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Start Menu flickers/dissapears, apps. wont launch & minimised apps. wont maximise!!

Q: Start Menu flickers/dissapears, apps. wont launch & minimised apps. wont maximise!!

I am experiencing the following very strange intermittent problems and evil behavior in XP.

My Start Menu sometimes only appears for a split second when clicked and will not stay displayed. Also minimised apps. wont maximise and apps. and short cuts on the desktop wont launch when double left clicked and instead show properties as if they were right clicked!!

I have done the following to try and resolve these issues.

1. Updated from SP1 to SP 2 as well as all the security updates.

2. Ran Adaware and Spybot to find any unwelcome visitors. Adaware only found one minor issue.

3. Ran Symantec Antivirus which found and quarantined several viruses.

4. Ran WinDoctor which found and said it resolved quite a few issues.

This is really a pain as it makes the system virtually unusable except for when it is behaving which is rare.

Would be grateful for any suggestions, solutions, incantations or workarounds for this issue/s

Kind regards

Binaryboy

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A: Start Menu flickers/dissapears, apps. wont launch & minimised apps. wont maximise!!

Hi binaryboy, Welcome to TSG!!

Please post a HJT log for us to review.

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Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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Hi there.
 
I can't launch any apps, the screen switches as if to launch an app but then nothing happens other than a blank icon in the taskbar.
 
The app screen will allow me to launch programs such as excel though as it ( I think) launches the installed program.
 
Any ideas?
 
Thx.
 
 

A:Apps wont launch?

Anyone?

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i have just started installing some apps on windows 8 pro and they download fine. When i go to launch them they just crash out within a second. I am running 1920x1080p so res shouldnt be a problem

any ideas
thanks

A:Windows 8 metro apps wont launch

I have the same issue.

1. Fresh load on WIN 8 Pro, Metro/Modern apps like News, Mail, Financial, Photos, etc worked for about a day or so, then they won't open. Checked screen resolutoin, UAC, and I am not using any AV outside of Win Defender and Win Firewall.

2.Reloaded, complete reinstall of Win 8 Pro, same results, apps worked about a day or so then the regular Metro/Modern apps won't open.

3. Called MS Support and they suggested a WIN 8 Refresh. Did that (it took quite a while) and no change, same apps won't open.

MS has a problem that seems to be affecting a lot of folks, just not everyone is seems. They make us start with the Metro start page, you would think they would have gotten at least that right for everyone. Anyway, I supposedly will get a call from a level 2 support person tonight, but I am more apt I think to get the solution in Eight Forums someday.

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Hello,
When I try to launch an App from the star menu, there is no response when I click on it.
Also the Windows search prompt don't work:

Can you help me ?
Thanks.
 

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So, yesterday I was trying to clear my computer of all viruses. So I decided to download avg antivirus 8.0 with firewall. It wouldn't install. then I tried avira antivirus (free version), and that wouldn't install either. So I tried the norton 2009 beta. it installed, but wouldn't finish as I apparently had another version of it on my computer. I finally decided not to try anymore and attempted to start up Firefox. It gave me the message "Windows can not access the specified file, path or device. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I then tried Opera. Same message. Opened up the control panel, to see if I could do something there. No dice. The only way I can access any application I through something that leads to it, like a link to a support page, or a music file to get to iTunes. Help?

A:Apps wont start

ew, sounds like a nasty virus, have you tryed installing any of those in safe mode?

restart and hit f5 repeatedly untill u get a windows boot menu and choose safe mode

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it all worked fine until tonight, some of installed app just wont start, those default apps from Microsoft are still working fine though;
the problem is when you open the app, it quits to the sidebar while its still running on the background it just doesn't respond to anything until you close it, whats stranger is those apps running fine on my second monitor, when i drag them to my primary screen, they crash.
the only major thing I've done lately to my system was update my catalyst driver to the latest one, not sure if that is related; I've tried uninstall app and reinstall again, doesn't help, and I'm running default Windows Defender, nothing's been changed.

and i dont want to do a refresh just for that

A:Windows 8 Apps wont start

any help? still can't sort this out as now I can only run app on my secondary monitor.

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this has happened twice now i downlaod some programmes then i close down the computer and when i turn it back on it gets stuck on the starting windows screen and i have to go back to the system repair point and install them again
i installed
windows live messenger
adobe flash player
launchy
itunes
bunch of firefox extensions

any known problems with these programmes

A:windows 7 wont start after installing some apps

well the only thing that would stop it from loading would have to be loaded at startup so i assume that would eliminate firefox. I Don't recall any problems with live messenger or flash player (don't think it loads at startup) , I would suspect itunes possibly launcy(not familiar with that).

