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With the Windows 10 free upgrade offer now expired If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen After July 29, Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade. Here's what that means for users of each version of Windows. Read More , Microsoft has released the latest major update for the operating system (OS). Since Windows 10 is constantly evolving, this release brings many new features 10 New Tricks of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update You Must Try 10 New Tricks of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update You Must Try The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is chock full of new features, but many aren't immediately obvious. Here we have summarized subtle and hidden tips and tricks you should really try out! Read More and fixes to issues that people had with prior versions.

However, with a new release comes a host of new problems 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate Microsoft is ruining everything with Windows 10. The upgrade disaster has unintended consequences for Microsoft and its customers. We talk about how Microsoft's tactics violate user trust and decreases security, among other issues. Read More . From minor irritations to huge problems, let’s take a look at changes to Windows 10 that arrived in this update and how you can fix them.

If you aren’t running it yet, you can get the Anniversary Update now How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Now Windows 10 is receiving a major upgrade this month. The Anniversary Update is rolling out slowly. We show you how to upgrade now, how to delay the upgrade, and which pitfalls to watch out for. Read More before applying these fixes (though you should read through these first to be prepared)! If you missed the free update, there’s a workaround that lets you upgrade to Windows 10 Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! The upgrade to Windows 10 remains free for users who depend on assistive technologies. However, Microsoft doesn't check whether you really do. We show you how you can use this backdoor to get Windows 10. Read More , but you should act quickly before it disappears.

1. Apps Re-Pinned to the Taskbar

While the Anniversary Update (referred to as AU hereafter) promises it won’t change any of your stuff around, you’ll find that Microsoft Edge, the File Explorer, and the Windows Store shortcuts are pinned back to your Taskbar 7 Tips for Customizing the Windows 10 Taskbar 7 Tips for Customizing the Windows 10 Taskbar The taskbar remains a staple feature in Windows 10. It's been given a fresh look and new features, including Cortana. We show you all the tweaks to make the taskbar your own. Read More after installing. If you don’t want to have Edge (even though it now includes extensions 10 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions You Should Try Today 10 Best Microsoft Edge Browser Extensions You Should Try Today The latest Windows 10 Upgrade finally brings browser extensions to Microsoft Edge. We have examined the handful of extensions available and show you which ones are worth your time. Read More ) and the Store handy, just right-click their icons and choose Unpin from Taskbar to get everything back to how it was.

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While you’re doing this, you might also notice the quill pen icon on the right side of the Taskbar. This is a shortcut to the revamped Windows Ink feature — if you don’t want to use it, right-click empty space on the Taskbar and uncheck Show Windows Ink Workspace button.

2. Default Apps Reset

Along with the extra apps on the Taskbar, the AU resets some of your default apps 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately 7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately Microsoft made some questionable decisions with Windows 10. Some of its default settings should not be left alone. We show you how to improve privacy, conserve bandwidth, reduce distraction, and lots more. Read More to the Microsoft “recommended” programs, like Groove Music for audio files. To put these back, navigate to Settings > System > Default Apps and choose whichever you like for each type.

3. Extra Ads on the Start Menu

Windows 10 brought annoying app “suggestions” How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with several pre-installed apps that take up space on your device and aren't easy to remove. Sounds like bloatware, doesn't it? We show you how to remove these apps. Read More to your Start menu, and the AU doubles the amount of these that appear. To shut these off, visit Settings > Personalization > Start and turn off Occasionally show suggestions on Start.

4. Skype Preview Is Installed and Signs You In

Skype is still a decent service, but Microsoft pushes it constantly. Even if you have the desktop version of Skype installed, you’ll see the Skype Preview app installed after the AU — an annoyance we dealt with in Windows 8 already Why The Classic Desktop Version Trumps Skype For Windows 8 Why The Classic Desktop Version Trumps Skype For Windows 8 Want to make voice and video calls on your Windows 8 computer? A touchscreen version of Skype is available from Microsoft, but how does it compare to the desktop version? Read More . What’s more, it signs you in automatically with your Microsoft account — annoying if you don’t want to be bothered by Skype contacts or never use Skype.

To fix this, type Skype Preview in the Start Menu, right-click its entry and choose Uninstall. If you want to keep it installed, but only use it occasionally, click your user icon in the bottom-left, and click Sign Out.

5. Drive Partitions Missing

One of the worst AU issues is that Windows doesn’t show partitions on hard drives correctly at times. There’s a chance that Windows detects the drive as RAW format instead of NTFS, meaning you need another tool to recover the data. This can cause you to think that you’ve lost all the data on the drive, but this isn’t the case.

