17 Windows 10 problems – and how to fix them

17 Windows 10 problems – and how to fix them

Stop tearing your hair out and follow our tips

Windows 10 has been hailed by many as a vast improvement over the previous generation, marrying the best features of ‘classic’ Windows with the best bits of Windows 8.

However, no software is exempt from glitches, bugs and other assorted compatibility issues – least of all Windows 10. While it’s not as bug-riddled as previous Windows versions, there are nonetheless a series of common problems that have been persistently identified by users.

Here’s a list of some of Windows 10’s reoccurring issues – as well as informaton about how to fix them.

  • Download tool now, save the tool and run it on the PC you want to upgrade. If this didn’t work for you back when Windows 10 launched, try it again now – the tool has been improved.
  • Make sure that hardware Disable Execution Prevention (DEP) is switched on in the BIOS, referring to your motherboard manual for help if you need it. If you still have problems, use the Start Menu to search for ‘performance’, run Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows, click the Data Execution Prevention tab and turn DEP on for all programs and services, then reboot and try again.

1 – Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8

We could write a book about the problems people report with the upgrade to Windows 10. From the Get Windows 10 (or GWX) app reporting that perfectly viable computers aren’t compatible, through to the app never appearing in the first place, and to stalled and failed downloads. If you’ve got a PC still stubbornly clinging to Windows 7 or Windows 8, there are a few things to try:

  • Open Control Panel, run Windows Update and ensure that the PC is fully up to date. If updates fail, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter (see below, number 3)
  • Use the Media Creation Tool. Don’t rely on GWX: visit

17 Windows 10 problems – and how to fix them

Stop tearing your hair out and follow our tips

Windows 10 has been hailed by many as a vast improvement over the previous generation, marrying the best features of ‘classic’ Windows with the best bi

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ts of Windows 8.

However, no software is exempt from glitches, bugs and other assorted compatibility issues – least of all Windows 10. While it’s not as bug-riddled as previous Windows versions, there are nonetheless a series of common problems that have been persistently identified by users.

Here’s a list of some of Windows 10’s reoccurring issues – as well as informaton about how to fix them.

We could write a book about the problems people report with the upgrade to Windows 10. From the Get Windows 10 (or GWX) app reporting that perfectly viable computers aren’t compatible, through to the app never appearing in the first place, and to stalled and failed downloads. If you’ve got a PC still stubbornly clinging to Windows 7 or Windows 8, there are a few things to try:

  • Open Control Panel, run Windows Update and ensure that the PC is fully up to date. If updates fail, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter (see below, number 3)
  • Use the Media Creation Tool. Don’t rely on GWX: visit click Download tool now, save the tool and run it on the PC you want to upgrade. If this didn’t work for you back when Windows 10 launched, try it again now – the tool has been improved.
  • Make sure that hardware Disable Execution Prevention (DEP) is switched on in the BIOS, referring to your motherboard manual for help if you need it. If you still have problems, use the Start Menu to search for ‘performance’, run Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows, click the Data Execution Prevention tab and turn DEP on for all programs and services, then reboot and try again.

2 – Can’t upgrade to the latest Windows 10 version

Windows 10 got a significant update (the Windows 10 Fall update) in November, but many computers have failed to install it automatically. From the Start Menu, type ‘winver’ and hit Enter. The latest build number is 10586.XX: if you’re still on 10240 you’ve missed out.

You can try troubleshooting Windows Update (see below), but in our experience, it’s best to use the Media Creation Tool. and use it to upgrade the PC. Note that you’ll see a ‘Ready to install’ screen that, worryingly, doesn’t mention anything about an update: this is correct, just check that the installer is about to install the correct Windows 10 version (Home or Pro) and that it’s set to keep personal file and apps, then click Install – your data, apps and (almost) all of your settings will remain untouched.

3 – Have a lot less free storage than before

You might not know, but after installing Windows 10 the old version of the OS is hanging around in the background taking up useful space. Surprised? When you upgraded, your old version of Windows doesn’t disappear. It’s still in the back of the system and goes by the name “windows.old” and takes up valuable disk space.

