Windows 10 update causes boot loops. Microsoft is working on the fix.

Windows 10 update causes the need for frequent system boots. Microsoft is working on the fix.

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Update: Microsoft has just released the script that can help the users fix the install loop problem in the KB3194496 update of Windows 10 to build 14393.22. Here is the link where you can download it form.

In the past one year, Microsoft has been actively trying to promote Windows 10 as the next stable Operating System for mass usage. Indeed, this OS comes with a handful of great functionalities and features and a significant share of automated processes, which require less user interaction. Frequently updated and sophisticated security tools, system improvements and scheduled automated Microsoft updates ensure maximum efficiency of the system. They also reduce the risk of outdated apps and bugs that may be compromised, if not updated regularly. However, as good as this could be, the full automation of some of the major processes, such as updates, is leaving the average users without the option to control when and how they may happen.

According to Microsoft, the automated updates will be beneficial for the users, because this way they will receive all the newest features, improvements and security updates on time, without having to worry about checking for them themselves. And while this could really save a lot of time and system maintenance, there is some inconvenience that the end users may face.

The last week’s update for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (KB3194496) has been reported to be the reason for an endless circus of reboots of the system of some users. Not all the people who received the update had this issue, but it appears that some of them had to face an endless boot loop. Microsoft has been informed accordingly and is now working on fixing the issue. An updated script and a patch are expected to be released soon. In the next days, the company will release guidelines on how to manually stop the boot loop and apply the new patch.

The boot loop problem with the Windows 10 (KB3194496) update ruffled some feathers, mostly because it was previously reported during the testing period itself, but it appears that Microsoft didn’t pay enough attention to this issue before it went live to the larger community. This is just one of the system fixes that the company needs to work on. We have witnessed the rapid rate at which Microsoft is releasing update after update, which apart from its benefits, has also introduced some problems. In fact, ever since it appeared, Windows has been receiving patches and fixes that have been causing some issues on a small number of computers. But this is inevitable, when having millions of devices that are running on this OS.

A more serious problem, however, may appear when users are automatically receiving such fixes and updates, no matter if they want them or not. This may increase the chance of facing system bugs, incompatibility or other unexpected issues. Of course, they can disable the whole Windows Update service manually and this way, they will not receive any updates at all. But this is too extreme and risky of an action that may expose Windows 10 to significant security threats, rather than a solution to the imposed scheduled Microsoft updates. The solution may hide in a differentiation between the feature updates as optional, and the security updates as mandatory. This may prevent future issues of this type and let’s hope that Microsoft will come up with such a solution soon.

 

Windows 10 update causes boot loops. Microsoft is working on the fix.

Windows 10 update causes the need for frequent system boots. Microsoft is working on the fix.

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Update: Microsoft has just released the script that can help the users fix the install loop problem in the KB3194496 update of Windows 10 to build 14393.22. Here is the link where you can download it form.

In the past one year, Microsoft has been actively trying to promote Windows 10 as the next stable Operating System for mass usage. Indeed, this OS comes with a handful of great functionalities and features and a significant share of automated processes, which require less user interaction. Frequently updated and sophisticated security tools, system improvements and scheduled automated Microsoft updates ensure maximum efficiency of the system. They also reduce the risk of outdated apps and bugs that may be compromised, if not updated regularly. However, as good as this could be, the full automation of some of the major processes, such as updates, is leaving the average users without the option to control when and how they may happen.

According to Microsoft, the automated updates will be beneficial for the users, because this way they will receive all the newest features, improvements and security updates on time, without having to worry about checking for them themselves. And while this could really save a lot of time and system maintenance, there is some inconvenience that the end users may face.

The last week’s update for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition (KB3194496) has been reported to be the reason for an endless circus of reboots of the system of some users. Not all the people who received the update had this issue, but it appears that some of them had to face an endless boot loop. Microsoft has been informed accordingly and is now working on fixing the issue. An updated script and a patch are expected to be released soon. In the next days, the company will release guidelines on how to manually stop the boot loop and apply the new patch.