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I installed Windows 8 enterprise eval x64 as a windows to go setup.  Everything works fine except when I goto the store to download an app I get the "your purchase could not be completed" error.  When I try to check for updates it fails with
code 80070057, when I try to use the trouble shooting program i get the same error as the updates.  I'm running as an admin with my Microsoft account, I have tried a local account.  I have been searching all day.Like electronic music? www.thespanningtree.net

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Newly installed apps. ot appearing in program menu unable to pin apps to start menu.

This happened to me previously and I could find no solution....I eventually created a new admin profile, where newly installed apps appeared in the program menu and I could pin apps tomthe start menu feom a desktopmshortxut etc.

I copied over my video docs pictures and music folders to the new profile. Now a few months later the same thing is happening again. I have created a new admin profile and it all,works fine there. I have searched on the internet and others have the same issue, but of course anything you search for always finds someone else with the same issue...

Hopefully someone can help me with this very annoying problem

A:Newly installed apps. ot appearing in program menu unable to pin apps

UPDATE
actually resolved the issue....I turned on windows update and did a massive update, the start menu looks a little different, maybe a different font, pinned items can only be mace smaller or bigger, used to be an option for long ( didnt use this anyway ) but new apps now showing and pin to start menu works.....so MS fixed it, there is some advantage to updating, have backed up with true image and turned off updating, will back up again before updating next time......the update didnt like GPU-Z and temoved it plus a few other apps and turned defender back on i think.......shutup-10 sorted all this out.....

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Recently I am unable to open the Store app. After a small Windows 10 update, I have been unable to access the store. When I open the start menu and click the icon, it is unresponsive. Also when I go through my apps, it wont open when clicked there. I even had it pinned to my toolbar and the icon disappeared but left space and when I clicked there, I got an error message. Also, as I was typing this, my toolbar began being difficult. Certain things like the start icon, the calculator icon, or the internet explorer icon wont open when clicked. But the google chrome and the file explorer icons work well. I am not sure if there is a way for me to update the Store app or get it to launch through a browser or do I have to wait till another Windows 10 update to fix my problem.

Thank you for any advice or help in advance.
 

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Hello,

Today I noticed that I could not open my start menu with neither the windows button, ctrl + esc, or a click of the mouse. I've also had a problem the last couple of days saving/opening files in one of the programs I used to make music. I tried to go into safe mode to do system restore, but the safe mode didn't boot. It scrolled all the system files on the screen but then just stopped and nothing happened.

So, I tried the other option (forget what it's called) that lets you perform various other system restoration tasks. I brought up the system restore screen from there, but got an error that said something about corrupt files so it could not perform the restore. I checked again, and all my restore points had been deleted.

Lastly, when I click computer, all the drives are blank with no names beside them, only the icons. I can still click them and they seem to be functioning normally, so I don't know if there is a relation to this. I don't know if some registry files were deleted or if there is some other problem. I didn't notice the start menu/safe mode/blank icon issues until I just recently installed the latest windows update.

Sorry if this seemed a little long winded, but I would appreciate help from anyone.

Thanks,
adub2b23

A:Safe mode wont boot, Start menu wont appear and various other problems

Hi -

Try a repair/ install - http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88...all-vista.html

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Hi,
None of my internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, mozilla or the new one that comes with Windows 10 will open or load. Also when I click on my Windows start button it does nothing as well as the dialogue next to it that says I'm Cortana ask me anything. I have run Malwarebytes anti-malware and it has identified 0 threats. I have adware antivirus but it won't run. Any help would be appreciated thank you!

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Hi

I wondered if anyone out there has had a similar experience to me...

For some weeks now I have had problems where the START MENU wouldn't launch, metro apps (OneDrive, Tweetium, Money, News etc) would fail to launch (just a blank window up), right mouse clicks wouldn't work, internet browsing slowed up...
Signing out of my windows account then back in again solved it... FOR A WHILE. After an hour or two gradually (one app after another etc) the same problems would occur.
Researching this, I came to the conclusion that Windows 10 was corrupt (or at least my user profile was) and a re-install was necessary. OR I also read of compatibility problems with Windows 10 in my AV software (Kaspersky Internet Security 16.0.0.614) and wondered if the problem lay there.
Yesterday I uninstalled Kaspersky and relied on Win Defender. For 2 days now (unprecedented recently) my laptop has behaved impeccably, no problems as above.
So, am I to blame Kaspersky? Am I safe with Just Win Def? Any other AV suites throwing up problems? Any Kaspersky users with any experiences to share?
Thanks!

