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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Windows Feature Suggestion Box

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Microsoft has a new way to suggest ideas, features and suggestions for Windows – Windows Feature Suggestion Box. Using User Voice, it allows you to submit feedback for Windows. Users get to vote on the best submissions and Microsoft will look at the highest voted suggestions and see if they can implement them in a future update of Windows.

Users get 20 votes to start and can vote 1-3 times per suggestion. When you are out of votes, you can take away from previous voted suggestion. If a suggestion is added into Windows, you get those votes back. This is used for suggesting features and not for submitting bugs and errors to the Windows team.

Windows Phone has a similar User Voice available, and I have voted on and submitted several ideas over the years, and many have been implemented. Microsoft does listen and take these suggestions seriously.

It is a nice feeling when you suggest a feature and people vote on it. Seeing that feature in Windows, and knowing that you had a part in getting it in the product (one way or another).

Microsoft is moving in the right direction by taking a lot of input from users via the feedback tool in Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows Feature Suggestion Box, MVP program, and other avenues.

Windows Feature Suggestion Box provides the Windows PC/Tablet user community with a channel for feedback. To help us build the best version of Windows ever, we created this forum to hear your ideas, suggestions and feedback. Please vote for a feature suggestion or submit your own!

How Does This Work?

Standard Disclaimer – our lawyers made us put this here 😉 Please note that the Windows Feature Suggestion Box is moderated and is a voluntary participation-based project. If your submission is not a product feature suggestion it may be removed. Please do not send any novel or patentable ideas, copyrighted materials, samples or demos which you do not want to grant a license to Microsoft. Your submission is subject to these License Terms . Please limit your suggestions to 25 words or less.



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“Confirmed” Windows 9 Free Upgrade for Windows 8 Users

Several sites are running with the story that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade to Windows 8 users. Now, this was a slip from a Indonesian Microsoft executive, and not the Microsoft corporation itself. If it is a valid rumor, it’s excellent news for everyone that is running Windows 8 right now. But, I would still take it with a grain of salt. It’s not necessary a “confirmation” with this. At most, it’s a likely rumor.

According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it’s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple’s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it’s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.

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Microsoft Windows #1 Software Business

Microsoft Windows is the number one software business, comprising $110 Billion of worth. Following Windows by a close margin is the popular Office Suite. Amazing how one piece of software could be so well received by the community. Microsoft protects it’s Windows OS from competition and piracy so much, probably because without it, it’d just be another software company out there.

Windows, now valued at $110 billion, has surpassed IBM’s Middleware ($107 billion). The figures come courtesy of Trefis, a financial analysis firm who track the most popular stocks in the US. Trefis has been tracking Microsoft’s Windows sales over the past year and has published its results for all to see. “While most of the businesses continued to retain their position, Microsoft’s Windows Operating System emerged as the single most valuable software business segment in 2010. Microsoft Windows Operating System (at $110 billion) surpassed IBM’s Middleware, which at $107 billion now stands at a comfortable second,” states Trefis.

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Windows 8 and “The Cloud”

According to Softpedia, Windows 8 will need to move past the “To The Cloud!” agenda they are using with Windows 7. Sure, Windows Essentials is considered “Cloud” software. So is their Microsoft Office Online (Office 365), among others. What Microsoft isn’t teaching people is that “The Cloud” is actually just the Internet. The software that utilizes the connection to the Internet, for storage or as a place to access software (Software as a Service), is considered “Cloud Computing”. While I feel that the whole “Cloud” moniker is overused and misunderstood by many, and is definitely a huge buzz word that the marketing directors use to entice people to switch over to their remotely hosted servers or applications.

Also for the time being, Windows 7’s connection to the Cloud is largely limited to the rich clients packaged into the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite.

At least this is the conclusion of the new “To the Cloud” marketing campaign put together for the successor of Windows Vista.

No less than four video advertisements have already been released, all of which embedded at the bottom of this article for your viewing pleasure.

