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hard drive not a valid win32 application !!!! wont open my e drive partition

Question: hard drive not a valid win32 application !!!! wont open my e drive partition

I've never seen this before. Double click on e:\ in my computer and it says not a valid win32 application. Seen it when opening applications but not a drive! all other drives are fine. First time i saw it it was looking for install.exe, which i remember deleting a week or so ago. Most likely because it was a missing shortcut in registry or because it was corrupted or something simular. I dont know what to do about this, as I said never seen it happen b4 on a drive. You can open e drive when you right click and explore but when double click sometimes it tries to locate install.exe. No virus, but did have a few recently, I wont put it down to that though and dismiss because I am very vigilant and remove virus immediately, and scan twice a day, always scanning b4 opening apps. Weird one! Logically, how do i stop it looking for install.exe when openning?

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Preferred Solution: hard drive not a valid win32 application !!!! wont open my e drive partition

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Hi, I started having problem on my laptop. When I tried to go to microsoft update I got redirected to instead. I have Zone Alarm Security Suite installed which picked up a couple of spy cookies as did Spy Sweeper but nothing bigger or badder, then the laptop started freezing up constantly. I have a new desktop computer now and used an external hard drive to transfer some program setup files. I scanned them first with Zone Alarm and as all seemed safe I loaded them all in. Now, when I try to access my C: drive through My Computer I get the message C:|resycled\ is not a valid Win32 application. However, I can access the drive by right clicking and selecting explore. I'm assuming as the computer is brand new that I transferred a bug over either on my external hard drive or in one of the setup files. I'm unsure how to go about fixing this problem. The laptop I can re-format, but I'd like to get the desktop cleaned up.This may be information overkill but I installed;Mailwasher, DVDFAB, MediaMonkey, Itunes, Comic Collector, DazStudio and Microsoft Office 2007. All of the files except Office were installed from setup files I had saved to the external hard drive when I first downloaded them. I have not installed any of My Documents yet, but I did transfer all my music files over.I attempted the Kaspersky scan but it said it was unable to complete as it couldn't update. I'm not sure if that is connected to the issue or if I configured my internet settin... Read more

Answer:C:\resycled\ is not a valid Win32 Application error when trying to open C: drive

Hello! My name is Sam and I will be helping you. In order to see what's going on with your computer I may ask for you to post various logs from the tools that we will use to resolve your issue. Please also share with me any information about how your computer is reacting and behaving each step of the way as we work through this process.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may tak... Read more

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while i double-click on my D drive (File System: NTFS), i got an error message "D:\ is not a valid Win32 Application".
it never happen before, and i didnt install any new programs / update Windows XP (SP2) recently, but i can still access to the partition by using Windows Explorer. any ideas?

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First of all, i really didn't know where to post this topic. It's a software troubleshoot.

I get this message when I try to put Madden NFL 08 in my disk drive--"F:/ is not a valid win32 application."

When i explore the CD and its contents, and click on the AUtorun.exe (or any other application on the disc), i get a similar message. I reformatted my Hard drive and it worked. But recently, i moved folders around after the formatting, and it gave me this message again. (This has only been a problem with my Madden CD). I don't want to have to reformat. Creating a new directory and moving the game's folders into it wasn't smart, as it probably messed up some files.

I uninstalled the game, so that's not the problem. I also found all stray files and deleted them.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:<Disk Drive>:/ Is not a valid win32 application

Well you cant just move the folder that it creates upon install and think nothing would happen. Install teh game where you want it first to prevent this.

Have to get a Registry cleaner like CCleaner to try and clean out the registry files for the game. After that install teh game to where you want it. If you dont then LEAVE the folder where it is. If you move it at all you will get this as the executable to run the program will not be where it is expected and cause this again.

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Hi all,

I am looking for some help..

I have a Fujitsu Siemens laptop which has a built in DVD writer drive.

For the last few months, when I put in DVD disks to install my games, the autoplay does not start the disk up. I open up 'my computer' and the drive is shown with the title of the disk correctly, and it lets me right click and select 'explore'. However, if I try to run the installer from the disk I get the above error message or something similar, i.e. 'D:\ installer is not a valid win32 application'.

Does anyone have any ideas about this. It used to work fine but has not let me install anything for the last few months. Apart from the standard windows updates I have not installed anything new.

Oh, it does still let me play DVD films ok and I can copy files from a DVD disk to the hard drive, it just doesnt let me install games from the disks.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Answer:Laptop DVD drive error 'D:\ is not a valid win32 application'

See if you can do a system restore to before this started happening. If that doesn't work, then if you have a retail XP disk, run a repair install.

I am moving you to Windows XP support.

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While I did read this topic, and tried to comply with all of your instructions as given, it has simply become impossible to do anything more than what I am doing right now - and even that much is apparently aminor miracle (this is my friend's laptop I'm trying to help him with). So - what's happening is that any and all actions that would entail accessing a .exe or .com or .bat (basically any executable file) causes the computer to bring an "Open With..." dialog bog with a list of programs in it, in which you can sometimes click the browse button & find the correct program, but most of the time not. I think I just got lucky last night when I managed to install Malwarebytes on it, and although the full scan did turn up quite a few items of interest, including a BHOTrojan, there wasn't really anything that would explain all this. There arent any other symptoms - say for instance, any popups happening - and a 2nd full scan with Malwarebytes says thew system is clean. Oh, I almost forgot - those .exe the computer says its missing? Well, they're all right where they are suppposed to be; however their corresponding icons have been deleted, it would seem. They all have what appears to be a Notepad .exe icon instead. Have you guys ever seen anything like this before?

Answer:Xxx.exe Is Not A Valid Win32 Application-then 'open with' dialog box opens...

First, please do this, to be sure you're free of mlware:Please use the Internet Explorer browser (or FireFox with IETab), and do an online scan with Kaspersky Online ScannerNote: If you have used this particular scanner before, you MAY HAVE TO UNINSTALL the program through Add/Remove Programs before downloading the new ActiveX componentClick Yes, when prompted to install its ActiveX component.(Note.. for Internet Explorer 7 users: If at any time you have trouble with the "Accept" button of the license, click on the "Zoom" tool located at the bottom right of the IE window and set the zoom to 75 %. Once the license has been accepted, reset to 100%.)The program launches and downloads the latest definition files. Once the files are downloaded click on Next Click on Scan Settings and configure as follows: Scan using the following Anti-Virus database:ExtendedScan Options:Scan Archives
Scan Mail Bases Click OK and, under select a target to scan, select My ComputerWhen the scan is done, in the Scan is completed window (below), any infection is displayed. There is no option to clean/disinfect, however, we need to analyze the information on the report. To obtain the report:Click on: Save Report As (above - red blinking arrow)Next, in the Save as prompt, Save in area, select: DesktopIn the File name area, use KScan, or something similarIn Save as type, click the drop arrow and select: Text file [*.txt] Then, click: Save Please post the Ka... Read more

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When I double click my Outlet link I get this error
message: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft
Office\Office\Outlook.exe is not a valid Win32
application". I cannot open Outlook. I have e-mails I have
saved that I need to access and reply to. Your help will
be appreciated.

