.exe won't work unless 'run as administrator'

Sicaria - Apr 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM
 Blocked Profile - May 10, 2010 at 06:47 AM
To clarify, this is my mother's PC. She doesn't have a clue what she's done to trigger this and asking her is pointless. Since yesterday her PC has refused to run ANY program unless run as administrator. If a program isn't run as administrator it displays "...exe is not a valid Win32 application". This includes Internet explorer, windows media player,
windows office etc. Not a single shortcut works, they all claim to be disjointed.

If I attempt to open a document or music file that does (most of the time) work.

I've run my antivirus and though it found some things it didn't solve the problem.

Restarting doesn't help.

My mom needs this PC for her work and she's getting kind of desperate. :-(

Can someone please tell me what is wrong?


2 responses

closeup22 Posts 8923 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 2,099
May 6, 2010 at 08:19 AM
Hi there,

Some applications needs to be run as administrator to be able to use them .

Yes, that's true. However, up until very recently that wasn't the case with ALL OF THE PROGRAMS on the computer. Besides, it doesn't explain why I can't use a single program on menu start (even when run as administrator).