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The upgrade to Windows 10 Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Microsoft really wants to you upgrade to Windows 10. But should you? To help you make up your mind, we argue both the pro and the contra, and offer careful advice. How will you decide? Read More has been smooth for most, but some users will always encounter issues. Whether it’s the screen flashing, not being able to connect to the Internet, or the battery draining too quickly, it’s time to resolve these problems.

We’ve rounded up the most common and annoying issues that users encounter in Windows 10, along with easy steps to fix them. Don’t downgrade from Windows 10 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More just yet, your woes could be solved.

If you’ve had your own annoying Windows 10 issue that you were able to resolve, please do let us know it in the comments section below.

1. Update Stuck Downloading or Won’t Install

Since Windows 10 forces updates on you Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More , it makes it even more frustrating when the Windows Update process doesn’t go smoothly. If one of your updates is stuck during download or is refusing to install, it’s likely that the file is corrupted. In that case, it’s necessary to flush out the update files and start from the top.

To do so, press Windows Key + R to open Run and input C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and click OK. Next, delete everything inside the folder, but don’t delete the folder itself. You might need to boot into safe mode How to Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode How to Boot Into Windows 10 Safe Mode Safe Mode is an inbuilt troubleshooting feature that allows you to fix issues at the root, without non-essential applications interfering. You can access Safe Mode in various ways, even if Windows 10 no longer boots. Read More if some files won’t delete. Once complete, restart your computer and attempt the update process again.

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If this doesn’t work, check out our guide to resolving Windows Update problems How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More , where you can find other tips that might help.

2. Battery Draining Too Quickly

Those of you on portable devices that upgraded to Windows 10 at launch may have found that the new operating system took a hefty toll on your battery life. Intel and Microsoft solved this together, so make sure your drivers are up-to-date How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers How to Find & Replace Outdated Windows Drivers Your drivers might be outdated and need updating, but how are you to know? First, don't fix it if it ain't broke! If drivers do need updating, though, here are your options. Read More and you should find it resolved.

If not, you might want to turn attention to some of Windows 10’s new features. Though Cortana, the virtual assistant How to Make Cortana Organize Your Life How to Make Cortana Organize Your Life Your life is so complex, you deserve a personal assistant. Meet Cortana, your virtual assistant ready to serve at the tip of your tongue. We'll show you how to effectively delegate tasks to Cortana. Read More , can come in very handy, she does impact the battery slightly. If you want to reserve all the power you can, do a system search for Cortana, select the relevant result, then switch Let Cortana respond to Hey Cortana to Off.

Windows Update can also have a drain on your battery (and bandwidth), especially now that it can share updates you’ve downloaded with others. To turn this off, press Windows Key + I and then navigate to Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Choose how updates are delivered and move the switch to Off.

For even more battery saving advice, along with details on how to make use of the handy Battery Saver feature, be sure to read our guide on optimizing battery life in Windows 10 How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life How to Optimize Windows 10 for Battery Life Battery life is a pretty important factor for mobile devices. While Windows 10 does offer new features to manage power settings, the defaults are not necessarily contributing to optimal battery life. Time to change that. Read More .

3. Default App Choices Have Changed

Did you upgrade to Windows 10 and find that your images weren’t opening in your favorite app anymore? Or that your browser had defaulted to Microsoft Edge? For whatever reason, Windows 10 isn’t good at remembering what programs you’d chosen to open specific file types. Though it’s a pain to reconfigure them all, it’s easy to change your default apps How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Windows 10 makes a lot of decisions for the lazy user. If you would prefer to be your own master, you can set your own preferences. We show you how. Read More .

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First, press Windows Key + I and select System. Then, from the left-hand navigation, choose Default apps. Here, you can change your default app for your photos, videos, and more.

If you want more refinement than this settings page offers, like being able to change the program for each file type or protocol, be sure to read our guide on how to quickly fix file type associations How to Quickly Fix Windows File Type Associations How to Quickly Fix Windows File Type Associations Some tools have a bad habit of changing your default programs. They do that by changing file type associations. Windows 10 likes to mess with your preferences, too. Here's how to have it your way. Read More .

