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This feature was designed to aid the average Windows user, who might have installed programs that are outdated.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.

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.