Answer:[Resolved] Can't open Outlook 98 {not valid win32 application}

Look at this MSKB article:;EN-US;q258794

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I've recently had a huge bout with growing trojans downloading themselves on my computer, and had finally reinstalled and everything. I left my storage drive unformatted, because I thought it wouldn't be infected. However, it seems that something made it through. What happens now is that whenever I click on my drive, it automatically tries to autoplay it. Even if I try to just open it, i get the same msg of "resycled\ is not valid win32 application". Only when I choose to explore it can I get at my files. I looked around the place, and everyone seems to agree its an infestation, so here I have included my HJT log. Hope someone can help me soon. Thanks.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:43:24 PM, on 11/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.20861)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\FireFox\firefox.exe
E:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go... Read more

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I recently had a new computer built for me. When I tried to load a new game "F.E.A.R." using the DVD, I received the error message D:\not a valid Win32 application. When I replaced the game with the CD-ROM version I was able to load the game no problem. I can use the drive to burn CDs, DVDs, watch movies, etc. Last night I loaded a game disk on my virtual E: drive using Daemon Tools. When I tried to load the game onto my computer I received the same error message E:\not a valid Win32 application. I have no clue as to what is going on.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

Answer:DVD drive error message "not a valid Win32 Application"

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OTViewIT.txt : OTViewIt logfile created on: 11/16/2008 2:38:03 PM - Run 2OTViewIt by OldTimer - Version Folder = C:\Documents and Settings\TheOnlyOn3\DesktopWindows XP Professional Edition Service Pack 2 (Version = 5.1.2600) - Type = NTWorkstationInternet Explorer (Version = 7.0.5730.11)Locale: 00000409 | Country: United States | Language: ENU | Date Format: M/d/yyyy 2.00 Gb Total Physical Memory | 1.00 Gb Available Physical Memory | 50.19% Memory free3.85 Gb Paging File | 2.49 Gb Available in Paging File | 64.82% Paging File freePaging file location(s): C:\pagefile.sys 2046 4092; %SystemDrive% = C: | %SystemRoot% = C:\WINDOWS | %ProgramFiles% = C:\Program FilesDrive C: | 9.31 Gb Total Space | 1.40 Gb Free Space | 15.06% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32Drive D: | 18.62 Gb Total Space | 0.16 Gb Free Space | 0.85% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32Drive E: | 18.62 Gb Total Space | 0.45 Gb Free Space | 2.43% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32Drive F: | 13.97 Gb Total Space | 1.03 Gb Free Space | 7.34% Space Free | Partition Type: NTFSDrive G: | 13.97 Gb Total Space | 0.24 Gb Free Space | 1.71% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32H: Drive not present or media not loadedDrive I: | 3.75 Gb Total Space | 0.04 Gb Free Space | 1.19% Space Free | Partition Type: FAT32 Computer Name: CODENAMECurrent User Name: TheOnlyOn3Logged in as Administrator. Current Boot Mode: NormalScan Mode: All usersWhitelist: OnFile Age = 30 Days ========== Processes ... Read more

Answer:cannot open D , E drives resycled\ is not a valid win32 application;#entry798468read this link for flash drive infections(autorun.inf);#entry944365See if you can install/update and scan with MBAMPost that log if you can

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i know ive posted this before. but im going to just include information about legal things in it. nothing else.

i tried to add a hard drive to my computer a day ago, and i changed the cable from the board to the hard drive to support two hard drives. but it turns out that that messed up my comp. so now i put my computer back to its original set up with the 1 cable to the hard drive from the board. and the original hard drive

im using an HP pavilion a510n

whats happening is im trying to install windows XP and its not working at all. i cant even get it to start because it says i cant install it on any of my partitions.

ive tried a few partition editors.

i tried formatting the hard drive. and that got to 100% and before it gave me any other options it restarted.

i tried killdisk, and that freezes without even starting. (unless ESC isnt supposed to work while thats on) should i try leaving it on all day??

the computer keeps restarting over and over. and sometimes i get a BSOD for something about a USBsomethhinsomething.SYS

not sure what is going on here. i looked online to figure out how to do the hard drive install when i started and i did everything it said.

could someone please help me get this computer working again so i can install windows xp?? thankyouu!!!

-->if i could get the drive to partition i could install the OS on my own by borrowing a disk or something. havent even been able to start the install anyway because i cant partition

ive been using the FR... Read more

Answer:hard drive wont partition

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Hard drive is acting up. At first it wouldn't load up the usb boot to install windows then after i waited awhile it loaded then after i clicked the options and it ran it stopped working and froze. I tried to run it again and it wouldn't load. Anyone know why it might be doing this and how i can fix it. Also i have a connector to connect hard drives through the usb port and when i plug it in it shows the drive but if i click on it the screen freezes and any partition software it use crashes. Also it not the computer that's not working because i have another hard drive on it that's working

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i recently bought 1 tb hard drive and made 7 partition with partition wizard. i dont know why, eventually i opened partition magic althou i knew tht it won't support win7. when i run partition magic it shows some error (which i didn't read it well) and there was the option "let partition magic fix the error" and i clicked ok it came for 4 times then partition magic opened; but it showd my whole hard drive as bad.
when i restarted my computer then my 4 partition are gone,

i tried to change the drive letter but following error occur

partition wizard also shows the drive lable bt all the drive letters are '*' and when i tried to change the letter it also shows the following error

what do i do? i dont want to loose my data in it

Answer:My hard drive partition wont show!! plzzz help!!

That doesn't sound good.

Partition Magic must not be used on Vista/7.

Download the free FREE Rescue Kit Express | PARAGON Software Group

It burns itself to cd - do not format the cd.

Boot the Paragon cd - select Normal Mode , then File Transfer Wizard.

Transfer off any data you need.

After that, Use the Partition Wizard boot disc to perform "Partition Recovery" - Quick scan the whole drive. tick ALL the partitions you want to recover , OK , Apply.

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My new laptop XPS M1530 by DELL with Vista 64bit and a 500GB hard drive came with 4 partitions already in use. I shrank OS C: to give me 150GB's of unallocated space and tried to format and rename it F: so that I could install the Windows 7 Beta and the machine tells me I have to many partions already in use to make another. Apparantly you cant have more than four partitions on this machine. The question I have is can I use a partion manager or some other solution to have more than four partions on this laptop?


Answer:Solved: New Laptop wont let another partition on hard drive.

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my computers hard disk has 4 partition namely C,D,E and F, while trying to open this drive it can not open but a message is showing that " the C:\ application can not run in WIN32 mode"
. ,please help to solve my problem

Answer:[SOLVED] hard disk drive partition C,D,EF not able to open

Hi and welcome to TSF.
It's possible you may have a virus infection. Have you run a virus scan recently? If not I suggest you do so. In particular look for a file containing ust scandal. Report back with your findings and I'll advise you further.

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my hard drive was working fine and now my computer wont even see the hard drive when connected, i have lots of personal stuff that i dont want to lose

Answer:SD2 hard drive wont open

Far wiser techs than I are going to ask you for details, such as external USB? HD enclosure? NTFS [GPT or MBR]? I had a couple of flash sticks that suddenly refused to flash [work] anymore. I sure hope your HD can be brought back to life w/o reformatting. Can you attach to another computer? If so, what happens? Exactly what error message [if any] do you get?

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Basically ever since yesterday my External Harddrive wont open on my laptop i got yesterday.(actually it worked once) The computer recognizes it but it wont autoplay or anything like it usually does. when i used it on my dads laptop, computer or anybody elses. i already tried the control panel, administrative tools, computer management, disk management and i see it there but i dont want to reformat it and lose all my data. Is there any other way to extract it? Im using the standard USB cable it comes with. also i tried using my dads laptop again and now it wont work on there either
thanks for any advice in advance...

Answer:Hard Drive wont open???

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There is great problem after removing viruses from harddisk. After removing viruses
d: drive not open when double click on it. If we explore on d: drive , it will open.

Wht's is the solution to repair partition on HDD.

Answer:Hard disk partition (d: drive) not open when double click on it

Click Start > Run and type diskmgmt.msc

Check the drive from there

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I am a part-time computer technician when I am not at my actual job doing IT Help Desk for the bank, and I have an issue with this laptop i am working on.

