Showing posts with label windows 10. Show all posts
Showing posts with label windows 10. Show all posts

June 10, 2016

Windows 10: Preparing For Automatic Repair


New versions of the Windows Operating System have quite a track record of being highly unstable and buggy when they are first released to the general populous, and Windows 10 did nothing but add to this reputation. When it came out, Windows 10 was simply riddled with problems and issues, one of which was the “Preparing automatic repair” loop. 

The “Preparing automatic repair” screen is the screen that a Windows 10 user sees when something goes wrong with their computer and Windows 10 attempts to fix it by itself.

Users who suffered from the “Preparing automatic repair” loop would be able to successfully install and use Windows 10, but only until their first reboot. As soon as they rebooted their computer after the installation of Windows 10, they would see the “Preparing automatic repair” screen, after which their computer would force reboot and they would see the same screen again, and so on. The only way to interrupt the cycle is to cut the power to the computer, but the same thing starts happening the next time the computer boots up, rendering it pretty much useless. However, there are a couple of solutions that have proven to be able to fix this problem for users who have experienced it in the past, and if you’re suffering from the same issue, you should definitely try these:
How to BOOT into BIOS to change Boot Order
Restart your computer. Enter your computer’s BIOS (or UEFI) settings as soon as it starts up. The key that you need to press to enter these settings depends on the manufacturer of your computer’s motherboard and can be anything from Esc, Delete or F2 to F8, F10 or F12. This is displayed on the post screen, and the manual that was supplied with your system. A quick google search asking “how to enter bios” followed by model number will also list results. Navigate to the Boot. You must know how to boot and change boot order since this will be needed to perform the solutions below.
Solution 1: Enable XD-bit (No-Execute Memory Protect) in your BIOS
It seems that, until or unless XD-bit (better known as No-execute memory protect), a feature available in every computer’s BIOS settings, is turned on, a Windows 10 user remains prone to suffering from a “Preparing automatic repair” screen loop. XD-bit is disabled by default, and the following are the steps you need to go through to enable it:
Restart your computer. At the first screen that your computer displays when booting up, press a specific key that will get you into its BIOS This key will be available in your computer’s user manual and on the first screen that it displays during startup. (see how to boot to bios above)

Once in your computer’s BIOS, peruse through the tabs and locate XD-bit. Enable XD-bitSave your changes. Restart your computer, and it should boot like it is supposed to. 

Solution 2: Expand your computer’s System Reserved partition
The “Preparing automatic repair” loop can also be given birth to if your computer’s System Reserved partition is smaller than it should be. If that is the case, you need to:
Go here and download the MiniTool Partition WizardInstall and then run the MiniTool Partition Wizard.
When the program opens, you should see a map of your computer’s HDD’s or SSD’s partitions. Right-click on the partition you installed Windows 10 on and click on ShrinkShrink the partition by 250 MB. This will create 250 Megabytes of unallocated space.

Move the System Reserved partition right next to this unallocated space by dragging your partitions around.
Right-click on the System Reserved partition and click on Extend.
Restart the computer and check to see if the issue has been resolved.

Solution 3: Perform a System Restore
System Restore is a really handy little feature that comes with Windows 10 and is ideal for fixing problems with the OS such as this “Preparing automatic repair” screen loop. Since the loop prevents you from accessing your computer’s Operating System, you are going to have to boot your computer from a Windows 10 installation disc or USB and then perform the following steps:
Configure your language and other preferences. On the screen where you see an Install now button at the center, click on Repair your computer in the bottom left corner.
Select the Operating System you want to repair.
At the recovery options menu, click on System Restore.
Follow the onscreen instructions to restore the computer to an earlier point in time.
Once the System Restore has been completed, restart the computer, and it should progress past the “Preparing automatic repair” screen and not get stuck on it.

Solution 4: Reinstall Windows 10
If none of the solutions listed above worked for you, there is a pretty good chance that the problem is localized to your specific installation of Windows 10. If that is the case, simply reinstalling Windows 10 should be able to fix the problem. 

Solution 5: Check your hardware

If reinstalling Windows 10 doesn’t get rid of the issue either, the issue might not be software related but related to your computer’s hardware instead. For example, your computer might have a failed or failing HDD or SSD that is causing the “Preparing automatic repair” screen loop. Contact me at if you need further assistance.

May 15, 2016

Remove Windows Nagging To Upgrade To Windows 10

Remove Windows Nag Icon To Upgrade To Windows 10 

Microsoft has pushed out a nag tray icon, that never goes away and you cant close it, trying to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

While it is fine to offer something like that, the point that you cant get rid of it or close it, is what the problem is and shows how desperate Microsoft is to get their piece of the App Store pie that Apple and Google enjoy.

