Windows Update Troubleshooter Tool

Several people have had issues with Windows Update, from Windows 8.1 not able to update to Windows 10 not updating to the latest Insider build. Microsoft has a Troubleshooting tool that can help find the issue and correct it.

While this is not a fix all for everything that could be wrong with Windows Update, and it might not fix your particular issue, it is a good place to start. Also, if you are in the Insiders Program, always be sure to check the release notes. There are some known issues that have caused problems updating in the past (Anti-virus could interfere, SD Card could interfere, etc..). This is a great place to start if you are having issues, though, and it does work very fast to fix any issues with Windows Update that you may have.


1. Go to The Microsoft Windows Update Troubleshooter page ( and download the troubleshooter for your current operating system.



2. Run the file. This is a single file that can run on it’s own and does not require any installation. Select “Windows Update” and then click Next.



3. If it runs and cannot detect issues, it may need to be run as an Administrator, which is an option when it runs. The tool will run and check several things.





The Troubleshooting tool checks several things:

    • Default Windows Update data locations have changed?
    • Some security settings are missing or have been changed?
    • Check for missing or corrupt files.
    • Service registration is missing or corrupt.
    • Potential Windows Update Database error detected?


4. The tool will fix any found issues, and you can then close the troubleshooter. You can also click for a more detailed report to see what it did fix. From there, you can go back into Windows  Update and try the updates again.



If you click the View detailed information, you see what was checked and what was fixed.


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Fix Error 80240020 When Updating to Windows 10

Many people are getting an error 80240020 when updating to Windows 10. This is due to an incomplete download or a corrupted download. Here is a solution.

1. Browse to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.

2. Delete everything within that folder.

3. Open a command prompt as Administrator. Type wuauclt.exe /updatenow


4. Go back into Windows Update and you should see Windows 10 re-downloading. When it is complete, you should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 with no issues.

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Show Delete File Confirmation Dialog

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Windows 8 doesn’t show the file deletion confirmation dialog by default. To re-enable the dialog, do the following:

1. On the desktop, right click the Recycle Bin and select Properties.

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2. Select the checkbox near the bottom ‘Display delete confirmation dialog’.


3. You will now have the following when you go to delete a file.


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Empty Recycle Bin of multiple accounts (Command Line)

Some people share a PC with multiple users, and each user has it’s own mess of files. They also have separate Recycle Bin’s. When a user deletes a lot of stuff, it sits in the Recycle Bin until it is emptied. Some users don’t know that you need to empty the bin occasionally. Here is a quick command line tip to empty all the Recycle Bin’s on your PC – without having to log into the other users accounts. This could also be scripted if you want to have the Recycle Bin emptied when logging in or off, if you wish.

1. Launch the Command Prompt as an Administrator. Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt (you can press Right Shift and left click the shortcut and select Run as different user, if needed).

2. Type in rd /s c:$Recycle.Bin and select Y to delete all the files in the Recycle Bin.


The first window is not using an elevated CMD prompt, the second is using Run as different user as Administrator.

This can help you keep your PC clean and stop your hard drive from filling up completely if you have a user that forgets to empty the Recycle Bin!

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Keep Explorer Ribbon Minimzed

Users have already sounded off with their dislike of the ribbon in Windows 8 Explorer. While it takes some getting used to, it is not meant for everyone. Here is how to force it to start minimized when opening Windows Explorer.

1. Press the Windows key + R to open a Run windows. Type gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor.


2. Navigate to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Windows Explorer


3. Double click the Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon Minimized option in the right pane.


4. Change the radio button to Enabled, click Ok and close the Group Policy Editor.

Your Windows Explorer will now be without the ribbon:


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Set Custom Resolution in VirtualBox for Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn’t work with the included VirtualBox display driver, so by default you are limited to several 4:3 resolutions (full screen). If you want a different resolution or a widescreen resolution, it requires a command line entry to enable it. Here’s how:

1. First, close your virtual machine. Then, navigate to x:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox. Hold Shift and right click an open area of the window. Select “Open Command Window Here”. A command prompt window will open in exactly the correct directory to do the job.


2. Type VBoxManage.exe setextradata "Win 8 dev" CustomVideoMode1 1680x1050x32. You can edit the name in quotes to your Windows 8 virtual machine name, as well as the custom resolution (my monitor runs as 1680x1050x32).


3. Restart your VM, and you can now select from the custom resolution you just enabled.


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Disable Metro in Windows 8 Developer Preview

For many, the Metro interface is a problem and would like to have the desktop similar to Windows 7 and other previous versions. Here is a registry edit to disable Metro UI.

1. Open regedit by typing regedit at the Start screen.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer


3. Modify the RPEnabled key to a “0” instead of the default “1”.

4. To return to the Metro UI, just change the value back to a “1”.

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Developer Preview Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 8 Developer Preview is out, and as usual there are those out there that are very efficient with keyboard shortcuts. Here is a list of known shortcuts for the preview. There may be more, which will be added as they become known.

Edit: Here is an updated PDF or XPS page with the new Windows 8 Shortcuts (for Consumer Preview & Developer Preview)

Key Function
Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard
Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peek at the desktop
Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation
Windows logo key+V Cycles through toasts
Windows logo key+shift+V Cycles through toasts in reverse order
Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator
Windows logo key+PgUp Moves tiles to the left
Windows logo key+PgDown Moves tiles to the right
Windows logo key+Shift+. Moves the split to the left
Windows logo key+. Moves the split to the right
Windows logo key+F Opens File Search App
Windows logo key+C Opens Charms Bar
Windows logo key+I Opens Settings charm
Windows logo key+K Opens Connect charm
Windows logo key+H Opens Share charm
Windows logo key+Q Opens Search pane
Windows logo key+W Opens Settings Search app
Windows logo key+Z Opens App Bar
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Enable Telnet with single command

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With the release of Vista came the demise of the built in Telnet command. You can add it again using the Programs and Features tool in the Control Panel, but here is how you can do it with a single command.

1. Open a Command Prompt with administrative permissions. Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

2. Type (or cut and paste) dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient and press enter.


3. Telnet is now available in Windows.


Credit for this tip goes to Steve Sinchak from

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