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My 23rd day with trouble; Apps don't install, or they crash after a few seconds.

Apart from that, the system is 100% stable. No "traditional bluescreen"/system crash.

I am far from an expert in many fields, but I have fixed all kind of computer problems myself, since 1983, within a day or two. This time I'm really stuck.

Latest:  MS Defender now (not shown before) report "HackTool: Win32/AutoKMS, 10.04.2020 17:46 (Active)" - "Start Actions - Hacktool: Win32/keygen ....High".  I'm unsure what Defender did about it. I try to follow this https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-hacktool-win32-autokms/ , but MBSetup.exe crash as soon as "Installing" starts. Only the two M.2's installed/connected,

Everything I have tried to install the past weeks is licensed software, and/or free software. (Emissoft, EaseUS Todo Backup, EaseUS Partition Master, Macrium Reflect, Faststone image viewer/capture (free, but I have licenses for both) ++

Online scan (F-secure, Eset): Downloading install file OK, but installing (as adimin or not) leads to crash within 5-30 secs, during installation or performing the task. I reboot a lot. Secure boot is set to UEFI, boot manager on M.2 as the only boot option.


More info, written earlier today:

Many of the installed programs also crash (when I restore old images)

Usually Werfault.exe report something like "Instruction ...referred memory at address..... Memory could not be read /...could not be written."

All Microsoft programs works OK (Outlook, Excell, Notepad...). Edge, Chrome, Emisosoft, EaseUs Partition Master and some other program work OK.

Installers for online scans (Eset, F-secure) crash.

EEK crash

It doesn't matter if I start anything normally, or as admin.

I have also had a lot of these errors WDDMStatus, AliyunWrapExe, NVIDIA Web Helper, AISuite3, SearchProtocolHost, DipAwayMode, acrobat_sl, unins000, epm0, FXC_ProxyProcess ++, but not so many of these lately.

I have made several clean install of Windows Pro 10/64. Problems persists. 
Install image from july 2019. Problems persists. 
Update Windows. Problems persists.
Roll back Windows build 1909. Problems persists.

4 x 16 RAM, Corsair . Have tried 2x16 GB in slot A1/2, or only B1/B2. 
I have run several memory tests. 

BIOS, HWInfo and laser thermometer show low temperatures. OCCT stress test OK.

HWInfo report CPU 2.2 GHz in "security mode". 3.7 GHz otherwise.

I now run with only two M.2's installed. All HDD's USB's are disconnected.

ASUS ROG Crosshair Hero VII Wifi (july 2019). Replaced a few days ago with ASUS  X570-PRO

AMD Ryzen 7 2700x

Samsung M.2 (2016) replaced with Samsung M.2 SSD 970 EVO+. Clean install of OS. Problems persist. Update Win, problems persist. Install image from july 2019 (no problems), problems persist.

GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Tried both "Gamer-driver" and "Studio-driver". Now unable to reinstall/change driver.

I also started a thread at Tom's hardware March 23rd (https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/lot-of-programs-installers-crash-lot-of-werfault-exe.3584615/#post-21660305 )


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