The boot loop problem with the Windows 10 (KB3194496) update ruffled some feathers, mostly because it was previously reported during the testing period itself, but it appears that Microsoft didn’t pay enough attention to this issue before it went live to the larger community. This is just one of the system fixes that the company needs to work on. We have witnessed the rapid rate at which Microsoft is releasing update after update, which apart from its benefits, has also introduced some problems. In fact, ever since it appeared, Windows has been receiving patches and fixes that have been causing some issues on a small number of computers. But this is inevitable, when having millions of devices that are running on this OS.

A more serious problem, however, may appear when users are automatically receiving such fixes and updates, no matter if they want them or not. This may increase the chance of facing system bugs, incompatibility or other unexpected issues. Of course, they can disable the whole Windows Update service manually and this way, they will not receive any updates at all. But this is too extreme and risky of an action that may expose Windows 10 to significant security threats, rather than a solution to the imposed scheduled Microsoft updates. The solution may hide in a differentiation between the feature updates as optional, and the security updates as mandatory. This may prevent future issues of this type and let’s hope that Microsoft will come up with such a solution soon.

 

Netflix on Linux – Chrome/Firefox Guide

In this guide you’ll find everything you need to watch Netflix on Linux. We’ve provided Chrome and Firefox instruction, as well as a Pipeline alternative.

If you are not a Windows user and you want to watch Netflix on Linux, you’ve probably found out that you’ll need assistance to set up Netflix on your machine. There are quite a few different methods for how you can do that, but so far their effectiveness has been varying. In the following article we will attempt to provide you with and explain to you the most common ones, so that you can choose the best way to watch Netflix on Linux. Naturally, the easiest way is to use a browser add-on. Both Chrome and Firefox have one readily available.

How to watch Netflix on Linux

The Guide

Netflix on Linux using Chrome

Currently Chrome seems to be the browser that is best suited to support Netflix on Linux since it provides a native method to stream Netflix. However, sometimes users seem to have privacy issues with it. Also, as of March, 2016 the 32-bit x86 version of Chrome is no longer supported. Thus, Chrome might not be the best option for some Linux users. If you are fine with using Chrome and have no privacy issues, then it still provides an easy way to watch Netflix on your Linux device. It is simple – all you have to do is just open your Chrome browser and go to the Netflix site. That’s all there is to it. In addition, you have the option to get Netflix as a desktop app with the help of Chrome’s Web-App tool.

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Netflix on Linux using Firefox

If you cannot or do not want to use Chrome for the reasons we mentioned or any other reason, you can try with Firefox instead. Here you will need the help of an add-on that you’ll have to install on the browser in order to get the native Netflix support for Firefox. However, before you do that, you need to make sure that your version of Firefox is 49 or above. In order to check that, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to Help.
  2. Select About. There, make sure that your version is at least 49.
  3. If the version is below 49, there should be an Update button. Click on that and wait for the update to finish before you proceed.

Once you’ve ensured that your Firefox browser is the correct version, it’s time to get the User Agent Overrider extension in order to enable the native Netflix support.

  1. Open your browser and go to its main menu (top-right corner).
  2. Select the Add-ons icon.
  3. In the search field, type User Agent Overrider and look through the search results.
    • Make sure to find the add-on that has the exact same name as you’ve typed in the search field. There might be several similarly-named extensions that you don’t need.
  1. Once you find it, install the User Agent Overrider add-on.
  2. Go back to your Add-ons manager in the Firefox main menu.
  3. Next to the User Agent Overrider extension, select Preferences.
  4. In the User-Agent entries area delete everything.4
  5. Now copy the following line and paste it there: Linux / Chrome 53: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/535.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/53.0.2785.34 Safari/537.36
  6. Next, look for a User Agent Overrider icon at the top of your screen, somewhere next to the Firefox search bar. Click on that icon and in the resulting menu select Linux / Chrome 53.

  All that is left for you to do now is to go to the Netflix website, sign in and have a good time.

