I am using Windows Server 2012 as a desktop OS and but videos and Metro games from Windows Store keep crashing.

  • Where can I see error logs of what goes wrong?
  • How can I fix my problem?


I found someone reporting a similar problem here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_cp-winapps/video-app-stops-working/f98f7475-9e4b-402d-bb5f-808d063ff37d

Partial Solution

This fixed the video problem for me: http://www.neowin.net/news/how-to-install-legacy-intel-hd-graphics-drivers-on-windows-8

(There is also an NVIDIA card but have no idea how to tell the Modern UI to make use of it - thanks be to Nvidia Optimus)

Complete Solution

Some DLLs are just missing on Server 2012: http://www.win2012workstation.com/xinput-and-xaudio-dlls/. Now all games run and videos and music play smoothly :D!

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    What video card is installed? This happened all the time on my laptop with nVidia, until I updated to the very latest drivers. – user3463 Oct 28 '12 at 19:26

Try the following suggestions:

  1. Run sfc /scannow in a Administrative Command Prompt.
  2. Uninstall and reinstall the apps that don't work.
  3. Update all your drivers (esp. graphics drivers).
  4. Compile this sample and check if it works.

You can use the Event Viewer to view the error logs.

  • Thanks but it is now doing a system-wide verification. How is that related? – Cetin Sert Oct 28 '12 at 18:45
  • can yes :) but the system is brand new. Will give event viewer a try now. – Cetin Sert Oct 28 '12 at 18:50
  • Both Adera and Videos seem to throw file not found exceptions but cannot see from the event viewer which files they look for o_O. I get the feeling this might take me a looong time to figure out perhaps even until somebody else with more Windows experience run into a similar issue and reports his fixes. – Cetin Sert Oct 28 '12 at 19:01
  • sfc /scannow did not find any integrity problems. – Cetin Sert Oct 28 '12 at 19:09
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    See, I told you it was related to the driver. Try downloading the latest beta drivers. What graphics card do you have? – Elmo Oct 28 '12 at 19:37

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