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Windows 10 Study

Here is the "Windows 10 Study" which will include a rundown of the bi-annual updates Microsoft pushes on us. There will be an occasional cool item reviewed or tested. Note: all problems and solutions, if and when found, are regardless of fault of the operating system, software, hardware or user error.

NEWS FLASH
WOW, I can’t believe it. Ok yes I can. Windows 10 Update Version 1809 finally appears and downloads completely and says the usual “requires restart to finish installing”. But guess what nothing happens after (numerous) restarts! Being the geek I am I stopped services and clear the files because the “Troubleshooter” said something was corrupt. It is very sad that my fellow Windows 10 users have to go through “hoops” just to get an update. You do know this is a same error as in the original October run for this update, right?! Honestly I’m not in any hurry to fix this because I’m really not sure I want the Spring (April) Update right away. I can wait. Thanks Microsoft again. To be continued . . .

YESTERDAY's NEWS
After Microsoft has delayed the Fall Update called Redstone 5 because of the “bug” that was/is deleting files (and other problems), I thought it was news worthy to show the statistics of the Windows 10 versions that are reported as being on our machines.
Version 1809 October Update 2018 (Fall Update): 6.6 %
Version 1803 April 2018 (Spring Update): 83.6%
Version 1709 Fall Update 2017: 5.7%
Version 1703 Anniversary Update: 1.8%
Version 1607 November Update: 1.4%
Version 1511 Update: 0.5%
Version 1507 Original Win10 OS: 0.3%

It would seem that the October/Fall 2018 Update is either still being held back or maybe Microsoft will declare defeat on this one (ok I’m being sarcastic) and try try again in April 2019.

What's New and Possibly Cool For the
Upcoming Spring Update 2019

- Previous Spectre patch problem fixed that
  caused CPU slower speed

- 7 GB reserved for Windows 10 update
  storage

- Windows 10 home users can pause updates

- Light desktop theme now available

- Windows 10 Sandbox, isolate protected
  download environment

- Less cluttered default Start Menu on new
  computers

- Able to uninstall more built-in Apps

- Cortana and Search Bar are separated in
  new design

- Password eliminated on Sign-in

- Notification system tray icon for updates

- New update release naming codes this one
  is “19H1”

- Zoom and more in the Console

- More automatic troubleshooting

- More Notepad improvements

What's New and Possibly Cool For the
Upcoming Fall Update 2018

- New Clipboard History and Cloud Sync:
  using clipboard history with Windows+V

- SwiftKey Keyboard built-in touch letting you
  swipe-to-type

- Start Menu Search Previews: aka Cortana
  search feature preview pane

- Screenshot Clipping Tool: using
  Windows+Shift+S and screen Sketch Tools
  to draw, add annotations, arrows, highlight...

- Microsoft Edge Browser Updates:
  Advanced Settings, my favorite is Media
  Autoplay option to mute or block until you
  interact with the media content

- Mobile Broadband Improvements: default
  driver improvement of mobile data
  Internet connections

- Hidden Window Borders and More
  Acrylic Design: gray window border that fade
  gracefully into each window’s shadows

- Windows Defender Becomes Windows
  Security: new option, Block Suspicious
  behaviors; Manage Providers Page shows
  security apps, antivirus, antimalware, firewall

- Font Installation for Everyone: now any user
  can install new fonts

- Power Usage Details in the Task Manager:
  after CPU – Memory – Disk – Network is
  Power Usage

- Make Text Bigger: Display Settings with a
  slide scale to increase or decrease for the
  size if the text

- New Game Bar Features: Game Capturing – Audio – Performance: FPS (frames per
  second) – CPU – GPU – RAM usage

- Wireless Projection Controls:
  wireless connection or disconnect bar;
  Settings for Game – Productivity – Video
  projecting modes

- Skype Gets Big Update:
  customizable themes, contact layout

- Notepad Supports Linux and Mac
  Line Endings: EOL (end-of-line) and
  CR (carriage return)

- Windows Subsystem Bash for other
  command-line environments: now has
  keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste

- Your Phone: new app that syncs photos,
  text messages and notifications from
  your phone to your PC.