  • Note: It is possible that you’d see above the sign-in button a notification that requires you to install DRM updates. Click on it and install them, before you sign in with your account.

Netflix on Linux using Pipelight

This is an older method that you should probably not have the need to resort to. However, if for whatever reason the previous two suggestions did not do it for you, you can still give this one a try.

  1. Get Pipelight online.
  2. Open your Linux Terminal and use one of the following sets of commands depending on the system you’re using.                     3
    •  Ubuntu: Copy-paste and execute sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable and sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi in that order.
    •  Fedora: Use the command sudo yum install cabextract && sudo rpm -i http://sourceforge.net/projects/mscorefonts2/files/rpms/msttcore-fonts-installer-2.6-1.noarch.rpm and then sudo wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/DarkPlayer:/Pipelight/Fedora_19/home:DarkPlayer:Pipelight.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/pipelight.repo && sudo yum install pipelight
  3. Once you’ve installed Pipelight, use the command sudo pipelight-plugin –enable silverlight to be able to stream Netflix on your Linux device.

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Error 0x800F0922 in Windows 10 (Fix)

Learn how to fix Error 0x800F0922 in Windows 10 with the help of our guide! Error 0x800F0922 most commonly occurs when you try to install (or update) .Net Framework 3.5.

If you are on this page because you have recently seen error 0x800F0922 on the screen of your computer, we can guide you towards resolving this issue. The error is an indication of an existing problem that occurred when Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 tried to install itself. Perhaps it was denied from the very start, or maybe the installation process failed midway and was not able to finish. This often happens when you try to upgrade, as opposed to installing the .NET Framework 3.5 anew. However, error 0x800F0922 is not exclusive to .NET Framework – you can actually encounter the same message of a failed/denied installation with the exact same code if you attempt to upgrade your Windows 10. There are two possible solutions that have proven effective in dealing with this issue, which we will describe here. Try them out and one will be sure to get your problem solved, however, please do not hesitate to let us know if even after performing the steps shown below you are still seeing Error 0x800F0922. Just leave us a comment at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you.

The first possible solution would be turning the Windows feature either on or off. In the event that that doesn’t work, try implementing our second fix, which involves the DISM command. Please note in the first fix, however, that if you have upgraded to Windows 8 from a lower version and cannot activate .NET Framework 3.5.1, it’s possible that you may need to Refresh or Restart your computer.

Error 0x800F0922 Fix

The Guide

Fixing Error 0x800F0922 – First Method:

  1. Press and hold down the Windows Key + R.
  2. In the Run window type appwiz.cpl and hit Enter.        1
  3. In the window that opens select Turn Windows Features on or off (in the left pane). Inside the box that opens, at the top you should see .NET Framework 3.52

Fixing Error 0x800F0922 – Second Method:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and type cmd in the Search bar. Right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. In the box that appears asking whether you would changes to be allowed to be made to your computer, click Yes.                                                                          3
  2. In the Command Prompt type in the following exactly as shown here: dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /Source:c:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
  3. If relevant, replace c: with the drive that contains the Windows ISO (Setup), from which you would like to install. If you wish to copy and paste the command from here, make sure to get rid of any extra spaces. Be sure to check the DSIM log files for errors. You will find those in the Windows folder on your computer under Logs\DISM\dism.log.
  4. If there is a corrupt DSIM, run the following command: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  5. For Windows 7/8/10, 64 bit and 32 bit users, please also run one after the other the following two commands: dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  6. Open the Control Panel and go to Programs and Features. Choose to install .NET from Windows Update. If this doesn’t happen – reboot your PC, then run dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth again and proceed to install .NET from Windows Update in Control Panel -> Programs and Features once more.

Please leave us a comment below, we would love to know if we were able to help!

Windows Update Error 80070490 Fix

Windows Update Error 80070490 fix exists. Learn how to deal with the Windows Update Error with our free and easy-to-use guide.

