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Tue, Aug 08, 2017 8:39 pm

Windows 10 stuck on scanning and repairing drive

To check on a potential file system corruption issue on a Microsoft Windows 10 system, I opened a command prompt window with administrator privileges and used the chkdsk command to check and repair the file system on drive C with chkdsk /r c:. The chkdsk operation got to "Scanning and repairing drive (C:): 10% complete", but then stayed there for hours. I finally powered the system off and on again which prompted it to restart the drive scan again. It quickly got to the 10% point again and then, again, stayed there, so I powered the system off and on again. When I powered the system off and on again, I saw "Preparing automatic repair" and then "Diagnosing your PC." I then saw the following:

Automatic Repair

Your PC did not start correctly

Press "Restart" to restart your PC, which can sometimes fix the problem. You can also press "Advanced options" to try other options to repair your PC.

 

I clicked on Advanced options which led to a "Choose an option" display where I could choose from the following options:

Choose an option

I clicked on Continue. I then saw a message advising I could skip the disk check by pressing the space key within a number of seconds that counted downwards; I hit the space bar before it got to zero and the system rebooted normally.

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Sun, Jul 23, 2017 4:43 pm

Setting the default application for a file extension in Windows 10

When you click on a file in Microsoft Windows, the operating system opens the file with whatever application, if any, that has been set as the default application to open files with the filename extension on the file. The file extension is a dot at the end of the file name followed by a sequence of other characters, often 3 characters, e.g. for myfile.doc, the extension is .doc. If some program has changed the default setting on a file type so that it now opens files with the relevant extension, but you want to revert to the application that previously opened those types of files, you can do so on a Microsoft Windows 10 system by taking the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start button, usually in the lower, left-h and corner of the screen, then click on Settings.
  2. From the Settings window, click on Apps.
  3. Click on Default apps.
  4. In the Default apps window, scroll down until you see Choose default apps by file type and click on that text.
  5. Scroll down the list of file types until you see the one for which you wish to change the default application, e.g., .doc.
  6. Click on the the icon for the current default application shown to the right of the file type. You will then be able to choose another application to become the default application for opening files of that type, e.g., Microsoft Word for .doc files.
  7. You can then close the Settings window by clicking on the "X" at the upper, right-hand corner of the window.

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Sat, Jul 01, 2017 9:38 pm

Check the scheduled backup for the Windows 10 backup program

You can check the schedule for backups with the backup program that is included with Windows 10 by taking the following steps:
  1. Right-click on the Windows Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Select System and Security.
  4. Double-click on Backup and Restore (Windows 7). You will see the scheduled backup dates in the "Schedule" line, e.g., "Every Sunday at 2:00 AM."

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Fri, May 26, 2017 8:38 pm

Burning an ISO file to a disc under Windows 10

To burn an ISO image file to a disc under Windows 10 using capabilities built into the operating system, click on the .iso file in Windows File Explorer to highlight it. You will then see Disc Image Tools appear at the top of the window with Manage below it.

Click on Manage. You will then see options to Mount or Burn.

Click on Burn. A Windows Disc Image Burner window will appear where you can select the disc burner device, if there is more than one in the system. Click on the Burn button to burn the iso file to a CD or DVD.

When the .iso file has been burned to a disc, you should see a "The disc image has been successfully burned to disc" message and the disc should be ejected from the drive.

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Mon, Apr 10, 2017 8:37 pm

Somone else is still using this PC

I connected remotely to a Microsoft Windows 10 system using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). I updated some software on the system which required a reboot, so I clicked on the Windows Start button and chose to restart the system, however I saw the message "Someone else is still using this PC. If you restart now, they could lose unsaved work." There was a "Restart anyway" button, but, since it was late on a Sunday night, I didn't think anyone else should be accessing the system.

Someone else is still using this PC

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Tue, Mar 14, 2017 8:51 pm

Adding the SNMP service to a Windows 10 system

You can check on whether the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) service has already been added to a Microsoft Windows 10 system by opening a Services window and scrolling through the list of services to see if SNMP is present. You can open a Services window to check the list of installed services by typing services in the Cortana "Ask me anything" field and hitting Enter. The best match shown should be "Services Desktop app". You can click on it to see the list of Windows services.