4. Wi-Fi Connection Not Discoverable

If your system is no longer detecting your Wi-Fi connection, this is likely due to VPN software that you have installed. It can also impact some Ethernet connections. Your first port of call would be to go to your VPN software’s website and update to the latest version, one compatible with Windows 10, as this might solve the issue.

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If this doesn’t work, open an administrative Command Prompt by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting Command Prompt (Admin). Then input the following two lines, pressing Enter after each:

reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /f

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

If this doesn’t work, the issue might be driver related, rather than VPN. For this, system search device manager and select the relevant result. In the new window, expand Network adapters. Then right-click your wireless adapter and select Update Driver Software….

Still without a connection? See our further tips in our guide to fixing your wireless Internet connection How to Fix Your Wireless Internet Connection in Windows How to Fix Your Wireless Internet Connection in Windows Are you struggling to get a strong and stable wireless Internet connection? It could be the hardware or Windows itself causing the problem. Here are some troubleshooting tips. Read More .

5. Touchpad Not Working

If your touchpad isn’t working, let’s start with some simple steps to see if it’s actually enabled. First, check your keyboard to see if there’s a function button that turns the touchpad off and on. This will vary depending on your device, but it’ll usually be represented by an icon on one of the F# keys.

If this doesn’t work, press Windows Key + I, select Devices > Mouse & touchpad > Additional mouse options. A new window will open and from here you need to click the tab which is furthest to the right, likely called Device Settings. Underneath Devices, select your touchpad and ensure it’s not disabled. If it is, then click the Enable button.

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Failing this, press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager. Then expand Mice and other pointing devices, right-click your touchpad and select Update Driver Software…. You could also navigate to the manufacturer’s website and download your drivers that way instead.

Now that your touchpad is hopefully working again, learn how to get the most from your touchpad in Windows 10 How to Get the Most Out of Your Touchpad in Windows 10 How to Get the Most Out of Your Touchpad in Windows 10 Your Windows 10 laptop touchpad has potential beyond being a poor mouse replacement. We'll show you how to set it up to use smart touch gestures with up to four fingers. Read More , courtesy of our comprehensive guide.

6. Can’t Install or Update Store Apps

If you’re having trouble installing or updating apps within the Store, you might need to clear the cache. This is really easy to do.

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First, press Windows Key + R to open Run. Input WSReset.exe and click OK. A blank Command Prompt window will open, but don’t worry, it is working away. Eventually it’ll close and the Store will open, hopefully with your issues resolved.

7. Microsoft Office Files Don’t Open

If you’re trying to open Microsoft Office files and getting errors like “file is corrupt and cannot be opened”, “unable to start correctly”, and “experience an error trying to open the file”, it might be due to problems with the Protected View feature.

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To overcome this, press CTRL + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin). Input the following command, but replace the Office number with whatever version you’re using, and then hit ENTER on your keyboard:

icacls "%programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15" /grant *S-1-15-2-1:(OI)(CI)RX

You should now be able to open your Office files. If not, try repairing the installation. For this, do a system search for programs and features and select the relevant result. Find Office in the list, right-click it and then press Change. Select Online Repair and then click Repair.

8. Flickering or Flashing Screen

If your screen is flickering or flashing when it didn’t before, it’s likely due to an incompatible application or driver. Norton AntiVirus, iCloud, and IDT Audio are all programs that are known to cause this problem. Update them and see if it fixes the problem, else you might need to uninstall then reinstall. On Norton’s part, they have an official support page to help.

Alternatively, you might need to remove your display driver and reinstall, or rollback to a previous version. Windows 10 automatically updates your drivers and it might be that it’s forcing an incompatible version on you. For detailed steps on how to do this, along with other advice, read our guide on how to fix Windows 10’s flashing screen problem How to Fix the Windows 10 Screen Flashing Problem How to Fix the Windows 10 Screen Flashing Problem One issue that has affected many Windows 10 users is a flashing or flickering screen. It could either be caused by the display driver or a third-party application. We'll help you troubleshoot the issue. Read More .

How Do You Solve a Windows 10 Problem?

An operating system will never be completely problem-free, but hopefully we’ve been able to resolve some of the most annoying issues that have been cropping up in Windows 10.