Recently many users have been reporting the occurrence of various errors concerning Windows Update. These errors prevent people from having their computer properly updated and may cause further problems especially if an update gets installed only halfway through. Therefore, it is essential to find a way to deal with those errors. In this particular article we’ll be dealing with the Windows Update Error 80070490. It usually occurs when there’s some problem with CBS Manifest files – the files responsible for the installation of updates. As with many other similar errors, corruption of certain system files is one of the main reasons for Windows Update errors (though the cause can always be different and require a different fix).

 In this article we will guide you through three possible fixes to this problem. Before we proceed, make sure that you have your Windows installation disk nearby, because we are going to need that. These guides are applicable for all versions of Windows.

The Windows Update Error 80070490 Fix

Using SURP

First thing you may want to do is to try fixing the update error via SURP (System Update Readiness Tool). You can download the toolfrom Microsoft’s website. Make sure that you download the appropriate SURP version that corresponds to your system. Install the tool and now try to update your machine.

In quite a few cases installing SURP should be able to help you deal with Windows Update errors. It might solve your problem with the current issue as well. However, if the 80070490 persist, then you will need to try another fix. Before you proceed with our other two possible solutions, you may want to create a restore point in just in case any problem occurs and you need to reset your previous settings. To do that, right-click on My Computer icon and select properties.

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From the resulting window choose System Protection (in the right panel). Go to System Properties section and click on Create. Type a name for the restore point and select Create.

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Now you can always go back to that restore point if you ever feel the need to. It’s basically a good idea to have it such a point even if you don’t currently have a rpoblem with your system.

SFC scan

This will help you repair any corrupt system files that may be responsible for the update failure. In fact, SFC Scan is a very commonly used method for dealing with update-concerning issues, so it may help you with other similar Windows Update errors as well. In order to carry out this fix, you will need to open your Command Prompt

 This is done by clicking on the Start Menu and typing in the search field cmd. After you do that, right-click on the first search result and select Run as Administrator.

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In the resulting window type SFC/scannow and hit Enter. The following process will probably take several minutes – have patience.

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 Once the Command Prompt has finished scanning your PC, you will see a message. There are three possibilities as for what the message may read.

 The first one is: Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. This means that the problem does not come from any corrupt files. In this case you may try our next fix method. However, if you see this message, the reason for the error may have nothing to do with your system. It’s possible that the update itself has bugs or is broken.

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 The second possible message would be: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. This is probably the best case scenario, since it means that the scanning has found and repaired the damaged files and the error should no longer be bothering you.

 The third possibility is that the message reads: Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files, but could not repair them. If you see this displayed on your screen, then type in another command in the Command Prompt: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image/ RestoreHealth. Hit enter – you may need to wait a little.

 

 Afterwards see if the problem is fixed and if the error still persists, try out our third fix suggestion.

System Repair

Here’s how to do the System repair:

 Shut-down all programs and applications and restart your computer. Then, enter your Windows installation disk inside your DVD drive. If the Windows installation setup does not open automatically, go to My Computer and double-click on your DVD drive. Once you open the setup window, select Install now and then click on Go online to get the latest updates for installation (recommended).

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Wait utill your computer searches for new updates. Once the process is over, check I accept the license terms and select Next.

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 You will be asked which type of installation you want. Click on Upgrade

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 Another process will begin, during which your PC will restart twice and you will need to go through several installation steps. You will be able to customize the settings of the installation. Just follow the prompts and you should be okay. If you are not sure about something, simply opt for the recommended settings and you should have no problem finishing the upgrading process. Once everything is done you can try to install the windows updates again. This time the error 80070490 shouldn’t occur.

Error Code 0x80073CF9 Fix (Windows 10)

Error Code 0x80073CF9 is a Windows 10 Error that occurs with the Windows store. Learn how to fix it with the help of our guide!

Starting with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced their Windows Store, which is a built-in program, created as a means of distributing various free and paid apps for your computer. It’s very similar to the concept of the Google Play Store, which pretty much serves the same purpose for Android smartphone and tablet users. The Windows Store is also available for Windows 10, making just fewer than 700,000 applications available for download. And as it is with many apps on this version of Windows, which comes as a result of Microsoft wanting to make their product even more user-friendly than before, all its updates are automatically installed, when there are new ones available. This sometimes leads to issues, however, and the one that has brought you to our page – Error Code 0x80073CF9 – is no exception.

