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Fix Audio Services Not Responding In Windows 10

Audio services not responding is one of the most canning errors that you can encounter while using your PC. This error message is usually generated through Windows sound troubleshooter. The sound troubleshooting is usually run when your computer is heavily experiencing problems with the sound devices.

audio services not responding

When you run into this error, it simply means that your sound device is in an unresponsive state. This also means that it is a state where it is not n a position to respond to your computer’s commands or messages.

The audio services not responding error is a very common error and usually occurs when one decides to upgrade their version of windows using the famous Windows Update. There are a few workarounds that you can implement which include making sure that all the audio services are running as expected and that all the device drivers are updated to the latest versions.

We will try all the solutions in this article but if none works which I don’t think will happen, we have to resort to a system restore.

The core cause of the error

Well, as it has been our trend, it is vital to know what could be causing the error before you attempt to solve it. From our findings, this annoying error occurs simply because the audio driver is outdated and is not functioning properly. Also, we found out that during Windows 10 update the audio driver is prone to damage or corruption.

Therefore, whichever the cause and without wasting any time, let us see How to Fix Audio services not responding in Windows 10.

Simply follow the help of the below-listed troubleshooting steps. And before you get rolling, make sure that you backup your data and also create a restore point just in case anything goes wrong during the fixes. This is important so that you can roll back your PC to its initial state before you applied the fixes.

Solutions for audio services not responding in Windows 10 

The Audio Service is not running or in other words as it could be displayed; Windows audio service stopping is an error that indicates you have unresponsive sound devices. This problem has been reported by several Windows 10 users and the following steps will focus on how to fix audio services not responding in Windows 10.

Method 1: Start Windows Audio services

Before we embark on more complex and more in-depth solutions, it is advisable that you try restarting the audio service. Alongside your sound hardware and drivers, there is an audio service present which is usually purposed to manage the audio on your computer.

In many occasions, a simple restart has worked since it might restart its configurations and solve the issue in question

Please follow the below guidelines in order to restart the audio service.

audio services
  1. First of all, hit the Windows key + R key on the keyboard to open the run dialog box.
  2. Next, type services.msc and then press in order to open the Windows services list.
  3. Next,  locate the following services:
  4. Windows Audio
  5. Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
  6. Plug and Play
  7. Find out if their Startup Type is set to Automatic, if not make sure that you set it to automatic. Also, make sure that the services are Running, either way, restart all of them once again.
  8. If Startup Type is not automatic simply double click on the services and then inside the property window set them to Automatic.
  9. Make sure the above services are checked in msconfig.exe
  10. Finally, restart your PC in order to apply the changes you just made.

Test and check if you were able to resolve the issue after your computer boots up. If the problem persists, please proceed to the next solution below.

Method 2: Start Windows Audio components

Starting windows audio components is also another less technical fix that we have to make sure that it is running. Therefore, before we move on to more technical fixes, we will confirm if all the audio components are running. If at all any of them is not, then that could be the main cause as to why you have been running into the error message.

Also, it is recommended that you disable your antivirus temporarily when performing these actions because sometimes third party antivirus programs may block some services and maybe the reason which makes you face such difficulties.

Windows audio components are important services and exclusion of any of them can cause unexpected system misbehavior.

Without dwelling much on it, let us head right to how we can start the audio components.

  1. Hit Windows key + R on the keyboard and then type services.msc in the run box that appears.
  2. Browse through the list of services and then locate the Windows Audio service.
  3. Now double click on it in order to open properties.
audio services not responding audio componets
  1. Next, go over to the Dependencies tab and expand the components listed in “This service depends on the following system components.”
  2. Now make sure that all the components listed above are Started and Running in the services.msc
  3. Lastly, restart the Windows Audio services and Reboot your computer to apply changes.


  1. Press Windows + R to fire up the Run dialog box and then type “services.msc” and press Enter.
  2. Now make sure that the following services are in the running state. If they are not, right-click on them and then click “Start”.

RPC Endpoint Mapper

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

DCOM Server Process Launcher

  • Also, it is important to make sure that each and every service above is set to start as “Automatic”.
  • After starting the processes (if they were off), check if the problem at hand got solved. If it didn’t, consider restarting your PC and check again.

See if you’re able to Fix Audio services not responding in Windows 10, if not then continue with the next method.

Method 3: Uninstall Sound drivers

Also, sometimes if you uninstall the sound drivers you might get the problem fixed. It has worked with several PCs and hopefully, this will also work with your brand.

  1. To do this, first, download and install CCleaner from here.
  2. Navigate to Registry window on the left
  3. Now scan for all the problems and let it fix them.
  4. Afterward, press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc in the Run box and then hit enter to open Device Manager.
  5. Next, expand the Sound, video, and game controllers then click on the sound device and select Uninstall.
audio services not responding unistall sound drivers
  1. Now confirm that you really want to uninstall the device driver by clicking OK when prompted to.
  2. Lastly, in the Device Manager window, go to Action and click on Scan for hardware changes.
  3. Restart your computer to apply changes and then check if the error audio services not responding in Windows 10 were successfully fixed. If not, proceed with method 4.

Method 4: Restore registry key from Antivirus

To restore the registry key from antivirus simply;

audio services not responding change the registry
  1. Open your anti-virus and then go to the virus vault.
  2. Right-lick on Norton Security from the system tray and then select “View Recent History.”
  3. Now select “Quarantine” from the Show drop-down.
  4. Now search for the Audio device or services that are quarantined inside Quarantine or virus vault.
  5. Look for registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROL and if the registry key ends in:
  6. Restore them and Restart your computer in order to apply changes.
  7. See if you’re able to “Fix Audio services not responding in Windows 10″ otherwise move on to the next steps.

Method 5: Modify Registry key

Modifying the registry key is usually a sensitive move and therefore make sure that you back up each individual key we are going to modify before you do a thing with them.

After you have made a backup,

  1. Press Windows Key + R and then in the Run dialog box, type regedit and hit enter. This will open the Registry Editor.
  2. While still inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:


  • Locate ServicDll and if the value is %SystemRoot%\System32\Audiosrv.dll, then it is the cause of the problem.
  • Replace the above value with this: %SystemRoot%\System32\AudioEndPointBuilder.dll
  • Restart your PC to apply changes and see if you were able to solve the problem at hand.

Method 6: Use Windows troubleshooter

Windows troubleshooter has turned out to be one of Microsoft or Windows tools that most users don’t make use of. Even though it might feel so generic and old school, it is still one of the best tools that are packed with Windows.

This tool can make diagnostics, solve, and also suggest fixes to most of the common errors we encounter when using our PCs.

To use the Windows troubleshooter in fixing the audio services not responding on Windows 10, simply follow the following actionable steps.

  1. Hit the windows button on the keyboard and the search for Control Panel.
  2. Now open the control panel (the first option from the search result) and then in the search box type “troubleshooting.”
  3. From the list of search results that are generated,  click on “Troubleshooting” and then select Hardware and Sound.
audio services not responding-hardware and sound
  1. Now in the next window click on “Playing Audio” inside the Sound sub-category.
  2. Finally, click on Advanced Options in the Playing Audio window and then check “Apply repairs automatically” checkbox and click Next.
  3. The troubleshooter will automatically diagnose the issue and ask you if you want to apply the fix or not.
  4. Click Apply this fix and then restart your PC to apply changes. Check to see if the problem is fixed. If the problem persists, try executing some command prompt instructions as discussed in method 7.

Method 7: Executing some Command Prompt Instructions

If both the above solutions did not make any difference or the checks were already correct on your machine, we can try executing some elevated command prompt instructions on your command prompt.

Please keep in mind that you will need an administrator account to carry out this operation.

  1. Press Windows + S and then type “command prompt”
  2. Right-click on the application result and select “Run as administrator”.
  3. Once you are in the elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter.

net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice

  • Now type the following command and again press Enter.

net localgroup Administrators /add localservice

  • After both the instructions are executed, type “exit” and then hit Enter.
  • Restart your computer and check if the problem in question got solved.

Method 8: Installing Default Sound Drivers

As your operating system keeps upgrading over time, the sound drivers are also included in most of the package and they also get updated periodically.

Your computer has a basic default driver already saved so whenever you uninstall your current drivers, your computer recognizes the hardware connected and installs the driver accordingly.

That said let us try installing the default drivers on your system.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search menu of your start bar.
  2. Type “system” in the dialogue box and select the first item which returns in the result.
  3. Once you are in the system window, click on “Advanced system settings” that are on the left side of the screen.
  4. Navigate to the Hardware tab and click on “Device Installation Settings”.
  5. Select the “No (your device might not work as expected)” option.
  6. Press Save changes and exit. This will disable the Windows update from updating your audio drivers automatically.

Please note that if this solution doesn’t work, make sure to change the option back to “Yes” because there will be no use of leaving it set to No.

  • Now press Windows + X to launch the quick start menu
  • Select “Device Manager” from the list of options available.
  • Once in the Device Manager, expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” category.
  • Right-click on your sound device and select “Uninstall device”.
  • Check the uninstall driver checkbox to uninstall the driver as well and proceed with the uninstallation.
  • Once the device is uninstalled, right-click on any empty space on the Device Manager and select “Scan for hardware changes”.
  • Your PC will now detect the audio hardware on your computer and then automatically install the default drivers present on your computer.
  • Now check if this brings any difference. Also, restart your computer after the installation of default drivers.

Method 9: Installing Realtek or High Definition Audio Device

Many users reported that installing High Definition Audio Device driver instead of IDT High Definition Audio CODEC etc. solved the problem for them.

We can try this solution before we resort to a system restore or doing a clean installation.

  1. Press Windows + X to launch the quick start menu
  2. Select “Device Manager” from the list of options available.
  3. Once in the Device Manager, expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” category.
  4. Right-click on your sound device and then select “Update Driver”.
  5.  Now an option will come forth whether to install the drivers automatically or manually. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  6. Now select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer”.
  7. Uncheck the option “show compatible hardware” to ensure that all the results are listed in your drivers’ list.
  8. Navigate through all the drivers until you find “High Definition Audio Device”.
  9. Select it and press Next.
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  11. Restart your computer and check if the problem is solved.

Note: If this doesn’t work, try downloading the drivers from your manufacturer’s website and install them using the method listed above. In most cases, this also solved the problem.


If you feel that you don’t have enough time and patience to update drivers manually, you can do it automatically using the most common driver update tool called Driver Easy

This software tool will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your exact video card and monitor, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. First of all Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy as an administrator and then click Scan Now.
  3. This tool will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. Your audio driver is no exception.
driver easy
  1. Click Update next to a flagged sound driver to automatically download the correct version of this driver, then you can manually install it on your computer. (You can do this with the free version.)
  2. Or you can also click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
  3. Restart your computer and try to play an audio file or video file to check if you can hear any sound.

Solution 10: Restoring from last Restore Point/ Doing a Clean Install

If it happens that all of the above methods were not of help to you, we are left with no choice but to restore Windows to the last restore point.

However, if you don’t have any restore points created on your machine, don’t worry, you can still get through this. Simply install a clean version of Windows.

You can use the utility “Belarc” to get all your licenses saved, backup your data using external storage, and then perform a clean install.

Here is the method on how to restore Windows from the last restore point.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the start menu’s search bar.
  2. Type “restore” in the dialogue box and select the first option which comes in the result.
  3. When you are in the restore settings window, press System Restore present at the beginning of the window under the tab of System Protection.
  4. An instruction wizard will open that will help you to navigate through all the steps to restore your system.
  5. Press Next and proceed with all the further instructions.
  6. Afterward, select the restore point from the list of options available. If you have more than one system restore points, they will be listed here.
  7. Now windows will confirm your actions for the last time before it starts the system restore process.
  8. Save all your work and backup important files just in case and proceed with the process.
  9. Once you have restored successfully, log into the system and check if the error at hand got fixed.