Your first exercise should always be to update the associated drivers Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More or the program itself, just in case Windows Update hasn’t handled this for you automatically. It might be that you’re running an older version that isn’t compatible with Windows 10.

What are some of your most annoying problems with Windows 10? Did you manage to resolve them or are you still looking for a fix?

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  1. Go Kevin
    October 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    SYSTEM RESTORE or lack of
    go to
    system properties>system protection>configure, 0 as in zero allocation.
    turn on and set a value to something like 5 GB

  2. Tom Robinson
    August 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I'm very happy using Ubuntu Linux now. Microsoft pissed me off for the last time with Windows 10.

  3. Kate
    August 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I keep erasing entire paragraphs that I've written in Gmail. I don;t know what key I hit to cause this and I DON'T KNOW HOW TO RETRIEVE THOSE WORDS. Is there a way??

  4. Jen
    August 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    some webpages within a site will not open on Windows 10 - does anyone else have that problem?

  5. JAMES M
    July 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I upgraded from Win7 to Win10 and lost all(?) my audio - games, you-tube, etc. - so went back to Win 7. Has anyone else had this problem?

  6. Connie
    June 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    My start menu will not come up. I've had windows 10 for a year, no problem. This just started in the last couple of days. My notifications won't come up either.

  7. aaron cutrer
    June 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Window 10 deleted my network adapter driver once window 10 had completed installation. how can I find the driver again?

  8. Sandra Coulter
    May 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I would like to know how to fix Windows 10. Somehow, I now have nothing but "square" boxes on my desktop. I've found a way to work around them but I do not like it at all! It takes me about twice as long to get to an application. For instance, I am in Outlook, I want to copy a document into WORD. I have to go to the box labeled "WORD", then go to the WORD document that I've created. Another instance is when I got to Outlook, the square boxes appear after each instance of reading and exiting an Outlook occurrence. I need to stay in Outlook.

  9. Reg
    April 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Excuse me? You say that Microsoft and Intel have solved the battery drain problem? Perhaps they would like to share the solution with us then? I have posts in several official Microsoft Community threads on this and they have yet to post a solution.

    To put it in context: I had Win 8.1 on this HP laptop and would get approx one - two hours battery life. Within a day of upgrading to Win 10 I was getting about 10 minutes, and no warning of battery about to shut down.

  10. Dasgrooves
    April 19, 2016 at 12:13 am

    HAHAHA!!! Col-Panek that is so on point! I have been running only Linux for about 2 years now and I've not had any of these issues. I have 3 friends that had their machines "upgraded" against their wishes. YIKES!!! "MS is SkyNet." lol. I think it's funny too that people are OK with doing THIS command line stuff but are afraid to try Linux due to occasional use of...the command line!!!!! I like Kubuntu as well and would encourage others to try it as well.

    • Jim Van Damme
      October 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      I hardly ever have used the terminal in any Linux distro, although it is usually faster to do it that way. I have my sister and daughter in law on Kubuntu, my dad (he's 94) on Zorin.

  11. Gary
    April 17, 2016 at 6:51 am

    My main bugbear is the disappearing volume icon in the taskbar.
    Winaero can fix it but it always disappears even after you have fixed it and ive tried all the so called registry fixes and they dont work!

  12. eshterakha
    April 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi, My computer does not switch between application windows when I clicking on the corresponding tab on the taskbar. Even the Alt+Tab trick doesn't work. I have to minimize all the application windows on top to reach the application window I want. Any clues? Thanks.

  13. TopCat19
    April 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    I upgrade an old 2009 vintage Toshiba Satellite A305 laptop to Windows 10. This laptop was not listed on the Toshiba Windows 10 upgrade compatibility list in fact certain serial numbers of this laptop were not even eligible for a Windows 7 upgrade (mine was one of the Win 7 eligible upgradable devices).

    The only problem I have noted is that the Win 10 hangs on shut down. It order to get it to shut down properly I have to first bring up the lock screen (windows + L) and shut it down from the lock screen.

  14. John
    April 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Here is a problem I have come across Microsoft Edge tends to freeze, disappear, then come back when clicking onto the Microsoft Edge icon again bringing back the pages you had before it vanished. A lot of times it is very slow so I close Microsoft edge and use Google Chrome, What a difference in speed, I think Microsoft Edge needs scrapping.