What's New and Possibly Cool For the
Spring Update 2018

- Bluetooth pairing devices in one click.
+ Tested: Wow and it works and it was fast!

- Cortana will have more menu items listed.
+ Oops I had to reconnect my microphone
  hardware after the update.
  Still testing, but so far I like it.


- Edge browser gets a new look.
+ I really like the taskbar shortcut to a
  webpage window!


- Fluent Design System Language enhancing
  light, depth, motion and quality of Windows     UI and apps.
+ Check out Mail and Calendar Apps, Nice.
  I haven't used OneNote in in awhile,
  but it's upgraded too.


- HomeGroup is gone.
  We now have Nearby Sharing.
+ Only across Windows 10 devices.
  I only have and want one, so this is
  no good to me. I miss HomeGroup.


- Microsoft (Windows) Store gets better.
  Font/Font Settings, Language Pack App.
+ I found 13 fonts in the Store.
  More are in Settings under Personalization.


- Notifications will be less annoying.
+ More control to mute or set hours on
  Notifications by priority modes.


- Password recovery will be available for
  Local Account User not using
  Microsoft Account to log on.
+ Nice

- Privacy is better than before. Diagnostic
  Data Viewer is to show information your
  Windows 10 PC is sending to Microsoft.
+ Well mine had nothing listed because I
  don’t want or intend on turning it on.


- Settings will include more Control Panel
  features: Fonts, Display, Sound, etc.
+ I still use Control Panel ... a lot ... sorry.

- Startup apps can be configured in Settings
+ Good to have.

- Timeline on Task View: syncing across all
  Windows devices with a history of activities.
+ Only on all Windows 10 enabled devices,
  Desktop 1 (today), Desktop 2 (history) to
  find something you lost and can go back to.


Bluetooth speaker problem

The mouse and keyboard dongle worked fine with Windows 10 operating system. But the wireless speaker would only “pair” but did not connect using a universal Bluetooth dongle. This particular speaker, Jam Classic Wireless, does not have a driver CD and works more like plug and play on Windows 7 using the same Bluetooth dongle.
The internal or online troubleshooter for either the universal dongle or the wireless speaker caused an error message on a blue screen stating an error "kernel auto boost lock acquisition with raised irql" and "computer needs to restart".
Then after restart the Bluetooth Drivers, Bluetooth in Settings, and the Jams speaker pairing and Add on in Devices is gone. When reloading again and trying to “connect” the system crashes with the same blue screen error message of needing to restart. Microsoft, please don’t blame the user for this nasty failure.

Solution: After studying the forums and blogs, I installed an internal network card with Bluetooth capability. Installed the driver CD for this new network card, plugged in the wireless speaker, and ta-da I have sound! Without crashing.

Bluetooth wireless printer problem

The Windows 10 operating system Add a Device could not “find” the printer. The computer had the universal dongle loaded and installed. I even installed the latest printer driver directly from the HP website. Strange thing was I printed a test page … But with no printer available to print from for any software, this was not a help to the problem. The internal or online troubleshooter was again no use.

Solution: When I installed an internal network card with Bluetooth capability I already had the HP printer driver already installed. So after I installed the driver for this new network card, the HP wireless printer had a connection and showed as available. Cool.

Computer waking up by itself

A very annoying problem is the computer tower waking up on its own from shutdown in the middle of the night!

Solution: After looking in the Task Scheduler and the Automatic Maintenance for a setting called “wake computer to run this task” and I found nothing. I also checked in Windows Command Prompt:

C:\Windows\system32>powercfg –lastwake
C:\Windows\system32>powercfg –devicequery wake_armed

I found nothing listed.
This wake would be fine if the computer shutdown when it was finished with the task, but it doesn’t, it stays on until you turn it off.

Update 1: There had to be something waking the computer up after I turned it off. So I checked the event log for Maintenance and Update Orchestrator scheduled at night and Disabled the Scheduled Scan, since it appeared to be scheduled to run nightly.

