Windows 10: Install over Windows 7 has problems - can I reinstall over Windows 7
Thank you. Nothing of interest there.
@essenbe. Have a look at his explorer.exe - he has 2 of them running concurrently, and their PIDs are astronomical.
I have one computer that was booted this morning and the PID is on 580.
I have another that has been on and off, sleeping over the course of 4 days and the PID is 6536.
I have a 3rd machine that has also been on and off, sleeping for about 4 days as well, and it's PID is 4336.
He has two instances, from a repair install today - and the PIDs are 11K and 12K. I think we need to look at the installed programs, and also try troubleshooting with a clean boot. What do you think?
@Nisko can you please answer post #68? I don't see the Explorer.EXE in your screenshot - is it in there now or not?
Did a system wide search for Explorer.EXE and couldn't find it on my workstation.
Also, I shut off Avast before I installed Windows 10. Per your suggestion, I removed Avast using Revo Uninstaller Pro - after I installed Windows 10. It was too late to use the Avast Removal Tool.
What tool did you use to perform the search, and do you have "show hidden files and folder" enabled?
It's been my experience that, having Avast on a system (even if disabled) during an upgrade has historically been a problem, corrupting user accounts and other things. It could be this is a part of the problems you're seeing.
Post #64 has a screenshot for grabbing a text file of your installed programs using Ccleaner. I'd like to see if there is anything that might not be playing nice with Windows 10.
I used a program called "Search Everything." It check all hidden files and folders - plus system files. So, why couldn't it find Explorer.EXE? I've included the list of programs from Ccleaner in this post. Yes, I AM in a rush as I don't expect to go back to Windows 7 and this glitch in Windows 10 prevents me from completing much because of the blinking and disappearing icons.Ccleaner screenshot of programs 08.08.2016 install.txt
By the way, thanks again for the help you folks are providing.
By the way, I have a partition large enough to do a clean install of W10 if it would help you folks help me. All I have to do is format it and install from the ISO. But I'm trying, at all possible costs, to avoid starting program installation from scratch. If it turns out that you can't help me, what do you think about me calling Microsoft or Avast support?
Thanks for the installed programs list. Here's what I see:
Programs to be updated/check for updates (or get rid of them):
Adobe Acrobat 4.0 Adobe Systems, Inc. 8/8/2016 5.80 MB 4.0 All users
AISBackup 3.3 (446) Aquarius I. S. Consultancy Limited 9/20/2014 12.7 MB 3.3 All users
AMD Catalyst Install Manager Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. 12/22/2015 34.1 MB 8.0.903.0 All users
BootRacer Greatis Software, LLC 4/25/2015 18.9 MB 18.104.22.1680 Bob
Boxcryptor Classic 1.7 Secomba GmbH 3/10/2015 27.0 MB 1.7.409.131 All users
Calendar Creator 12 Broderbund Software, Inc. 4/10/2013 677 MB 22.214.171.124 All users
CDBurnerXP CDBurnerXP 7/1/2013 11.5 MB 126.96.36.19903 All users
Citrix Online Launcher Citrix 5/25/2015 294 KB 1.0.312 Bob
CyberLink PowerDVD 9.5 CyberLink Corp. 3/29/2013 88.0 MB 188.8.131.5225 All users
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 Nuance Communications Inc. 1/17/2014 6.51 GB 12.50.000 All users
