Windows 10 has turned out to be a fantastic upgrade over Windows 8.1 and Windows 7; however, there are still a handful of problems that need resolving. New features are causing problems, as well as the flaws of Windows 10. The information here will help, but you can also call Crumbacher to help you deal with the issues you may be encountering. Here are some of the most bothersome Windows 10 issues and what to do about them.
Problem 1: My DVDs are not playing. What can I do?
Microsoft decided to put out Windows 10 minus a media player. The company is now offering a Windows DVD Player app you can buy at the Microsoft store as of this writing. If you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 with Windows Media Center, or Windows 8.1 with Windows Media Center, it’s free.
Problem 2: Printer Issues
Plenty of people are having issues with Windows 10 not allowing their printer to work. The quickest way to resolve this issue is to delete your printer drive and reinstall it. To do this go to your Control Panel, select Devices and Printers, right-click the printer you’re having issues with, then choose to delete it. The next step is to navigate to your printer manufacturer’s website, download the driver for your printer, then install it. It is not necessary to install the driver for Windows 10. The driver for Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 will work.
Problem 3: Low Virtual Memory Issues
Windows 10 OS is not very lenient with its use of virtual memory. If your computer is lacking RAM this can cause problems with your computer’s operating speed, meaning it might get slow. To resolve this issue do the following:
- Go to the Control Panel search field and type Performance.
- Now choose “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.”
- Click the Advanced tab and hit Change under the Virtual Memory section.
- Uncheck the ”Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” box.
- Select the drive containing Windows 10 (probably C:).
- Now change the Initial Size and Maximum Size to the values recommended by Windows.
- Set and OK the settings and reboot your computer.
Problem 4: Wrong apps are opening my files. Why?
Most likely this is due to the fact you may have set the default apps for specific file types in prior Windows versions and did not remember. When you launched Windows 10 it reset to the default settings for all your file types. Sadly you will need to go through your file types to the apps you want to use. On the bright side, it’s not too hard to accomplish this task. To reset the apps you prefer to the file types you use, do the following:
- Right-click a file that’s not opening the way you prefer.
- Highlight “Open with” and click “Choose another app.”
- Select the app you prefer to use and click “Always use this app.”
- Hit OK.
Problem 5: Microsoft Edge browser lost my favorites/bookmarks.
Microsoft is working on eliminating IE and replacing it with its new browser, Microsoft Edge. Your old favorites on IE are not gone. Import them into Microsoft Edge by clicking on the 3-lines menu and selecting “Import favorites.” Pick the browsers that you have your favorites saved in and click Import.
Problem 6: Where did all the start-up time speed go?
Windows 10 is known for its fast start-up speed. Many people are experiencing slow start-up times a handful of months later. Most of the time this is due to the fact that your computer has to unload multiple apps set to start up when Windows 10 launches. Normally this is not needed. To correct this issue do the following:
- Launch Task Manager and then click on “More details.”
- Click on the Start-up tab at the top.
- Click on the Status column and filter out the apps connected to your computer when it starts up.
- View the apps marked “Enabled” to see which ones are not needed during your computer’s start-up.
- Right click on the apps not needed and pick ”Disable.”
- Reboot your computer.
Problem 7: Windows 10 Updates requires I accept software with problems.
Windows 10 updates were made mandatory by Microsoft. This means you cannot cancel or not accept them. This can and does cause problems when an update has bugs. The way to deal with this is to look for System Protection. Use System Protection to enable a restore point you will be able to turn back to if the most recent update is causing problems.
Problem 8: Do I have to sign in to Windows 10 each time I log in to my computer?
The answer is most likely yes. Take the following steps to eliminate signing in each time:
- Press WIN+R, type in netplwiz, and then click Enter.
- Click on the user account you choose to sign into automatically and then clear out “Users must enter a user name” (if the box is available), then click OK.
- Enter your password twice in the “Automatically Log-on” box and click on OK.
If you find any of these hints and steps to resolving the Top Eight Windows 10 Problems intimidating or hard to accomplish, Crumbacher can help. Call us at 505-820-6007 in Santa Fe or 505-275-6866 in Albuquerque.