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System cannot access windows 32 applications

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    windows 8.1

    System cannot access windows 32 applications


    Have a problem all of a sudden my Windows 8.1 Dell Latitude 10 tablet cannot access most all of the Win32 applications. I go to access an item in windows explorer or say device manager and get a message system could not access or may not have permission. Most programs seem to be working, but a lot of services are not such as WiFi, sound, network etc. since I cannot access win32 applications I can not get into services. Any thoughts for a fix???

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    Posts : 17
    windows 8.1


    I tried you suggestion and the system will not open a command prompt with Admin rights. It will open a standard command prompt but not an elevated one. So it will not let me run the other applications to fix the issue. Maybe the issue is more to do with not being able to get open Admn stuff??
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    Could very well be. Do you have an administrative account?
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    Posts : 17
    windows 8.1


    Yes personal machine with only the one account that is set as administrator. Seems like windows system is having the same issue since every time it tries to open a Win 32 application get similar message that it does not have permission.
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    Seems like your UAC (User Account Control) settings have changed. Hopefully you have enough rights to correct it. Make sure you read all warnings.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
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    windows 8.1


    Finally got into safe mode and was able to run an elevated command prompt, so I ran the DISM, but it did not help. Then tried to do a refresh and that failed to run. I can get into all metro apps and desk top programs, but have no sound, no WiFi, can't access anything like device manager, but can get on the net with cellular modem.
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    windows 8.1


    I also added the built in administrator account but can only log into that in safe mode.
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    Posts : 17
    windows 8.1


    Tried a few other things all no help. Did a clean boot, tried running Dell diagnostics software from support site, it could not install so would not run. I cannot get into the UAC controls even in safe mode. When I do Safe mode with network I can get back on WiFi, so there does not appear to be a hardware issue. Something is keeping the system form accessing things.
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    Its a bear if you can't access anything to fix it....

    Perhaps you picked up a virus. Which AV do you have? Can you do that scan in safe mode?

    Did this thing come with 8.1 on it or did you upgrade from 8? If upgraded, did you do it via the store?

    Is it still under warranty? If so, you may want to consider taking it back.
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