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How To: Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode

If you’re needing to troubleshoot Windows to understand the reasoning behind your PC not functioning properly, use Safe Mode. This allows Windows to load when the operating system won’t start up. And it only uses the bare minimum necessities, like uninstalling updates, running system restore, and malware scans.

Here’s how to Boot Windows 10 in Safe Mode:
  1. Hold the Shift button and then press Restart
  2. The blue screen will show up, then go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart > Press #4 from the list
  3. The computer will restart and you’ll be in Safe Mode
If you have Windows 8 or earlier, try these steps:
  • Windows 7 and earlier: Press the F8 key while the computer is booting (after the initial BIOS screen, but before the Windows loading screen), and then select Safe Mode in the menu that appears.
  • Windows 8Hold Shift while clicking Restart on the Power menu on either the login screen or through the Charms bar menu to begin the process.

When you get into safe mode, you’ll have the ability to run any troubleshooting tasks available to get the job done.

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Support Ended for Windows Notepad App

Back in August, we wrote about Windows Notepad getting small upgrades to its application. However, Windows just released a statement in their Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19035 about ending support for it in the Microsoft Store.

Brandon LeBlanc, the Windows Insiders Program Senior Program Manager stated in the blog post:

Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers. Insiders may notice some changes as we remove this change from this build:

-If you pinned Notepad to your Taskbar or Start menu, you will need to re-pin after you upgrade to this new build.

-If you had certain file types set to open in Notepad by default, you will see a prompt when you try to open files of that type again and will need to re-select Notepad.

There doesn’t seem to be a reason as to why this change is occurring, but if you’re a Windows Insider, you’ll have to make the necessary changes stated above. If you’d like to sign up to be in the Windows Insiders Program, you can register here, accept the terms and you’ll receive a Welcome E-mail. Be certain to read the Important Notice before agreeing to join, as it adds a variety of risks to your computer.

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Windows 10 ‘Snipping Tool’ App Getting the Boot

While any and all Windows 10 updates include a variety of fixes, improvements and features, there also calls on a list of app removals. One of the reasons for the removals are the lack of usage from users.

A few of the features that Microsoft is no longer developing are ‘My People’, Windows To Go, and Hologram app (which they’ve replaced with Mixed Reality Viewer). Another major feature that is an important one is the Snipping Tool. However, Microsoft is giving it the boot.

The Snipping Tool app was used to screenshot any part of the screen and customize it to whatever you were needing. But why get rid of an app that is quite essential? Microsoft answers:

In Windows 10, version 1809, we’re introducing a new universal app, Snip & Sketch, that provides the same screen snipping abilities, as well as additional features. You can launch Snip & Sketch directly and start a snip from there, or just press WIN + Shift + S. Snip & Sketch can also be launched from the “Screen snip” button in the Action Center. We’re no longer developing the Snipping Tool as a separate app but are instead consolidating its functionality into Snip & Sketch.

Snipping Tool VS Snip & Sketch

So long story short, there’s no reason to have both the Snipping Tool AND the Snip & Sketch features. Combining both to have the ultimate screenshot app seems the better choice.

Source: Windows Blogs

For help updating, restoring or dealing with any Windows 10 issues, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Denver Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Denver, CO please call or text the local office at (720) 441-6460.

Windows 10 Ransomware E-Mails – Do NOT Download

If you receive an e-mail about installing Windows 10 updates, just delete it. A new ransomware has been found, urging users to install the latest Windows 10 update. The subject line shows either ‘Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now!’ or ‘Critical Microsoft Windows Update!’ and once opened, a file extension attachment will show up for you to click on.

This malicious download will infect any computer that downloads the “.jpg” file extension. TechRadar reported that the download, “encrypts all of the files on the infected user’s system and appends their filenames with its own file extension, 777. A ransom note with the filename ‘Cyborg_DECRYPT.txt’ is then left on the desktop of the compromised machine. Finally the ransomware leaves a copy of itself called ‘bot.exe’ hidden at the root of the infected drive.”

The file is called ‘bitcoingenerator.exe’ and the GitHub account it’s from is named “misterbtc2020”. This ransomware can lock your PC and your files be encrypted, and for a ransom, you can receive your files as decrypted.

Make sure your antivirus is up to date on your computer to avoid any and all malicious cyber attacks. Also, remember that Windows 10 updates are only pushed through its operating system and not through e-mails.

