I have a Win 8 (not 8.1) 32-bit installation and I can not get the devices and printers box to populate. The green bar across the top just keeps running. At times I can stop it, after a while, and I might see "2 devices" noted at the bottom, but nothing in the window. When it tries to populate, explorer.exe uses up to 99% of my CPU. I've run sfc /scannow a few times, always getting "Windows resource Protection did not find any integrity violations". I even booted into safe mode, and it still won't populate. I've read a few posts on the web that said to enable bluetooth, which I did, even though I don't have any BT devices, but that made no difference.
I just don't know what else to do. In order to access my printers, I have to go into Print Management. All my printers show there, and, of the ones I've tried, they still work - I can print to them from any program.
TIA for any help.