windows 10

How can I authenticate Windows 10 after replacing my motherboard?

Episode 1375

John from Portland, ME
Windows Start Menu

John wants to know if he can reactivate Windows after replacing the Motherboard. Leo says he probably can. He'll just have to contact Microsoft and tell them what he's had to replace, and they will understand and authenticate. If he replaced more than half the computer, they may take issue. But with just replacing the motherboard, he should be able to get it authenticated. Windows may reject him when he tries, but then he can just contact Microsoft.

Why is my PC running so hard?

Hugo from San Diego, CA

Episode 1370

Hugo got the Windows Anniversary update and he finds that the PC runs at 100% all the time and that it runs hotter. Leo says that has been a common problem for many users, and once you've upgraded to a new OS from an old OS, it may inherit some issues. Leo advises using Microsoft's Media Creation tool and backup his data, format his hard drive and reinstall Windows using the Windows Install he just created. That'll definitely fix it. He can think of it as Spring cleaning. There could also be some bugs in it that is causing some services to run even after he's closed a program out.

How can I resume installing Windows after a power outage?

Episode 1364

Frank from Huntington Beach, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Frank was in the middle of upgrading to Windows 10 on his laptop when the power went out right in the middle of it. Leo says if Frank is lucky, he can roll it back. Leo says to try and start the update process over again. What Leo recommends is to try the "Repair" option in the Windows Update. He should save the Windows install onto a USB key and boot to it. Then select "Repair" when it runs.

How can I access my hard drive?

Episode 1364

Terri from Temecula, CA
Hard Drive

Terri's computer is crashing multiple times and trying to reboot. Leo says it could be a myriad of issues including a flakey hard drive. That's the most likely culprit. It could also be a bad memory chip that is corrupted and causing it to load and stall. Maybe the stick has worked its way lose.

The problem is, if she brings it in, it'll get wiped and sometimes they can make it worse. She can try and run a recovery with Windows. She can also download Windows 10, put it on a USB key, and then select "Repair" when she runs the recovery. Then backup her data immediately.

Why can't I update Windows 10?

Episode 1364

Chuck from Neenah, WI
Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Chuck can't get the Windows Anniversary update because his old Samsung laptop may not be compatible with it. Leo says that's shocking. If his laptop has Windows 10 on it, then it should work with the Anniversary Update. Can he turn off Windows update? The problem is that he can't turn off the updates in Windows 10, he can only delay it. This is a unique case for Microsoft support.

How can I stop my antivirus from preventing my Windows 10 upgrade?

Episode 1362

Dale from Palmdale, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Dale is trying to upgrade to Windows 10, but his AVG antivirus software won't let him do it. He's tried to remove it but it still won't let him. Leo recommends going to the AVG website to download their removal/uninstaller tool. He shouldn't reinstall that either, as Windows already has its own antivirus called Windows Defender. If that doesn't work, he may have to back up his data, format the drive, and install Windows 10 from a clean hard drive.

Why does Windows 10 keep telling me I'm unprotected?

Episode 1357

Bret from Wood-Ridge, NJ
Windows 10

Bret has Windows 10 and uses Windows Defender, but it keeps telling him he's unprotected -- even if he's just run a scan. Leo says there's a little red flag in the task menu, and if he opens that up, it will tell him what's unprotected. Bret says it's just notifications that keep coming up, and Leo says he can just turn those notifications off. Leo suggests looking at the screen that tells him what's unprotected. If he doesn't have protection updates turned on, he may want to do that. If he wants to be as safe as possible, he should turn all that stuff on.