Error 0x80073CF9 is a severity update failure and usually occurs when an update has failed to be installed. Alternatively, you may also see this error if you’ve been trying download or update some program on your computer. Should this have been the case, from then on all updates and any future downloads will be stopped dead in their tracks. We’ve gathered three possible fixes in the below guide that you can try out and one of them is bound to get Error 0x80073CF9 solved. However, should you experience any trouble on the way, please don’t hesitate to leave us a message in the comment section below, describing your issue. Our team will be happy to help.

Error Code 0x80073CF9 Fix

The Guide

Fix 1:

  1. Locate the drive where Windows is installed (this will usually be Disk C: ) and open the Windows folder. Alternatively, you can press and hold down the Windows Key + R. Type in the following: C:\Windows, after which click OK.
  2. You should now be in the Windows folder. Right-click somewhere inside (not on any of the other folders), then select New and click on Folder. Name the folder AppReadiness. This should solve the issue.

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Fix 2:

  1. Sometimes the error may occur due to your WiFi connection. If this is your case, you can try using a wired connection instead. Do this by connecting your router and computer with the help of an Ethernet cable.
  2. After you’ve plugged the cable in, press and hold the Windows Key + R. Type in ncpa.cpl and hit Enter. 2
  3. Locate your wireless adapter and right-click on it, after which click on Disable.
  4. Try to update or download whatever it was you wanted and if successful, right-click on your adapter again to enable it.

Fix 3:

  1. An alternative cause for the Error 0x80073CF9 could be the Store’s inability to write to the Packages folder; hence it doesn’t have access to it. The Packages folder is located in the folder Windows -> AppRedepository. To solve this, you need to first make visible all hidden files and folders. In the Start menu, go to Control Panel and select Appearance and Personalization. Go to Folder Options -> View. Under Advanced Settings click on Show hidden files, folders and drives, after which press OK3
  2. Open the Windows folder and right-click the AppRedepository folder in it. Click on Properties, then go to Security -> Advanced. Select Continue Allow Full System Access to ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES and SYSTEM.

Did we help? Let us know in the comment section below, your feedback is always appreciated!

Error Code 0x80073CF9 Fix (Windows 10)

Error Code 0x80073CF9 is a Windows 10 Error that occurs with the Windows store. Learn how to fix it with the help of our guide!

Starting with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced their Windows Store, which is a built-in program, created as a means of distributing various free and paid apps for your computer. It’s very similar to the concept of the Google Play Store, which pretty much serves the same purpose for Android smartphone and tablet users. The Windows Store is also available for Windows 10, making just fewer than 700,000 applications available for download. And as it is with many apps on this version of Windows, which comes as a result of Microsoft wanting to make their product even more user-friendly than before, all its updates are automatically installed, when there are new ones available. This sometimes leads to issues, however, and the one that has brought you to our page – Error Code 0x80073CF9 – is no exception.

Error 0x80073CF9 is a severity update failure and usually occurs when an update has failed to be installed. Alternatively, you may also see this error if you’ve been trying download or update some program on your computer. Should this have been the case, from then on all updates and any future downloads will be stopped dead in their tracks. We’ve gathered three possible fixes in the below guide that you can try out and one of them is bound to get Error 0x80073CF9 solved. However, should you experience any trouble on the way, please don’t hesitate to leave us a message in the comment section below, describing your issue. Our team will be happy to help.

Error Code 0x80073CF9 Fix

The Guide

Fix 1:

  1. Locate the drive where Windows is installed (this will usually be Disk C: ) and open the Windows folder. Alternatively, you can press and hold down the Windows Key + R. Type in the following: C:\Windows, after which click OK.
  2. You should now be in the Windows folder. Right-click somewhere inside (not on any of the other folders), then select New and click on Folder. Name the folder AppReadiness. This should solve the issue.

