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Can't run .EXE's and .MSI's

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Can't run .EXE's and .MSI's


    I got Windows 8, and recently I have had trouble running exe and msi files. I double click the program, and Windows 8 asks me if I want to allow the program to make changes. After clicking "Yes," nothing happens.

    Specific programs I am trying to run are:
    8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8
    Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled

    My installation of Microsoft Office 2010 also freezes midway through.

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  2. #2


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    What happens if you right click and Run as Administrator?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    No change. Still doesn't run.
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  4. #4


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Try a refresh or reset. Sounds like your PC isn't able to run the scripts from those executables, so reinstalling/refreshing might help. I don't think you need installation media for a refresh.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I tried restarting. What does a refresh consist of?
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  6. #6


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Floydrose View Post
    I tried restarting. What does a refresh consist of?
    A refresh is pretty much what you'd call a system rebuild; it attempts to fix any problematic files/missing ones that could cause such an issue, with the advantage of keeping all your personal files. Problem is, like I have encountered when doing such, is that your desktop "apps" (programs) get deleted/uninstalled, and result as part of a list placed on the desktop to let you know what was deleted.

    The main aim of that, is more so in case a program that made the conflict is present on the system, and Windows 8 removes all installed programs (all MetroUI apps stay) to see if that fixes the problem.

    I suggest getting a program backup tool, so that once that's done you can restore your programs you may have had installed. Also, a system refresh restores all personalization, "sync" settings and other changes to the system, back to default.

    Hope that helps.
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