Windows 8.1 Fails To Run Correctly After Application Close
Aug 11, 2014
I am running the latest edition of Windows 8.1 and have recently run into some problems. I have the Steam Gaming client installed on my system with a few games, one of which is Team Fortress 2. However, after I close certain games, that might run in fullscreen, and some don't like Minecraft, I can't open any other programs. Not task manager, I can't even shut down my PC. It's not just Steam items.
I keep experiencing increasing memory usage by Windows Explorer. Most frequently when moving files, or if I use the "Open containing folder" for a file playing in Foobar. It takes several of these to amount to an actual increase but that's only a minor annoyance.
The real problem is that, after opening task manager and selecting to restart explorer, it quite frequently acts as if it has restarted (explorer.exe appearing in the program list), but does not actually load. No desktop, no icons, no start button (I use classic shell), no charms menu, and the windows button to return to the start screen does nothing. All I get is the system clock and the few icons next to it. The problem continues even if you continually restart, until it randomly corrects itself. Could take 1 additional restart, could take 15-20.
This is majorly problematic and annoying, google turns up nothing, and I'm honestly starting to wonder if there's just something wrong with my computer. There's already a hardware problem in that my webcam has an internal disconnect and the display itself has vertical lines randomly appearing, which I am settling with HP, but there are no other noticeable problems.
I doubleclicked on an MP4 to play it (from Explorer) and this XBox Video thing came up and played it. Fine, looks like a nice player. But when I stopped it wanted to exit the application -- can't find a way.
Oh, I can switch to ANOTHER application, but how the heck do I close this thing down? I could bring up Task Manager and kill it there (I suppose -- haven't even seen if there is still Task Manager, although I assume they would not have gotten rid of that) but there MUST be a simple way to close out an app, right?
(If not I'm going to remove that app and make sure I never accidentally bring it up again).
I am running Windows 8.1 and IE 11. When I have multiple tabs open and click the X in the upper right hand corner I get an option that asks me if I want to CLOSE ALL TABS - CLOSE CURRENT TAB. I always want to close just one tab. How can I suppress the display of the Close All Tabs - Close Current Tab question and still be able to close just one tab?
I have accidently set my .ext default program to Notepad and I want to change it back to an unknown application I have tried deleting it in regedit and it just sets it back to notepad even when I restart my computer afterwards
I just completed a virus and malware removal session over in that forum. The computer is working great except that when I open games or music or camera they open then close and put an icon at the bottom of the screen. I use desk top view. The only game loaded is Microsoft solitare I have never used music or camera.
System Info Utility version 126.96.36.199 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit Processor: AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1 Processor Count: 4 RAM: 3530 Mb Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7640G, 512 Mb Hard Drives: C: Total - 454501 MB, Free - 312296 MB; Motherboard: Acer, VA50_CM Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
When I launch things like PDF files from a desktop application, it opens in the tile application of Windows 8. How do I close it and do other functions, like print and save, that I can do with the old desktop version?
Many peoples saying they cant close metro apps from Windows 8.1, and it constantly running.. So I made this video for that.. When u drag your metro apps below, hold it for 2-5 seconds !! and then WOW!!! its close completely!
System Info Utility version 188.8.131.52 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 Processor Count: 2 RAM: 3036 Mb Graphics Card: Intel(R) G45/G43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1) Hard Drives: C: Total - 465180 MB, Free - 401811 MB; Motherboard: Dell Inc., 018D1Y Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
I discovered that IE (user) - probably 10 as I'm sure I have that - is running in the background and preventing my computer from going to sleep.
On one of my systems that was recently installed. I'm having this strange issue with dragging windows around on the screen. I open up a Word doc, IE window, other application, doesn't really seem to matter. When I grab the window with the mouse to move it, it will sometimes move just a inch and then it stops letting me grab it. I have to click 4-7 times to get windows to let me grab the window again, sometimes I have to switch to another app and then switch back. This also happens with just moving windows around on the desktop, it will sometimes let me move it 2-3" and then I just loose the grip
A smaller problem I see, is when I click the X on some windows to close them, sometimes it takes 2-3 clicks before it takes affect. Again, the problem isn't 100% of the time, more like 50/50
I've tried fiddling with the various windows settings, tried a new mouse, different USB ports, different video card, drivers..etc..etc. I just can't figure out what is interrupting my mouse dragging. It's a Wired Logitech 518 mouse
I have just installed Windows 8 Pro onto an existing Windows 7 Pro drive allowing dual boot. The problem is whenever Windows 8 is running I hear a sound every now and then. The sound is the "close program" default sound "ring07.wav.
