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App not allowing screen switching on initial start

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    App not allowing screen switching on initial start


    I have been finding out that Win8 will not install over the "Preview" version smoothly, by that I mean things don't work properly. I will explain later, right now to the problem. I use the Weather app and when I first start it, I cannot switch screens unless I press the Win key; clicking on top left or bottom does not work; Alt+Tab does not work; and selecting Start from the Charms bar does not work. Is there a resolution???? thanks...

    Now about the install. I did a install over Preview and just about every file had some sort of corruption when I ran sfc /scannow. I did a reset which says it does a complete install from scratch, but I don't believe it because I was having many security problems. I went back and did a refresh and now things are a whole lot smoother. So if you are having problems, I would suggest that you do something to the install and try again.

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    Could the tutorial help you? Perhaps a "real" clean install is your answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Could the tutorial help you? Perhaps a "real" clean install is your answer.
    Great, I disabled things and it is working now. Why would they make this setting active on install? Never mind, I am not sure I want to know the minds of MS.
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    Problem, it works the first time and after that you have to change the setting on/off to get it to work again. Before I install the .reg file, does it do anything different than changing the setting in General?
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    Hummm! I don't know why that would happen. System corruption? Run sfc /scannow again? Glad I could help to some extent. Sorry it's not working just right yet.
    Last edited by znod; 17 Jan 2013 at 06:50.
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    Follow-up: I did a complete format and reinstall of Win8 and this function still does not work when is first started.
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    Does it continue to work after getting it going. If so, then that's at least more progress. If not, then I don't get it.
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    It works fine after going to the "Desktop" with the Win key; I cannot access anything else. The Charms bar will show, but nothing works. When trying to Alt+tab it only flashes on the screen for half a second. Now, that being said, if I double click the left hand popup for the Desktop, it will sometimes work. The problem I find with the double click is that the image goes away if I move the cursor more that a quarter of the image from the left edge.
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    That's amazing. If clean install didn't do the trick, then, well, the root cause might be with your BIOS (or UEFI) or hardware. I have trouble believing that the problem is hardware related. Flash your BIOS? Risky, and what's up must be thoroughly understood. Read here and here. You'll need to decide. I am not recommending; only providing info for your consideration.

    I am assuming that everything was OK before stating to use either version of 8. And, you didn't make any BIOS (or UEFI) changes while running any version of 8, right? Please tell us a bit more about your system. Using BIOS or UEFI?

    One more thought. Before doing anything else, run the Win8 Upgrade Assistant. And, run the Compatibility Troubleshooter from Control Panel > System and Security > Action Center.
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    I don't have any issues with Win7 and if I had any money I would be that it is the display driver. Dell doesn't support this machine on Win8 and the driver installed by Win8 is not the same as the one for Win7. I also noticed that I had a graphics crash and lockup of a program that has always worked before. I am going to do some looking on Intel's (display adapter) site for a new driver.
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