E-Z Contact Book version 184.108.40.206 Dmitri Karshakevich 9/12/2014 18.8 MB 220.127.116.11 All users
Font Viewer 2.0 Thinking BIG Information Technology Inc. 5/4/2013 1.00 MB All users
Garmin BaseCamp Garmin Ltd or its subsidiaries 3/5/2015 76.1 MB 4.4.6 All users
Garmin Communicator Plugin Garmin Ltd or its subsidiaries 2/27/2014 20.9 MB 4.1.0 All users
Garmin Communicator Plugin x64 Garmin Ltd or its subsidiaries 2/27/2014 31.9 MB 4.1.0 All users
Garmin USB Drivers Garmin Ltd or its subsidiaries 2/27/2014 1.11 MB 18.104.22.168 All users
Google Chrome Google Inc. 10/15/2014 487 MB 52.0.2743.116 All users
Google Earth Google 6/3/2015 213 MB 22.214.171.1247 All users
Google Earth Pro Google 3/23/2015 106 MB 126.96.36.1991 All users
Google Update Helper 3/29/2013 All users
Google+ Auto Backup Google 1/11/2014 13.5 MB 188.8.131.52 Bob
Hard Disk Sentinel PRO HDS 2/26/2015 30.9 MB All users (this caused problems in my system when set to run at startup)
i1Profiler X-Rite 3/6/2015 265 MB 1.5.6 All users
inSSIDer Home MetaGeek, LLC 10/23/2015 15.1 MB 184.108.40.206 All users
Intel(R) SDK for OpenCL - CPU Only Runtime Package Intel Corporation 5/29/2015 220.127.116.11149 All users
Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology Monitor 2.6 Intel 4/27/2013 23.4 MB 18.104.22.168 All users
iZotope Music & Speech Cleaner iZotope, Inc. 5/26/2013 7.96 MB 1.00 All users
KeyboardTest V3.0 PassMark Software 4/28/2013 5.81 MB All users
LaCie Desktop Manager 1.5.3 LaCie 4/20/2013 13.7 MB 1.5.3 All users
LibreOffice 4.0 Help Pack (English) The Document Foundation 4/20/2013 41.1 MB 22.214.171.124 All users
LibreOffice 126.96.36.199 The Document Foundation 6/25/2015 0.96 GB 188.8.131.52 All users
LockHunter 3.1, 32/64 bit Crystal Rich Ltd 12/27/2014 7.23 MB All users
Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder Magical Jelly Bean 12/16/2014 1.98 MB 184.108.40.206 All users
MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1 MiniTool Solution Ltd. 7/18/2014 51.4 MB All users
Notezilla 8.0 Conceptworld Corporation 12/13/2014 16.3 MB 8.0 All users
paint.net dotPDN LLC 3/17/2015 52.4 MB 4.0.5 All users
Password Manager XP CP Lab 2/14/2014 3.2.617 All users
PDF Pro 10 PDF Pro Software 9/9/2013 97.9 MB 10.5.0000 All users
PremierColor Portrait Displays, Inc. 12/22/2015 7.79 MB 2.00.053 All users
RemoteComms driver Oxford Semiconductor 4/20/2013 6.17 MB 1.25.0000 All users
Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver Renesas Electronics Corporation 1/21/2015 2.52 MB 220.127.116.11 All users
Samsung Magician Samsung Electronics 12/17/2014 82.1 MB 4.5.1 All users
ShellFolderFix 1.1.4 7/17/2015 3.29 MB All users
SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2015.SP1a SiSoftware 3/20/2015 124 MB 21.32.2015.3 All users
SmartSound Common Data SmartSound Software Inc. 5/26/2013 26.9 MB 1.1.0 All users
SmartSound Quicktracks 5 SmartSound Software Inc. 5/26/2013 98.3 MB 5.1.7 All users
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 SmartSound Software Inc. 5/26/2013 122 MB 5.7.3 All users
Snagit 11 TechSmith Corporation 12/7/2015 182 MB 11.2.0 All users
Snagit 12 3/29/2013 All users
TeamTalk 4 BearWare.dk 2/22/2014 20.5 MB All users
TextAloud 3.0 NextUp.com 12/2/2013 47.5 MB 3.0 All users
TurboTop 2.7 Savard Software 6/26/2015 1.47 MB 18.104.22.168 All users
Unknown Device Identifier 8.00 Huntersoft 12/5/2013 5.01 MB All users
VirtuaWin v4.4 4/9/2015 961 KB All users
