Thursday, February 4, 2016

Guide: Checking Device Drivers in Windows 10 Using Native Programs - 3 Methods

Here's three ways to check your device drivers in Windows 10, without installing third party software. The first method is point and click, the second is using only the keyboard, and the third is a combination of mouse and keyboard. all three do the same thing, therefore it is not necessary to use all the methods. Just pick which ever one you think will be easiest. This is part of the Windows redundancy features.


    BEFORE YOU START (NOTES)
  • Use Device Manager to check, update, install, and rollback device drivers.
  • Use System Information to find out driver specifics, verify problems & conflicts with devices.
  • Elevated Command Prompt = Command Prompt (with Administrator Privileges)


    Method 1: Opening Sys Info & Dev Mgr (w/ Mouse)
  1. Start > Control Panel > Systems & Security > Administrative Tools > System Information
  2. (While in Admin Tools) open Computer Management > Device Manager

    Method 2: Opening Sys Info & Dev Mgr (w/ Keyboard)
  1. System Information = Win Key + R > msinfo32.exe
  2. Device Manager (read only) = Win Key + R > devmgmt.msc

    Method 3: Opening Sys Info & Dev Mgr (w/ Both)
  1. System Information = Start > elevated command prompt > type: msinfo32.exe <enter>
  2. Device Manager (full control) = Start > elevated command prompt >type: mmc devmgmt.msc <enter>

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Guide: Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working - Six Solutions

Cortana has a bug that causes the Start button and the notifications icons to become unresponsive. The November Update "fixed" the issue by forcing the installation of a new instance of Windows 10, thereby resetting customized user defaults back to Windows defaults. Unfortunately, the November Installation has the same Cortana bug, meaning the Start button and notifications icons can become unresponsive again. Here are five methods for dealing with the issue.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Guide: Windows 10 Desktop Icon Recovery - 12 Solutions

NOTE: Windows 10 desktop icons are sometimes very slow to load. If one or two Taskbar and Desktop Icons are missing it may take 20 - 30 minutes for Windows 10 to load them. If all of your desktop icons are missing, one of the various methods listed below may help you recover them.

I've noticed when using a laptop, just closing the lid (to put computer in sleep mode) frequently causes this error. Whereas using Start > Shutdown menu > Sleep does not cause this error.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Guide: Windows 10 Desktop System Icons Missing - Two Solutions

Missing System Icons
By Windows 10 default, some of the System Icons are not placed on the Desktop. Here's two methods to get your System Icons back.

    Windows 10 - Method 1
  1. rt. click desktop
  2. personalize
  3. themes
  4. desktop icons
  5. checkmark the icons you want
  6. apply, then ok

    Windows 10 - Method 2
  1. rt. click Start button
  2. click Control Panel
  3. click Appearance and Personalization
  4. click Personalization
  5. click Change Desktop Icons
  6. checkmark the icons you want
  7. apply then ok