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Windows Updates Blocking VideoStudio.exe

As I wrote in my previous post, Corel VideoStudio Pro stopped working for me at some point between October and a few weeks ago. I'd try to open the application, I would get the "wait a minute" mouse pointer for a second, and then nothing. The Event Viewer would log the following error:

Faulting application name: vstudio.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4e1fb85d
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.1.7601.19160, time stamp: 0x56bcd5c3
Exception code: 0xc06d007e
Fault offset: 0x0000c52f
Faulting process id: 0x1508
Faulting application start time: 0x01d1839da8774512
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Corel\Corel VideoStudio Pro X4\vstudio.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\syswow64\KERNELBASE.dll
Report Id: e9de57c0-ef90-11e5-8906-f4b7e20324be

I tried reinstalling VideoStudio, but that didn't resolve the issue. While searching online for answers, I learned that some versions of Windows (not mine) have a watchdog program that can kill an application because it thinks there's malicious intent involved, even if it's legitimate software. But since I don't have that watchdog program, I didn't know what to do next. But then I started finding threads about how some Windows updates can do the same thing. The following two updates were listed as offenders:


I uninstalled those two updates, but VideoStudio still wouldn't open. So I uninstalled every single update from October 2015 onward, because I know VideoStudio was working fine last October. I have since been going through and reinstalling updates, a couple at a time, to determine what else could be causing a conflict.

Well, I've found a third update that disables VideoStudio:


I still have about 17 "important" and 40 "optional" updates left, so I will update this post if and when I find any additional updates that disable the software.

I already inspect and install all Windows updates by hand. I want to filter out any updates that either prep my machine to install Windows 10 (which I won't be doing), or convert Windows 7 to adopt the unacceptable spying policies of Windows 10. I guess Microsoft has figured out that some of us will not be swapping to Win10, so if they want to execute their nefarious data collection scheme, they need to trick Windows 7 & 8 into taking on the same behavior. Well I'm not having it, Microsoft.

And now I will just add to my list "test VideoStudio after every update" to ensure I don't lose access to my legitimate software again.

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