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 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.
New Dell XPS 8500 following installation of programs and an attempt at creating a image using the built-in imaging program now fails to restart or shutdown from the start screen. When I attempted to create an image I got a statement that "there is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location". I had 1.34 TB free on an external drive for an image calculated by Windows as 135.78 GB. After the image attempt the problems started. Today's session with Dell did not solve the problem. Their tech will call to walk me through reinstalling the system to the original state. I hope this is not a common Windows 8 problem.
So, my desktops seem to have stopped launching after restarting my laptop. After logging in all I get is a black screen with no right-click available, no taskbar, nothing. I am able to open programs by CTL-ALT-DEL into Task Manager and opening the file manager. When I minimize opened programs they minimize them to the bottom-left corner of the blank screen.
I ran a system restart but that didn't do anything. I don't know if I've contracted malware or accidentally screwed up a setting, but all of this seemed to start right after the latest round of automatic updates.
I'm having a rather annoying issue on Windows 8 with my ASUS Laptop.
When moving from Wi-Fi to Ethernet (disable Wi-Fi, plug-in Ethernet cable then enable Ethernet port) my computer fails to recognize the Ethernet connection. I have to restart my computer to solve the problem.
Yesterday, while using File Explorer a problem occurred. I had a CD open showing files on the CD and I had a folder open (that is on my desktop) and was copying files from the CD to the desktop folder. I am not sure what I may have done, but after closing the File Explorer, it is no longer working correctly. When I left click on the folder icon on the taskbar on my desktop nothing is shown on my desktop. The taskbar icon shows that File Explorer is open and if I hover my cursor over it, a 'mini' is shown (just above the taskbar) of what is open, but will not expand to view on the desktop, just shows the 'open' page above the taskbar. If I open WORD or some other program and try to 'saveas' the files are shown and I can save the document. I down loaded a "file manager" from the Microsoft Store so I can get at and work with files, but I am not able to use the Win 8 File Explorer. I have done a normal shutdown and restart, but still have the problem. I tried to do a system restore, but the restore would not complete. (suggested I turn off antivirus).
I finally got Windows 8 installed on my Dell M4600 dual boot with the Win 7 install. This is my business laptop so I needed to maintain full functions to Win 7 (I will completely migrate to 8 in the future) and ensure I could continue to work with it. I have two SSDs: Drive 0 is a 2.5" 256 GB used for data as d:. Drive 1 (this is how the bios designates them) was originally a 128GB MSATA SSD. I cloned this to a newer 240GB SSD to provide more room for the two OSs (and provide a good fail safe). With the clone I cleared the Dell recovery partitions and added the partition for Win 8. Currently I have some wasted space at the front but I will sort that out in the future. It has taken a week to get Win 8 up and running properly (tracking down drivers, getting the fingerprint scanner to work etc) but it seems to be stable and I have started to use it. Now to the problems:
1. The boot screen is the old Win 7 type (not really a problem by itself). I have used EasyBCD to adjust the default to Win 8. If I do a "restart" from 8 and then select 7 no problem. On the other hand, any restart to 8 brings up the MS flag and twirling thing and stops. I need to power down and start back up. No problem if I shutdown and then restart. I've been working on figuring out how the whole process works and I suspect the problem has to do with the switching drive letters depending on which OS is started and/or the Resume parameters in the BCD. Additionally, during all the hassle with installing Win 8 the boot loader is on the Win 7 partition. I'm hesitant to start using BCDedit on this laptop as I would prefer not to mess anything up. I also will not go through the hassle of re-installing Win 8 again - 3 or 4 times was enough.
2. At some point I will delete the Win 7 partition and expand the space for the Win 8 (I'll need to use some third party tools to do this). My concern is that the boot loader is on the Win 7 partition so how to move it to the Win 8 partition if possible.
I've attached two screen shots for the disk management status (win 7 an 8) and attachedoutput form BCDedit /enum all for both OSs.
Windows Explorer as well as other desktop programs failed to respond to a right click from any interface. I was also having printer errors that involved total failure to print. At first, I thought I needed to uninstall all my Epson software and printer, but that resulted in no change. This was likely a Context Menu Handler problem. It suggested downloading a Shell File Extensions View (ShellExView - Shell Extension Manager For Windows) from NirSoft version 18.104.22.168 which was free.
The first download I did not use out of fear so I accessed the Context Menu area via regedit, but saw no way to disable any suspected third party Context Menu Handlers. So, in the end, I swallowed hard and ran the NirSoft application. I was able to see all the shell items in the registry, and sorted them by age, the most recent was a Context Menu Handler from Norton Internet Security occurring during the most recent update.
The manager software allowed me to disable just that one handler, and after a restart, File Explorer and everything else behaved normally. So, now I am posting this so it only takes you less than an hour to address this issue, where I spent 4-5 hours on it. I reinstalled the Norton Internet Security and all is still well.
How to properly restart Windows Explorer from a program I wrote.
Details: I wrote a program that run as Desktop with Windows 8. After the program is started, it automatically Quit Explorer.exe (finding the PID and quitting/close) and all is fine. Before my program will be quitted by the user, I want to restart the Explorer.exe. It works but I get error message when trying to use the restarted Explorer with APP in the Metro/modern UI.
From what I understand, reason is that my program is running as administrator and when re-launching Explorer.exe also Explorer.exe is runned as administrator and this do not allow Metro APPs to be used.