If you ever have an issue with any Windows 10 updates, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Realtek Driver Won’t Work on Windows 10 – Here’s a Fix

If you use Realtek Bluetooth drivers, you may be having issues with updating your Windows 10 operating system. That itself is due to the safeguard hold that was put into place in May of 2019 by Microsoft because of outdated driver versions. Microsoft states, “You will need to update to driver version 1.5.1012 or later to remove this safeguard hold. Any earlier version of the driver is affected by this issue.”

On November 15th, however, Microsoft removed the hold with affected versions, according to their statement on Microsoft Docs. And you can install Windows 10 after updating the Realtek Bluetooth drivers. This process can take up to 48 hours, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not able to install right away.

If you need to download and install the drivers manually to disable the compatibility hold, here’s the step-by-step process:

• Download both of the Realtek Bluetooth radio drivers to your preferred folder: Driver 1Driver 2Note: We recommend downloading them to your Documents folder.
• Open File Explorer. If there is no file explorer icon in the task bar, select the search box and enter file explorer and select it.
• Within File Explorer, go the the Documents folder or the folder you downloaded the drivers to.
• Find and double click or double tap on the file named 068de0d6-6ac2-473a-8cbd-bd449cd5c97c_942eec5828662eecc6b98cc2706658bf2433717c.cab
• Select CTRL+a on the keyboard. This should select all of the files
• Right click or long press on any of the files and select Extract.
• Select the New folder button and rename it Realtek Bluetooth.
• Select the Extract button.
• In File Explorer, select the back  button to go to the location you downloaded the drivers into.
• Find and double click or double tap on the file named f2748416-7753-49c6-9185-56f4986f490b_e98e0d664b7e874011b8e3752046ca61f3475295.cab
• Select CTRL+a on the keyboard. This should select all of the files
• Right click or long press on any of the files and select Extract.
• If you are in the folder named Realtek Bluetooth, then select the New folder button and type Realtek Bluetooth 2.
• Select the Extract button.
• In the search box on the taskbar, enter device manager, then select Device Manager.
• Find Bluetooth and expand it.
• Find the Realtek device and right-click or long press on it.
• Select Update Driver from the context menu.
• Select the Browse my computer for driver software button.
• It should default to your Documents folder, if this is where you saved the drivers then just select the Next button. If you did not save the drivers to your Documents folder, select the Browse button and find the folder you downloaded the drivers to and select OK.
• It should now find the updated drivers and install them. Wait for this to complete and select Close.

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New Microsoft Office Mobile App Announced

Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 wrote a new announcement coming to mobile devices, a new Office mobile app. This app will benefit both Android and iOS users and will help make work productivity run more smooth.

He writes, “We all want to be able to work on the go from mobile devices and we’re always looking to simplify and improve the experience. Today, we’re announcing a new mobile experience for Office that combines three of the suite’s most popular apps—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—into a single go-to app for mobile productivity.”

Gif Source: Microsoft.com

This app hasn’t been released to the public just yet. However, you are allowed to preview it through the Google Play Store and Apple’s TestFlight program (update: The beta testing for Apple is full). This can allow you to help the development team thoroughly test and perfect the app.

While there is no set date, it is said that the app release will come around the first part of the year.

If you ever have Microsoft issues or if you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

PowerToys is One of Microsoft’s Coolest Tools

Yesterday, Brandon LeBlanc from Windows Insider Program announced a new release of PowerToys v0.12.

If you’ve never heard of PowerToys, LeBlanc states that, “it’s a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.” Apparently PowerToys was revamped from Windows 95 and is specifically for Windows 10 on GitHub.

Microsoft received lots of feedback from the Windows Insiders for this particular feature and seem to be eager to see how it all pans out for the public.

One certain PowerToy is the PowerRename. This allows you to group a handful of files and rename them in a short amount of time.

Power Rename Gif Source: blog.windows.com

LeBlanc finishes the blog post with two more utilities, FancyZones and Dark Mode Support. He states, “The next big improvement is with FancyZones, a window manager that’s designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow. We made the editor multi-monitor aware, targeted globalization bugs, and corrected other high priority issues. Lastly, we’ve started to add in support for Dark Mode where appropriate.”

I can definitely see businesses applying these utilizations to their workload. You’re able to choose your layout and adjust according to what works best for you. It just makes things easier.

