The stub received bad data.

Every day, with Windows 10, about 1/3 of the programs I try starting that I have shortcuts on my desktop give me an error:

The stub received bad data.

I know I am not the only one because I have seen others say the same thing like here: http://www.tenforums.com/general-discussion/12590-stub-received-bad-data-what.html

I can start the program every time on the second try, but this freaking popup and error is getting a bit annoying. What is the deal. I never had this issue on Windows 7. Is it something I can adjust to fix the issue or is it an issue with the OS?

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Hi,

Welcome to Microsoft Community. Your interest in Windows 10 is much appreciated. 

Try the below methods and check if that helps:

Method 1: Run the SFC.

Follow the below steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Select “Run as Administrator”.

  3. Type “sfc /scannow” without quotes and hit Enter.

Now check for the issue.

Method 2: Run the DISM Tool. 

If the issue persists, I would have you run the DISM tool to check the system health and will try to restore the files.

  1. Click on 'Start'.

  2. Enter 'Command prompt' in the Search box.  

  3. In the list of results, swipe down on or right-click Command prompt, and then tap or click 'Run as administrator'

  4. In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type the following commands. Press the Enter key after each command:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth 

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

To close the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type Exit, and then press Enter.

Note: The tool might take 15-20 minutes to finish running, so please do not cancel it.

   

Keep us posted if you face any issues on windows in future. We will be glad to help you.

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when i try "DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth"


Error: 87

 

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Hi when i try "DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth" I get an "Error: 87"

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I have the same problem here. Every time I restart the computer I get the error running the mmc.exe only once, the second time it works. It is only this program so far. I tried the above and got no errors. SFC and DISM did not find anything.

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I tried this, and it showed I have no issues. I did both of them and it still occasionally happens.

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I received three Windows 10 updates yesterday:

(KB3081448)  (KB3081452) (KB3081449)

So far I do not get the stub error anymore. With me it happened when I opened the event viewer. At first I received the stub error, the second try it worked. Now it works the first time. Maybe one of the Updates fixed the issue?

Walter

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I tried sfc /scannow

no problem found

then i tried  DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth 

Still no problem found

Still i tried DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

and as usual  nothing changed

So what should i do now???

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Likewise.  I am having trouble with the Windows firewall, which will not start.

I have tried all the suggestions here and others, all of which produce errors which seem unresolvable.

I now find my installation files (install.esd) are corrupt, and so can not install clean copies of essential files.

I cannot download an ISO file of the installation files for Win10 as the process is halted with the “Something Happened” error, Error code: 0x800704DD - 0x90016.   There are suggestions this means a pirated copy but I downloaded using the Windows Updater. 

It would appear the upgrade from Win7 or 8 is flawed and fresh clean install is the only option to restore the system.

Make sure your data is backed up and you have any Licence numbers handy…

If any one has any suggestions, I'm listening.

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Hi,

I understand your concern. In order to further diagnose the issue, I would suggest you to check the same issue with the new user account.

Try these steps to create a new user account and check if it fixes the issue. Refer to the steps below to create a new User Account:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Choose Accounts and then select Other User Accounts towards the left.
  3. Select Add an Account.
  4. Enter a user name and hit Next.
  5. Click on Finish.
  6. Sign out from the current Account and Log into the new account.
  7. Check if issue persists.

Hope this information is helpful. Do let us know if you need any further assistance, we'll be glad to assist you.

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Having the same issue.  It started happening after a forced system update.  Task Manager and desktop shortcuts report "The stub received bad data".  Some programs do not run anymore, reporting strange errors like "A remote procedure call failed."  Clicking on "Computer Management" in the administrative links on the right-click menu of the start button reports "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.  Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel".  A second click opens it.  Programs crash on opening; I've seen one dialog say that a program couldn't run because it said the Task Scheduler is not running (although it is likely running).  If I go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, the screen shows a loading indicator for about 5 seconds before showing only: "Windows Update. Looking for info on the latest updates? Learn More. Advanced Options."  There is no "check for updates" button (I think there used to be).  It appears to be a completely borked system update.

Creating a new account and logging in as the new user seemed to help alleviate some of the messages but some programs were still not running.

sfc did not help.  (Running as administrator) First run of DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth caused a kernel panic and a system restart loop.  Second run of DISM got stuck at 40%.  Third run appears to be stuck on "Image Version: 10.0.10240.16384"  and is not reporting a progress percentage.  I'm going to let this run overnight.

Looks like I'm going to have to prepare for an OS reinstall (I see it under Recovery).  If this is my only option - what a complete disaster; this is unacceptable of an operating system.

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