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Hi there all.. I searching google about this problem but cant find and registered this forum.. The problem occurs for some program when installing or running.. In installation window the window is minimised as always and some option get hidden, like they cut off only slightly showing a portion of selection button.. Like when installing program there shows selection button like, NEXT to carry on installation and CANCEL button to stop installation. It happens like NEXT button partially showing and other selection button cut off outer of that minimised windows.. Same problem with apps which use by default minimised window. Some selection option cutoff.. Though there no option to make those apps maximised. Is this problem because i use full HD monitor..? I would so happy if anyone knows what to do..^_^
 

A:Problem installing and running some apps which by default minimised window

Could you attach a picture of your problem?
 

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it seems windows8.1 has more clutter than any before it...

there are so many apps i'll probably never use
i feel like deleting all of them
but i need to know what they are...

i suppose all these music movie reading and game links
go to websites so i could probably get rid of all those...

wildtangent games - isn't that a virus?

even the one that says microsoft solitaire collection
looks suspicious to me... what is it?
where does it go?

the thing that bugs me the most is how
microsoft ignored flash all these years
now suddenly all my flash videos open with
windows live movie maker which is some online thing
with all these agreements and such and who knows what
and every time i accidentally click on one there it is again
and it yells at me for not accepting...

windows live essentials 2011
If you use the software to access content that has been protected with Microsoft Digital Rights Management (DRM), the software may automatically request media usage rights from an online rights server and download and install DRM updates in order to let you play the content.

i'd like to get rid of all of this...
all this cyberlink stuff all this hp stuff
who knows if i need it or not?
there's like sixty programs installed...

is there a list somewhere of all the apps installed
that would let me know what and where they are
that would help me make an intelligent decision?

i could click on everything and see where it goes
but i really don't want to do that...

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A:start menu apps... are any necessary?

You could try Should I remove it.

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Is this really a limitation for win10? Obviously apps can be pinned as tiles, but it's impossible to pin them to the left area? It seems that only a select list of folders can be pinned there, but not apps, or any personal folders. You're stuck with some automated process to determine which apps appear and which don't (recently used, most used etc..). That's useless if an app doesn't fall into those categories.

Coming from win7, this is extremely dissappointing. It seems the new windows start menu is all about showy tiles, and seriously lacking in function. I guess folks were so used to win8, that any improvement was seen as a revolution.

Am I missing something here?

- Is there some way to remove all those "NEW" signs beside all the apps in the All Apps directory?
- Any way of narrowing the widith of the tile panel? I mean the height can be changed but not the width? I have a narrow strip of small tiles within a massive panel. If I remove all of them it dissappears, but can't simply decrease the width?

A:Can't pin apps to start-menu.

Hello sleepless,

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help add shortcuts of apps in the All Apps area of your Start menu.

All apps in Start menu - Add or Remove Items in Windows 10

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For anyone NEW to Windows 8.

The start screen is NOT a replacement for the start menu.
The all apps area IS the replacement for the start menu.

The start screen is a place for links to get pinned. It is a launcher. A start screen.
Similarly, the desktop screen is a typical dumping ground for shortcuts that you might or might not want there. It would be up to the user whether to keep them there or not. The same holds true for the start screen.

The start screen is an application launching area. Whether you think the metro or the Windows Store is bad or good does not matter here. The start screen is not designed to manage everything and all installations on the computer.

The all apps area is where the Operating System manages, sorts, labels and organizes everything installed on the computer. NOT the start screen.

The all apps area uses a feature called semantic zooming (point your mouse to the bottom right corner where you see a minus sign or press Ctrl and roll your mouse scroll wheel in the all apps area) that summarizes the contents of what is installed on the computer.

Here, every block is alphabetically organized and labelled into their own program group. The zooming feature is highly adaptable to many installations and takes one to the screen where your program is located.

