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12 of the biggest problems with Windows 10, and how to fix them

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Microsoft really needs a hit, and it looks as though the latest Windows release could be it. A lovely new Start menu, great multi-tasking, and an easy transition between desktop and tablet mode are just a few reasons to get excited. Cortana and Edge might need a bit of work, and some users are definitely encountering teething troubles, but it’s still early days. No software is perfect out of the gate.

Additionally, not every Windows 10 update is perfect. In fact, some — like the Windows 10 Anniversary Update — come with their fair share of new bugs and errors that users need to deal with. That’s not fun…which is why we’re helping out. We’ve gathered together a few commonly reported Windows 10 problems right here, and we’re offering up suggested workarounds and potential fixes.

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Problem: Windows 10 won’t download

Users who have Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are supposed to be able to download Windows 10 automatically by clicking an upgrade icon in the system tray on the taskbar. However, some users have had difficulty with the download, or haven’t been authorized to download it yet (Microsoft is rolling out upgrades gradually so the Internet doesn’t break).


Next Problem: Automatic updates

Problem: Automatic updates

A lot of people have expressed concerns about Microsoft’s new update policy. Updates to Windows 10 are mandatory, so you can only avoid downloading and installing them for so long. That should mean you have stable software with the latest security patches and fixes, but at times it’s going to cause problems. We’ve already seen glitches and crashes caused by a conflict between Windows Update and Nvidia’s latest driver, though the issue was swiftly fixed. The odd bug sneaking through Microsoft’s testing is inevitable.


  • If you head to this Microsoft support page you’ll find instructions for uninstalling an unwanted driver or update. You’ll also find the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package. Download it, open it up, tap Hide updates, and then check the updates you don’t want to install automatically. You can always return to it later and tap Show hidden updates and then un-check anything you’ve decided you do want to install after all.
  • You can prevent Windows 10 from upgrading by using the Computer Configuration tool. Search for Computer Configuration in your search box, and select it. Go to Policies, then Administrative Templates, then Windows Components. Here select Windows Update and look for the option to “Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update.” Enable this option to complete the process.

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