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.

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 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 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 upgrade your Windows Phone to Windows 10

Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft, Windows Mobile, Update Advisor, LumiaAfter a very long wait,Microsoft, finally made available the Windows 10 update to older handsets that already run 8.1 Windows Mobile.
The list of the mobile device that will be able to run Windows 10 Mobile, has more than a dozen handsets. But before the joy in having a new operation system on your phone you will have to know that not all the older Windows Phone devices are supported.
The full list of devices includes:
– Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 (1GB), 638 (1GB), 430, 435;
– BLU Win HD w510u;
– BLU Win HD LTE x150q;
– MCJ Madosma Q501.
To help the users Microsoft made available the new Update Advisor app that will let you know if your handset is eligible for an update.
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The Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade Advisor app helps you find out if your Windows Phone 8.1 phone is eligible to install the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. For the update you will need to free some space on your device. After opening the app, it will check if the phone is eligible to install the update. If not it will let you know that your phone is not in the list.
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The developer recommends to move temporary the photo and video files to OneDrive or on your SD card. If you use the OneDrive application after the update you can restore you files thru the use of Update Advisor app.
Some of you may experience the following error – “Something Went Wrong”. If this happens to you try to uninstall and reinstall the app.
In the beginning the Windows 10 Mobile update was eligible to more devices in not know exactly way the Windows company canceled some devices from the initial list. The company did not announced if the list will suffer more changes.
Windows 10 Mobile is already been available on the newer handsets from the end of 2015 whit devices shipped with the operating system installed.

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 .

Windows 10 Upgrade – Threshold 2


Code name ‘Threshold 2‘ is first major Windows 10 upgrade which is available to users around the world. With this upgrade, Windows 10 gets some important modifications.

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The most significant change brought to Windows 10 is the fact that from now on it can be activated with a pass key from Windows 7 or 8.

Microsoft has listened to its users that complained about not having enough control over the updating system. Now, Windows 10 can now make the difference between updating and upgrading. From now on users can decide how long to delay updating and upgrading the system, with a maximum time limit of 8 months.


The Skype app comes as standard even if you want it or not, use it or not.

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The Edge browser has also received some improvements like the Tabs already open show you a preview you when you put the cursor on them. More useful is the ability to have two pages simultaneously, side by side.


Right click on the Start Menu or on the Taskbar and you will discover a new menu coloured in dark grey.

From now on you can choose from a larger range of colours to personalize the Start Menu, the Taskbar or the control panel.


Microsoft added another option which might prove to be more useful for those who use Windows based phones and tables. The time-zone can be set automatically depending on where you are on the planet. This option is enabled by default but can be disabled from the Settings menu, Time and Date, uncheck the automatic time-zone setting.

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Last but not least, Cortana has become a little more smarter. Cortana has received new options that include support for Stylus, automatic recognition and the possibility of reading phone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses. Reminders for flight tickets or movie tickets are available now. The options listed above for Cortana are available in the United States and a couple of European countries with the rest of the world is having to wait a little longer.

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