Fences doesn't start with windows

By on August 13, 2014 1:15:12 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums


Join Date 11/2007

Running Windows 8.1 64; Fences 2.13

Computer is 1.40GHz, 4GB RAM, 125 GB SSD, laptop


When windows starts up, Fences doesn't activate--nor are there any desktop icons--until I right-click on the desktop or start windows explorer. Quick hide is not enabled.


I have tried everything I can think of: starting from registry; starting as task; starting as service; starting as start-up folder link. I have uninstalled---removing every registry reference, folder, and file--and re-installed.


I have the same version of Fences with the same software set-up on another laptop (more powerful) and it runs without problem.


It's not a deal killer for me, but it sure is annoying!


Any suggestions would be appreciated.




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August 14, 2014 8:33:15 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Sorry for the trouble your experiencing. This has been noted before and is logged internally. We hope to have it fixed in the future.

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August 23, 2014 7:27:45 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Same here (v2.13). However, it is not the same thing with every start. Often it appears normally (even it seems it takes way to long time and mostly is the last thing finishing loading itself even there are wether much fences nor much things to load; but this is known already also). In some cases then, it looks like Windows is loading eternally just because there is no icon/element seen on the Desktop. After one click, it shows up then.

Windows 8.1 Pro "Update" (x64)

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October 17, 2014 3:40:21 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I hope they can give a fix soon, this issue is starting to annoy me.

At least I haven't had Object Dock crash in the middle of my gaming for a while, so that update went well.

Fences desperately needs this issue fixed.

I read elsewhere on the forum that right clikcing brings the icons back (for me this is always, it still takes a minute or so). 

Boot has become ridiculously slow because of fences.

It also had something to do with a 'hide desktop icons' registry setting that is toggled to the wrong state. 



Windows 8.1 x64, have been running the same software configuration for ages, for me the issue started immediately after updating to version 2.13

I will reinstall fences, hopefully that somehow resolves the issue.

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