Yesterday did a clean reinstall of Windows because my computer was acting weird. It installed no problem but after a few hours of reinstalling programs I noticed that Windows wasn't activated, so I went to PC Settings and clicked "Activate Windows," but as soon as I clicked it the page closed. I tried again, reset the computer, tried again, but the same thing happens. I've also been getting a few BSODs which I'll make a separate post about, but how to fix the activation error?
is there a way to make this happen? i mean when i push the wheel of my mouse when i put my mouse on the window on the taskbar the windows closes. is there a way to make this happen? jut like closing tabs in internet browsers.
I recently upgraded to windows 8.1 pro edition, which includes internet explorer 11. I still can't access my gmail account, I've tried the 'fixes' that I've seen in the community, but the only way I can get gmail to load in the 'desktop' version is to select the 'html' version.
How to get gmail to load correctly, but so far ..it still doesn't load like it did while I had windows 8 pro / IE 10 installed on my laptop. Lately..I've just been using google chrome browser, things are 'normal' with it.
I installed windows 8 pro 64bit a few weeks ago and after that i had problems with my graphic card (amd 7850)
I tried the latest stable and the latest beta driver, but it's the same failure anyway. I can use my computer without problems, video games works too.
But if i watch a video on youtube, i got display errors and i must restart my computer with the reset key in normal desktop mode the card works on 300mhz, at the beginning of a youtube video it turns up to 450mhz and works. but if the video is over and the card turns back to 300mhz, it looks like the driver crashes (windows event log error:
The driver DriverWudfRd failed to load for the device
Installed Win 8 Pro with 'keep Win 7 settings' option, then noticed that it displayed GMT rather than UTC+10 for Canberra, Australia. Checked and updated 'Date and Time' to (UTC+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, made sure Location was 'Australia' and Language 'English (Australia)' and still the system time is 4am when it should be 4pm.
I have been using Stardock's IconPackager for a while, and after a lack of updates with that, it has eventually stopped working with most of the main icons within Windows 8.1.
I have followed many tutorials and have used RegEdit to change the icons, and have checked them with their 64 bit counterparts as well, and I have even edited both imageres.dlls.
So, now I am stumped as to what could possible be stopping this from working.
The empty folder works fine, but once something gets added in, then it breaks. I have triple checked imageres.dll and the front / back / open / closed parts of the folder are changed correctly in both of the dlls using Resource Hacker (also checked each dll with IconsExtract).
Is there another dll that "assists" Windows 8.1 with icon images?
This is slightly related to the whole buggy icon image problem, but for some reason when I go to a folder that is in my Downloads folder, then the icon is shown on the This PC area in the navigation pane (I did remove the other folders from This PC and just left the drive folders using RegEdit), and the icon thati s displayed is wrong.
I love how Metro IE11 works now in Windows 8.1. I was using a reddit app, opened an article, and it spawn a separate window for the IE browser to read a link. Works great. But one day, when it launched the IE browser, I was hearing a video that was completely unrelated to the link.
So I bring up the tabs and I had like 50 tabs open! When I close the IE browser that spawns from reddit or from a newsreader like News Bento, I just drag the app to the bottom of the screen to put away IE. That didn't terminate the tabs. So it was tedious to close each tab independently.
I recently found many application would not save to correct type. Some software icons would come out to a blank or white block, but those software actually there. For example, realrecorder is running, it would come out a white block on taskbar on bottom. I tried use 'access and program default' in control panel, still not fix the issue. Ms word, and word pad also come out white blank icon.
How big this new 8.1 update is and can it be downloaded as an iso? Also, does it contain any driver updates. I installed Win 8 on a Vista machine and it runs well, except for an annoying blank flicker that occurs when I open and close programs. Tried both a Vista and Win7 video driver but made no difference.
When I close my lid, with the system set on not sleeping (just turn off back-light) and reopen it the screen remains blank. It happens even if I'm logged in, or not, or from sleep. So, basically, the display never comes back from being blank.
I tried updating all the drivers, I tried with the original ones, same problem....
Whenever I open a folder with more than a couple of icons it takes about 10 seconds for the icons to appear correctly. Sometimes some icons won't even display the way they should even after those 10 seconds, it's just a generic blank icon.
Is there a way of correcting this?
My Windows is the 8.1 Pro 32-bit (6.3, build 9600).
Yesterday I updated my laptop to Windows 8.1. On using Google to search, the result was not as expected. All text is shown in a single column one word on top of the other!!! I've checked and installed 8.1 updates and I've reset IE11 but still the same. No matter what I search for, text is shown one word on top of the other. I've tried Bing and as expected, being a Microsoft product, this displays correctly
After the upgrade to Win 8 Pro from win 7 64, I tried the LifeCam Cinema ...nothing happens. I uninstalled and reinstalled and the exe file is said to be the wrong file. When i clik the tray icon nothing happens. When
The camera connects under windows but essentially useless with very dark image.
Since I've not installed adobe reader, the preinstalled Reader app opened for viewing a pdf file. What is the intended method to close Reader and other metro apps? I don't see any way to do that. I don't expect we are supposed to use Task Manager to close it.