Laptop specs:
Toshiba Satelite L455D
Windows 7 32bit (sticker does not say which version)
(per belarc and magic jelly bean software)
it listed this on the OS:
Windows 7 Home Premium(build 7600)

under the Software Licenses(on belarc)
Microsoft - Windows 7 Home Premium XXXXX-OEM-X...X-XXXXX(Key:"listed key here")
with magic jelly bean, it pulled the same license key

The laptop was brought to me because it would not boot. After diagnosing, i discovered the hard drive had/is failing. So, preparing to install windows again i was hoping the hard drive was just lying to me about failing. it wasn't.
I had to get a hold of the laptop's owner and he informed me he did not have any discs or anything for the laptop.
*the sticker on the bottom of the laptop (where the key is suppose to be) is blank so i think it faded? but the "Proof of license Certificate of Authenticity Microsoft" is on there nice black and bold. so this is why i had to ask the customer if they had their discs.

To get the laptop to boot to the hard drive, i had to do some work on it. I plugged it into an adapter to my computer and ran multiple different chkdsk switches, and to my surprise it finally booted to the os. Computer properties said the correct version of windows as stated above, and i ran magic jelly bean to make sure,... Read more

Answer:Install 7 on new hard drive with valid key, windows saying not valid

The best way is to activate by phone and talk to a live rep.
Microsoft Volume Licensing - Activation Centers
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
They will assign a new number and stay on line until you are activated.

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Hi can anyone help i have a western digital 1tb hard drive which worked fine then tonight my laptop stoped opening it and it would tell me that it could not be open because there was a parameter incorrect and other times trying to open it tells me the drive needs to formatted first, but at the same time i can still plug the hard drive into my tv via usb cable and it works fine and my tv can play the movies on it fine. can anyone help

Answer:external hard drive wont open

are you able to see the drive in disk management? if so, does it have a drive letter assigned to it. If not, assign a letter to see if it helps.

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I am having an issue pulling up info on my hard drive. It opens on my friends computer but not on mine. I opened up Disk Management and read a few options on changing the letter for the Hard Drive but it wont allow me to do that.
Please let me know any possible solutions


Answer:Extrenal Hard Drive Recognized But Wont open

We need more information.
Do you see your External HDD in File Explorer? Or This PC?
What happens when you click on the drive letter? What is the error message?
In Disk Management, does it say your drives file system is Unallocated Space? or does it say the Disk # (ie) Disk1, Disk2 etc, does it say it is Not Initialized?
Attach the drive on your friends computer. Press the Windows key+X choose Command Prompt (Admin)
Here type the drive letter of the External Drive (ie) G: and press enter (ie) G:\> At this prompt type chkdsk /R and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes to Unmount the drive. Check Disk will start and go through 5 stages and take a while.

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I formatted my laptop and had all my dell drivers saved on my external hard drive, when i plugged it into the usb port it detects it and it lets me saftley remove hardware but it dont show up in my computer.

I went into disk management and seen it was there but wasnt assigned a letter, it wont let me assign it a letter either, its greyed out, so i downloaded WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic and ran a scan, it passed the scan, im pretty sure its detecting my hard drive as a generic multi card instead of a hard drive, can any1 help me with this problem please? thanks

Answer:will detect but wont open external hard drive

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I am trying to open a Vista Hitachi Sata drive on my xp machine, but it open the files.
Is there any drivers I need to download, or software?

Answer:Vista Hard Drive Wont Open Xp Files

I guess I don't understand.

Your title says one thing, your post says another.

What do you mean by "open"? What files can you not access on the drive in question?


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When I go to open my hard drive in Windows XP Home SP 3, I get this long error message: Windows can't find 'RECYCLER\' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again. Now this is after finding at least six virus on the lat top, but they and all malware and spyware have been cleaned. Any thoughs?

Answer:Hard drive wont open, get and error message every time.

You still have a virus, ran into this one about 3 weeks ago on a cust computer.

Boot into safe mode and run Malwarebytes. Once clean boot in normal, run malewarebytes again and superanystpyware and this should fix your issue.

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I have a LaCie external hard drive (this one here) that was given to me by a friend, and for one reason or another W10 wont show the external drive as an option under Devices and Drives when selecting "This PC" or My Computer. I can see my SSD with the OS and the internal 2nd drive but not the LaCie. The only place it shows that it knows a drive is connected is in the task bar where it gives the option to eject the drive and in "Devices and Printers". And selecting the drive from there doesn't provide many options, it just opens the properties window for the drive. I don't even see anything telling me what format the drive is, but I have a sneaking suspicion its formatted for a Mac. Is there a way I can get this drive to show on my computer?

The only thing I can think of is to try installing some firmware updates from LaCie's website, but since this drive contains film footage (that im not sure has been backed up or not so its possible this is the only copy of the footage) I want to be absolutely certain that installing the firmware wont erase anything on the drive.

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I have a LaCie external hard drive (this one here) that was given to me by a friend, and for one reason or another W10 wont show the external drive as an option under Devices and Drives when selecting "This PC" or My Computer. I can see my SSD with the OS and the internal 2nd drive but not the LaCie. The only place it shows that it knows a drive is connected is in the task bar where it gives the option to eject the drive and in "Devices and Printers". And selecting the drive from there doesn't provide many options, it just opens the properties window for the drive. I don't even see anything telling me what format the drive is, but I have a sneaking suspicion its formatted for a Mac. Is there a way I can get this drive to show on my computer?

The only thing I can think of is to try installing some firmware updates from LaCie's website, but since this drive contains film footage (that im not sure has been backed up or not so its possible this is the only copy of the footage) I want to be absolutely certain that installing the firmware wont erase anything on the drive.

Answer:Detecting but Wont Open LaCie External Hard Drive

You are probably right that the drive is formatted HFS+ for Mac.

With the drive connected, open Disk Management (search for Computer Management > Disk Management). Here you can see what the drive looks like to Windows.

If you right click on the LaCie drive shown you may have the option to format the partition(s) NTFS for windows, or you could convert the entire disk to a MBR Disk.

If the procedure is not obvious you could post a screenshot of the Disk Management window for us to look at.

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I need to install eclipse classic by Monday. I installed it about a month ago with no problems but didnt use it for a while.

On Friday I clicked on its icon and it wasnt working, I wish id taken note of what it said but I think it was something to do with not being able to access a file.

Its probably worth mentioning that you cant actually uninstall eclipse. Theres no uninstall option so you have to search for eclipse and then just delete all the files you get.

I downloaded it from the website( again. It comes in a zip file. I unzipped it and I was pretty sure that it looked different already. The eclipse.exe file had the eclipse icon as its image the first time I tried to install it (or atleast im pretty sure it did) and now its that white square with a blue frame thing (looks kinda like a 2D oven). I click on it. It asks me if I want to extract all or run. I have taken both options and they both lead to the same conclusion; a message saying "blah/blah/blah/elipse.exe" is not a valid win32 application.

I have tried to deal with it in the following ways:
I downloaded the windows 64 bit version. This led to the same result.
I searched for eclipse and deleted everything that came up. Then I downloaded it again and repeated the process. This led to the same result.
I scanned for virusess with spybot, norton and avast and got none.
I defragmented the disk on the advice of the internet.
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Answer:elipse.exe is not a valid win32 application. WIN32 is a CUTN(quite urgent).

oh ya I should also mention that I have no problem running other files. In particular I have no problems with executable files that Ive downloaded from the internet

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OK, this is admittedly a strange one...

I have used an old (probably a 16-bit) application as my time synchronizer this I've used for quite some time. Its name is TimeRC, and is a great synchronizer as it tracks moon phases along with the time (from selectable, multiple potential time servers). After a fatal software crash a couple of weeks ago, I'm in the process of recovery. Attempts to manually launch the EXE, result in a launch-time error stating that the ap is not compatible with my Windows 7 Pro (SP1). Note that I'm running on the same level of Windows that I was using prior to the crash/re-install. I have inhibited compatibility checking (Group Policy adjustment) only to incur the Win32 error.

