[SOLVED] Windows 10 Bugs and Fixes
Windows 10 was released to the public on July 29, 2015. It’s seen one major update and dozens of minor bug patches as of November. It still isn’t 100% bug free - just like any other major piece of software with millions of lines of code. Here are some of the most common problems people are encountering with Win 10, and some suggestions for fixing them...
Fixing Windows 10 Flaws
Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1? Sometimes the infamous "Get Windows 10" (also known as GWX) app won’t allow a Windows 10 installation even when a PC meets all the upgrade specs; or the GWX app never appeared in your system tray; or the GWX installation routine stalls repeatedly.
Here's the solution: Don’t use GWX. Instead, download Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, burn the Windows 10 installation files to a USB stick or DVD, and run the Setup.exe program locally.
If you still have trouble, make sure that any hardware-based “Disable Execution Prevention (DEP)” is switched on in the BIOS; refer to your system’s manual for instructions. Yes, I said “ON” because that disables prevention of execution of unknown programs like Win 10 installation files. You don’t want “disable” turned “off.”
Some users never got that November major update, which fixes lots of problems in Windows 10. To see if you got it, type “winver” in the Search box on the Start menu and run it. The latest version is 10586.XX; if you have version 10240 you did not get the November update. The solution is the Media Creation Tool, again. Download it now, even if you downloaded it when you first installed Win 10. The latest version will install the latest, fully updated version of Windows. Just make sure you set it to keep personal files and apps.
Windows Update isn’t working? First, make sure you have the latest version of Win 10 installed, the update issued in November. If that doesn’t do the trick, download and run Microsoft’s Windows Update Troubleshooter.
Bring Back the Start Button!
In my Windows ebook survey, quite a few people complained that after upgrading to Windows 10, their Start Button sometimes went missing. Ironically, the removal of the Start button in the initial release of Windows 8 was the number one complaint. But that's not supposed to happen in Windows 10. If your Start button is doing a disappearing act, that could be another sign that you missed the November update. See the instructions above to fix that.
Can't find Safe Mode? Rebooting Windows into Safe mode has salvaged many a trashed computer. But you can no longer get into Safe Mode by pressing F8 while your system reboots. Instead, you are supposed to boot Windows 10, then either a) restart while holding the left Shift key or b) select the Safe Mode option within Update & Security in the Settings app. Neither method helps when you cannot boot Windows 10 in the first place!
Before you ever need Safe Mode, you should create a boot time Safe Mode option. The procedure is disturbingly complicated, but you only have to do it once. IntoWindows.com has a well-illustrated and clearly written tutorial. Once the Safe Mode option is created, your system reboot will pause during boot-up for a user-specified number of seconds, and you can choose to continue booting Windows 10 in normal or Safe mode.
Slow boot times are experienced by some Win 10 users. Like Win 8.1, Win 10 uses a hybrid shutdown process. When you shut down the system, apps and app processes are terminated, but the Windows kernel is hibernated; that should result in faster boot times, but on some systems it has the opposite effect.
To stop hibernation of the kernel, open the Power Options app and click “Choose what the power buttons do.” Then click “Change settings that are currently unavailable.” Scroll down and un-check “Turn on fast start-up,” then click “Save changes.” Windows 10 should boot faster now; in fact, users report that after re-enabling “fast start-up,” this fix still works.
Just Another Pretty Face?
The Lock Screen is pretty, but it’s an annoyance that you must click past in order to get to the login box. You can get rid of the Lock Screen by editing your registry. Type “regedit” in the Start menu search box and hit enter to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to this key:
If you don’t see a “Personalization” key in the right-hand window pane on that tree level, you’ll have to create one. Highlight the “Windows” key, right-click on it, and select New>Key from the dropdown menu. Rename the new key “Personalization.” You should now be at:
Right-click on the “Personalization” key and select “DWORD (32-bit) Value.” Select “New Value #1” in the right-hand pane and use F2 to rename it “NoLockScreen.” Then double-click “NoLockScreen”, change the value data to 1 and click OK. After a reboot, the lock screen will be gone.
Have you experienced other Windows 10 glitches? Post your comment below, and include the fix if you've found one.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Apr 2016
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