Using a free tool like the EaseUS Partition Master or AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can right-click on any affected partition or drive (usually showing as unallocated) and choose to run the partition recovery options or wizard. This should recover the drive and make it usable again.

If you haven’t run the AU yet, make sure you back up your drives The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide The Ultimate Windows 10 Data Backup Guide Windows 10 makes data backups effortless. We have summarized every native backup, restore, recovery, and repair option we could find on Windows 10. Use our simple tips and never despair over lost data again! Read More before performing it, in case they get screwed up.

6. Update Error 0x8024200D

If you receive this error when you try to run the AU, you should run the Windows Update FixIt tool to clear out any errors. If that doesn’t work, try using the Media Creation tool to create a USB drive How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media Regardless of how you arrived at Windows 10, there's a way to create your own installation media. Sooner or later you might need it. Let us show you how to be prepared. Read More with the Windows 10 installation info on it, then running the in-place upgrade from there to keep all of your configurations.

7. Storage Errors

If you’re low on disk space when you try to run the update, you might get an error telling you that you need more space. Follow our tips to clean up disk space How to Free Up Storage Space to Run Windows 10 How to Free Up Storage Space to Run Windows 10 Did you run out of space for Windows 10, but want to upgrade or add more apps and data? We have compiled resources that will help you free up disk space on and for Windows... Read More to resolve this issue.

8. Incompatible Software Error

Windows might tell you that an application on your PC is incompatible with the upgrade; this blocks the system from updating. Usually, this is caused by an antivirus program, so try disabling Avast, AVG, Avira, or whichever antivirus suite you’re running What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? What Security Software Should You Be Using in Windows 10? Despite being bundled with its own security tool, Windows 10 needs additional software to keep your data secure and make your online experiences safe. But which security software should you choose for WIndows 10? Read More and then running the update again. If this doesn’t work, uninstall the application temporarily to complete the update.

9. Windows Won’t Activate

If you’re receiving an error that Windows cannot activate, try waiting a day and checking again — the servers are slammed right now with the AU rollout. Remember that since the free upgrade expired, you can’t just update from Windows 7 or 8.1 anymore — you must purchase a new key.

However, as of now, you can still activate Windows 10 The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ One of the big confusions surrounding Windows 10 concerns its licensing and activation. This FAQ will shed some light, explain what has changed with Windows 10 version 1511 (Fall Update), and translate activation-related error codes. Read More with a valid Windows 7 or 8.x key — so if you have one of those and are having issues activating, give it a try before Microsoft deactivates this option.

10. AU Clashes with Aero Glass

If you use the free Aero Glass software to restore the Aero look of Windows 7 How to Get the Aero Glass Theme on Windows 10 How to Get the Aero Glass Theme on Windows 10 It was one of the most requested features from Windows Insiders. Still, Microsoft decided not to add Aero Glass back to Windows 10, after removing it in Windows 8. Here's how you can get it... Read More , make sure you uninstall it before running the AU. Users of Glass have reported massive issues when trying to run the update, including the program dumping gigabytes of error logs.

Aero Glass won’t work right after the update, either, so if you have to have it, it’s best to wait for a fix from the developer.

11. Force Disable the Lock Screen

Prior to the AU, you could take advantage of Group Policy 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better 12 Ways Windows Group Policy Can Make Your PC Better The Windows Group Policy grants you advanced control over your system, without having to mess with the registry. We'll show you how to easily customize Windows in ways you didn't think were possible. Read More to remove the Lock Screen if you found it redundant. Now, Group Policy is still around, but Microsoft has removed some of the options, including turning off “recommended” crap app downloads like Candy Crush, and disabling the lock screen.

However, users always find a way. To disable the lock screen in Windows 10 Pro, follow these steps:

Type Local Security Policy into the Start menu and open it. Open Software Restriction Policies; if you don’t see any listed, follow Action > New Software Restriction Policies. Now, under the newly-added Additional Rules folder, right-click a blank spot and choose New Path Rule.

In the path, paste:

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy

Set the Security level to Disallowed and click OK. The lock screen is now disabled!

Note that Group Policy is supposed to only be in Windows 10 Pro, but you can use a workaround to access Group Policy in Windows 10 Home How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try Group Policy is a power tool that lets you access advanced system settings. We'll show you how to access it or set it up in Windows Home and 5+ powerful Group Policies to boot. Read More . In case you were wondering, it’s not worth spending $99 to jump to Pro Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Windows 10 Pro offers more features, but also carries a $99 price tag to upgrade from the Home edition. Here's what you need to know to decide if professional features are worth the upgrade. Read More , either.

