May 3, 2016

Windows 8.1: Slow Unresponsive after Updates 29 April 2016.

Mine was caused by Windows Defender / Health Check - Lets kill it.

Log in to Safe Mode.

Option 1:
Enter from sidebar - Setting > Change PC Settings > Update & Recovery > Recovery > Advanced Startup | Restart Now

Takes sometimes to restart. Select Advance Option > Restart Option > Safe mode with networking.

Option 2:
Windows Key + r > type: msconfig & click OK > Under Boot tab > Tick Safe Mode & Network > Apply & OK

Tell Windows to restart and wait.. Your PC are lot faster & responsive in safe mode. In safe mode:

Windows key + r > type: regedit > Look for:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender
Change the value of:

  • DisableAntiSpyware 0
  • DisableAntiVirus 0

Close the Window.

If you choose Option 2, you have to reset msconfig by unticking safemode. To get back to msconfig, follow Option 2.

Close the Window, try restart normally & pray. If it does not work, go back to safe mode.

  1. Go to uninstall updates
  2. uninstall all updates dated 29 April 2016.
  3. Then, restart. Takes sometime.
  4. Window will tell you that uninstall failed and will automatically restart - let it be.

By now, your computer should be working normally. Looking at Event Viewer,
There are bunch of:
"The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block." errors &
"The IO operation at logical block address 0x1970 for Disk 0 (PDO name: \Device\00000001) was retried." errors

Updated Windows Defender were built for Windows 10 & blindly (purposely?) installing itself without considering Windows 8.1 (In another words MS are forcing you to upgrade to 10)

..that may include ONLINE health/disk check? Why? All our files need to be uploaded for checking?

Nude again..

UPDATE: 4 May 2016.
Manage to download install Avira. Took around 1000 years to install. Those installer around 5MB. While installing, downloads took around another 300MB.
Avast cannot be installed anymore due to bla.. bla.. bla.. _av_iup.tm bla.. bla bla code 0x2 stub error.

November 19, 2014

Windows 8 Slow Unresponsive after KB3000830 update.


Introduction:
  1. Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB3000850) released 2 days ago. (17 Nov 2014)
  2. I'm running Windows 8.1.
  3. Previously my Startup time is 1.6s.
  4. My internet speed is a crappy 384kbps (+96kbps unlimited)
  5. Downloading 700++ MB updates, I need faster internet speed.
  6. Luckily, I have few SIMs from various ISP - downloading completed (offline installation).
  7. After successful installations (KB3000850, KB3003057, KB3014442) and restarts, everything freezes - damn slow.
  8. I went to event viewer - viewing the log line by line.
Reason:
  1. My wireless is 'on'. Microsoft keeps trying to call home. Switch it 'off' (the internet) to make it faster.
  2. Antivirus - Avast failed to initialize.
  3. Due to 'Immersive control panel' not able to 'connect to the server' failure - which includes freezing 'sleep' and 'shutdown'.
Solution:
  1. Get naked, get rid of Avast temporarily (until Avast update their antivirus).
  2. Luckily, I got CCLeaner installed. Using the Uninstaller, I got rid of Avast.
  3. Everything works fine now - and naked.
  4. I updated Windows defender - and still feels naked.
  5. Reinstalling Avast will cause similar slowness.
  6. ..but, I'll wait for Avast.
I need Avast.. 'site blocking' regex was very useful for blocking ads. I don't want t spend my 384kbps for receiving ads.

July 10, 2014

Appcompat errors in Eclipse - New Android Application


Few days ago I encountered an error while trying to start a 'New Android Application project' in Eclipse Kepler. It runs smoothly before (few months ago). it maybe caused by few updates made previously - I don't know which one.

Creating New Android Application.
Erros on Appcompat and my New Project - Mytest.

Suddenly Appcompat was generated automatically - WTF is Appcompat? Who cares - I don't - at least at this time. The MAJOR problem is my 'Hello world' project can't run anymore reporting 2 error messages:
  1. Project 'appcompat_v7' is missing required source folder: 'gen'
  2. The container 'Android Dependencies' references non existing library 'D:\xxx\EclipseWorkspace\appcompat_v7\bin\appcompat_v7.jar'
 To fix this.. just right click on Appcompat project and build it..

Build Appcompat Project.
Output Generated after Build.

YES. As simple as that. Now I can build and run my New Project - 'Mytest' successfully! Yeay!

Mytest runs on AVD.

Does it work for you? Please leave a comment. Thanks.