Windows 10 is easily the most popular operating system and the biggest one ever. Over the years, Microsoft resolved most of the problems encountered by the operating system. However, some issues have lingered or been a result of recent Windows updates.
Even the Windows 10 May 2019 update coming soon already has its own issues. The company revealed that the update won’t work if the user inserts an external drive or USB in the PC. It is important to at least know how to tackle already existing issues. For example, the October 2018 Update caused all kind of issues. A big one was the Blue Screen errors.
The new update coming should fix some existing problems. This shows that Microsoft is always working to make things better. In anticipation of the new update and impending solutions and problems, here is a compilation of six common problems and how to solve them. Included are also some simple troubleshooting instructions.
1. Inconvenient software update reboots
The Windows 10 is mostly an Internet-based operating system. This sounds good, but it can also be a problem. These automatic updates will require restarting at the oddest times. A simple way to fix this is to:
- Go to Settings and then Update and Security.
- Click on Advanced Options.
- Then click on Notify to Schedule Restart. This will let the OS request a reboot instead of interrupting you at inconvenient times.
2. Windows 10 activation
Activating the Windows 10 operating system has been a problem for some users. The best way to avoid this problem is to make sure you don’t have a knock-off version of Windows 10. Make sure to get an original one.
The latest version is only available online. The official Microsoft websites are the best places to get it. There was a free version available, but the promo ended a while ago. There are original downloadable copies on the Microsoft website. In case you have done all these but you are still unable to get it, follow the steps below.
- Go to Settings.
- Click Update and Security.
- Go to Activation.
- Then select Troubleshoot. Keep in mind that you will not find these options if you already have the OS activated.
3. Windows 10 installation space
Installing the Windows 10 operating system is always the first challenge. It requires a certain amount of free space on your computer drive for it to download and run successfully. The space requirement for the OS is 16 GB. To check how much space you have left:
- Go to My Computer or This PC. You will see all the drivers listed and how much space you have left.
- Click right and select Properties to get a better view. Keep in mind that your system drive is usually “C:”.
- You might want to free up some space by moving some of the bigger files into an external hard drive.
4. Locating safe mode
Safe mode is a safe way to boot up a PC and run the system with no startup apps and only essential drivers. This will enable your computer boot successful in the situation where there might be some trouble with it. To enable Windows 10 access Safe Mode:
- Hold down the Shift key while it’s booting.
- Or select Restart from the desktop while holding Shift.
5. Printer compatibility
Printer compatibility on an older device can pose real issues. Upgrading to the Windows 10 OS will also require an update to all available printer drives. This will prevent them from not working after the upgrade. To solve this problem:
- Search for the name of the printer in your search engine. You can use Google for this.
- Download the latest Windows 10 compatible drivers.
- Be sure to download them from the actual manufacturer’s website.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install them.
6. Changing privacy and Wi-Fi settings
Securing your computer is very important to prevent hackers and cyber attacks. Windows 10 comes with some inbuilt security measures. A feature that security conscious people using the OS will need to deactivate is Wi-Fi Sense. This feature automatically shares the Wi-Fi password across Windows 10 devices on the same account. To turn the feature off:
- Go to the Start Menu.
- Select Settings.
- Click on Network and Internet.
- Select Wi-Fi.
- Then head to Manage Wi-Fi Settings and turn off all the options there.