SNMP service not present

If you see SNMP Trap, but not SNMP Service, you will need to add the service. The process for adding it is similar to the process of adding support for SNMP under Windows 7.

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Fri, Mar 03, 2017 10:50 pm

Data loss provided by Microsoft's security "feature"

I was reminded tonight why one should avoid using Microsoft's latest desktop operating system, Windows 10, for any critical system. I had postponed some work on a Microsoft Windows 10 system that I was connected to by a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection. I had been working on the system a few days ago and returned to using the connection this evening only to see the system was going to reboot in a few minutes for an automatic update. I often have many applications and windows open at once and I knew there wasn't enough time for me to save all of my work, but I thought, even though I only had a few minutes remaining until the forced reboot, that I could at least postpone the reboot until tomorrow evening using the steps at Changing the time for a Windows 10 automatic restart that I've used before to postpone the forced reboot due to a software update. However, tonight when I got to the Windows Update settings window where a "Restart now" button appears, I was not able to click on "Change active hours" because that option did not appear under the "Restart now" button. I frantically tried to find another alternative. I thought, perhaps, I could hibernate the system to save the work in progress, but it was too late; the system rebooted and I lost all of the work in progress, much of which I'll be unable to recreate, since it had been several days since I had been working on the system and I now can't rememeber what I had put in some open Notepad windows, etc.

I understand the need to update systems to install security patches to prevent malware attacks, etc., but I've never lost data on this system over the course of several years due to such issues. I've only lost data due to Microsoft's automatic reboot "security feature".

I've read Microsoft is deigning to give their users a little more control over reboots due to automatic updates with the release of the Windows 10 "Creator's Edition" in April of 2017, e.g., see Windows 10 now prevents random reboots during updates, but Microsoft's decision that rebooting a system while a user is working on it even when there are open unsaved files, because Microsoft has decided that "this is for your own protection and too bad if you lose data" gives me a much more negative view of the company and its products. And I know there are many others similarly angered at the company after losing work to these forced reboots in Windows 10.

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Sun, Jan 29, 2017 7:52 pm

Setting up the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10

With the Anniversary Edition of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system (OS), Microsoft provides a an Ubuntu-based Bash shell that will allow you to run Linux software on your Microsoft Windows 10 system. If you are unsure whether the Anniversary Edition update to Windows 10 is installed on a system, you can follow the steps listed at Determining which version of Windows 10 is installed. You can also use the instructions at Determining the version of Microsoft Windows from the command line. The Anniversary Edition is version 1607 of Windows. Or just checking the software build will reveal whether the Anniversary Edition is installed; if you see "build 14393" or later, then the Anniversary Edition is installed on the system.

The Windows system will also need to be using the 64-bit version of Windows 10 rather than the 32-bit version - see Determining if your version of Windows is a 32-bit or 64-bit version for methods that can be used to determine if the installed version of Windows is a 32-bit or 64-bit version.

If the version of Windows is appropriate, then you can follow these step by step instructions to install the Linux subsystem.

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Sat, Jan 28, 2017 9:46 pm

Setting the default mail application on Windows 10

If you wish to set or change the default mail app on a Microsoft Windows 10 system, you can take the following steps:
  1. Click on the Windows Start button.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on System.
  4. Click on Default apps.
  5. Click on "Choose a default" under Email.
  6. You should then see a list of email applications on the system; click on the one you wish to be the default mail application.
  7. Once you've chosen an email program, you can click on the "X" at the upper, right-hand corner of the window to close it.

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Tue, Jan 10, 2017 10:47 pm

Determining which version of Windows 10 is installed

There have been various iterations of Microsoft Windows 10 since it was first released. Though you might think of Windows 10 as one version compared to Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, etc., but there are versions of Windows 10 itself and "builds" within those versions. You can determine which version of Microsoft Windows 10 is installed on a system running Windows 10 by typing winver in the Cortana "Ask me anything" field. You will then see a window, such as the one below, displaying the version and build number of the operating system. In the example shown below from a Dell laptop, the system is running Version 1511 build 10586.713 of the Windows 10 operating system (OS), which is the "November Update" to the OS.

Windows 10 version and build information

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