Windows 10: I have met my match "file name is not valid" and "no more files"

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       22 Jun 2017 #11

    With Revo's help I was successfully able to uninstall ADSM, yet the problem remains after reboot...not good... Starting to look like a full Windows reinstall is in my future. For now, I am trying a system restore to June 4. (Restore to June 8 didn't work, and I only have one more Restore point, from November.)

    Really appreciate your help.
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  2.    22 Jun 2017 #12

    What is your Windows build? An in-place upgrade repair install - or an upgrade to a new build- will deal with system files and some registry entries.

    As you say the problem is not present in Safe Mode, this means it's a startup. (Correct me if I'm wrong)
    You've attempted a clean boot- please configure that again
    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
    Part 1.

    If the problem remains, you can disable further items using
    (free from MS, run as admin).
    Do not disable MS items - make sure you know what you are disabling.

    It also helps to make a registry backup beforehand for security and easy reversal.
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  3. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       22 Jun 2017 #13

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will give them a try. System Restore to June 4 did not resolve the issue, so now I am trying DISM. Not particularly hopeful but you never know. After that I'll do SFC again, then another clean boot using your instructions, then if all of that fails to determine the issue, a repair install.

    Oh, and to answer your question, I am using 10 Pro x64, version 1607, build 14393.1198. (If that is not current, it's due to the system Restore. I was fully updated before this.)

    And yes, I am able to get it to work in Safe Mode, but not in the first clean boot.
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  4.    22 Jun 2017 #14

    Hi, your means of identifying this if you want to do that is Autoruns. I would guess repairing system files is unlikely to help.
    Logically, it's a difference between what's running in Safe Mode, and what's running after a clean boot.

    If that's true, it's unlikely a repair install will solve this. (Although I note your comment that SFC /SCANNOW has never passed).

    Current 14393 is 14393.1358

    Now, for reference only: just considering a repair install: if you were to do that you would have to have an iso or boot medium for the Anniversary edition. If you have one already, fine. If not, you will need to download an appropriate one. Or, you upgrade to the current build- which is what would happen if you used the media creation tool to download one.

    Given your comment that SFC /SCANNOW has never passed, and the possible age of your disk, please check your disk:
    Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) portable).
    Portable Software - HDD Tools Downloads
    If that doesn't work for you, then e.g. Crystal Diskinfo (portable) and run that, and Macrorit DiskScanner (portable) and run a surface scan.

    Then post a screenshot of the result. Thanks.
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  5. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       22 Jun 2017 #15

    Hmm, think I'll start by comparing what programs and services are running in Safe Mode versus normal then, and see if I can identify the culprit that way.

    DISM also failed, by the way - it was unable to find a source ISO. (This was an in-place upgrade from 7 Ultimate, which was an in-place upgrade from Vista. So, not much surprise I suppose.). I would have to download the ISO on another machine then transfer it.
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  6.    22 Jun 2017 #16

    Yes, but as above, you'd need to get a compatible build to do that.

    Try the disk check first (that's easy) and then from a clean boot, use Autoruns carefully to disable progressively possible startups considering them carefully.

    If you really wanted a comparison:
    If you were able to save from Autoruns you could save the configuration from Autoruns in Safe Mode, and open a second instance of Autoruns having done a clean boot, and load the Safe Mode configuration into that- two instances, once with the current config, one with Safe Mode config.
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  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       22 Jun 2017 #17

    Since I don't have the ability to (easily) download and install new programs, I ran the built-in ChkDsk, which found no problems. (I run it around once a month due to the disk's age.). I also defragged and did a disk cleanup while I was at it. Time for the clean boot or auto runs, I think...
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  8.    22 Jun 2017 #18

    Do try a disk check- use the portable version. You can download that on a different PC and run it from a flash drive...

    Or, you could boot to Safe Mode with networking and download and save it that way. Get a them all - a couple of people have found HDS portable wouldn't run for them- no idea why. I think that was having booted from a boot disk though.

    chkdsk can pass on a failing disk - they look for quite different things
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  9. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       22 Jun 2017 #19

    Based on your feedback, I did a careful comparison of all services running in safe and normal modes. From this I discovered that the service "Connected User Experiences and Telemetry", aka DiagTrack, is causing the problem. Stopping it immediately restores normal function.

    Any idea what this service is? I've never heard of it and am going to start researching.
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  10.    22 Jun 2017 #20

    Good- interestingly it happens to be disabled on mine- I don't actually know why- maybe some choice of setting.

    How To Disable Microsoft's 'Spying' Service On Windows 10 | Lifehacker Australia
    Microsoft renames Diagnostic Tracking Service to Connected User Experiences and Telemetry - gHacks Tech News

    (And interestingly it's linked to another thing that has caused a couple of people a problem - a hangover from upgrading from older OS's)
    Disabling Windows Compatability Telemetry - Microsoft Community

    That leaves your DISM failure of course- and there I'd start first with the disk check as a basic step before any repair, upgrade etc.
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