Windows 10 Can Delete Programs Without Asking

Installing a major Windows 10 Update may lead to some missing programs from your computer. Windows 10 may actually delete some of your programs without asking. But don’t worry, you can get the back very easy.

While Microsoft has refused to make any comments on this matter, it seems that the update process is designed to remove any programs that are incompatible.

Windows will not remove any programs randomly and at random times, it will only remove programs that are not compatible anymore with the new “build” or new major version of Windows 10. Why only when there is a new “build” or new major version? Because these “builds” are not treated as simple Windows 10 updates. These “buildsupgrade the system to an entirely new version of Windows.

Windows, as a part of the upgrading process, will leave your old Windows build– files on your system drive in C:\Windows.old directory. In the Disk Cleanup application this in displayed as “Previous Windows Installation(s)”.

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As we said before Windows will only remove the incompatible programs. So how does it decide on what to keep and what to remove?

Well, if a program is known to cause crashes, bugs or otherwise conflict with Windows, Windows will remove it to maintain a stable system. Even though Windows will remove some of your programs, during the major updates, you will still get the “All of your files are exactly where you left them” screen.

This feature was designed to aid the average Windows user, who might have installed programs that are outdated. While Windows will make sure that these programs don’t cause any problems, it doesn’t give any notice that it has deleted a program from your system.

Some of the programs removed by the first Windows 10 major update were hardware-related like CCleaner, HWMonitor. In some cases people claimed that Windows removed hardware drivers such as Intel Rapid Storage Technology and AMD Catalyst Control Center. In other cases people reported that the Upgrade removed programs like PDF viewers and anti-viruses. What is confusing is that the Windows Upgrade process removed these programs, but not from all computers that benefited from this upgrade.

Even though Microsoft has not made any comments regarding this, it is clearly stated in the Microsoft Services Agreement that, Microsoft may remove access to software of hardware.

What is the solution you ask? Simple: Just reinstall the programs removed by the Upgrade process.

All you have to do is visit the developer’s website and download the deleted program. In doing so you might also be getting the latest version of that program.

If the program you are installing conflicts with Windows, even in its latest version, keep in mind that it could be deleted after the next major update. You may need to reinstall it after each major update.

Windows 10 will keep your old Windows files for 30 days after an upgrade, just in case you want your program’s files back. These are stored in the C:\Windows.old folder as we mentioned before. It will allow you to roll back to the previous build of Windows 10 if it so happens that you have a problem.

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Keep in mind that even though these files are stored in C:\Windows.old folder, you can’t just copy them to your current Windows version, because any registry entry that the program depends on might not be there anymore.

As long as you don’t delete the C:\Windows.old forder manually or by using Disk Cleanup, your old Windows version will remain available for 30 days.

Windows 10 Updates stuck download

Unfortunately this can happen. Your Windows OS alerts you that you have an update, your computer starts downloading it and then it just gets stuck at a random percentage (could be 0%, 10% or even 99%). If you try to download the update again you will notice, that even after a couple of hours,  it is stuck on that particular figure.

This issue is present in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

How to solve this problem? Just follow these steps and your updates will work.

First of all you need to open Command Prompt as an admin. To run Command Prompt as an admin in Windows 10, just press Windows Key + X.

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Once Command Prompt is open, type the following one after the other and hit the Enter Key:

 

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

 

Once the above commands are entered, any Windows Update related Services are stopped.

The next step is to browse to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and delete everything inside it. Simply select everything with Ctrl + A and press Delete.

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If you are unable to delete some files it is because they are in use. All you need to do is to restart your computer and start over. Once the computer is restarted you will be able to delete all the files inside the Software Distribution folder.

After deleting the contents of the Software Distribution folder, restart your computer.

Once your system has rebooted run Command Prompt as an admin and type the following commands and press Enter:

net start wuauserv

net start bits

These commands will restart the Windows Update related Services.

Run Windows Update again and you will be able to download and install the updates successfully this time. After the updates are installed, even though a restart will be scheduled, we recommend that you restart your computer to complete the process.

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If this doesn’t help, then the solution for you is to download the Windows 10 ISO and reinstall it.

Windows 10 Desktop Gadgets

First introduced on Windows Vista, Desktop Gadgets offered numerous information. Windows 7 has some quality gadgets, but unfortunately these Desktop Gadgets were not available in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and not even in the latest Windows 10.

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This features was unavailable due to security reasons according to Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft even provided a tool for Windows 7 to uninstall Desktop Gadgets completely.

In the newer versions of Windows, live tiles, that are considered to work better, replaced the desktop gadgets to an extent. But in order to have access to these live tiles, you needed to switch to the Start Screen or Start Menu, which was kind of annoying.