    Regards, J Downie

  15. Bit bug
    April 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 when connected via WiFi to Windows 2012 Essentials losses the GP set Mapped Drives. Also does not see other network computers or the server. Tried everything.

    While on WiFi, plug it into Ethernet via USB Dongle and the drives magically appear and so do the network computers.

    Unplug the Ethernet and it retains the drives until you leave the WiFi, say going home for the day with your Surface, come back the next day and login, no drives, no network, etc.

    Driving me nuts and no one has any answers at MS or anywhere else for that matter. Happens across all 5 Surface Tablets on the network.

    Yes WiFi is working on the correct domain/ip range.

    Anyone??

  16. lucas
    April 14, 2016 at 7:35 am

    No problem for me so far with windows 10! Looks like I might be lucky!

  17. CoolHappyGuy
    April 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    One issue that comes and goes is the Windows Start Menu, Cortana, and the Notfication Area will not respond to a mouse click. The only solution is a reboot.

    Also after the first backup(s), WIN10 seems to unsuccessfully backup to my network drive. It never gives me a good reason why it crapped out. An annoyance is that when you click "Change the settings" for backing up you don't get a " Settings" screen until after a long time.

    Also, you can't prioritize the wireless adapters like you could with WIN7. I have a very fast 5G adapter but reboots (because menus lock, for example) often default to another connection.

  18. johnhickory
    April 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Windows 10 Start Menu Malfunction (doesn't appear when clicked)...

    Powershell

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    • Liz Anderson
      April 15, 2016 at 12:53 am

      How do you fix the start menu problem???

  19. Tin
    April 6, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I cannot retrieve my Windows Store and other apps, my laptop's camera is inaccessible and a notification pops up that it is used by another app or has been removed, and I can't access my Start menu and other task bar icons. I did input a powershell command from another website re Start menu not working and it did resolve the problem but it comes back after a few weeks.

    I am thinking about doing a full reset of my laptop to resolve all these issues and have a clean install of Windows 10.

  20. Col_Panek
    April 5, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    NO problems whatsoever. I'm running Kubuntu and Linux Mint.

    Don't get mad, get even!

    • tallship
      October 9, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Mint's LMDE was the best - a true rolling distro, but then again, running Arch or Gentoo or Slackware-current you'll never need to upgrade your OS by reinstalling again since since those are running distros too.

      Thanks for your post Col_Panek! :)

  21. anewokfromendor
    April 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    The problems that I am experiencing with Windows 10:
    -Unable to customize lock screen background. -- Even if I set a specific wallpaper as the lock screen background, Windows 10 continues to use its default lock screen background. A fix for this bug would be appreciated!
    -From my experience at home and at the work place, Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise versions some times install incorrectly and need to be re-installed. After the 1st installation attempt the OS looks great and does not show signs of problems until software is installed. Software does not install and the solution is to re-install the OS. After the OS has been installed the 2nd time, everything seems to work just fine.
    -Outlook 2016 has glitches on Windows 10 which are not seen on Windows 7.Glitches include:Outlook showing that there are still unread items in the mailbox even though they are read or have been deleted. Resolving these problems is done by restarting Outlook.

  22. Dacker
    April 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    My primary Win10 problems are:
    * I cannot Pin anything to Quick Access. There are no errors -- it just doesn't pin.
    * After six weeks, my indexes are still incomplete
    * Searching for a Setting always results in "Try again later."

    Of course my first BIG problem is that I was unable to install Win10 on a new SSD while keeping my Win7 setup on the old SSD intact. I was forced to upgrade.

  23. fred
    April 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    “How Do You Solve a Windows 10 Problem?”

    By not installing Windoze 10 in the first place LOL... seen it flat out FAIL for too many of my own customers :-)

    like, for instance after the March updates, an endless boot loop of "your windows 10 needs to be repaired" :-) and you try to and it just reboots and leaves you back where you were lol

    no thanks mickysoft.. not this time :-) I'm sticking with Windows 7 for now

  24. Joe R.
    April 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I problem isn't listed and kind of weird. When I streaming anywhere doesn't matter a sports announcement will broadcast 2x the volume of my set volume. It's annoying and comes and goes. I did not have this problem before windows 10 and I have good virus protection...

