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Thanks Jim, followed the link and followed the instructions but nothing resolves this issue for me. Fortunately I can do anything that the Apps provided either online or via software loaded, but feel very let down by Microsoft who finally agreed that there needed to be some allowance for all the millions of pre Windows 8 users who needed more than simple Apps, and having provided 8.1 to resolve that, that they cannot resolve the problem with all the Apps failing to run..
You have done all the things I would have done to get them back, so I’m afraid I don’t have a suggestion on my own. I did look around a bit to see if I could find anything, and came across a discussion on Microsoft’s support forums that sounded similar. I did see one thing that was causing similar problems - Installing the Epson Printer Driver Pack installs the Epson Download Manager, which apparently can cause instability with Windows 8. If you installed this, you might want to uninstall it and see if that helps. Here is the link to the relevant discussion.
Thanks Mandril, I tried uninstalling my printer in case it was the cause, but no such luck. Thanks for the suggestion never the less, clutching at straws this end. Only been a user of PC's, Laptops, Tablets and Mainframe Computers for over 39 years, so what chance has some poor newbie resolving similar issues. As usual poorly tested Operating System, put it into the field and let the public bring up all the problems, and the saga continues.