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How to fix side by side configuration problems, sxstrace.exe

by dbbarnes / February 4, 2012 4:47 AM PST

I recently tried to move data from an old laptop to my new laptop via external hard drive. However, something happened during the upload process and now I cannot run any applications. I get the same message saying the program failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. I've read other troubleshooting articles but nothing works. Any information is appreciated.

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Data is data, files are files and programs do not move.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2012 4:51 AM PST

To cure this I reinstall the apps.

Bob

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Reinstalling doesn't FIX the missing support files
by TCA-Worf / September 25, 2012 6:06 AM PDT

Bob,

Your answer works SOMETIMES but it doesn't resolve the issue if there are missing DLL's and other support files.

There is an underlying reason that has to be resolved when that is fixed, then you can address anything else that may come up.

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Yes it does.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 25, 2012 11:07 AM PDT

The app's installer unless defective checks for dlls and more.

You will however encounter folk that want to copy an installed app and are going to write this is not a solution.

Do you remember what happened in 1995 that lead to this?
Bob

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I found this
by orlbuckeye / September 26, 2012 10:57 PM PDT

This error can occur when a DLL file has been corrupted or deleted, or if it simply does not yet exist on the machine (in the case of upgrade installs of Windows). This may be a symptom of a virus trying to access DLLs and subsequently corrupting them, an imminent HD failure, bad update, or any number of other causes.

http://buffered.io/posts/resolving-side-by-side-configuration-issues/

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