The New Napster and Launchy

Rhapsody, the long-suffering little brother streaming music service, recently rebranded itself as Napster. Same app, different name. Big deal.

I noticed that I could not start the app with the great Launchy in my new Windows 10 install. Not sure if it worked in Windows 7.

Looking at Properties of the launch shortcut, in C:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Rhapsody International Inc, I noticed that the shortcut has a weird extension, .appref-ms. Having come of age in the era of .com and .exe, this was unknown. Seems it is the launcher for the new  style Windows apps, and Launchy did not know how to find them.

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So I opened the Launchy options panel, and found the Start Menu folder was already in the search path for catalogs. The extension was missing. So I added “*.appref-ms”


Rescan, index increased by one. Works. Nice.

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Welcome to Windows 10

Finally beat the July 28th deadline for upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Made backups with Macrium Reflect first.  Paid for that one, got rid of the perpetually flaky Acronis.

Both machines (Intel Core Duo 2Ghz dual-core and old AMD dual core) upgraded successfully. AMD box slow, but it worked, with install apps and files in place. A little juggling the start menu to lose the junk, and we are back in biz.

A potential issue came up where the audio was crackling.  One post suggested the LatencyMon app from Resplendence Software.   Way cool. Said I had serious latency issues and could not host real-time software – like audio. Duh.

This post, Speakers Crackling since Windows 10 update, suggested I reinstall the old audio driver.  Not trying that yet.

Ultimately, this YouTube video, How to FIX Windows 10 Audio/Sound Problem , worked by running the non-low-power power profile. Not sure why that matters – tries to starve the CPU? Seems to work.

Then I replaced the CPU with Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3Ghz from eBay for $65. Windows 10 rebooted and barfed a few times; I had to reset the BIOS to even have Windows 10 detect the new CPU. Then I had an issue with the CPU fan, but I think that was related to the dust buildup. 5 minutes with the compressor outside cleaned it out, and using the great HWMonitor program,  cores are running 100-110F. Not bad. The machine runs very smoothly with the new two cores, for very little coin.