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Rainmeter does not launch after installation

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Miguelito
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Rainmeter does not launch after installation

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I just installed Rainmeter once again after performing a reset on my laptop. However, after installation, the app did not launch even if it is expected to launch immediately after installation. The icon appears on the taskbar, but as I drag my mouse pointer towards it, the icon disappears. Likewise, the skins that is supposed to appear after installation did not appear. I tried reinstalling the application already, but the same thing happens. Any ideas on how to troubleshoot this?
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Brian
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Re: Rainmeter does not launch after installation

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Sounds like one your skins is causing Rainmeter to crash.

Install the latest beta, and hold down the CTRL key while starting Rainmeter to enable "Rainmeter Safe Start".
https://docs.rainmeter.net/manual-beta/user-interface/#SafeStart

This will start Rainmeter with the default illustro skins. Then you can load the skins you previous were running one by one and see which one crashes Rainmeter.

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Re: Rainmeter does not launch after installation

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I tried to do that already, but it's still the same. Also tried to "Run as Administrator" then pressed CTRL, the icon appeared on the taskbar but would still disappear when I drag my mouse toward it. I have no previous skins uploaded since I lost it upon doing a full laptop reset. Lastly, the illustro skin did not load as well after following the procedure suggested
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Brian
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Re: Rainmeter does not launch after installation

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Did you get this popup when you held the CTRL key down when starting Rainmeter? (This only works on beta versions 3360 or newer)
SafeStart.png
Miguelito wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 6:12 am
I have no previous skins uploaded since I lost it upon doing a full laptop reset.
Do you have any skins installed in your Skins folder?
It is usually located here: C:\Users\YOUR_USER_NAME\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\

If you have any skins in your skins folder, then I would suggest deleting the settings file.
This should be located here: C:\Users\YOU_USER_NAME\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini
Then start Rainmeter again.

If you have no skins folder at all after installing and launching Rainmeter, then something else is going on. This could be from turning on "Controlled Folder Access".
https://www.howtogeek.com/329532/how-to-protect-your-files-from-ransomware-with-windows-defenders-controlled-folder-access/
I would turn this "off" and try again (or you can allow Rainmeter access to this folder). Rainmeter needs write access to your Documents folder.

Lastly, if none of this worked, then I would try a clean uninstall. You should be able to re-install Rainmeter and the default illustro skins should be there when starting Rainmeter.
https://docs.rainmeter.net/tips/clean-rainmeter-uninstall/

-Brian
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