WIDCOMM Bluetooth Software Broadcom Corporation 1/29/2015 290 MB 22.214.171.12400 All users
WIDCOMM BTW Development Kit Broadcom Corporation 7/12/2015 13.4 MB 126.96.36.1996 Bob
WinMerge 2.14.0 Thingamahoochie Software 5/2/2013 4.65 MB 2.14.0 All users
X-Rite Device Services Manager X-Rite 3/6/2015 26.9 MB 2.3.82 All users
Program that is probably incompatible with your system and causing the taskbar problems (just a hunch):
True Launch Bar Tordex 8/8/2016 8.96 MB 188.8.131.52 All users
True Launch Bar: Battery Monitor plugin Tordex 4/22/2013 1.65 MB 184.108.40.206 Bob
True Launch Bar: Display Mode plugin Tordex 10/29/2014 1.02 MB 220.127.116.11 All users
True Launch Bar: Select Color plugin Tordex 3/2/2015 970 KB 18.104.22.168 All users
True Launch Bar: TLB Clock plugin TrueSoft 4/22/2013 1.43 MB 22.214.171.124 All users
True Launch Bar: Wireless Monitor plugin Tordex 4/22/2013 1.02 MB 126.96.36.199 All users
Do this instead:
Quick Launch toolbar - Add or Remove in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Also, please run the Apple Software Updater to make sure that program, and all Apple-installed programs are up-to-date.
Programs to uninstall
Audacity 2.0.3 Audacity Team 4/18/2013 31.2 MB 2.0.3 All users
AVG 2015 3/29/2013 All users
Brother P-touch Editor 5.0 Brother Industries, Ltd. 6/14/2015 44.6 MB 5.0.2200 All users (you have v5.1 on there, which is more current?)
Dell ControlVault Host Components Installer 64 bit Broadcom Corporation 4/1/2016 22.0 MB 188.8.131.52 All users
Dell Data Protection | Access Dell Inc. 8/8/2016 19.1 MB 2.3.00001.021 All users
Dell Data Vault 3/29/2013 61.8 MB All users
Dell Feature Enhancement Pack Dell 5/29/2015 17.1 MB 2.2.1 All users
Dell SupportAssistAgent Dell 5/4/2016 21.1 MB 184.108.40.206 All users
HiJackThis Trend Micro 5/4/2013 738 KB 1.0.0 Bob
McAfee Security Scan Plus McAfee, Inc. 8/8/2016 10.2 MB 220.127.116.11 All users
O2Micro Flash Memory Card Windows Driver O2Micro International LTD. 9/2/2013 2.57 MB 3.0.07.44 All users (you have a newer one installed)
QuickTime 7 Apple Inc. 4/17/2016 95.3 MB 18.104.22.168 All users (no longer supported)
SlimCleaner SlimWare Utilities, Inc. 12/21/2013 32.3 MB 4.0.30878 All users (not good)
SlimDrivers SlimWare Utilities, Inc. 4/20/2013 56.0 MB 2.2.28413 All users (not good)
SpyHunter 4 Enigma Software Group, LLC 8/8/2016 84.2 MB 22.214.171.12482 All users (most definitely get this off!)
SpywareBlaster 5.0 BrightFort LLC 10/12/2014 7.81 MB 5.0.0 All users
Surfing Protection IObit 4/26/2015 21.5 MB 1.2 All users (most definitely get this off!)
TrueCrypt TrueCrypt Foundation 8/8/2016 7.1a All users (no longer supported since 2014!)
Ultra Defragmenter UltraDefrag Development Team 8/8/2016 1.85 MB 6.0.1 All users (not needed in W10)
This is quite a list! There is a lot of baggage from years gone by. I recommend you have a think about getting rid of everything you haven't used in the last 6 months.
Get rid of all remants of all AV and just use Windows Defender for now. Keep the taskbar on top (not auto-hide) for now.
Some of the research of these programs may be a bit involved, so if you don't use them, get rid of them. Some are drivers, and can be checked using Device Manager, using Update Drivers>Search Automatically.
@essenbe will be able to help if you have questions; I am in and out right now because it's canning season.
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