Source: github.com/microsoft/PowerToys

If you’d like to install PowerToys, head over to GitHub and download the PowerToysSetup.msi installer.

For help updating, restoring or dealing with any Windows 10 issues, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Denver Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Denver, CO please call or text the local office at (720) 441-6460.

Security Patch Sent to Wrong Windows 10 Version

Windows slipped up a little again this week. Microsoft released an update that included an improvement to Windows Autopilot devices. However it was sent to the wrong version.

According to Chris Merriman, an associate editor at the INQUIRER:

For anyone that doesn’t know, Autopilot is a system from the company’s InTune imprint, used to roll out Windows in a business environment. If you’re not in a business environment, and at the IT admin end, you’re usually never going to see it. In fact, according to the notes for the patch:

“Windows Autopilot update is not installed on Windows 10 Pro or a later version when the device is not registered or configured for Windows Autopilot deployment. Windows Autopilot update is never offered to Windows 10 Home.”

Thing is, it was. In fact, it was sent to Home devices and Pro devices that weren’t registered for Autopilot.

The issue has apparently been found and dealt with, but it is urged that you don’t install it unless it’s necessary – which it probably isn’t.

Microsoft Docs says this in regarding adding devices:

“Before deploying a device using Windows Autopilot, the device must be registered with the Windows Autopilot deployment service. Ideally, this would be performed by the OEM, reseller, or distributor from which the devices were purchased, but this can also be done by the organization by collecting the hardware identity and uploading it manually.

If an existing device is already running Windows 10 version 1703 or later and enrolled in an MDM service such an Intune, that MDM service can ask the device for the hardware ID (also known as a hardware hash). Once it has that, it can automatically register the device with Windows Autopilot.

For instructions on how to do this with Microsoft Intune, see Create an Autopilot deployment profile documentation describing the “Convert all targeted devices to Autopilot” setting.

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Start Menu and Bug Fixes in New Windows Update

With software problems comes updates to alleviate those problems. Earlier today, Microsoft released a cumulative update available to all Windows 10 users. This update, called KB4522355 (OS Build 18362.449) has a variety of fixes, including the Start Menu problem that several users encountered, according to Microsoft Support:

