How To Solve 10 Windows 10 Problems

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Windows 10, the latest Microsoft Operating System for PCs, has overtaken its predecessor in terms of market share, breaking the 40% barrier, it’s officially the world’s most popular operating system (OS).

Transitioning to Windows 10 from a previous version can also be the cause of problems. Those stuck in their Windows 7 ways will have a tough time adapting to the new features, some of which won’t be intuitive to a new user. Here are many tips we tell our customers or perform the tasks for them in our shops.

1. How to solve problems upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8

If you’ve got a PC still stubbornly clinging to Windows 7 or Windows 8, there are a few things to try:

* Open the control panel and run Windows Update. If it fails, try the Windows Update Trouble shooter.

* Try the improved Media Creation Tool. Download it from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

* Switch on in BIOS “Disable Execution Prevention. Reboot and try again.

2. How to solve problems upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version

The updates can be pretty big, causing some problems when a new version is released. Try using the Media Creation Tool to manually update to the most current version of Windows 10.

3 How to solve storage space issues with Windows 10

Chances are the old OS version is in the background taking up space. Microsoft allows you to keep both in case you have a preference, at least for a certain period of time. Running Disk Cleanup will give you the option to delete “previous Wndows installations.”

4. How to fix Windows Update that isn’t working

If you’re stuck in a loop of update errors to Windows 10, check first to see that you are updating to the most current version. Download and run Windows Update Troubleshooter, then reboot and start over again.

5. How to turn off extra notifications

If your Window’s 10 Action Center is crammed with notifications from apps like Facebook, software like Adobe or your email and other pop-ups, try this. Open settings menu, go down to System Notifications & Actions and disable what you want.

6. How to switch off privacy and data defaults 

Use the Start Menu to search for and run the Settings app, then click Privacy. In the left-hand pane, you’ll see many areas where your computer might be sharing data. 

7. How to fix slow boot times

Like the previous versions, Microsoft left a Windows kernel hibernating to enable fast restart. To disable it, find Power Options n the Start Menu. Click “change settings” that are unavailable and un-tick “turn on fast start-up.”

8. How to remove Lock Screen

Disable lock screen by searching “regedig” in the start menu and running the Registry editor. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. If you don’t already see a key named ‘Personalization’, select the Windows key, right-click it, choose New>Key and rename this new key to Personalization (sic). Right-click the Personalization key, choose New again then select DWORD (32-bit) Value. Select New Value #1 in the right-hand pane and use F2 to rename it NoLockScreen, then double-click it, change the value data to 1 and click OK. After a reboot, the lock screen will be gone.

9. How to play a DVD

If you like to watch movies on your PC you will need an app to play them. There’s one via download from Microsoft or search for a free one.

10.  How to stop files from opening with the wrong default apps

When you update, are your files associations going back to the default settings? Open the Windows 10 settings app. Under the system tab, select default apps and select which app opens which kinds of files. 

ClickAway can resolve these and other issues for you. Just give us a call at 800-960-9030 for an appointment or location near you.

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