Unzoomed all apps is a new design to eliminate nesting and hierarchical menu structuring. Any frequently needed program can be pinned to the start screen or taskbar on t... Read more

A:all apps is the new start menu

There is another thread, arguing the pros and cons on this subject. I can see your point, but I see the (call it Metro) screen differently.
In windows 7 and earlier, I spent time, after an initial install, arranging the Start menu into folders. I knew the contents of those folders and, when I required an app, I could go there with the necessary clicks. (Start Globe - Programs - Folder - Application). I have arranged my Metro in groups, in a similar way. But I find a spin off here. I would like the groups folded. But I have eliminated those I use infrequently, and have finished with about fifteen "dailies". This , to me, is directly comparative to the old menu.
When I select "All Apps", I get a shortcut to every .exe on my computer. Not quite so good as my earlier, more selective, system, as I said, the folders are all open, but it works for me. One sweep and I am across to the other side. I have now got used to knowing which side particular apps lie, so it takes an instant of my time. With my method of customisation, I certainly do not regard it as a Start menu. It is what I find when I open respective folders.
My opinion only: I have never liked the idea (I know it is popular!) of cluttering my desktop (that is, the legacy desktop) with shortcut icons and, frankly, I see not a single advantage over the Metro screen, of the Desktop in you picture.

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Hello all, is there a way to have the apps menu opened when i press the winkey instead of the start menu?

I like how everything is organized in apps, icons, sizes, etc but i can't find a way to open apps without opening the start menu first, or press win-x or click on search.

I have a lot of shortcuts in different folders and i'd like to have them organized the way the apps menu organizes all the programs.

thx all in advance

A:Apps instead of start menu

Hello Gallo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Actually, the Start screen may be better for this since you could organize and arrange them how you like in Start where you can't in Apps. The tutorials below can help show you how to if you like.
Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8Start Screen Apps - Organize into GroupsStart Screen - Name or Rename a Group of Apps in Windows 8http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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PLEASE HELP "antivirus 2009" new shortcut pops up on desktop not allowing me to open ANY .exes or anything gives mouseover notice on bottom right task bar sayin each file i open is infected..making me buy some antivirus when i know it IS the virus, changes my background to "warning, yourre infected" i know this is a common virus but this particular strand just wont quit. here is my hjt log after trying a couple removal progs. PLEASE HELPMSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16827)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\syst... Read more

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Hello, dec87.I'm afraid I have some very bad news for you. Your system is infected with a nasty variant of Virut , a polymorphic file infector with IRCBot functionality which infects .exe, .scr files, downloads more malicious files to your system, and opens a back door that compromises your computer. According to this Norman White Paper Assessment of W32/Virut, some variants can infect the HOSTS file and block access to security related web sites. Virux is an even more complex file infector which can embed an iframe into the body of web-related files and infect script files (.php, .asp, and .html). When Virut creates infected files, it also creates non-functional files that are corrupted beyond repair. In many cases the infected files cannot be disinfected properly by your antivirus. When disinfection is attempted, the files become corrupted and the system may become irreparable.The virus has a number of bugs in its code, and as a result it may misinfect a proportion of executable files [..] some W32/Virut.h infections are corrupted beyond repair.REFERENCE: McAfee Risk Assessment and Overview of W32/VirutThere are bugs in the viral code. When the virus produces infected files, it also creates non-functional files that also contain the virus [..] Due to the damaged caused to files by virut it's possible to find repaired but corrupted files. They became corrupted by the incorrect writing of the viral code during the process of infection. undetected, corrupted files (possibly s... Read more

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PC Settings will not open in windows 8.1, Also Apps will not open. Help

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Hi Guys...Where to begin...my PC's problem began to manifest themselves by assorted links and buttons on various sites refusing to respond, ie, the 'fast reply button' on this site wont respond when I click on it?...My help and support app wont start up...and the system restore window loads up blank...so it seems that there is a malevolent intelligence in my PC...thwarting every attemp by myself to solve the problem!...
Spyware, adware and virus checks all come up clear...I've done a sfc scan, a chkdisc /r , and all shows as well...I've trawled thru reams of posts on BC and other sites, but to no avail..I've checked the event veiwer, but could find nothing that looked like it may be suspect....what else can I tell you?...I have installed a new wireless mouse of late...but the same symptoms occur after replacing it with a standard mouse...
I run flashpeak slimbrowser...
Boy..is my head mangled or what!...
Any assistance in this matter would be forever appreciated...

Thank You..

A:Various Xp Apps Wont Load?

How about checking for malware (AV scan and malware scans)?

Check Event Viewer for clues?

