Flux disappears after PC shutdown and restart



  • After restarting my PC, I need to re-install F.lux again as it disappears from the program list. I have set my location and it works fine otherwise.



  • @fozzie said:

    After restarting my PC, I need to re-install F.lux again as it disappears from the program list. I have set my location and it works fine otherwise.

    What do you mean by "it disappears from the program list"? Where are you seeing this list? Task Manager? The Start Menu?

    Is this your personal computer, or a work computer? If this is your personal computer, then did you employ your OWN method to make f.lux start with Windows after you installed it? Or did you just install f.lux, configure your location and your color temperature and then leave it?



  • It is my personal computer. Basically, flux simply doesn't work after a restart and yes it disappears from the task manager and the start menu. Not clear what you mean by did I use my own method to make f.lux start. I have to run the flux-setup which I had already saved from a previous download to make it work. Not sure what else I need to do to make it permanent.



  • @fozzie Open the start menu, and go to the "Startup" folder, and click it to expand. Does it say "(Empty)" or did you put f.lux in there?

    To start the program manually open the "appdata" folder from the start menu. This keeps you from having to enable hidden folders.

    type: %appdata% Actually, type in %localappdata% That will take you directly to your local user appdata much faster.

    This takes you to the appdata folder where you will want to enter "Local" > FluxSoftware > Flux > Flux.exe.

    Open this file as it should bring up the flux settings window. Let us know what's in the folder, or if it's there.



  • f.lux is not in the Start Menu. Nor does it say "Empty". It just isn't there. I did not put it there either. It is currently running OK after I opened flux.exe at the location you specified. It still isn't in the start menu but it is now in the process and applications lists in Task Manager. It will disappear from there if I restart the PC. Not sure by what you mean "what's in the folder Flux.exe as it's not a folder! I have tried to attach a file showing the current settings window but I can't see how to do that so I have uploaded it to http://www.fuchsiamagic.com/misc/flux2.jpg



  • @fozzie said:

    f.lux is not in the Start Menu. Nor does it say "Empty". It just isn't there. I did not put it there either. It is currently running OK after I opened flux.exe at the location you specified. It still isn't in the start menu but it is now in the process and applications lists in Task Manager. It will disappear from there if I restart the PC. Not sure by what you mean "what's in the folder Flux.exe as it's not a folder! I have tried to attach a file showing the current settings window but I can't see how to do that so I have uploaded it to http://www.fuchsiamagic.com/misc/flux2.jpg

    All he means is this:

    %localappdata%\fluxsoftware\flux\flux.exe

    This will open the .exe directly.



  • @fozzie Yeah you're just starting f.lux manually as I don't think it installed quite right.

    Usually right after you click "agree" on f.lux install it will make itself start with Windows without a user needing to make changes. You say it's not in the start menu so I think you should exit f.lux by right clicking the icon when the clock is, and choose exit.

    Then uninstall. Re-download f.lux from the main page and install again. If you get the same behaviour then we'll help.



  • I am having exactly the same problem. I have tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it but it just wont stay installed.



  • @Tungsten_smooth I uninstalled f.lux, removed all references to it and downloaded and re-installed as you instructed. Restarted PC. Same problem. It's gone. I don't know if it's relevant to this issue but other things do not remain as before after a restart such a mouse pointer settings, toolbar entries and clear text type which all have to be set up again. Some other programmes have also disappeared and have had to be re-installed. This happened after a recent Windows Update so I'm wondering it that has something to do with it.



  • @fozzie What version of windows, and do you have anything like "DeepFreeze" installed and enabled as this is the only thing I can think that would restore previous settings?

    How long have you run this same windows install?

    Run Ccleaner, and use [CCenhancer]https://singularlabs.com/software/ccenhancer/) after you install Ccleaner, and if you don't have a program that's listed under the "Applications" section, then just don't select it.

    Select and clean all the "Windows" sections, except for the following:

    • Wipe free disk space It will literally take HOURS.
    • Window position / size
    • other things like that, MRU (Most recently used) and the like

    Everything else is probably fair game, if you're not sure what a setting does, then don't select it yet.



