windows 10

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.

What is a Blue Frowny Face in Windows 10?

BSOD

Episode 1598

Ben from Los Angeles, CA

Ben is getting a "blue frowning face," which Leo says is the new bluescreen of death. Leo says it's likely a hardware or driver issue. Modern operating systems don't BSOD when an app crashes anymore. But low-level errors like drivers or hardware will cause it. If it's just doing it when he's doing nothing, it could mean a failing power supply. Also, make sure the drivers are up to date.

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.

How Can I Reinstall Windows 10 if the Hard Drive Dies?

Windows Media Creation Tool

Episode 1592

Rick from Ventura, CA

Rick upgraded Windows 10 on a secondary drive, keeping Windows 7 on his C drive. Now he has a dual boot option. However, with Windows 7 support going away, how can he make sure he's OK if he has to replace that secondary drive? Leo says it'll authenticate automatically because Microsoft gives an entitlement based on the entire machine, not a hard drive. If he had to replace the motherboard, video card and hard drive, then he'd have an issue. But changing a hard drive won't cause the problems.

Why Can't I Restore my Backup?

Solid State Drive

Episode 1585

Larry from San Francisco, CA

Larry's sister had her hard drive fail. Her backup isn't responding and it seems like her hard drive may be "locked." Leo says that doesn't make sense at all. If she made an image of the drive, she should be able to blast it onto another drive pretty easily, and Acronis should handle it. And unless she was locking her drive before, there's no reason it would be locked now. So more likely, if the recovery failed, then it could have messed up her SSD because the installation didn't finish. Leo recommends getting a new copy of Windows and format and reinstall.

Can I Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?

Windows 8

Episode 1577

Mike from San Diego, California

Eddie would like to update his Windows 8 laptop to Windows 10. Is it still available for free? Leo says no, but he's heard that others have been able to install Windows 10 with their Windows 8 key. So it's worth a try. Here's a great article on all the ways you can still get Windows 10 for FREE - https://www.howtogeek.com/272201/all-the-ways-you-can-still-get-windows-10-for-free/