Update 2: Hmmm ... I think I actually stopped the Windows Update period. I thought I read you couldn’t stop it. I had no updates for months. Problems problems ... so I changed the Scheduled Scan setting to scan later in the morning when I would be awake. I’ll check back to make sure I don’t have another unattended computer wakeup again.

Update 3: I found the computer waking again, so I found something new online to check using Windows PowerShell:

PS C:\Windows\system32>
-then type:
Get-ScheduledTask | where {$_.settings.waketorun}
You should see columns
TASK PATH - TASK NAME - STATE
State should be Disabled, if not you need to open Task Scheduler and
Change “Ready” to “Disabled”

Update 4: The final attempt to cure the computer wakeups after shutdowns was to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional and go to Local Group Policy > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Updates (disable any time setting and only allow user to complete download of Windows updates).
But after the latest and greatest updates my PC tower still wakes up after being shut down.
The ONLY cure to stop my Windows 10 from waking itself at all to check for updates and performing maintenance is to turn the switch to OFF.

DVD AutoPlay

It’s great that more selections are added to the Settings list. I just wish I could find a way put it in alphabetical order like the Control Panel, which I still use most of the time except for Windows Update because it’s gone. Oh, maybe Settings will be alphabetized on the new spring update, since Microsoft is said to be adding more choices to it. We will see . . . or not.

DVD AutoPlay

I recently tested the AutoPlay on Windows 10 for DVD videos, which I found other people have asked Microsoft about in the past but they never really help with the problems. Amazing! I must apologize because I have been using my faithful Windows 7 for all my media viewing, so I didn’t see a problem. Until now, so here’s what I found so far. Under Windows Settings > Apps > Default Apps > Video Player: whatever default app is listed does not play until you either: open File Explorer, find the DVD/CD drive, right click and select Play or select an AutoPlay app in the list; OR your best bet is open good old Control Panel, open AutoPlay, under DVD select your app. Since Media Player will no longer play DVDs, your choices are: Open Folder to view files (File Explorer) each time to play a DVD, Windows DVD Player (works but lags at first in audio and video), Find a new DVD app (which I recommend VLC Media Player as an alternate to play DVD videos), Ask me every time is the same as No Action (meaning I found both do nothing).

Microphone and Bluetooth Speaker "Gone" After Windows Updates

I noticed people having problems with audio after the Spring Update this year. Yea, my problems didn’t start until recently like the last week of July. I had to reconnect the microphone so Cortana could hear me as before. Now just today in August I had a Bluetooth speaker keep dropping connection, so I made sure everything was set on the speaker so always and gave up and restarted Windows 10 to finally get a connection.
Gee thanks Microsoft. So much for the Bluetooth quick connects.

New Laptops Prep

1) Check for Updates: Settings > Update & Security > Check for Updates
2) Turn on System Restore: create system protection restore point under System in Control Panel
3) Adjust Display Settings: for text, apps, resolution under Settings > System
4) Set Focus Assist Rules for notifications: Settings > System
5) Set Nearby Sharing Rules for other Windows 10 devices only
6) Choose a Power Plan: Power Saver, Balanced, High-Performance
7) Set a Default Browser: Settings > Apps > Default Apps
8) Set App Installation Tolerance from anywhere or Microsoft Store under Setting > Apps & Features
9) Turn on Night Light: setting for lower blue anti-glare light under Setting > System > Display
10) Show Filename Extensions: see Desktop View
11) Connect your Phone to you PC: Settings > Phone > Add Phone
12) Remove Bloatware (trial apps, etc.): Settings > Apps > Apps & Features
13) Anti-Ransomware Protection: use Window Defender Security Center controlled folder access

No Internet access on next start up

Network and Sharing Center states “Connected & Secured” but “No Access”. Shutdown or Restart did reconnect the Internet connection a few times. Later the only way to re-establish a connection was to switch the tower “off” and then “on” for next startup.