I've been through the litany of utilities (registry) to correct this situation, and I KNOW that this ap runs just fine on Windows 7 (from pre-crash days). I am at my wits end trying to avoid this situation. I suspect that there is a registry setting difference (now versus pre-crash) about which I'm ignorant, so I'm open to any, and all suggestions.

To use an alternative time synchronizer is not an option...I'm anal about how my system looks, feels, and performs!! I've even tried running in XP mode (virtual machine) to no palatable result. Note that I don't have access to the program's source code, otherwise I could recompile!

There's got to be something that I'm missing.

Color me frustrated,
Randy Reist (Lairbear)

Answer:Avoiding '<application name> is not a valid Win32 application' error.

Have you just tried removing the program and install again.

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Greetings to you at Bleeping Computer. On Saturday June 8th I installed a new (and larger) Western Digital hard drive. I downloaded "Acronis True Image WD Edition" software (from Western Digital's website) and used it to clone my old hard drive onto my new hard drive. I removed the old hard drive. My computer is about 6 years old, it is running Windows Vista Home Premium.
Now when I try to open Windows Mail the following happens:
I get a window titled "Windows Mail Storage Recovery" that says: "Recovering the Windows Mail Database". That window disappears and I now get a window titled "WinMail.exe" that says: " Windows mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail message store. Windows Mail was unable to locate its message database. If you've move the database files to a new location, click OK to Reset the database path to that location. Otherwise, click Cancel to proceed, any existing messages found will be available under Orphaned Accounts. (0x00000000).
I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "Browse for Folder" which already has the "Windows Mail" folder highlited. I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "WinMail.exe" that says: "Windows Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail Message Store. Your computer may be out of memory or your disk is full. (0x80004005). I click on the OK button and I get a Window titled "Windows Mail" that says: "Windows Mail could not be start... Read more

Answer:Installed & Cloned New Hard Drive - Windows Mail wont open

Well...a cloned drive is an exact programs that worked before should work on the cloned drive, assuming no drive problems.  I'd have to assume that problems now...were problems before the clone was made.
Why did you change drives and clone?
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link.

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a


No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.

If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.

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Last night i empowered the System Recovery manager and did a system restore, the reason why i did it was because i wanted to delete
a substantial ammount of audio files that i didnt need and more.

Pretty much i just wanted to start new, with out downloading anymore music onto my computer.
after the system restore was done i installed numerous updates
for my computer.

NOW.... heres where my problem comes..

before i used the system recovery manager to do a system restore
i had Pro tools le installed in my computer, it was working perfectly fine..

after i did the system restore, i thought everything was going to be new.. sadly no.

i slipped in the software cd to install pro tools.

a window pops up, witch is the softwares main page

i click install pro tools LE

i would really appreciate it some help on how to fix this problem..
please, please, list any helpful information on how to fix this issue im having

thank you, bryan. not a valid win32 application?

HELP.jpg picture by bryan305 - Photobucket

this is what pops up

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tried installing a desktop toolbar on my friends comp, xp-pro yadda yadda...but get this pop-up error when trying to run the executable...any ideas?

Answer:win32 not a valid application

Is that the actual error? What toolbar? XP Pro (sp1/2?)

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My PC with Win 7 64 bits is giving his message along with others for some other software. I starting to think this is a hardware problem as I have changed various parts inumerous times. The HDD I changed about 3-4 times.
Well, in order to sort a software problem: does anyone know how to fix the following message: 

is not a valid Win32 application. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800700C1)?
It displays whenever I try to launch Babylon Builder, but it has happened to other pieces of software before.
Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:XXX is not a valid Win32 application.

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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"not a valid win32 application" is coming up as an error on my desktop Palm software. The only place I can find support is at But they are wanting your credit card # and $9.00 /mo. Could this be a scam type of virus? They are the only ones who seem to have any info. on this problem. Can someone help me please.

Davis Rogers Jr.

Answer:Can Someone help w/not a valid win32 application

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pls hlp me
i have a prob on my system; is when try to open C: drive, geting this massage like c:\is not a valid Win32 application

I cannot access the C drive, get the above error message.
pls give me a solution for solve this prob.
tanks in advance...

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I did some searching before I posted this problem but I couldn't find a solution that helps.

Everytime I try to install a program be it Itunes, the redistrubution package of the .Net framework, etc. I always get the error "xxxx.exe is not a valid win32 application."

I've read that a virus named Pretty Park could be responsible, yet it doesn't show up in my registry.

I'm utterly confused as to what to do.

Answer:Everything is not a valid Win32 Application

Your issue is caused by one of the following:
1. File is corrupt, bad, or missing.
2. File is not designed for your version of Windows.
3. File is a virus, worm, or other malware file.
4. Hardware incompatibility.

Also look over the First Steps at Removing Malware

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I know just the very basics about computers, and don't understand what most forums are talking about. I have been searching for the fix to this problem for a while, but can't seem to figure anything out. First off my computer is a HP pavilion g6 and is only 3 months old. It's running windows 7 64 bit. I haven't had any problem with it whatsoever until today when I tried to get a excel document from online and when I tried to open the file it said "...not a valid Win32 application". I realized that this is happening with every Microsoft office program. I've already tried repairing Microsoft office which did nothing, and since then have seen many forums say use hijack this. I downloaded that and ran in, but it said I was denied write access to host files, and to edit the host file or run as administrator. Since the run as administrator option was not there I tried to edit the host file, however the line it said to delete was not in the host file. I have no idea what to do, any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:not a valid Win32 application

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started first.Then start a new thread HERE and include or required logs.Including a link to this thread will be helpful. Good luck and be patient. Help is on the way!

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I'm trying to install my Sims 2 game and when i double click the sims 2 icon to install it it gives me this D:\ not a valid Win32 application. and i had to game installed about a year ago but reformated my comp and never tried installing it again until now and now it just gives me that message when i try to install it again and i dont know what to do, can anyone help?

I'm using Windows XP
2.60 GHz Intel celeron processor
80 GB
512 MB
(i dont know exactly what you would want me to list about the comp!)

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Hey guys,

Im completly new to this whole thing so i appologise if my question seems a bit dumb!!!

Basically I was having problems with my laptop connecting to networks so took it to a shop to get sorted. The guy there re-installed windows and all was good. Untill now when i am trying to download and install all the programs I lost.

Just tried to do utorrent and when I tried to open the file to install it it comes up saying that it is not a valid win32 application. Googling this it seems that it could be some kind of worm??

Dont really know what to try next? While I was looking for a solution my laptop froze twice and just had to turn it off so dunno if thats part of this prob or not.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Answer:Not a valid win32 application

Hello and welcome to TSF

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please start a new thread in our Virus/Trojan/Spyware forum along with the required logs

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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After downloading the wlm 2011 from internet, when i run it from my computer it shows error "Not A Valid Win32 Application" how can i resolve this problem

Answer:Not A Valid Win32 Application

The 2011 version only works on Vista & Windows 7 - you need to google for the XP version (if you already have that, you can't upgrade to 2011 on xp).

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i tried to open some attachments (.doc) and it says '....horseMikeLisa.doc is not a valid Win32 application'. i have tried going 'open with' and i have tried reinstalling windows but nothing has worked? any suggestions?

Answer:.DOC is not a valid Win32 application.......

i can go into word (2007) and open them after i have saved them but i cant just open them directly from my email, what gives?

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Trying to open the command prompt in XP and all I get is "c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe is not a valid win32 application". Need help. Thanks.