If you don’t have any restore points, you can do a clean install of Windows using bootable media. You check our article on how to create a bootable media. There are two ways: by using a media creation tool by Microsoft and by using Rufus.

Wrapping Up

The audio services are usually available for a large variety of electronic audio equipment in reality. However, Windows audio services could fail sometimes.

If you see the audio services not responding error, it means that your sound device is not responsive. Therefore, at this time, you will have to troubleshoot the audio services problems so as to use the sound devices.

If you have followed each and every step according to this guide then you just fixed the issue “Audio services not responding”.

If you still have any queries regarding this post feel free to ask them in the comment section.

How to Get Rid of Activate Windows Watermark 2020

Many people have never realized but imagine installing a version of Windows and all you get on the bottom corner of your screen is the activate Windows watermark. And as usual, Activate Windows 10 watermark on your computer screen always comes with a message asking you to Go to Settings to activate Windows.

Some of us one time did not know what exactly the error meant and I believe that some of you as well may be confused. I know you have been asking yourself why you receive such a message of Activate Windows goes to Settings to activate Windows.

get rid of activate windows watermark

Well, here is what maybe you did not know; the Activate Windows watermark always appears when your PC has a Windows 10 license key that has expired. If you, therefore, have a license key, then you can go straight to Settings and then activate your Windows. By doing this, the watermark will disappear.

What if you don’t have an activation key?

If you don’t have an activation key or don’t make plans to fix this issue then you will see the watermark every time when you power on your computer. It is usually annoying.

The question I have been receiving from you guys if we can help you to remove the watermark. The question has always been; do you know how to remove Activate Windows 10 watermark from your computer? My answer has been always been yes I know and I can help if you have the problem. Therefore, if you don’t know how to do this and you want to get rid of activate windows watermark, trust me you have come to the right place.

In this post, I will show you eight possible methods that can help you get rid of Activate Windows watermark in case you don’t have a valid license key.

After I went through several articles on the web, I noticed that many authors are using the same method, which is to edit the registry to remove the Windows 10 watermark on the bottom-right corner of the screen.

If someone has never whispered this to you then let me be the first one to tell you that, the registry is like the heart of a Windows system.

And honestly, if you make any changes in the registry it is very risky and often it is not recommended. However, it solves canning issues that you may encounter with your PC. I have listed it among other better ways so let us dive right in.

Why does activate windows watermark appear?

As I mention earlier, it because of an expired license but there are other causes too. It is vital that you should know why this watermark comes to any computer or PC.

Here are the common reasons as to why you will run into the activate windows watermark:

  • Windows License Expired – If it happens that your windows license has expired then this watermark will surely come on your screen. This is one of the most common reasons watermarks appear that users know. I have had the same issue on several Windows computers of which I have managed to use KMS or other Windows activation tools.
  • Windows License Invalid – At times you can input a key you have pulled out from online sources and it may not work. The reason why the key does not work is that it has already been used by others and  Microsoft using an online activation technology is always alert to block other users who are trying to use the same identical product key.
  • Unmatched Windows version – Sometimes you may not know the kind of Windows 10 you are using until when this watermark sticks on your screen. Using a key for another Windows version on another version of Windows can bring about this error. If you purchased a key for Windows 10 Home Edition and happened that you reinstalled Windows 10 Professional Edition on your computer the result is simple. The activation key will not work. Although the key is 100% valid, the watermark will still visible on the PC in the future.

Now that we know the possible causes of the message, let us get rid of the activate Windows watermark.

Solution 1: Use a Notepad Trick

I know you wondering how on earth can one hide Activate Windows with Notepad? Well, it is very simple. You just follow this guide:

  1. First of all, hit the windows button on your keyboard and then search for the notepad.
  2. Select the first option that is generated and then open it.
  3. Next, copy the lines of code below and then paste the content to the notepad:
get rid of activate windows watermark -notepad

@echo off

taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe



  1. Hover your mouse on the File option and then click the Save as command.
  2. Now select the ideal location you would like to save the file.
  3. Double-click on the name of the file you just saved and then change the file extension to .bat.
  4. Finally, head over to the location where you saved the file and then right-click on it and select Run as administrator.

A command prompt will be flashing past. You will then need to restart your computer. After the computer boots up, you will notice that the Activate Windows go to Settings to activate Windows watermark has disappeared.

Solution 2: Modify the Registry to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark

Besides using the notepad trick, we can use the risky alternative way to remove Activate Windows 10 watermark:

If you are going to follow along with this method of modifying the Registry to get rid of Activate Windows watermark, then you need to make sure that you don’t skip a process or you don’t change a value that you have not been instructed to alter. This process is very sensitive and you need to be keen on what you do.

Therefore, just to guarantee the safety of Registry, you’d better back it up just in case something goes wrong. If you don’t know how to make a registry backup, you can refer to the following steps in order to do the job: 

How to Back up Individual Registry Keys Windows 10

If you are going to modify individual Registry keys on Windows 10, you’d better back up the settings you have made in the case that you need to revert these changes.

Do you know how to make such a backup? Here, you can read this post to learn how to back up individual Registry keys Windows 10.

What Is Registry?

First things first as always.

Some of you may not know what Registry is. To make things easily understandable, a Registry is a sensitive database that has a series of settings that allows Windows and the applications to run normally.

Usually, the database settings are very important, and even a small wrong modification in the values might lead to the Windows operating system installation corruption. Due to this, if you are an ordinary user (less computer savvy), you’d better not change the settings in the Registry.

However, if you really need to make some changes to the Registry, you need to make a preparation, and that is to back up individual Registry keys of Windows 10.

Reading here, you may say you know how to back up the entire Registry or create a full backup of your computer. However, in this post, we will introduce you to another simple way which is mentioned above:

how to back up individual Registry keys Windows 10.

In this situation, you will have to use the Registry Editor to back up the individual keys that you are looking forward to modifying. This method is very much convenient when compared to backing up the entire database.

On the other hand, you can also make good use of this method to export a particular configuration with which you can use to enable, disable or configure the same features on a different PC which is running the same Windows 10 version.

The following instructions will show you how to back up individual Registry keys on your Windows 10 PC.

  1. You need first to open the Start menu by hitting the windows key on the keyboard.
  2. Search for regedit in the search box and after that, right-click the top result and then select the option Run as administrator.
  3. Thereafter, navigate to settings locations you need to back up. Then, please select the key you want to back up.
  4. Next, click the File option from the menu bar.
  5. Afterward, tap the Export option from the drop-down menu.

Also, there is another way that you can use to export the key:

Simply right-click on the key and then select the Export option from the pop-out menu to back up the settings.

  • Next, you will need to choose a location where you want to save the keys and then rename the .reg file. For instance, you can name it as Original-WindowsDefender-Settings.

After that, you need to check the selected branch option.

  • When all are prepared, you need to click the Save button to keep the selected key.

After these simple steps, all of your wanted key and settings which are the part of the branch will be backed up in the registration (.reg) file.

If you want to view this backed-up information, you can enter the specified storage path, right-click on the .reg file, and then choose the Edit option to view it.

If you want to restore the backed up keys, you can use the Import feature to restore it.

After backup, you can follow these steps to modify your Registry:

get rid of activate windows watermark edit registry
  1. From your keyboard, press  Windows + R in order to open the Run window.
  2. Now type regedit into the Run box and then press Enter.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
  4. Double-click on PaintDesktopVersion.
  5. Change its value from 1 to 0.
  6. Click OK to save the changes.
  7. Quit Registry.

That’s all, you can now restart your computer and then check to see whether the Activate Windows go to Settings to activate Windows watermark has been moved.

Solution 3: Use KMS to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark

Computers that are running volume licensed editions of Windows Server, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 are KMS clients with no additional configuration needed by default.

For you to use the keys listed here (which are GVLKs), you will need to first have a KMS host running in your deployment. 

If you have not yet configured a KMS host, see Deploy KMS Activation for steps on how to set one up.

Also, if you are converting a computer from a KMS host, MAK, or retail edition of Windows to a KMS client, make sure that you install the applicable setup key (GVLK) from the following tables.

To install a client setup key follow these instructions:

  • Open an administrative command prompt on the client
  • Type slmgr /ipk <setup key> and finally hit Enter on your keyboard.


  1. First of all acquire the KMS client product key from Microsoft homepage.

You can find list of Windows 10 volume license keys from the list below

  • Home: TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
  • Another one is Home N: 3KHY7-WNT83-DGQKR-F7HPR-844BM
  • Home Single Language: 7HNRX-D7KGG-3K4RQ-4WPJ4-YTDFH
  • Home Country Specific: PVMJN-6DFY6-9CCP6-7BKTT-D3WVR
  • The other key is Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
  • Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
  • Professional Workstations: NRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
  • The other key is Professional Workstations N: 9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
  • Professional Education: 6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
  • Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
  • Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
  • Enterprise: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
  • The other key is Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
  • Enterprise G: YYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
  • Enterprise G N: 44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV

You can also find other keys from: Windows 10 License Key

  • Next, after you have selected a key for your windows edition,  open the command prompt with admin rights. To do this, hit the windows key on the keyboard and then type the word CMD. Right-click on the first result and then select run as an administrator.
  • You will now need to install the key you got above. Type the command then press <Enter>

In this example, I am using Windows 10 Pro so the client key here is “W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX“

  • You set the main KMS server.
  • Activate your Windows using “slmgr /ato” command.

Once your Windows is activated successfully, the watermark windows 10 will be removed automatically.

Solution 4: Use these tools to Remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark

1.      Microsoft Toolkit .v2.6.4

Microsoft Toolkit is one of the best tools you can use to remove Windows Watermark. This tool works best on all the versions of windows which include Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10

Please don’t use this tool blindly. If you want to know how to use the Microsoft Toolkit /v2.6.4 simply visit this site here.

2.      KMSPico

KMSPico is another too you can as well use to remove Activate Windows 10 Watermark.  All you have to do is just one click.

To learn how you can effectively use the KMSPico activator tool visit this website here

3.      Winaero 

Winaero can also be used to disable the watermark if none of the methods above have worked for you.

All you need to do is just download it from , open it, and install it.

Once the installation is complete, it will automatically sign you out of your computer. When you sign back in, the watermark will disappear.

Solution 5: Use code to remove activate windows watermark

You can also execute another code apart from that we used on Notepad to get rid of the activate windows watermark from your computer.

As it has been the case over the period, using codes to perform a certain action is much simpler when compared to following through a list of hefty instructions that you can easily stray from.

To perform this action:

  1. You will need to visit then copy the code above into a new text document
  2. Next, you will have to save it as a batch file, name “1click.cmd”

Note : IF you use windows 10, you save it as .bat (named “1click.bat”)

  • After that, run the batch file as administrator

Once the file has successfully executed, restart your computer and check to see if the watermark is removed.

Solution 6: Change Ease of Access settings

Usually, changing a simple setting in your Windows 10 can immediately get rid of the watermark. If you disable background images with Ease of Access, you can also remove the watermark that comes with Windows 10.

To do this:

  1. Press the Windows + S keys on your keyboard to bring up the Search feature and then type in Control Panel.
  2. Click on the matching result to launch the classic Control Panel app.
  3. Now click on the Ease of Access Center. Make sure your view mode is set to Large icons to see this menu.
  4. Click on the Make the computer easier to see link under the Explore all settings section.
  5. Afterward, Scroll down until you see Remove background images (where available) and place a checkmark in the box to enable the feature.
get rid of activate windows watermark remove background images
  1. Click Apply and enjoy your watermark-free desktop.

Solution 7: Use a Windows 10 Watermark Remover

There are many apps are available online that you can use to quickly remove the Windows 10 watermark from your PC. Some of the applications you will find out there are usually shady and come from all corners of the internet. That said, make sure that you download them with caution when searching on your own.

Our watermark remover app recommendation from all the apps that you will find is Universal Watermark Disabler.

