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File Explorer not showing anything

  1. #1


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro

    File Explorer not showing anything


    Iam running 8pro 64 bit. when I open an file explorer window, sometimes there is everytihg, but most of the time, there is just "desktop" and it is searching.I have to manually right click and open new explorer to get it to show all drives and locations. Also, when I get into a window with movies or pictures, all the files are white, no thumbnail! I have no virus and the installation is new and it is from the Microsoft site. all updates are installed. What could cause this?

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  2. #2


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


    Has the system done any Freezes or Bluescreens? If so, you may wanna scan your hard drive for problems, Don't use SCANDISK- Download Hiren's Boot CD from my link below, burn it and boot to it.

    Is your hard drive mechanical or is it SSD? Assuming it is mechanical, in the Hiren's Boot Screen, choose Dos Programs, and Hard Drive Tools. You can use either GWscan or the Manufacturer's Drive Scanning tool, run a quick check and see if it detects "Read Element Failure" - If it does, then let the program fix it, should take about an hour to run through the whole drive.

    After that, boot up again, and run a CHKDSK from within Windows and let that run fully if it needs to, then see if it is still doing what you described. If it does, we'll look for other causes.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe try sfc /scannow & the DISM command in my signature.(the one to restore health)

    It's worth trying.

    First sfc.
    Then Dism.
    Then Reboot.
    Then sfc again.
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  4. #4


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


    Do the disk check first, then do the DISM, David, the guy in the Tread "Long Boot Time" need to know how to use the DISM thing.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    In administrator command prompt use:

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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  6. #6


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Has the system done any Freezes or Bluescreens? If so, you may wanna scan your hard drive for problems, Don't use SCANDISK- Download Hiren's Boot CD from my link below, burn it and boot to it.

    Is your hard drive mechanical or is it SSD? Assuming it is mechanical, in the Hiren's Boot Screen, choose Dos Programs, and Hard Drive Tools. You can use either GWscan or the Manufacturer's Drive Scanning tool, run a quick check and see if it detects "Read Element Failure" - If it does, then let the program fix it, should take about an hour to run through the whole drive.

    After that, boot up again, and run a CHKDSK from within Windows and let that run fully if it needs to, then see if it is still doing what you described. If it does, we'll look for other causes.
    Thanks! Great, I hate my life sometimes. I DL it, save it/extract it as an ISO inPower Iso, and it will not boot from the DVD. DVD drive is 1st in boot order. Great
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You can also make a Flash drive with it, or you can use Iso2Disc- Stuck a USB drive in and use ISO2disc to send the image into the external drive, then boot to that. ISO2disc can be googled.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    I don't know. No matter what I do, I cannot get the Hirens to boot at start up, regardless of the boot order. I have done sfc /scannow and no integrety issues, but Iam sti;l having issues with the file explorer poulating everything that is there. It will only have "desktop and documents" and the pctures andvideo are all white to look at. they play fine, but no preview, sometimes there is but the drives and everything else in explorer isn;t showing. anything else I can do? I have run multiple scans and virus scans as well, all good thus far.
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  9. #9


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


    Its that damn "Secure Boot" option ya have to shut it off somehow.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 149
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Its that damn "Secure Boot" option ya have to shut it off somehow.
    My computer states it is "unsuported" for the Secure Boot Option.
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