Hey out there, I need a bit of E-semi-related tech support and maybe I can reward someone with some writing or such. :)
I usually would like to consider myself technical enough to solve these kind of things myself, but no luck.
Env: Windows 7 Home Edition
Error: C:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
Sure enough, if I look at it with the normal file browser it is 0 kb.
However, if I'm in a Save As dialog and I browse over to that subdirectory I see it is over 6MB. And while in that dialog I can right-click Open and MSPaint fires up quite happily and works.
If I do the Save As thing, right-click copy, paste to desktop (as file, not shortcut) then that pasted copy goes back to failing.
If I do the Save As thing, right-click copy shortcut, paste to desktop, same problem.
Weird enough for ya?