  • “Updates an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from working in certain touch mode scenarios.
  • Updates an issue that starts assistive technology (AT) (such as Microsoft Narrator, Magnifier, or NVDA) after signing in when you’ve configured it to start before signing in. 
  • Updates an issue that causes Magnifier to stop working in certain scenarios, and you have to restart it manually. 
  • Updates an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working in the middle of a session in certain scenarios. 
  • Updates an issue that might prevent a scroll bar from being selected. 
  • Updates an issue that allows a device to go to Sleep (S3) even if you configure the device to never sleep. 
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from shrinking a window in some cases.
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Updates an issue that causes screen flickering or is slow to display the screen when you show application thumbnails on a monitor that has high dots per inch (DPI).
  • Updates an issue that causes the tile for the Photos app to appear larger than expected in the Start menu under certain conditions. 
  • Updates an issue that causes the system to stop responding at the sign-in screen.
  • Updates an issue that might cause a black screen to appear the first time you sign in after installing a feature or quality update.
  • Updates an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update.
  • Addresses an issue with the behavior of the Origin HTTP header when you use Internet Explorer to make cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) requests to redirect resources in internal subnets. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from working in certain touch mode scenarios. 
  • Addresses an issue with syncing settings from the Accounts page when the “Continue experiences on this device” Group Policy is disabled. 
  • Addresses an issue that starts assistive technology (AT) (such as Microsoft Narrator, Magnifier, or NVDA) after signing in when the Ease of Access Center setting requires AT to start before signing in. 
  • Addresses an error message that appears when you open an app after enabling NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM) and the legacy console mode. The error message is, “OACClearArry: Cannot connect to Trace32 OLE Automation server. Error code: -2147483645.” 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Magnifier to stop working in certain scenarios, and the user must restart it manually. 
  • Updates time zone information for Norfolk Island, Australia. 
  • Updates time zone information for the Fiji Islands. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Narrator to stop working in the middle of a user session in certain scenarios. 
  • Addresses an issue that fails to set the default Command Prompt window color when you use the color command without a parameter. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Microsoft Windows Search Indexer (searchindexer.exe) to add or repair required access control lists (ACLs) without checking if ACLs exist. 
  • Addresses an issue in which controls in Win32 applications intermittently fail to render correctly when started from a logoff script using the “Run shutdown scripts visible” policy.
  • Addresses an issue in which installing many fonts in the system causes applications to stop responding. 
  • Addresses an issue with high CPU usage in Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) when you disconnect from a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session. 
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent a scroll bar from being selected when an ActiveX control implements the CScrollView class. This occurs if you move the Internet Explorer window, which then moves the scroll bar to the left. 
  • Addresses an issue that allows the system to go to Sleep (S3) after two minutes of inactivity even if you configure the sleep timer to never sleep. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents users from reducing the size of a window in some cases. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft SharePoint file names to appear incorrectly in the Quick access and Recent items folders. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from establishing virtual private network (VPN) connections. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes screen flickering or is slow to display the screen when you show application thumbnails on high dots per inch (DPI) monitors. 
  • Addresses an issue with incorrect permissions on a user’s class registry keys that prevents users from opening files, links, and applications. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the tile for the Photos app to appear larger than expected in the Start menu under certain conditions. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes the system to stop responding at the sign-in screen. 
  • Addresses an issue with the multifactor unlock policy of Windows Hello for Business, which fails to show the default sign-in option on Windows 10 devices. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes Windows Search to close unexpectedly when a Group Policy applies sub-groups to the Start menu layout. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents you from retrieving the correct Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) information by setting the DHCP LeaseTerminatesTime and LeaseObatinedTime parameters to the correct format.
  • Addresses an issue with diagnostic data processing when a device has the Diagnostic data setting enabled and set to Basic. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Internet Explorer from opening when Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is being used to roam many favorites. 
  • Addresses an issue that improves the reliability of the UE-V AppMonitor. 
  • Addresses an issue in which Microsoft AppLocker might prevent an application from running or log a false positive error instead of running the application. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents netdom.exe from displaying the new ticket-granting ticket (TGT) delegation bit for the display or query mode. 
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Direct Access servers to use a large amount of non-paged pool memory (pooltag: NDnd). 
  • Addresses an issue with AppContainer firewall rules that leak when guest users or mandatory user profile users sign in and sign out from Windows Server. 
  • Addresses an issue that prevents the Unified Write Filter (UWF) servicing mode of Windows Update from working with the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes all Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) dynamic ports to be consumed. As a result, network communications will fail for any protocol or operation using dynamic ports. 
  • Addresses an issue with applications and scripts that call the NetQueryDisplayInformation API or the WinNT provider equivalent. They might fail to return results after the first page of data, often 50 or 100 entries. When requesting additional pages, you might receive the error, “1359: an internal error occurred.” 
  • Addresses an issue that disrupts window ordering after tooltips appear in the RemoteApp window. 
  • Improves an access control list (ACL) check for Known Folders to prevent a black screen that appears the first time a user signs in after installing a feature or quality update. 
  • Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. 
  • Addresses issue with Autopilot self-deploying mode and White glove deployments.
  • Addresses an issue in which the pszTargetName parameter was set incorrectly in the InitializeSecurityContext() API.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Start menu, the Cortana Search bar, Tray icons, or Microsoft Edge to stop responding in certain scenarios after installing a monthly update.”

If you ever have an issue with any Windows 10 updates, give us a call at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Garland Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Garland, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.

Microsoft Updating Edge UI for Android

The Microsoft Edge user interface, or UI is currently in the testing phase with the latest beta build. This will upgrade the hub menu to enhance a more modern, curved look, along with a better access to what’s needed like history, favorites, etc.

According to Android Central, “The new hub menu is present where the old Continue on PC button used to be, and opens up a grid of icons that gives the user access to functions such as opening a new tab, read aloud, add to favorites, and continue on PC. The menu is also customizable, allowing you to add or remove whichever functions you wish.”

Image via Onmsft

As of now, Microsoft Edge UI is only available to a handful of beta testers. This will soon change to every beta tester, then to the public. And Android only has the go on it. iOS is still waiting, but I’m sure it won’t be long.

For help with Microsoft issues, call us at 1-800-620-5285.  Karls Technology is a nationwide computer service company with offices in many major cities. This blog post was brought to you from our staff at the Frisco Computer Repair Service, if you need computer repair in Frisco, TX please call or text the local office at (469) 299-9005.