Answer:cmd.exe not valid win32 application

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A friend gave me this Acer 9420 with XP full of virus and malware to try to save it. I run Malwarebytes with success and removed a rogue antivirus Xp 2008. But the antivirus I tried to install later all gave this error or just don't work. Also Combofix and HJT give the same error. Also tried running CCleaner but no improve. Any suggestion? Thank you in advance.

Answer:Not Valid Win32 Application

Not quite sure what you may have been doing with the tools you mention as both combofix and HJT are tools to be run only under the direction OF a Trained Expert can you kindly rerun run a scan with malawarebytes instruction are here ; update the definitions let the members see what may be going on and where to try next for you please post the report for examination of interest, has the comp got SP2 installed and what other basic protectionBut the antivirus I tried to install later all gave this error or just don't work.??which one? and , to your knowledge what WAS the installed antivirus program on it ?( I guess it did have one?)

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AVG anti virus.After download it says avg6459fu_free.exe is not a valid Win32 application and it closes. what exactly causes this?Help! I was removing Norton at the same time and have no virus protection]
XP Home 2004

Answer:HELP! not a valid Win32 application

Sounds like you got a corrupted installer, delete it, and download another.

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I'm trying to work out why I am unable to run a number of .exe files. For example everytime I attempt to run Hijack This I get the message

HijackThis.exe is not a valid Win32 application. Not sure whther this is related but I did have problem with the XP Internet Security Malware but have followed your removal instructions and Malwarebytes says I have no objects infected.

I'm not sure whether this is related but I'm also unable to switch on the Automatic Updates on my Windows Security, I've tried to switch it on in the Security centre and in the System Properties.

Can you help? I am running Windows XP.

Thanks Contwo

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after i save something so i can check it out later when i try to open it i keep getting this"not a valid win32 application". Help!!!

Answer:i keep getting "not a valid win32 application"

What sort of file is it meant to be? It will need the correct extension in order to open, so check how you are saving it.

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All - trying to get Windows Live Messenger on my daughters PC and keep getting the subject error message.OS is Windows 2000 and running IE 6. Had a good route around in Google but every download I find appears to indicate it will work comes up with the same error message.Any help or directions towards help would be most appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Answer:MSN not a valid Win32 application

click here

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When i try to install the skype i get the error message "setup.exe is not a valid win32 application."How to solve this?

Answer:not a valid win32 application

Download Free Skype again from here

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I downloaded from click herethe Trial Version of the game Halo, size was 131MB but I received 104MB and when I tried to install it I am told that 'this is not a valid win32 application'.I tried to get Microsoft support but it is impossible. What do you think has happened?

Answer:not valid win32 application

are u using a download helper if so turn it of and download in the windows downloader

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I have just downloaded 2 .ISO files from my university's website so that I can use a program at home. I also had to download a batch file to combine the two. This was performed with no problem.
The instructions on the uni website say to mount the combined ISO on a virtual drive, or burn it to media.
I have mounted it on a virtual drive, but when I try to run the program, I get the above error message.

The strange thing is is that I can see inside the 'disc', so can navigate all the way through. I know I'm running 64 bit, but the ISO provides both 32 and 64 bit versions of the software, and both produce the same message (except with the path of the .exe file added on to the E:\ drive. )
I would like to get this software up and running in the next couple of days, but my computer is not letting me!

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks,

Answer:E:\ is not a valid WIN32 application

Are you able to copy the software directly from the virtual disc onto a folder on your local drive and run it from there?

What program is this? There may be related issues that I can delve into material for that may pertain to this.

Also, if you want, you can do a Procmon log of the error. Run Procmon, then attempt to run the program, then when the error message is displayed click the Capture (magnifying glass) button on Procmon and then save it as a file (select "All Events" option) and zip it up and send it over. Also notify me of the name of the .exe so I can identify it in the log (since they can get pretty large).

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After download the document from email attachment, can be saved in labararies, but can't open it since PDF is not a valid Win32 application.
how to solve this problem??

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I am hoping someone can help me with this issue.
I have downloaded some games from for my son.  I save the .exe files to my desktop.  When I try to run the installation files, I get this error:
C:\Users\GINA'S~1\AppData\Local\Temp\APNStub.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
When I click OK, this error pops up:
Could not execute the external program C:\Users\GINA'S~1\AppData\Local\Temp\APNStub.exe.
I have HughesNet as an internet provider.  Due to the limited daily usage, I initially used the HughesNet Download Manager and IE8 to download the files.  Since I got these errors when running the installation, I deleted the files.
I get my Shockwave membership through my internet provider.  I am can only access the site through my internet provider's main customer page.  While in this framed page, I downloaded the files with IE8 again, but I chose to download from the browser instead of scheduling it with the manager.  I still received the errors when I ran the files, so I deleted them.
I completely turned off the Download Manager so it would automatically download from IE8 without even trying to go through the manager options.  I still received the errors, I deleted them.
I even tried downloading them from a different browser.  I used Safari since it is the only other one I have downloaded on this computer.  I still received the errors.
I never had this problem... Read more

Answer:Not a valid Win32 application

Hello, these are the usual 4 reasons for that message.1.File is corrupt, bad, or missing.2.File is not designed for your version of Windows.3.File is a virus, worm, or other malware file.4.Hardware incompatibility.I suspect #4 as you tried some things.So I moved you from Windows 7 to the Am I Infected forum to check.Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes:Flush DNSReport IE Proxy SettingsReset IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsReset FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Users, Partitions and Memory size.Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.Please Download TDSSkiller Launch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive)Do not change the default options on scan results.Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.•Close all open programs and internet browsers.•Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.•Click on Delete.•Confirm each time with Ok.•You will be prompted to restart your computer. A text file will open after the restart.•Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.•You can find the logfile at C:\A... Read more

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Hi All,

At the moment, I'm unable to open any applications including my usual anti-spyware tools such as Malwarebytes, Spyware Doctor, and SpyBot. When I try, a message would pop up to the effect of "[filename] is not a valid Win32 application." I've tried renaming the .exe file, but I would still get the same error message. I also did this in Safe Mode, but same results.

This all happened when I was browsing online (using Firefox) opening up a slew of sites on different tabs. I have been to all of these sites hundreds of times before and they are totally legit and trusted sites (film blogs, etc.). It took longer than usual for them to download and when they did Firefox closed and I was greeted by two fake anti-virus software pop-ups. I should've noted their names, but I immediately closed them and tried to run Malwarebytes. And as I said above, that didn't work. And that's where I am right now.

I googled my problem and this seems to be related to Bagle/Beagle? Is there anything to confirm this? If it is, what should my next steps be? Any guidance would be much appreciated.

My operation system is Windows XP.

Many thanks.

- Ryan

Answer:Not a Valid Win32 Application

Hello and welocme.. Let try it like this. Run this first and then MBAm and post that log.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.EXE HelperPlease download exeHelper to your desktop.Double-click on to run the fix.A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.Post the contents of exehelperlog.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran, and should open at the end of the scan)

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I recently bought a call of duty2 game and tried to install. Every time I try to open the setup exeucte I get an invalid win32 application message.

Answer:Win32 application not valid


Originally Posted by Gayres3206

I recently bought a call of duty2 game and tried to install. Every time I try to open the setup exeucte I get an invalid win32 application message.

Is this a Virus?

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Dear all,

This is Justin, I have learnt a lot from this forum and I have decent computer knowledge.

I really in need of all your help. I have 3 Operating system installed in my computer 1) Windows 8.1 pro 2) Windows 7 ultimate 3) Windows XP

I have HP deskjet 3520 series all in one printer.I have successfully installed the printer in Windows 8.1 and windows XP. However when I try to install the software in windows 7, I get the error "%1 is not a valid win32 application".