Louis

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Hi I have upgraded my windows 8 to 8.1 and now no apps will work and the pc settings wont open also I have activated windows but still wont work
hope someone can help
thank you Neil
 

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I personally enjoy the Windows 8 Start Menu and I was wondering whether I could directly go to Apps when I press the Windows key instead of going to the Start Menu first, then right clicking, and then going to All Apps. Thanks in advance to anyone who replies.

A:Is there a way to go directly to Apps in the Start Menu?

From the desktop or start screen - move mouse to top right (or bottom) - get charms -
select the search - 1 click to ALL APPS
or - start screen - Winkey + Z / press enter
or from the desktop - Winkey + C / search / press enter

Unfortunately, we cannot speak to the computer and say:
"Computer > Start Screen"

or

"Computer > ALL APPS"

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Is there a way to move apps from the Start Menu to folders on the Desktop? I want to put all games that are now tiles in my Start Menu to a Games Folder on my Desktop.

A:Start Menu Apps to Desktop?

Just drag/drop the app to desktop, or to the corresponding desktop folders.

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I think i am kinda stupid for asking this(seeing how it seems like it should be such a simple thing. Also, how i do i get an email sent to me when someone replys to my treads?
Thanks,
Ben

A:How do i restore apps to the start menu

Hello Neverhavemoney!

First r click on the prog / app in question and click "Pin To Start Menu".
Second go to "User CP", above then "Edit Options", "Messaging & Notification" change it to what you want.

Keep us informed!




Later Ted

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I deleted a browser a long time ago and, today, when looking for an app I noticed the browswer software was still in apps list in start menu. It would not delete, so did this route and got it. Dont know if this is of any value but thought I'd tell you.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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Hi, i just recently purchased a HP 15 touch, which is running off windows 10. I've been having an issue with the app store not downloading my apps. I'm trying to download HP all in one remote for my printer/scanner but it will never download. I went to
check on it by clicking "downloads and updates" on my app store to see what all is queued to download. I have 3 apps waiting to be downloaded but since the HP all in one remote app wont download, the other apps just sit and wait. Ive tried to cancel
the installation with the HP all in one remote but it just keeps loading like it not registering my commands. I'm not sure what else to do. I am signed into my microsoft account as well.

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Hello. So I'll just get to the point. I can't seem to open any off my apps from the start menu. When I open an app, the app closes back but is available at the sidewindow(?). It doesn't load or anything. When I click it, the app sort of minimizes to the sidewindow(?).

So I've been lurking around and one of the problems that I thought was happening to me is that I do not have the temporary internet files. C -> Users -> My Name -> AppData -> Local. I read that it should have a windows folder in the local folder and a temporary internet files in the windows folder. So can anyone solve this problem?

I changed my local user to the microsoft account and then changed back to the local user using another username so that might affect these change in my pc. If it is not the problems, could someone help me solve this?

Thanks,
namupa

A:Windows 8 apps wont open

Hello Namupa, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Any Store app that uses a service will most likely need you to be signed in to a Microsoft account to be able to open it. As a test, switch your local account back to a Microsoft account to see if you are able to open them afterwards.

If not, then go through the app troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below to see if they may be able to help.
Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Need help. None of my windows 10 apps or windows store will open. Tried everything imaginable. Any ideas?
 

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I have a msi u270 with an amd e-450 but the res is only 1024*600. I saw about the changing of the value for an index file called "Display1_DownScalingSupported" but i cannot seem to find it. I tried installing drivers and then tried but could not find it then i tried again with the latest beta drivers from the amd website but i cannot find that. Any help is appreciated. Thank you in advance

A:Win 8 64bit apps wont run because the screen res is low

I was able to update that registry key on my Acer aspire One netbook using the instructions in this link: Installing Windows 8 on a Acer Aspire Netbook, it works pretty well | The Digital Lifestyle.comThe Digital Lifestyle.com

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Hi all, this is my first post, so first off heres my system info.

OS: WinXP Home Edition (sp2)
CPU: 1.2 ghs celeron s
Age of current windows install: about 10 months
age of system: about 8 years

ok heres the problem:

Whenever I want to install a 16 bit application (all games), I put the cd in and the normal menu comes up with the options install, tech support, readme etc.
I click install and the menu disappears... then a few hourglasses... then nothing, so I go ctrl + alt + delete, and lo and behold, ntvdm.exe in the processes tab is taking up 99%cpu.

