Windows 10: W10 Location Services and Windows Store issues Solved

  1.    01 Apr 2016 #1

    W10 Location Services and Windows Store issues

    Having the oddest issue. When I navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location and try hitting 'Change' to turn on my location for this device, it does not work. I see the mouse turn to an hourglass symbol briefly and then disappears. No pop-up, nothing.

    As a result I can't turn on Location services for any of my other apps. The slider on/off button below 'Change' is also greyed out.

    I tried following the tutorial here: Location Service - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    and interestingly enough I'm missing the Registry entry for:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Sensor\

    I'm also having issues with my Windows Store and I'm unable to connect to it. Windows Update itself works fine, and obviously I'm connected to the internet. I'm not sure if the issues are linked but while troubleshooting the Windows store, I did use this command prompt line:

    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} 

    - which I'm not entirely sure broke my windows location thing to start with or not.

    I've been googling and trying random things for the past 2 hours and nothing's worked
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  2.    02 Apr 2016 #2

    Hi, it's possible your original problem was this:
    Thanks to some useful info provided by Forum user Cliff S, my PC is now fixed!

    The issue was linked to location services, which need to be set to "on" in the Action Centre. When I attempted to do this, I found the option was greyed out, which lead to looking at which services were currently running (via "Services.msc"). It transpired that "Geolocation service" was disabled, and I was unable to restart it. A bit of Googling took me to an MS support site, which said this was a known issue with Win 10:


    After disabling the Geolocation Service by changing startup type to Disabled, attempts to re-enable it will fail with an error message. As the Geolocation Service can no longer be started, Geolocation will remain disabled on the device and prevent location based functionality from working. To work around this issue, manually delete the following regkey using regedit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc\TriggerInfo\3."

    I edited the registry as described, and sure enough, after a re-boot, the Geolocation service could then be started. I opened MS Config, and made sure it was set to run at startup, re-booted again, and once Win 10 had started up, my "Location" button was live, along with an all singing and dancing Cortana.

    Hopefully, this may help anyone else who may have a similar issue.

    However, having used the power shell command you quote, this has commonly broken a lot of apps since build 10586 last Nov (before which it was a recommended repair option). If you now see '@' before your apps in the start menu, this typically indicates many apps are now broken.

    Given your range of problems, I would now suggest you do an in-place upgrade repair install.

    An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.

    For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed.
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
    This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
    - all/most associations will be unchanged
    - all your programs will be left installed
    - you will lose any custom fonts
    - you will lose any customised system icons
    - you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
    - you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
    - Windows.old will be created
    - system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
    - you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)

    This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.

    Before you perform this major repair procedure, do create a disk image.

    Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
    - preserve your system (and your sanity)
    - back up your data
    - restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time

    Recommended: Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper (free) + their boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
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  3.    02 Apr 2016 #3

    Thanks for the comprehensive reply!

    The location services is now fixed but you are right - the Windows store (and apps) are still having issues.

    I don't see the "@" signs that you mentioned but I basically can't connect within the apps to do anything.

    Would a system Refresh not be sufficient as opposed to the In-place Upgrade repair?
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  4.    02 Apr 2016 #4

    Refresh loses any apps or desktop programs you have specifically chosen to install - anything outside the store. In-place repair keeps all.
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  5.    02 Apr 2016 #5

    The in-place repair sounds like a much better option then, but it seems that the installer I'm trying to launch from my USB drive isn't giving me the option to keep my existing files - those options are greyed out as my "current version of Windows might be installed in an unsupported directory."

    A popular fix seems to be to switch the Registry key for the locations back to C:\ but in my case they are already C:\...

    I think my USB stick's version is newer? The file version is 10.0.10240.16384 while the copy I have in Settings > System > About is version 1511 OS build 10586.164. I'm guessing that affects it?
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  6.    02 Apr 2016 #6

    Okay so I got an old copy of the Media Creation Tool and I'm able to circumvent the above issue... But now the tool is just stuck at 0% and doesn't download the ISO. I'll just have to grab it from another source I suppose.
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  7.    02 Apr 2016 #7

    You must use the same basic build as installed in order to do the in-place repair, as I think it says in the tutorial.
    Mmm.. how do you know if you don't get that message if you haven't yet got a 10586 iso?

    Windows 10 Download (ISO File) -
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  8.    02 Apr 2016 #8

    You're right - I'm assuming that since I ran the older version of the tool and its me choose the upgrade option that I was further along than with the newer iso. Though I haven't reached the point of keeping files yet...
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  9.    02 Apr 2016 #9

    Just completed my in-place repair and everything went smoothly. Even most drivers are seemingly operational. I'm truly amazed. Thank you so much dalchina!
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  10.    03 Apr 2016 #10

    Excellent- it's one of the good things about Win 10- as updates are mostly cumulative, and the repair uses the latest build, there aren't 100s of updates to redo as in Win 7.

    Note the caveats in my text above.
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