Windows 11 installation royally messed up 😔


Only thing I could suggest when ready to throw in the towel and do a clean install is first search registry for all Nvidia references and delete them. Then reboot and try to install video drivers again. Just a last ditch effort since you've verified a clean install of the latest release works.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 (22631.3593) Feature Pack 1000.22700.1003.0
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast
If I run just SFCfix, without the script, this is what happens:

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SFCFix version 3.0.2.1 by niemiro.
Start time: 2024-05-12 14:30:33.214
Microsoft Windows 10 Build 22631 - amd64
Not using a script file.

SFCFix version 3.0.2.1 by niemiro has encountered an unhandled exception.
Currently storing 3 datablocks.
Finish time: 2024-05-12 14:30:40.618
----------------------EOF-----------------------
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Aorus 2160p 144Hz + NexiGo Aurora Pro UHD 120Hz HDMI 2.1 projector
    Screen Resolution
    2160p
    Keyboard
    Logitech 915
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareHunter + MalwareBytes
Why are you not using an elevated CMD prompt for running sfc /scannow?
Should be run in C:\Windows\System32>sfc /scannow otherwise it will fail!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (22631.3737)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    My Self
    CPU
    Intel Alder lake i7 12700K
    Motherboard
    Asus z690 Gaming WiFi D4, Bios Ver 3602
    Memory
    32 Gb Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 XMP2
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 3070ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming & Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Via Display port
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell AW2723DF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 @ 165Hz G-Sync mode
    Hard Drives
    WD Black SN850 1Tb NVME
    Samsung 980 Pro with heatsink 1Tb NVME
    Samsung 870 Qvo 1Tb SSD,
    Seagate ST2000DM001 2Tb
    Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-219L
    PSU
    Corsair RM850
    Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass
    Cooling
    Be Quiet Shadow Rock 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech G Pro
    Mouse
    Logitech G903, Lightspeed + Powerplay Mat
    Internet Speed
    40Mb
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
    Other Info
    Logitech C930e webcam
    Synology DS218 play 2 x 4Tb WD Red WD40EFAX
Only thing I could suggest when ready to throw in the towel and do a clean install is first search registry for all Nvidia references and delete them. Then reboot and try to install video drivers again. Just a last ditch effort since you've verified a clean install of the latest release works.


PS: Uninstall Nvidia drivers first then reboot, then search registry and delete. Do this offline.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 (22631.3593) Feature Pack 1000.22700.1003.0
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast
Why are you not using an elevated CMD prompt for running sfc /scannow?
Should be run in C:\Windows\System32>sfc /scannow otherwise it will fail!
I am. I usually go with the "Terminal (Admin)", but just in case...

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As you can see, exact same result...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Aorus 2160p 144Hz + NexiGo Aurora Pro UHD 120Hz HDMI 2.1 projector
    Screen Resolution
    2160p
    Keyboard
    Logitech 915
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareHunter + MalwareBytes
True but then his bootloader could (and probably would) end up on the first drive. It's ALWAYS recommended when installing windows to physically disconnect or disable in UEFI bios all other drives except the one where you are installing windows to insure that the bootloader is installed on the same drive as windows..
i assumed disconnecting the current hdd while installing the new one was a gimme as i, in a later step, said to slave off the original hdd to pull drivers manually lol.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
I am. I usually go with the "Terminal (Admin)", but just in case...
Make another try with a message to Blue Robot to help.
I believe the problem is about the registry like mine.
Also if you have a recent image backup is a good solution. You will lose few things.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 17 cd2205nw
    CPU
    Intel 113700H
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3050 ti
    Screen Resolution
    1980x1020
    Hard Drives
    Micron 512GB
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    100Mbs
    Browser
    Vivaldi , Edge
    Antivirus
    Norton Plus
In the end I decided to face the evil and try a clean install. With TransWiz's ForensiT Move Computer help to preserve my user's data I installed a fresh Windows 11 22631.3527 and then restored the saved user data and moved back all the old files and folders the Windows installation put in Windows.old.

