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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 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 Jun 21 '13 at 15:22
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@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 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: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ph/windows-vista/system-restore-frequently-asked-questions

[EDITED] Maybe some DLL are missed, you can test the dependencies of the program you can't start using Dependency Walker: http://www.dependencywalker.com/

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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 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

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