Windows

How Can I Turn Off Memory Dump When My PC Crashes?

Windows 10 Laptop

Episode 1605

John from Los Angeles, CA

John records music on his laptop, but his software is crashing a lot. When it crashes, it compiles error data for a long time. Can he turn that off? Leo says that John has a 64GB of RAM and that can take a long time. You should be able to turn off the memory dump in the system and security under "advanced." Hit the Windows Key and type startup and recovery. Windows+X select system, advanced, startup, and recovery, then you can turn off the memory dump. Select NONE.  But Leo also says that if it's crashing, it could be that your drivers are corrupted.

Do Not Download/Open Email Attachments

Do not open email attachments, as they are one of the most common causes of innocent computer users getting infected with malicious malware. Email attachments are "the kiss of death." Ask the sender to place the attachment in Dropbox, etc. or other safer alternatives. Furthermore, Mac and Windows 10 users can open PDF files by themselves, so no need to download and install additional software like Adobe Reader. There are too many vulnerabilities these days regarding email attachments and outdated Adobe software.

Why Can I Not Update My Windows?

1903

Episode 1603

Carmine from Chicago

Carmine is having issues updating Windows. He's behind and can't update to "1809." He's on 1803. Leo says that 1809 wasn't a good update, and Microsoft just skipped it and moved on to 1903. Eventually, Carmine will get it. There are ways to force it, and he can "check for updates." But Leo says that feature updates aren't as important as security updates. Eventually, it'll come.

Why Can I Not Update Windows?

 Windows

Episode 1600

Fred from Tarzana, CA

Fred uses a Windows PC, and he's having trouble updating to the 1903 update. He had a similar problem a few years ago during the Anniversary edition. He just can't update it. Leo says he's heard several are having issues like that and it could be something unusual that is uncommon about his computer. It could be hardware related, but also quite likely a unique computer program that he has installed. Leo suggests unplugging any external USB peripherals like a printer or external hard drive, then try the update. 

How can I clone a recovery partition?

Windows 10

Episode 1599

Glen from Las Vegas, NV

Glen has an old Toshiba laptop running Windows 10. Recently, he bought a new SSD drive for it, and when he cloned the old drive, it wouldn't clone the recovery partition. Leo says it may be available to it because it's considered a separate drive. Don't do it partition by partition: just clone the entire drive. But the recovery partition isn't a traditional partition, so that may be why. But you can always download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and use that on a thumb drive as your recovery.

Why is My Hard Drive Waking Up When the PC is Asleep?

Sysinternals

Episode 1598

Ralph from Altoona, PA

Ralph has a Dell computer that spins up the hard drive when it's asleep. What gives? Leo says it's probably running a program like mail in the background and it will still retrieve the email from time to time. Windows 10 also phones home from time to time to check for updates, indexing files, etc. He can always run the Microsoft Process Explorer, as part of Sysinternals, to see what's doing on. 

What Should I Get For a New Computer?

Dell

Episode 1598

Eddie from San Diego, CA

Eddie wants to buy a new Windows PC. What should he get? Leo says that he recommends a new Dell Tower. But HP and Lenovo work too. How much RAM? Well, for general stuff, 16GB of RAM will keep him comfortable. Get an Intel 8th Gen i5 processor, or even an AMD processor (they're cheaper). 

But for what Eddie is doing, a Chromebook or Chromebox would probably be a better buy. Windows machines are really overkill now. 

Should I Buy an Upgrade Key for Windows 10 off eBay?

Windows 10

Episode 1594

Susan from O'Fallon, Illinois

Susan sees a Windows 10 update code for $5 on eBay. Is it legit? Leo says no! It's a scam and usually doesn't work.  And since Susan upgraded to Windows 10 and then downgraded, she can upgrade back to Windows 10 for free because she's already got an entitlement for her computer.  Go back to Windows 10, the time is right.