This installation fails at HP Photo creations. I have attached the screenshot

Things I have tried

1) Uninstalled and reinstall HP printer atleast 2-3 times
2) Extracted the setup file using 7 zip and tried installing from the folder
3) Checked for infections and did not find anything
4) Ran chkdsk /f /r

Referred below link but unable to perform steps as I was not sure which services I had to modify
Event ID 7000 and "%1 Is Not a Valid Win32 Application" Error Message When You Start a Service

PLease Please help me in resolving this issue

Answer:Not a valid win32 application

Are Win8.1 and XP both 32 bit? If so then my guess is the printer software is 16 bit. Try downloading from here: Software & driver downloads HP Deskjet 3520 e-All-in-One Printer | HP? Support

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I have tried to install United Devices Cancer Reaserch program on a new machine but get the message ud_agent_setup.exe is not a valid Win32 application. This seems somewhat strange as I am currently running the program on another machine (both running XP).The program is designed to run under XP, anyone have a suggestion please?

Answer:Not a valid Win32 application

Corrupt download? Try again.

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So....Im not quite sure how to get rid of the virus that is causing this not a valid win32 app since it wont allow me to open and antivirus programs.
Probably infected other computer I am working on unknowingly...I have tried CCleaner and superantispyware but get the same not a valid....
did scandefrag, nothing obviously wrong in the JHJT log...
I download everything from reputable sites.
I know I haad that invalid win32 thing before and then downloaded superantispy and did some tweaks of the command prompt and SASW found a worm.
The sucky thing is we both have dialup, so I am trying to avoid having to wait hours upon hours for stuff to download and then not work because of the win32thing.

Answer:Not A Valid Win32 Application


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Hi guys,

I'm in need of some serious help, my computer is acting extremely weird when opening .exe files which it has never done before. Whenever I try to open ANY exe file I've downloaded it tells me the application is not a valid win32 application. Which I don't understand. I've done a virus scan and it found some Trojans and viruses, and I deleted and disinfected and rebooted the computer. I also went into CMD and did a scan that fixed something within the system files after doing a little bit of research on it. It rebooted but still nothing. It gives me the same annoying error. I tried downloading Malwarebytes Anti-Malware but it also gives me the same error as with other setup and exe files. Right now I'm stuck with Microsoft Windows Defender in scanning. I tried downloading from Internet Explorer to see if it was from Google Chrome and still no luck as well. I feel like I'm stuck in a very deep technical error hole. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.


There might be some viruses left, because the scan did not finish due to the monitor not responding, so I had to shutdown and reboot. But I'll try again and wipe out any more I find if any. not a valid win32 Application....

the viruses screwed up your file associations from the sound of it.
Go to the below linked tutorial and use it to ensure you exe file settings are correct.
Default File Type Associations - Restore
(just scroll down to exe)
it does sound like you've done a decent job of removing the malware, so hopefully all you need to do is fix the association.

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My nephew has encountered this message when he has tried to load a couple of games using the dvd player on his machine.Any idea what may be causing it? Thanks to all those looking at this item in the hope of giving an answer, those that dont post a reply rarely get thanks.

Answer:not a valid win32 application

sometimes this is down to corrupt data and corrupt installation files,if your installing from a cd clean the disc then try again,ive had this problem before with the cd not been read correctly,some cd and dvd players are a bit picky with dirty discs,pioneer and lite on spring to mind.

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I have just recently run into a serious problem with my web browser. I have been unable to download anything of value due to some sort of corruption. I tried to download the free version of Firefox Mozilla and at the end of the download when I tried to run the installation wizard I got the message sys exe is not a valid win 32 application. I then tried download the application to a cd and install it from the disc and I got the message "file is corrupt". I assume that something is wrong with my IE 8 because just before Christmas the laptop started to slow down drastically, and an automatic update for my Norton Internet Security 2006 was unable to download on the first try, and when I was prompted to restart and try again the entire program just disappeared. As a matter of fact, in the dialogue box of any download everything is listed as taking up to as long as 23 hours. Do I have a virus or is there something else sinister going on here?

Answer:sys exe not a valid win32 application

sys.exe is malware. Your computer is most likely infected. Therefore, please click on the Report button and kindly ask to be moved to the Malware Removal forum.

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My daughter woke up with an unexpected icon for a Windows Police Pro and almost all of her programs including her Avast Antivirus give her the error "not a valid win32 application" We tried deleting the file, but it came back. We cannot run Hijack this verision on her computer.

Answer:not a valid win32 application

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Let's see if we can get some info so that we can determine which system file has been corrupted. That way we can try to replace it.

Download and save the below to your PC (save it anywhere you can find it. The Desktop is fine). Then double click on it to run it.


It should take a couple minutes to run. You will see a black command prompt window while it is running and it should close when it is finished. Once it finishes, attach the c:\avplog.txt
Now download and Run exeHelper

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
Post the contents of log.txt (Will be created in the directory where you ran
Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error deleting file", please re-run the program before posting a log - and post the two logs together (they will both be in the one file)
Next, try running the below online scan:

Reboot immediately after scanning if it finds and removes anything. Let me know if anything was found. See if you can save a log with it and attach it in the next reply.

Now run a scan with MGtools and attach the log. Using MGtools

Next post please attach:

log.txt (from exeHelper)
SAS log (if you can)


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Hey, i have a very annoying problem and i hope you could help me!

Since yesterday, everything i download and try to open is "not a valid win32 application", while all archives i try to open are "either in unknown format or damaged"(archives that i download), and every torrent i download is not a valid torrent file!

i can open everything except the files i downloaded yesterday and today.

i read about a bagle, or beagle or something like that. i was thinking it might be it, or just another stupid bug

i'm using 32 bit vista home premium 6 build 6001

the files i tried to open are definitely not corrupted! i tried to download vuze, a new version of msn, about 20 different torrents and so on. nothing works.

also another thing i noticed, is that sometimes firefox stops at 3 kb/s or 2 kb/s and just freezes the download. i wonder if it's related?


Answer:** is not a valid win32 application


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Hi everybody.I have came upon a slight problem.I have just recently fixed my brothers computer,and he now has a small problem.He plays a game called Freestyle Street Basketball.He told me he clicked on the game,and it started updating.Well,the update froze,so he went into the task manager and went under processes and ended the process on the update.(Update was running under admin.) Is there anything i can do besides reinstalling it? He told me it takes forever,and he would like to avoid that process. Btw. The program and its files have no viruses.Downloaded from a trusted source,and just checked with webroot.

Answer:Not a valid win32 application

It would be worth the wait to re-install it...then re-boot and grab the update.He can't play it now anyways so the lengyh of time it takes to re-install shouldn't matter anyways.

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For some reason, whenever I attempt to click my D:\ drive to use the CD i put into my computer, the message "D:\ is not a valid Win32 Application" comes up and nothing happens. This has never happened before, and I just had a massive overload of viruses, so I'm assuming it has something to do with viruses affecting my computer. And I'm pretty sure its not my CD that has the problem, since I tried another CD and it showed the same error. Does anyone know of a way to run my CD? I only need to run it once (I'm attempting to run the Windows XP CD to completely wipe my computer since its becoming very bad). My computer is an hp intel pentium 4 with 512 mb of ram (yes i know it sucks) with windows SP2EDIT: I found the answer...It seems that both disks were infected. I just tried both of them on another computer and they both did not work. Sorry.

Answer:D:\ is not a valid Win32 Application?

What do you mean the discs were infected ? ?Even if by chance they were this would not be the error message you would recieve...if even you would recieve one...probably not.

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I have read many replys to this problem and none has corrected. mine.
When I click on a .doc file corel word perfect 8 will not open the file and I get the error message stated. If i go to corel wp8,open it and then open the file it opens it ok.
The Icon next to the .doc file is not the wp8 Pen icon. It is a tablet.
I have gone to windows explore. tools, and fplder options ,file types and the wp8 pen icon is shown for .doc files. i have reinstalled wp8. I have used open with and selected wp8 and always get the error message stated.
Please give me an idea????

