Launching Validrive

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Hero8414

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I downloaded ValiDrive onto my home desktop PC (Win 10 22H2, Firefox) by clicking "Download Now" here. It appears as validrive.exe (95 KB) in the target folder on my PC.

When I double-click that file, a box pops up saying the usual Microsoft nonsense about it not being from their store. I click "Install Anyway", but nothing happens. I don't see a UI or anything to show that it's installing or running. It never appears in Task Manager.

And yes, I'm logged into an account with full administrator privileges.

What am I missing here?
 
Install Anyway
It's not something you need to install. It's a stand-alone application. Did you try running it a second time?

Mine is: 94.3 KB (96,640 bytes)

For me, when I try to launch it, it prompts for elevation, which if provided, allows it to show you the main UI. I got a Smart Screen warning the first run because Windows saw that it "came from the outside of my PC."

Do you have a 3rd party anti-virus tool or something?
 
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Thanks for quick response...

Downloaded validrive multiple separate times (replacing the existing file each time) and tried to launch it after each separate download.

Always get that same stupid Microsoft box. And there's no "Run" option in that box. Only options are either to check the Microsoft Store or Install Anyway.
 
Only running Windows Defender. UAC is set to "never" so it shouldn't prompt for elevated permission.

It's size is 94.3 KB and size on disk is 96.0 KB. So it appears to be downloading correctly.

Very strange...
 
Since it checks for elevation, it may break with your UAC never option. For kicks, try changing that to another setting and see.
 
There used to be a feature in Windows where you could restrict apps to only come from the store, but when I look on my PC I can no longer find this, so I suspect they removed it somewhere along the way. ( https://www.pcworld.com/article/406...n-of-apps-from-outside-the-windows-store.html )
Yeah still present on my PC, worth checking ..

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still present on my PC
Weird, mine looks very different: Although I guess maybe that's because I'm not running settings from an elevated user. Never thought of them disappearing a section instead of showing it disabled.
 

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Choose where to get apps is set to "Anywhere but warn me before..." in Win 10 here.

Elevating UAC didn't help. Right-clicking validrive.exe and "Run as admin" didn't help.

Thanks for trying. I'll post back if I can ever get it to run...
 
Is there anything in the Event Log? I'm curious if it's crashing.

Do you have Controlled Folder Access enabled?
 
No indication Validrive is crashing. Controlled Folder Access is not enabled.

Reliability Monitor is essentially at 10, with only one single warning in last 30 days because Windows Update tried to install a definitions file that was older than the one already installed.

Only the "usual" Distributed Com warnings in Event Viewer before/after I tried to run Validrive.

I'm stumped, too...
 
Okay, well is there anything you could screen capture and post here to give us a view of whatever you DO see? Or even a screen recording video if that suits the need, though you'll won't be able to post that here, you'd need to use a file host website. (YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, or the like, or something a little less common like catbox.moe or gofile.io)
 
Not sure the screenshot will tell us anything. I double-click validrive.exe which is saved on my D: HDD (not the bootable C: SSD) and immediately get this Windows Store box with the warning. Have to say this box looks larger uglier/different from previous times I've gotten the warning, but don't know if MS changed the box's format during a recent Windows update.

Clicking Install anyway does nothing.
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Install anyway
I think you're going to need to change your settings. Maybe you have Windows S or something?

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...icrosoft/8cbd124c-2132-4a26-b44a-53323a5a5326

 
Using Win 10 Pro (22H2). Personal PC, not on a LAN. House came pre-wired for FiOS so PC is hardwired to an Ethernet port on the wall. Don't even need a router or modem.

Apps & Features has always been set to Anywhere but warn...

Have launched and/or installed quite a few non-verified apps in the past but never had this problem before. Is MS playing Super-Nanny these days...?
 
I don't know as I've never seen what you are seeing except in that picture you posted. It's possible your Windows install has somehow become corrupted (maybe some Patch Tuesday didn't get properly applied at some point...?) Since you think you have the feature disabled, try actually enabling it and then disabling it again, in case something got out of sync?

I guess you could try the Windows file protection restore health operation: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb...em-files-79aa86cb-ca52-166a-92a3-966e85d4094e But I don't hold much hope for this if it's a setting and not a bad system file.

The most drastic solution would be a backup, followed by "Reset my PC" to see if that gets you in a new place.
 
I downloaded ValiDrive onto my home desktop PC (Win 10 22H2, Firefox) by clicking "Download Now" here. It appears as validrive.exe (95 KB) in the target folder on my PC.

When I double-click that file, a box pops up saying the usual Microsoft nonsense about it not being from their store. I click "Install Anyway", but nothing happens. I don't see a UI or anything to show that it's installing or running. It never appears in Task Manager.

And yes, I'm logged into an account with full administrator privileges.

What am I missing here?
Download the .exe file to a location where you can find it, then double click on it. I have a question for anyone who sees this: How do I post a new thread on this forum? I have a question about reading the results of a Validrive run.