Windows 10

Windows 10 What they said originally about Windows 10 is right. It needs lots of RAM. It also appears to need a clean install and they said that too. My other version of Windows 10 was an upgrade from Windows 8 on an 8Gb computer. It improved Windows 8 , it ran okay but there were problems. The taskbar dismantled its function early on in the piece and no updates or fiddling around has ever fixed that. I installed a 3rd party start menu and at least got that functionality back because I lost the tiles as well. The customisations have held that version of Windows 10 together. It has been okay. Just okay. My Steam Castle has 16 Gb RAM and is very much graphics dedicated. It has an OEM version of Windows 10. I have Cortana, a functioning taskbar, the tiles in the menu and it all runs very efficiently and smoothly. Updates are fast and I am not there for ages waiting for downloads or installs. They do not take any time. This version will put up little pop ups bottom right about what is happening on my computer and that works well for me. The messages are by way of Did you know? Do you want to do anything about it? Just letting you know… That is all very helpful. Everything runs well and I can access everything easily. What I can’t find Cortana does and I use it like Apple Mac Spotlight . Now I have seen this version of Windows 10 I am more than happy with it and it is a pleasure to work on. Visually it is very good and technically it seems to be in control of everything. With Windows you get used to odd things happening and you just carry on anyway. This version of Windows 10 is competent in its capacity to function and troubleshoot.

Fixing Windows 10 temporary profile pain

Windows 10 temporary profile Image: tenforums

I got this message yesterday morning and it was too much for my tiny brain on a Sunday morning. Having tried the fix of just restarting the computer a couple of times I just left it and went on to have a lovely day. As I thought about it I decided going to the registry first was not going to be what I’d do. I could locate my files by going onto the  C drive , going to Windows and finding my old profile under Users. The virus and malware checkers were still functioning so I knew what I had loaded previously had to be there. I found appuals site the most helpful because it was going from easy solutions to more complicated ones. On the temporary profile I had linked my Microsoft account and set a PIN as they suggested. I thought maybe that would release my own desktop but no. In the end I did an old fashioned ScanDisk from the dos prompt.

1. Right click on start and select Command Prompt Admin
2. Type in : sfc/scannow
3. It takes about 15 minutes to scan the files and shows you the percentage.
4. Turn off the computer and restart.

The sfc (scan files now) reported no errors and so I wasn’t hopeful. Good news was it had worked and my own lovely profile was back in place! It would appear the fix is easy but what seems to be happening is different fixes are working for different people. By the time you look at tenforums and appuals you have lots of options and hopefully one of them will work for you.

Windows 10 Day 3

windows key xIt is all going well. The system boots quickly and it shuts down quickly. This version of Windows appears to be operating more smoothly than other versions and I really like it. My latest trick is Windows key then x because bottom left it brings up a menu with things like System, Command Prompt, Control Panel and Networking Centre. Makes it easy to access those critical areas of a computer. Public PicturesI found my pictures which I had not filed into folders. They are in the Public Pictures so you can go to the C drive\Users\Public and you will find the public folders there or you can go to the web and Windows search, type in Public Pictures , then click on My Stuff (seriously!) and it will come up in the search. Windows 10 has been very easy to adapt to.

Finally up and running with Windows 10

Windows 10 I got sick of the screen which kept telling me that Windows 10 was working on it. Until today I was too busy to do anything other than try to get the upgrade going. It doesn’t seem to be installing consistently onto computers. Daughter got the notice like I did to upgrade, clicked on it and had it installed in no time. 3 days later and I was still watching the white dots go round. So, I thought about it. I went to the Windows Updates area after I’d watched the white dots of death for 20 minutes. My upgrade  was sitting there waiting for me to click on the install. If your installation isn’t automatic I can now suggest you go to the Windows Update on your computer. Just type Windows Update in the run menu (Win R on Windows 8). Windows 10An hour later and I am now happily on Windows 10 and  have a chance to explore it. I like the interface and the fact it acknowledges dual monitors. All I have noticed so far is that it has lost all my loose photos which I hadn’t filed into my folders in my photos library. No real problem. I have back ups. I have the message already I had better be very tidy minded on Windows 10. Currently it wants Edge to be the default browser and I use Chrome. There was no obvious way to change that but I’ll find it as I shall probably find the photos I had not filed. The taskbar on the auxiliary monitor has settled down at the bottom of the screen now as it should  and it’s really handy to have the taskbar on both screens. The picture shows a black section on the bottom of the left screen, that has all been sorted. There is no black at the top of the main monitor either. All good, so I’ll get back to work!

Quick look at Windows 10

Joe Belfiore gives you a straightforward look at the new Windows 10 which will be released on July 29th. The video will help familiarise you with what is there, how it works and some of the features of Windows 10. The official Microsoft site is here. I put myself on the list for the free Windows 10 update. I had Windows 7 on this computer originally , then upgraded it to Windows 8 and then had to downgrade it back to 7 because Windows 8 StoreIcon nonsense kept using up my system resources and Windows 8 used to fail to boot. It  all started well and I loved it , then it became too unreliable. It was odd it had settled in and then destabilised. I used to like Windows 8 and had no particular need for the start menu. I could do everything I did on Windows 7 and I used to love watching the metro screen change and move around. It was different and interesting. PCadvisor UK is regularly updating what is going on with Windows 10. If you want some tips for Windows 10, then go over to the post on InfoWorld. I am looking forward to the Windows 10 download. This will be the first time I have ever had a download of an OS like this on Windows. My MacBook does it well but, since it is a work computer, I can only download an operating system when I am permitted. That does not worry me. I am not the one who has to maintain and care for 100s of laptops. It was interesting to do a system upgrade like that and it will be interesting to compare the Windows 10 one against it. I suspect the organisation of my changeover has been going on for a couple of weeks now in the background and my hope is that it will be smooth for that reason – the prior preparation and planning stuff.

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