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I have updated my OS from Windows 8 to Windows 10. After updating it My laptop get very slow and it gets hang again and again. I want to Fix Windows 10 Automatic Repair. Can anyone help me?
 
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Wait a day for another windows update.
If that does not work reset your PC and tell it to remove everything (files/setting/all programs this will probably take 90minutes, backup all of your files on a different computer/online/external drive. Get all your product keys and password for websites and applications)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39le9Wwokwk
 
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Merry Smith wrote:I have updated my OS from Windows 8 to Windows 10. After updating it My laptop get very slow and it gets hang again and again. I want to Fix Windows 10 Automatic Repair. Can anyone help me?



I suggest that you install Linux Mint side by side with your Windows install. This way you can use both systems. I have switched over to Linux Mint since 1998. Learn more from experience here.
 
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for a raging fast installation download "Puppy" linux to a cd and run it off the cd until your ready to commit to linux
Linux has a brutal learning curve so keep a seperate connection to the internet handy until you learn your way around.
You'll have to create it as an "iso" file system so read up on it
 
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Merry,
My mother went through the same thing. In her case the solution was to wipe the laptop and install Windows 8 back on it, the original OS that came on the laptop. About 6 months later she bought a new laptop that runs on Windows 10.

Personally, I dual boot with Windows 7 Pro and Ubuntu Linux on a Dell Latitude E6420. I replaced the original hard drive with a 256 GB SSD and partitioned it equally to run my OS's off of. I replaced the CD/DVD drive with a hard drive caddy and placed a 1TB traditional hard drive in it to store my files on. The idea being if the SSD goes it just takes the OS with it. A new SSD, reinstall the OS, and all my files are ready to go.

There are many flavors of Linux. I must warn you, once you go linux nothing else will be forever disappointed with anything else.


 
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I'll put in another vote for Linux. Mint is particularly good for "newbies" and you can retain your Windows installation in case you need it.
 
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Bill Haynes wrote:Linux has a brutal learning curve


You can say that again. Just look at the download page for Linux Mint (which I use daily) - https://linuxmint.com/download.php
There are three different versions, each for a different desktop environment. This means absolutely nothing to the beginner. Although to be fair, it does state that if you're not sure, download the Cinnamon version.

Just for the record - if you have an old computer, you should download the Xfce version as that (as is my understanding) requires the least amount of RAM.

 
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Yeah, unless you are playing certain games that require the latest DirectX versions or have Windows-only software, Linux is the way to go. I've worked on enterprise imaging for a decade now, and Windows 10 has a LOT of "features" designed to make "sharing" your data as easy as possible. When I switched back from Linux to get a game working that required the latest ActiveX, I put Win7 back on. There's still 1 year of support from Microsoft for Windows 7, so you have that long until security updates stop. I'll be switching back to Linux then.
 
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Among different versions of Linux Mint, I like MATE and have been using it for quite a while.
 
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Do the BACKUP suggested above. DO IT!!! Even if you just resign yourself to Win10. Do it before you touch anything else on that laptop system.

Start with your Documents folder, then "Export"  bookmarks; contact lists; financial data (if you use a bookkeeping pgm). There is a seemingly endless list of data that apps,  especially Windows apps, squirrel away out of your sight - you need to run the app and look through it's menus until you the "Eport" or "Save" functions. Spend a week doing it, each day thinking about what you forgot to back up yet.

I'm no particular fan of online storage, but this _might_ be a good use for Dropbox or GoogleDrive if you have a fast inet connection.  Or you could get an external USB drive which should just plug in; that might be better because it's probably actually easier to use. However, make  two copies of everything if you possibly can. Insurance.

After you have somehow survived this bit of modern trauma, a _very_ wise next step is to arrange to make that comprehensive back up every day or at least every week. There are programs that can help here. Or, you can get a couple very large USB drives and image your whole system (if you have it and your data all installed in one chunk on one disk). I'm talking about duplicating  the whole laptop disk onto the backup disk(s) (copy the backup drive onto the SECOND backup drive first). For example, copy the first backup to the 2nd backup drive Thursday night (say) before hitting the sack, then copy the laptop onto the main backup drive Friday at lights out. Repeat every week, forever.

Anyway. Backup your stuff. Computers fail regularly. I just had to recreate a couple of large data disks which fortunately gave me some warning they were heading south.


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Oh, and...

After your first back up, go and try to access that data that's supposed to save you - make sure it's really there and that you _can_ access it...
 
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I'm no particular fan of online storage



Ah yes. The cloud. Just a marketable word for someone else's computer.

I once installed Windows 95 or 98 on an 8088 processor. Technically it worked. Far from fast though. Click. Make a sandwich. Click. Walk the dog. Click. It was like that.

Verify the specs for the computer are compatible with Windows 10. The computer might be too outdated to really handle the new OS. A bios update might help but that can be tricky & risky. A simple memory upgrade might be all it needs. Check that all the drivers were updated. There is software available to do that automatically. Might even be part of Windows10. Not sure because I don't use it.

Windows 10 has a LOT of "features" designed to make "sharing" your data as easy as possible.

 
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Backups of data are very important in my opinion, I have a physical external drive which has a copy of my data which is on the laptop. An online copy of that backup in an archive form like a zip file, encrypted using your choice of opensource or commercial file encryption, is also smart for protecting against the unfortunate but potential loss due to fire or theft in the home.