I observed that when restarting Explorer.exe using my program it get the BUILTIN/ADMINISTRATORS as OWNER, while if restarting within the task manager it is as DENY.
Is there any way to tell Explorer.exe to run as BUILTIN/ADMINISTRATORS DENY and overcome the issue?
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 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 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.
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.
I just installed a pretty clean install of Windows 8 Pro (I used the upgrade, but I did the upgrade immediately over top of a clean windows 7 install). It is installed on an intel SSD. I haven't installed any applications or added any documents, or files. However, when I go to file explorer and right click on my drive it shows that I've used 69GB of space on the SSD! That's after doing disk cleanup and removing the previous windows files and temporary upgrade files. I couldn't believe Windows was taking up 69GB, so I investigated further. If I select the drive in file explorer and then select every folder displayed, and then right click and select properties, then it only comes up as about 13GB. Is there a known problem with Windows 8 computing space useage on SSD drives?
So this morning my dad went to power off his ASUS K55N Notebook, and it didn't turn off correctly, the screen went black, but the system stayed powered on (had to perform a hard shutdown). He didn't perform any Windows Update(s) or install new drivers prior to this, he didn't change anything, and just now it did the same thing.
the Notebook was performing perfectly fine before today.
Attached is the .zip generated by the SF Diagnostic Tool.
I am trying to generate LangINI for: 1. Boot.WIM, 2. Install.WIM, 3. WinRE.WIM (inside Install.WIM) 4. and maybe for main distribution tree (burned into ISO).
Directories (with time chronology of their creation): ISO is extracted to C:ISO Boot.WIM is mounted to C:Mount Install.WIM is mounted to C:Mount (after Boot.WIM is unmounted) While Install.WIM is mounted, the WinRE.WIM is mounted to C:WinRE
My doubts: A. I don't believe it, because unpacked WIMs have directories like "Program Files" "Windows"... so "sources" (generated by /Gen-LangINI) directory looks inappropriate. IMHO distribution shouln'd be same as mounting point, but I just mounted vendor's boot.wim it ALSO has Program Files", "Windows"... AND "sources" inside. B. Also I am not sure about those two commands in Install.WIM. Isn't it overkill
How to check if i update the windows 8.1 update 1 from x64 bits systems because i download all packages from microsoft download center and install in that order and dont recive error. Every package ask me to reestart i see all packages are installed on update history and on the section installed updates but I don't see nothing related to windows 8.1 update 1 as the way as see when you install from win update. I check for updates and dont find nothing. I have my service packs and mayor updates on my pc stored because in this house all use win 8.1 x64 and we have a slow connection and because i install by this way. I must say you i see all characteristics of the update 1 but i want to know if don't have errors i ran dism online clean up image restore health and sfc scannow and dont find errors. I only am worried because if this update was not installed properly the supports ends on may 13 and want to have install by the right way.
Thats are the packages and the order of i install
KB2919442, KB2919355, KB2932046, KB2959977, KB2937592, KB2938439 y KB2934018.
When I execute the Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth (fastest cmd I know I see my build are)
When I turn my HP LaserJet CP1215 on, on a fresh install of Win 8 Preview the Printer Driver loading icon appears on the taskbar and the green shade goes across as if it's installing correctly. Looking in Control Panel/Printers and devices shows the printer installed and the properties shows the device is working correctly.
However when I try to print in any application no printer is shown, and trying to add a printer runs through the search and finds nothing.
My problem is that my computer no longer is able see Windows 8.1 on bootup. I get a "Loading OS".... message and nothing happens.
Before this happened, I reset my computer from Windows with the intent to change a BIOS setting for the CPU fan and an Windows update was applied on reboot. Windows (apparently) installed the update and then I got to the login screen. At this point, instead of logging into Windows, I hit the reset button to make the BIOS change. After doing this, when I tried to boot again, Windows would even begin to load and I got the "Loading OS" message immediately. Is it possible that Windows did not finish installing the update even though I was at the login screen for Windows 8.1?
I then booted from the USB flash drive with Windows 8 install files (not 8.1... I upgraded from 8 to 8.1). I went into the repair option and then I got the message that no repairs could be found or were needed. (Interestingly now when I try the repair option, the computer automatically reboots so the repair option appears to be very broken now.)
Next, I tried to see if my disks were working and they seem to be. Attached is a screenshot when I list the volumes. C: drive is a HDD data drive without Windows. D: drive appears to be some sort of system restore partition (as far as I understand). F: drive is the SSD with Windows installed on it. I can navigate through all directories fine on the SSD and the drive seems healthy. (E: drive is the USB drive.) When I unhook the data drive, all the letters get shifted up one and this does not seem to be a factor in reviving Windows. Are the drive letters important? I find it odd that the SDD does not show up as C drive with or without the data drive installed.
I tried the sfc /scannow option in offline but I cannot get it to run. I believe that I am entering the letters correctly (and I have tried different variations). Please check if I am not typing this in correctly given my drive letters.---How do I get this to run?
I also tried to apply the Windows System Restore option on my flash drive, I seemingly was able to restore to a restore point set this morning. However, Windows is still not found at bootup at all.
At this point, I'm at a complete loss on how to proceed short of reinstalling Windows. Other options from the Windows 8 repair screen seem to result in loss of programs or data.
For the record, my motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3. I tried restore some BIOS settings to no effect.