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I went to disable my network in order to install a driver without interference from Windows update, but I was shocked to find a ton of them listed. I tried to uninstall them all, but they keep coming back. I also did a reset of all network adapters. This is on Windows 11 and I'm losing my mind here.


Sorry, I don't know how to resize these images on the forum

It pops up every 2 seconds. It shows a different outgoing port each time. Even after removing PowerShell, the message persists. I even tried disabling all of the scan options and it still pops up.

The only timeit goes away is by completely closing Malwarebytes or killing the MB prosses. Got to get some sleep and I will check back in later today to see if anyone has a solution.


Too many things distracted me since your last reply (bad health, bad car wreck), Boggins, and I could not reply for some reason today so forced to create a new topic. As you suggested I ran the following:

dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Weird how SFC did not find errors BEFORE running those but did afterward. Anyway I am on the most recent version of Windows 10 vers 508 (far as I know, slap me if I'm wrong). The repair program just isn't able to register files no matter how much time passes.

I did notice that Windows 10 is preventing me from changing several registry settings and I was forced to change ownership from system to "Smorgydorg-PC\Administrators" in order to change them. These were just internet settings. Maybe Windows 10 is refusing Windows Repair from changing things do to some "ownership" issue with the registry or other part of the system?  At your convenience, let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

4 Support & Help / Repair stalling while registering files
« on: August 18, 2020, 07:14:49 pm »
I've shutdown, restarted 3x and ran a full drive scan. Something is preventing your program from finishing "registering files". I ran it almost 4 hours the last time and it just won't complete.

Edit: Skipped that part and got stuck here. Total time at this point 8:30 hours.

I have hidden and system files enabled to be shown. I want to add startup items to the all users startup folder as adding them to m actually user folder doesn't have any effect. Enabling startup items through the official way (via Windows settings, task manager, etc.) has had no effect. Windows 10 is standing on my last nerve! :p

Hope you are all well and safe. I'm a little sick myself though unsure if it's Covid-19.

I ran the repair program in normal mode and made sure "Repair Windows Safe Mode" was checked. I even restored to a previous system backup via Macrium Reflect and even that backup (5 days ago--everything rosy when I made the backup) cannot get into safe mode. I've run SFC and came out error free.  Is it possible something hardware related is causing this? Thanks.

General Computer Support / Critical Windows Component Failure
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:07:16 pm »
I have never seen this before. It happens every time I shutdown Windows and occasionally when I start up it will takes 5 minutes to finish loading and then this message will appear. SFC doesn't detect any errors. I even ran an in-place Windows "upgrade" to try and fix the missing component but the message still occurs. And of course I ran your AIO Repair. I have never seen this message before on any Windows installation and Google doesn't even show any results for it (no surprise there).  Really at my wits end here.  :confused: Any ideas, Shane? Thanks!

8 Support & Help / Getting Error on Fresh Install of Windows 10
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:17:16 am »
That script you wrote me Set Always Run as Admin gave me this error:

I know it's an old program but it is very handy when it does work. :)



Thought I use your program to set up my ports for Battlefield 4 but it doesn't support any modern game titles in the list. I tried to add it as custom but it seems to only allow 5 characters max at a time. BF4 requires the following: TCP: 80, 443, 9988, 17502, 20000-20100, 22990, 42127    UDP: 3659, 14000-14016, 22990-23006, 25200-25300. There's literally no way to add most of these in your program.  Is there a work around or any plan to tweak the software in the future? Thanks. :)

General Computer Support / Windows 8.1 Starts EXTREMELY slowly
« on: July 18, 2015, 04:20:57 am »
Instead of the usual 15 seconds or so it's taking closer to 2 minutes (sometimes over 5!) to boot into Windows. Been going on for a few weeks. Of course, I've tried Shane's repair program.
I have a Silicon Power 240GB S60 SSD Drive (better than anything I've ever owned) and just in case I've refreshed it, low

level formatted and even used HDD Regenerator (no errors found as expected), changed sata cables, etc.  So I know it isn't

the hard drive. I've reset all bios settings to default, switched back and forth between IDE and AHCI modes, and even

deleted and recreated the partition twice. I reflashed my bios as well. I also restored a backup (macrium reflect) from

prior to the issue.

Here is a list of my startups (I've had MUCH more enabled without this issue though):

List of updates installed within the last 4 weeks or so:

Trying not to lose my software or settings but just in case tried refreshing the system. However, Windows 8's refresh

function  has NEVER worked as it fails no matter if I do it directly from inside Windows or from

the installation media. So no surprise that it didn't work this time either.

My Windows 7 installation boots normally albeit it's installed on a spinner hard drive.

Congratulations to Shane on his new place.  :smiley:

I don't know how this happened. Was working a few weeks ago. Now I just get a blank cmd window. Including a short video showing what's happening. I even removed ALL context menu tweaks in case they were interfering. Also, ran the AIO repair tool.  Somewhere I borked something!

General Computer Support / 8MB L2 Cache vs 4x2MB L2 Cache
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:37:20 pm »
I've used Yamicsoft Windows Manager since the company came out and it has an option to "increase the Performance of your CPU"

For the first time I noticed the words "the received size by auto-Query may be less than actual size for multi-core CPU" I have an FX-8350 with 4x2MB and don't know if I should select 8MB or 4MB because I don't know if 4x2 is the same as 8 in this scenario. Thanks.

I would like to be able to monitor, track and later review exactly what changes take place when System Mechanic (or any other program) applies certain fixes. Is there a program that can do that for me?

The problem:

In many cases it doesn't tell you why something is a wrong. Example: Just now it told me "Your computer has 247 core data conflicts within the Windows communication infrastructure" and "Your Internet configuration is not optimized for maximum speed." In the past I've run the repair on the "core data conflicts" which resulted in a massive improvement in Windows 8's responsiveness (currently, I'm seeing slow disk transfer speeds when copying files even when using Teracopy, so am inclined to apply the "fix"), but I am still a little perturbed that none of these "conflicts" are detailed., hence the reason I want a way  to track what happens.


General Computer Support / Error While Loading Hive
« on: May 23, 2014, 05:09:59 pm »
I exported my HKEY Current User key. To test it so I'd know if I could access it when I upgrade (again) to Windows 8.1 I attempted to load it by selecting  HKEY Local Machine, opening the file menu and clicking "Load Hive". When it asks for a name to give it I get the "error while loading hive" message.

Installed it a few minutes ago and it just won't update the database, nor even show it. Immediately after installing: After restarting the program: I have the Netgear WNR3500Lv2 BTW

Don't know what happened, but I had a special folder I just used earlier today where I kept all my tweaking and repair software. Then about an hour ago I'm missing all files inside the folder as well as in all of it's sub folders. I've taken Ownership, checked security options, made sure I have full control over the folders. I tried exploring it from another operating system and all the folders are still empty.  I even ran a file recovery program and it didn't show any of the files the folders previously contained, which is impossible unless they are hidden even from the recovery software (Easeus Data Recovery Wizard, old and new versions). I am dumbfounded. Now I'm missing tons of resources I access frequently.  I'm uploading a short video where I show just a small selection of "empty" folders. (BTW if I try to attach the video the whole thread resets)

Hope you can help. Coincidentally, not long before this happened today I ran the Windows Repair All In One program to reset file and registry permissions to fix something else I can't even remember now, but I can't imagine that it would target that one folder and it's subdirectories and not any of the other stuff on that drive.

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