Alan wants to know if having a recovery partition is a good idea. Leo says it is, right up to the moment the hard drive goes bad. Leo prefers to have an image on a USB key that he can blast on the hard drive when he needs it.
Brian has a repair program on his computer that's been installed on his computer, but he can't get the program to recognize the data he copied on the computer. Rich says that the program may require the CD to be used to access the database files. It's likely coded that way, and it's a copyright protection measure. Rich also says it could just be an older program that doesn't work properly on today's computers. It's out of date. Is there a new version of the program he can download?
Sal wants to move data over to an external drive, but when he does, it changes the created date to the date he transfers the data over. How can he avoid that? Leo says that Windows copy is notoriously bad on that. Use a different copy app like RoboCopy. But for photos, most cameras store the date an image was taken in its EXIF data.
David just got the latest Windows 1803 update, and broke several of his apps. Is there a way he can roll back to use them? Leo says that he won't want to roll back. It's too important for the security. If it is the 1803 update, that's not as important as the security updates because it's a feature update. So he can roll it back if he wants and defer it for up to a year. Sooner or later, though, Microsoft is going to force that update upon him.
Robert is having an issue with UWA apps bought in the Windows Store. He can't connect using them. Microsoft has been dealing with this issue for three years, and he can read more about it at answers.microsoft.com here.
Mark is upgrading his Windows 7 laptop to Windows 10. Can he just upgrade or should he do a clean install? Leo says that he still prefers a clean install, but the truth is that the recent Windows 10 update makes clean installs unnecessary. He should still back up, though, just in case. But then he can go ahead and upgrade it. If there's problems, then he can resort to the clean install.
Daryl is running Windows 8.1, but after a so-called critical update, he gets a black screen. Leo says that sometimes an update can break something, and it sounds like it may be an incompatible video driver. First thing to do is to boot into Safe Mode. Then, if his screen comes up, that indicates a driver issue. Daryl should go to the video card manufacturer's website and download the latest video driver.
Roger's Windows 7 desktop PC isn't updating anymore. Have they stopped supporting it? Leo says no, Windows 7 is still supported. Roger may just have a stuck update that's preventing the others from being installed. Here's a tech note from Microsoft on how to clear it.
G Scott bought the Microsoft Surface Studio computer when it came out and got it with an i7. But it's sluggish when running Excel and other apps. Leo has a hunch that the hybrid hard drive is causing the slow down. Intel created the Fusion drive and it's never really paid off in performance. Leo had the drive replaced with an M.2 MVE connected SSD drive. Know How has a video on how to do it here.
Harvey wants to know what happened to the Windows image backup utility. Leo says it's still there, but it's oddly called Windows 7 backup. Here's a few other options: