I have this unusual problem where applications will break if I allow their automatic update to run.
I am running a relatively standard Windows 7 Professional x64 system. I don't really have all that much installed on the system. I normally use my computer while logged in as a limited account.
To give one example. I have Evernote installed. I was notified their was a pending update. It asked me if I wanted to download and update, which I agreed to. I was given a UAC prompt and provided my administrator username and password and then upgrade appeared to be completed normally. After the update was completed when I attempt to run Evernote I get the error message Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
If I use icacls to examine the permissions on the Evernote I see this.
C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote3.5>icacls Evernote.exe Evernote.exe No permissions are set. All users have full control. Successfully processed 1 files; Failed processing 0 files
So the permissions are obviously screwed up. If I try to look at the permission through the filesystem I get weird errors about the filesystem permissions being screwed up (sorry I didn't write them down). Windows does not let me take ownership or replace the filesystem permission through the explorer interface.
If I completely uninstall Evernote, delete the program folder and install a clean copy everything starts working fine.
The problem this seems to be happening for pretty much any and every program that wants to self update. So far in addition to Evernote this includes Adobe Acrobat, iTunes, Mozilla Firefox, the pack version of Google Chrome, and VLC.
Just to make the problem more confusing. Windows has updated itself several times and nothing seems to break after a Windows update.
I have now ran a chkdsk /f a couple times. I have booted from a livecd and ran
badblocks -sn /dev/hd. I have allowed memtest86 to run through several passes. The hardware seems to be fine.
I am almost to the point where I am just going to backup/reinstall the system but if I can avoid that for a couple months it would be nice.
So my question is does anyone have any idea why self-updating 3rd party applications seem to break when they update, do you know how to fix it?