Posts Tagged ‘windows’

KB3189866 Stuck at 45% or 95%? Install it Manually Instead

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Microsoft will most likely address this problem eventually, but in the meantime, a manual update will take care of it.

Reports are coming in that the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, KB3189866 won’t install properly when Windows Update is being used. Users who experience the issue notice that the update stalls at 45% or 95% most of the time, and that it won’t continue with the installation after that point. The usual options to resolve update issues are not helping in this case. Restarting the computer, running Microsoft’s Windows Troubleshooter, clearing the update cache, or resetting Windows update settings don’t help as the update remains stuck whenever Windows begins to download it.

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Fixing Tiny Text in Windows

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

This is a rather obvious fix for a pretty common problem, but it’s worth sharing, just the same.

If you are running your Windows computer on a high resolution display, for instance one of those brand new 4K displays, you may have noticed that some text does not scale well. While most programs and apps should work well on high resolution displays, others display text so small that you can barely read anything without binoculars. Basically, these issues may occur on any device that is connected to displays with a resolution greater than Full HD (1080p).

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Would You Pay a Subscription Fee for Windows?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Although Microsoft hasn’t taken this step yet, it does seem to be the way of the future. Software companies have discovered that subscription fees generate additional revenue, so it’s pretty obvious that they’ll eventually go that route.

Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10’s free for the first year upgrade offer, rumors circulated around the Internet that the company would introduce subscriptions after that time period that all users who had upgraded to Windows 10 for free would have to pay. While those rumors are not true as far as I can tell, it is clear that software companies have been moving towards subscription-based services in the past couple of years.

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Microsoft wants to make Windows 7 and 8.1 Updating Easier

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

While these changes may or may not make updating easier, the separation of security and non-security patches will probably make the process slightly more confusing.

Microsoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company’s Windows operating system today. The company created what it calls rollup packages for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which are designed to bring the operating system to the newest patched version without having to install all updates released for it one by one.

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Speed Up the Windows Right-Click Menu

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Here’s a simple, effective solution for a very common problem …

The following guide provides you with information on how to speed up the time it takes to display the right-click menu on machines running the Windows operating system. I noticed recently on a machine running Windows 10 that some right-clicks on files, folders or the taskbar, would take several seconds to load on the first right-click. Windows would display a spinning loading or processing icon when that happened, and it was kinda puzzling that this happened on the machine as its was powered by a fast SSD, 16 Gigabyte of RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor.

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This Computer will Soon Stop Receiving Google Chrome Updates

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

This month, Google will stop supporting Chrome on XP and Vista machines. Fortunately though, XP and Vista users do have a couple of options to solve this problem.

If you are running Chrome on a Windows XP or Vista machine, you will have received a notification by now on the browser’s new tab page that informs you that support for that browser will end soon. The message reads “This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows vista will no longer be supported”.

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Textify – Copy Text that cannot be Copied

Monday, April 4th, 2016

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sure sounds quicker than capturing the entire screen via Print Screen and then using Photoshop to convert the screen into an image.

Textify is a free portable program for the Windows operating system that enables you to copy text from dialogs and windows that cannot be copied usually. Basic examples are dialogs, text displayed in program windows that cannot be copied, or certain error messages that programs may throw. While you may be able to use Ctrl-C anyway to copy text, it is sometimes not possible to do so without OCR software or other means.

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Pwn2Own 2016 – Windows, OS X, Chrome, Edge, Safari All Hacked

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Well, here’s some unsettling news …

The results of this year’s Pwn2Own security contest are in and things are not looking good for Windows and Apple OS X, the browsers Safari, Edge and Chrome, and Adobe Flash as they have all been pwned by participating security teams. Firefox was not part of the 2016 contest because it has not “made serious security improvements in the last year” according to Brian Gorenc, manager of Vulnerability Research at HPE, which sponsored the 2016 event together with TrendMicro.

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Don’t Open Local PDFs in Edge; You will Lose All Tabs

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Apparently, the Microsoft’s new Edge browser still has a few bugs that need to be worked out.

For some time now I have experienced a strange issue when using Microsoft’s Edge web browser on a Windows 10 machine. The browser, configured to reload all tabs from the last browsing session on start, would lose all open tabs occasionally. I first thought that this was my doing, that I somehow, without realizing it, hit the wrong button or something which made Edge forget about the previous browsing session, but after being very careful about it, I was sure that this was not my doing.

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How to Generate a Battery Report in Windows

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Here’s a not-so-well-known Windows feature that would definitely come in handy for laptops and other mobile computers.

Windows ships with built-in operations to generate a battery report, a detailed status report highlighting useful information about the battery and its usage history. If you run the Windows operating system on a battery powered device, you are probably keeping an eye on the battery status regularly to make sure the system won’t just shut down at one point in time due to a lack of power.

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