Windows 10: Several Windows apps not working since upgrade to win 10 Solved

  1.    11 Feb 2016 #1

    Several Windows apps not working since upgrade to win 10


    Hi everyone,

    I recently upgraded from win 7 to win 10. After upgrading I noticed my start menu wasn't working properly. When I clicked it or even the search box nothing would come up. I found some potential solutions online which suggested running sfc /scannnow, which i did, followed by a powershell command to reinstall the windows apps. Since doing this my start menu seems to be working now but I have lost the functionality of most of the windows apps. When i click calculator for example nothing comes up. Their logos have been removed from my task bar. I've also found now when I open file explorer it freezes and says "we're working on it". Not sure if this is a related issue or just coincidental.

    It seems this problem began after installing Avast AV. I have since removed it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Last edited by TonyG; 16 Feb 2016 at 13:38.
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  2. Posts : 4,771
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       11 Feb 2016 #2

    Do a Repair Install, also known as In-place upgrade install.
    This method allows you to keep your files, settings and apps.
    Activation is automatic.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  3.    16 Feb 2016 #3

    Hi davidhk,

    Thanks for helping me. In the linked tutorial, is there any real difference between using steps 4-7? It seems like step 6 or 7 is much simpler than having to create install media as in steps 4 or 5. If i use step 6 or 7 do I need to worry about which build or version I have?

    Thanks
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  4. Posts : 4,771
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       16 Feb 2016 #4

    I'll make it simpler for you.................make sure you follow the steps as listed.

    Use this Tech Bench link and download the Windows 10 iso file:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...brrWLRbagYCa0w)()

    scroll down to Select Edition > click the pointer at the right and select Windows 10 > click Confirm.
    click the pointer and select Language > make sure you pick the same language the computer is now running > click Confirm
    select the bit version, 32 or 64-bit. Make sure you select the same bit version as the computer is now running.
    at the bottom, click the pointer next to Save > click Save As > navigate to a folder of your choice > click the chosen folder > click Save
    The iso will start downloading to your chosen folder.
    When it is done, go to that folder > open the folder > right click at the iso file > click Mount > click Setup.exe
    Installation will begin.
    It will allow you to keep you files, settings and apps.
    No product key is required.
    Activation will be automatic.
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  5.    16 Feb 2016 #5

    Great, I'll try this in the next couple of days and let you know how I make out.

    fwiw, no need to be condescending in "making it simpler for me............."
    I just asked for further clarification.

    I appreciate the help,
    cheers
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  6.    17 Feb 2016 #6

    davidhk,

    Just thought I'd let you know the in-place upgrade seemed to fix everything! I'm pretty certain my problem began with installing Avast anti virus after the first upgrade from win 7. I will have to find something different instead, anything you might recommend?

    Thank you for your help!
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  7. Posts : 4,771
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       17 Feb 2016 #7

    I am not sure Avast is the culprit. I really don't think so.

    As to my recommendation:
    I use the built-in Windows Defender as my real-time protection, and Malwarebytes free edition as my on-demand protection.
    On-demand means one has to open it before it will start scanning and it will stop when scanning is done.
    I run the Malwarebytes once a week to make sure my computer is clean.
    I have not had any issues for 2 + years with this setup.

    Malwarebytes download link :
    http://filehippo.com/download_malwar..._anti_malware/

    Note : It has changed quite a bit. The above link is the only link for free edition. The rest are Trial or paid Premium versions.
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  8.    17 Feb 2016 #8

    davidhk said: View Post
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    Note : It has changed quite a bit. The above link is the only link for free edition. The rest are Trial or paid Premium versions.
    Ahh, good to know! I haven't had to download the installer in years. I was just about to use this link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Protect, Detect & Remove Malware From Your PC

    for the "free" version, but maybe that's also just to trick you into the premium trial as well.

    Glad to hear there's no need for a third party AV.
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  9. Posts : 4,771
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       17 Feb 2016 #9

    TonyG said: View Post
    Ahh, good to know! I haven't had to download the installer in years. I was just about to use this link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Protect, Detect & Remove Malware From Your PC

    for the "free" version, but maybe that's also just to trick you into the premium trial as well.

    Glad to hear there's no need for a third party AV.
    Tony,
    Your link is good. I opened it to check it out.
    Just click the Free Version Download button.
    All you need to do is to register, then you will get to download the free version.

    Don't say " Glad to hear there's no need for a third party AV ".
    Others will jump at my case.
    All I was telling you was what I did. That does not necessarily mean it will be applicable to another person.
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