Windows 10 Anniversary update-missing a partition?

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was well received by the audience and it should work just fine for you as well. However, there are still some glitches to be solved. Sometimes you will find that an update install can cause your programs to disappear altogether. Of course, there are a lot of ways to recover these items, and you can check out some of them here. Other times, you might need to tweak your Windows a bit after a major update. But what if you just discovered that a whole computer partition has gone missing?

The Windows 1o anniversary update mystery

Some users that have done the Windows 10 Anniversary update have complained that they’ve apparently lost whole disk partitions. Others say the their disk partitions are shown as not being allocated.

There is no quick fix for this but, you might want to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 that you had been working on until the update. This can be done within 10 days after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update and will solve your issue. You will find out that the information you had on the seemingly lost disk space is not lost. It’s just a glitch of the anniversary update. To do this just click “settings”, then go to “update and settings”. Select “recovery” once there and then “get back to an earlier build.”

Another solution?

Well you’ll be disappointed to find out that  there is no permanent solution yet. The folks down at Microsoft say that they are “actively working on that” for now. Some users have seen their problem fixed by applying KB318966. It seems this helped solve the issue.

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What is KB318966?

KB318966 is what you call a Cumulative Update for Windows 10 (version 1607) that can be installed on top of the Windows 1o anniversary update. If you install the update, then your partitions will become visible again. The software will recognize them appropriately. Still, even with the cumulative update in place, you might still face the same problem.

Hold your horses!

If none of the two presented solutions have done the job, don’t rush. Don’t go all Kung fu on your computer  and try to format the seemingly free space because you’ll lose your data. It’s not a good idea to recover the files using other software either. Just stay calm and let the programmers do their thing. They’ll come up with a solution in no time.

Quick Access in Windows 10, see recently created files

Quick Access in Windows 10 is a simple and effective feature. It allows you to view and enter the files that you have recently modified. It also helps you identify them by program. This is especially useful when you accidentally save without modifying a file name. Say you misplaced that Excel you’ve been working on. That’s not such a big deal. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be back in business in no time. Or let’s just say that you forgot where you saved that Photoshop project you’ve been working on. It’s somewhere there, but where? Nu problem, just use Quick Access in Windows 10 and you’ll be able to search by program that created the modifications to the file or the file itself.

Quick Access in Windows 10

First thing you need to make sure of, before using Quick Access in Windows 10, is that your search function is working fine. There shouldn’t be any problems with that but, if you’re having a unexpected failure, you can always fix the search feature. After you do that, just follow these simple steps.

First of all, go and open your search option. Then, write the name of the program that is responsible for the modification of the files you’re searching for. In this instance, I’ve simulated loosing a Word file. So, I’ve typed “Word” in the search bar and this is what happened.

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So now, if you forget the name of the file, you can decide to use the Quick Access in Windows 10 and find what you’ve been up to. It’s also a great way to spy on your children or girlfriend (if you’re that kind of guy). Now that you’ve found that file you’ve been searching for, consider backing it up for free, along with the rest of the PC. Just follow these quick, simple steps.

PowerPoint not responding? Check out these fixes

PowerPoint not responding is not such a big deal really. To start with, it’s important to say that this particular error will not set your progress back for long. This is because we have composed a list of solutions to “slide” your way out of trouble.

PowerPoint not responding. But why?

Microsoft is making your PowerPoint better and better. So you should not threat that this error will occur often. However, if it does happen, these are a number of usual suspects. PowerPoint might just be broken by a corrupt installation file. Other times, your Windows 10 antivirus might interfere with your version of PowerPoint. Add ins might also be an issue from time to time. No matter the cause, there’s a solution.

PowerPoint not responding? Go ahead and fix it!

Updates are a key element in the performance of all your software. This is why you need to make sure that you have installed the latest PowerPoint updates before you search for a really complicated solution. This saves your time and energy because the software will do its thing while you brew yourself a cup of coffee. If you didn’t take care of that Action Center notification  telling you that PowerPoint is out of date, this might be a good time to let the update solve your problem.

PowerPoint not responding might also be caused by different add ins that conflict with the software somehow. These might be attributed to antivirus add ins as well. If this is the root cause of your issue, just go ahead and click file and then options. The following screen will be in front of your eyes.

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Scroll down and find the Add Ins section. Here you will find the active application Add-Ins, the Add-Ins that might be inactive or the Add-Ins that have been previously disabled.   At the bottom of the screen select COM Add-ins and then hit “Go”. This will lead you to a news screen.

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You will find here a list of all add ins that have something to do with PowerPoint. Disable the ones that cause you grief. Take note of the fact that your antivirus add ins might also be conflicting. In this case, if your antivirus is updated, remove some of them from the list.

