Original title: Programs will not launch in Windows 7
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. It appears every time a program like Adobe, Firefox, or Quickbooks goes through a software update cycle, they will no longer launch. I get an error message that the device, path, or file cannot be found or the permissions do not allow that operation or something to that effect. I have changed permissions, ran as administrator, even added a separate administrator account and installed from that account to no avail. I have used the self fixing tools in Windows 7 with no success. If I reinstall the software, it usually works, however now I cannot get Quickbooks to launch even after reinstalling it. I tried restoring to a previous point and that did not work either. I am running Zone Alarm Extreme doing deep scans and have not had any issues with viruses. It happened to run an update last night and had the same issue so I had to reinstall it also. My best guess is that there is some some issue in the registry that is triggering the executable files to an inactive state whenever software updates, maybe for security reasons. My only Windows update fail was back in October which is about the time this started with Adobe and Firefox quitting around that time. When I attempted to install this particular update last night it said that it was already installed. Any ideas?