Solution: I researched and found that Windows 10 Advanced Plan Settings has a preset to “On” for PCIe (Express) to power off to save power if the computer is left on unattended for awhile. This setting needs to be turned “Off” especially if you have any cards in PCIe slots! In my case the Windows 10 build currently has the Internet card in a PCIe slot that I recently installed.

Privacy can be an issue

Windows 10 is set up to gather all the information it can about what the new users are doing and not doing. What was once Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) is now wide spread and harder to say no to. So if you don’t want all your data looked at by Microsoft, then check the Settings - Privacy and all in the list: General – Location – Camera – Microphone – Speech, Inking, Typing – Account Info – Contacts – Calendar – Call History – Email – Messaging – Radios – Other Devices – Feedback & Diagnostics – Background Apps. Open each up and check the contents for anything you don’t want shared and turn it “Off”.

"Setting"

Wow this is ongoing and a personal pet peve as it were. It’s great that more selections are added to the Settings list occasionally by Microsoft. I just wish I could find a way to put it in alphabetical order like the Control Panel, which I still use most of the time except for Windows Update because it’s gone. Oh, maybe Settings will be alphabetized on the next new update. We will see. Ok if anyone would like to know why there are two places to go to add or change settings. Well I heard it was because there are really two UI systems intertwined in Windows 10. Thus are the confusion and the problems of finding anything.

Shut down not completing, computer restarts

I checked the Task Manager, Services, Scheduled Tasks, and the Event Log to see what was going on at the time of shut down. Nothing. I did watch the disk usage percentage increase drastically at one point. I checked the Power Settings. I always set the towers at “Custom” plan with “Never” for the monitor to turn off and “Never” for the computer to turn off and a screen saver. But even using the recommended “Balanced” plan the computer restarts instead of shutting down completely.
When I ran the “Troubleshooter” it says the display and computer are set too long to sleep. It then decides to change my plan to 10 minutes for the monitor and 30 minutes for the computer. No exceptions, I tried. I found that each time I try to change the “Power Plan” to something other than “Balanced” (the recommended setting), I have this problem of no shut down.
There may have been a Windows 10 update recently causing this because it was shutting down normally like previous versions of Windows.

Solution: Still researching ...until I find out what is happened, like a possibly buggy update, the only thing I can do is turn the tower off by the power switch or leave it on.

Update: Well I did a test with removing a Bluetooth mouse Adesso E60B and replacing it with the original Microsoft brand Bluetooth used prior to this problem and had no more problem. Hmmm . . . by the way this mouse works fine with Windows 7.

Taskbar will not "auto-hide"

Some forums are suggesting to restart Windows Explorer in the Task Manager. This is only a temporary fix to reactivate the auto-hide of the taskbar. And I'm looking for the cause to point to a solution.
I researched more and found mention of Notifications under Setting - System - Notifications. Apparently there may be a program app in the list that is disrupting the taskbar. But several times I noticed nothing in Notifications when the taskbar would not hide.

Solution: We have a choice of 1) restarting Windows Explorer in the Task Manager each occurrence, 2) turning “Off” all the notifications in the System Settings or checking the Notifications and answering them. I may have overtaxed the taskbar with multiple items.

Windows DVD Player malfunctions

Trying to play a regular DVD movie in Windows 10 was not fun. I have Media Player but it is playing only encrypted music CDs, not an encrypted DVD. This the error message: ? Playback Error, byte stream type of given URL is unsupported code: 0xc00d36c4 ? Error: Unsupported video type or invalid file path. Microsoft forum people suggested using Groove Music or troubleshooting Media Player. Why? Laughing. But the laughs on us, because it’s the Windows DVD Player quote DVD movie not CD music we are having the system error with. This is not a user error folks at Microsoft.

A solution: Install the DVD software called VLC, the orange and white traffic cone icon, from the website www.videolan.org/vlc. VLC works perfectly.

Update: not sure what happened or when, but Windows DVD Player is now working and playing the DVD movie in question! There must have been a system update . . .