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 mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.