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Metro based Applications Fails to Start

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  • A pinned application was created for this forum in the metro 'Start' menu.  Today I clicked on this tile and a blank screen was displayed as though the system was waiting on a response.  After 10+ minutes or more without a response or error, Ctl-Alt-Delete was depressed to bring up the Task Manager.  An error occurred with ESENT in the title bar, no error number.  The message read 'No debugger is installed'.  The system had to be forced to shutdown.  Upon restart, ChkDsk, ran when restarting Windows Developer Preview.  Any ideas on what caused this failure?  Since IE Metro applications no longer respond, I'm guessing that I'm looking at a reinstall of Windows Developer Preview.

    An additional note, the non-desktop metro based applications on the 'Start Menu' fail to start.  Applications which launch to the Desktop work correctly as does Control Panel, Windows Explorer, and Desktop.

    • Edited by KLawson419 Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:38 AM Added additional facts and changed title
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:31 AM

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  • I suggest that go to start and search for event viewer and see events during times that system fails. Also update Windows 8 Developer preview. If you installed anything before error occures , then uninstall it.
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 9:03 AM
  • Wanted to post an additional observation.  The behavior of IE from the Desktop has changed.  In the past, if a link was clicked in an email, the metro IE 10 was started.  Now when a link is clicked in an email, the desktop IE10 version is started.
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 5:25 PM
  • Try Refresh PC it's like a Repair Install on old version of Windows.
    Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert (IT Pro)
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:53 PM
  • As a result of the errors in this thread and other errors that had appeared, the "Refresh PC" option was utilized to repair the OS mostly with success but the following observations were noted.

    1.  After the initial install from CD was complete and the OS booted for the first time, three boot options were displayed.  After the OS updates completed, the boot options corrected from three to two and eliminated the old Windows 7 boot option display.

    2.  On the initial start of Windows Developer Preview, the display environment was in High Contrast mode.  The High Contrast control option in the metro Control Panel had no affect - you could toggle the button and see the label change from ON to OFF but the actual display never changed.  Ultimately the Control Panel from the Desktop was used to change the theme.

    3.  All of the metro applications did not install properly.  The Socialite application hangs after the Facebook login information is submitted leaving a blank, grey screen with the script at top stating Hi There, you must login ....  This worked correctly after the first install of Windows Developer Preview before the Refresh took place.  There is currently one metro application stuck stating that it is 'Installing....'.  You can't click the tile and nothing happens, no errors, etc.

    4.  Application startup time seems to be worse following the refresh than it was before.  Most noted was loading the MS Excel with a recent file name now takes from 5 - 8 seconds.  Previously this same file could be loaded in two maybe three seconds.  It is now faster to Start Excel then select the file.

    Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:41 AM
  • There are known issues with the Socialite application and Microsoft is looking into them.
    This thread has some responses by Microsoft that will show this is being looked into.
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/3aa9feae-4bcb-4dac-9912-2f02dc15d5a6

    If you have disabled User Account Control, Metro apps will not work correctly. This is by design. 


    Marilyn
    Sunday, October 23, 2011 7:26 PM
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