installer fails.

    >>
    >> > - Updated NVidia drivers all fail to install. The WHQL version does
    >> > show me the Terms and Conditions to agree to, but after that I'm told
    >> > that the executable is corrupt and to go and try and download it
    >> > again. The beta, non-WHQL version doesn't execute at all, and gives an
    >> > invalid memory access error... perhaps that points to my having a back
    >> > memory module? I kind of doubt that, but maybe that's because I'm a
    >> > software engineer, and inherently mistrust software as a result

    >>
    >> > Any other ideas? Does the above shed any more light? Perhaps waiting
    >> > forVistaSP1 really would have been best, butVista'sMCE is so
    >> > pretty!

    >>
    >> > On Mar 18, 4:24 pm, Don <don195...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> >> dean-dean wrote:
    >> >> > His .exe associations seem okay, since he was able to run cmd.exe,
    >> >> > IE7
    >> >> > to download the installers, and Media Center was mentioned. I don't
    >> >> > think it's an association problem.

    >>
    >> >> > "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote in message
    >> >> >news:ewh5laaaHHA.1244@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> >> >> Is it possible that the extension has been associated with an
    >> >> >> incorrect opening function? Since you say you have installed it
    >> >> >> several times, is it possible you are doing something early after
    >> >> >> the
    >> >> >> install that is resetting your .exe extensions. There are other
    >> >> >> postings and a KB article related to resetting .exe if it gets
    >> >> >> improperly associated.
    >> >> >>>>> >>JoshBwrote:
    >> >> >>>>> >> > Looking in the Event Log shows:

    >>
    >> >> >>>>> >> > "Faulting application Firefox Setup 2.0.0.2.exe ...
    >> >> >>>>> >> > faulting
    >> >> >>>>> >> > module ntdll.dll .... "

    >>
    >> >> I googled ntdll.dll and found tons of stuff, but I'm not sure any of
    >> >> it
    >> >> is relevant here.

    >>
    >> >> Two responses sounded interesting -- one stating that a faulty memory
    >> >> module was the problem, and the other said that exempting the crashing
    >> >> program from Data Execution Prevention fixed it.

    >>
    >> >> Now, exempting anything from a security feature is not a real solution
    >> >> to any problem, but I thought this might be interesting to try as a
    >> >> one-time experiment. Just substitute e.g. the Firefox setup
    >> >> executable
    >> >> for 'explorer.exe' in the instructions I've cut-and-pasted below:

    >>
    >> >> 1.click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen
    >> >> 2.click the Control Panel menu item
    >> >> 3.then double-click the System icon.
    >> >> 4.Click the Advanced tab
    >> >> 5.Find the item marked Performance right under there is a button that
    >> >> says Settings.
    >> >> 6.Click the Data Execution Prevention tab.
    >> >> 7.You'll see two options in that window click the second option that
    >> >> says "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I
    >> >> select."
    >> >> 8. When you are finished with that then click the 'add...' button it
    >> >> should be visable at the bottom of the box. then you have to find
    >> >> where
    >> >> the file 'explorer.exe' resides on your computer most of the time it's
    >> >> something like this c:\windows\explorer.exe anyway add explorer to
    >> >> that
    >> >> list. It'll give you a warning just ignore it and click ok. Then you
    >> >> reboot and if you try it everything should work just fine.

    >
    >



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  8. #17


    JoshB Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Well, I thought you were on to something with this one (and you still
    might be). I ran memtest86+, and on the second pass, sure enough, it
    hit an error. So, to narrow it down, I took out each of the four
    sticks and installed each one separately, running memtest86 against
    each single stick. My most recent 1GB purchase (2 x 512MB) *both* had
    errors during passes.

    With the above in mind, I really thought I had my culprit. I ran tests
    on the original Dell-supplied chips, and they passed without errors. I
    started up Vista with only the known good sticks in, and tried to run
    the same IE-downloaded installers... no luck. I tried to run the
    nvidia installer, same error.

    So, the sticks of RAM are definitely suspect, and may have been
    causing other problems... but the underlying issue I'm having remains.
    I haven't yet ran diagnostics on my harddrives... I'll try that
    tomorrow.

    On Mar 19, 2:05 pm, "Jane C" <jellyb...@NOSPAMxjgarage.org> wrote:
    > Josh,
    > Time for some hardware diagnostics. Download and run Memtest86 (free) to
    > thoroughly check your RAM. Run hard disk diagnostics, usually available
    > from the manufacturers website. Check all cables. Swap them out for
    > different ones if you can and see if the problem still persists. These
    > corruption errors could well be faulty hardware. Do bear in mind that even
    > new hardware can fail without warning.
    >



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  9. #18


    John Barnes Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    You need to redownload your programs.