I googled around for about 2 afternoons, and found that it is for 16 bit applications, and that this is a problem that has happened before, but none of the methods on the other sites have helped, heres what i've tried:

Going in the system32 folder and deleting ntvdm.exe and it's dll and then restarting the computer.
taking ntvdm.exe and it's dll from my brothers vista laptop and putting it into my system32 folder.
uninstalling sp3
scanning my registry with iolo system mechanic 8

none of those have worked, and I tried contacting microsoft fpr support but they say go to the manufacturer of my computer instead, sure.. whatever, after 8 years i ddoubt they would still help me.
so my current situation is.

16 bit games won't install (my computer is old so that's what I mostly play. they're still awesome games.)
microsoft won't help.
I'm thinking of having my computer reinstalled.

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A:16 bit apps wont work ntvdm.exe is the cause

i guess it isn't a stupid question or an easy question then.. oh well. Anyone want to upload their ntvdm.exe and its ntvdmd.dll to mediafire.com so I can download it and put it on my computer?

only do this if you are sure that you can run retro games on your computer.
 

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I recently updated to windows 8.1 and now nothing in the modern UI will launch. The store app, any of my installed apps, or even the "Change PC Settings" screen will load.  All my apps have a little "x" on the bottom right corner
of their tiles.

1. I have tried the app troubleshooter. It did nothing for me.
2. I have tried creating a new user, and it had the same issue.
3. I have tried running "powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml" and got the following error:

error 0x8007064A: Cannot register the request because the following error was
encountered while initializing the windows.repositoryExtension extension: The
configuration data for this product is corrupt. Contact your support personnel.
4. I have tried running "sfc /scannow" and it tells me everything is fine.
5. I have made sure all my drivers are up to date and made sure I had all of the windows updates applied.
I can't do a system refresh because I can't get to the "Change PC Settings" window.
I can't seem to find any kind of standalone installer for Windows 8.1 anywhere to try doing a fresh load.

When I review the Application logs I do have this error:

Activation of app windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel failed with error: This app does not support the contract specified or is not installed. See th... Read more

A:8.1 store apps wont load

Hi,
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The weekend i did something to my laptop and could not open the apps also worth mentioning the maintenance
and repair program I found the best way to get round this is to do a system restore as long as you do software updates and windows defender after now i have back all of my original settings and apps that wprk

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Windows 8 is under the hood I understand pretty much windows 7. Since I have had this new Win 8 (came with my gaming laptop) I have found so many apps that will not run. I also get errors on some apps that are trying to install.. 704 errors. I Google search says this is due to corrupt windows files - don't believe that, this is straight out the box.

I have never had this much trouble getting apps to work when moving from one system to another.. even the switch from XP to Vista/Win 7 didn't give me this much trouble. I'm frustrated.

For example a couple of apps I rely heavily on in win 7 are:

Pserv 3 which comes bundled with the Gtools from this site: p-nand-q.com : Computer : gtools : pserv3 Pserv3 is an app which lets me set only the services I want to run and store them as an xml file. I can load this profile whenever I need my system to run with minimal services. This helps the PC run much faster for the task at hand is awesome for games, ( better than any game booster app) by not allowing extra services to run you don't need taking up resources. People say you don't need this app because win 7 does a great job of managing resources.. I say Horse hokey.. try this app and you'll be amazed at how much extra power you'll get disabling unneeded processes and services. ( Warning, if you do this, you Must study all the services in your system to know which ones are safe to permanently disable. - takes a day or two to learn) AFAIK, this app is one of a kind, otherwise I'd tr... Read more

A:Tons win 7 apps wont work - Can you help?

if you tried out running the program in windows 7 compatibility mode (or vista) and it still doesn't work, check the developer support page for that software title.

the one I'm waiting for is FRAPS. its windows 8 support is crummy.

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Hello, I have used Advanced System Care on my system because I am an idiot and won't listen,and because I have done that some Microsoft Apps won't open, first it was my mail then it worked again,now I cant open Store,and that is an app you really need, to tell the truth I don't know what I am doing I am a newbie.
Please Help me.
 

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Hey,

Firstly I am sorry if this is in the wrong section.

So I am here because I have a bit of a problem. I cannot load any apps.
Ok so last night i was on my laptop and i let it run out of battery then i went to sleep. I woke up this morning and it turned out my laptop was actually still on so i restarted it and plugged in my charger. This is when the problems started to begin.
It wouldnt load up and it said there was a problem and it had options to refresh to reset and i pressed refresh i let it all refresh etc. So i thought great my laptop is back to normal.

