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Computer acting strange, when i rebooted it shows very little.


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#1 General3245

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 06:13 PM

Hello, I recently started experiencing issues with my computer. It would randomly but rarely minimize all windows, and sometimes close them. However, recently it escalated. So far, in fact, that I don't have a task bar or background anymore, I do not know what to do, and I have tried everything i could think of. I scanned for malware, and I tried to reinstall windows, but it didn't let me open the settings menu. I tried to uninstall all of my software, but it didn't let me do that either! I have been sitting here watching my PC slowly die while trying to figure out what is wrong, but I found nothing wrong! I came here because it no longer boots correctly and just displays absolutely nothing but the few programs that act as if nothing happened. I am running windows 10. Here is some information about what happened before it booted to a black screen:

It all started when i noticed my firewalls where randomly down. i thought i could turn them back on, but neither of them turned on (i had 2 at the time). I installed 3 more at the time, then instantly noticed my dumb decision and uninstalled 2 of them. Then, I tried to get cortana to work. It didn't work, so i waited a few days, and eventually it did work. Next thing that happened is that no settings menus would open (i think it was bitdefender that i kept for the antivirus), a long freeze, then a reboot. Then it booted up to the login screen and i logged in. It then loaded me onto a blank screen.

The way I opened chrome is by using advanced system care, clicking on the "buy now" button which opens your default web browser.

If you need my parts, just ask and i will list them as best i can with my lack of access.


Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 18 December 2015 - 06:58 PM.
Moved from 'Crashes, BSODs, etc.' to Win 10


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 06:47 PM

Hi and welcome!  I am going to ask to have this post moved to Win 10 section, you will get a bit mote help there!

 

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 06:54 PM

Update: I found out that windows explorer won't open anymore, so that is probably why i am on this blank screen. I am honestly confused to why and how this happened. I am trying to restore the os, but I cant install anything onto external drives, so I don't know what I could do. When I'm not writing an update or edit, I'm constantly looking for a way around the massive issue that i have now. Any help would be apriciated at this point, I have schoolwork i need to do but can't access my own files. Also thanks Phil, I'm still very new to forums as i have never had an issue this bad.

 

Also, if you do not understand what i am describing, you can see images I took with my phone and uploaded to googledrive, that you can view them here.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B69diOYWrMEsNE5QZVdiT3EwVkE


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 07:36 PM

Hi and welcome!  I am going to ask to have this post moved to Win 10 section, you will get a bit mote help there!

 

Phil

 

Sorry I sent him the wrong way, Phil.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 07:42 PM

Hi when I realized he had 10 and knowing of issues thought he would be better served here.


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 08:32 PM

UPDATE number 2: I fixed the initial issue, which was the background and taskbar being gone, however there are still some issues i have (randomly being tabbed out, can't open the settings menu),  and a new one that it says "Server Execution Failed", but I fixed the first issue by using advanced systemcare, because I'm lazy, I used winfix. It is just something that has a pre-set list of windows issues that you can have it fix. Nothing special. I still need help with the other issues though.



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 09:00 PM

EDIT: I didn't see that you'd hashed out the major problems so my reply made no sense.

 

Let me know what specific Windows issues you're still experiencing and I'll help you out correcting all that I can

 

By the way, did you manage to catch the error code associated with the server execution fail because it definitely should have given you one with the error message


Edited by ChuckPasadena, 18 December 2015 - 09:15 PM.


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 10:11 PM

I didn't, but I do know that it was mostly an antivirus i got called bitdefender, after i uninstalled that everything worked fine. I guess its kind of my fault for expecting 5 firewalls to work together flawlessly, but got rid of most of them, so everything is fine now. Thanks for your help around the forums!

 

also, i probably should have mentioned the several firewalls earlier, but i didn't know it could cause this kind of issue.


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 10:33 PM

Oh, yeah, that's likely going to be an ongoing cause of headaches for you. Win10 doesn't work well with more than one antivirus or active anti-malware program running either so I can only assume that would extend to multiple firewalls as well.

 

You're still running Windows Defender though, correct? I've run it for years and it's worked just as well as any third party antivirus software I;ve run in the past. You really don't need much more if you're safe in the way you use the internet.


Edited by ChuckPasadena, 18 December 2015 - 11:11 PM.


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 11:51 PM

I just use antivirus and firewalls for specific things, I can't find one that does everything so i just use different antiviruses. I usually only have 1 or 2 open at all times for the "constant protection" thing.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:00 AM

It's fine to have more than one just don't run any of them actively at the same time and you should be fine



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 07:02 AM

You are far better off running only one of each, there have been way to many topics on the interaction being bad. 

 

A little convincing: https://www.google.com/search?q=should+i+run+more+than+one+firewall&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 05:33 PM

OldPhil asked for this topic to be moved to Win 10 and I obliged.

 

He is absolutely correct - you should only have one A/V product installed at any one time. The reason is that A/V products install themselves at a very low level in the OS, and even if 'inactive' can cause conflicts with the 'active' one which at a minimum will slow your computer down.

 

Much the same goes for firewalls. Yes, you should have one but one is enough. And the Windows firewall since Win 7 has been as good as any other. See Quietman7's remarks at #3 n this topic, and elsewhere in the BC section on firewalls -

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/593620/free-firewall-with-good-hips/

 

Apart from the fact that he is one of BC's leading lights on security in general you will find similar remarks by him scattered across the forum.

 

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