12. Remove Cortana

Before the AU, Cortana could be easily turned off How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More to reduce the search box to basic functionality. Now, Microsoft doesn’t want you to disable Cortana, so you’ll have to go digging to turn her off.

Windows 10 Home users need to do this via a Registry edit. Open it with regedit in the Start menu, then navigate down to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

Should the Windows Search folder not be present, right-click its parent folder Windows and choose New > Key; call it Windows Search. Then, right-click the Windows Search folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this AllowCortana and set it at 0. As with all Registry edits, log off and back on or reboot so it takes effect.

In Windows 10 Pro, type gpedit.msc into the Start menu to open Group Policy, which makes it easier to edit this setting. Drill down to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search and double-click on Allow Cortana to set it as Disabled. Log off and back on and Cortana will be no more.

13. Cortana Is Missing

You might welcome Cortana becoming permanent in Windows 10, but some have reported issues with seeing Cortana in the first place. If she seems stuck, a simple trip to the Registry 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features 5 Windows 10 Registry Tweaks to Improve & Unlock Features The registry editor is the only way to enable some of Windows 10's hidden features. Here we'll show you easy tweaks like enabling the dark theme or hiding folders. Read More will patch things up.

Type regedit into the Start menu (remember to be careful when making changes in here). Head to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search Change BingSearchEnabled 

Change this from 0 to 1 and restart. Cortana should be running as normal now!

14. Games Run Poorly

Major updates can cause big issues with gaming 5 Common PC Gaming Problems (And How To Fix Them) 5 Common PC Gaming Problems (And How To Fix Them) Many people still enjoy consoles, and it’s easy to see why. PCs are more complex and lack standardized components, which means there’s no guarantee a game will run, or run well. Read More on Windows, and the AU is no exception. If you’re experiencing a low frame rate in games after updating, try turning off the Game Bar DVR feature by navigating to this Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\ApplicationManagement\AllowGameDVR

Set that value to 0 and reboot. If this doesn’t help, check your graphics card drivers to be sure they’re up to date (and weren’t removed by the AU), as well as ensuring that the settings in your graphics software are set to their proper values PC Graphics Settings: What Does It All Mean? PC Graphics Settings: What Does It All Mean? In this video, we'll walk through the most common graphics settings you'll find in today's PC games. By the end, you'll understand what they mean in plain language. Read More and weren’t reset.

15. Unreadable Clock Font

The clock in the bottom-right corner of the Taskbar is a useful way to check the time quickly, but some users have reported issues where the font changes to black and becomes unreadable. The fix has been reported by some, and is another Group Policy edit:

Type gpedit.msc into the Start menu and navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options. Here, enable User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator Account and reboot your computer.

16. Start Menu and Explorer Freezing

After updating, some users have reported the Start menu refusing to open, and applications freezing up all over the place. If you can get to it, running the Windows Start Menu FixIt is a great first try to resolve these issues. If this doesn’t work, you should create a new user profile to see if the current one is corrupted.

Open a command prompt as administrator and type the following command to create a new user:

net user <username> /add 

To make this new user an admin, type this instead:

net localgroup Administrators <username> /add

Once you’ve confirmed this new profile works well, you can move everything over How to Move Installed Apps & Programs in Windows 10 How to Move Installed Apps & Programs in Windows 10 Are you running out of space on your system drive? Windows 10 lets you move modern apps and change the default installation path. We show you how to do the same for desktop programs. Read More ; use your Microsoft account syncing if it’s enabled to make this process smoother.

New Update, New Issues

You might run into many more issues while trying to run the Anniversary Update or after installing it, but these are some of the most common problems reported by users online. Of course, some of the things that really annoy us about Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances. Read More haven’t changed in this update, so give the best free tools to fix Windows problems 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 It only takes five free programs and a few clicks to fix any problem or rogue setting on your Windows 10 PC. Read More a try if you’re still experiencing those.

If you’re just getting up to speed on Windows 10, check out features you can safely disable 9 Windows 10 Features You Can Safely Disable 9 Windows 10 Features You Can Safely Disable Windows 10 is packed with features, but a lot of them are unnecessary. Here's how to safely prune unwanted features off your Windows 10 system for a more streamlined experience. Read More to trim things up a bit.

What issues have you had with the Anniversary Update that need fixed? Let us know what’s driving you nuts down in the comments!

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