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Fix 2:

  1. Sometimes the error may occur due to your WiFi connection. If this is your case, you can try using a wired connection instead. Do this by connecting your router and computer with the help of an Ethernet cable.
  2. After you’ve plugged the cable in, press and hold the Windows Key + R. Type in ncpa.cpl and hit Enter. 2
  3. Locate your wireless adapter and right-click on it, after which click on Disable.
  4. Try to update or download whatever it was you wanted and if successful, right-click on your adapter again to enable it.

Fix 3:

  1. An alternative cause for the Error 0x80073CF9 could be the Store’s inability to write to the Packages folder; hence it doesn’t have access to it. The Packages folder is located in the folder Windows -> AppRedepository. To solve this, you need to first make visible all hidden files and folders. In the Start menu, go to Control Panel and select Appearance and Personalization. Go to Folder Options -> View. Under Advanced Settings click on Show hidden files, folders and drives, after which press OK3
  2. Open the Windows folder and right-click the AppRedepository folder in it. Click on Properties, then go to Security -> Advanced. Select Continue Allow Full System Access to ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES and SYSTEM.

Did we help? Let us know in the comment section below, your feedback is always appreciated!

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 Fix

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 is a common error for Windows 7/10. Find how to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057 with the help of our detailed guide!

If you are faced with Windows error 0x80070057, this means that Windows has failed to install some of its updates. That is basically the sole reason behind it. The error usually has a text message that reads something along the lines of “There have been problems with the installation of the updates, but we will try again later.” It is possible that you may also have had error 0x80240437, which is basically the same thing. This is usually caused by corrupted files in your system, though the reason for the error may be different and we’ll cover it in another article. For now, we’ll give you several possible ways to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070057. Read carefully our guide and follow the instructions – we’ve tried to make everything as user-friendly as possible.The possible fixes in this article should work for all versions of window.

Windows Update Error 0x80070057 Fix

Using SFC Scan

This is probably the easiest method to fix the error. Open your start menu and in the search field type cmd. Right-click on the first result and then on Run as Administrator.

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When the Command Prompt opens, you must type in the following: sfc /scannow. This will scan your computer for any corrupted files. Note that the process may take a while, so be patient.

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After the scan has finished you will see one out of three possible messages. The first one is Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations. If you see that, then the problem is not caused by any corrupted files or the check wasn’t able to recognize them as such. In this case you should try our second fix. The other possible message is Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. If you see this, then your problem has probably been fixed. Go ahead and see if everything’s back to normal.

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The third message that you might see is Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files, but could not repair them. If that’s the case, try typing in another command – Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image/ RestoreHealth (you can copy the instructions from here), then hit Enter. This should be able to repair any corrupted files. Just make sure that you have stable internet connection. This command will try to download replacement non-corrupt files from Microsoft, so it is very important that this happens without any incidents.

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In case that this does not solve your problem or you find it difficult to follow the steps, you can instead download a program called SFCFix and run it. This tool will do the whole SFC scan and repair for you. This really is the easiest way to fix the problem, but it requires a third party software download and not all people are happy with this fact

  • If none of this helped you fix the error and you are using Win 7, you can try to download System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) for Windows 7 from Microsoft’s website. Install it and try running windows update once more. If you still see the error, proceed with the Registry Edit fix.

Registry edit

If all of the quick % easy solutions failed it is time to bring in the heavy guns.

For this fix, you will need to open Notepad. Open your start menu and type Notepad in the search field and then click on the first result.

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Now coppy the following text and past it in the text document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX]

“IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]

“UxOption”=dword:00000000

 After copying the text, click on File and then on Save as. Change the file type to All Files and type in the following file name: wufix.reg.

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 Then click on Save and open the saved file from your Desktop. You will be asked whether you want the program to make changes to your computer – click on Yes and follow the prompts.

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 This should be able to fix the issue. Just make sure that you try out both the Registry Edit method and SFC Scan, because the problem may have different causes. 

Did we help you fix the annoying error? Did we miss anything? If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to share your thoughts in our coment section below this article.

