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Windows 8 programs provided such as Reader, Photos stopped


#1
All those programs that are present when you first open a Windows 8 desktop like Reader, Photos, etc. You know, the one's you want to replaces real fast with good programs have stopped working. Not that I want to use them or depend on them but it does bug me they all stopped. I don't see a way to uninstall them if they are not going to work. If they have to remain on the pc I would like them to work in any case.

Does anyone know why all these minimum use programs have stopped. And if the fix is drastic of course I wouldn't attempt it. But why? Thanks for any help! Jack ":-D
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Home
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    HP Pavilion 23 A6 Vision AMD
    CPU
    3.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    AMD A6-5400 APU with Radeon
    Memory
    6 GB
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    HD Graphics 3.6 GHz
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    Like what? What's left? It's cool lookin' ?

XweAponX

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#2
What are you using Reader for? I use it to view and print my XPS files. It works well for that. Are you trying to open Doc or PDFs with it? Might now work for those. Are you saying they just won't start, or they are not there anymore? They should still be there if you right click on the Windows 8 Metro Screen and you click "All apps" down on the right.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
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    "1842 x 1036"
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    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
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    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
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    Microsoft Intellimouse
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    Cable Medium Speed
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    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.
#3
That's some name. I'll address you as Mr.X. You know these Windows 8 programs that come installed in the Metro mode. If I have a jpg file, I say open it with ... and one of the choices is the Metro programs I think called Photos that opens all images. The screen does that all one color thing with a white icon in the middle ... at which point you'd expect the file to open, but it flips right back to the Metro start page. Same thing with a pdf file. I goes that one color screen with the white icon in the middle ... you expect the file to open and it flips right back to the Metro start page, not opening the files at all. I just wondered why they stopped working. Of course I have some better programs to use these files but it makes you to wonder why all the Metro programs that come with Windows 8 all of a sudden don't work?

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Home
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    HP Pavilion 23 A6 Vision AMD
    CPU
    3.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    AMD A6-5400 APU with Radeon
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD Graphics 3.6 GHz
    Internet Speed
    Verizon, 3mbps
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    Like what? What's left? It's cool lookin' ?

XweAponX

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#4
Its actually a year ago, that pic - Ok, so the apps are choking on the files you are trying to open, which may be an error in the file itself, or your Metro apps are loused up. If you do not have many Desktop Programs installed, you can do a "Refresh" - Which will remove all desktop applications, just reinstall the applications. If you are like me and cannot do that, maybe because you don't have the disk anymore or cant find it, then do an In-Place Install. Just stick the Windows 8 Disk you used for the install into the drive and start the setup program while in Desktop mode. At the proper place in the install, chose "Update" rather than install windows. This will repair any Metro apps that got corrupted AND it will save all of your regular desktop applications. But it must be the exact disk you used for installation, it cannot be a different one. Some Windows 7 and Vista install disks contained all versions of the OS, so you can use one of those disks if you have one, for those OSs - But Windows 8 is more picky, it wants the very same disk you used.

The other thing you can do, is run an SFC /SCANNOW which will find any corrupted files and replace them.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
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    MSI "M-Box"
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    Water Cooled
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    Dell Keyboard
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    Microsoft Intellimouse
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    Cable Medium Speed
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    Chrome/IE 10
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    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.
#5
Hmmm ... not sure how that would work here the recovery is on the HD itself, a recovery drive not a recovery disk.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Home
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 23 A6 Vision AMD
    CPU
    3.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    AMD A6-5400 APU with Radeon
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD Graphics 3.6 GHz
    Internet Speed
    Verizon, 3mbps
    Other Info
    Like what? What's left? It's cool lookin' ?

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#6
Nope, you need the actual Windows 8 disk that came with the system. What is it, Pro or Pro with Media Center? 32 or 64? You can maybe borrow a Windows 8 disk from a local repair shop. The Computer Makers are pi88ing me off with this NOT giving a real windows 8 disk with new systems! You may be able to call whoever made the system and order a disk, they should just give you one, they may try to charge you for it. One thing they do not tell you is that the recovery partition usually works in concert with a Disk that is labelled "recovery" - and that disk is usually a regular windows 8 install disk, just labelled "recovery". Ive seen Dells and HPs like this, I located the "recovery" disk in the bundle of disks that came with the system- All you need to do is stick it in the drive, and if it pops up a Windows 8 install screen, you've got it.

Whenever I buy a new system from a store, its the first thing I look for, if it is not in the box, I bring it back.

You cannot run an SFC without it. You may try a system restore back to when you knew these programs were running, if the restore point is still there. I've got all of my restore points from the day I installed it on this machine.

You might be able to do a Refresh, if you don't have any programs installed you can't live with losing, try that.
 

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  • OS
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
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    MSI "M-Box"
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    Dell Keyboard
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    Cable Medium Speed
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    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.
#7
I guess we can learn something each day. I am running sfc /scannow at this moment without a disk. I went to the CHARMS (lovely name) SEARCH > typed in Command Prompt > Right clicked and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR and then at the command window typed this in and it's running. Have you tried that?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Home
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 23 A6 Vision AMD
    CPU
    3.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    AMD A6-5400 APU with Radeon
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD Graphics 3.6 GHz
    Internet Speed
    Verizon, 3mbps
    Other Info
    Like what? What's left? It's cool lookin' ?

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#8
Hm, I've been assuming the disk had to be in for it to work, like with Windows 2000 through 7. If Windows 8 can do it and it pulls the needed files from a repository somewhere, that should work just as well. as long as it can find replacements for any corrupt files it finds.

I also use Yamicsoft Windows 8 Manager, which has a bunch of repair scenarios, it has a whole system built in for fixing bad Metro apps.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
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    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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#10
That looks like it should work - Give it a show and let us know. I didn't know about that method
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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