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, bootables.net 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 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 Backup Your PC For Free

Free PC backup software may come in handy sometimes. Could be because of hardware failure, viruses or bugs, or human error. That’s why it is always a good idea to back up your PC regularly.

Worst case scenario – your photos, files, documents could be gone forever.

This is why we made a list of the best free PC backup software.

AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a backup tool that’s very easy to use and has many features such as: file sync, partition, dick cloning, disk or system image backups, easy browsing of your backup images and a bootable rescue disk in case of an emergency.

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You can also set the scheduler to run your backups automatically at any interval you choose: daily, weekly or on a certain day of the week, and so on.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is like AOMEI Backupper standard but with extras.

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And by extras we mean: Smart Backup system – it checks the folders you select and backs up anything that has changed.

There is also support for saving anything to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Other extras include: pre-OS boot  – to recover backups without a disk, backup encryption, a Windows PE and a Linux rescue environment, network throttling to reduce performance impact.

Macrium Reflect Free

Macrium Reflect Free is not for your average PC user. File-based backups are not available. Image-only backups are available and the interface is not what you would call friendly or easy to use.

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On the other hand, experienced users will find may features to like: compression, image>VHD conversion, in-depth control over how long backups are kept, differential imaging.

Select the “Differential Backup Set” and the program sets up a monthly full backup and a differential backup every day – backups can be set to match your requirements.

FBackup

FBackup is a backup software with a focus on keeping everything as simple as possible.

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With a couple of clicks you can backup key data as: Chrome and Firefox profiles, IE favorites, Outlook mail, pictures and documents.

The software simply copies your files from one location to the other. No compression or imaging tools are available.

There is no support for incremental or differential backups.

 

BackUp Maker

BackUp Maker is a simple file-based backup tool for everyone.

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It has many features that can be useful for experienced users also, such as: ecryption, excluding files by size, password protection, send backup reports  by email, run backups when a USB device is plugged, backup to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/FTP/FTPS and more.

Unfortunately, locked files can be backed up at an extra cost.

Areca Backup

Areca Backup software is targeted at the advanced users, offering expert-level options which include filtering by extension, folder, date, size, and regular expression, AES and AES256 ecryption, Zip and Zip64 support, backup to local or network drives, FT, FTPS or SFTP servers, and many more.

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Areca Backup also has: delta backup technology which can save only the modified parts of files, and can also recover files by a specific date.

As with BackUp Maker, backup for locked files comes at a cost.

So if you’re an experienced user this is the tool for you.

 

Paragon Backup and Recovery

Paragon Backup and Recovery  is image-based only but lacks many features, reason being that it hasn’t been updated of a while now.

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Still, this backup software has a save option to a “capsule”. Which means that your image will be saved in a secure area where it will be less likely to be lost if your partition is damaged.

A bootable rescue disk is also available.

QILING Disk Master Professional

Last but not least, the QILING Disk Master Professional is a backup tool that has more features than just about any other backup program.

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You get file and imaging backups, with full incremental – differential support, password protection, scheduling, compression and full or partial restoration from a Windows PE rescue disk or a pre-boot environment on your drive.

You also have the ability to clone a drive, to migrate your system, to create, format, delete or recover disk partitions and many more.