How to Stop Windows 10 From Updating

This article will teach you how to stop Windows 10 from updating. The instructions will work both for Windows 7, as well as for Windows 8 and 8.1.

How to stop Windows 10 from updating

In order to make it easier for users to upgrade their current version of Windows OS to Windows 10, Microsoft has made it possible to download the latest OS from the internet. This makes upgrading to Windows 10 that much easier and faster. However, not everyone wants to switch to the newer OS and Microsoft’s effort to shove windows 10 down your throat could be considered extremely annoying by many. If you are such a an user it may be frustrating when you start receiving pop-up messages every now and then, that tell you the update is ready to be installed. This is why we created this guide – to stop Windows 10 from updating, at least until you decide the time is right. In fact, often your current OS might go as far as to automatically download the files necessary for the upgrade. The problem with that is those files take some space on the hard drive and may also cost you money if your internet bandwidth is limited. All in all, for people who are not looking forward to switching to Win 10, those upgrade incentives may be a little too annoying. Note that the upgrade doesn’t automatically install itself. Your Win 7, 8 or 8.1 won’t switch to 10 without your permission. It’s just the necessary files for the upgrade, that are getting downloaded onto your hard-drive. In our article, we will show you several different ways to deal with that minor issue.

How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – by using a specialized tool

 In our case, we’ve been using GWX Control Panel – a neat, trusty utility that is specifically designed to deal with the automatic downloading of Win 10 upgrade files. It’s easy to obtain and operate. Just download (it’s a free software) and open it.

 

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Once you have done so, all you need to do is click on Click to Delete Windows 10 Download Folders and on Click to Delete Windows 10 Programs. In my case these are grayed-out, since I don’t have any Win 10 files/folder on my PC.                          

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 If you want to prevent any future downloads of Windows 10 upgrade files, you can also use the buttons Click to Prevent ‘Get Windows 10’ App and Click to prevent Windows 10 Upgrades in GWX Control Panel.            

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  In most cases, this program should be able to fix any problems concerning unwanted downloads of Win 10 files. If, for whatever reason, you don’t want to or cannot download the utility tool, there are other ways for dealing with the unwanted update downloads.

How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – using a specific Microsoft patch

This method works for Win 7 and 8.1 but not for 8, so keep that in mind. Besides, it is not 100% certain that installing the patch will stop any Win 10 upgrade files downloading onto your PC. Theoretically, this is what it does, but we cannot guarantee it. 

Firstly, you’ll need to download the specific patch (R2: July 2015) for your specific version of Windows from the Microsoft website. Then you must install it, following the instructions from the developer’s site.

Secondly, open your Registry Editor by using the Winkey + R combination. Then type regedit in the search box and hit Enter.  

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 In the Registry Editor go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate.        

You may need to create the WindowsUpdate Key. This is done by right-clicking on the Windows folder and then choosing Key from the menu New. Name that new key WindowsUpdate.    

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 After that, click on it and create a new 32-bit DWORD named DisableOSUpgrade, giving it value of 1.

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How to stop WIndows 10 from updating – disabling automatic updates

This is easier to do compared to our previous suggestion, but remember that it is not advisable to disable your automatic updates, since this may leave your PC vulnerable to online threats. The reason for that is Windows will not only stop downloading any Win 10 upgrade files, but will also cease to look for Win 7 updates, which are essential for your system’s security. Do this, only if you are going to constantly manually check for new updates, that your system may need. In order to disable your automatic updates, you will have to go to your Control Panel.

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Open System and Security and click on Turn automatic updating on or off.

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From there, you can adjust the updating settings to your liking. We recommend to go for Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.

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That way you will still be notified about the latest updates, but will be able to choose which of them you really need.

And there you have it, three different ways to prevent your OS from downloading any upgrade files for Windows 10. Did we help you solve your problem? Do you have any remarks to make concerning our article? If so, feel free to share in our comment section below.

HP Error 49.4c02 Fix

This guide will help you fix the common HP Error 49.4c02. The HP Error 49.4c02 most commonly occurs with p3015 and 4250 printers.