After this i realised that my apps where gone and i thought id be able to download them again as it was only a refresh. Everytime i click on the store it brings me back to the home screen so i thought i will do a system restore and it was doing the dame thing everytime i click on Change PC settings.

I have looked on the internet everywhere on how to fix this. I've tried everything from going on cmd to running misconfig etc. Nothing works.

Then i notice i cant access my files! It seems like my hardrive or something is locked it comes up saying C:// is not accessable.
It wont do a diagnosis or anything
Please can someone help me
Thank you

A:Windows 8 wont load apps

First, Windows 8's "Refresh" option is essentially a clean install. It wipes all programs and the system directory, installs Windows 8, then re-installs any "Modern UI" apps you owned. Any older programs are deleted, and have to be installed manually.

As for your second problem, how can you even boot the laptop if it won't access drive C:? That seems highly unlikely.

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Hi guys,

Long time reader, first time poster.
I've searched the forum as well as I could here to check if anyone else had a similar problem, and I even glanced through the first six or seven pages of General Discussion, in case someone posted it differently there; unfortunately, it seems either no one else has noticed this issue, or I'm the only one experiencing it.

I've noticed this on both a clean install of the 32-bit version, and an upgrade from x64 Vista Ultimate on a separate system.

It seems every time I launch any application by typing the name in the start bar or through Run, Windows 7 seems to redirect to my user folder, and that too incorrectly. For eg:

My username on the computer is "Rohit Kapur". If I try and open Notepad by typing as much in start, Windows responds with this:

And this is what pops up every time I open any application, or even if I try and open a folder without typing the direct path (eg: %Appdata%).
Any ideas?

Oh, also, if I DO try and open the "file" to see what exactly it's doing, it tells me that the file's name is "C:\Users\Rohit". I guess it encounters a problem as soon as the space comes in between the username, and cuts off there.

Help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.

A:Problem in running apps from Start menu/Run

Not sure if I follow you but I just typed "notepad" in the start menu and that's what it opened.

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Hello !
Apps icons do not appear in Windows 10 start menu also disappear and icons from the taskbar.

It really is annoying. Can you help me ?

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I recently purchased a game from the Windows Store. It said it was installed. I went to the start screen to find it and it is not there. I did a search and it does not show up. I went back to the store to re-install it but it says I own the app,

Anyone have any ideas how I can sort this out. I am running Windows 8.1 Preview.

A:Purchased Apps not appearing in start menu

does it show when you view the 'all apps' screen or use the search option using the app name?

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Having overall issues with the operating system on this machine. The system will boot to initially a blank screen, after a few moments the icons and rest will appear. 
 
OS: Windows8.1 
 
After the initial system file check, it did load the intial explorer shell alot faster but still have issues with the 8.1 Start Menu and related 8.1 Services including searching via the Windows charms. 
 
Ran System File Check , Found Errors unable to fix some. Attached System File Check CBS.Log. 
 
Initially the system was unable to launch the System File Check due to pending repairs. I had to manually delete the "Pending.XML" Files in order to launch the system file check initially. I am attempting to try to refrain from running a system refresh/reset. Any other additional suggestions or thoughts? 
 
Thanks in advance. 
 
Update: Appears that upon creating a new user profile that the start menu now loads. Search is appearing. I think it may be just a corrupt user profile. Think this is solved. Just wanted to share the update if anyone else had this issue later. 

A:Unable to Display 8.1 Start Menu and Apps

Update, Launched SFCFix Version 3.0 to assist. Here is the Log. 
 
SFCFix version 3.0.0.0 by niemiro.
Start time: 2017-08-17 20:02:56.523
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update 3 - amd64
Not using a script file.
 
 
 
 
AutoAnalysis::
CORRUPT: C:\WINDOWS\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-i..riptcollectionagent_31bf3856ad364e35_11.0.9600.17728_none_b95b0f747be53a73\JavaScriptCollectionAgent.dll
CORRUPT: C:\WINDOWS\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-i..riptcollectionagent_31bf3856ad364e35_11.0.9600.17728_none_5d3c73f0c387c93d\JavaScriptCollectionAgent.dll
 
 
SUMMARY: Some corruptions could not be fixed automatically. Seek advice from helper or sysnative.com.
   CBS & SFC total detected corruption count:     2
   CBS & SFC total unimportant corruption count:  0
   CBS & SFC total fixed corruption count:        0
   SURT total detected corruption count:          0
   SURT total unimportant corruption count:       0
   SURT total fixed corruption count:             0
AutoAnalysis:: directive completed successfully.
 