I have decided to use this program because it has been proved to work and that it ensures that you never have to see “Activate Windows” in the corner of your screen ever again.

Immediately you download it, launch it as an administrator and then follow the on-screen prompts.


The Universal Watermark Disabler works for earlier versions of Windows as well. Make sure to give it a recommendation to your fellow tech-gurus who use an older OS.

Solution 8: Activate your OS

Well, I believe that the above methods helped you to solve the issue in question but if in any case, you have not managed to fix it, it is the high time that we activate the Operating System itself. It will be very unprofessional not to include the true, best way of getting rid of the “Activate Windows” watermark — activating Windows.

 If you already have a way to validate your copy of the operating system, rejoice! You can activate your system, remove limitations, and never see “Activate Windows” ever again.

You can choose to purchase Windows 10 from the official  Microsoft website, or even get it through various third-party resellers, online stores, and individuals selling a license or product key.

Here’s how you can actually activate Windows 10.

Activate using a product key

  1. Locate your product key. It’s a 24-character long alphanumeric code, which you can find depending on where and how you purchased Windows 10. Look for it:
  2. In your email inbox.
  3. On the retailer’s website where you purchased Windows 10 from.
  4. On a physical piece of paper or sticker.
  5. Hit the Windows + I keys on your keyboard to quickly bring up the Settings window.
  6. Click on Update & Security.
  7. Enter your product key and click Next.
  8. Wait for Windows 10 to activate an enjoy your operating system without any watermarks or limitations!

Activate using a digital license

You can also activate the OS using a digital license

  1. Press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard. This will quickly fire up the Settings window.
  2. Now click on Update & Security tab.
  3. Select Activation from the left-hand side menu and then click on the Go to Microsoft Store option.
  4. If it happens that you are not able to see this button, search Microsoft Store in your search bar.
  5. If the product page is not opened automatically simply search for Windows 10 in the store.
  6. You’ll see one of two messages on this page:
  7. Install. Click on the button to get Windows 10 on your computer with a digital license activated.
  8. Buy. Purchase Windows 10 and have it activated right away. If you’ve already made a purchase, log into your Microsoft account which was used.
  9. Complete the installation and enjoy an activated, watermark-free system!

I hope that this guide was able to successfully remove the Activate Windows watermark from your computer. Please note that it’s possible for this watermark to periodically reappear — in this case, just come back and repeat any of these solutions.

Over to You

These methods can effectively remove the Activate Windows watermark from your computer. But, you’d better keep using the licensed Windows 10 to experience the genuine guarantee.

They are the best and proven tweaks that can help you to remove activate windows watermark permanently from your Windows Desktop computer or laptop. I hope after applying this tweak you can easily remove activate Windows watermark.

Still, have any query, suggestion feel free to comment below.

Fix Unable To Change Priority In Windows 10

 If you have been trying to change a process priority in theTask Manager then you might have received an error. The most common error message that many have received has been “unable to Change Priority the worry no more.

If you receive such an error, it simply means that the operation you were trying to do could not be completed.

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However, getting that error does not mean that it is the end of things, you are at the right place as today I am going to discuss how to fix this issue.

This error is not selective on how you run the process on your PC. It has turned out that even if you use correct administrator security privileges and that you run the programs as an administrator you will still face the same error.

Also, some users may also face the below error when trying to change the process priority to real-time or high:

Unable to set Real-time priority. The priority was set to High instead

Why should you change the priority?

Well, you might need to change the process priority when you find out that you are not able to access that program properly. This happens because some programs demand high resources from the system.

For example, if you are not able to access a high graphics-intensive game or if the game crashes in the middle then probably you need to open Task Manager and assign a real-time or high priority to the processes in order to play the game without crashing or lagging issues.

But again, it turns out that when you are in such a situation, you will not be able to assign a high priority to any process. Therefore, you will run into the access denied error message or unable to change the priority in Windows 10.

There are many solutions that you can think of including booting your PC into safe mode and try to assign the desired priority.

That said, let us look in to some solutions that available for fixing the error.

Solution 1: Show processes from all users

Please keep in mind that this process only works for Windows 7, Vista and XP users

To show process for all users, follow the steps below.

  1. First of all, make sure that you are using an administrator account
  2. Next right-click on Taskbar and then select Task Manager.
  3. Run your program or application for which you want to change the priority.
  4. In Task Manager check the “Show processes from all users” checkbox in order to make sure that it is running as an Administrator.
  5. Afterward, try changing the priority and see if you will be able to Fix Unable to change process priority in Task Manager issue.

Solution 2: Give full permission to the Administrator

Sometimes it will be unable to change priority in Windows 10 because the user account you are using is not given full permission for administrator purposes.

To give full permission:

  1. Right-click on Taskbar and then select Task Manager.
  2. Search for the program which you want to change the priority for, then right-click on it and select Properties.
  3. Switch to the Security tab and then click on Edit.
  4. Make sure that you check the Full Control check box for the Administrator.
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  1. Click Apply followed by OK.
  2. Restart your computer and again try to change the priority of the process.

Solution 3: Turn ON or OFF UAC

User Account Control is a control location of the setting that every Windows computer comes with. These settings make sure that programs don’t actually do any damage to your system.

It will give you a number of prompts at times when you’re trying to install something or make a modification to your system, to prevent you from accidentally doing something wrong.

There are two different kinds of user accounts on Windows 10 – Standard User accounts and Administrator accounts. The difference between these two user account types is not of functionality but of permissions and authority.

To fix this error using UAC, simply follow the instructions below.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the run window
  2. Type “control nusrmgr.cpl” (without quotes) and then hit Enter.
  3. Click on Change User Account Control settings on the next window.
Change user account control
  1. Now drag the slider to all the way to down and click OK.
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  1. Reboot your computer and again try to change the priority of the program,
  2.  if you still face the access denied error open the User Account Control settings window and drag the slider all the way to up and click OK.
  3. Restart your PC and see if you are able to fix unable to change priority in Windows issue

Solution 4: Boot into safe mode

Booting into safe mode can fix the problem at hand. It will disable a number of Windows services and features. The best part about this fix is that gives you a clean slate that can help you get to the root of the problem more easily.

To boot your pc into safe mode, follow the instructions below:

Start your PC in Safe Mode Using System Configuration (msconfig)

  1. Press Windows Key + R then type msconfig and hit Enter. This command will open the System Configuration.
  2. Next, switch to the Boot tab and then check the “Safe boot” option.
  3. Make sure Minimal radio button is check marked
  4. Now click OK.
  5. Select Restart in order to boot your PC into Safe Mode.  If you have some work that should be saved, save it, and then select Exit without restarting.

Solution 5: Repair Install Windows 10

If none of the above solutions have emerged to fix your problem, then I am sure that this method will surely repair all problems with your PC.

Repair Install just using an in-place upgrade to repair issues with the system without deleting user data present on the system.

Therefore,  in order for you to fix unable to change priority in windows, 10 follow the steps below to see How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily.

Most of the problems you are experiencing on Windows 10 lately can be sorted out by performing a repair install of Windows 10.

There are many benefits that come with a system repair. One of the benefits of a repair install is that it doesn’t install Windows 10 again. The repair process just fixes the problems with your current Windows installation and you are not vulnerable to losing any files or data that you have in your PC.

However, before you start the repair, make that sure that the following things are in place before moving forward with Repair Install Windows 10:

Here is what is required of you by Microsoft:

  • Ensure that you have at least 9 GB of free space on Windows drive (C:)
  • Have an installation media (USB/ISO) ready. Make sure that the Windows setup is the same build and edition as the current Windows 10 installed on your system.
  • The Windows 10 setup must be in the same language as the Windows 10 already installed on your system. This is very important for keeping your files after the repair.
  • Make sure that you have downloaded the Windows setup in the same architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) as your current Windows 10 installation.

If all of the above have been confirmed, you are free to proceed with the following step.

Create a Windows 10 Installation Media:

  1. First of all, download the Windows 10 setup from their site here.
  2. Click on the “Download tool now” button and then save the file to your PC.
  3. Next, accept the license agreement and then select “Create installation media for another PC.”
  4. Once you get to select language, architecture, and edition screen make sure that “Use the recommended options for this PC” is checked.
  5. Then, select ISO file and click Next.

Note: If you wish to use USB flash drive then select that option.

  • Let it download the Windows 10 ISO as it can take some time.

Start Repair from the Installation Media:

Well, after you have successfully created an installation media, keenly follow the steps below:

  1. Once you have downloaded the ISO, mount the ISO with Virtual Clone Drive.
  2. Next, double-click on the setup.exe from Windows 10 virtually loaded drive.
  3. Now in the next screen simply select the “Download and install updates” box and then click Next.
  4. Make sure that you agree to License terms and conditions. Simply check the checkbox that asks you to agree to the terms and agreement.
  5. Afterward, follow on-screen instructions in which you have to just click Next.
  6. The last dialog box is very important which has the title “Choose what to keep.”
unable to change priority choose what to keep
  1. Make sure to select “Keep personal files, apps, and Windows settings” box and then press Next to begin the repair installation. Keeping personal files will ensure that you don’t lose any of your files during the repair process. If you choose other options, be warned that even the applications you had installed will be cleared and that you will have to reinstall each of the one after another. All personal files on the Desktop and on drive C will a swell be lost. Therefore, be careful when selecting this.
  2. During this repair process, your computer will automatically restart several times. During this time, the system image will be refreshed without losing your data.

That’s it you have successfully learned How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily and I hope that the error in question has been solved.


Well, I strongly believe that these fix solutions have had an impact on resolving the unable to change priority on Windows 10. As usual, we are glad to receive your feedback and therefore feel free to ask questions in the comment box.

Fix Another Computer Is Using The Printer in Windows

Printers are very important in today’s life because they allow us to print all your important documents with a click of a button. However, most people are now facing a lot of problems when using their printers and one of those problems is where the computer refuses to print the document. The error that accompanies this issue another computer is using the printer. This error may be valid if the printer is busy performing jobs submitted by another computer. But if you are the sole user, it means that there is some technical problem.

another computer is using the printer

If you get an error message Another computer is using the printer when you try to print something, you’re not alone. Many people have reported it and thanks to them we now have the fixes to the problem.

Fix 1: Resetting Print Spooler Service

If you are wondering what the spooler service could be don’t worry. It is a software program that is responsible for managing all print jobs being sent to the computer printer.

The print spooler service is often visible to users and they can also cancel a print job that is being processed. This service will also allow you to manage jobs that are currently on the waitlist.

We can try restarting this service and check if this solves the problem. Here are the steps on how you can achieve this.

  1. Press Windows + R on your keyboard in order to launch the Run application.
  2. Next, type “services.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
another computer is using the printer services
  1. Locate the service “Print Spooler” present in the list of services.
  2. Double-click it to open its properties.
  3. Click the “Stop” button present underneath system status
  4. Now press “Ok” to save changes.
  5. Now that we have disabled the service, we can focus on deleting printer files.
  6. To do this, press Windows + E to launch the quick access and later on click on “This PC” present in the left navigation pane.
  7. Navigate to the following path:


  1. Permission might be needed to access the following folder. If prompted, press Continue.
  2. Once in the folder, delete all the files in the PRINTERS folder and close the window.
  3. Restart your computer and check if the printer connects correctly.

Extended Fix 1: Creating a Batch File

This is an extended snippet of fix 1 just in case the solution works for you and the problem occurs again and again. You can create a batch file to do all the above operations with a single click.

This process simply is meant to help you save time so that you won’t have to perform all the above steps if the issue arises next time.

