30 Common Windows problem and how to solve them

30 common issues in Windows

As many people usually get many types of Issues on windows and you take it to a service center but not all issues are that big some can be solved at home by you.

Here are some common issues that you can solve by yourself:

1. Edge won’t stream music when minimized!!
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This is one of the common problem everyone faces while using Microsoft Edge browser, this happens because it’s a universal app which works on windows, smartphones, tablet, and almost every other device which means sometimes it becomes more of a smartphone app than PC.

One of the way to solve it is you can restart the browser and if the same problem still appears to switch to another browser for streaming media.

2. Flickering screen issues
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A flickering screen is not always down to hardware issue and there are users who have reported issue caused by updating windows 10.

The simplest way to fix this is to update all the necessary drivers for monitor including Norton Antivirus, iCloud, and IDT audio, which all can be responsible for causing these problems.

Windows 10 automatically updates the drivers, so there are chances it’s forcing an incompatible version of a driver onto the PC without realizing.

3. Fixing Start Menu
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The Start Menu on Windows 10 has become really messy, especially if you are having lots of apps.

Microsoft lets you resize menu as well as adding and removing applications, shortcuts, and almost everything. The simplest way to get rid of it is by right-clicking and then removing – click uninstall – and to add them you can directly drag the apps on to the menu.

4. Fixing the Bluetooth Connectivity Issue
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An issue reported by most of the users is that Windows 10 broke the connections of a Bluetooth device which was previously already paired and was working fine with the device.

Now according to Microsoft, it’s easy to fix, all you need to do is head to the device manager, select the Bluetooth driver and update it to the latest setting, which will be compatible with Windows 10. After this windows should be able to do the automatic search and then update the driver.

If this also fails to works, un-pair the device before re-pairing, it should fix the issue.

5. Fixing Black Screen Error
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A black screen on Windows 10 can mean many things depending on whether you are logged into the OS or not.

If you are not logged into OS or Windows hasn’t booted, then check your internet connection and boot your Laptop/PC via safe mode(Hold down the shift key as your mechanic boots).

If you are logged in and then the windows went black screen, you need to unplug all the external devices and boot via safe mode.

If the problem still exists, contact Microsoft directly for further assistance.

6. Solving Sound Problem

Users have reported the problem with how it windows handles sound for a long time now, and most of the issues are because of old drivers.

The old drivers might work fine with the older version of Windows but might not perform as good with the new Windows 10. To fix such issues, go the Start menu, go to device manager > click on the link which will open a new window with a series of options. Select sound, video and game controllers, which will give in a set of results with sound card options.

Select the sound card, and then select the Driver tab.  The go-to update drivers, this will redirect you to manufacturer’s website where there will be instruction on how to download latest drivers.

7. Bugged or Glitchy Software
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It’s common for software, especially for older apps to have glitches or even sometimes feel to launch with Windows 10. One of the potential way to solve this bug is going through app, right click on the icon for the app and select properties, then click on compatibility tab, From here, click the checkbox next to “Run this program in compatibility mode for and in the drop-down menu choose the version of windows program ran fine on.

Over the period of time, many apps developers with the update their apps with latest windows version and remove bugs. You can even help them by reporting bugs you find.

8. Fixing the Blue screen of Death!
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The Blue Screen of Death also commonly known as BSOD or a stop error, this may sound bad but it is fixable with the majority of cases. When the problem occurs it stops your PC completely, stopping it working and showing a blue screen, usually it has some kind of message on the screen about restarting or critical error. Then you will have to reboot.

To fix this issue, there are several options, To sure check how much space is available on your system drives, if its low, make some space by deleting big files and application you don’t need. Also make sure that the latest updates are applied to the software, having outdated apps can cause issues.

Also, update the hardware drivers as this problem can occur by windows 10 clashing with something. Go to device manager, make sure that the devices you plug onto your PC such as monitor, webcam, printer, and scanner are having updated software.

9. Unstable Wifi

Windows 10 users have reported that their Wi-Fi connection has become inconsistent after installing Windows 10.

For solving this problem, you need to try to turn off your router and turn back on – this will likely fix the majority of issues. This happens when you leave the router on for a long period of time can cause it to go ‘wired’(technical term), its just like when you leave PC on for months and months on end. Occasionally, it just needs restarting.

If issues still exist, then you need to make sure that all the Wi-Fi drivers on your PC are updated. To check this, go to Device Manager, then go to section Network Adapters and double-click to show adapters.

Right click on it and select Update Driver Software, and then click ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’. This should solve the problem.

10. Computer booting Slowly

The simplest way to fix a PC booting slowly is by reducing the number of apps which are launching on startup, having too many programs firing up at startup makes the process slower.

To stop those apps from firing up during startup, press Control + Alt + Delete together and select task manager and then click on the link that says more details. From here, select the startup tab. Here you will find the list of Apps that start while your PC is starting. Have a look through the list of apps enabled and find any that you don’t need – you can turn them off by right-clicking on it and selecting Disable. Now the apps won’t automatically load on boot up.

