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I can not open/start ccleaner any more, even tried to update to current realse 5.74 but still nothing.

Running Windows 10 x64 Pro -up2date- version 20H2 build 19042.572 (Windows Feauture Experience Pack 120.2212.31.0), even without Windows Defender and Sophos antivirus (both disabled), nothing happens.

When I try to open, it seems like it crashes immediately, no ccleaner window or whatever, can't even see the service starting in task manager (it does seem to start for about a second and then it's gone). Tried ccleander.exe /debug & ccleaner64.exe /debug but nothing, but this is expected since ccleaner just won't start at all.

I tried looking into eventvwr.msc - windows logs - apps and there I see event 1001 : APPCRASH (but without info), tried  uninstall, tried portable, removed ccleaner reg.keys from windows registry, but I cannot seem to fix it :'( and I'm kind off running out of ideas right now.

With kind regards

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2 minutes ago, hazelnut said:

Can I just ask if you have tried the slim build from here? (last on in list)

https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds

Also have you tried updating Windows to 19042.630 ?

You should not have to disable your Anti-virus to install CCleaner. Also Defender will disable itself anyway when you install another AV.

Also tried slim, same result

Can't download that version yet, Windows Update is up to date (at least that is the message it gives me at this moment)

Never had these disabled indeed, but for testing purposes I just did, with no result...

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13 minutes ago, MeganCCleaner said:

Hi @Epic Would you be willing to see if CCleaner will open when using Windows in Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking?

aaah forgot about that one, yes I'll try...

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2 hours ago, MeganCCleaner said:

Hi @Epic Would you be willing to see if CCleaner will open when using Windows in Safe Mode, or Safe Mode with Networking?

this does help, now I can open it, but not in my normal account. I still think it has something to do with microsoft defender / security center though. Because when I download ccleaner with edge it does complain about the file and if I whish to keep it anyway, I do think this does prevent ccleaner from opening. I removed Sophos because of testing purposes but that does not make any difference. I do not have problems with any other software so that is why I think Windows is somehow blocking ccleaner. When I try another account on my workstation I do have exactly the same problem, ccleaner will not open.

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2 hours ago, katlani said:

yeah I know, but there's no solution there...

=> I'm allowed to install outside the Microsoft Store and i'm not in 'S mode', I disabled defender (as stated earlier) and also tries the CC-slim version...

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Just to note that we have had 2 users who needed to do a restart of 20H2 (Windows 2004) before CCleaner 5.74 would install properly for them.

I'm not sure why that should be, it's not something that is normally needed.

If you haven't done a Windows restart (not a shutdown/reboot) for a while, and especially if you normally sleep/hibenate, then a Windows restart may be worth a try.

PS. I'm begining to suspect that at least some of these CCleaner can't run or can't install issues for certain machines may have been caused by last weeks Windows Patch Tuesday updates.
 

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5 hours ago, nukecad said:

Just to note that we have had 2 users who needed to do a restart of 20H2 (Windows 2004) before CCleaner 5.74 would install properly for them.

I'm not sure why that should be, it's not something that is normally needed.

If you haven't done a Windows restart (not a shutdown/reboot) for a while, and especially if you normally sleep/hibenate, then a Windows restart may be worth a try.

PS. I'm begining to suspect that at least some of these CCleaner can't run or can't install issues for certain machines may have been caused by last weeks Windows Patch Tuesday updates.
 

I did reboot more than once, u installed ccleaner, remover all possible reg entries, tried reinstalling ccleaner, ccleaner slim, ccleaner portable but no luck. It just won't open anymore 😥

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Just to update current status as is, I have'nt got it pinpoint yet. It will work in safe mode but not in any other way (tried different accounts)... 

It always worked but now it does not anymore, my best guess is still that something in Win10 does'nt approve ccleaner anymore / at this time

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On 18/11/2020 at 18:30, nukecad said:

PS. I'm begining to suspect that at least some of these CCleaner can't run or can't install issues for certain machines may have been caused by last weeks Windows Patch Tuesday updates.

You could be right.

Latest CCleaner is not even starting anymore on my Windows 10 Pro 2H2 build (19042.662).

So I deinstalled CCleaner and rebooted to install it again. To my surprise the installer does not work. Slim installer does. But CCleaner will not start anymore.

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On 18/11/2020 at 08:06, katlani said:

It's a well known phenomenon that CCleaner is being flagged by Windows security.

As with so many things relating to CCleaner, there's a grain of truth to that story heavily wrapped in several layers of myth. There was an issue back in July with Microsoft taking a dislike to the installer (although not CCleaner itself) which was solved two weeks later with CCleaner 5.70.  Any "news" about CCleaner tends to turn into "olds" pretty quickly 😉 

On 22/11/2020 at 00:29, Epic said:

something in Win10 does'nt approve ccleaner anymore / at this time

The only versions of CCleaner that are "hard blocked" by Microsoft from running on Windows 10 due to compatibility issues are versions prior to CC5.46.

There does not seem to be an issue with Windows 10 20H2, per se: 5.74 was tested against 20H2 prior to release and I upgraded myself to 20H2 a couple of weeks ago to see for myself how 5.74 update scenarios would work and have not seen any changes. 

That said, there are a couple of releases planned for December that just focus on minor tweaks and bug fixes - predominantly ones that impact corner-cases and small audiences - so it is possible that any issues that may be impacting your specific system configuration may be mopped up with those.  But in the meantime, any additional information that impacted customers are able to provide regarding their individual setups would be gratefully received.

On 18/11/2020 at 17:30, nukecad said:

Just to note that we have had 2 users who needed to do a restart of 20H2 (Windows 2004) before CCleaner 5.74 would install properly for them

Indeed, I have had 40 years of with home computers and "have you tried switching it off and back on again" is still a tried and tested solution to most problems. 🙂 

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