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I cant run any game or app in windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8

    I cant run any game or app in windows 8


    Hi so my problem is really driving me crazy, i cant seem to run any app related to gaming whatsoever. Per example steam app, league of legends, any other game i have, battle net desktop app. In the steam and battle net desktop apps i click the launcher and it opens the small window (Updtaing steam or updating battle net) and when its done nothing happens. As for games i click the launcher and nothing happens. I've tried launching admin, on a different account, re installing everything nothing works.

    Thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does the Steam icon appear in your taskbar? Or does everything just disappear? Also can you fill in your system specs in the profile so we can see what you are working with?
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  3. #3


    USA
    Posts : 99
    Windows 8.1 with Bing


    It seems like it's crashing. I play stem as well, Did you look at the game requirements before downloading? Some games have Hi specs to play and some games need to have a different Operating System to play.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Ive updated my system specs. The steam icon does not appear on the taskbar neither do the others such as battle net desktop app. And the games can run on my computer ive played them before this just started happening out of nowhere and i cant understand why.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    NVidia just release 340 driver that changed quite a few things. For example, the CUDA codec is gone, replace by a newer technology for 600 and above cards. I had to roll back to the 337 drivers for some video editing requirements. If you manually or the system automatically installed the new driver, it may have caused your problem.

    If you haven't already, try a clean install of your video drivers. It's a option during the NVidia install process. It has resolved issues several times, especially with games. Then, if that doesn't work, try rolling back to 337.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    Try disconnecting everything from your computer other than the essentials - mouse, keyboard, speakers, and monitor. See if you can run games that way. I had a similar problem where Steam wouldn't run on my computer if I had my older webcam plugged in, it would cause a crash unless I unplugged it.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    Hi, i went on vacations and couldnt see the thread until now. OldGuyGeek ive tried uninstalling all drivers, and installed back to 337. The problem still remains .....
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  8. #8


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Steam should run no matter what drivers, it looks like Windows related problem.

    Try option Two: SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If you can run other programs in Windows 8 but just not games, it really sounds like a DirectX problem or something related to just games, not necessarily your system overall.

    Try uninstalling Steam, but save your game files first so you don't have to download them again. It means copying your SteamApp folder somewhere where they won't get deleted.

    Here is the article on Steam about moving it to a new location. I couldn't find one about reinstalling. But the warnings about saving your SteamApp folder apply. Hopefully you have enough space somewhere else to copy/move the files until you delete/reinstall.

    Once reinstalled, move the games back and let Steam check them.

    https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...8129&l=english

    If that doesn't help, you might very well have a system problem.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8


    I ve tried all those steps in steam and still doesnt work, im now attempting TairikuOkami steps to see if it works. If it still doesnt work ill just probably take it to the manufacturer since its still under warranty ....
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