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Playing music, computer freezes and Admin Event errors

  1. #21


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    My caution is about the time involved and the result. I've been using Windows since Win 95 (or before), and have never seen a Windows install or reinstall of any kind that left everything in place, including third party programs.

    Version not so simple. I'm running Windows 8 Pro with Media Pack (why the latter I don't know, since I've never used it). However, I originally ordered the Win 8 CD, received a product key for Media Pack the next day, and upgraded to Pro three weeks later, all before installing anything. Presumably, I downloaded and installed Pro and followed the directions for activating MP. In terms of CDs, I have the original 8 (x32 and x64), a backup Pro CD and another backup that shows both Pro and Media Pack product keys. Figure that's the one to try.

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  2. #22


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, you'll have to use the same disk, and add the media pack back in, the Key should be good, but you'll have to do a phone activation. I've also been using MS products since before Windows, I've never lost any programs due to an in place install. But I always use In Place Install as a last result. I would not want you to do it unless your problems are so severe it makes your system unstable.

    I only do it if the OS is suffering extreme problems, and your problem is with an SQL server that Foobar either uses or stores data in. Maybe if you found out which SQL server it is, and re-install it. It may be included with the Foobar Installer, and you may be able to isolate it and run a re-install of it.

    Just remember, if you stick the wrong disk in the system, and start the "upgrade" - it may just tell you the disk can't be used.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for the info. Did the repair install and it worked ok, once I unloaded the Media Pack. I haven't done the Win updates yet, but looking at Admin Events, nothing has changed, all the same errors on startup. Oh well...I did learn something.
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  4. #24


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, the next step would be a refresh, which WOULD remove any installed desktop programs. It is supposed to keep your personal data files and documents. It will keep any Metro apps. But there was a guy posting yesterday, who claims to have lost all of his personal files. I think it was because he had a recovery partition, and it booted to that after a system reboot, and wiped his system drive, reinstalling the original state of his OS.

    If you do not have a recovery partition, you can try a Windows Refresh, but only if you have all of your data files and installers all backed up on a different drive. A Refresh is allegedly supposed to make Windows 8 "as new". I am loathe to suggest it after what happened to this poor guy the other day, but if it stops the errors, it may be a viable fix. You'll Have to have all of your programs installers saved and lined up ready to re-install all of them.

    I'll go as far as you want with you on this, as long as you have all your important data backed up, we can try it. Because the next step after a refresh is a restore, and that's a complete wipe of all user data and desktop programs. And after a restore, there is a full wipe and re-install.

    Actually there is a DISM command line that may fix some things, let me find it.
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  5. #25


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    OK here it is - Try DISM

    Weird (but small) issue on my Windows 8 laptop

    It's Post #6

    Here's the DISM tutorial:

    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8

    If that helps give David Bailey a rep point, he's been suggesting that fix to a few people and it seems to have worked for a few. Brink, sorry for the double post..
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  6. #26


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for the DISM suggestion. I'll give it a try. As for anything beyond that, I did reinstalls of very kinds with Win 7, so it's not foreign territory. At this point, I'm going to put your generous offer on hold and wait until the situation becomes unbearable, which currently it isn't.
    Last edited by highstream; 25 Jul 2013 at 19:46.
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  7. #27


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I really like that Jplay program, But I agree there are no controls for it, but it is a nice player, despite it's price tag of 100 bucks euro. I'll get myself familiar with Foobar. I don't really mess around with Players, I use VLC for watching Video, but when I wanna listen to music, I use my iPhone which has what I want in it, pop it into my dock. The reason I suggest the DISM command is because it seems to work for problems that SFC cannot touch.

    Good Luck!
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  8. #28


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    it has been said many time on this forum that sfc /scannow should be run at least 3 time when trying to fix system file errors /
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  9. #29


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    JPlay with foobar will give a chance to control volume on the fly (I added Ctrl-+/- keystrokes in Prefs), hear what JPlay can really do with the ASIO/JPlay driver, as well as allow you to test the different JPlay engines. Assuming reasonably decent equipment, of course. If you have questions, its developers monitor their forum closely. OTOH, be warned that telling anyone at foobar you're using JPlay may get you visitors in the middle of the night...

    Btw, did you see this article yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/ga...dio-geeks.html. I'm finding Spotify free pretty decent, the occasional short spoken ad not bothersome.

    caperjack, I did two or three scannow runs before the in-place refresh, but none since. Thanks for that info.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 216
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    After running sfc/scannow three times with the same result, I turned to DISM, but neither the CBS nor DISM log shows any errors. On reboot, Admin Events still shows the same six errors I listed earlier. Oh well... Thanks,
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