This problem will usually result in the following issues:
- Daedalus hanging at the "Starting Cardano Node" screen
- Daedalus application menu is missing (Daedalus/Edit/View/Help)
- Daedalus is stuck in "Preparing logs" forever
- The Available Disk Space indicator in the System Info section on the Daedalus Diagnostics screen is blank (no value is shown).
Lets look at these four issues in detail:
1. Starting Cardano Node screen being visible but this never changes. Daedalus is unable to start properly.
2. Note as well, in the above screen that the Menu is not visible. The screenshot below is a a normal screen.
3. Also if you try to use the download logs link on the start screen a message will appear at the top of the screen Preparing logs for download but it Daedalus wallet will never give you the opportunity to save the log file.
4. The Available Disk Space indicator in the System Info section on the Daedalus Diagnostics screen is blank (no value is shown). You can see this in the below screen shot.
On the Windows platform Daedalus uses the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) infrastructure to query the underlying operating system to determine certain information such as the amount of free disk space. On some versions of Windows this will not work because the location for the necessary tools are not immediately visible to the operating system due to the location being absent from the PATH environment variable. This can cause Daedalus to be unable to connect to the network as it is unable to correctly resolve the location for wmic.exe which is required for Daedalus Wallet to operate normally. We have already implemented a fix which prevents this behaviour and this will be available in our next release.
Manually add the correct location to the Windows PATH environment variable which will resolve this issue.
Editing environment variables
NOTE: Editing the Windows PATH environment variable can have adverse effects on the stability of your operating system so you do so at your own risk.
You can consult these articles for general instructions on how to edit the Windows PATH environment variable: (These are external links, IOHK is not related to, and does not support or endorse these websites)
- Information on how to set the path and environment variables in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Thoughts from Ryan Hoffman, an experienced team leader, software architect and developer.
If you wish to edit yourWindows PATH environment variable, Add C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem (where C: is the volume on which you have installed Windows).
FOR EXAMPLE if your path looks like
then Daedalus wallet will not work properly but if it contains
then Daedalus should work normally.
You can read more about about WMI(Windows Management Instrumentation) here
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This problem affects the following releases