Q&A - 2016
Updates refusing to install on Windows 7?
by Chris Taylor
I have a machine running Windows 7 and recently, when attempting to install an update though Windows Update, I received the message, Error 80240016, Windows update is currently installing other updates. Please try again later. I had gotten this error message before and solved it by restarting Windows. But not this time.
A quick search at Google identified a solution that worked. It turns out that if Microsoft Security Essentials is running a scan, this can prevent updates from being installed! And, I guess, this produces a completely inaccurate error message in Windows Update!
I checked and, although Microsoft Security Essentials was not running a scan, it was warning me that a scan had not been run in a while and my computer might be at risk. I let it run a quick scan, then tried Windows Update again and, this time, it happily installed the pending update.
Getting Cortana to work
by Chris Taylor
Using Tabs in File Explorer
Dubious practices for Windows 10 upgrades
Some backup programs are better - or more flexible - than others!
A recent question at a Q&A session involved a backup drive that was full, with the backup software telling the user to delete all the backup files and start over. The problem was that the software had made a baseline backup followed by a series of incremental backups. Once the disk was full, everything had to be deleted in order to make space for a new set of backups.
Now, while this would indeed allow a new backup to be made, it would also eliminate the ability of the user to recover specific files from past backups. Our solution was simply to switch to a more flexible backup program.
Read the full text article as published in our newsletter: Managing Backups; Ottawa PC News; p.4; June, 2016
Windows 10 Help and Guidance
While the Internet is a rich source of information, if you are looking for specific help in tweaking Windows 10, you are likely to find a huge number of
sites featuring only a limited set of tips.
However, Laptop Mag has put together a very large collection of tips and tricks for Windows 10 titled “How to Use Windows 10” and grouped into sections:
- Windows 10 Basics
- Customize Windows 10
- Fix Annoyances and Problems
- Cortana Tips
- Edge Browser Tips
- Performance and Productivity
- Security and Networking
- Storage and Backup
Visit the site at: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-use-windows-10
Windows 10: Increase the limit of items on jump lists
Ejecting USB drives in Windows 10
Turn off automatic updates in Windows 10
Check disk free space
Backup, backup... backup!
An easy way to empty the Recycle Bin in Windows 10
Open the Recycle Bin and click on Manage. Now, click on the inconspicuous chevron in the top-right corner of the Recycle Bin window. This is a toggle that allows you to expand or minimize the ribbon.
If you expand the ribbon, Windows will remember your preference. So, next time you want to empty the trash, double click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, and simply click on Empty Recycle Bin in the ribbon.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is making it easier for people to provide feedback. In the Search the web and Windows section of the task bar, type in windows feedback. In the results pane, you will see Windows Feedback – Trusted Windows Store app. To give feedback, click the Add new feedback button. Enter details of your suggestion or problem – then wait to see if Microsoft does anything about it! For more information, see: Ottawa PC News; p.1; January 2016 (652 KB PDF)
Update (August, 2016):
With installation of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Redstone),
Windows Feedback has been replaced by the “Feedback Hub” app.