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Win 8.1 - Not loading many of the START menu apps

Windows Vista

Hello. Hope someone has some new (untried) method for fixing my problem. Computer is a desktop with 64 bit OS and 64 bit CPU. That being said it was originally installed as Windows 8.0 Pro via CD. Then I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 Pro via a free Microsoft download. That was approx. 2 years ago. Win 8.1 Pro worked fairly well for the first year. Then problems began to creep in. The first notable Problem: Applications from the Windows START screen (i.e. Store, Music, etc) failed to load. A task bar icon would indicate application was loaded but nothing on screen. After trying all of the solutions on the web (to no avail) I decided to live with that problem. But then other issues arose like very slow OS Booting, the inability to install many of the necessary automatic/manual Microsoft weekly patches as well as the inability to upgrade to the Windows 10 OS (i.e. Upgrade attempted several times and all attempts failed toward the end of the process....) forced me to have to reinstall the original Win 8.0 Pro OS followed by an upgrade to Windows 8.1 pro (Same as before). Note: A lot of effort but the reinstallation/Upgrade fixed the problems! At least for the first 6 months... :(. But now the "START" menu is acting up again! The STORE won't load, Music won't load, etc. Thus far every other problem (previously observered) has not yet manifested itself. ....but I'm sure that's just a matter of time. NOTE: There are currently NO failed updates and the Boot process is relatively fast. Just unable to load the "Microsoft Store", etc, etc at this point. Any fresh and/or new ideas to resolve this problem in 2017 would be appreciated!

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Security, privacy & accounts Today, 03:10 0 Comments 2 views

Corrupt track 1 metadata when ripping using Windows Media Player

Windows Vista

Sooo...... I have ripped several hundred CD's and the metadata for artist, album, title, etc on all the first tracks are missing. Its not actually missing, its just incorrect. "Unknown artist", "Unknown album", etc. Every other track rips correctly, its only track 1 that is giving me problems. Sometimes it will correctly give the song title as the file name, but other times it is just track 01.wav. I am ripping them as 16 bit, 44k, lossless .wav files. The Windows media player seems to be able to organize most of the first tracks correctly, but the missing metadata is giving me problems with other applications. I have seen that autoplay can be an issue and I do not have it on when I rip a CD. I have seen recommendations to delete track one and re-rip, but in all honesty, that is close to impossible as there are probably 2500 albums. I have tried the metadata programs that are suppose to update the song information but they are not very accurate when I try them on a small sample size. Not even close in fact. None of my CD's are bootlegs, all are original redbook audio discs purchased from a store. I have deleted the Windows Media Player database and started over but the update album information doesn't change the metadata. I am using Windows 8.1, but some were ripped using Windows 7 as well. I have more CD's to rip and want to solve this problem before I go further. I also hope there is some way to update the metadata that isn't manual.

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Security, privacy & accounts Today, 01:41 0 Comments 2 views

WiFi Interference coupled with hacking problem

Windows Vista

I've been posting on the Webroot Community forums concerning issues I've experienced with hackers. They said I should post to the Windows Community since they don't seem to think it's a Webroot concern. I have Windows 8.1 and run the Windows Firewall in tandem with the Webroot SecureAnywhere software....obviously not. Anyway, the two jpgs I'm posting are the most recent problem. It revolves around a public libraries Wifi at the moment, but I have experienced the same issue in surrounding areas. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I never received the free Windows 10 upgrade that was suppose to be free with the purchase of my laptop even though I reserved a copy that would be available in July upon it's release. I'm having a lovely time combating all these cyber possibilities.

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Security, privacy & accounts Yesterday, 23:22 0 Comments 1 views