  1. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer
  2. Click View and then press Options 
  3. Select the Change folder and search options.
  4. Uncheck the option ‘Hide extensions for known file types’. Doing this will enable you to convert the text file to a batch file which we will create later on.
  5. Create a new text file on your Desktop and then type the following commands and then save it later on.

net stop spooler

net start spooler


  • Afterward, rename the file replacing ‘.txt’ with ‘.bat’. You might be prompted with a pop up asking you to confirm the operation. Just press Yes.
  • Now whenever you double-click the icon, spooler service will automatically be executed without having you do anything else.

Fix 2: Doing a Full Power Cycle

Another thing you can do to fix another computer is using the printer error is to perform a full power cycle. Power cycling your computer, printer, and Wi-Fi works for a lot of users is.

This process is simply an act of turning off a device completely off and then on again.

 Reasons for power cycling include:

  • Having an electronic device reinitialize its set of configurations parameters
  • Make devices recover from an unresponsive state or module
  • Also used to reset all the network configurations as they are all lost when you turn the device completely turned off.

After turning off your printer, Wi-Fi and computer take out the main power cable and let them stay idle for a couple of minutes (~5).

After the required time, plug in the cables, turn both devices on and try connecting them.

Fix 3: Installing the Latest Drivers for your Printer

If all the above solutions don’t work, it means that the problem probably lies with the drivers installed against your printer device.

As usual, outdated printer drivers can cause major compatibility issues hence rendering your device useless.

It is always good for you should to navigate to the manufacturer’s website and then download the latest printer drivers available.

Also, during that process, make sure that you only download and install the exact drivers meant for your printer.

You can look for the model number present on the front of your printer or even on its box.


There are few cases where a newer driver doesn’t work. In that case, download an older version of the driver and install it using the same method described below.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run 
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and hit Enter. This will launch your computer’s device manager.
another computer is using the printer devmgmt
  1. Navigate through all the hardware, open the sub-menu “Print queues”, right-click on your printer hardware and then select “Update driver”.
  2. Afterward, Windows will pop a dialogue box asking you which way do you want to update your driver. Select the second option (Browse my computer for driver software) and proceed.
  3. Select the driver file you downloaded using the browse button when it appears and update it accordingly.
  4. Restart your computer and check if the problem gets resolved.


 If updating the drivers directly doesn’t produce any results, consider uninstalling the driver first and instead of updating the drivers by selecting manual or automatic, just double-click the driver and it will be installed automatically or rather check out how to use driver easy.

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Fix 4: Changing WSD Timeout Setting (Advanced Users)

The Web services for Devices(WSD) is a control mechanism which is specifically designed for the automatic discovery, control and setup of devices.

There has been a known problem regarding WSD Timeout settings. It has been tested and confirmed by many that by extending the settings this issue can be solved.

There are two ways that you can use to change the WSD Timeout Setting.

The first method is by accessing the IP of your printer through the webpage. It is recommended that you change the setting to 10 minutes instead of the default one.  After you have changed, save the changes and then Exit. Before implementing this fix, it is advisable that you cancel all the pending jobs.

The second method can be done through the configuration because some printers have the same settings present in their modules. All you need to do is to access the settings in the following order. Please note that this method may be a little different according to your printer model.

  • Go to the menu and then Set up
  • Head over to Device Setting
  • Then navigate to LAN Settings
  • Next, select Other Settings and then WSD Settings
  • Find the Timeout Setting and finally change it from the default value to 10 Minutes
  • Save changes and exit then restart your PC

Save the changes, do a power cycle as explained in the solution above and try printing again.f

Fix 5: Set your printer as the default printer

There have been cases where users have managed to get rid of another computer is using the printer and the truth is it works.

Most Canon printer users have fixed this error by setting their printer as the default printer in Settings may do the trick.

Canon printers tend to have two printers listed in place of a single printer. One is a normal printer and the other has the same name but has a ‘WS’ at the end of the name.

If you are connected to the ‘WS’ printer, then this might be the cause of the issue of “Another computer is using the printer“.

If that is the case, all you need to do is simply set the normal printer as the default printer. Besides, you can remove the WS printer as it is not required.

Follow the following guides:

If you’re using Windows 10

If your computer is running on the Windows 10 edition, use the following steps to set your default printer.

  1. Type printers in the Windows search box and select Printers & scanners.
  2. In the right pane, uncheck Let Windows manage my default printer.
  3. Under Printers & scanners, select the printer you want to use and click the Manage button.
  4. Click Set as default.

If you’re using Windows 8

  1. Hit the windows button on your keyboard to open the start menu
  2. In the Search icon in the upper-right type printers and select Devices and Printers.
  3. In the Printers section, right-click on the printer you want to use and finally select Set as default printer.

If you’re using Windows 7

For those using windows 7

  1. Click the Start button and then type Devices and Printers in the search box.
  2. From the list of devices that are generated, right-click on the printer you want to use and select Set as default printer.
  3. Finally, close the window and then test if your printer is working now.

Fix 6: Check for Windows updates

This error at times might be brought about because your PC is running on an outdated operating system.

Checking for updates and updating the operating system can help you fix this issue. This is a trusted method because some users have managed to solve their printer issues by updating their systems.

To check and update windows simply click on the start icon and then type update in the Windows search box. Afterward, select Check for updates or Windows update.

Fix 7: Scan your system

Sometimes you might experience problems with your printer because your system has been attacked by malware.

Another computer is using the printer error will always pop up if you don’t look into how you can clear the malware from your C.

In case your printer issue is being caused by malware and that all the above methods fail, you can use Windows Defender to scan your system.

Simply hit the Windows button on your keyboard and then type windows defender in the Windows search box to run a scan. 

Also, you can use the latest active antivirus software installed on your PC and perform a full scan for malware.

Fix 8: Perform System Restore or System Image Recovery

Sometimes we just don’t see the importance of making backups until we finally fall into problems that we require them.

Using the system image recovery, you can roll back to a time when you were able to shut down your Windows 10 normally.

If you have created a system restore point or system image backup with Windows, you can now try using the restore point or image file to restore your computer back to a state when it was fine.

System Restore

Here are the steps for performing a system restore:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and then type Control Panel in the search box
  2. Open the first option from the list of results displayed on the screen
  3. Now type “recovery” and then click “Recover” to continue.
  4. In the next screen, choose “Open System Restore” to continue.
  5. In the Restore system files and settings interface, just hit “Next”.
  6. Now select the time to restore your computer to the initial time when it was working just fine before you it ran into this error and then click
  7. Confirm the restore point and click “Finish”.
  8. After the system restore is finished, try to shut down your computer again and see if the issue is fixed.

System Image Recovery

If you happened to make any recent Windows 10 system backup then this is the time when it becomes of use.

However, if you don’t have any system restore points, you can find a copy of Window and do a clean install. But then after that, build a rapport of making updates often.

Here is how to perform system image recovery.

  1. Hit the windows key on the keyboard to enter the “Start” menu
  2. Press “shift” and then click “restart” at the same time to enter the WinRE.
  3. Choose “Troubleshoot” in “Choose an option” screen,
  4. Then choose “Advanced options”.
  5. Select “System Image Recovery” in the “Advanced options”
  6. Choose the latest system image from the window that pops up or an image backup that enables Windows 10 to shut down.
  7. Now click “Next”.
  8. Follow all the on-screen prompts in order to restore your PC. Click “Yes” when you see a warning window for formatting pops up during the process

That is it, you have successfully restored your PC. Now check if the error at hand is fixed.

Final Thoughts

The solutions we have listed in this article are our most recommended fixes to fix another computer is using the printer problem.

Did any of them work for you?

If yes, let us know which one it was. Leave a comment below to tell us the results or any other suggestions are welcome.

Fix State Repository Service High CPU Usage Windows 10

There have been cases where some of the Windows 10 users have reported CPU usage spikes (to almost 100%) usage caused by the State Repository service. When a computer runs into a state repository service high CPU usage error that affects almost every CPU, the threat is that it makes game applications and media to stutter.

Upon examining this issue on the Event Viewer, I have discovered a lot of consecutive errors related to the same State Repository service.

Therefore, if the error is being caused by a common anomaly, then it can be resolved easily by simply restarting the repository service.

However, if you are facing this issue along with frequent error entries in Event Viewer, then by cleaning the component store or maybe performing a clean install or in-place repair you should be able to fix the issue.

But as it turns out, many of the instances of the state repository service are majorly started by the aging Microsoft Edge in one way or another. To resolve this issue in this case, sometimes you will need to repair Microsoft Edge right from the Apps & Features menu. If that doesn’t work then you should consider reinstalling all the built-in UWP apps.

Sometimes, in order to stop the high CPU usage, you can also use the option of disabling the State Repository service altogether but this will affect the functionality of Microsoft Edge.

How to fix the High CPU usage caused by the State Repository Service?

Fix 1: Restart the State Repository Service

As usual, before we dive in and try out some of the most complex fixes, we should start by seeing if the issue is being caused by a simple malfunction that affects the State Repository Service on Windows 10 or not.

However if you are looking for some kind of temporary fixes that will reduce the CPU usage immediately then you should restart the state repository service.

Many users who have run into this error have confirmed that this operation managed to bring the resource usage down significantly (at least until the next system startup).

Although this solution will not solve this problem for good or indefinitely, it is still one of the preferred approaches if at all you are looking for something quick and non-intrusive that will stop the general stuttering from occurring.

To restart the state repository service, follow the steps below carefully without skipping any.

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  1. Press Windows key + R keys on the keyboard for you to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Now type ‘service.msc’ inside the text box and then hit Enter in order to fire up the Services screen.

Please note that when the UAC (User Account Control) asks you to give permission, just click on the Yes option to grant admin access.

  • Once the Services screen opens, move down to the right-hand section and scroll down through the local services and then locate the State Repository Service.
  • When you locate the state repository service, right-click on it and the select Properties from the newly appeared context menu.
  • Once you are inside the Properties screen of the State Repository Service, choose the General tab from the top of the screen and then click on Stop (under Service status).
  • After you manage to stop it, wait for a couple of seconds before starting it again.
  • Now open up the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and find out if the CPU usage has gone down.

In case the CPU usage of the State Repository service returns to high value or if you need a much more permanent solution then the only option you have is to move down to the next potential fixes below.

Fix 2: Cleaning up the component store

If you are frequently seeing the state repository service high CPU usage error and you have also discovered other different errors pointing towards the same service inside the Event Viewer, then there are chances that a corrupt component store is causing the problem.

When it comes to this particular situation, the issue can be resolved easily by using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) and replace all the corrupted instances with healthy copies.


Before you proceed with this method, keep in mind that the Deployment Image Servicing and Management heavily rely on Windows Update for it to download the healthy copies that you will use to replace corrupted data in question. Therefore, because of this reliant, you will need to make sure that your Internet connection is a lot more stable before you start this procedure.

Afterward, we will initiate a component cleanup from an admin terminal using Deployment Image Servicing and Management and then finishing it up with a System File Checker scan (SFC).


It is important and we recommend that you follow the steps below in the same order of appearance in order to get the issue fixed.

  1. Fire up a Run dialog box by hitting Windows key + R.
  2. Next, type ‘cmd’ inside the text box
  3. Now press Ctrl + Shift + Enter in order to open up an elevated Command Prompt window.
  4. When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt window fires up, just click on the Yes option in order to grant the administrative privileges.
  5. Once you are in the elevated CMD terminal, type the following command and press Enter to perform a cleanup on the Component Store (%WinDir%\WinSxS):

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

  • When the operation finishes, proceed on to the next command. Type the following command and then press Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Note: This operation will first of all start by backing up all your system files against known good copies stored on the Windows Update servers.

  • Once the operation is complete, reboot your computer.
  • After your computer boots back up, check and fix any remaining system file corruption. To do this, simply type the following command and then hit Enter:

SFC /ScanNow

  • Immediately the scan is complete, reboot your PC once again and check to see if the problem is fixed at the next computer startup.

In case you are still experiencing the high CPU usage associated with the State Repository Service and frequent errors in Event Viewer, move on to the next potential fixes below.

