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  1. Supra's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 v2004 19041.450
       #1

    Windows randomly prompts to open 'C:\Program.txt' file


    This is starting to annoy me because it will interrupt anything - even playing games. It doesn't seem to be triggered by anything in particular; I'll be afk and return to be prompted with this:

    Windows randomly prompts to open 'C:\Program.txt' file-will-happen-out-nowhere.png

    If I try and open it with notepad it tells me it's trying to open 'Program.txt':

    Windows randomly prompts to open 'C:\Program.txt' file-popup.png

    Anyone know what's going on here? Thanks!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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       #2

    Hi, reported a number of times, Win 8 on at least.
    Try
    ouverture fenetre program.txt - Microsoft Community
    - where a solution was found.
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  3. Supra's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 v2004 19041.450
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I don't have Orange Livechat. This is what I have on startup:
    Windows randomly prompts to open 'C:\Program.txt' file-capture.png

    I scanned with AdwCleaner, which found nothing.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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       #4

    OK thanks- I'm sure you've tried some searches, and you're saying it's not necessarily related to games. That it has been observed by others suggests there should be some useful info out there.

    1. Process of Elimination
    So..
    a. Does it ever occur if you do a clean boot?
    If so
    b. Does it ever occur in Safe Mode?

    -> process of elimination.

    2. Analysis
    You haven't got any sort of window to analyse to point you to a source, unfortunately.
    You could use Sysinternals Process Monitor to capture events, the difficulty possibly being identifying the event from the capture.
    If I were to do that, then I'd have your PC set to run as little as possible, and set the filter in Process Monitor to reject all routine activity so very little is reported in the filtered capture.
    Then sit and wait for the event.
    Hopefully that will be sthg that is not filtered.
    Note that the full report is still available, so you can go back to that knowing where to look.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Here's another example of a cause of this, but only on logon:
    "I had already disabled the Google Toolbar Notifier but decided to take a look the never before opened Task Scheduler and saw that Orange.fr had inserted a LiveBox assistance app to start at logon. I disabled that performed a Cold Boot.

    On restart no sign of that pop up. Just to check I re-enabled and restarted..and there it was.

    I disabled and re-started..it was gone"
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  6. Supra's Avatar
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    So far I've disabled as much as possible in msconfig to no resolution. It's really as far as I can get to a clean boot, because I have stability issues with disabling intel's VGA; an entirely different issue that I've given up on trying to resolve. I'm not sure if I'm prepared to spend however many hours in safe mode for it to trigger either.

    I've downloaded the tool you've advised. When it occurs, should I save it and upload it here?
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hi, well, it depends how frequently the problem occurs. If it doesn't occur in safe mode or after a clean boot, then you're partly on track to identifying it, and it's somehow linked to or triggered by a program you're running.

    If that's so, then enable some more programs and boot normally, wait long enough- if you don't see C:\Program.txt again, enable more and so on.

    When you do start having it happen again, try to isolate it to a particular program. If you can do that and nothing else triggers it, and you don't need that program, then solved.

    Otherwise, the program could be revealing some issue in Windows.. we simply don't know.

    Using Proc Mon as described may help further, but it could be hard to identify exactly what's happening.
    Inspecting the report will be up to you I'm afraid.. I can only suggest the means.
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  8. Posts : 21
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       #8

    I had this issue and just figured it out. Do you have MyDefrag installed? For me in task scheduler I found a MyDefrag daily schedule and when I run the task, I get the same popup. Delete that task
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  9. Supra's Avatar
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    mixolyd said:
    I had this issue and just figured it out. Do you have MyDefrag installed? For me in task scheduler I found a MyDefrag daily schedule and when I run the task, I get the same popup. Delete that task
    I actually do have MyDefrag, but this issue hasn't happened to me in a while. Think the anniversary update resolved it (at least on my end).
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  10. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #10

    solution


    For those who are still interested in solving this problem (I just did): The error is generated when your task scheduler has a task referring to a missing program. Just remove the program (its schedule) that is trying to run, but not present on your PC. This can be any program, keeping in mind when you get the error might help (once every hour, at start up, etc.).
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