If you are Windows user, sometimes you may experience some difficulty to install apps, storing files, difficulty in booting, open and viewing DVDs, etc. Windows 10 is an awesome operating system offering a stunning graphical user interface, but some times you may experience some difficulty to do some tasks. Windows 10 is one of the most secure operating systems, to keep it more secure it will automatically download and installs updates. To keep it up to date, the OS downloads latest fixes and security updates automatically. This help the device runs efficiently and stay protected online. After installing the update, the system restarts to complete the update process. You can check for updates by visiting Windows Update settings. Go to the Start button, select Settings (gear icon), choose Update & Security, then Windows Update. Select Check for Updates.
Sometimes you may have experienced some difficulty to download and update Windows. Here I have shortlisted some common Windows 10 errors and their fixes.
Problem 1: Not enough space to install Windows update
Sometimes, you may get an error message showing that you do not have sufficient disk space to install Windows update. The error is pretty simple, to install the components, you need to increase the free hard disk space on your computer. But, how? You can use disk cleanup to remove unwanted files from your system. To access the disk cleanup, open up My Computer, right click on the disk that you want to free space on, then click properties in the popup menu. On General tab, click Disk Cleanup. Read the description and click the files that you want to remove and click OK. You can also use Scandisk to analyze and optimize your disk space.
If you couldn’t save enough space on your PC, you can remove unused components and programs from the PC to save some space. To remove Windows components that you no longer use, click the Start button, then Settings, and then Control Panel. Double click Add/Remove Programs, then click the Windows Setup tab. Under components, click those components that you want to remove from your computer ( Windows may ask to insert the installation CD into the drive, if you used a CD to install Windows on your computer). To remove programs that you no longer use: Click Start button, point to Settings, click Control Panel. then Uninstall a Program. You can select the program from the list and click Uninstall/Change.
Problem 2: Windows 10 Slow Booting
There are several ways to speed up booting. First, stop programs that load at startup. Don’t allow those applications to eat your memory space. Press and hold Ctrl+Alt+Del keys simultaneously to access Windows Task Manager. Ther you can see different tabs, processes, performance, app history, then Startup. Click the Startup tab, find out unnecessary process with high startup impact. Select the item and click the Disable button. Now you can notice that its status changed from Enabled to Disabled. Don’t disable everything! Only disable apps from third-party developers, keep the Microsoft, Intel/AMD hardware related tools enabled. Buy you can disable chat services, update services of third-party apps, third-party cleanup tools, etc. You can also visit the Services tab (the last one), click open services and can disable unnecessary service that you don’t need.
To run your PC smoother and boot up faster you need to optimize your drives. To optimize your drive select the search bar on the taskbar and enter defrag. Select Defragment and Optimize Drives. You can use tools like EaseUS Partition Master free for defragmenting your hard disk. This is an effective tool to clean up junk files and unneeded large files to free up storage space and optimize your disk performance. If you are an advanced user, you can change the boot order to speed up boot.
When the computer starts, press the desired key (may vary from BIOS manufacturer-F10, F1, F2, F8, ESC are commonly used) to enter into boot menu. Go to Boot tab, move the disk drive to the first position in the list. Save and exit the BIOS setup utility. Restart the computer and observe the changes. You can also disable Fast startup in Power and Sleep settings. You can check and update your graphics hardware driver to minimize boot issues (if needed). Always, install the latest Windows updates. It is a wise investment in SSD hard disk (a 120GB SSD hard disk is enough for average users), and install Windows OS in SSD, it fastens the Windows boot time. I tried and tested it on my PC and noticed that windows bootup fast exactly like in a Windows tablet PC-No Dealy!
Problem 3: Opening files in wrong default Apps
You may have enough experience in handling different file types and tools for viewing the file types. It is cumbersome to tell all the time that the specific app is used to open up a particular file. Click the Start button, go to Settings (gear icon), click Apps, then Default Apps. You can select default apps for each application. If you want to set default apps for each file type click, Choose default apps by filetype.
Problem 4: Automatic Windows Update using so much data
Go to Windows Task Manager, select the App history tab. There you can see two columns, Network and Metered network. This will provide enough information about who is eating your metered network data without any hesitation! You can convert your network connection as metered. This will tell Microsoft that you won’t need large files to be downloaded.
Click Start, then to Settings, then Network and internet, go to Wi-Fi, then Advanced options. There you can see Set as metered connection, switch it ON. To prevent automatic app updates, open Windows store app, click your profile picture, then select Settings. Here you can see below App updates, Update apps automatically, turned it OFF. You can disable automatic peer to peer update sharing. Go to settings, then Update & security, then Windows Update, then to Advanced options. Click Choose how updates are delivered. Select the PC on my local network.
Problem 5: Control Annoying Notification
If you are using Windows 10, the Notification & action is the place where you can control and arrange your app notifications. Go to Start, Settings, then click System, on the left menu click Notifications & actions. You can add or remove quick actions, press (select) and hold quick actions, then drag to rearrange them. In Notifications, you can turn ON or OFF various notifications. Just below you can see Get notifications from these senders, you can see a lot of apps there with notifications are turned on, turn off unwanted notifications from different apps.
Problem 6: System restore is missing
In Windows 10 system restore is disabled by default, you need to enable it. Just search for System Protection, in System protection, you can see System Restore. Select the drive and click Configure. In the Restore settings tab, Turn on System Protection. In the disk space usage (just below on the same tab), you can give maximum disk space used for system protection by adjusting the slider in Max Usage.
Problem 7: Windows update is not Working
If you found any error in Windows update, download the ?Windows Update Troubleshooter, and then select Open or Save in the pop-up window. Then select Next and follow the steps in the wizard to find and fix problems with Windows Update.
Problem 8: Privacy and Data defaults
Nowadays some apps need to know your specific location to work correctly. Some Windows apps and services also use location information. You can change the privacy option in Settings, then Privacy. Below the Change Privacy options, you can turn OFF or ON various options. You can turn off activity history from activity history (left sidebar) in the Privacy tab. You can turn off Let Windows collect my activities from this PC.
Problem 9: Difficulty in opening DVD’s
Nowadays, for transferring files, videos and music we are using pen drives. It is based on solid state memory. But a lot of files and movies still available in DVDs. By default, the default apps will automatically play the contents of the DVD. If you can open the DVD disk drive, search for files and identify files. You can find the best apps to open the files by right clicking the file and select open with. Now you can select the best apps (that you think) to run the file and click open. To eject the DVD drive, open the My Computer if you can see the CD/DVD drive there, right click on it and select Eject from the popup menu to eject the disk from the drive.