The HP Error 49.4c02 fix

A common issue among HP printers is the occurrence of the 49.4c02 error. This error may have several different causes. HP Error 49.4c02 usually occurs when the user attempts to print a PDF file. Sometimes this may happen only once and go away after a restart of the printer. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case – the error may turn out to be a permanent annoyance that needs to be fixed in one way or another. Usually, the main reason for the issue is miscommunication between the computer and the printer. Often a print task is that cannot be completed is stuck in the printer’s queue and that is what’s giving the error. As we already said, the causes for this may vary, thus requiring different fixes. In this article we will give you several possible ways to resolve the nagging problem and hopefully one of them will do the job for you.

Before we get to the actual fix, we advise you to first turning the printer off and unplugging it (both the power and the network cables). Now cancel the print job that’s stuck and try starting your printer back again. If the printer is connected to a network, it might be a bit more difficult to trace down which computer has issued the print job that got stuck. Regardless, you’ll need to find it and cancel the problematic task. Once you do that, see if the printer is giving the error 49.4c02 again and if the problem persists, go ahead and try our suggestions on how to fix it.

Fix 1: Upgrading your printer’s firmware

The firmware of your printer is similar to the OS of your computer – it being out of date could be one of the reasons for the miscommunication between the printer and the system that is issuing the print tasks .

Stage 1

Before you update your printer’s firmware, you’ll need to first return it to its Ready State so that there aren’t any tasks in its queue that may be what’s causing the error’s reappearance.

  1. To do that, you’ll need to access your PC’s Control Panel and go to Devices and Printers (Under Hardware and Sound on Windows 7).  1-12-1
  2. When you get there, right-click on your printing device and select See what’s Printing.3-1
  3. Now, right-click in the window that has opened and choose Cancel All documents.

If your printer is connected to a network, instead of looking for the computer that has issued the stuck print job, you can simply disconnect your printer from the network.

Stage 2

After you’re done with stage 1, restart your printer, without plugging back the network cable. Once you do that, you can move on to the actual Firmware upgrade.

  1. First thing you need to do here is check what’s the Firmware version of your printer. In order to do that, you’ll need to use your printer’s interface to print a Configuration Page. In your printer’s interface navigate to Administration/Navigation/Configuration (depends on the model you’re using). There, you should be able to print a Configuration Page so as to see what’s your Firmware’s version.
  2. After you’ve done this, go to HP’s official drivers support site. In there, enter your printer’s version and then select your operating system’s version.
  3. In the displayed results, go to the Firmware section. If the latest version is newer than that of your current firmware, download the latest update and install it following the prompts. If you need extra instructions concerning the installation, there is a guide for most of HP’s firmware updates.

Hopefully, upgrading your printer’s firmware should prove to be enough to resolve the annoying 49.4c02 error.

Fix 2: Update your drivers

Another possible way to get rid of the nagging issue is to update your drivers to PCL6 – a scripting language that is known to resolve the HP 49.4c02 error.

  1. To download the said driver update, you’ll have to once again go to HP’s official site and enter your device’s model name.
  2. In the next page, expand the driver section and download the latest driver for your printer. Open the installation file you’ve just downloaded and install it following the prompts.
  3. After the process has finished, you may need to restart your PC and printer. Now, you can try and see if the error has been fixed

Fix 3: Printing PDF files as an image

Often the cause for the error might be in the PDF files themselves, since sometimes those tend to contain fonts that may be too sophisticated for your printing device. This could easily be the reason why a certain print task got stuck in your printer’s queue. Therefore, if nothing else has worked so far, you can try and print PDF files as images. This will no require of your printer to recognize the sophisticated fonts and will enable you to freely print those files.

  1. To do that, clear your printer’s queue and restart the device.
  2. Now, open the PDF file you would want to print and in the window with printing options go for the advanced settings button. In there, check the box next to Print as Image and press OK.
  3. After this, you can once again try to print the file, hopefully, without the error occurring this time.