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5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 – and how to fix them

Published Jul 30th, 2015 3:41PM EDT
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There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. True, anything would seem like a huge improvement compared to the disaster that was Windows 8. But people love that the Start Menu has made its triumphant return and replaced the Start screen that everyone hated so much, and new features like Cortana and the Edge web browser are big checks in the pro column as well.

Of course, nothing is perfect.

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In these early days, you can expect to run into a fair number of issues with Windows 10. First, it’s an early release — in fact, Microsoft has already released its first big Windows 10 update just one day after launch. Second, as great as the response has been so far… it’s still Windows, so there will inevitable be some bumps on the road.

If you do update to Windows 10 in these early days — here’s how to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now — these are some of the common problems you may encounter. Of course, we’ve also included some notes on how to fix these issues… if a fix is even available.

Activation issues

First and foremost, some people are reporting difficulty activating Windows 10 once it’s installed. The bad news is there’s really nothing you can do on your end to fix it. The good news, however, is that this issue usually resolves itself after a few minutes.

Chrome is crazy

Chrome browser users are running into a bunch of problems with bogging and slow-downs, especially which performing heavy tasks like streaming video.

We’ll have to wait for Google to iron out the bugs but in the meantime, killing all your extensions will help a bit. If that doesn’t help, try reinstalling Chrome.

Where are my favorites?

The new Edge browser is sooooo much better than Internet Explorer. To be fair, it would be difficult to make a browser worse than IE, but Edge is a nice simple browser that’s quick and clean.

But where are your favorites?

Click the button to open the menu and then click Settings. Scroll to Import favorites from another browser, and then choose your old browser and click Import.

Folder fail

According to some users, there actually is one area where Windows 8 is better than Windows 10: The email app in Windows 10 doesn’t allow people to create subfolders when organizing their email.

For most people, this is hardly an issue. Unfortunately for people who do have an issue with it, there’s no fix for the time being.

Connectivity complaints

A number of Windows 10 users are complaining that their Wi-Fi is cutting out and it won’t reconnect. This is actually a pretty common problem across all versions of Windows, and the fix is the same as it is for Windows 8, Windows 7, and every other version out there: Reboot.

Some users have said that disabling Wi-Fi sharing helps make Wi-Fi connectivity a bit more stable. This has not been verified, but you can find instructions for disabling Wi-Fi sharing in Windows 10 right here.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.