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    w8.1 unstable


    W8.1 was working OK but today none of the desktop items will open & when I click on one a dozen highlight. Same with IE in taskbar.

    When I open them from the win. explorer all work.

    Any solutions?

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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by nichos View Post
    W8.1 was working OK but today none of the desktop items will open & when I click on one a dozen highlight. Same with IE in taskbar.

    When I open them from the win. explorer all work.

    Any solutions?
    I have had this happen with my desktop before although it has not occurred in a long time. Try this first. Action Center, select Maintenance, manually trigger maintenance and let it run till completion. When it is complete the message will revert back to Start Maintenance. This corrected the problem for me a couple of times and certainly won't hurt anything. Next, from Adm Command Prompt run Sfc /scannow the system file checker will look for corruptions in the OS and attempt to fix. This could take a long time so let it run till completion.
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    Thank you,

    I tried Maintenance at 19:00 & state working till 00:00 7had to shut down to go to bed. This morning the problems are still here.

    I am now trying"Sfc /scannow", the red light is flashing perhaps showing is at work.
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Sfc /scannow could take a while, when it finishes is will probably say one of three things. 1. No integrity problems, 2. Found some issues and fixed them, 3. Found some problems and fixed some but could not fix all. If 2 or 3 run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth same way. This might be able to fix some problems if present. This one will take a long time as well. If the Maintenance tool took that long these will likely take longer.
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    There was no responce at all when I woke up this morning.

    I'll try maintainance again as the fault is still there.

    IE also will not respond to "Tools > options > use default & I have to signe in for my email each time.
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by nichos View Post
    There was no responce at all when I woke up this morning.

    I'll try maintainance again as the fault is still there.

    IE also will not respond to "Tools > options > use default & I have to signe in for my email each time.
    What do you mean by "no response at all? Did SFC finish, what was on the screen, was PC locked up?
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    Sorry I did not explain fully.

    After 5 hrs running the first time with Maintenance still in progress I had to shut down thw PC passed midnight.

    I started maintenance again this morning 05:00hrs and is still running now at 16:00 & Maintenance is still in progress.

    "Check for solutions" says when maintainance finishes solutions will appear in Action Center. There is nothing there as it is still in progress.

    I intend to leave it through the night & tomorrow all day this time.

    Is this what you meant it takes time? was it same with you?


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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by nichos View Post
    I intend to leave it through the night & tomorrow all day this time.

    Is this what you meant it takes time? was it same with you?
    Yes! You need to let the operations run till completion.
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    OK, 24hrs now & will be left till hopefully completes.

    Can the PC be used in the meanwhile?

    I am now using my old Acer Notebook.
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    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by nichos View Post
    Can the PC be used in the meanwhile?
    I would not as you will only slow it down even more.

    If it cannot finish in 12-24 hours you may have more significant issues with the OS.
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