Fix 3: Repairing Microsoft Edge

As said earlier, it turns out that Microsoft Edge is a built-up application which has the potential of abusing the State Repository Service. Under certain circumstances (especially when 3rd party extensions are installed), Microsoft Edge has the ability of becoming a huge CPU user. It uses up the CPU to a point where it slows system down the entire computer system.

When your PC is slow, you will realize that it does not pick up commands swiftly as it should. You might notice the change when you open a folder and your computer takes ages to open the folder. An action that should be done in a matter of microseconds..

Several users who have been affected by this problem have confirmed that they managed to resolve the issue by resetting Microsoft Edge from the Advanced options menu in the Apps and Features menu.

This operation will end up removing any temp or 3rd party data that might be responsible for the high CPU usage of the State Repository service.

Here are quick steps on resetting the Microsoft Edge from the Apps and Features:

State Repository service repair edge
  1. Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R  and then type ‘ms-settings:appsfeatures’ inside the text box
  2. Now press Enter in order to open up the Apps & Features menu of the Settings app on Windows 10.
  3. Once you are in the Apps & Feature menu, move on to the right section of the window that opened up and use the Search box to search for ‘Microsoft Edge‘.
  4. From the results that appear, click on Microsoft Edge once and then click on the hyperlink that associates with Advanced options.
  5. While in the Advanced Options menu of Microsoft Edge, scroll down to the Reset section and click on the Repair button.
  6. Wait until the process is complete and then restart your computer once the operation finishes.
  7. At the next startup, repeat the action that was previously causing the high CPU usage of the State Repository service and see if you were able to fix the issue.

If at all you are facing the same problem is, move down to the next potential fix below.

Fix 4: Reinstalling every Built-in app

This method has worked on several occasions where there was a state repository service problem.

If you have been encountering the issue on a Windows 10 build ranging between v1703 and v1709, there is a high possibility that the problem is triggered by an inconsistency that has to do with the fleet of built-in applications that comes with Windows 10 by default.

Most computers that were in this state have been fixed by simply reinstalling every built-in app with a single Powershell command.

What this operation does is that it will end up reinstalling and re-registering every built-in app. This process takes care of every malfunctioning UWP app instance that might lead to the high CPU usage of the State Repository service.

Below is a quick step by step guide on reinstalling every built-in app using the powershell command:

  1. First things first, press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. Next, type ‘powershell’ inside the text box and then hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously in order to open up an elevated Powershell terminal window.
  3. While still in the elevated Powershell prompt, type the following command and press Enter for you to reset every UWP built-in application:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  • After the command successfully executes, close the elevated instance of Powershell and then reboot your PC.
  • Monitor your computer to see if you’re still experiencing high CPU spikes by the State Repository service as soon as the next startup is complete

In case the same problem is still affecting your machine, move down to the next potential fix below.

Fix 5: Disabling the State Repository Service

Please note that often and by default, the State Repository service improves on the functionality of Microsoft Edge by simply acting as a browser cookie. It regularly takes snapshots of the browsing information which helps Microsoft Edge to pick up operations from where it had left off (even across multiple devices).

If you happen to have no use of this service (e.g. you don’t use Edge), one way of ensuring that the State Repository service is no longer taking a lot of your CPU resources is by simply preventing it from starting at every system startup.

You can achieve this operation using MSConfiag to disable the specific startup key that is associates with the State Repository Service. Follow the steps below on how to do this:


You can use the steps below on every Windows version, not just Windows 10.

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
  2. When the run dialog box opens up, type ‘msconfig.msc’ inside the text box. Press Enter in order to fire up the System Configuration utility.

Please note that if you are PC asks to confirm the (UAC) User Account Control, tap on the Yes option in order to grant it administrator access.

  • Once you are in the System Configuration utility, select the Services tab from the ribbon menu at the top.
  • Afterward, scroll down through the list of services and then locate the State Repository Service. 
  • Now uncheck the icon associated with it when you finally see the ideal state repository service associated with it.
  • Click Apply to save the modification.
  • Finally, close the System Configuration utility. Restart your computer then see if you were able to solve the issue at the next computer startup.

In case you’re still encountering the same State Repository  Service high CPU usage, move down to the next fix.

Fix 6: Performing a clean install or in-place repair

If you correctly followed all the fixes above and it happens that none of them has been of help for you to reduce the CPU usage of the State Repository service then it is very clear that you are running into the issue due to some type of system corruption that cannot be resolved with the regular fixes.

Therefore, the only recommended fix we have left for you is to reset every Windows component (and boot related data). This will simply ensure that no corrupted system file is creating the issue.

When it comes to resetting every involved Windows component, there are two ways forward:

  • Clean Install – This potential fix is the most convenient out of the bunch. You completely do not need compatible installation media. Here, you can deploy the fix directly from the GUI menu of Windows 10. However, if you do not back up your data in advance, expect partial data loss. This includes apps, games and personal media stored on the OS drive)
  • Repair Install – A repair install is the most focused approach. It allows you to reset your computer without any data loss (even your games, applications and user preferences will remain intact). However, you will need a compatible installation media in order to deploy this repair strategy.



 If none of the Methods have resolved the issue for you, we recommend using Reimage Repair Tool which can scan the repositories to replace corrupt and missing files.

This process works in most cases, where the issue starts due to system corruption.

The Reimage tool will also optimize your system for maximum performance. You can download Reimage by Clicking Here

And if you were able to instil a fix on the state repository service error, Kudos, tell us which one it was and which version of Windows you computer is running on. You can also go ahead and mention the brand of computer you are using. This is so that you can help save someone with a similar brand to quickly get his or her problem fixed.

Just post your feedback in the comment section below.

Fix Boot Image Did Not Authenticate Issue in Windows

Ever since Windows came was brought in operation and the days of DOS phased away, Microsoft has been making huge changes in the operating system world. With their core operating system, Windows 10, now Microsoft are planning to offer the best to its users. How Microsoft approaches some matters is totally something that was rear in previous OS. However, as much as they are keen on making this product one of the best, errors that were rare in the previous versions emerged. The boot error “Selected boot image did not authenticate.”

Usually, this kind of error is associated with upgrades, updates, driver updates and hot fixes or bug fixes. There has been a certain notion that such error messages are encountered by HP computer users only. But, to my findings, any computer brand or model is prone to this.

boot image did not authenticate

The thing is that Hewlett Packard (HP) computers are the ones that mostly exhibit this error as compared to other brands. Even though they manufacture one of the best computers, it has a BIOS that loads devices and the system after checking for errors. This is just the same thing that other computers do.

Therefore, if there is a BIOS to load devices, why would this error occur? It is quite true to say that this error –boot image did not authenticate is the same as “bootmngr missing”. The bootmngr missing error usually appears when you try to load an operating system from a storage location (maybe a secondary USB flash drive) that it was not previously installed.

What you will learn

Well, in this article we will discuss what the error “boot image did not authenticate” means, why it occurs on your computer and also how to get rid of it so that you can proceed with the process of starting up your computer.

What does ‘boot image did not authenticate’ mean and why it occurs?

The boot image did not authenticate appears on a blue screen on a black background, shortly after you restart or after you press the power button to boot up your PC.

If you press the enter button on your keyboard then you will trigger a computer shutdown and the most annoying thing is that the PC will return to the same screen.

If this happens, in less technical terms, this means that a security protocol has been violated after the BIOS checked it against a firmware database. We can also say that the device you are loading the OS from is not in a position to provide all the information needed by security in order to boot.

What is Secure Boot Technology?

Secure Boot is just a technology incorporated in the system BIOS where the system firmware checks if the system boot loader is signed with a cryptographic key that is genuinely authorized by a database that exists in the firmware.

Usually, your boot sequence is always saved in this database just to offer you protection from any system changes that could cause harm to your computer. If this protocol is violated, then it will lead to an insecure boot and this means that message or error in question will be displayed.

The changes often happen or are caused by new installation of devices, upgrade/changes on the operating system.

These updates go into the system and change the boot loader information.

Also, boot image did not authenticate mean that your computer’s boot loader information is missing and therefore the OS could not be loaded.

Boot information is what is used to identify if there is an operating system on your drive. If the boot information cannot load, then the authentication process cannot occur or complete successfully.

Other causes

The boot image can be corrupted after an update or by a malware attack. As it has been the case with viruses, they can lodge themselves into the boot info and prevent a secure boot. They can get to their worst abilities and even wipe this information out.

Also, changes that occur from an update can also alter the boot info and prevent start up.

Well, now that you know what this error message means lets dive straight in to the solutions that will clear the ‘boot image did not authenticate’ error and allow you to complete your computer boot.

Solution 1: Change from secure boot to legacy boot in the BIOS settings

In most cases, changing your PC from secure boot to the legacy boot will solve the problem. This makes the BIOS to ignore the operating system together with all or any hardware changes that could have occurred and allow it to continue the boot.

If you are certain that your PC is not able to complete the start due to a virus or malware attack, then changing from secure boot to legacy boot is not recommendable; instead skip to solution 3.

Here is how to shift from secure boot to legacy support on an HP computer.

  1. Completely turn off your computer, remove the battery and replace it back after a few seconds.
  2. Next turn on your PC by pressing the Power Button and then press the Esc button immediately and repeatedly. This should be about once every second. Do this until you see the Startup menu opens.
  3. When the Startup Menu displays, hit the F10 key on your keyboard in order to open the BIOS Setup.
  4. Use the right arrow key from the keyboard to select the System Configuration menu,
  5. While there, use the down arrow key to select the Boot Options and then hit Enter.
  6. Select Legacy Support using the down arrow key and later press Enter
  7. Select enabled if this option is disabled and then press Enter.
  8. Using the up and down arrow keys, select Secure Boot and then hit Enter,
  9. Afterward, use the up and down arrow keys to select disabled and hit Enter key on the keyboard.
  10. To accept the changes press F10 then use the left arrow key to choose Yes and press Enter to Exit Saving Changes.

The PC will automatically reboot to Windows with Secure Boot disabled and legacy support enabled.

Solution 2: Hard reset your computer

Basically, doing a hard reset to your computer will reset all the configurations and settings on your BIOS except the passwords. Hard resetting will allow the new configurations of the operating system changes and hardware changes on the next boot.

This way, all conflicting configurations will be cleared. Here are the steps on how to hard reset a HP computer.

  1. Turn off your computer by long pressing the power button.
  2. Unplug the AC adapter cable and then remove the battery
  3. Again press and hold the power button for at least 20 seconds. Doing this will reset the hardware
  4. When the monitor lights up, immediately tap the F2 key on your keyboard. Tapping the F2 key will load the hardware diagnostics.
  5. Now run the startup test in order to test all the hardware in the system and detect if there are any problems.
  6. If the test comes out clean, restart your PC and this time boot it normally.

If it happens that you PC still displays the boot image did not authenticate error, then move on to the next solution to do a system repair.

Solution 3: Repair Windows in your computer using system recovery

It has worked, it works and it will work. A system repair is the other thing you can do in order to fix the boot image did not authenticate error. Apart from this, it also solves other Windows related problems on your device.

Below is how you can do a windows system repair for HP users.

  1. Completely turn off your computer
  2.  Be patient for at least 10 seconds and then turn your computer by pressing the Power Button then immediately press Esc key repeatedly. Do this once every second, until you see a Startup menu.
  3. When the Startup Menu appears, immediately hit the F11 key which will take you to recovery console screen.
  4. Select Troubleshoot and then go to Advanced Options 
  5. Click on start up Repair option.
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  1. When prompted to confirm your selection, accept the repair process and then wait for the repair to complete and restart your PC.

If your computer does not have the option of using F11 recovery console, you can use the steps below to do the same if you are running on windows 10.

How Repair Install Windows 10

If you run into issues on your Windows 10 whatever issues they are, regardless of the issue Windows 10 allows you to do a repair install without booting directly from the installation media.

