Launching Validrive

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@Hero8414 You're clearly well experienced with Windows... you probably know as much or more as most people here, so I doubt there's much more we can suggest that you wouldn't have already thought of. It's a curious mystery to be sure, do let us know if you ever figure out.
 
Have you tried running it from a Command Window? e.g. D:/Validrive.exe
You win the prize! (y)(y) Why didn't I think of that? 🙄

Launching ValiDrive in a CMD window works. Didn't even have to open CMD, run as administrator.

But, I still get that Microsoft Store box when I try to launch the exact same .exe file by double-clicking it in the folder where it's stored. And -obviously- it doesn't launch that way.

Another in the never-ending series of Mysteries from Redmond...

Thanks!
 
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