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Michudy
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No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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Hello, when I Install the rainmeter its show that no skins are available (fresh install) it wont open anything and not working. If i want to install new skins its crash and wont install anything. I attach screenshot. I use Onedrive sync of my document folder, this should be the problem?
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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Michudy wrote: January 9th, 2022, 11:09 am Hello, when I Install the rainmeter its show that no skins are available (fresh install) it wont open anything and not working. If i want to install new skins its crash and wont install anything. I attach screenshot. I use Onedrive sync of my document folder, this should be the problem?
Yep, OneDrive is a problem. Some users reported issues with it. See this thread starting from this message: https://forum.rainmeter.net/viewtopic.php?t=31708&hilit=onedrive#p197758
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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Michudy wrote: January 9th, 2022, 11:09 am when I Install the rainmeter its show that no skins are available (fresh install) it wont open anything and not working. If i want to install new skins its crash and wont install anything. I attach screenshot. I use Onedrive sync of my document folder, this should be the problem?
Yep, having the skins in the OneDrive folder does seems to be a problem, even if I don't really understand why, because that folder is a local folder. But take a look to the posts of the topic linked above by Active Colors. I suppose there might be some reading - writing issues with the OneDrive folder, which I don't know. However definitely look to be a good idea not to put skins in this folder.
According to the mentioned posts, here is what you should do:
  • Choose for the skins a location outside of the OneDrive folder. Usually this is under the Documents folder, but this is not mandatory (however is recommended).
  • Right click the Rainmeter icon in the Notification Area. Click Edit settings. Rainmeter's settings opens in your default text editor.
  • Locate the [Rainmeter] section. Locate the SkinPath option of this section. Edit it to the previously chosen location (first step above).
  • Save and close the file.
  • Exit Rainmeter.
  • Move the old Skins folder (or its content, obviously) to the new location.
  • Restart Rainmeter.
  • If the skins don't load, load them one by one.
Does this fix the problem?
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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balala wrote: January 9th, 2022, 3:04 pm Yep, having the skins in the OneDrive folder does seems to be a problem, even if I don't really understand why, because that folder is a local folder. But take a look to the posts of the topic linked above by Active Colors. I suppose there might be some reading - writing issues with the OneDrive folder, which I don't know. However definitely look to be a good idea not to put skins in this folder.
According to the mentioned posts, here is what you should do:
  • Choose for the skins a location outside of the OneDrive folder. Usually this is under the Documents folder, but this is not mandatory (however is recommended).
  • Right click the Rainmeter icon in the Notification Area. Click Edit settings. Rainmeter's settings opens in your default text editor.
  • Locate the [Rainmeter] section. Locate the SkinPath option of this section. Edit it to the previously chosen location (first step above).
  • Save and close the file.
  • Exit Rainmeter.
  • Move the old Skins folder (or its content, obviously) to the new location.
  • Restart Rainmeter.
  • If the skins don't load, load them one by one.
Does this fix the problem?
This helps.. thanks a lot!
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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Michudy wrote: January 12th, 2022, 4:49 pm This helps.. thanks a lot!
Have you succeeded? Do you get now the skins installing?
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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Hallo, even I could not run rainmeter properly after re-installing with recommended settings. Every time I try starting the application it says "no available skins at C:\Users\...\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\". I checked the path till Documents and couldn't find the folder named "Rainmeter".
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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NeOZ3rxes wrote: January 17th, 2022, 12:36 pm Hallo, even I could not run rainmeter properly after re-installing with recommended settings. Every time I try starting the application it says "no available skins at C:\Users\...\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\". I checked the path till Documents and couldn't find the folder named "Rainmeter".
Seems like a security issue with the account you are using. Try installing Rainmeter as a "portable" application, being sure to install it to a folder you absolutely have full read-write access to.
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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jsmorley wrote: January 17th, 2022, 12:39 pm Seems like a security issue with the account you are using. Try installing Rainmeter as a "portable" application, being sure to install it to a folder you absolutely have full read-write access to.
Thank you, it showed the initial skins on desktop. Do I have to follow any more steps to use downloaded skins?
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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NeOZ3rxes wrote: January 17th, 2022, 12:51 pm Thank you, it showed the initial skins on desktop. Do I have to follow any more steps to use downloaded skins?
No, aside from where things "live", it should all operate the same as a normal installation.
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Re: No skins, cant install skin, or even open the app

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I'd be suspicious of this being the root cause...

https://forum.rainmeter.net/viewtopic.php?t=30869#p157423