Repairing Windows 10 WiFi network disconnects – not has hard as it used to be

In the past month or so, my wife’s laptop has started experiencing Wi-Fi network drops. These were coming at an ever-increasing rate, until the machine was almost unusable on the network. I tried a range of repairs and diagnostics and although they always got the computer back on the network – it continued to drop off-line.

Finally, I was fed up and decided to just reinstall windows 10 (64-bit, home edition). I used to reinstall the OS on my machines on a regular bases – say every 6 months, to clean out the gunk that builds up, but I haven’t been doing that lately because things have been running smoothly.

First thing I did was ensure the ‘normal’ backup was running. Then I made another backup, just in case. Next I downloaded the Windows install and started the process. I am used to having to doing clean installs, but was in for a surprise when it asked if I wanted to install windows but keep the personal files.

I thought: “What do I have to lose?” I have everything backed up and it may save a great deal of time, performing backup restores and installing apps…

Sure enough, it took a process that would normally take me 4 hours or more down to less than 2 hours. Granted, there were a number of reboots and auto upgrades along the way, but it was almost all automated.

It appears that her machine is back on the network… and productive. Now I need to make sure the backups are running…

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Installed the creator version of Windows yesterday

It all went smoothly EXCEPT I lost everything that was pinned to my start menu. If I were to do it again, I’d take a screen snapshot before installing the update. All the programs were still loaded and working, they just were not arranged on my start menu anymore. The update does take much longer than the normal monthly upgrade.

There are a number of minor enhancements here and there but what I was waiting for was Paint 3D. I wanted to see what it can do. So far, I’ve not really figured out the controls but you can manipulate solids (in the picture I pulled in some 3D space ship models). You can change them in simple ways, as well as color them or stamp designs on them…

Paint3D

Once you create a model you can export it as .3mf (what Microsoft 3D builder uses) as well as PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP and TIF. Not sure how much use it will be for 3D printing, but the capabilities were intriguing. You can also load your models into Remix 3d – a Microsoft hosted creative community

First it was Windows and now Office for free on small devices?!?

I mentioned earlier this month my efforts to make a small Windows tablet useful. Now I see a story that Office will be free for small tablets, with an under 10″ screen size. This is definitely Microsoft making a statement that it is serious about getting a beachhead in the mobile space.

I wonder if they have a way of checking to see ways of accessing the ‘display’ from other devices. Or if there will be limitations that only permit editing and not content creation — although that would be rather short sighted if their goal is demand creation.