11. Webcam Issues

The recent update on Windows 10 came with an unexpected side effect of windows disabling some user’s webcams in Skype and other video chats apps.

The best way to solve this is by reinstalling camera drivers on your PC or check if any updates are available.  To do the update or reinstall drivers go to Device Manager and click on the ‘Imaging Devices’ section. Then right click on the camera you’re using, select drivers and search for updates.

Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working on a fix to be patched directly through windows 10.

12. Problem Linking Up an XBOX
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It’s really unique that how much devices of different classes can run across windows. Same as PCs, the same core of the OS is used across tablets, smartphones, and the Xbox. And it’s simple enough to pair your PC with Microsoft console.

To Link Xbox to PC, you need to open the XBOX app on your PC, then select connect, and it will automatically scan your network for a compatible device. When you see Xbox in question, select it and the process of pairing will begin.

13. Having less storage space after Windows 10 upgrade

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You might not know that whichever OS from which you upgraded to Windows 10 from a still, have old OS data on your PC for a while. This can obviously lead to less storage space available on your system drive.

To get rid of this, search for cleanup in the search box and select Disk Cleanup utility. When it eventually pops up — after scanning drive — under the list of file you can clean, you should look for the file(Previous Windows Installation). And then make sure its ticket, and click OK — Windows 10 will then delete the older OS’s leftover data, yielding a considerable 5-10GB boost in available space.

14. WiFi network not showing up

Wi-Fi network not showing up is a common problem in Windows 10, and it can be easily fixed.

First of all, if you are using any VPN software you need to turn it off because this could happen because of conflicting with Windows 10 and see if it fixes the issue.

Now if the problem has nothing to do with your VPN, there’s another way, Right click on the Start menu, and select Command Prompt (Admin), then type in:

reg delete HKCRCLSID{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /f

Press enter, and now type in:

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

Then hit search. This should fix the issue and all available Wi-Fi networks should show up present and correct.

15. Removing Cortana’s big search box
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So, this isn’t a big issue but it can be helpful, the Crotona virtual assistant search box on Windows 10 usually takes up a lot of space in Taskbar and there are people who don’t want that and there’s a way to ditch it.

To do this,  right click on the empty search box, hover over ‘Cortana’, and choose ‘Hidden’ from the fly-out menu to change the assistant to a pop-up. The users who want it can still keep it in the taskbar as a standard icon by choosing the “Show Cortana icon” option.

16. Fix enlarged desktop icons
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Windows 10 users have reported that the icon’s on the desktop is making themselves bigger randomly, this can be annoying,

To fix this, right click on the desktop and go to View, which will produce a menu to the right containing a list of options, look for icon size. Just click on the size of the icon you want to change it back to.

17. Windows 10 Can’t Install Windows Updates
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Some users have the complaint that they can’t install updates anymore on Windows 10 after Windows update crashed one day due to some issue.

This problem occurs when Windows update file gets corrupted due to the issue. By removing the corrupt files the issue will be solved.

To remove the corrupted files follow these steps.

Press Win+R(will open run dialog), type C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload” and press OK —– File Explorer gets open —- delete all the files/folders in this directory —— Restart your PC and try running Windows Update again — it will work.

18. Windows Store Can’t Install or Update Apps
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Users have a complaint that they are unable to install or update metro apps through Windows Store after upgrading the system to Windows 10.

This problem occurs due to the excessive cache files that mess up your system, causing various kind of issue including this one. This could be solved by cleaning those cached files, follow these steps to clean up cache files:

Open the Run Dialog(Win + R) —- Type “WSReset.exe” and click OK — A blank, “a black window” will appear that will auto-close after sometime —– Windows store will also open thereafter and if not, open windows store and try installing and updating apps now. It will work.

19. Can’t Find ‘Open With’ in Windows 10

Can’t find the ‘Open With’ option in the menu after right-clicking any file in Win 10, this is one of the rare problems users had.

It happens due to some missing or corrupted system files or configuration settings after upgrading to Win 10. To fix this issue follow these steps:

Open Notepad —- Type ‘Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Now save the file as “Open with.reg” and choose ‘All files’ and click ok —– Close Notepad and double-click on this File to open and press Yes in the confirmation dialog. Now ‘Open with’ will work.

20. Can’t log in Automatically using Microsoft Account
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Unable to use automatic login facility using the Microsoft account is another issue user faced in Win 10 its because automatically login feature is disabled in Win 10 and to enable this feature, follow these steps:

Open Run Dialog(Win + R), type netplwiz and press OK —– in the opened window, click on the account for which you want to enable automatic login —— Untick the options ‘User must enter a username and password to use this computer’ and click ok, Now enter the account’s password twice in the new dialog, and click OK to enable the automatic login feature. It will work now.

21. Windows 10 overuses Mobile Data

Users have said, they have noticed that tethering mobile data to Windows 10 via Mobile Hotspot drains the mobile data quicker than ever.