To my surprise this worked pretty well, and I didn't have to reinstall or fiddle with the vast majority of my programs, tools, utilities, licenses, configurations, etc. 90% or more worked fine straight away just by doing that.

Now SFC, DISM and Windows Update all work fine.

First thing I did now was a full backup in Macrium *and* made a second copy of it in another machine... 😆

Cheers and thanks to everyone that tried to help with this crap.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Aorus 2160p 144Hz + NexiGo Aurora Pro UHD 120Hz HDMI 2.1 projector
    Screen Resolution
    2160p
    Keyboard
    Logitech 915
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareHunter + MalwareBytes
In the end I decided to face the evil and try a clean install. With TransWiz's ForensiT Move Computer help to preserve my user's data I installed a fresh Windows 11 22631.3527 and then restored the saved user data and moved back all the old files and folders the Windows installation put in Windows.old.

To my surprise this worked pretty well, and I didn't have to reinstall or fiddle with the vast majority of my programs, tools, utilities, licenses, configurations, etc. 90% or more worked fine straight away just by doing that.

Now SFC, DISM and Windows Update all work fine.

First thing I did now was a full backup in Macrium *and* made a second copy of it in another machine... 😆

Cheers and thanks to everyone that tried to help with this crap.


Were you able to install the desired driver for your graphics card?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
Were you able to install the desired driver for your graphics card?
Yeah... no problem anymore with that.

Now the only issue I have is that the search function in the Start menu doesn't work... 🤔
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Aorus 2160p 144Hz + NexiGo Aurora Pro UHD 120Hz HDMI 2.1 projector
    Screen Resolution
    2160p
    Keyboard
    Logitech 915
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareHunter + MalwareBytes
Yeah... no problem anymore with that.

Now the only issue I have is that the search function in the Start menu doesn't work... 🤔

I don't have the issue on Open Shell because I've a third party start menu. And I installed Fluent Search to look for stuff you can't find with the default Windows Search.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
Yeah... no problem anymore with that.

Now the only issue I have is that the search function in the Start menu doesn't work... 🤔
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the Windows Search components to fix problems with the feature on Windows 11.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the Windows Search components to fix problems with the feature on Windows 11.

I found out it was due to (stupid) me doing a 'Take Ownership' of the whole Windows\SystemResources folder to be able to modify icons and colors from shell32.dll.mun and zipfldr.dll.mun.

I already found out a less invasive way running Total Commander as a TrustedInstaller via WinaeroTweaker, so it can rename and overwrite those files without haven to 'Take Ownership' of the whole folder and files, which causes undesirable side effects like the broken search feature in Start Menu.

But just in case... after doing that ' Take Ownership' mistake... is there any way to go back and reset the files and folder back to their original ownership and permissions?

I tried running the typical SFC /Scannow and DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth but they didn't solve that... 🤔
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RTX 4080
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Aorus 2160p 144Hz + NexiGo Aurora Pro UHD 120Hz HDMI 2.1 projector
    Screen Resolution
    2160p
    Keyboard
    Logitech 915
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MalwareHunter + MalwareBytes

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
I found out it was due to (stupid) me doing a 'Take Ownership' of the whole Windows\SystemResources folder to be able to modify icons and colors from shell32.dll.mun and zipfldr.dll.mun.

I already found out a less invasive way running Total Commander as a TrustedInstaller via WinaeroTweaker, so it can rename and overwrite those files without haven to 'Take Ownership' of the whole folder and files, which causes undesirable side effects like the broken search feature in Start Menu.

But just in case... after doing that ' Take Ownership' mistake... is there any way to go back and reset the files and folder back to their original ownership and permissions?

I tried running the typical SFC /Scannow and DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth but they didn't solve that... 🤔
Like suggested by @glasskuter it's good idea to repair install Windows 11 this will reset file/folder permissions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1

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