  25. Pete
    April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I get more blue screens than ever before. The last time, my Bluetooth mice stopped working. Haven't resolved that yet, but it seems to be a problem deep, deep in Windows as I had the same problem on a different PC with Win 7

  26. andyr354
    April 4, 2016 at 10:18 am

    office 2016 seems to break every couple of weeks for me. I will have to try that command next time.

  27. Kalyankumar
    April 3, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I have couple of problems
    1. The proxy setting is not staying after setting automatic on
    2. Windows app store does not open again need to set the proxy and open after some time it will show some error
    3. Drains battery

  28. Alit Mardangga
    April 3, 2016 at 2:07 am

    The most annoying problem on Windows 10 that happen to me is disc 100% disc usage. It's make my Windows super slow. Almost impossible for running App. Please how to fix this problem on the article. Thanks.

    • hakuraman
      April 3, 2016 at 4:38 am

      or this

      Right click on start menu and open up control panel
      Search for performance in the top right
      Click on adjust appearance and performance
      open advanced tab and click change
      Uncheck automatic
      Click the drive system is installed on select custom size
      set initial and maximum size to the value recommended by windows
      click set and then restart

  29. Jeremy A Moats
    April 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    An issue that existed in Windows 95, XP, 7, and now in 10...

    Every once in a while, the application (Word, Excel, PaintShop Pro, even Chrome) will stop responding and the title bar shows the title of the program/document/webpage and [Not Responding].

    This is an annoying issue I had thought Microsoft would have fixed by now. It is not isolated to my PC. It happens on my Work PC, my Laptop, my Mom's PC (in a completely different part of the state), my sister's PC, and those at my employer.

    It's very frustrating when you start typing in Word and it suddenly hiccups and stops showing whatever it is you are typing, going into [Not Responding] mode, as I call it.

    I've been through the "punch the screen, slam my fist on the keyboard" phase and am now resigned to just stand up, walk away and wait 5 minutes for the G%$# Da*(& computer to start responding again.

    Is there any FIX for this yet?

  30. czonline
    April 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

    you know Microsoft put out Windows 10, before think about the problems,try to stay ahead of the game...updating the updates finding the bugs only to lie to us saying that programs don't work with Windows 10.. only to fix it in a later update.. now after my old laptop crash cause my wifi was lost because of a Windows 10 update... and reading this article I'm piss off

  31. FileEagle.com Chris
    April 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I currently use Windows 10. No problem with it.

  32. Phill
    April 2, 2016 at 6:06 am

    BAck to Win7. Problem solved!

  33. Cameron
    April 2, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Trackpad freezes randomly every 5min or so. Fix for this? Also I get an email pop-up saying there is an issue with the mail client whatever I do in settings to change the default it still happens. Fix?

  34. Anonymous
    April 2, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Install Classic Shell to fix the crap Start menu!

  35. Stephen France
    April 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections

    Trust me, you will want to get there, and it is not intuitive how to do it.

    • Axle Grease
      April 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      "How Do You Solve a Windows 10 Problem?"

      I google and google and google again until I find the answer. On the very rare occasion an issue is unique to my system. For instance, my download speed limit drops from ~100Mbps to ~80Mbps after every PC reset, and yet is unaffected by cold boots. Only uninstalling and then reinstalling the LAN driver puts it back to 100Mbps. Then there are errors shown in the event viewer that I'm not bothered by, mostly perflib errors in my case, as they don't affect anything.

    • Axle Grease
      April 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      "How Do You Solve a Windows 10 Problem?"

      I google and google and google again until I find the answer. On the very rare occasion an issue is unique to my system. For instance, my download speed limit drops from ~100Mbps to ~80Mbps after every PC reset, and yet is unaffected by cold boots. Only uninstalling and then reinstalling the LAN driver puts it back to 100Mbps. Then there are errors shown in the event viewer that I'm not bothered by, mostly perflib errors in my case, as they don't affect anything.

      • Axle Grease
        April 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

        And then there's friggin' annoying website issues like when a website has no option for a user to delete posts where he's both replied to the wrong place and double posted.

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