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Today I started my computer and some errors showed up like this one, so some programs in autorun didn't started:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000018). Click OK to close the application

I have this error when opening lot of programs, I can't even use 7zip. The only thing I did yesterday was to install a game through Steam and now I can't use like 70% of the software on my PC (most of them get this error on the entire program and some only on certain modules of it).

I just ran a SFC /scannnow and the result was: "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations".

Could this be some kind of a virus or Steam that messed up something? What should I do?

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Its not a virus but your registry is still corrupt. I would use a restoration point to resolve this problem –  Ramhound Jun 21 '13 at 15:11
Unfortunately I disabled restoration points on my PC to preserve my SSD, so I can't do that –  dan_s Jun 21 '13 at 15:16
You can try to de-install the game, by steam you can install it back every time - maybe this helps? –  duDE Jun 21 '13 at 15:17
I could try but I think Steam will just delete some files, and not fix my registry problems. –  dan_s Jun 21 '13 at 15:22
@Daniele - Steam does not modify the registry. The installation of DirectX might. You also assume it was the Steam event and no some other event. –  Ramhound Jun 21 '13 at 15:30

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Thanks for all suggestions, after some Googling I found this solution that actually looks like it worked for me:

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\­Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Windo­­ws
  3. Than search for APPINIT_DLLS and delete everything in it
  4. Reboot
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Can you link to the site where you found info about this registry edit? What does it even do? –  Karan Jun 22 '13 at 2:39
Oddly I found this solution in a YouTube video... I don't know why it did messed up or why this solved my problem but it worked. –  dan_s Jun 22 '13 at 10:59

I have installed about 40 games through Steam and don't have any problems, no, I don't think its a bad of Steam. Try to restore your system using Windows Restore Points:

[EDITED] Maybe some DLL are missed, you can test the dependencies of the program you can't start using Dependency Walker:

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Like I said in the comment above I disabled restoration points on my PC to preserve my SSD, so I can't do that. I can't even serach for Restore in my PC because when I press the Windows button and I try to search something in the "Settings" tab then Metro just freeze. –  dan_s Jun 21 '13 at 15:20
Well, like I said above (if you like it this way), You can try to de-install the game, by steam you can install it back every time - maybe this helps? –  duDE Jun 21 '13 at 15:21
@Daniele - If your unable to even view the Start Screen its time to Refresh your Windows 8 installation. This will require the reinstallation of your desktop applications. –  Ramhound Jun 21 '13 at 15:31

May be this is associated with the following MS Update and McAfee Data Loss Prevention Endpoint (DLP Endpoint). It seems that there is a conflict between MS update and McAfee Data Loss Prevention Endpoint.

Visit the following websites please: Microsoft Patch MS15-038 on Windows 7 when Data Loss Prevention Endpoint is installed Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-038 - Important

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It will also affect explorer.exe and cmd. After windows start up, explorer associated programs will prompt: "Server Execution Failed". –  Mehrdad Nazmdar Jul 20 at 3:17
Maybe, but the OP did not mentions using McAfee and his post is 2 years old. He fixed his problem without your patch and your patch is a very recent one. In any case, please quote the essential parts of the answer from the reference link(s), as the answer can become invalid if the linked page(s) change. –  DavidPostill Jul 20 at 9:20

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