Repair install will repair your computer’s system files, and then install all the latest windows updates. This process is not complicated or very technical instead it is straight forward and easy to follow.

However, before you start, first ensure that the following requirements are met.

Create a Windows 10 Installation Media

Option 1: Windows Repair Install Using the ISO file

Well before you try it on windows 7 and 8 it is important to note that it won’t work. Also, this method should ONLY be used if your Windows 10 was activated.

Visit this website here to download the Windows 10 ISO file and save it on your PC, preferably on your desktop at first.

After you have downloaded it, mount the ISO file click (here) to view steps.

Next, double click on the file setup.exe to start the repair – installation from the mounted drive.

Option 2: Windows Repair using USB Installation Media

In order to perform a windows repair using a USB installation media, it should be carried out by using the Windows Media Creation tool.

First of all ensure that you have a stable internet connection. Also, make sure that you have an empty USB flash disk. If it has important data and files please back it up on a different PC or device. This USB flash drive must have a minimum of 4 GB for a 32 bit. Or 8GB for 64 bit installation.

If you happen to use a flash drive with data inside then be warned that you may lose it in the process.

Next read system requirements just to confirm the specifications that should be met. Also, keep the Windows 10 product key near you.


If the version of Windows 10 you are using was already activated before then you may not need the product key.

Now visit this lik here to access the file and download it. You can also download the Media Creation Tool from this link here and save it on your desktop. When the download process is complete, right click on the file and then select Run.

If prompted by UAC (User Account Control), simply click ‘yes’.

On the window that appears, choose the option number two. The option reads “Create installation media for another PC” and then click NEXT.

The next screen should ask you to choose the language, architecture, and edition. Uncheck the box for “use the recommended options for this PC” right under Architecture. This step is very important because it will allow you to specify the language. Also you can specify the edition, and architecture as the current Windows installation.


In the boxes provided, choose the Language, edition and architecture. You can have both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows installations on the same USB. Also, you simply select the one you need between the two. Provide a product key when asked for it. Otherwise, you will only be allowed to proceed with Home and Pro versions. Also make sure that you keep in mind the version that was initially in your PC and then click Next.

On the next window, you will be given two destination options for installing Windows 10; the USB or ISO file. Select the ‘USB flash drive’ option and then proceed.

Now plug the USB disk (either 4GB or 8GB depending on your preferred architecture). Then click on the instruction ‘Refresh drive list’. Your plugged USB will appear below. Select it when it reflects on your screen and then click NEXT.

Windows 10 will now take over and the download begins. When the download completes your USB will now be fully set. Click FINISH.

 If you are using windows 7, here is a guide on how you can repair your operating system. For window 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 users, you can also use this guide here.


There you go, you should be able to fix the boot image did not authenticate error using these solutions.

Let us know which solution pulled you out of the mess that you were experiencing before.

Fix Class Not Registered on Windows 10

If you are facing the error of Class Not Registered while opening applications on Windows 10 then you are at the right place. This is a perfect guide that can help you fix/remove this error and work on your PC easily. This error is usually encountered when DLL files are not properly registered in the system. Give a read to this guide and implement the suggested solutions. We hope this resolves your issue to the best. Good luck!

Class Not Registered

Windows operating system boasts numerous system error codes to make it simpler to pinpoint the exact problem in the otherwise complex file system. Each error represents one of the hundreds of locations in the system it exists upon. More so than not, however, the descriptions of these error codes are often missing, complicated or not detailed enough for the common user to understand and fix and requires additional thought and analysis to resolve the problem. “Class Not Registered” on Windows 10 is a prime example of such an error, wherein, we’ll save you the time today to understand the root cause of this error and possible solutions.

What is the root cause of the error?

The root cause of “Class Not Registered” on Windows 10 is the unregistering of a .dll (abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library) file type. The .dll file types are often drivers that contain specific instructions for other programs (can be both internal and external) on how to perform certain functions. Since they are system files, they generally allow for multiple programs to share data, in parallel, allocated to a single file, when required. This is where the word “dynamic” comes into play – the data is subscribed to only when the program requires it.

This allows for efficient use of memory space, as the data becomes available only when it is needed by a program, instead of being consistently available for a static amount of time with no particular use. This also serves as the key distinction between the executable .exe files and .dll files wherein the former can be executed directly while the latter can only be accessed by other programs (or piece of code). Regardless, however, Windows allows for the flexibility of using either format since the structure of both of these file types is the same.

What Makes .dll Files Significant?

As mentioned earlier, a key privilege of using the .dll files is the use of dynamic memory wherein, only required data is loaded onto the memory on-the-go and as required, saving space for other applications in the memory to use. Updates are a common phenomenon in Windows and associated programs, and it is likely possible, that updating a .dll file to a newer version, altering and/or replacing the file with a different version, or removing it altogether might make the program relying on that particular original .dll file fail or no longer work as desired.

Therefore, comes into play, the error: “Class not registered” on Windows 10 wherein the .dll file has gone unregistered and henceforth, the necessary information and instructions to run the program smoothly have gone missing or inaccessible. This is a frequent error and can affect almost any program on the Windows operating system. In this tutorial, we shall guide you step by step on the root causes of this error and how to fix it through various techniques and solutions.

Associated Errors with “Class Not Registered” on Windows 10:

The error has often been reported as nerve-wracking since it can subsequently give rise to numerous errors and issues on your Personal Computer. It must be noted that the popup of this error may display on programs and applications which may not be attributing to the program accountable for generating the error. Here is a comprehensive list (but not exhaustive) of common issues reported by various users in this regard:

  • Photos app on Windows 10 has been reported by various users to display the “Class not registered” error. The issue is not particular to Windows 10 and has also been reported on earlier versions of Windows.
  • The error has also been reported by users trying to open .pdf files and/or documents on their Personal Computer, with Adobe Acrobat Reader often going into crash mode.
  • The error may also display on frequently used programs such as Outlook, Edge, Internet Explorer, Taskbar, and uTorrent, amongst others. Microsoft Office has been significantly reported to cause issues with a prevailing “Class Not Registered” error on the Windows 10.
  • The error may also display on the integral Windows program such as the Windows Explorer and Registry (often written as ‘regsvr32’ in the error message)
  • The error may also generate while opening media files such as pictures, videos, audio and related multimedia files.

Trivial Solution:

If you are receiving the error message, “Class not registered” on Windows 10 with an additional term like “msstdfmt.dll” it is likely that a certain program recently installed is causing the break. In such a scenario, we recommend uninstalling the most recent programs installed on the PC to check if the issue resolves before moving onto the solutions documented in this guide.

Exploring the Solutions:

Before moving towards the various solutions to fix the error, it is important to note that the “Class Not Registered” error is generally associated with a particular program to whom the .dll files were associated and now unregistered (likely due to an update or file corruption, in general). Therefore, the best way to troubleshoot is to open the recent programs installed on your PC and check to see if that particular program is displaying that error in a popup window. If the particular program has been found, the preferred solution is the Trivial Solution discussed earlier on, which simply asks to uninstall and then reinstall the program. Use of an Anti-Virus program is also recommended in such a scenario.

For those who might have skipped directly to the solutions, please bear in mind that the error “Class Not Registered” on Windows 10 is not just an error specific to Windows 10, but has long persisted in earlier versions of Windows, and although our solutions have not been tested on earlier versions of Windows, they should likely work since the file system of Windows has generally been the same throughout.

Before moving forward, please create a Restore Point in your PC, to prevent breaking the system or running into exceptional circumstances. Here is a link to a curated guide on making a system Restore Point for Windows 10.

Solution 1: By Running Deployment Image Servicing and Management

  1. Open Command Prompt. Make sure to select Run as administrator.
  2. Run the following two commands respectively:
    1. DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    2. DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. Reboot your PC.

Solution 2: By Starting Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service

Many users have reportedly mentioned that starting Internet Explorer ETW collector service often fixes the error of Class Not Registered. You are recommended to try out this solution as well.

  1. Open Windows Services:
    1. Press Window Key + R
    1. Execute the statement: services.msc
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  1. Scroll through to find the Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service
  2. Right click and select Properties.
Class Not Registered -ETW
  1. Set the Startup Type to Automatic
  2. Close the dialog box.
  3. Right click and select Start

Solution 3: By Running the built-in System File Checker

  1. Open Command Prompt. Make sure to select Run as administrator.
  2. Run the following two commands:
  3. sfc /scannow
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  1. Reboot your PC.

Solution 4: By Fixing DCOM Errors

  1. Open Run by clicking Windows Key + R.
  2. Enter “dcomcnfg”. It will open Component Services.
  3. Go to Component Services>Computers>My Computer>DCOM Config.
DCOM Config
  1. Click Yes (if asked for registration).
  2. Reboot your PC.

Solution 5: By Creating a New User Account

This is another popular and successful resolution of Class Not Registered on Windows 10. Let’s have a look!

User Account
  1. Open the Settings panel. You can either do that by selecting from the All Apps portion in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows Key + I (shortcut).
  2. After opening Settings, go to Accounts.
  3. Look for Family & other users option from the menu on the left then click on it.
  4. You will see two headings of roles; Your family and Other users. In the Other users section, click on Add someone else to this PC.
  5. It will open a pop up window asking about the person’s sign in information. Click on I don’t have this person’s sign in information under the email textbox.
  6. Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account from the options.
  7. It will redirect to another screen. On this screen, enter the necessary information by providing username and password. Click Next to pursue.

Solution 6: By Re-Registering Windows .dll Files

Class Not Registered error often occurs when DLL files are not registered. Make sure to register the Windows DLL files.

  1. Open Command Prompt. Make sure to select Run as administrator.
  2. Run the following two commands.
  3. FOR /R C:\ %G IN (*.dll) DO “%systemroot%\system32\regsvr32.exe” /s “%G”
  4. regsvr32 ExplorerFrame.dll
  5. Reboot your PC.

Solution 7: By Disabling the iCloud

The error Class Not Registered on Windows 10 is sometimes encountered when iCloud is enabled. If you don’t have iCloud installed on your PC then you don’t need to worry. In case iCloud is installed and enabled then attempt to disable it to get rid of the error. Follow the instructions below to disable iCloud.

  1. Open the Task Manager. You can either do that by selecting the Task Manager from the All Apps portion in the taskbar or by simultaneously pressing the Shift + Ctrl + Esc keys (shortcut).
  2. Click on More details at the bottom to expand the Task Manager.
  3. Go to the Start-up tab.
  4. In the Start-up tab look out for iCloud Services. Right click on iCloud Services and select Disable.
Disable icloud
  1. Reopen the application.

Solution 8: By Removing Microsoft Edge as the Default Browser

Class Not Registered on Windows 10 can be solved by changing Microsoft Edge as the default browser to some other browser (Internet Explorer/Google Chrome). You can change the default browser from Settings as follows.

  1. Open the Settings panel.
  2. Go to Settings>App>Default apps.
  3. Under Choose default apps, scroll down to the Web browser.
  4. From the list of browsers under Web browser, change Microsoft Edge to either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
  5. Finally, reboot your PC.

Solution 9: By Re-Registering Windows Store Apps

Following is another potential solution to the problem. Do try it out!

  1. Open Windows PowerShell from All Apps. Make sure to open it using Run as administrator.
  2. Run the following command.

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

  1. Reboot your PC.

Solution 10: By Setting Windows Photo Viewer as a Default Image Viewer

Some users reportedly mentioned that this method helped them to get rid of the error Class Not Registered on Windows 10. Take a look below at the resolution.

  1. Open the Settings panel. You can either do that by selecting Settings from the All Apps portion in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows Key + I (shortcut).
  2. Navigate to the Apps option.
  3. Go to Settings>App>Default apps.
  4. Scroll down until you find Reset to the Microsoft recommended defaults. Under this section, click on Reset.
  5. Reopen the application.

