Windows

Can I Use a Script to Streamline My Windows Installation?

Tron

Episode 1819

David from San Diego, CA

David wants to configure Windows to make it run faster. There's a thing called TronScript that promises to streamline it. Leo hasn't used it, so he can't really recommend it. But if it eliminates a lot of Windows bloat, why not try it? Leo has a Powershell script that he runs on every PC he gets to get rid of unwanted apps that can slow a PC down. But be careful and research it thoroughly.

Why Did Windows 11 Break My USB Connections?

Surface Pro 7

Episode 1818

Darryl from Loveland, CO

Darryl is a developer, and he has many devices that rely on USB in Windows. But when he tries using them on Surface Pro and Windows 11,  they've stopped working due to the latest Windows update. Leo says it could be an out-of-date driver, but remember that Windows 11 is in Beta and it's likely just a bug. Report it to Microsoft through their bug reporting tool. What he could try is to reboot in safe mode, then remove the drivers manually. Then remove all the files, and reboot. Then reinstall the new drivers. He should be fine then.

How Are the Windows 11 Accessibility Features?

Windows 11 accessibility

Episode 1813

Joseph from Dalton, Georgia

Joseph downloaded and installed Windows 11 to try it out. He's blind and wanted to see how good the accessibility features are. The built-in screen reader worked really well.  But he had a little trouble with it. The face recognition feature stopped working, so he had to reinstall it. Leo said that was an issue with the last update, which clobbered it. It's been fixed now. 

How Can I Get My Admin Privilege Back in Windows?

Windows 10

Episode 1811

Tim from Wallens, TN

Tim upgraded his Windows 10 OS, but now he's lost access to the administrator account. It won't let him update anything. Leo says it sounds like Windows broke UAC (user account control), which gives that option. Look in there and see if it's been turned off.  He can also check to see if the user name has administrator permissions. Outside of that, Tim needs to look at all the accounts and see which one is set up as an admin, and figure out the password. Tim may also be able to find a Windows 10 password cracking app.

How Can I Make Room on My Hard Drive?

winderstat

Episode 1810

Jack from Huntington Beach, CA

Jack's computer hard drive is only 256GB and it's full. Leo suggests moving the data to a secondary drive and using the main drive for just the operating system and the programs. He can then tell Windows in the hard drive settings where the data files should be written to. Check out the program WinDerStat. It'll give a color-coded chart on what is taking up room on the hard drive. What about user accounts? Leo says that Windows doesn't like it when the user directory is in a different drive.

Why Can't I See My New Hard Drive in Windows?

Windows

Episode 1808

Don from Los Angeles, CA

Don replaced the power supply on his computer, but now it's having trouble seeing the hard drive he pulled out and plugged in using a drive dock. He got it working, but now he's having problems using Windows functions or downloading PDF files. All he did was replace the power supply and hard drive. Leo says it sounds like the installation of Windows 10 has gone bad. It may be a good idea to refresh Windows 10 or flat out reinstall it. It sounds like there are issues with hard drive permissions. So if the data is already backed up, start over. Reformat the drive and then reinstall Windows.

Wasn't Windows 10 the Last Version?

Windows 11

Episode 1808

Kenny from Tenneessee

Kenny has a few Windows computers and was sold the notion that Windows 10 was the last version we would get. Leo says that officially, Microsoft has never really said that, though it's attributed to them. It was a tech analyst who stated it and the media ran with it. But then again, Microsoft didn't correct the record until the announcement of Windows 11. And it's causing an uproar that it won't be supported on anything but the most recent computers. Most are going to be left behind if they don't buy a new computer. But one way to go is a Mac, that will run Windows virtually.

Put Most Programs on the C: Drive

When you see a C: drive and a D: drive on your new Windows PC, you should put most programs/apps on the C: drive. It's the faster drive (especially if it's an SSD), and you will probably be loading and unloading with frequency. The second reason is that Windows often expects to find applications on the same disk as Windows. Reserve your less speed-critical "Data" for the D: drive, which might be a slower, spinning drive.