In some cases, you might just be stuck after you have tried all these things. If that’s the situation you find yourself in then you should just repair Office. Close the operating Office programs and go to the repair option in Control Panel. Wait a wile, restart your system and check if this got the job done. If not, drop a comment and we’ll get you on track!

Windows 10 update download, how to stop it?

Windows 10 update download is a handy automatic feature of the software designed by Microsoft. It’s carefree and easy. Windows 10 just updates in the background while you go about your everyday thing. However, you might tend to get frustrated because the feature eats up too much of your network resources. If you would like to stop and/or postpone the feature for a wile. This is not possible directly, just by pushing a stop button. Luckily, is bringing you today some simple solutions fot this problem.

Windows 10 update download, why would you stop it?

Most of the users want to stop the download process because Windows 10 is designed to munch as much as your download and upload bandwidth will provide. You usually don’t notice this if you are running a strong internet connection. But if you are in a cafe, or running on slow internet, it tends to make things difficult. So some opt to stop the Windows 10 update download process just to get access to those extra megabytes. So, if your network is ok  and your Chrome is up to date and working fine, you might want to try the following to speed things up.

Turn on your metered connection

The metered connection tool is the next best thing to having a stop button fot the Windows 10 update download. The option tells Windows not to use the internet connection as it pleases. By accessing it you will stop the automatic download process. To turn on the option you just need to go to settings, network and internet, wifi. Then you need to click on your current wifi network and set is a metered.

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Please be aware of the fact that by doing this you will not only stop the Windows 10 update download. You will also produce a number of other effects. The metered connection will disable your download options for application updates. It will also not allow you to engage in peer to peer update uploads. Metering might also affect other apps that tend to download like crazy so you need be wary about that as well.

Configure your update experience

It’s a bit of a hassle and not exactly user friendly, but you might also try the group policy option that is available for Pro edition users. Go to the taskbar and  search “Gpedit.msc”. One you do that, go to computer configuration, next to administrative templates, then go to Windows components and finally pick the windows update option. Scroll down on the right hand side of the screen and double click on configure automatic updates.

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On the left hand side, enable the option by clicking the right button. Then go down and select “notify for download and notify for install.”

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Sometimes, you just need the command prompt

If you are the admin of your computer and you do not have a Pro version of Windows 10, just open Command Prompt. You can stop the Windows 10 update download by following these commands: net stop wuaeserv  (press Enter), net stop bits – (press Enter), net stop dosvc – (press Enter).

Wait a bit after each command so Command Prompt is able to process the requests inputted. When you want to restart the downloading process type: net start wuaeserv  (press Enter), net start bits – (press Enter), net start dosvc – (press Enter).

If these sollutions do not solve your issue, just leave a comment ant we’ll find new ways of stopping the Windows 10 update download.

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files can occupy quite a lot of space on your computer. Both the installation process and the update process generate such files in Windows 10. This is why many users decide to delete them in order to make room for other important stuff. Today we’ll take a look at how it’s done and what is the downside in deleting Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files.

A word of warning…

So let’s just say that you decided to upgrade to Windows 10. You probably did this by using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. But now your computer runs a bit slow. Perhaps it was not such a good idea to upgrade. You find out however that you can regain some mobility by erasing the Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files so you go right ahead and do so. If this does not fix the problem and you want to downgrade to a previous version of Windows you can’t any more.

That’s because the Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files contain a folder that keeps all the necessary data to go back to the old operation software. So be mindful about this: do not erase Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files unless you are sure that you will not want to downgrade to a previous version of Windows. However, if you are sure, here are the steps.

Windows 10 Temporary Installation Files – let’s do some erasing

First thing you need to do is open up “This PC” and right click on the drive that “houses” your Windows 10. After you right click a menu list will appear. Go right to the bottom and click properties.

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In the “General” tab, run the Disk Cleanup tool just by clicking on the proper button. Next, click the Clean up system files. This will open a new window.

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You have finally found what you where looking for. Check the Temporary Windows installation files and click OK to finish the job.

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Even though you can’t see it in the picture, we managed to remove about 4 GB of disk space . Go ahead and see what are the other means of improving your Windows 10 experience.

Windows 10 Action Center – use it like a pro

Windows 10 Action Center is a handy tool. Besides providing fast access to some of the most frequently used settings, the Windows 10 Action Center also provide you with constant notifications that you will have to manage over time. Today we’re going to take a look at the main features and functions of this part of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Action Center first glimpse

It might be a good idea to let you know that we did all the operations in this short tutorial on the last version of Windows 10 to be available. You access the Action Center by looking for the dialog box shaped button on the task bar.

