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    Windows 8 apps have all stopped working

    Last week first Chrome stopped working. This seemed to be a problem with Norton 360 - when I'd un- and reinstalled this it worked again.

    Then I noticed that none of the windows 8 apps work. Some apps, which I think are not windows 8 ones - do run. The ones that don't run have a small "x" to the bottom right of their tile.

    The only solution I can find is to "refresh" Windows 8 - which seems to mean uninstalling and reinstalling it, and then having to reinstall all the programmes I've installed since getting the computer. Given how much trouble I had installing e.g. iTunes, Chrome, Firefox... I'd rather not have to do this.

    Any suggestions?

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    I'd want to take a closer look at your Norton 360's advanced settings if I were you.
    See if there is not something in there in terms of advanced settings that you have missed.

    I do not use Norton so I cannot be anymore specific then that.
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    Try the Windows 8 Apps Troubleshooter, from the last paragraph of this page: What to do if you have problems with an app

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    I've tried the troubleshooter, and checking norton. I've now "refreshed" the computer, losing all the software I'd installed (Office, eWallet, chrome, Norton...) and I still have no working metro apps. I guess I'll just have to plug in an external hard drive, copy all my data files onto it, and do a complete reinstall. Ugh. It'll be a week or so before the bloody machine's working again - I don't know if I'm right to blame Windows 8, but it seems the most likely candidate...

    Any other suggestions before I spend days reinstalling everything?

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    Only for afterward; make a master image of the system when everything is installed again and working just so; refresh and reset don't seem to be the best options for easy recovery. Macrium Reflect or EaseUS ToDo free are all ya need for that task.

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    I would more suspect Norton, or some kind of corruption than Win 8.

    A complete reinstallation with a Custom Installation should solve the problem, followed as F.U.N. says by a complete system image. With my Up To Date images I can restore my system in less than 10 minutes. I create a new Image each month right after patch Tuesday.

    I also have moved all data to a separate partition on my HD so that a reinstallation of the OS does not touch the data. This combined with regular back ups of the data keep my data safe from these type problems.

    I might ask how Win 8 was originally installed. Was it a new PC with Win 8 preinstalled or an Upgrade Installation of an existing OS? Many of these type of problems were caused by Upgrades from a less than pristine original installation to Win 8 rather than using a Custom Install when originally installing Win 8. Generally the Upgrade Installation works fine, but any issues with the underlying original installation can be carried over to Win 8.
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I don't think it's a Norton problem because, since the refresh, Norton isn't running. The computer was a new (Sony Vaio) laptop, purchased end December 2012 with Windows 8 preinstalled.

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    Well, I refreshed the 'puter, and now I can't install software... Will create a separate post.

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