Start Menu, Task Manager, Programs wont launch Solved

  1.    30 Jul 2016 #1

    Start Menu, Task Manager, Programs wont launch

    Hey all - After about 15-20 minutes of use my computer starts acting strangely. The Start Menu, Task Manager, and Programs wont launch, nothing works. If I have something open (Game/Browser/Whatever) whatever is open continues to function just fine. The computer wont restart or shutdown after I click it to do so. I have run Avast and Walwarebytes with a clean bill of health and SFC /scannow which said it fixed an issue. Unfortunately upon restarting the problem still presists. I have run SFC /scannow again which returns no issues. I have also run DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and no help. I thought maybe a drive was going bad but those all came back clean using the windows 10 build in error check. I'm running Win 10 64bit with Intel i7-2700k and 16 GN of RAM.

    I'm at a loss of what to try next. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you.
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  2. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    7 and 10 on various machines
       31 Jul 2016 #2

    Hello mate have you tried a chkdsk?? Drive Error Checking in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums I prefer Option 3 with the command prompt and I usually run the /f switch too.

    Then you could try these
    ADWdownload from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with themalware scans
    (NBIf one is running Kaspersky security it may rant about ADW - justignore it or disable Kaspersky while the ADW is being used)
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  3.    02 Aug 2016 #3

    ICIT2LOL - I tired that and everything came back fine. I did however, decide to leave the task manager open at all times so I could see if there was something amiss when the behavior took place. Turns out, every time this happened, as windows store game (alto's adventure) would randomly start running. I kill that task and, boom, everything back to normal. I know now the issue. Thank you for the help!
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  4. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
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    7 and 10 on various machines
       03 Aug 2016 #4

    Well done mate that was a good example of lateral thinking
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  5. Posts : 510
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       03 Aug 2016 #5

    Hmm. I have had what sounds like the same problem. Windows will eventually unlock in 15-30 minutes (if I can stand to wait), and programs I had tried to start will suddenly start. I had been running with Process Explorer but never saw anything unusual. I'll try task manager.
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  6. ICIT2LOL's Avatar
    Posts : 1,101
    7 and 10 on various machines
       16 Aug 2016 #6

    Really sorry late reply mate but do try what the OP did first up ie sfc< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as perOption2
    Runthese in safe mode and the sfc often best run for two to three runs

    ifno fix then these
    ADWdownload from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with themalware scans
    (NBIf you are running Kaspersky as the main AV then it might needdisabling it when trying ADW because it does not like it at times)
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