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The bottom end of the app houses the main settings. You can use to adjust your windows experience. Clicking on any of these bottom buttons will lead you straight to the options of that particular setting. The bottom end is simple enough. Things tend to get a little hairy when you try to make sense of the upper end.  All the notifications that are of importance for you are displayed here. Some users want to either turn off these notifications or prioritize them in a way that makes sense for their needs.

Make it simple

In order to make notifications less naggy, you can go to the “all settings” shortcut button and then go to System. There you will find a “Notifications and actions” menu you can use.

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If you got here, just switch on or off the notifications you need or want. If this is still not enough for you, next time you open the Windows 10 Action Center just click the “X” sign that appears next to each individual notification and get rid of it.

Get to the bottom of things

Sometimes, the shortcut experience provided by the Windows 10 Action Center might just be far from fitting your needs. In this case, you can tinker with the shortcuts that the app displays on the bottom of the screen. Go to the “all settings” button on the action center and select “system” and “notifications and actions” again. Click “add or remove actions” and you will get to a menu allowing you to enable or disable quick actions.

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Now that you have the basics, it’s time to make the best of your knowledge and experience the best Windows 10 you can. You can also read more about experiencing a better Windows.

Google Chrome – speed up your Windows browser!

If you’re reading this it means that you’ve been using Google Chrome for some time. This usually results in Google Chrome working slower. There are a number of reasons why that happens but there are also a number of easy quick solutions. We’ll visit 4 of them today.

Delete the Google Chrome data that is slowing your browser down

Most of us forget to clear browsing data. And even though you might spy on your significant other’s interest by accessing history, this will damage both your relationship and have an impact on your browser’s speed. So get rid of the unwanted history. You do this by accessing the “hamburger” button built in the top right corner of your Google Chrome window and selecting history.

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In the next window, click „clear browsing data” and make the appropriate selections (select the period you want to be deleted, as well as what part of history you want removed). You can opt for keeping saved passwords. Don’t forget to click “clear browsing data” when finished.

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Image disable

If you’re not that keen on graphic content, you can disable browsing images altogether. This will make your Google Chrome faster because the software will not sped those extra precious seconds loading images. To do this, go to that handy “hamburger” button again, choose settings and scroll down until you find and check „Do not show any images.”

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Try to add the Data Saver extention

Go to the Google Chrome web store and install the „Data Server extension”. The app reduces a lot of data usage because it helps Chrome compress pages by using google servers. The software does all the work so, after you install it, the extension will work fine.

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Use the prediction service

If you want to open web pages a lot faster, it might be a good idea to use the built in network action prediction service in Goggle Chrome. This will help your browser sail faster by turning the pages you don’t visit into cache. Just go to “Settings”, “Show advanced options” and check the “Use a prediction service” option.

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Now that your Google Chrome is flying better than ever, you might want to take the trouble to install an antivirus that will keep you out of trouble.

Using Windows 10 Network Reset Button

The boys down at Microsoft included a Windows 10 Network Reset Button as part of the last Windows 10 update. This function allows you to solve connectivity problems by setting your network components to default. The option also helps you reinstall network adapters.

Network Reset Button or Network Troubleshooter?

It’s always a good idea to use the Network Troubleshooter provided by Windows in order to solve connectivity problems. Usually, this will get the job done and solve whatever is wrong with your connection. However,  on the off chance that the Troubleshooter doesn’t work, you have to reinstall your adapter and networking components to fix the issue. Windows decided to make this process just a little bit easier by including the Network Reset Button.

Using the Network Reset Button

It’s easy enough. Just open the Start Menu and select the Settings icon by clicking on it. Go to Network and Internet and check your network status by clicking the Status link on the left side of the window. Besides being able to see the status of your network here, you will also have the option of running the Troubleshooter, as well as using Windows’ Network Reset Button.

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After you click on the Network Reset option, a window will pop-up telling you what the option will do. Namely, your PC will be restarted after Windows will uninstall and then reinstall your network adapters. Windows will also set other network components to the original settings.

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Sometimes, after running the tool, it could be necessary to reinstall your VPN or other virtual switches you might be using or needing. Other than that, it’s easy as pie.

Please let us know if you encountered problems while using this Windows option. If you need a little more information on the matter, leave a comment and we’ll try to help. You can also find other useful things about Windows 10 here.


Fix Cortana and Search in Windows 10

The idea was simple enough. You should yell “Cortana!” and Cortana should be working, telling you stuff or helping you organize your life. Unfortunately, sometimes this useful feature of Windows 10 tends to not work, especially after the Windows 10 Anniversary update. But don’t lose hope; well tell you how to fix Cortana and Search in Windows 10.

