Having issues with my PC


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Having issues with my PC


    Hey folks,

    First of all I want to say that this place is absolutely amazing, the resources you've got are stellar. It stinks that I didn't find this website sooner as it might've meant that I wouldn't have screwed up as much as I ended up doing.

    I'll try to be brief and I also didn't know where it would be most proper to post this as it's my first time making an entry, so I'm hoping this is the correct page for this subject.

    Basically, I was trying to get the game X-Com: Enemy Within to run on my PC, as it crashed instantly the moment the launcher for said game popped up. I did everything I could think of and I do mean everything, to the point where I had exhausted any and all things which usually fixes issues with any other game.

    I then saw a pinned post in the game Community Hub on Steam which addresses issues with Windows 10 and tips of how to solve these problems. I had done everything on that list, except for one thing - the moderator claimed that removing "read-only" from the Users folder would also be a fix.

    And I quote:
    "Check that Windows hasn't mysteriously made parts of your user folder read-only, for mysterious and unexplained reasons."

    As I had done everything else, I went on a crusade to try this and no matter how much I tried "read-only" stuck around. I read that taking ownership of the Users folder would do it, which of course it didn't, and soon after I read that to remove the "read-only" mode you had to take ownership of the entire drive.

    Nowhere did it say NOT to do this, I found nothing stating this could be harmful to the PC in any way in the places where I was getting this information, but instead saw a lot of people saying "it worked" and that they could permanently un-tick the "read-only" box after taking ownership of their drive.

    It wasn't until after I began the switch from "TrustedInstaller" on my C: drive to my admin account that I got the feeling this wasn't right, of course, trying to stop the process made a huge warning message pop up saying not to stop said process which only made my suspicion that much greater.

    And wouldn't you know, it also still didn't work.

    TL;DR: I'm an idiot.

    Anyhow, that's the short story, believe it or not. Though thanks to this place and the tips of doing an In-place Upgrade and how to reset the OS I managed to salvage it enough that my computer didn't go full BSOD on me.

    However, I am having issues with my PC and I do not know how to fix them or even if it's possible, my Windows version number is - 20H2 (OS Build 19042.804).

    1. Things like the calculator doesn't work, they don't boot at all. I've tried to re-enable it through the guide you guys have on here but it hasn't worked.

    2. If I'm saving images from Telegram for example, I cannot open them in the default image viewer that comes with Windows 10 or with Windows Photo Viewer after re-enabling it. I get an error saying that I lack the permission on one and on the other it says I "lack memory" or some such. So, I've had to copy the images, paste them in Paint, then save them.

    3. Been having a few graphical glitches in games that weren't there before, I've uninstalled mods, rolled back to different versions of the games but nothing has helped. For example, when the hourglass icon in one game spins around, the icon becomes black and white and looks like the static you used to get on TV's back in the day when a channel wasn't set or wasn't working.

    4. My C: drive is still set to me as the owner, is it safe to change this or not? As far as I understand it you cannot change back to "TrustedInstaller" and I figured that the OS reset would do it but this hasn't happened. All the folders, the Users and so on, have. What should I do here?

    These are the issues I've noticed thus far and I was wondering if anyone here has ideas of what might be causing them?

    I'm going to try to install an older graphics driver than the one I have now, the newest one made my sound crackle and blinking white dots appeared now and then so I rolled back half a year, going to roll it back a month at a time to see if that does anything for the third issue.

    I would like to also end by saying thanks to everyone contributing to this place, to the ones who write the guides... you really saved my bacon and my computer still runs thanks to you. Hopefully these other issues can get resolved as well.

    Thanks a lot in advance for any help you can provide.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 494
    Win 10 Pro x64 versions
       #2
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 311
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
       #3

    Hallo @Meade and welcome to TenForums,

    I haven't used Railtech's link to restore the TrustedInstaller but my suggestion to you is to start all over with a clean install of Windows. You need max. 2 hours to install and set Windows and the time for the programs, you may have - you know better.
    Painless, clean and giving peace in the head method:

    Clean Install Windows 10

    Just remember to backup your important files and make an image of your system, if something goes wrong:

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks for the replies, it's greatly appreciated.

    I think that it might be best to do a clean install of Windows 10 as you suggested Ivan as the issues I mentioned previously with dots and crackling sound have re-appeared after I thought they had been fixed when I reverted to an older driver for my GPU.

    The headaches are quite numerous and the fixes I've attempted do not seem to work in the slightest, so I'm going to download all the relevant installation files for Firefox, my drivers and so forth, put them on my secondary drive and make a completely fresh install.

    Not being able to bring up the calculator has bugged me to no end.

    I'll write an update once I'm finished.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I went with the suggestion of doing a completely fresh re-install of the entire OS.

    From what I can tell, all the issues I had previously with crackling sound, white dots and so forth have stopped. The calculator works again too, along with all of the other Win 10 services.

    Appreciate the tips and help you gave me in regards to my issue @Ivan Petrov and @Railtech.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 311
    Windows 10 Home 22H2
       #6

    Meade said:
    I went with the suggestion of doing a completely fresh re-install of the entire OS.

    From what I can tell, all the issues I had previously with crackling sound, white dots and so forth have stopped. The calculator works again too, along with all of the other Win 10 services.

    Appreciate the tips and help you gave me in regards to my issue @Ivan Petrov and @Railtech.
    Glad to help!
      My Computer


 

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