Ok, I finally fixed it the second to worst hard way. I did an inplace upgrade (not supported by MS, different from a refresh or reset) of WIN8MCE to WIN8PRO, which required me changing a registry key (thankfully that simple), and after two evenings have everything working without spending the 20+ hours it would take me to reinstall/configure everything from scratch.
Not going to touch those two commands especially the secedit unless i'm making my own database (unlikely though i did learn how).
sfc /scannow, anyone with like a virtual machine version bored enough with a saved state to test to see if running it causes the metro apps to break?
I'm thinking those two commands change more then just what I thought, so going to stay away from permissions reseting for now, until something reliable comes around.
I guess the old addage if it ain't broke don't fix it, (or break it). lol
Glad you were able to get the issues fixed Drathian. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to carry out your fix. It's very sad that something was released like this...especially when the new metro tiles were the major focus point of the OS. But I will just wait and see if there's a fix issued. I really have grown to like Windows8 very much despite this problem.
changed the key:
Allows me to run the installer and re-upgrade windows (windows 8 mce to windows 8 pro) while keeping my file and settings, just to be safe I ran control panel and removed windows components media center. Then after it was done i reinstalled the media center key.
*Yeah i'm thinking for some people the sfc /scannow isn't stable in this version of windows.*
Given that's no longer the way to do it, perhaps . Dism /online /Cleanup-Image (/CheckHealth, /ScanHealth, or /RestoreHealth) is what you should be using.
Today I spent 3 hours on the phone with Microsoft about the APPS not working. Finally it was solved without a refresh!! The solution was a real trial and error.
I will make a new thread in this forums with details. All my APPS are now working.