Archive for Windows 10

Fix – Windows 10 update KB3189866 stuck at 45%

Posted in Announcement, Bug, Windows with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello!

If you’re running Windows 10, it’s yet another sad week. Microsoft messed up again and their latest 400Mb+ update (KB3189866) doesn’t even download properly. Most people (including myself) are stuck with an update progress stuck at 45%…

Fear not! Stop waiting and simply install the update manually in just a few clicks. Here are the direct links to download it (select the appropriate system architecture):

32 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x86-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x86_48cc54806747877357a732fee03118eb38e92947.msu

64 bit:
Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB3189866)
windows10.0-kb3189866-x64_2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d.msu

Run the installer and after a few restarts, you’ll be good to go again.

For some reason, this identical update when downloaded via the Windows Update Catalog web downloader, uses another filename (adds the prefix: “AMD64-all-“)… It’s strange as the files are IDENTICAL! I double checked for you and and these Checksums proves it:

kb3189866_checksums

Fun fact! The update’s filename contains its own SHA-1 checksum hash! (2c3e91a8162269579c8bf26a502c620d41efef0d)

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/14/kb3189866-stuck-at-45-or-95-install-it-manually-instead/
-http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3189866
-http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/ScopedViewRedirect.aspx?updateid=0405fe13-e4d5-4aff-8cf1-0500f5f673f7

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Windows 10 Update KB 3176938 – It’s da bomb!!

Posted in Announcement, Computer, Windows with tags , , on September 1, 2016 by Sirusdark

winver_1607-14393.105_by_sirusdark

Hello!

Last night I let my laptop’s Windows 10 do its updates and went to bed as it looked like a long one. When I woke up, all I had on screen was a No hard drive found/no boot device black screen error… Typical.

After a hard shutdown (holding power button for 10 seconds), I rebooted, then Windows finished doing its stuff and I shut it down normally. Then, I turned it back on. Oh boy…

Windows 10 now opens and shuts down at least twice as fast!

Unfortunately, Microsoft made it a bit complicated to find this update’s details: you need to go to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update History page (link is on the KB’s page) and click  the “August 31, 2016 — KB3176938 (OS Build 14393.105)” description link.

This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

I highly recommend you update to the latest version as this one is pure steroid for Windows! :D

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/kb/3176938
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/12387/windows-10-update-history

How to save your Windows Run History!

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , , on August 20, 2016 by Sirusdark

run_win8.1_001

Hello dear visitors!

Today I thought I’d torture upgrade my laptop with the latest Windows 10 version. You know, that Windows 10 Anniversary Update everyone’s complaining talking about? Click the link if you want to install it today! It’s great! :D

Before upgrading though, I really had to find a way to save my Windows Run history… As most of you may already know, I extensively use Win+R to open like, everything in Windows and upgrading clears the history. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I urge you to read my quick post on how to launch anything from the Run prompt!

RegEdit me!

In just a few clicks, I was able to backup my Run history and after upgrading, restore it back! Here’s how:

  1. If you’ve never played in your Windows registry, always make a backup first.

  2. Go to the key : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

  3. Right-click RunMRU and select export.

That’s it! After you’ve done whatever is it you’ve done, double-click that .reg file you just created and it’ll restore your run history!

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history

P.S.: If you have any specific topics you’d like to see in my upcoming YouTube channel(s), let me know!

Windows 10 Part 2/2 – Final upgrade!

Posted in Computer, Windows with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

I finally upgraded to Windows 10 and then back to Windows 8.1 the next day! lol Before you jump to some obvious conclusions that would actually be wrong, please continue reading!

So, after upgrading my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, the next step was upgrading to Windows 10. I finally decided I was ready to do so and everything went pretty well. That is, until my system became unstable, crashing and giving me BSODs VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE errors.

Old school

Now, you must know that my current 9 years-old motherboard (ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS – a 2007 model) is dying: its first PCI-E slot is dead (didn’t know that was even possible) and USB mouse often needs to be reconnected. It also does not officially supports Windows 10.

no-windows10-driversNo Windows 10 for me!

Simply put, a new system is on the way and I’ll do a Windows 10 fresh install once I have my new hardware (more on that soon!).

Keynote

So, here is what you must know about upgrading to Windows 10:

  1. Always make a backup of your data. In my case, all my data is on a separate dedicated hard drive than the operating system. So all I needed to do was create a Windows system image using my friend’s AOMEI Backupper tool, just to be safe. (btw, I also have & do regular backups of my data drive)
  2. Start Windows 10 upgrade and wait for it to finish.
  3. In some case, you may need to re-install some software; usually printers and antivirus/firewall.
  4. If you want to revert back, it takes less than 15 minutes and that’s what I ended up doing.

In conclusion, if your hardware manufacturer doesn’t list drivers for Windows 10, you’re better off not upgrading. I personally prefer running officially supported stuff that having an unstable system.

Exceptions

It could also work though; I did a fresh install on my old ThinkPad laptop and it runs Windows 10 flawlessly. At first I had trouble getting all the drivers to work but managed to succeed… It’s up to you!

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/
-http://www.backup-utility.com/downloads.html
-https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5N32E_SLI_Plus/
-https://sirusdark.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/how-to-screenshots-with-mouses-cursor/

Update – Microsoft Software Download Page

Posted in Computer, Free, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

Quick update on where/how to download again your Windows install media should you need to do a fresh install:

Microsoft now has a new Software Download page! You can download Windows install media for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 7!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/

Enjoy!

Sirus

Windows 10 – How to take back control of your updates! (KB 3073930)

Posted in Free, Windows with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2015 by Sirusdark

[ This post has a free bonus ]

This piece of information is probably the most sought-out requested information I’ve ever been asked: “How the heck do I control my updates in Windows 10?

Well, here’s the utility Microsoft created to allow some kind of control over the update(s):

How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10 – KB 3073930

Download the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter package now!

Please carefully read the full KB!!

P.S.: Yes, I still haven’t updated my main system to Windows 10. Still waiting for such problems to be solved… and Cortana. Canadian Cortana, eh!

FREE BONUS

Last post I shared a nice app to generate checksums. With this Windows shell extension, it’s right at your fingertips for all your files!
http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/
(Yes, feels old. But it works perfectly!)

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checksum
-http://code.kliu.org/hashcheck/

Windows 10 – Access your beloved Recycle Bin

Posted in How to, Knowledge, Windows with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

[ “Windows 10 Part 2 – Upgrading to Windows 10!” is still under writing ]

Hello readers!

Here’s a quick tip for those of you who’re already using Windows 10!

You may have noticed by now that the Recycle Bin is nowhere to be found… Had you looked it up online, you most likely would’ve found the following tedious solution:

Right-click on your Desktop  > Personalise > Themes > Desktop icon settings > Check the “Recycle Bin” box.

This works, but it adds clutter on the desktop and doesn’t make the Recycle Bin visible on the Desktop in File Explorer.

Simplify!

Here’s the simplest way to access the Recycle Bin while keeping it out of sight:

Open File Explorer (Win + E) > Click the little arrow on the left of the address bar > Recycle Bin.

explorer_recycle

That’s it! And here’s how efficient users do it with their eyes closed:

Windows 10

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Up-Arrow x 2 > Enter

Windows 8/8.1

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Down-Arrow x 5 > Enter

Enjoy!

Sirus

Yes, I really don’t have any icons on my desktop.