This happens because of its automatic updates and other apps eating up data. To fix the problem, you can set the tethered hotspot as a ‘metered connection’, to do it follow these steps:

Connect to the WiFi Hotspot —- Open the new settings and then go to ‘Network and Internet” —— Select WiFi on the left and click ‘Advanced Options’ —— toggle the ‘Set as metered connection’ to on state.

22. WiFi Sense Risks Privacy
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Wifi Sense is a new feature on Windows 10 which encrypts and shares your WiFi passwords with specific contact lists so that they can automatically connect  to your WiFi but not everyone wants that and some users even think that its risk to there privacy so if you want to disable WiFi sense follows these steps:

Connect to the WiFi —— Then Open the new settings and then Network & Internet——Choose WiFi and click Manage WiFi settings ———Uncheck the option ‘Connect to suggested open hotspots’ and ‘Connect to networks shared by my contacts’ to disable WiFi Sense – it’s switched off.

23. Can’t open ‘Start Menu’ in Windows 10

Users have reported that after upgrading to Windows 10, they can’t open Start menu but everything else is working Superfine.

This happens due to the improper installation of system files. To fix this issue, follow these steps:

Open the Run dialog(Win + R), then type “sfc/scannow” and press enter —– a black command prompt will open and close ——- Now restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved.

In case if it didn’t work, then follow these steps:

Search for “cmd” and right click & choose ‘Run as administrator’ —– Type  “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” and click OK. Now restart the PC — it will work.

24. Prevent Automatic Driver Installation

Users have reported that after upgrading to Win 10, the OS is installing several drivers automatically without notifying.

To fix this issue, you need to disable this feature. Follow these steps to disable it:

Press Win + E to open File Explorer and then right click on ‘This PC’ and go to the Properties —– now click on Advanced System Settings and select hardware tab ——- now select Device Installation Settings ——- Check the option ‘Never install driver software from Windows Update’ and press ‘Save Changes‘ and then OK.

25. Windows search won’t find any Application

Users have reported that after update to Windows 10, the Cortana’s search function fails to find any application in the system – even the Notepad or Calculator.

This issue is in Windows 10 previous update and the current update (Threshold 2) will remove it. Till the time update rolls out for everyone, you can follow these steps to solve the issue:

Click Ctrl + Alt + Del and select Task Manager, kill the process Explorer.exe, then Run dialog(Win + R) —– type “regedit” and click Enter—- now in the registry, delete the following registry key:


Now open Task Manager, go to File > Run new Task, then type ‘Explorer.exe’ and press OK.

If the problem still occurs in Cortana, then follow these steps:

Press Win + X and choose Command Prompt, then type ‘Start Powershell’ and click Enter, now run the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}

  • The Problem will be solved in some time.
26. Remove annoying pop-up ads in Microsoft Edge browser

If you use windows default browser, Microsoft Edge, you should be enjoying a fast and user-friendly browsing experience but one of the most common problems with Microsoft Edge is pop-up ads. Not only do they get in the way, if we clicked, but they can also cause problems for windows.

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To fix this issue follow these steps:

Open Edge and click on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser, now click on settings, scroll down and click on ‘view advanced settings’, then make sure “block pop-ups” is turned to “on”

27. Driver not showing in File Explorer

Users have reported that they are not able to see any drives in File Explorer. This is a common issue and sometimes when they connect an external drive that also doesn’t show up in explorer, To solve this issue follow these steps:

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Press Win + R and type “compmgmt.msc“, it will open Computer manager. Click on ‘Disk Management’ in the left panel to open up all your drives.

Now right-click on the missing drive and select ‘Change drive letter and paths’, Then click on ‘Change’ and select a different drive letter on the next page, This will show the drives again in the file explorer.

28. Windows Keep going into Sleep Mode

By default setting, windows are set to go sleep after specific idle time, This even happens sometimes if some process in the PC is on(excluding media player). And this can be easily fixed from the power options.

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Follow these steps to solve this issue:

Press Win + R and type  powercfg.cpl” in the “Run” dialog to open power options, then click on “Change plan settings” and then select “Never” from the drop-down menu next to “Put the computer to sleep”. This will stop your PC from going into sleep mode automatically.

29. Windows Slideshow not working

Slideshow wallpaper and themes are great but users have reported sometimes window slideshow doesn’t work this happens when windows disable slideshow to conserve power, to fix this issue follow these steps:

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Go to power options, then click on “Change advanced power settings”, expand “Desktop background settings” option and then expand “Slideshow”

Now select “Available” from the drop-down menu. 

30. Hibernate Mode missing in Windows 10 Power Options

Users have also complained about, hibernate option is not available in Windows 10 Power Options, here is how you can fix it

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Press Win + R and type “powercfg.cpl” in the “Run” dialog to open “Power Options”, then select “Choose what the power buttons do” options in the left panel, Now click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable” option at the top, scroll down and check the checkbox next to “Hibernate”. It will work and hibernate option should now be available in the start menu and other locations.