Computer/Internet

Remove ‘Get Windows 10’ (GWX)

Most people who were running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 before Windows 10 was released this past July who didn’t want it removed (and also hid) KB3035583 from their Windows Updates. But, what about people who bought a new Windows 8.1 computer or reinstalled Windows 7/8.1 AFTER Windows 10 was released? I ran into this scenario last week after a couple family members purchased new Windows 8.1 PCs (yes, you can still get Windows 8.1 PC’s) and the machines download and installed KB3035583. I thought this would be a simple fix, remove and hide KB3035583 and all would be well. As it turns…

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How to Limit Windows 10 Forced Updates

Note: I use the word ‘limit’ in lieu of ‘stop’ because Windows 10 Home users can not stop Security Updates, which there is really no reason as for the most part Security Updates have been trouble free. There are three different methods you can try, to stop Windows 10 from automatically installing updates (new drivers and software features). These updates have been particularly troublesome for ‘fast ring’ users and the patches to fix these broken updates have caused endless crashing loops. The method which use choose to use will depend if you are a Home, Pro or Enterprise user as well as the type…

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Dealing with WordPress White Screen of Death

A White Screen of Death in WordPress occurs when PHP has crashed. Usually this is caused by malformed coding which causes the interpreter to stop processing the page. Most common reasons include installing incompatible plugins or themes. Remember many years ago troubleshooting a White Screen for someone and determined that they had installed a Joomla theme in WordPress. While they both used the same file structure there are vast differences between WordPress and Joomla.  WordPress has made several enhancements over the last couple years that greatly reduce the likelihood of there being a White Screen of Death such as performing…

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Windows 10 Update to Fix Crashes Crashing.

Yep, you read that right. The update (KB 308148) pushed out on Friday, August 14th which was suppose to fix the botched update (KB 308146) is failing to install correctly and also resulting in an endless crash loop. Like the previous update there is no detailed explanation what this update does (besides causes crashing).  According to Microsoft: “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10.” So is Microsoft saying that crashing is now a functionality of Windows 10 and it has been enhanced with this latest update? via Forbes > Gordon Kelly

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Windows 10 KB3081424 a ‘Fix’ that causes endless crashing

Microsoft Microsoft Corporation 72,78 +1,01 +1,41% has outdone themselves this time. KB3081424 was suppose to be a cumulative fix for many issues including, but not limited to the big two; Nvidia NVDA 164,95 +4,32 +2,69% and Windows (File) Explorer crashing. However, this update itself has issues and some users ended up stuck in a perpetual reboot and crash loop. The update fails to install because of bad registry (in the ProfileList IDs) entries so Windows 10 abort the install and reboots. After rebooting it sees there is an update and tries to install KB3081424 again…which fails because of bad registry entries so the system reboots…lather, rinse, repeat….

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Solitaire and DVD Player on Windows 10 a Premium Add-on?!

So a couple things missing from Windows 10 were Solitare and native DVD Player. Solitaire is now in the Windows Store, and is free but video ad-supported. Don’t want the annoying 30-second video ads before each game?  Then give Microsoft Microsoft Corporation 72,78 +1,01 +1,41% $1.49 a month (or get a year’s “subscription” for $9.99) and you can have an ad free game and some other ‘upgrades’. The scary thing is, I could see Microsoft making a lot of money off of this. The missing native DVD Player (I still don’t understand this one) can be replaced with the (may be…

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Clean up after Windows 10 Upgrade

As I mentioned before, the installation added $Windows.~BT  & $Windows.~WS folders plus a windows.old folder. Some of this is the installation media, some of it is a backup of your Windows 7/8.1 data. If you are certain everything is working fine and your data and apps have transferred over, you can free up some disk space (about 16 GB in my case) by removing these folders. This can be done via the Windows Disk Cleanup Tool which you will need to be logged in as an administrator to access the ‘Remove System Files’ feature. SuperSite for Windows provides detailed step-by-step directions on…

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More Troubles for Nvidia

It has not been a good week for Nvidia NVDA 164,95 +4,32 +2,69%. Last weekend Windows 10 users with Nvidia video cards using dual displays were having issues with Nvidia’s management software and Windows Update fighting each other claiming they had an updated driver. The Nvidia update would work, but Windows Updated detected that driver as outdated and would install a driver that didn’t work correctly with Windows 10. Now comes news they are recalling their 8-inch Shield Tablets in the US due to fears the device overheats and the battery may catch fire. Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some…

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Windows 10 CAN Retain Your Default Apps.

Note: I have yet to try this, so not sure where and when in the setup process this is presented. Still trying to get Windows 10 installed on one of my two test machines. Yesterday, one of them started acting up (BSOD) while I was researching how to do a forced upgrade to Windows 10. While BSOD use to be common with this system, they seemed to have disappeared when I did a clean install of Windows 7 about a year ago. The timing of that BSOD though makes me wonder if that machine was possessed by HAL 9000. So over the…

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Understanding the Windows 10 FREE Upgrade Offer

Windows 10 is finally here and yes there is a mad rush of people getting the FREE upgrade. Here are some details you need to understand about this FREE Upgrade Offer: You have until July 28th, 2016 to take advantage of the offer if you meet the requirements (explained below). If you wait too long and miss this deadline you have some options: Buy a new computer with Windows 10 already installed Pay for the Windows 10 Upgrade ($119 for Home and $199 for Pro) Become a guinea pig and be part of the Windows Insider program In order to qualify for…

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