With the Windows 10 free upgrade offer now expired, Microsoft has released the latest major update for the operating system (OS). Since Windows 10 is constantly evolving, this release brings many new features and fixes to issues that people had with prior versions.
However, with a new release comes a host of new problems. From minor irritations to huge problems, let’s take a look at changes to Windows 10 that arrived in this update and how you can fix them.
1. Apps Re-Pinned to the Taskbar
While the Anniversary Update (referred to as AU hereafter) promises it won’t change any of your stuff around, you’ll find that Microsoft Edge, the File Explorer, and the Windows Store shortcuts are pinned back to your Taskbar after installing. If you don’t want to have Edge (even though it now includes extensions) and the Store handy, just right-click their icons and choose Unpin from Taskbar to get everything back to how it was.
While you’re doing this, you might also notice the quill pen icon on the right side of the Taskbar. This is a shortcut to the revamped Windows Ink feature — if you don’t want to use it, right-click empty space on the Taskbar and uncheck Show Windows Ink Workspace button.
2. Default Apps Reset
3. Extra Ads on the Start Menu
4. Skype Preview Is Installed and Signs You In
5. Drive Partitions Missing
One of the worst AU issues is that Windows doesn’t show partitions on hard drives correctly at times. There’s a chance that Windows detects the drive as RAW format instead of NTFS, meaning you need another tool to recover the data. This can cause you to think that you’ve lost all the data on the drive, but this isn’t the case.
Using a free tool like the EaseUS Partition Master or AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can right-click on any affected partition or drive (usually showing as unallocated) and choose to run the partition recovery options or wizard. This should recover the drive and make it usable again.
If you haven’t run the AU yet, make sure you back up your drives before performing it, in case they get screwed up.
6. Update Error 0x8024200D
If you receive this error when you try to run the AU, you should run the Windows Update FixIt tool to clear out any errors. If that doesn’t work, try using the Media Creation tool to create a USB drivewith the Windows 10 installation info on it, then running the in-place upgrade from there to keep all of your configurations.
7. Storage Errors
8. Incompatible Software Error
9. Windows Won’t Activate
If you’re receiving an error that Windows cannot activate, try waiting a day and checking again — the servers are slammed right now with the AU rollout. Remember that since the free upgrade expired, you can’t just update from Windows 7 or 8.1 anymore — you must purchase a new key.
10. AU Clashes with Aero Glass
If you use the free Aero Glass software to restore the Aero look of Windows 7, make sure you uninstall it before running the AU. Users of Glass have reported massive issues when trying to run the update, including the program dumping gigabytes of error logs.
Aero Glass won’t work right after the update, either, so if you have to have it, it’s best to wait for a fix from the developer.
11. Force Disable the Lock Screen
However, users always find a way. To disable the lock screen in Windows 10 Pro, follow these steps:
Type Local Security Policy into the Start menu and open it. Open Software Restriction Policies; if you don’t see any listed, follow Action > New Software Restriction Policies. Now, under the newly-added Additional Rules folder, right-click a blank spot and choose New Path Rule.
In the path, paste:
Set the Security level to Disallowed and click OK. The lock screen is now disabled!
12. Remove Cortana
Before the AU, Cortana could be easily turned off to reduce the search box to basic functionality. Now, Microsoft doesn’t want you to disable Cortana, so you’ll have to go digging to turn her off.
Windows 10 Home users need to do this via a Registry edit. Open it with regedit in the Start menu, then navigate down to:
Should the Windows Search folder not be present, right-click its parent folder Windows and choose New > Key; call it Windows Search. Then, right-click the Windows Search folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this AllowCortana and set it at 0. As with all Registry edits, log off and back on or reboot so it takes effect.
In Windows 10 Pro, type gpedit.msc into the Start menu to open Group Policy, which makes it easier to edit this setting. Drill down to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search and double-click on Allow Cortana to set it as Disabled. Log off and back on and Cortana will be no more.
13. Cortana Is Missing
Type regedit into the Start menu (remember to be careful when making changes in here). Head to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search Change BingSearchEnabled
Change this from 0 to 1 and restart. Cortana should be running as normal now!
14. Games Run Poorly
15. Unreadable Clock Font
The clock in the bottom-right corner of the Taskbar is a useful way to check the time quickly, but some users have reported issues where the font changes to black and becomes unreadable. The fix has been reported by some, and is another Group Policy edit:
Type gpedit.msc into the Start menu and navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options. Here, enable User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator Account and reboot your computer.
16. Start Menu and Explorer Freezing
After updating, some users have reported the Start menu refusing to open, and applications freezing up all over the place. If you can get to it, running the Windows Start Menu FixIt is a great first try to resolve these issues. If this doesn’t work, you should create a new user profile to see if the current one is corrupted.
Open a command prompt as administrator and type the following command to create a new user:
net user <username> /add
To make this new user an admin, type this instead:
net localgroup Administrators <username> /add