 
 
 
Successfully processed all directives.
 
 
 
Failed to generate a complete zip file. Upload aborted.
 
 
SFCFix version 3.0.0.0 by niemiro has completed.
Currently storing 0 datablocks.
Finish time: 2017-08-17 20:29:01.032... Read more

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I can place a new folder or custom shortcut in the correct start menu location (current user or all users) but it will not appear in the All apps list. If I go to the folder or shortcut and right-click Pin to Start it will appear as a tile in the start menu, but still will not show up in the All apps list. I think this behavior started with Version 1511 since it was working for me in the previous version.

A:Unable to add to All apps list in Start Menu

Hi, a quick test seems to show the same. The representation of traditional start menu items and structures in Win 10's start menu is (in my experience) garbage. And not just since the November upgrade. Sorry to have to say that, but it flattens all the subfolders inherited from a 'normal' menu used in Win 7 and 8, loses the sub-folders, including those created by each program's installation, leading to things like

Help
Help
Help
...

where each 'Help' is from a different program.

If you want a meaningful start menu without these quirks and oddities, try e.g. Classic Shell.

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Hey,

I just upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP and I have run into a snag. I have my hard drive split into 2 partitions. One (the C drive) is for the OS, the other (D drive) is for everything else. I installed Windows 7 on the C drive, and performed a clean install. Everything installed fine, but none of my files populated on the desktop or the Start menu. Both drives are recognized and permit access in my computer and Disk Manager. Some files (movies and music) can be directly accessed from the D drive but all other programs (games, files, internet browsers) state that they must be installed before they can be used. Is there anything I can do or do I have to wipe my D partition and reinstall everything?

A:No previous apps in Start menu or Desktop

Unfortunately, unless you had used the upgrade version of windows 7 to start with and not used the clean install ever, all your programmes, games, whatever ( on "c" ) will be gone and you will need to install them all again ( if they are compatible with windows 7 ), you may have moved the folders of the programmes but there are also registry keys and hidden folders that you would not have been able to export or move to windows 7.

also, now you have overwritten or formatted your hard drive, even if you installed windows xp again.. you will be in the same situation, so the best advice I can give is to carry on to get it all working again.

That is what a 'clean install' is, it removes everything in that hard drive and installs windows onto it

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I've tried the tutorial Here and it does not work.

I'm trying to add the app 'DotA 2' and have put it in the \programdata\microsoft\windows\start menu\programs and then restarted my PC. It is still not showing up.

A:How can I add programs to the All Apps start menu list?

Same problem here. It just ends up pinning it to the right. :/

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So, I've been trying to add a few things to the app list in the start menu for a while now. Every site I've gone to says to put the shortcuts in "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs". I have done that multiple times, checked to make sure the shortcuts were pointed at the correct executable, moved the short cuts up a directory and then back to the Programs folder. I have restarted my machine since then, and I'm not quite sure where I'm going wrong.

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Hi, my name's Pedro and I'm using Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332.
I have a laptop Lenovo Yoga 11s, Intel I5 3339Y, 8GB, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (last driver) and 128GB SSD card.

In the last build (14328), after a good install and a normal work short period, the All Apps in Start Menu has disappeared. It doesn't appears in Start Menu anymore since then.
I've installed the new build (14332) hoping that this could be solved, but that doesn't happens. I've changed the video driver but that did not work either.

So I'm asking here if anybody has some information about this that could help me to solve it.

Thanx in advance

A:All Apps doesn't appears in Start Menu

I do not understand your question.

Since 14238, theete is no longer an "all apps" link. All Apps are just shown now.

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On my Start Menu, the All Apps doesn't always include the items I want (I solved that problem) but MS added a bunch of garbage/stuff that I do not want. If I want them, I'll add them myself. I don't need all the clutter.

Examples are Java; Get Office; Calculator; Get Skype, etc. Some aren't even installed. I don't need this stress in my life. I'm a simple man that only runs a few programs.
Any help?

thanks

A:Delete items from the Start Menu / All Apps that you do not want

These are only links, as you yourself state, "not even installed".
If this causes stress either stop using W10 or get some tranquilisers.

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