First things first, if your Cortana and Search stopped working right after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, then check if the Bind Search Enabled and Registry Editor are set to 1. You do this by accessing your Registry editor.

If this does not work however here are a few extra tips.

  1. Make sure Cortana is enabled

It might sound like a joke, but you actually have to enable Cortana in order for it to work. As always, in order to do this, you just push a button. Select the Cortana button on your taskbar and switching to on.

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  1. Sign in and out

Sometimes, the problem might just go away on its own. This is why you should sign out and in order to make sure that you are not looking for a complicated solution to a simple problem.

  1. Restart computer

Restarting your computer might also help solve the problem on its own.

  1. Create a new Microsoft user account

Sometimes, Microsoft can scramble your credentials, so it might be a good idea to create a new username and password. This might help you solve your problem without too much extra fuss.

  1. Disable your antivirus software or update to latest version

If you are not running the latest versions of your antivirus, it may impair Cortana and Search from working. So update your antivirus and see if this helps at all. You can also disable the antivirus for a while and see if this will do the trick.

  1. Let Windows do the work
  • Windows can sometimes ask for different automatic repairs. Be faithful, the boys down at Microsoft know what they’re doing so let the software run its course and have Cortana fixed automatically. If this doesn’t get the job done than just make sure that Cortana isn’t running a faulty script. That means that you just have to end the process using the Task Manager and then reopen it.
  • The good folks working for Microsoft have also taught of implementing a Search Troubleshooter to help you along with solving those Search and Cortana related issues. Just open your Control Panel, see All Control Panel options, click “Find and fix problems with Windows Search” and let the software to its thing.

7. Uninstall any program that might affect the Taskbar

Sometimes software is just not as compatible as we might like. This is why you also need to make sure that Cortana and search are not in any way hindered by some program or app you installed and is affecting the Taskbar.

  1. Tinker with the Search Indexer

This one will take time and effort so hopefully you would have solved your problem by now. Go to Control Panel and click Indexing Options. Select the “Advanced” option and “Index Settings”. Go through the process and see if this works.

We hope we helped you fix your Cortana and Search related issue on Windows 10. If not, drop a comment and we’ll get the job done.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

If you happen to run Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7 and you would like to upgrade, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is probably the most user friendly way of getting your software up top. By using Windows 10 Installation Media Tool you are also able to upgrade your Windows 10 experience easier than ever. Today we’re going to run you trough the whole process.

Simplifying your life – the Windows 10 Installation Media Tool

First thing you need to do is to check (if you don’t already know) weather you need the 32 or 64-bit version of software. You do this by typing “system” in your Windows Search option, and the by clicking on “settings”. A window will appear telling you weather Windows is operating the 32 or 64-bit version.

Next, you have to download the Windows 10 Media Tool. You do this by accessing Microsoft. At about the middle of the page, you will find a “Windows-blue” button telling you to “Download tool now.” This will help you download a Windows 10 ISO file that does not require a product key. The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is useful for a number of operations such as downloading Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro N and Windows 10 Home (with variations such as Windows 10 Home N and Windows 10 Home Single Language).

After you download the appropriate version (32-bit or 64-bit) the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will generate two directories on your appropriate system partition, namely $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS.

As always, make sure that all the information that is essential for you is stored away somewhere safe on your computer, just in case it all goes wrong. Then click to run the tool. A screen with two options will pop-up.

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You can either opt for Upgrading your PC or for creating installation media for another PC. If you select “Upgrade this PC now” a screen will appear asking you to select the language, type or architecture of Windows  you want (Home, Pro etc.) as well as that all important version of Windows you need to access (32-bit or 64 -bit). Just click next and, after some minutes, enjoy the Windows 10 version you have selected.

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If you want to create media for another PC, a new window will appear, asking you weather you would like to create the necessary media on a USB flash Drive or on a DVD that will later be “burned” with the appropriate ISO file. Take note of the fact that if you decide to use a flash drive you will need at least 3 GB of space on it.

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Of course, you can always go back in case of need. As soon as you click next however, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will start downloading the program. During this stage, you can continue to use your PC and just let the software do its work.

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After some downloading, your tool will then start to create the Windows 10 Media. Once all the media finisher downloading, you will be able to chose 2 options. The first one is to open and run the ISO file downloaded. The other option is to burn it onto a DVD. If you Run the ISO file you will have your fresh upgrade to Windows 10. You can also use this file to upgrade your own sistem. If something happens during the installation process, do not despair. Just start over the installation process using the ISO file and it will work out eventually.

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After using the Windows 10 media Creation Tool, you might want to start personalizing your Windows 10 experience. You can do this by accessing the Ultimate Windows Tweaker.