Windows

Why does my mouse keep crashing?

AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse

Episode 1511

Greg from Newport Beach, CA

Greg's mouse cursor is freezing and it's making a loud audible noise. Leo says he suspects the mouse is experiencing a hard crash of the mouse. Unplugging the mouse and plugging it back in will fix it. It's also a sign of a worn out mouse cable, causing connectivity issues. It could also be a problem with his USB plug, or even the USB controller chip on the motherboard. He should check the drivers. And then, try to get a cheap PCI USB card and see if he can make it work. If it does, then he'll know it's the motherboard USB controller. But Leo suspects it's the mouse drivers.

Why am I backing up two copies of everything?

Second Copy

Episode 1508

Paul from Columbus, OH

Paul had a Dell XPS computer, then he got an iMac running Boot Camp. He hasn't been backing up since December. He changed the file structure when he moved to the new computer, and now his backups are duplicates instead of a select backup folder. Leo says he can tell his operating system where his home folder is in the partition. Once he's done that, he can delete the duplicates.

What laptop should I buy?

15" MacBook Pro

Episode 1503

Bruce from Long Island, NY

Bruce does both Mac and PC work, and he's looking for a laptop that can handle both well. Should he buy a PC centric computer that can run a Mac virtually? Or the other way around? Leo says that there is no way to run macOS on anything but a Mac, especially not virtually. He could do a hackintosh, but not on a laptop. So Leo says go the other way, and get a MacBook Pro running Windows in Boot Camp.

Why do I have to keep inputting my Windows Password?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1502

Sam from Los Angeles, CA

Sam took a long vacation and now he keeps getting a password challenge in Windows 10, rather than his PIN. Leo says he can't set up Windows with a PIN unless he sets a password. It's likely tied to his Microsoft account. Leo says to try that. Once he inserts it, then he's logged in. It probably reverted to the Microsoft password after a long time of inactivity. Once he uses the Windows password again, he'll be good to go.

Is buying a used computer a good idea?

Windows 10

Episode 1501

Sandy from Costa Mesa, CA

Sandy bought a used computer from a guy, and it's filled with software. Is that legit? Leo says that chances are, the computer hardware is fine, but it will be filled with pirated software that she doesn't have a right to or paid for. And chances are, it'll be a timed trial that will stop working down the road. That's a drag, especially if the timed software is Windows itself. But by then, the guy is gone. And he may also have hidden key loggers and stuff.

Is my Windows 10 PC up to date?

Windows 10

Episode 1500

John from Encinitas, CA

John keeps getting mixed signals that his Windows 10 computer isn't updated with the 1803 update. One place says he is, but another log says he isn't. What can he trust? Leo says that 1803 was a so-called "feature update," and the green checkmark means that he's up to date with the important security updates, not the features that were added. Some users have experienced problems with the 1803 update, and Windows will roll back to the previous update, minus the security fixes. So John shouldn't be in too huge of a hurry to update.

Why is my computer so sluggish with Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1492

Luis from Medford, MA

Luis wants to know if Windows 10's Spring update is worth accepting. Leo says that Windows 10 is pretty good, but the latest update, 1803, is breaking Windows 10 for a lot of users, and Microsoft is pushing it out. The best he can do is defer the update. Luis updated, but his hard drive is sluggish. Leo says that could just be a failing sector on the hard drive. Sometimes, reformatting a hard drive and starting over will fix it. Using an SSD will also solve that issue. So if he can replace the hard drive with an SSD, he'd be far better off.

How can I roll back the latest Windows update?

Windows 10

Episode 1491

Nick from Chicago, IL

Nick doesn't want to update to the Windows 10 1803 update. How can he keep from updating? Leo says that he can defer it by telling Windows he's on a metered connection (in network settings), but ultimately, he's going to have to bite the bullet. Leo says that he can save the update on a thumb drive, but Avast could be causing issues with the update. Nick should check out this article on windowscentral.com for common problems and fixes.

What happened to my Edge browser?

Microsoft Edge

Episode 1489

Jim from Alturas, CA

The Edge browser on Jim's Windows 10 computer has disappeared! What can he do? Leo says to hit the Windows key and type E-D-G-E. If it pops up, it's still on his computer and he probably accidentally deleted the shortcut. He can just right click on it and select "PIN to task bar" or "PIN to startup". Then he'll have it back. If it's really gone, he can always reinstall it from the Microsoft app store.