In case you have upgraded your system from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and you want those Desktop Gadgets back, you will be pleased to know that Desktop Gadgets are available and can be installed in Windows 10 with the help of a third-party installer.

There are quite a few programs available to get Desktop Gadgets in Windows 10, but we will resume our presentation to only two.

And these are:

  1. 8GadgetPack

Even though 8GadgetPack was developed for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, this software is also compatible with Windows 10.

8GadgetPack comes with 45 pre-installed gadgets such as an App Laucher, a CPU meter, the Clock, the Calendar, Currency, Drive Info, Agenda, etc. Once installed, right-click on the desktop and you will get Gadgets option in the desktop context menu for easier access.

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  1. Desktop Gadget Installer

All you need to do, is to install it and all the Desktop Gadgets that were available in Windows 7 will be available in your Windows 10.

 

 

This software will install Feed Headlines, Slide Show, Picture Puzzle, CPU Meter, Currency, Weather, Calendar and Clock gadgets.

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You will also get Gadgets option to the desktop context menu (right-click). This feature helps you to gain quick access to all the installed gadgets. You also have the option of hiding the Desktop Gadgets by right-clicking on the desktop and then clicking on View option.

The Desktop Gadget Installer is not limited to the gadgets mentioned above. You can get more that 500 other cool Desktop Gadgets by simply clicking the “Get more gadgets online” link which you can access by a right-click on the desktop and a click on Gadgets.

Another plus for this software is that it is compatible with both Windows 10 x64 and Windows 10 x86

Install one of the presented software and you will be able to download and install more Desktop Gadgets from the web.

Since Microsoft no longer offers gadgets, make sure that  the gadgets you download and install are from a trusted source.

How to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4

How to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4? For one, it doesn’t need to be installed. Just download the zip file, extract the program to any location you want.

After the extraction make sure that you pin its executable file to your Start Menu to make access easier. The content of the extracted file must remain in the same folder, it is important that the content remains in the same folder.

The first thing you need to do once you open the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4, is to create a system restore point by clicking the “Create Restore Point” button. The reason to create a restore point is so that if you feel the need, you can always go back to the point before any tweaks were made.

Tweaking software are targeted at users who know what they are doing. So if you are new to tweaking, you should not over-tweak you system in one go, like many users usually do and then they want to disable a certain tweak but can’t remember which one is responsible for a particular change . You should apply tweak for one category at a time to check out how your system performs, before applying more tweaks.

How do you apply the tweaks? Very simple. All you have to do is either check or uncheck the box as the case may be. Once the tweaks are selected, just click the “Apply” button.

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As you will find out, some tweaks will apply instantly, others will require an explorer restart, which will be done automatically, before being applied. And there are some tweaks that will require a system restart. Once you will apply the tweaks and exit the software you will be reminded to restart your computer, so that the tweaks selected by you can be applied.

Here are some of the features of the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4:

  1. User-friendly interface.
  2. A system restore point and the possibility to restore default values, all accessible by easy to use buttons.
  3. The space occupied by this software is just 495 KB.
  4. Over 200 significant tweaks.
  5. No installation required. Grown tired of it? Just delete it. No uninstall needed.
  6. Tips regarding what each tweak does.
  7. Bugs can be reported by simply clicking a button in the “About” section.
  8. Support
  9. It is a software the does not contain any annoying adwares.
  10. Updates are just a click away in the “About” section.

Because the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 changes system settings, some antivirus or security software may report it as being suspect. You will need to add it to the exceptions list and allow it.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 For Windows 10

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 is here. This software will help you personalize your Windows 10 exactly how you want to, and it will also make your system more secure, more stable and faster.

Personalizing your Windows 10 can also be made through the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, but this tweaking software makes it easier for you by offering you all the useful tweaks that you may want with just a few clicks.

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With a very user-friendly interface, this software includes over 200 tweaks while occupying just 495 KB of space.

Over its last version, the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 adds some new tweaks like:

  1. New interface design with command link buttons.
  2. The Context Menu for the Store app also gets new tweaks.
  3. You can now run the DISM command to fix corrupted system image.
  4. You can recalculate the Windows Experience Index from the main page.
  5. The privacy section gets new tweaks.
  6. Drives can be pinned to the Desktop Context Menu.

