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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.