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Can't open windows apps or PC settings

  1. #11


    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    LOL I just found what I read where it was possibly a registry cleaner with another guy, and you were the one saying the same things to that dude. Based on when I'm restoring my computer, it appears to be that. I mean, I can run the registry cleaner, but it will take a couple days to screw up opening the PC Settings and Store, but it's gotta be that. No more registry cleaning for me. I'm OCD with running maintenance tasks, but looks like this is one I'll be having to skip. Thanks

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  2. #12


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Yeah, registry cleaning like that is just not worth it.
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  3. #13


    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    OK, haven't ran any registry cleaners and I have got the same issue today. I now suspect this has something to do with my 3rd party theming and stuff. That could be way off, but there's something doing this, and It's gotta be my fault, I just don't know what the heck I'm doing.
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  4. #14


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    64-bit Windows 10


    To help narrow it down, be sure to create restore points before installing or doing anything that affects the system to be able to quickly use a restore point to undo it if needed.

    Do you have an available restore point dated before this started again?
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  5. #15


    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    OK... I didn't do anything. Didn't install anything.. Nothing, and it is doing it. I restore, it's fine. Some time goes by and it happens again. I don't know how this works, but it might have something to do with the computer sleeping. Because it seems to happen only then. Maybe my 3rd party theme is in the mix of that, because when the computer sleeps, and then wakes, the theme reverts to a basic theme and I have to manually change it back. Either way, it really is looking like it happens when the computer sleeps. I have done nothing else. This is really frustrating and I'm not good enough with computers to really get into what I'm doing.

    If I restore from the desktop, the issue will still be there, even though it wasn't present from the restore point. Only when I restore from the advanced start up will it restore with out the issue. I don't think that's really relevant, but just saying.
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  6. #16


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure what else may help other than to refresh, reset, or reinstall Windows. Be sure to stay away from those registry cleaners afterwards though.
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  7. #17


    Cincinnati
    Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your help... But like I said dude.. I've done that over and over again. I have a windows 8 laptop, and since I can't do a fresh install of windows 8.1 and have a valid key each time I do it, I gotta do 8 then upgrade to 8.1, so I have a bare system image of 8.1 so I don't wear my SSD so much. But that's besides the point.. And that is that is keeps happening weather it's a fresh install, system image restored or whatever. If you have see anything new on the subject, please, OH please... DO share.
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