All the tweaks available in the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 are categorized very well as follows:

  1. System Information – When you start the tweaking software, you will get all the basic information about your system( OS version, Build, Computer Name, User Name, Processor, etc.). Also available are the buttons to run DISM, to run the System File Checker, to create a System Restore Point or to open the Recovery Options.
  2. Customization – In this section you can tweak the settings of the Taskbar, File Explorer, Thumbnails and the UI. You can choose themes for the OS or for the apps, disable Start animations, etc.
  3. User Accounts – In this category you can change your account settings, Login information and the sign-in options.
  4. Performance tweaks – Even though most of these settings are best left at their default values, if you want to, you can change them to best suit your needs.
  5. Security and Privacy – This tab will let you change some settings, like either restricting access (for example: Windows Update) or disabling apps ( Bing Search, Cortana, Password reveal button, Application Telemetry, etc.).
  6. Internet Explorer – This section will let you tweak the Internet Explorer‘s behaviour and interface.
  7. Context Menu – In the Context Menu you can add useful functions to the right-click context menu, you can add Windows Store apps. You can also add “Scan With Windows Defender“. You can also convert Desktop Icons into Tiles.
  8. Additional – In this section you get extra System and Network tweaks. You can also change how the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 behaves.
  9. About – This last tab contains, apart from the License Agreement, some useful links such as the Submit Bugs link, the Support link or the Check for Update button .

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically?

Well, even though Microsoft is saying that they do not force any Windows user to upgrade to Windows 10, there are some reports of Windows 7 being upgraded to Windows 10 by force. Other reports say that Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 only two options: upgrade to Windows 10 “now” or “tonight”.

Although Windows 10 is a good and free upgrade, some users may not want it and would rather keep using either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

If you find yourself in this position, there are some ways of blocking the upgrade to Windows 10.

Here are a few ways of blocking the upgrade, depending on which stage you are now:

  1. System administrators that want to block the upgrade of their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, can use the Group Policy or Registry to stop the automatic downloading of Windows 10 to the computer.
  2. Set the network connection to “Metered”. To set the network connection to metered you need to access the Settings app, click on Network and Internet, click on WiFi and select advanced options. Once in the advanced options move the slider to the ON position for Set as metered connection.

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4.Make Windows notify you before any update, so when you’ll be notified about the Windows 10 Upgrade you can simply refuse it.

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6. If Windows 10 has already started upgrading your computer, it will offer you two choices: 1) Schedule it for later or start the upgrade now or 2) Upgrade Windows now or tonight

After the above choices Windows will want you to accept EULA. Just click on Decline and the upgrade will stop.

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Finally, if your computer has already been upgraded to Windows 10, then you have the option to rollback Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows

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How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.

How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

How to mount and use an exFAT Drive on Linux? Well, first of all let’s see what exactly is exFAT.

The exFAT file system is like FAT32 file system without the 4 GB file size limit. The exFAT file system is ideal for SD cards, microSD card and flash drives.

To be able to use exFAT drives on Linux with full read-write support you will need to install some packages first.
Without installing the necessary software you will always get messages like: “Unable to mount” or “unknown file type system:’exfat’ ”, when trying to connect an exFAT drive.

The first thing you need to do is to open a Terminal window from your applications menu, then type the following command and press Enter to install the necessary packages:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

You will also need to enter your password.

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This command works on Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions.

On other Linux distributions you will need to open the user interface and search for “exFAT-fuse” and “exFAT-utils” packages. It is possible that these packages could have other names, so we recommend that you search for “exFAT”.

After the software is installed, you can simply connect the exFAT drive to your computer and it will be mounted automatically.

Once the necessary software for mounting exFAT drives is installed, you can connect removable devices and they will automatically work and you will have full read-write support, without ever having to pull up the terminal again.

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The steps presented above should work with modern desktop environment, but if you are using a Linux distribution that doesn’t mount the exFAT file system automatically then you will need to mount the file system yourself the old-fashioned way.

You can do this like you would mount any other partition, by using the “-t exfat” switch to tell the mount command to mount a file system as exFAT.

First you will need to create a directory that will be the “mount point” for the exFAT file system.
The following command creates a directory at /media/exfat:

sudo mkdir /media/exfat

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Next, use the following command to mount the device. Let’s say for example that the device is located at /dev/sdc1. This is the first partition (1) on the third device (c). If you have a single drive in the computer and you just connected a USB drive to it, there’s a good chance the exFAT file system will be /dev/sdb1 instead.

sudo mount -t exfat /dev/sdc1 /media/exfat

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Now, you can access the contents of the mounted drive in the specified mount point (/media/exfat).

When you have finished, and you want to unmount the partition, all you have to do is to run the following command, while specifying the device:

sudo umount /dev/sdc1

The installed “exfat-utils” contains the “mkfs.exfat” command with which you can format any partitions with exFAT file system from Linux. For an easier way, you can just format them with the exFAT file system from Windows, Mac or any other device that supports exFAT.