You may be asking as to why this happened and the answer is that Microsoft isn’t quite as controlling as some other big tech companies. Instead of forcing users to update their hardware and never look back, Microsoft keeps a hold of the important files that made up your previous OS in the C:/ drive. This is in case you don’t like the new Windows 10 and decide to change back to the previous operating system that you might be more used to.

If you like the new OS and want to delete the old one for good, then click on the Windows Start button and type “cleanup” to automatically search the system. A “Disk Cleanup” app should appear before you in the search criteria field. Click on it to open the application.

A drive selection box should appear. Simply select the drive your OS is installed on. The default drive should appear first which is usually the C:/ drive. If you’re confident that this is the main drive where your OS is installed, hit OK. Windows should scan your system for a while and then a box will pop up.

Now, two things could happen at this point. You could be presented with a list of files to delete right away, one of which is “Previous Windows Installation(s)”, or if that option is not visible, you will need to select the “Clean up system files” option on the bottom left.

Windows will do some more calculations and give you another a very similar looking box, this time with the option to delete ‘previous windows installation(s). You might have to scroll down to find it, but it should be taking up a sizeable bit of drive space, in our case, almost 5GB. Tick this option and click OK. In the separate message box that appears asking if you’re certain you want to send this, click Delete Files, and you’re done.

4 – Windows Update isn’t working

Many people have reported issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Check first that you’ve upgraded to the Windows 10 Fall update (see above, number 2). If you’re still getting problems, then reboot and try to update again.

If the problems remain, you might need to get a bit more stuck in. First, check that System Restore is configured (see below, number 7) and create a restore point. With this done, use Win+x and select Command Prompt (Admin), then type ‘net stop wuauserv’ (without the quotes) and hit Enter, followed by ‘net stop bits’ and Enter. You should see confirmations that each service was either stopped or wasn’t running. Next, open Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution, and delete its contents including any sub-folders. Now reboot, open Windows Update and click Check for updates.

5 – Turn off forced updates

If you’re anything like us, you set up previous Windows releases so that they wouldn’t install updates automatically – one forced reboot is one too many. To be fair to Microsoft, Windows 10 handles post-update reboots much more elegantly, but we’d still rather be in control from the outset.

There is a workaround for users running Windows 10 Pro: from the Start Menu, search for ‘gpedit’ and run the Group Policy Editor. Expand Computer Configuration in the left-hand pane, and navigate to Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update. Double-click Configure Automatic Updates in the list, select the Enabled radio button, and in the left-hand box select 2 – Notify for download and notify for install. Now click OK, and you’ll be notified whenever there are updates – unfortunately, they’ll be a daily irritation if you’re using Windows Defender.

The Group Policy Editor isn’t available on Windows 10 Home, but we’d recommend you at least open Windows Update, click Advanced options and select Notify to schedule restart from the Choose how updates are installed list. While you’re here, all Windows 10 users might want to click Choose how updates are delivered, and ensure that Updates from more than one place is either off, or set to PCs on my local network.

6 – Turn off unnecessary notifications

Windows 10’s Action Center is an excellent way to view all your computer’s important messages, collating pop-ups and notifications from your email, social media apps like Facebook, updates from software like Adobe’s Creative Suite and even system messages from Windows itself.

Unfortunately, it can quickly become cluttered with notifications that you’re not really interested in, and having to dismiss repeated messages from over-eager apps can be an annoying hassle.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to ensure that the Action Center only shows you relevant information. Open the settings menu, then navigate to System | Notifications & Actions. You’ll find a series of toggles governing how notifications are displayed, including the ability to turn off Windows tips, disable notifications from showing up on the lock screen or while presenting, and even the option to turn off notifications altogether.

You can also disable notifications on a per-app basis, so if Java keeps bugging you to install an update, or Candy Crush Saga won’t stop nagging you to play another few levels, you can turn off notifications for those apps while leaving the software you actually care about to keep on giving you notifications.

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