Fix for “Diagnostics troubleshooting wizard has stopped working” on Windows 10.

Here is a possible fix for when the Windows 10 Troubleshooter stops working: Check to make sure your Temp and Tmp environment variables are pointing to valid fixed drives and folders.

[Note: Last I checked, flash drives and external USB drives did not work as a temp folder. Hopefully a future Windows 10 update will fix this oversight.]

Steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + Pause/Break to bring up the “Control Panel System and Security” page.
  2. Select “Advanced System Settings“.
  3. Select “Environment Variables” at the bottom.
  4. See the “TEMP” and “TMP" user variables”? Edit those to point to a valid folder on a fixed-drive, such as “C:\Temp” or “D:\Temp”.
  5. Do the same for the “TEMP" and “TMP" system variables. (You might have to scroll down to see them.)
All done! A reboot now shouldn’t be required, but it might help!

Is MalwareBytes Premium Worth It? – We Hate Malware

His conclusion: MalwareBytes Premium – The premium version adds a lot more functionality and protection.

Sounds like he approves.. here are his supporting points:

  • Prevents spyware and malware infections – the premium version will stop spyware and malware from installing itself on your computer, whether through a sneak attack, drive by installation, or a “piggyback” installation.
  • Stops Ransomware attacks – probably the most costly and damaging attack, ransomware locks up all of your files behind a very powerful encryption.  You then have to pay the hackers for the “key” to break the encryption and free your files.  Ransomware is almost impossible to remove once it’s on your computer.  However MalwareBytes can stop this before it gets on your computer.
  • Internet Browsing Protection – MalwareBytes will monitor your internet browsing and stop you from visiting or being redirected to a site that is potentially hazardous.  This means you’ll be safe from sneaky redirects that can exist on websites and even in the ads on a website.
  • Automatic protection updates – this means that MalwareBytes is constantly updating its protection algorithms utilizing what they call “machine learning technology”.  Since they have access to millions of malware reports they can stay abreast of all the latest malware technology.  They then automatically update and apply this to your computer’s protection system.
  • Automatic updates of latest definitions – The premium version automatically checks for new malware definition updates and upgrades the software for you.  If you have the free version it will not automatically update the malware definitions for you.  You’ll have to do this manually or re-install the latest version.  This is a lot of effort and most people will miss a step, leaving themselves open to an attack.

How to disable the pagefile in Windows 10 [You can, but DON’T DO IT]

Um… this site mentions “it is not recommended to disable the paging file”.
And then next they state, “How to disable the paging file in Windows 10”.

Some people.. sigh. Turning off the page file to gain performance is a myth!
Even if you have lots of RAM..

Don’t disable the pagefile.

Windows needs it to reliably run, especially when you start multitasking on the computer.

No matter how much RAM your computer has, Windows will still occasionally swap memory out to disk.

If you really want a performance boost, set the Minimum and Maximum values to the same value to avoid fragmenting the pagefile even more. Or better yet, upgrade to an internal SSD (Solid State Drive)!

Here is what I recommend (having personally tried them):

Amazon.com has a few SSD for sale at a decent price: Search for “Internal Solid State Drives“. The Samsung SSD (sata III) are really nice drives at a nice price.

If your computer’s motherboard has an NVMe slot, then buy a Samsung M.2 NVMe drive (2280 is the most common length). PCIe adapters are also available for NVMe drives. These drives are extremely fast. Like 2+ GB/second fast!

Good luck and happy hunting! If you have any questions, please comment below.