(for me urgent) Windows won't reboot (boot up) properly half the time

Windows Vista

I have a system that was installed on a different harddrive and a different system. However I restored the image and all was fine. But sometimes (often) it just won't boot. Once upon a time it ran some startup recovery that said "This may take longer than an hour" or "This may take more than an hour". It finished after a minute and the system continued to boot. This has been the ONLY thing that will allow the system to boot when this thing is going on. Safe mode with networking also works, from which I am typing this now. I do not know how to trigger this. I have shut down this system numerous times, this is the first time I have rebooted. In recent times. Immediately I have this issue. I do not know how to trigger the "Repairing your system, this may take more than an hour to complete" screen. It is the only thing that fixes this. Fixing my harddrive (chkdsk /offlinescanandfix) doesn't work. It is completely random when this thing pops up, and if at all. Automatic Repair didn't do anything, but it also doesn't trigger by default in most cases. The symptom is: First a spinning wheel. Then the screen resolution changes. The the spinning wheel again, indefinitely. The system boots up in safe mode. But I cannot work this way. The other system also had this. This is a peculiarity of this system image. Maybe I messed up by backing up a "fast boot" rebooted system. It was a Linux clone of this disk. I cloned it in Linux and restored it in Linux. That is beside the point now. I do not know how to find or get to the fast reboot or fast boot settings from safe mode. I don't see anything. The power options don't show them. My questions are: * how do I enforce the "Repairing your system, this make take more than an hour" repair option? * could this be due to fast rebooting? Maybe I should never reboot and only shut down my system completely. Oh and another question of course: * is it possible to view or change the fast boot option from safe mode? The option is not there. I am currently doing the following: * Disable hibernation: powercfg /hibernate off * Enable Windows boot menu: bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes

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Security, privacy & accounts Yesterday, 12:20 0 Comments 0 views

Windows 10 Freezes 2017

Windows Vista

I bought a new computer in November 2016 and I have had this issue off and on since the beginning. It has gotten worse in the past couple of weeks, but it has only been recently that I realized the problem was with Windows. I thought it was with my graphic card, since it seems to update every other day. Has anyone found anything that works? I have to hard reboot, or wait over 5 minutes for windows to unfreeze. Task manager does not even work when it is frozen. I have seen other threads dating back to 2015 and am alarmed and annoyed that Microsoft has done nothing for what seems to be an ongoing issue for over a year.

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Security, privacy & accounts Yesterday, 07:26 0 Comments 0 views

My HP laptop is only finding the 2.4 wireless connection although I have a 5.0 as well.

Windows Vista

My HP laptop is only finding the 2.4 wireless connection although I have a 5.0 connection as well. My iPad, iPod and a friends laptop all see and connect to the 5.0 faster connection. How do I get the 5.0 to show up ? My laptop is 2 years old, my friends is 5 years old. And my fiance has his laptop about a year and his also cannot see or connect to the 5.0

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Security, privacy & accounts 15/01/2017 0 Comments 5 views

Error Code

Windows Vista

Hello, For the past week or so I've been unable to send any e-mails, I can receive them, but can't send them out. Earlier in the week I would get the following message every time I opened my e-mail: Subject 'Fw: Undeliverble mail' Server Error: 550 Server Response: 550 unknown user <*** Email address is removed for privacy ***> Server: 'mail.nmax.net' Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC79 Protocol: SMTP Port: 587 Secure(SSL) Then a few days ago I started receiving the following message: Server. "mail.nmax.net Windows Live Mail Error ID Ox8007007A Protocol: SMTP Port:25 Secure(SSL): No I've contacted my ISP and they have said that it's not their problem, it's on my end. Nothing new has been added and no changes were made. In the first message you can see where the word "support" is spelled wrong as well as the word "Undeliverable". I'm no expert but I would think it would have to be on their end as I haven't done any changes. Please if anyone can offer a solution or advice I'd appreciate it very much. Thank you

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Security, privacy & accounts 15/01/2017 0 Comments 1 views

Windows Spotlight

Windows Vista

Hello, I am unable to get Windows Spotlight images on my new laptop on the lock screen. In settings, like I do for my other windows 10 device, I selected Personalization, lock screen, windows spotlight. However, I always get the same image on the screen. My other PC shows stunningly beautiful images on sign in almost regularly, other than holidays, it seems. What is the problem, please? Problem PC Windows 10 HP laptop just purchased new Non-Problem PC Windows 10 Dell desktop purchased in 2011.

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Security, privacy & accounts 15/01/2017 0 Comments 2 views

Security certificate errors, unable to update Windows 8

Windows Vista

I have a 2 in 1 laptop with windows 8 that I have not used in more than a year. I cannot update anything as I constantly reach security certificate error. Even going to Microsoft thru IE, I get the same error. When I try to update windows 8, I get an error. It does connect to the net, so thats not the problem, although on some web sites work. I checked the update history and the updates started failing in 7/15. So, I can't update window 8 nor can I update to windows 10.

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Security, privacy & accounts 15/01/2017 0 Comments 0 views