Option 1: One way to get rid of this nag ware is to remove the update that installed it. You must uninstall KB3035583.

"To do this, launch Control Panel, click on Programs > Programs and Features, and in the left side of the screen hit the “View installed updates” section.

Look for KB3035583 in the list, right-click it and hit the remove option. If you don’t want to be bothered again in the future, just hide it and no other notifications will be displayed because the update won’t be installed again on your PC."

Option 2. There have even been others who have found it goes even deeper than that.

"After you uninstall KB3021917, KB3035583 and KB3022345, you also need to disable two tasks in Task Scheduler.

There are two tasks under TaskScheduler > Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience, "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" and "ProgramDataUpdater", that will continue to contact telemetry servers even if telemetry is disabled. These tasks run and phone home even if CEIP is opted-out of. Reproduce (on Win7 Pro)"

Option 3. Simple .bat file script

But if you are a tech and have a lot of computers you now need to remove this from, then going to each machine and removing it, rebooting, then hiding it from the updates is going to be a pain, even if you write a script for it.

To avoid a reboot you can simply stop the exe that is running the tray icon, rename it the folder and be done. I have made a bat file to do this for you, just make sure to run it as administrator of course.

You can download the required file in a zip here: 
Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Nagging Popup - Direct Download

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx" /v DisableGWX /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate" /v DisableOSUpgrade /d 1 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade" /v AllowOSUpgrade /d 0 /f
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade" /v ReservationsAllowed /d 0 /f

start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log
start /wait wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583 /quiet /norestart /log

Yes you see the uninstall in there twice, for some reason it wont uninstall the first time it is ran.

You can then put this in a startup script for all your users, or if you are a normal user and just want an easier way to get rid of the nag, then this should do the trick for now (As of September, 2017 it is still working right). 

April 12, 2016

Microsoft Adds QR Codes To The Windows 10 Blue Screen of Death

Microsoft is adding QR codes to its Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). It's the biggest change to the BSOD since the software maker removed a lot of crash details in Windows 8 and replaced them with a frowning face. The new QR codes are featured in the latest preview of Windows 10, which will debut this summer as the Anniversary Update.
Microsoft is using the QR codes to help support technicians identify error codes in the blue screens, and for Windows 10 users to quickly scan them from a phone to find support articles and assistance. BSOD's have often been complicated to understand, and at times difficult to use to identify the root cause of an issue, but this simplified approach leveraging QR codes could help Windows 10 users troubleshoot any system issues.

April 2, 2016

How To Disable Web Search In The Windows 10 Search Box

By default, the search box in Windows 10 will return search results for your query from both your local computer and the Internet.
As is typically the case, some folks love the integrated search feature, and others hate it.
Personally, I prefer to use the Windows search box just to search for items on my computer. For web searches, I prefer to use Google.
If you would prefer to keep your local and online searches separate as well, you can easily disable the Web Search feature in Windows 10. Here’s how: 
1 – Press the Windows+S key combination to open a search box.
windows-10-search-settings-icon2 – Click the “Gear” shaped Settings icon at the top left of the search box. It should look similar to the icon over on the right.
3 – Toggle the “Search online and include web results” setting to Off.
That’s all there is to it. From now on all of your local searches will be limited just to the files, utilities and programs on your local PC.

February 16, 2016

Windows 10 is NOT Tracking Your Every Move!

Everyone, I am hearing from many clients and people that they are under the impression that Windows 10 is tracking and following every move someone is making over the internet. This is NOT true. If you are still anxious, suspicious, or need to verify this for yourself, then you should download one or all of the programs below:

I. O&O Shut Up 10. This one can be run from a USB flash drive and it does not need to be installed!
O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.
Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.

"O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!"

Windows 10 Antispy-Tool free Download
Still worried that Windows 10 is 'spying' on you?

II. Spybot Anti-Beacon. This is a one-click solution that just works!

Still worried that Windows 10 is 'spying' on you? 
The key word for all of the paranoia, and a lack of evidence for it in Windows 10, is "TELEMETRY" because Windows 10 is designed to help and assist you. One example is a reminder of expediting your trip to the airport 30 minutes earlier due to traffic on the way. Convenience, such as reminders, calendar entries, airline confirmation emails, etc. requires two things-
1. Your location
2. Access to the internet

More information about Telemetry here:

If you truly are ready and have the need to track everything then go ahead and install Wireshark which allows you to monitor all data going out.