But be careful with online storage like Dropbox, as the terms give them access to all data to store and share with other companies... per https://www.dropbox.com/terms "Our Services also provide you with features like photo thumbnails, document previews, commenting, easy sorting, editing, sharing, and searching. These and other features may require our systems to access, store, and scan Your Stuff. You give us permission to do those things, and this permission extends to our affiliates and trusted third parties we work with." Translation: they can and will scan all your stuff for marketing purposes with other companies (because you and your data is the product to them), and if there's a data breach like the hundreds of other recent ones, that loss of data is mostly your loss.

To limit that, I would suggest you zip up data like say digital copies of tax returns, encrypt that zip file, and then save a copy on your PC, on your external physical copy, and also online. That way you're sure to have your data backed up, and even a house fire won't destroy all your copies and if there's a data breach the hope is that your encrypted files will not be hacked. No certainties on that last bit, but it's far better than plain files that are scanned all the time.
 
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FWIW.... Win 10 has wonderfull security features....for other people beside the "end user /not really the owner".
Worried you might accidentally copy a DVD by mistake? Windows will work overtime to help you avoid that horror!
Concerned that you might accidentally have some copywritten software that you no longer have the license for? Win 10's EULA assures you that a snapshot of your system will be made (and frequently updated!) and any interested party can see if you are participating in piracy!
Want to enter your bank password, and keep your data (on your own computer) safe?
Well the best way to assure that, is to take your Windows computer and disconnect it from any network, ensure there is no microphone attached, disconnect power, bury it in reinforced concrete, and pray to the entire pantheon of Deity that Microsoft hasn't found a buyer willing to pay enough to recover that data....because...they've put in a backdoor just in case....

The copy referenced above is called a DiskImage and it allows you to reinstall you system EXACTLY like it was the moment you backed it up... Under Win 8 / 10 its called Windows7 backup in comparison to an "incremental" backup.

Almost any Linux edition will allow you to make a "Live CD" and test the waters without making irreversible commitments.
 
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Caleb Mayfield wrote:Merry,
My mother went through the same thing. In her case the solution was to wipe the laptop and install Windows 8 back on it, the original OS that came on the laptop. About 6 months later she bought a new laptop that runs on Windows 10.

Personally, I dual boot with Windows 7 Pro and Ubuntu Linux on a Dell Latitude E6420. I replaced the original hard drive with a 256 GB SSD and partitioned it equally to run my OS's off of. I replaced the CD/DVD drive with a hard drive caddy and placed a 1TB traditional hard drive in it to store my files on. The idea being if the SSD goes it just takes the OS with it. A new SSD, reinstall the OS, and all my files are ready to go.

There are many flavors of Linux. I must warn you, once you go linux nothing else will be forever disappointed with anything else.




I am at windows 7 pro,   and I also have several flavors of Linux here, my favorite is puppy linux for how small and fast it is.


We think alike :-)    I have SSD, and I run regular backups so that I have a secondary copy on an external HD.

But I can't stand Microsoft OS anymore, I am glad for the freedom Linux gives me.
 
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I'd love to hear what those who are tied to QuickBooks on the Windows platform are doing for workarounds. My livelihood currently depends on running this software, I don't expect that to change for the next several years.
(I run Windows 10 in a virtual machine, and use the "vintage" Mac side for browsing.)
 
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QuickBooks and a lot of other Windows software can run on Linux using a tool called Wine, if you search for ‘QuickBooks wine config in linux’ you should find plenty of info.
 
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There is also an app called PlayOnLinux which is easier than Wine to use on Linux.
 
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Linux Mint is good but it may be too much of a learning curve or you may encounter some hardware compatibility issue. I do this stuff every day and think the best option would be to purchase and install as Solid State Drive to replace your Hard Drive because the Hard Drives is where most bottlenecks occur.  They aren't typically difficult to replace if you buy a $10 adapter and many SSDs now come with a license for downloadable cloning software.

Tell us more about the manufacturer/model of your computer and any specs that you know and I can be more helpful.


typical that my first post on permies is about computers.
 
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I just updated two laptops with solid state drives and one with more memory. The 2 drives together cost 2/3 the cost of the 8 GB memory chip. So replacing the hard drive with an SSD is an inexpensive way to increase speed. Using the software licence provided by the Crucial company was seamless.
The other thing that causes the computer to slow down is all the dead wood in the windows registry.  My Dell laptops have SuportAssist which regularly checks for and eliminates that wasted time checking for things that are no longer there.
 
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Sadly there is not much you can do to significantly upgrade the speed of laptop is there only compatible with a handful of Parts upgrades and that usually only maybe three graphics cards hard drives and a handful of ram hard drives being upgraded will only increase your boot time and Storage Ram can update your speed however modern laptops often come with Overkill Ram anyway because it's cheap and a great advertising point modern Windows OS blow I'm a big-time PC Gamer and I will not touch Windows 8 or 10 Windows 7 is where I call it quits if you're not gaming Linux is a great alternative however there is quite the learning curve I hate to be Debbie Downer but Electronics in general seemed to go downhill faster with each generation they can do cooler and cooler things less and less reliably for more and more money
 
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