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Using Dual Monitors

Although I don’t recommend using the ancient tiny CRT monitors in this article, I do like using dual monitors for working. I like having email on a screen and everything else on another. It’s also great when using Visual Studio, or Tweetdeck or multiple browser windows. Dual monitors, if you have them available, are wonderful to increase desktop space and productivity. You can even have a video playing on one and do work on the other.

Once your monitor is set up, you can use your mouse to grab the title bar of a window and drag it to your new display. If a window does not move when you drag it, double-click the title bar first, and then drag it. Having two monitors will forever change the way you work with your computer. Be creative and experiment with the sizing of application windows and what information you can keep in constant view while doing multiple tasks.

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New Extreme Windows Blog From Microsoft

The Windows Team Blog has started a new blog, aimed at the power user or enthusiast for Windows. This should have some great tips for the more advanced Windows users out there. I know I’ll be frequently visiting the blog. I’m about half way done with a Windows 7 book aimed at the same individuals, the power users.

Today we are launching a new blog called Extreme Windows. As you know (or don’t know) The Windows Blog is a network or family of blogs that together tell the company’s Windows story across different audiences spanning Windows, Windows Live, Internet Explorer and Windows Phone. Each individual blog has a distinct purpose and caters to a specific audience. For example the Windows Experience Blog focuses on the consumer audience – or the average PC user. Our goal for this blog, will cater to more advanced PC users – “power users” or what we call “enthusiasts”.

What exactly is an enthusiast you might ask? For Extreme Windows – we are defining enthusiast as someone with the following characteristics:

  • Passion for Technology – Someone who (IS) excited for technology and is always interested in learning more about and using the latest technology.
  • Understands the value of technology – Someone who is willing to spend what it takes to get top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art, and bleeding-edge technology.
  • Is a source of knowledge for others – Someone whose family, friends, co-workers and others rely on for great technology advice.
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    Microsoft Consumer Brand is Dying…

    CNN reports that the Microsoft consumer brand is dying. With Windows running at 90%+ market share, the XBox 360 performing excellent, Windows Phone 7 just released, Windows 7 selling record amounts, and on and on… Reading comments from around the web from anyone with an open mind, not biased (Apple fans are laughing), they are saying “What?! CNN is uninformed.”. I just have to say that their opinion is slightly off from reality. They may not innovate (Yea, Kinect is old school…), they may not have very much market share in the consumer market (Windows with 90%+), and their server products suck (a lot of enterprises don’t seem to think so), overdue on tablets (the medical industry uses them very successfully, iPad wouldn’t be viable in that situation)… CNN, you need to send back the check Steve Jobs sent you. The whole bashing Microsoft is so cool trend is over. Long over.

    It’s not like Microsoft didn’t foresee the changes ahead. With a staff of almost 90,000, the company has many of the tech world’s smartest minds on its payroll, and has incubated projects in a wide range of fields that later took off. Experiments like Courier (tablets), HailStorm/Passport (digital identity), and Windows Media Center (content in the cloud) show the company was ahead of the game in many areas — but then it either failed to bring those products to market, or didn’t execute.

    UPDATE: Microsoft’s answer to the article: #notdeadyet.

    Frank Shaw, the Redmond company’s vice president of corporate communications, is fighting back on Twitter by pointing out the areas where the company sees strength or new momentum in its consumer businesses. He’s using the hash tag, #notdeadyet, in hopes of making his ad-hoc social media campaign go viral.

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    Pirates Crack Windows 7

    Pirates have finally cracked and created an installation disk for Windows 7. They have tested it on computers from 28 OEM’s. They come pre-activated, no key required. They also come with new, unsupported security vulnerabilities. I never trust a program that comes from a pirate, as they use their own code to hack it to do what they want. That code could be malicious, or just sloppy, introducing a new security hole. You never can tell. Microsoft is probably cooking up a Windows Update to patch the hack.

    It appears that users can simply download the pirated Windows 7 Ultimate SKU, extract the ISO, burn it onto a disk, and then install it, without ever being required to enter a product key, or to activate the platform.

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