Solution 11: By Checking Your Hard Drive

The error Class Not Registered on Windows 10 is sometimes caused by a hard drive malfunctioning. Keep a close eye on your hard drive and check if it is working up to the mark. You can verify it by visiting here. If your hard drive is not working properly, make sure to replace it to get rid of this error.

Solution 12 – By Resetting Default Apps

This is a potential solution for the Class Not Registered error. You can try it to see if everything works fine.

  1. Open the Settings panel. You can either do that by selecting Settings from the All Apps portion in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows Key + I (shortcut).
  2. Go to Settings>App>Default apps.
  3. Scroll down until you find Reset to the Microsoft recommended defaults. Under this section, click on Reset.
  4. If you are unable to reset the recommended defaults, make sure to give a read to this.


Above mentioned are the possible resolutions for the error Class Not Registered on Windows 10. This error is usually encountered while opening applications or programs due to unregistered DLLs. Make sure to try each of the solutions one at a time to fix the error. We hope that these solutions helped you in removing the error.

Fix Windows “Your Device Is Not Configured Correctly Code 1”

When you receive a Code 1 error message on your device, it means that the window is unable to load the necessary drivers, which might not have installed or configured correctly. You will get this error in the form of a popup message ‘device is not configured correctly Code 1.’ To solve this problem, you have to make sure that you have installed all the necessary drivers.

device is not configured correctly

Or else the device will not work correctly, showing many errors until you fix this error. Several devices, including the flash drive to sound instruments, have faced this issue, and it will render your devices useless. It doesn’t matter that which version of windows you are using because it happens in all the versions of windows and won’t skip anyone.

After this issue, you will feel that your hardware is faulty. Moreover, if you will use the same device on another desktop with all the drivers installed, you’ll come to know that it is all about the software you are using.

Here you will find many things that can help you a lot, and all of them are verified and tested thoroughly. You have to read carefully and try any one of them, which will apply best to your particular issue.


Fix this device is not configured correctly Code 1: this sort of error Code 1 in any device is generally due to a lack of complete drivers, or corrupted drivers. Sometime you may connect an external device to your desktop; you receive an error Code 1. Why did this happen? It is because your desktop’s window failed at opening the required drivers.

And then, you will receive a message ‘This Device Is Not Configured Correctly Code 1.’

Solutions for Your Device Is Not Configured Correctly Code 1

If you are receiving this Code1 error in your device manager, then you don’t have to worry at all. You can easily cope with this issue by following some steps in this article. However, this is only a driver-related problem, and you can fit it easily by updating your corrupted drivers.

Let’s have an in-depth look at this error and see how you can resolve this problem. There is a total of four methods mentioned in this article to deal with this error. You have to try the first method, and if it doesn’t work, then go for the next one.

Most importantly, you have to create a Restore Point on your computer, if in case anything goes wrong. You at least have access to restore all the changes.

How you can create a System Restore Point:

Do you know what System Restore point is? If not, then we will tell you. It helps you return your initial state of the computer, including all system files, windows registry, installed applications, and settings. When you are trying to install any driver, you may face some unexpected error, or let your window act abnormally.

Usually, you can fix this error only by just uninstalling the driver or program, but if in case anything goes wrong, you must have any backup. You can try to let your computer at the initial state where it previously was.

System Restore contains those features, which can restore points on your computer. It contains all the details of the registry setting and all other system information.

Steps you have to follow while creating a System Restore Point:

  1. First, open the system restore directly through the control panel or by searching it through the search field. While going through the control panel way, right-click the windows and enter the control panel. Inside, it selects large icons, and after making that click Recovery.
  2. The next step you have to follow in the next screen is selecting Configure System Restore.
  3. Through both these routes, you will enter the System Protection tab below the system properties. Here you have to select Configure option for further processing.
  4. Inside the configure window, you have to turn the System Restore Utility on, which switches off automatically. Here, you can also fix the total space because if your drive has less capacity, you need to turn it down.
  5. Select the create option.

That’s how simply you can create System Restore Point. And if you are still facing any problem, feel to ask anything you want.

Here are the methods you have to solve your error ‘this device is not configured correctly Code 1.’

Method 1: Update the device driver through the device manager

This method involves a quick reboot, and it downloads and installs the latest drivers in your problematic device.

  1. First, press the Windows key and open the Device Manager.
  2. Or press Windows key + R and type ‘devmgmt.msc’ and press enter to open the device manager.
device is not configured correctly -devmgmt
  1. Update your Device Driver, having a yellow exclamation mark, by right-clicking the problematic device driver.
  2. Now click ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
  3. If it fails at updating your graphic card, then again click ‘Update Driver Software.’
update driver software
  1. Now click ‘Browse my computer for driver software.’
  2. And then click on ‘let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.’
  3. Choose the suitable driver and click ‘next.’
  4. When this process completes, then restart your desktop.
  5. Otherwise, download the latest drivers from your manufacturer’s website.


  1. If you receive the code but don’t have sound, then you are possibly having any issues with the sound driver. To solve this, expand the sound, video, and game controller and then choose IDT High Definition Audio CODEC from the action tab. Select it for updating Driver Software.
  2. After that, select ‘Browse my computer for Driver Software’. And then click the option ‘let me pick from a list of Device Drivers on my computer.’
  3. Choose the High Definition Audio Device Driver form the list and move to next.

Method 2: Update the driver automatically

If you don’t have time and patience to update the drivers manually through method 1, then you can also go for updating them automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy can recognize your computer, and it will find the correct drivers automatically.

Driver Easy is a fantastic option, in case you don’t know what exactly your computer is going through. Through this method, there are no chances of trying the wrong drivers while installing.

There is a FREE and a Pro version of Driver Easy, and you can update your drivers through any of them. Pro version is a simple process of just two clicks, and you have a 30-day money-back guarantee. You have to follow these steps below:

  1. First, you have to download and install Driver Easy.
device is not configured correctly -driver easy
  1. Run it, and click on ‘scan now.’ Driver Easy will scan your PC and detect the problematic drivers.
  2. Click ‘update’ to automatically install the correct version of corrupted drivers. (With the FREE version). Or you can click ‘update all’ to install the latest version of all the missing or outdated versions drivers automatically. (This requires Pro version).
Driver easy update all
  1. After updating the driver, check the yellow mark is gone.

All these instructions will help solve the error. ‘This device is not configured correctly Code 1.’

Method 3: Delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters for USB in the registry

If you are going for this method to solve error Code 1, then you have to be extremely careful. You cannot make any mistake in your registry, it may result in serious error. And in return, you have to reinstall your OS completely. Follow these steps, and don’t do anything you don’t know.

  1. First, press Windows + R simultaneously to open the Run dialogue box. Write regedit in that box and press OK. It will show you the Registry Editor.
device is not configured correctly -regedit
  1. Open the file from the menu bar to back up the registry, and click Export. Now ensure that the Export range set to all, save the backup file if in case something went wrong.
  2. Use the navigation pane to navigate the following location on the left side: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -&gt; System -&gt; CurrentControlSet -&gt; Control -&gt; Class
  3. Click on {36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000} key to select it, once you expand all the mentioned folders.
  4. Now select and delete both UpperFilters and LowerFilters key from the right-hand window pane.
device is not configured correctly -delete uper/lower files
  1. Close the Registry Editor, and restart your PC to give some time to all these changes happen.

Method 4: Uninstall the Problematic Device

  1. In the start, you have to press Windows key + R, and then write ‘devmgmt.msc’ followed by pressing enter to open the Device Manager.
  2. Now, uninstall the problematic device driver through the right-click.
device is not configured correctly -uninstall problematic drivers
  1. Click ‘action’ and choose to scan for hardware changes.
  2. Now, to reinstall the latest drivers, go to the manufacturer’s website.
  3. Finally, reboot your PC to apply these changes.


If you have error Code1 then don’t worry at all. It is quite simple to fix this error if you are following all the instructions mentioned above. It’s all up to you which way you are going to follow. That’s how easily you can cope with this Code 1 error.

If you still have any problem regarding the error, then feel free to ask anything. But we hope that all of these methods would be helpful to you.


Fix Restart Your Computer To Install Important Updates

Windows Updates is an important part of the Microsoft Operating System. It makes it easy to apply new changes and updates that could be a solution to some common bugs that were in the previous versions. The problem comes in when updates fail to install and your computer gets stuck in an infinite loop trying to install the updates. Often, whenever you open Windows update it keeps prompting you to “Restart your computer to install important updates” but even when the system reboots you will face this message again when you open Windows update.

This is a very annoying issue and users have disabled Windows Update as they are frustrated restarting their PC on every boot.

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What is Windows Updates

Windows Updates is a program by Microsoft that comes packed into Windows. The product is also managed and maintained by Microsoft. This product was introduced to act as a way for Microsoft to push updates to your system and apply them.

However, there have been issues with Windows where you can be left with no options when issues occur with Windows Updates and the updates aren’t being installed.

In this article, we will discuss and address an issue where the Windows Update program is stuck in a reboot loop, and every time you open it, it tells you to “Restart your computer to install important updates“.

This error if in most cases is caused by a Registry Key called “RebootRequired“. Deleting it and rebooting the system will fix the issue.

Sometimes the simple fix is to delete the key and restart your PC doesn’t work for everyone. This is the main reason as to why we have listed other possible solutions to this problem.

Before you proceed with the steps below, make sure you take a back up of your registry hive. (see here). Once you’ve taken the registry backup, proceed with the steps below.

Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop

Before you attempt any fixes below, first make sure you create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop problem with the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Method 1: Delete RebootRequired Registry Key

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the run window
  2. In the run window, type regedit and then hit Enter in order to open Registry Key.
  3. Navigate to the following registry key then hit Enter:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto UpdateRebootRequired

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  1. Right-click on RebootRequired Key and then select Delete.
  2. Reboot your PC and try to update Windows.

This should able to Fix Restart your computer to install an important updates loop issue but it didn’t then continue.


If you end up deleting an incorrect key, you can restore the registry hive back by doing a system restore, if you have a restore point created.

To open System Restore, simply;

  1. Hold the Windows Key + R, this will fire up the Run dialog box.
  2. Type rstrui.exe in the run dialog and then click OK. 
  3. Click Next, and choose Show More Restore Points. 
  4. Select the restore point that has the date prior to you making changes to the registry.

Method 2: Perform a clean boot

To do this:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the run box and then type msconfig into the run dialog box and hit enter to get into the System Configuration.
  2. Under the General tab, select the Selective Startup option then uncheck the “load startup items” option.
selective startup
  1. Next, navigate to the Services tab and check the checkbox that says “Hide all Microsoft services.“
restart your computer to install important updates -hide all microsoft services
  1. Click Disable. Disabling all option will disable all the other remaining services.
  2. Now reboot your computer and again try to install updates.
  3. If the issue is resolved then it’s definitely caused by third party software. In order to zero in on the particular software, you should enable a group of services (refer to the previous steps) at a time then reboot your PC. Keep doing this until you figure out a group of services that are causing this error then check the services under this group one by one until you find which one is causing the problem.
  4. After you had finish troubleshooting make sure to undo the above steps (select Normal startup in step 2) in order to start your PC normally.

Method 3: Reset the Transactional Logfiles

To reset the Transactional Logfiles, follow the steps below:

  1. Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command into cmd one by one and hit Enter after each one:
    Please note that if you are asked for confirmation while running any one of the below command just type “Y” and then hit Enter.

fsutil resource setautoreset true %SystemDrive%

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%System32ConfigTxR*
del %SystemRoot%System32ConfigTxR*

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%System32SMIStoreMachine*
del %SystemRoot%System32SMIStoreMachine*.tm*
ow type in del %SystemRoot%System32SMIStoreMachine*.blf
del %SystemRoot%System32SMIStoreMachine*.regtrans-ms

  • If you are not able to run the above commands simply boot your PC into safe mode and then try above commands.
  • Reboot your PC to save changes and again try to update Windows and now the issue should be solved.