May 25, 2015

Microsoft 10 and The Internet of Things

Full Website Credit: Motley Fool

Microsoft's Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things: What You Need to Know

Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) has said it intends to have one operating system for all types of devices. It apparently takes that promise seriously. The company, which has announced that Windows 10 will power not only PCs but also tablets, phones, and even Xbox, will also make a version of the OS for Internet of Things connected devices.
These machines -- which include things like smart thermostats and other household appliances -- won't run the full operating system. Instead, they will run customized versions of Windows 10 designed to enable their functionality. Whether it's a smart toaster or a complicated piece of machinery in a factory, Windows 10 will power it -- or at least that's what Microsoft hopes will happen.
Microsoft laid out how the operating system will work on the IoT at its recent Build developer's conference in a presentation led by Sam George and Steve Teixeira, two executives from its IoT group.
IoT is an opportunityThe presentation started with George and Teixeira laying out what Microsoft sees as the opportunity created by the IoT. The pair showed a number of reasons why the the world is moving rapidly toward a connected future, as seen in the graphic below.
Source: Microsoft
Teixeira explained that it is the confluence of these factors that drives demand and creates opportunity. For example, connectivity used to be slow and expensive, he said, "Today between 3G, 4G, mobile data as well as broad Wi-Fi coverage, data is almost there and you can depend on that for building new solutions."
Add in cheaper hardware, easier development, and increasing demand, and you have market forces pushing the IoT forward.
"We can marry all these together. It's no longer just about these devices in the world kind of working independent of one another," George said. "It's these devices connected to one another, connected to the cloud producing a solution that really exceeds the sum of all the parts ... People see the value and it fuels the demand for more."
George cited a statistic from Gartner saying that there will be 25 billion IoT-connected devices by 2020. He also referenced an IDC study which says the market will grow to $7.2 trillion by that year.
"We are convinced that we are in the next generation of computing and that it's going to be big," he said. 
Comprehensive solutions from device to cloudHowever big the market gets, Microsoft intends to serve it through Windows 10 from "the smallest devices through the large devices to massive hyper-scale cloud," Teixeira said.
The company will do that, he stressed, using one platform.
"Whether its Hololens or Raspberry Pi or WIndows desktop or phone [it's all one platform], he said. "You can extend that to the IoT editions ... It's the same platform ... and it's Windows, so you know it can go into enterprise."
It's free for IoTThe "IoT Core Edition" of Windows 10 will be free. (This was expected, since Microsoft has stopped charging for Windows on certain tablets made by its OEM partners.)
That's a seemingly minor concession, but it's important because even a small charge might make Windows a less attractive option for developers.
Security is key"We're putting a big priority on end-to-end security," George said while speaking about how Windows and IoT will work on the company's Azure cloud platform. 
He noted that IoT is a new world when it comes to keeping devices safe. Because of that, Microsoft is "following all of the industry best practices, but we have some ideas to take it further," he said. 
What one OS meansNo matter what the hardware platform, Microsoft will have universal apps, universal drivers, and a universal interface that adapts for the screen you are using it on. That does not mean your smart coffee machine will be able to play Angry Birds, but you will be able to communicate with it across your phone, tablet, PC, or even some wearables.
The goal of the universal platform Teixeira explained is simplifying things for developers. "I apologize. We made you guys write multiple, different drivers to get one piece of hardware to work across the ecosystem," he said after detailing just how much work it used to take to work in the previous Windows setup. 
He added that in the end, the whole goal of Windows 10 for IoT is building better, more responsive hardware.
"I don't just want to make devices necessarily that are just sitting passively in the corner," Teixeira said. "I want devices that I can talk to, that can see me, that can understand my gestures."

May 6, 2015

Windows 10 Just Might Be The Last Windows OS Version We Will Ever Need

Could Windows 10 be the last new version of Windows we will ever install on our PCs and mobile devices?

If some of things being said and hinted at by Microsoft are any indication, the answer could very well be yes.
It’s no secret that Windows 10 will likely be sold on a subscription model, which means that as long as we keep making periodic payments to Microsoft our Windows installations will keep on running on our devices without interruption. 
The most recent conversations about Windows 10 are that the regular Windows Updates will include both minor and major changes to the operating system, which will be in addition to the typical bug fixes and security patches. Under that scenario would there ever really be a need to release a “new version” of Windows?
Personally, I think such a move would be a good thing. We would no longer have to bother with installing Windows upgrade versions and our Windows installations would always be completely up to date.
This will definitely be a ground breaking Windows 10 for many reasons and as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) I will definitely keep all of you informed as to this possibility becoming reality....