  • CCleaner has been running on my machine for several years and no, I don't have "Deep Freeze" installed. Windows update caused havoc about 3 months ago when it lost me all my emails and it wiped the address book, deleted my favourites lists, prevented videos from running, erased my desktop etc etc. It took me over a week to restore it to some kind of normality as System Restore had been disabled as well. Since then, I have disabled all Windows updates to prevent further issues. I give up...



  • @fozzie Sorry for your update issues. Maybe you could look into the windows update history and find out what it was.

    I suggest running a monthly backup of your windows boot drive. Monthly because if you make a bunch of changes and get an error, you are still good. Also, it helps the drive last longer with less backups. I prefer the free version of "Macrium Reflect".

    I should be careful with the updates, I've done a lot recently (maybe 70 or more) and haven't run into issues. I check just about every one of them for telemetry or similar terms. Microsoft is desperate to back port all Windows 10 updates to people trying to avoid privacy invasion. That's what the "update packs" are for, so you can't take them out--it's also why they don't describe what updates are in them, just basic fixes, but not everything is listed.



  • Thanks for your help. I think I'll get a Mac...



  • @fozzie Consider jumping back to Windows 7? I still use it with no issues, I'm not too excited for Windows 10 yet.



  • @Tungsten_smooth I AM using Windows 7...



  • @fozzie Shit. Well then do a backup on another drive (full backup to save everything) and then unplug that drive and reinstall windows on three drive your currently using.

    Then you can tell windows to point to thee backup drive for appdata, program files and user folders.



  • Thanks for the advice but quite honestly it's just not worth the effort!



  • @fozzie Well, I'm thinking it would be cool if Windows made an image (or had an image making tool) after you installed windows with the programs and updates that you want. Then you could always load that and have a fresh system. I wonder how to do that in Linux.



  • I have the same problem on my 3-year-old Lenovo laptop running windows 10. Unlike the OP, I have had no issues in the past either software or hardware related and it is running fine at the moment. In fact, a recent comprehensive hardware scan using Lenovos' app checked out fine and I recently had a tune up done by Gadget Rescue. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.



  • I had this problem too. I was running the flux.exe installer as an administrator using the right click menu when logged in as another user and so the install was going into the admin users AdminUserName\AppData\Local\FluxSoftware not the LocalUserName\Appdata\Local\FluxSoftware directory. The program was thus not even seen by the logged in user account just the admin users account. To fix this just run the install without "run as administrator" option being used and all will be cool.

    Aub



  • Thanks Aub. I fixed mine eventually by creating another user profile as I found the one I was using had become corrupt since a Windows update destroyed many of the things I had set up. It might have been caused as you suggested.



  • @aubzp thanks for your reply.

    However, when I double click on the f.lux-setup.exe file I am presented with a dialogue box to accept or cancel the license agreement only, nothing else. There are no options to run it as a particular user or not as the administrator as I think you are suggesting.



  • @Robsee what I meant was I initially assumed that I would need administrator privileges to install Flux so I right clicked the flux-setup.exe file and selected the "Run As Administrator" option rather than just left clicking the executable file. Just left clicking the executable gives the options you describe, ie. a dialogue box to accept or cancel the license agreement. Upon clicking through that dialog Flux installs as the logged on user and all works fine. Previously, by right clicking the and running as administrator all the installation data was written to the administrators account only. I did not see an option to install for all users. Perhaps that should be the default?



  • @aubzp I have only ever double left clicked on the exe.file to install and it does not work as it should i.e. reload automatically on every start up. I'm running the latest version of Windows 10, how about you?



  • @Robsee That's what I did to get it to work. There is one additional thing you might try, check your admin users AppData directory to see if flux didi actually install for the admin user ie. AdminUserName\AppData\Local\FluxSoftware. If it did copy the FluxSoftware directory into your normal users AppData\Local\directory and then reinstall the f.lux-setup.exe using the normal left click method, then reboot. Goodluck.


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