    "JoshB" <jburley@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1174447870.219058.306430@e65g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    > Well, I thought you were on to something with this one (and you still
    > might be). I ran memtest86+, and on the second pass, sure enough, it
    > hit an error. So, to narrow it down, I took out each of the four
    > sticks and installed each one separately, running memtest86 against
    > each single stick. My most recent 1GB purchase (2 x 512MB) *both* had
    > errors during passes.
    >
    > With the above in mind, I really thought I had my culprit. I ran tests
    > on the original Dell-supplied chips, and they passed without errors. I
    > started up Vista with only the known good sticks in, and tried to run
    > the same IE-downloaded installers... no luck. I tried to run the
    > nvidia installer, same error.
    >
    > So, the sticks of RAM are definitely suspect, and may have been
    > causing other problems... but the underlying issue I'm having remains.
    > I haven't yet ran diagnostics on my harddrives... I'll try that
    > tomorrow.
    >
    > On Mar 19, 2:05 pm, "Jane C" <jellyb...@NOSPAMxjgarage.org> wrote:
    >> Josh,
    >> Time for some hardware diagnostics. Download and run Memtest86 (free) to
    >> thoroughly check your RAM. Run hard disk diagnostics, usually available
    >> from the manufacturers website. Check all cables. Swap them out for
    >> different ones if you can and see if the problem still persists. These
    >> corruption errors could well be faulty hardware. Do bear in mind that
    >> even
    >> new hardware can fail without warning.
    >>

    >



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  10. #19


    JoshB Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Unfortunately, it seems to go a bit farther than that... I did try
    this, using IE, I tried to redownload one of them as a test. I
    immediately got a blue screen as the file started to download.

    I'm afraid that it sounds like I need to try reinstalling the OS
    again, that the bad RAM corrupted the install (even though the sfc
    scan showed no problems).

    Any thoughts about that?

    On Mar 21, 3:59 am, "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote:
    > You need to redownload your programs.
    >
    > "JoshB" <jbur...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:1174447870.219058.306430@e65g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    >
    > > Well, I thought you were on to something with this one (and you still
    > > might be). I ran memtest86+, and on the second pass, sure enough, it
    > > hit an error. So, to narrow it down, I took out each of the four
    > > sticks and installed each one separately, running memtest86 against
    > > each single stick. My most recent 1GB purchase (2 x 512MB) *both* had
    > > errors during passes.

    >
    > > With the above in mind, I really thought I had my culprit. I ran tests
    > > on the original Dell-supplied chips, and they passed without errors. I
    > > started up Vista with only the known good sticks in, and tried to run
    > > the same IE-downloaded installers... no luck. I tried to run the
    > > nvidia installer, same error.

    >
    > > So, the sticks of RAM are definitely suspect, and may have been
    > > causing other problems... but the underlying issue I'm having remains.
    > > I haven't yet ran diagnostics on my harddrives... I'll try that
    > > tomorrow.

    >
    > > On Mar 19, 2:05 pm, "Jane C" <jellyb...@NOSPAMxjgarage.org> wrote:
    > >> Josh,
    > >> Time for some hardware diagnostics. Download and run Memtest86 (free) to
    > >> thoroughly check your RAM. Run hard disk diagnostics, usually available
    > >> from the manufacturers website. Check all cables. Swap them out for
    > >> different ones if you can and see if the problem still persists. These
    > >> corruption errors could well be faulty hardware. Do bear in mind that
    > >> even
    > >> new hardware can fail without warning.




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  11. #20


    JoshB Guest

    Re: Can't install any applications!

    Well, on the assumption that the bad RAM corrupted the entire install,
    I removed the RAM and created a new partition and installed the Vista
    Trial, hoping that it would not display the same behavior when
    downloading items with IE (the first indicator that something was
    wrong). Unfortunately, the behavior still showed up.

    On Mar 21, 6:51 pm, "JoshB" <jbur...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Unfortunately, it seems to go a bit farther than that... I did try
    > this, using IE, I tried to redownload one of them as a test. I
    > immediately got a blue screen as the file started to download.
    >
    > I'm afraid that it sounds like I need to try reinstalling the OS
    > again, that the bad RAM corrupted the install (even though the sfc
    > scan showed no problems).
    >
    > Any thoughts about that?
    >
    > On Mar 21, 3:59 am, "John Barnes" <jbar...@email.net> wrote:
    >
    > > You need to redownload your programs.

    >
    > > "JoshB" <jbur...@gmail.com> wrote in message

    >
    > >news:1174447870.219058.306430@e65g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...

    >
    > > > Well, I thought you were on to something with this one (and you still
    > > > might be). I ran memtest86+, and on the second pass, sure enough, it
    > > > hit an error. So, to narrow it down, I took out each of the four
    > > > sticks and installed each one separately, running memtest86 against
    > > > each single stick. My most recent 1GB purchase (2 x 512MB) *both* had
    > > > errors during passes.

    >
    > > > With the above in mind, I really thought I had my culprit. I ran tests
    > > > on the original Dell-supplied chips, and they passed without errors. I
    > > > started up Vista with only the known good sticks in, and tried to run
    > > > the same IE-downloaded installers... no luck. I tried to run the
    > > > nvidia installer, same error.

    >
    > > > So, the sticks of RAM are definitely suspect, and may have been
    > > > causing other problems... but the underlying issue I'm having remains.
    > > > I haven't yet ran diagnostics on my harddrives... I'll try that
    > > > tomorrow.

    >
    > > > On Mar 19, 2:05 pm, "Jane C" <jellyb...@NOSPAMxjgarage.org> wrote:
    > > >> Josh,
    > > >> Time for some hardware diagnostics. Download and run Memtest86 (free) to
    > > >> thoroughly check your RAM. Run hard disk diagnostics, usually available
    > > >> from the manufacturers website. Check all cables. Swap them out for
    > > >> different ones if you can and see if the problem still persists. These
    > > >> corruption errors could well be faulty hardware. Do bear in mind that
    > > >> even
    > > >> new hardware can fail without warning.




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