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Apr 11, 2013

Once something opens, even from desktop, it doesn't have a little red x in the corner and there doesn't seem to be a way to close it and return to where I was before. I can only either hit the windows button and go back to the page with all the apps, or swipe it down and do the same. But say I'm on desktop, I've got the internet open and I open up my pictures and double click a picture to see it larger- it then fills the whole screen and there's no way to go back to my desktop and what I was doing by just CLOSING it, rather I have to go back to the app page and then click on deskptop. Is there a way round this?

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Last Run Result: The process terminated unexpectedly. (0x8007042B)

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Last night I turned all scheduled optimization off. This morning my computer was again woken from it sleep.

The cmd prompt gives me the same reason for the wake (Regular Maintenance).

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