Answer:.doc is not valid win32 application

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my star wars battlefront 2 game has been working fine until earlier. I was getting an error in the game. SO i uninstalled and tried reinstalling, but when i mount the image nothing happens. So i double click the launchbf2.exe and i get this error. Well my whole system needed to be reloaded anyway, other problems, so i just reloaded a fresh windows. I still get that message on both the mounted image and the burnt DVD. Why does this happen and how do i fix it.

I did not install and uninstall anything new before this happened.

Answer:not a valid win32 application??????

I Get this error while try to burn an xp disc on xp sp2. so I boot back to my winxp sp1 partition, then I can burn it.

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I've downloaded Monster Farm Online it is in Japanese and I have switched my regional settings to Japanese as well hoping that would help resolve my problem. Perhaps the language/regional settings have nothing to do with it, I don't know. When ever I try to start the game it shows up as:

C:\Documents and Settings\My Name\Desktop\MonsterFarmOnline.exe is not a valid Win32 Application

any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks for your time!

Answer:*.exe is not a valid Win32 application


What Windows version are you using?

But in general when you get that error, the download is most likely corrupt, try downloading again. adn as its a largeish download try a download manager like this one and see if that helps.

Also check that the game supports your Windows version and hardware, would check but my Japanese is none existant, although did see a review somewhere else and its min spec is low anyway PIII 512kb ram and 64mb video

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Has anyone come accross this, some of my programs used to work fine upto about a week ago when each time i click on it it says "its not a valid win32 application" and it wont start up. I have tried repairing windows, tried repairing registry, run antivirus and spyware, I did find some some spyware and a virus but even after all been quarantine it still wont work. I think the virus and spyware are not related to the problem. has anyone got a solution to this would be appreciated.

Answer:Its not a valid win32 application

Not a valid win32 Application click here

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hello people, how are you

to day i catch a maleware which i dont know its name

after a restart my NOD32 disabled Spybot and all the other cleaning software
are "invalid win32 application" trying to enter in safe mode ended with a blue screen.

trying to startup with only the minimum elements through MSCONFIG, doesnt help, my system restore is turnd off, i cant figure out what to do

please save me! i dont want to install XP all over again :cry

i search the net for a solution very hard every thread find out to be a dead end

I will appreciate any help

Answer:Help please (is not a valid win32 application)

please people
try to help me

i know this issue discussed alot
but every case is different

i need someone to guide me step by step

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I have windows 7 64 bit and i dled and installed windows debugging tool from here Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8
i'm aware it's for windows 8 but a thread on this forum directed me to it for windows 7 so.. idk. and i couldn't find w7 versions

after installed, i tried to open a .dmp file from C:\windows\minidump but i got this error

did i install the right one? i'm having such a hard time opening these files just to find how why i've been bsoding so much recently ><

Answer:%1 is not a valid Win32 application.

using the debugger isn't really all that easy.
Just to start from the beginning have you set up the symbol library for it?
Use the Microsoft Symbol Server to obtain debug symbol files

It would probably be easier to just upload a couple of dumps here and let someone with it all set up already do it. As you'll also need to know several of the console commands in the debugger to actually get any useful information out of it.
Also, make sure you are opening a crash dump, and not opening an application with the debugger.

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most of the software si doanload always say its not a valid win32 application .pls kindly help me out.i use windowsXP,512 ram.DELL inspiron 1300.

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My dvd/cd player on my laptop just went out,so I bought an external cd-rw for the usb 2.0. everything seems to work fine. It plugged and played like it should and it is listed on my computer as e: drive. I need to install windnows xp pro on this laptop. It has 512 mb ram,which is too slow for vista.When I go to my computer to open e drive, it says e;\ is not a valid windows32 application. What is going on?? This is frustrating!! I also tried rebooting with the cd rom as the first bootable device and it just goes straight to vista bootup like usual.. Help!!!

Answer:E;\ is not a valid win32 application

It sounds like the XP CD may be bad. Also, unless dual-boot, Vista must be removed first before installing XP.

Uninstalling Vista -->

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I have been getting this error message on my new computer, and it is mainly when I attempt to run Excel files and the like. Any help?
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 10:20:41 AM, on 12/8/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\TouchControl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\BioMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel® Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Renesas Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\PowerDVD10\PDVD10Serv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\CyberLink\Shared files\brs.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Quick Launch\HPMSGSVC.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP On Screen Display\HPOSD.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Users\Colton\AppData\Local\Google... Read more

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I have problem wih main windows
1= There is sometinng happenned to my computer and may sound devise dissapear see attacment1 windous tel me that I dont have a sound card and heve to bay one!
I repair this problem as rastart the computer with last know good configuration
2 and then i see that may antivirus nont star i have NOD32 i try to repayr promlem as puting new antivirus avast but problem is that is I recieve the mesage this is not a valid Win32 application -attacment 3 I try with 3 step hier and hier
combofix, spybootdestroy and SUPERAntiSpyware is give me the same mesage this is not a valid Win32 application
i install mgtools I send mgtools zip
cccleaner not start furstly but after strating Malwarebytes Anti-Malware v1.30 and cleaning it start but not help mush!the problem is not solvet i do not install any antivirus becouse of the masage and i dont have search tools in windows see attachment 3 in zip file named search
i have to appologaise for my english , english is not my native language
Can enyone help me!

Answer:not a valid Win32 application

When you ran MGTools.exe, did you get any error messages? Did you fail to agree to the user license for HJT?
If you did get an error message, see this: Using MGtools

Let's also do this:

Open notepad and copy and paste the following text in the quote box into the window:

sc stop srosa
sc delete srosaClick to expand...

Save this as fix.bat
Choose to save as all files.
Doubleclick fix.bat and let the program run.
A small black dos window will flash, this is normal.

Copy the bold text below to notepad. Save it as fixME.reg to your desktop. Be sure the "Save as" type is set to "all files" Once you have saved it double click it and allow it to merge with the registry.



Click to expand...

Now run the C:\MGtools\GetLogs.bat file by double clicking on it. Then attach the new C:\ file.

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Answer:.exe is not a valid win32 application

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Hi, ok first off all im swedish so i dont know very much english.
Ok, so I'm coding in a program called "Pawno" (a pawn editor)
Pawno is used for GTA San andreas multiplayer, Called SA-MP.
When i try to open a script with Pawno it just says: C:\Dockuments And Settings/Oscar/My documents/script/LARP.pwn is not a valid Win32 application (.pwn is in association with Pawno) And same goes when i try to compile a script (from .pwn to .amx)
The thing is, I can open Pawno and from Pawno open the .pwn file, but cant open the .pwn file first.
When i take another GTA san andreas script program and compiles it says:
>%l is not a valid Win32 application.
And at last pawno uses a separate compiler named pawncc.exe, wich exists in my pawno folder.

Anyone please help!


Answer:is not a valid Win32 application

XP does not recognize "Pawno" as a valid Win32 Application. You can open files from within Pawno, but you cannot launch Pawno by double-clicking an associated file.

This sounds like normal behavior for XP. Meaning that if there is a problem, the problem is with Pawno and not XP.

Do you know of anyone else that is able to launch Pawno by double-clicking on an associated file ? If not, I would think the issue would be best addressed to the manufacturer/author of Pawno, and the defect may lie there.

However, in general, uninstalling and then reinstalling applications frequently fixes a lot of problems.

