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All metro apps, magnet and BBC iPlayer links don't work?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    All metro apps, magnet and BBC iPlayer links don't work?


    Hi.

    I have two, probably connected, issues with my new Windows 8.1-running laptop.

    Problem 1:

    Recently, and very suddenly, all Windows 8 metro apps have stopped working.

    A typical experience: Swipe for charms bar > Settings > Change PC settings .... This then takes me to the metro start screen. If I press the windows key, it shows me the settings icon in full screen for a few seconds then takes me back to the start screen. This happens for every app!

    (I have followed this person's advice, but to no avail: Can't access "Change PC Settings" in Win 8 - Microsoft Community.)


    Problem 2:

    Also, I have been getting the 'No apps are installed to open this kind of link' error message when opening a magnet link in uTorrent and selecting to download a program from the BBC iPlayer website, using the previously installed BBC iPlayer Downloads program for windows.

    I have reinstalled both programs, restarted multiple times and used CC Cleaner to try repair any possible damage to the registry, but all this has had no effect. I have tried to open both magnet links and iPlayer downloads using Internet Explorer instead, but this hasn't done anything either.


    Other Relevant Info:


    I have recently tried Iobit's Advanced System Care (or, ASC) programs, but I uninstalled them all because I suspected they were causing at least some of the issues. As far as I know, the internet link problem (#2) started first. In the past, I have had to reinstall the BBC iPlayer Downloads program because it would lose saved programs and stop working because (I think) ASC deleted some of its temporary files.

    Edit: Also, the problems seem to coincide with the recent 8.1 update... but that isn't necessarily relevant.


    Does anyone have any advice?

    Thanks,
    Dan

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if going through the listed troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help get your apps working again afterwards.

    Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    So far, all I've been able to do is re-enable Change Computer Settings, but no other metro apps.
    With the computer settings newly available, I tried to do a system refresh (keeping my files etc), but that failed for some unknown reason...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Were you able to do all the items listed in the tutorial above?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Were you able to do all the items listed in the tutorial above?
    Hi,
    Yeah, I've now tried all the items without success..
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Unfortunately, usually when none of those are able to help, it's time to consider reinstalling Windows.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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