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General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Blackbird?
« on: May 07, 2016, 04:53 PM »
Happy you got everything working!  :)
Was just about to release a new version but this Runtime Broker business piqued my interest.
Seems to be a core part of Metro/UWP apps but I could make a switch in Blackbird to turn it off.

General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Blackbird?
« on: May 01, 2016, 06:19 AM »
Got QTTabbar (with every extra toolbar option enabled to be sure) running but can't recreate the issue. Explorer opens up normally after applying Blackbird.
Are you running any additional software that affects Explorer?
The only thing I could think of that might be causing problems is the "NoInstrumentation" reg-key created by Blackbird.

It can be easily disabled by running a switch (blackbird -f) or you can change it directly by deleting the following key in registry:
Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\
Key: NoInstrumentation

Thank you, Blackbird Dev,  :up:  it's a wonderfully useful, little (<½MB) program, you have there!
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It's sad that I didn't notice the errors that I have today, when I first ran Blackbird, yesterday. But now I cannot access Explorer until it has given up on opening some program. Because of the lack of access, I don't even know what program that is - except the problem has to be due to Blackbird! Right now I am very disappointed - and very embarrassed for having lured others into this BlackHole. Sorry!

Hopefully we'll fix the issues you are experiencing. Auch, though
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General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Blackbird?
« on: April 30, 2016, 04:03 PM »
My problems all came back.

But now running Explorer in safe mode, the problems are gone. I guess QTTabbar ( ) could have been the sinner - it has of course not yet been updated to match Windows 10's big update - but there were other extensions. So maybe it was Quizo, and maybe it wasn't. However, I miss it.

Tested the app on an up-to-date Windows 10 Home VM, but were unable to use it as Explorer did not load the extension.
Have you tried uninstalling QTTabbar? I'm guessing there's some sort of conflict with the Windows update and this application.

General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Blackbird?
« on: April 30, 2016, 04:44 AM »
The hazard with using any kind of tuner or performance enhancer that changes multiple settings is that every setting is a variable in the equation.  If something goes wrong it can take a long time to track it down.  It almost forces you to take a system snapshot and just back it off if something doesn't fix in a short time.  Like an hour or so.

For this reason I do not install updates to the OS unless I have a specific problem and find an update that fixes it.  The only exception I make is service packs.  At least there is some effort to test after installing the service pack to see that all the fixes play together nicely.  With weekly bundles of updates there's no time for testing.

This is true, and we were aware of this before deciding to go public with the project. That's why the focus has always been on leaving the smallest possible footprint, meaning it's literally impossible to fuck up your PC using Blackbird beyond minor annoyances, which were all resolved quickly through our tech support mail - [email protected] - on a case-by-case basis.
Since November 2015 there have been a total of 8 issues raised through contacting us. All were resolved and fixed, if needed, in later Blackbird versions.

You can never use Blackbird and wind up not booting to your desktop on whatever version or edition of Windows you may run.
Maybe there's a slight chance of that happening when Blackbird removed KB updates and Windows is being rebooted/configuring updates while power is suddenly lost.. but that has never been reported or confirmed, just guessing here.
But we do encourage the use of snapshots, it's a smart move and its better to be safe than sorry.

This morning the problem was back!!  :o 

Hmm... Windows was open, but Explorer kept freezing. Suddenly it occurred to me that the only thing changed from the day before, should be time; the clock, and it was still displaying Windows' default clock, not my third-party T-Clock 2010! When I finally could enter Explorer, I looked into Outpost Security Center and realized that T-Clock wasn't mentioned anywhere in Outpost. Of course it should be, so I navigated Outpost to the file and clicked "Allow". I cannot tell until tomorrow if this has cured the patient - but I expect it has.

Keep us updated, if the problem persists don't hesitate to contact us, we got your back.

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