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When I download a program an click to install it a box pops up saying the download I am trying to install is not a valid Win32 application. This is a new problem. I have not had any problems downloading in the past. I am running WXP SP3My PC INFO:Operating system----------------Windows XP Home Edition (5.01.2600 Service Pack 3)User privileges---------------AdministratorSystem======Motherboard-----------  SiS-650GXBIOS----)Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PGCPU---              Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz 2656 MHzMemory------512 MB (Bank0/1)512 MB (Bank2/3)Video card----------SiS 650/651/740/661FX/741/760 seriesSound card----------Unimodem Full-Duplex Audio DeviceDrive configuration===================SiS PCI IDE Controller----------------------      Driver: Silicon Integrated System 5.1.2600.5512Primary IDE Channel-------------------      Driver: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers) 5.1.2600.5512    + WDC WD1600AAJB-00J3A0 (Master / UDMA Mode 6 / 149 GB)Secondary IDE Channel---------------------      Driver: (Standard IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers) 5.1.2600.5512    + JLMS XJ-HD166S (Master / UDMA Mode 2 / 0 MB)    + HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4040B (Slave / UDMA Mode 2 / 0 MB)SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller----------------------------------------      Driver: Silicon Integrated Systems 5.1.2600.5512SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller----... Read more

Answer:not a valid Win32 application

Just one program or all programs? Just downloads or any installation .exe or .msi?

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I can download work files, but when I try to open them, I get this message:c:\users\name\documents\company name\reports\filename.CSV is not a valid WIN32 application

Answer:CSV is not a valid WIN32 application??

Not surprising since that is usually an export file that then needs to be imported to something like Excel.What program is this exported from?

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Hi, I'm just new to these forums and am having some terrible problems with my computer, so please bear with me and give me some support

Upon downloading an application I found that when I click on the download and select "Run" I get the message "XXX.exe is not a valid Win32 Application" XXX of course being the name of my download, not an actual file name. My antivirus is also somehow missing. This of course also means that I can't download a new antivirus or any program to attempt to fix my computer, so I may have to rely on a completely manual method of repair.

I have also found that when I save an image its download size is 0kb, another major problem =/

Please give me some advice about how to rectify this problem, preferrably one that does not involve resetting to factory defaults as I have misplaced the recovery disks.
Thanks in advance =D

Some information about my computer:
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Model: Toshiba Equium A210
Processor:AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60 (2CPU), ~2.0GHz
Memory: 1918mb RAM

Answer:XXX.exe is not a valid Win32 Application

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Every time my girlfriends goes to start up a program on her computer not matter what one it is a pop up will say "**** is not a valid win32 application" so what does that mean and is there any solutions to her problem. Thank you for your help.

Answer:Not valid win32 application

Go here and try options 2, 4 and 5:

P.S. Watch for typos in your posts. That 's' on the fourth word could get you into BIG trouble!!!

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Hello all

I can't open my photos or pictures anymore because it keeps saying 'JPG is not a valid win32 application'. It never used to do this so I'm sure I've done something wrong. I have tried for ages to fix this on my own but I can't. Please can you help me?
Thanks in advance

Answer:JPG is not a valid win32 can I fix this?

a *.jpg file opening gives a not vallid file error

solution to this is that the link in windows informs windows to open *.jpg with a program that is not correct win32 openable .

2 possible common causes.
the link is wrong
the file is wrong
for instance if you have extentions hidden , something could be displayed as namehere.jpg
what you wouldnt see is namehere.jpg.scr
and that would be a virus , but mostly people are warned enough about those nasty things so they have virus protection , and if that would have been the case your virus scanner would of had a busy day :)

so picking the first possible cause , the wrong link
easy enough you can right click on the jpg file and you can then select " open with " rollout menu to the side then the option open with if im correct wich causes a dialogbox to pop up informing you of a list of all the software programs currenly active installed in windows.

jpg file i would prefer to open with something that always works and normally present in windows either windows imaging ( wich is in the list ) or MS paint . both should work .
later on when you have the hang of this you can obviously change it to photoshop ect ect.

hope this helps .

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I have a file that comes up with the error msg 'not a valid win32 application' when I try opening it, I believe this means Im running a different OS to the one the file was written for, I have Windows ME, is there anything I can do to allow me to open this file? (its a .exe file by the way)

Answer:not a valid win32 application

mogwai, you are right. The message is telling you that the program was written for an older version of Windows, and will not work with your ME. Unless someone makes 16bit emulation software, the only other solution I can think of is to make your computer dual boot (both Windows ME and an earlier version of Windows).

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Sometimes when I try to go into a program I'll get an error message saying 'not a valid Win32 application'.This happens with all sorts of programs,from downloaded emulators to the programs that came with the computer,including MS Paint.
Some times I can open the program I want by going into it from another location,but sometimes not
Please help xxx

Answer:[Dup] Not a valid Win32 application

Please don't open mulitple threads for the same problem. Closing dup.

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Sometimes when I try to go into a program I'll get an error message saying 'not a valid Win32 application'.This happens with all sorts of programs,from downloaded emulators to the programs that came with the computer,including MS Paint.
Some times I can open the program I want by going into it from another location,but sometimes not
Please help xxx

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1500MHz, x86 Family 6 Model 9 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 511 Mb
Graphics Card: MOBILITY RADEON 9200, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38146 MB, Free - 19704 MB;
Motherboard: COMPAL, 0860
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

The error message '.exe is not a valid win32 application' keeps popping up when ever I try to run a download for example like itunes or when I try to download windows components. I do not have any service packs or compression clients as it won't allow me either. I have recently had it's hard drive wiped due to hard drive corruption. I think it may be that I may have missing components but I am not sure which.

Answer:.exe is not a valid win32 application

After you do a clean install of Windows XP Professional SP2 and then restart the computer, you need to install the SP3 upgrade and then restart the computer again.

After that's done, go to Windows Update and do a scan. There will over 100 post-SP3 high priority updates waiting to be installed.

Your goal is to get Windows XP completely up-to-date and install any necessary device drivers BEFORE you start installing a bunch of programs and extras in that computer.


That computer appears to be a very old HP/Compaq laptop with an Intel Pentium M 1.50 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM.

Don't expect it to be fast and snappy.


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I really need help.

I seem to have become infected with some kind of virus that is slowing the system right down and has blocked pretty much all of my anti-virus and malware software.
If I try and run these programs I get the message "xxx.exe is not a valid win32 application".

I read the "this topic" above and followed everything, however

> dss.exe didn't seem to run correctly, it gave me the ".. I will inform you when I am finished" message, I clicked ok and it was gone
and then after a few seconds the system froze, including mouse. This released after a few seconds and nothing else happened. I tried
a few times.

> I scanned my computer with the Kaspersky Online Scanner. It told me that the scan was fine. I have posted the report below.

If anyone can offer any help it would be really appreciated.


Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:16:15 PM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Kaspersky Online Scanner version:
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database last update: 22/05/2008
Kaspersky Anti-Virus database records: 792525
Scan Settings
Scan using the following antivirus database extended
Scan Archives true
Scan Mail Bases true
Scan Target Critical Areas
Scan Statistics
Total number of scanned objects 36104
Number of viruses found 0
Number of infected objects 0
Number of suspicious objects 0
Duration of th... Read more

Answer:Xxx.exe Is Not A Valid Win32 Application

In addition, I can not turn on a firewall as I get the same message when opening SYGATE, and Windows Firewall has a problem and can't open.

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Please help,I have just upgraded to win xp and i cannot get my Pioneer dvd 116 player to autorun on application cd's. Can explore contents in explorer (but slow), will autoplay a music cd (after a lot of sorting). If i double click on drive i get the E:\is not a valid win32 application window, can anybody help please, thanks in advance for any help. P.S. have cd/rw drive that is functioning correctly.

Answer:E:\is not a valid win32 application


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every time I try to update a programme I get this message, I notice it says IE5, I'm using IE6 if that makes any difference to the error report, any help please?

Answer:not a valid Win32 application?

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