windows 10

Mon
07
Dec
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How to Fix: KB3122947 Failed to Install (Error 80070643)

Infopackets Reader Nigel S. writes: " Dear Dennis, Today my Windows 10 computer rebooted to finish installing updates, but then I received an error message that update KB3122947 'failed to install', with an error 0x80070643 - whatever that means. I ... clicked on the More Info link that didn't help me fix the problem. Can you help? " My response: Based on what I've read online, update KB3122947 has failed to install for many people - in fact, it failed to install on one of my systems. There is, however, a workaround and it involves using the administrative command line. Unfortunately the ... (view more)

Mon
30
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Download Classic Solitaire, Hearts and Mine Sweeper for Windows 10 - Free

Infopackets Reader Steve C. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks again for your wonderful website and for the ongoing coverage on Windows 10. I was wondering if you could tell me where is the Solitaire and other games for Windows 10? I use to play ... Solitaire for Windows 7, including Hearts, Spider Solitaire, and Minesweeper but I cannot find them in Windows 10. The only alternative I've seen is to pay for them. Why would Microsoft get rid of Solitaire and these other great games after including them for so long? I hope you can help! " My response: In Windows 10 if you want to access the ... (view more)

Fri
27
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to: Safely Disable Windows 10 Tracking

Infopackets Reader Tom H. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm currently running Windows 7 and would like to upgrade to Windows 10. However, the one thing I'm greatly concerned about is how Windows 10 will track and share my information online. In your ... opinion is Windows 10 worth it or should I stick with Windows 7? " My response: That's a good question, and there a number of things to consider. Updates for the Life of the Machine In my opinion, it's definitely worth the upgrade to go from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 simply for the fact that you will be running the latest operating system from ... (view more)

Fri
20
Nov
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How to: Force Download Windows 10 Fall Update

Infopackets Reader Frank T. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your ongoing coverage on Windows 10. My question is: how can I download the Windows 10 Fall Update (version 10586) to my machine? It downloaded automatically onto my laptop, but not my ... main PC. I searched online on how to download Windows 10 Fall Update but came across conflicting reports, some of which worked and some that don't. Can you help? " My response: I also did some research on this as I was having the same issue. My server PC downloaded Windows 10 Fall Update but none of my other PCs did, even though everything was ... (view more)

Thu
19
Nov
John Lister's picture

Critics: Windows 10 Fall Update Mostly Positive

Windows 10's first major public update is getting mixed, but generally positive reviews. Several small but potentially useful changes have also been spotted. The change, known as "Threshold 2" or simply "Fall Update" is the first big update that's ... been rolled out to general users. It brings together a series of smaller sets of tweaks that have previously been delivered to people in Microsoft test programs. In effect the update is the closest thing to the old-school Service Packs, though such updates should come far more frequently with Windows 10. Boot Time Reduced ... (view more)

Wed
18
Nov
John Lister's picture

Windows 10 Upgrade Now Works with Windows 7, 8 Keys

Microsoft has followed through on a promise to make Windows 10 upgrades easier. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer need to install the new system twice in order to perform a 'clean install'. The fact that Windows 7 and 8.1 users could upgrade ... to Windows 10 free of charge for the first year of the Windows 10's release was perhaps the most noteworthy part of the changes to come. It's also a clear sign that Microsoft believes that the nature of software buying will not be the same as it was once was. Activated Upgrade a Multi-Step Process The big problem was that Microsoft made the ... (view more)

Mon
16
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to: Remove Windows 10 Password (No Login Screen)

Infopackets Reader Sheila P. writes: " Dear Dennis, How do I disable my Windows 10 password so I can log into Windows 10 automatically? Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 I have to enter in my email address and then a password. Before using Windows ... 10, I was using Windows 7 and the system booted straight into the desktop. I want to do the same thing with Windows 10. Can you help? " My response: It is possible to login to Windows 10 without a password, but doing so is a very poor security policy. If someone were to gain access to your device (whether it was by remote or locally), they could ... (view more)

Fri
13
Nov
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How to Fix: Windows 10 Desktop Icon Spacing

Infopackets Reader 'Marilyn' writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded to Windows 10 and almost all of my desktop icons are missing. I can only see three icons on my desktop and they are spaced out with 1 huge line at a time. When I select 1 icon, the ... entire row of my desktop gets highlighted. I have never seen anything like this before. I read your article on ' How to Fix: Windows 10 Desktop Icons Missing ', and have ensured that my system is not in Tablet Mode, so I don't know why my Windows 10 desktop icons are missing. Can you help? " My response: Admittedly, I was perplexed Marilyn's ... (view more)

Fri
06
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Fix: Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Won't Work

Infopackets Reader Jan P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm trying to download Windows 10 onto my machine using the Media Creation Tool. I intend to download the .ISO image files so that I can make a Windows 10 DVD, so that I can keep an archived copy for ... later use if needed. The problem is that the Media Creation Tool doesn't work; every time I run it, the Media Creation Tool won't open. A friend of mine tried running it on his machine and the Media Creation Tool won't start for him, either. Any idea how I can get this to work? " My response: Based on my experience, the Windows 10 Media Creation ... (view more)

Wed
04
Nov
John Lister's picture

Microsoft to Force Windows 10 Download by Default

If you've deliberately avoided upgrading to Windows 10 up until now, you may need to re-check your Windows Update settings. Two forthcoming changes to Windows Update means Windows 10 could install by default without users realizing. Unlike with ... previous systems, Microsoft is treating Windows 10 as literally being an update to Windows 7 and 8 in the same way as ordinary bug fixes and feature additions. That's how it was previously possible to "pre-register" for the free upgrade and have it installed automatically on launch date without having to specifically search out a ... (view more)

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