Okay, you’ve bought or built yourself a nice new shiny computer system..
Now, how do you go about protecting yourself from any losing data, music, pictures, or videos?
That’s right, you make backups. Of the data. Of the family photos..
(Please make backups!)
But what do you do when your Windows 10 gets corrupted and won’t even boot?
That’s easy.. just boot into the other Windows 10 you installed on another drive!
Okay, when you build (or buy) a new computer, spend a few more dollars and buy a second drive or two. A single 1 TB drive is easily less than $50 these days. However many drives you want to add into your shiny new system (and that computer is capable of connecting drives). You can even install and run Windows from a USB external drive.
And install your legit Windows 10 onto each drive. That’s right, install once per drive.
You don’t have to play games on these drives, or run any software you don’t need. You just want the basic Windows 10 Operating System. Oh, and maybe let each OS run Windows Update every few weeks. Just not all on the same day or week, lol.
What this does is adds more options to the Windows Boot Menu screen. (You can set your “real” OS to boot by default with a timer, btw.)
And what this allows you to do is still access your files, documents, or anything you have stored on each drive.
Even if the “real” OS fails out on you. Have fun with your newfound resiliency!
I use Window 10’s builtin task manger a lot. Any time I hear a drive spin up, or a file transfer slowing down, or something just doesn’t feel right with the computer.. I open up the Task Manager. Lol.. it probably runs more than most applications on my computer.
Now, while seeing the Disk Active Time can be useful for diagnosticating issues, there are times when I would like to see the Disk Transfer Rate on the little graphing windows.
Shouldn’t be too hard to add in another option, eh Microsoft? Please?
Thank you so much for this fix! Windows 10 was driving me crazy with every search!
Here is the text to save as “details.reg” (or use whatever name works for you, as long as the extension is “.reg”).
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;Fixes search results defaults to Content view.
;Sets Details view as default search results view for Generic folders.
;Generic Search Results
;Pictures Search Results
;Music Search Results
;Documents Search Results
;Videos Search Results
Here is the list of the software utilities on my computers that have withstood a whole year of tinkering with Windows 10, bad Windows updates, hard drive partitions getting swapped back and forth, crappy antivirus programs, and other scam software (Here’s looking at you Zemana!).
Other programs have had to uninstalled and then reinstalled because of bugs or updates. Or sometimes they just quit working.. MalwareBytes almost made it onto this list, but I’ve never seen an install of it lasting more than few months before it just disappears. As in, no clue why and no traces of it left on the computers.. /shrug !
Browsing stackoverflow and other programming websites like crazy (only 60 Chrome processes running.. ) tonight with Pandora running in the background, when my sound cuts out?!
So, I check the internet connection and it’s fine..
So, I check the browser (Google’s Chrome) and it’s fine..
So, I glance over at Windows 10 spiffy new taskbar sound volume icon.. realize it’s got a tiny red x on it. (And, at 4K it’s a really tiny x!)
So I click on it. Got this helpful message box. Grr.. really?
Time to reboot, and try try again.
Probably will have to uninstall device drivers, and usb devices.. grumble grumble..
[Update: No reboot yet, but YouTube still plays video with audio!]
via Troy Hunt: Don’t tell people to turn off Windows Update, just don’t
I totally agree with his advice. Why? Because your machine remains open to attacks if it is not kept updated with the latest security measures. And it’s easy to forget to check!
So, don’t turn off Windows Updates!
Head on over to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to download the ISO!
And *if you want even newer versions* there is a way: Join the “Windows Insiders Program“.
(And if you want the most recent Insider version, just google “sihmar“. Remember, I take no responsibility for your actions!)
Do you like Amazon Drive, but don’t like the fact that it sticks its own folder at the root of your Windows file explorer?
I don’t like it, so here is a link below to a page that describes more in detail about how to remove Amazon Drive from showing in Windows 10 File Explorer.
Remove Amazon Drive from the File Explorer navigation pane » Winhelponline.com
And here is a mirror for the registry file to merge. (Click the link to download & merge)
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.
[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.]
+ Pause/Break to bring up the “
Control Panel\System and Security\System” page.
- Select “
Advanced System Settings” on the left side.
- Select “
Environment Variables” at the bottom.
- See the “
TMP user variables”? Edit those to point to a valid folder on a fixed-drive, such as “
- Do the same for the
TMP system variables. (You’ll have to scroll down to find them.)
All done! A reboot now shouldn’t be required, but it might help!