Fix: “Configuration system failed to initialize”

If, like me, you have tried the most popular fixes for the error “configuration system failed to initialize” when you run certain application(s), and the problem is still persisting, then my rather drastic fix might help you too.

Warning: Back up your system before attempting any of these sorts of fixes. And try them at your own risk. I have not tested this fix on other systems.

Here is what I did that fixed the error:
1. Open File Explorer as Administrator
2. Navigate to This PC – your system drive (usually C:) – Windows
Microsoft.NET folder
3. Rename the Framework folder to something else, eg. FrameworkOLD
4. Rename the Framework64 folder to something else, eg. Framework64OLD
Note: You might get some warnings and messages about some apps are still running and using the framework. Stop as many as you can find. Worst case, restart in safe mode to do steps 3 and 4.
5. Start a command prompt as administrator
6. Run the command sfc /scannow
7. When that is finished, open the Control Panel / Settings window
8. Search for Update
9. Choose Check for Updates, and press the button Check for Updates
10. When the Update has finished, reboot the PC.
11. Test the app out, and hopefully the problem is resolved!


Wallpaper Modes/Fitting Explained (with Examples!)

Trying to figure out the difference between the choices that Windows (and other OSs) gives you for wallpaper modes, can be very confusing. Even nicely summarised explanations like this and this, can still be confusing without some illustrations to show how wallpapers with different aspect ratios affect these different modes.

So, here are example pictures of each of the modes, with different sized and shaped wallpapers. This is particularly handy to know if you are using LAWC (Wallpaper Changer), and want to change how your wallpapers are displayed.

Wallpaper Modes Explained

Original Images
Centre
Fill Width
Fit / Fill Height
Stretch
Tile
LAWC**
1280x720
720x1280
481x481
3840x2160
2160x3840
Wide Screen Test Pattern3840x1080
Here are example pictures of each of the modes, with different sized and shaped wallpapers. This is particularly handy to know if you are using Windows Wallpapers and LAWC (Wallpaper Changer), and want to change how your wallpapers are displayed.

* The source images are 1280x720 (720p), 481x481, and 3840x2160 (4k). The desktop resolution is 1920x1080 (1080p).
** LAWC mode is only relevant to the LAWC application. Not available in standard installations of Windows, iOS, Linux, etc

Light Adjusting Wallpaper Changer (LAWC)

LAWK256I’ve released the BETA of my handy little tool for Windows which allows you to change your wallpaper images, not only just at random, but it will also adjust the images for a Day / Night cycle which can be set to any time of the day. LAWC stores the library of pictures catalogued from user selected folders, and will select randomly from those images.

It also supports multi-monitors, showing different images on each screen, as well as many more features.


Best of all, its FREE!! But feel free to support me, and the application, by Donating whatever $ you can spare.

Click here to Read More about, and Download LAWC…

Great Free Windows Apps For All New PCs

oh-yes-its-freeIve been meaning to post up a list of the great (completely) free apps out there…. and here it finally is…

  1. http://ninite.com/ This site / tool is great!  You just tick off all the FREE apps you want to install, then download the installation tool.  This little program will download and install all of the software you ticked off, skipping unwanted toolbars, ads, and other annoying stuff.  It will also automatically skip things that you have already installed.  The programs in Ninite that I reccommend are:

    1. Chrome Browser
    2. Auslogics – Disk Defragmenter
    3. CDBurnerXP – for burning CDs / DVDs
    4. Classic Start – a Start Button for Windows 8 users
    5. Skype – well, a lot of people seem to use it
    6. VLC – video / audio player that doesn’t require any Codecs to be installed
    7. Audacity – if you want a good sound file editor (MP3, Wav, etc)
    8. Media Monkey – Music / Video organiser (like iTunes but with much more)
    9. Java – Needed for some other apps eg. LibreOffice
    10. .NET – Needed for some other apps (not necessarily in Ninite’s list)
    11. WinRAR – great for creating / opening compressed files of many types
    12. Inkscape – handy vector drawing program, similar to CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
    13. Adobe Reader – lots of PDFs out there
    14. LibreOffice – for editing / viewing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations etc (Similar to MS Office)
    15. PDFCreator – for creating PDF documents (incase the title wasnt obvious 😛 )
    16. Avast – Decent anti-virus software thats not too annoying.  Just remember to turn off the sounds!
    17. MalawareBytes – a different sort of malware detection / scanning software.  I usually check things with both an anti-virus program and MalawareBytes
    18. uTorrent – do you have to ask…. ?
    19. Evernote – great tool for managing notes, recipes, information.  It will sync to lots of different devices (Android, iPhone, PC)
    20. Google Earth
    21. Steam – Great platform for browsing / buying games.  Lots of free games on there too.
    22. DropBox – my preferred web storage too.  Integrates very well into Windows 7 / 8
  2. HTC Home:  This is a stylish weather / clock for your Windows desktop
  3. Coming Soon…..ish

Performance Problems? And I mean your PC ;)

Having trouble with your PC just not being as fast as it used to be?  Personally, I reinstall the whole OS every 6-12 months, but I have a few friends who are a little daunted by that task, so Ive suggested a few things that might help clean up their computer.  It’s a fairly regular question too, so for anyone stumbling upon this, here are a few good, cheap/free applications that should make your system run better without any (or little) out-of-pocket expense.

Also, I have tried many other applications, some of which have not helped, and others which have made things worse.  These tend to be reliable and do what they say.  BUT, of course make your your system is backed up to a memory stick, hard drive, or burnt DVD, before running these sorts of applications just in case the unforeseen happens.  When was the last time you backed up your PC?  (Now that I think about it, its been a few months for me…)

First things first, head into the Control Panel, and uninstall any programs you don’t use anymore… after that, try these to finish off the cleanup process:

With all of that, the machine should be a little snappier.  After that, you could always overclock it!  Once your PC is out of warranty (as overclocking can void warranties) then its a relatively easy way of getting 10-20% more power with very little, or no cost.  Think of it like boosting the performance of the engine in your car…

Oh, one last word of advice, if you want to know more about how to do things Ive mentioned then just type it in to Google.  Don’t forget, Google is Your Friend!