Chip's PC is stuck in the boot cycle and eventually goes to a black/blue screen of death while updating Windows 10. Leo says he has a hunch that the hard drive is stuck and Windows can't find a particular file. If he can't go into safe mode, then the next option is to download a WINDOWS ISO and put it on USB with the installer (media creation tool). Then reinstall Windows from the USB key. But he can also run the recovery utility before reinstalling. If that doesn't work, the hard drive may be dead.
Windows 10 media creation tool
Charlie has a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and got a notice this week for the Windows 1903 update. But he found an issue with it after it updated. It won't restart. It just spins. He tried several solutions online, and it didn't work. Leo says to try Windows +R to go into restore mode. If there's no important data on the machine, Leo recommends going to another computer and download the Windows Media Creation tool. Create a USB key and reinstall to the surface. He may need to go into the BIOS to get it to boot to the USB key. But reinstalling Windows is the solution.
Jose wants to know when he'll be able to upgrade to the Fall Creator's update for Windows 10. Leo says that it's always a good idea to wait for Windows to offer it, but this week Microsoft opened it up to all devices, so he can go download and install it. Leo recommends using the Windows Media Creation Tool to put the update on a thumb drive and then run the installation utility to update it.
Rick has a 15 year old computer that still works. Leo says that's 210 in computer years! It's still working, but the question is, what can he really do with it?
Rick wants to know what a factory image is. Leo says that it's the official version of Windows that's a pure Windows 10 install without any of the features that his computer company adds (Leo calls that trialware or bloatware). Rick can download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and make a copy of it to install on his computer.