Windows 10: Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe

Discus and support Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe in Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging to solve the problem; Hello, I'll explain my situation briefly (nevermind) but thoroughly because I'm a busy Engineering student at the moment. Last Saturday (Nov 17th) I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging' started by Zephtex, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Zephtex Win User

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe


    Hello, I'll explain my situation briefly (nevermind) but thoroughly because I'm a busy Engineering student at the moment.


    Last Saturday (Nov 17th) I accidentally turned off my desktop tower by holding the power button rather than mousing over to 'Shut Down' in Start, and apparently that caused a .dll error the next boot-up on Sunday. I couldn't open any .exe files. (MSoft Office, Download setups/exes, including games)(Windows Update wouldn't complete, so my drivers are stuck). I can still download files from the internet, but I couldn't really use them. I can't install, uninstall programs. Metro apps work, Google Chrome works, Firefox, Edge, and IExplorer do not. This is what it shows for most of them after running(as admin of course):

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe 6af87f12-e5e9-4203-8d61-b07bf01d1fe2?upload=true.png


    I read all Sunday on how to fix the problem, and learned I either had a virus or I turned the PC off improperly. I was only on YT Saturday but I didn't click on links to 3rd party websites, but I manually turned it off my computer, Saturday, holding the power down. I think that might've did it.


    When I started troubleshooting, I found I had a corrupted .dll file after checking with through some cmd lines.


    Some work-arounds I found and tried were:

    -To create a new account and transfer my files to over to the new account with clean system files(Didn't work)

    -Go to C: > Windows > System32 > downlevel (apparently some users had incorrect files here causing sfc and dism scans to stop)(I don't know if I'm missing a .dll or if I have something I shouldn't have), (see my downlevel directory below, I edited the screenshots in Paint to show all the contents except personal data)

    -Run cmd(win>system32, admin) and type the following and then restart:

    • sfc /scannow (Didn't work)
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    • Dism /Image:C:\test\offline /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TFTP /All

    ...the system said:

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe f461c556-cfcd-4929-99e4-6425e0738d4d?upload=true.png

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe 6d4d26f6-f229-4ad9-881d-67e50a1f9371?upload=true.png

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe 9986403f-7d2f-45c0-af6f-d947e7ba9e79?upload=true.png What I haven't tried:

    • Using a Win10 ISO
    • Get .dll replacements direct from manufacturer(I'll leave the system information screenshot below
    • Using a Win10 bootable DVD (I don't have one)(My computer came pre-installed with it)
      • I have an empty 16GB memory stick just in case if I needed to make a Win10 ISO


    For the manufacturer route or Win10 ISO/DVD routes, the version of Windows 10 Home I'm running is:

    10.0.16299 Build 16299


    If anyone can help, I would very much appreciate it. I'll try to get back as soon as I can for updates on the issue. If there's anything else I need to provide in the context of system data please ask. Thank you. -Zephtex

    P.S. If the problem is as simple as swapping a file in or out of downlevel, please check that first! That seemed to be a very quick solution to other error 193s on threads I've read up yesterday.

    Again, thanks for helping.

    :)
     
    Zephtex, Nov 19, 2018
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  2. DISM error 193 Win10

    Thank you for the suggestion and clear explanation, but it doesn't work. As with the

    thread
    mentioned above

    DISM /Online /? already returns error 193
     
    Martijn vG, Nov 19, 2018
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  3. Cybot Win User
    DISM error 193

    I tried that, I get dism error code 193 even when I try an offline repair

    adding any switches past the /online part, even the switch /?, results in error 193
     
    Cybot, Nov 19, 2018
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  4. Cybot Win User

    Invalid DISM, Error 193, Can't open any .exe

    DISM error 193

    I have discovered that when I type 'dism /?' the help options are displayed, but when I type 'dism /online /?' error 193 occurs.
     
    Cybot, Nov 19, 2018
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