I have a problem I have looked for a solution almost everywhere. I've made searches in the internet and read lots os foruns, including Microsoft's and this one. I found many posts regarding the issue, both with XP and Vista, but none really resolved or with a solution that I could use. There were originated by Symantec, but I never had it. I wanted to be sure the issue was not from the antivirus. I've spent many hours through several days searching without a result, so I'd be very happy for any useful help.
This appeared some time ago. When I try to open some programs, even very simple ones, or instal others as McAfee, I get a notice "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc000007b). Click OK to terminate the application." The program details are as the following example:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: [App name]
Application Version: 188.8.131.52
Application Timestamp: 486d07a2
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.18000
Fault Module Timestamp: 4791a7a6
Exception Code: c000007b
Exception Offset: 00009cac
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: 9d13
Additional Information 2: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
Additional Information 3: 9d13
Additional Information 4: 1abee00edb3fc1158f9ad6f44f0f6be8
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Simultaneously, the icons on the start menu begun taking an extremely long time to opoen. After about 2 seconds the magnifying glass starts turning and stays like that for quite a long while. However, if I click somewhere else to close the start menu and come back they are already opened.
This issue seems to be related with the ntdll.dll file. From what I have read it is also possible to have some thing to do with the .Net Framework update whether received through Windows Update or not. I had two of these updates. However, I restored the system to a very early point; they disappeared from the list but the problem remained.
Prior to all this, as I couldn't get it straight, I searched for viruses (no viruses found, but I did have them before) and made a clean reinstallation of the OS, but the issue came back. I tried to install the antivirus today only, to be sure it was not making the issue, but this was insuccessful, as I said above. So, what is above is already after the reinstallation. This is sometging I am not able to get rid of, so I ask for help, please.
Computer specs are simple:
Windows Vista SP1 32bit
A8V-VM SE M-board
2MB Kingston Mem
Three HD: 1 Seagate and 2 Wes Digital
At the moment it has almost nothing else installed.