Method 4: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

I like this tool because apart from telling you the problem that you should fix, it can suggest possible fixes that can help to fix the underlying problem.

It is pretty simple to manoeuvre through it.

  1. Tap the windows button on the keyboard or click on the windows logo and then type the term “troubleshooting” in Windows Search bar.
troubleshooter control panel
  1. Click on Troubleshooting from the list of results that is generated.
  2. Next, select View all from the left window pane.
  3. Then from the Troubleshoot computer problems list select Windows Update.
  4. Follow on-screen prompts and let the Windows Update Troubleshoot run.
  5. Restart your PC to save changes.

This should help you in fixing Restart your computer to install important updates loop problem.

Method 5: Rename SoftwareDistribution Folder

The SoftwareDistribution folder is an important folder with essential files in a computer. However, sometimes renaming it can work wonders more so when you are facing the error at hand.

To rename the SoftwareDistribution folder first:

  1. Hit Windows Key + X simultaneously and then select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Next, type the following commands and hit Enter after each in order to stop Windows Update Services:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
ow type net stop bits
net stop msiserver

  • Afterward, type the following command for you to rename SoftwareDistribution Folder and then hit Enter:

ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old

  • Lastly, type the following command to start Windows Update Services and hit Enter after each one:

net start wuauserv
hen type net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

  • Restart your computer to save changes and check if the problem is gone.

Method 6: Run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) Tool

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management  tool can help you get rid of this error once and for all. Just like other methods, it is easy to use.

To fix restart your computer to install important updates error using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool, follow the instructions below.

  1. Press Windows Key + X and then select Command Prompt(Admin).
  2. Type the following and then press enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

  • Let the DISM command run. Be patient and wait for it to finish.
  • Now again run this command in for you to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop issue:

DISM /image:C: /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

  • Reboot your computer to apply changes.

Now check to see if the problem is gone and if it recurs, follow the instructions in the next method.

Method 7: Run Microsoft Official Troubleshooter

This is another powerful tool that you can try to fix the error. Download and run the Fixit or official Troubleshooter in order to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop error message. The tool is not complicated to use. After you the download is complete, run it as an administrator and simply follow the onscreen instructions and your issue will be fixed.

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Method 8: Check your Firewall

Most people ignore this option but it turns out to be one of the most favorable and easy to implement a fix that can get rid of the troubling error. You need to first make sure that all the required applications are allowed through Windows Firewall if you are getting Restart your computer to install important updates error.

In order for you to add a program to a white list, follow these steps:

  1. Hit the windows button on your keyboard in order to open the Start Menu.
  2. Now select Control Panel and then click on Windows Firewall.
  3. Next, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.
  4. Click on the Change Settings and check the boxes next to the apps or programs you want to allow through the Windows Firewall.
  5. Finally, click OK to save your new settings.
  6. Restart your PC and check if the error persists. If it does, use the bonus too below to fix the problem

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Final Thoughts

Well, I believe that these solutions were of help to you and that by now you have managed to fix the Restart your computer to install important updates error.

Keeping your Windows up to date is one of the most essential that you should adhere to. However, there are times when you might just get stuck with Restart your computer to install important updates message. It turns out that important updates have never been installed in the first place, and you’re stuck with this message. But we hope the above few fixes helped out.

 Feel free to let us know which of our solutions was helpful to you.

Fix Windows 10 Hanging on Shutdown 2020

I have met people on social media who are furious about Windows 10 due to several errors and bugs that it comes with. Windows 10 hanging o shutdown is the latest talk of the town. If you are reading this post because you ran into this problem don’t worry. I got your back on this. However, if you haven’t encountered this error, the brutal truth is that one day you will have to face it. A friend or family member could encounter it and you will be the source of help so keep reading for possible solutions.

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While I was going through some forums, I came to learn about the Windows 10 shut down hangs or stuck issue. This problem has turned out to be causing quite a lot of complaints from the Windows 10 users.

Again I tell you, don’t worry, and don’t panic. If at all you are facing this issue on your PC, I will help you fix it right here right now.

I have listed several recommended solutions from that have been proved to work by professionals and other Windows 10 experts such as me (LOL).

These solutions are not that technical and there is no time you will open any screw from your PC. They are easy to follow to steps repairing “Windows 10 shut down” issue.

No toolbox is needed.

Let me ask you a quick question (for those who have not yet ran through this issue):

What would you do if you ran through this error?

Most people I I have spoken to about this issue told me that they would have simply closed the lid of their laptop, others said that they would put it into hibernation mode.

Well, if that is what you would have done then just don’t because it will not help. The solutions for this issue are fast, quick, and hassle-free as it will turn out in a while.

See, there are times you need to shutdown your PC. It will not be on all its time. This may because of installing/uninstalling new apps, troubleshooting errors, or simply because it is good for the health of your laptop.

It is a weird thing when you can no longer shut down your Windows 10 laptop and it gets stuck on shutting down screen.

Don’t just sit there and wait for it to shutdown. It will be a waste of time because trust me you can wait for even a year and it will not.

Why Windows 10 Won’t Shut Down

Somebody said that a computer that cannot shut down can be compared to a child who refuses to fall asleep (LOL).

You have to take action now because if you don’t then the consumption of your computer HDD and CPU will be high.

What causes Windows 10 hanging on shutdown? This is the question that you have in mind for me. Here are some reasons for this situation:

  • This issue can be because of a latest Windows upgrade
  • It might be caused by Fast startup
  • Windows system files could also lead to this problem
  • Unwanted running applications since startup
  • The taskbar isn’t working

Well, now that you know what might be the cause for this annoying problem let me introduce to you the useful solutions that I found to fix Windows 10 hanging on shutdown.

How to Fix Windows 10 Won’t Shut Down?

Although this error can turn out to be very frustrating, as said earlier, it is usually not difficult to fix.

Before you jump straight to the fixes, make sure you check out if Windows 10 won’t shut down is being caused by an update process.

At times, when your PC is performing a Windows update, it can take a few minutes or even hours though in rare cases. So, you ran into this problem while updating yiur computer then it is suggested that you patiently wait for at least 3 hours.

If the three hours elapse and Windows 10 still hangs at shutdown,  try the following solutions.

Quick fixes for Windows 10 hanging on shutdown

A.     Check power settings

To check the power settings first:

  1. Reboot your PC and then go to Start by hitting the windows button on your keyboard.
  2. Now select the System option and then click on Power & sleep.
  3. Next, click on Additional power settings and then check all settings

B.     Repair and fix bad sectors on system disk that blocks Windows 10 from shutting down

To fix bad sectors on your system disk first you will need to download and install the free partition manager software version on your computer.

When you successfully install the tool, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the EaseUS Partition Master that you just downloaded on your computer and then locate the disk.
  2. Right-click the partition you want to check, and then choose “Check File System”.
  3. When you are on the next screen: in the Check File System window, check the option “Try to fix errors if found” and then click “Start”.
Windows 10 hanging on shutdown -check partition
  1. That is it. The software will automatically check your partition file system on your disk.
  2. Click on the finish button when it has completed
  3. Afterward, reboot the computer to apply all changes.

Check if the problem is resolved. If not, see the next procedures.

Fix 1: Disable Hybrid Shutdown manually

You might also need to manually disable the hybrid shutdown if this issue persists.

To do this:

  1. Hit the Windows key on your keyboard and then type: power options in Search box and hit “Enter” from your keyboard.
  2. Next click on Power Options then select what the power button does.
  3. Now click on Change settings that are currently unavailable and then Turn on Password protection.
  4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup. This is highly recommended. Now check the check box in order to disable Hybrid Shutdown.
  5. Finally, Click “Save changes” close Power Options window and reboot your computer. The issue should be solved. 

Fix 2: Disable Fast Startup

Fast startup is basically a startup mode that comes with Windows 10.

Usually, a PC with Windows 10 fast startup mostly runs 30% faster when compared to a computer with Windows 7 normal boot. The speed is also high even if both PCs have the same hardware configuration.

Technically, what most people don’t know is that the fast startup is simply a combination of Microsoft’s sleep mode and the logout function.

However, sometimes this feature can terribly interfere with the shutdown process of your computer causing Windows 10 hanging on shutdown issue.

Want to know how you can disable fast startup? Well, here is how:

  1. Click on the windows logo and then search for Control Panel
  2. Open the “control panel”  from the results that appears and then search for “power options”
  3. Now click on “Power Options” and from the left pane, click on “Choose what the power buttons do”.
  4. Now choose “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.
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  1. Uncheck the “Turn on fast startup” option, then click “Save changes” and close the window.

Restart your computer and that is. The issue should be solve.

Fix 3: Update Inter related drivers to fix Windows 10 hanging on shutdown

It turns out that if you update any inter-related drivers then you will be able to provide a permanent solution for this error.

  1. To achieve that, follow the steps below without skipping even a single point.
  2. Press the windows button and then type Device Manager in the Search box and.
  3. From the generated results, click on Device Manager.
  4. Now Double-click on System Devices in order to expand its sub-items options.
  5. Right-click on Intel(R) Management Engine Interface and then click on Properties.
  6. Head over to the Driver tab and then click on the Uninstall button.
  7. Click delete driver to confirm the operation.

Reboot your computer and Windows 10 will automatically install all the uninstalled drivers with the latest version.

This should work. However, if it did not work then try two ways below to get rid of “Windows 10 hanging on shutdown” issue:

  1. Uninstall and reinstall Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA ACHI Controller from the device manager.
  2. Download the latest version of Intel RST driver from Intel website and then install it.

Fix 4: Stop Chrome running in the background 

There are some apps and programs such as Chrome browser that could be running in the background. These background applications can cause Windows 10 shutdown stuck error. Windows may fail to shut down because these apps prevent the system from shutting down properly.

This is normal because windows cannot shut down if there are running programs.

So, the best way is to stop Chrome and other apps running in the background:

  1. To stop Chrome, Open the Chrome application
  2. Next click on the menu and then go to Settings
  3. Click on show advanced settings.
  4. Under System, uncheck the checkbox that is right next to Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.
  5. Close the settings tab and now you should be able to shut down your PC normally.

Fix 5: Manually fix “Windows 10 hanging on shutdown” error

Well to do this first:

  1. Right-click on the Start button and then select Control Panel
  2. Go to Troubleshooting and then select Fix Problems with Windows Update . This is under System and Security.
  3. Next select Troubleshoot as Administrator.
  4. Now select Run Maintenance Tasks still under System and Security and finally choose Troubleshoot as an Administrator.

This should now work but it did not on your PC, continue with step 5.

5. Hit the windows key on the keyboard and then type: Reset This PC in the Search box and hit “Enter”.

If this doesn’t work, continue with below steps.

6. Hit the Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue box

  • Type: msconfigand tap the Enter button.
  • Select Services then Check Hide all Microsoft Services and then uncheck Only the third party programs that you installed such as an AV program.
  • Don’t uncheck Intel, NVIDIA or AMD services.
  • Click Apply then click on OK button then Click Restart.
  • Reboot your PC and that is it you have fixed the error.

Fix 6 Update Windows OS

It is always a good idea to make sure that your computer is running on the latest version of Windows 10.

As it has been the trend, Microsoft always uses it to release new updates and fixes to common bugs. This is why it is a good practice to always start troubleshooting any windows related problems by checking for updates.

If you want to know how to detect potential Windows update database errors, then read about these Top 5 Ways to Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected.

To check if there are any updates follow these steps:

Windows 10 hanging on shutdown update OS
  1. Hit the windows key and then click on “Settings” from your start menu
  2. Next, click “Updates & Security”.
  3. Now choose “Windows Upgrade.” You should find this from the left panel
  4. Click the “Check for updates” button, and now your PC will check for any available updates.
  5. Download and install any updates found.

Also, if your update is getting stuck or not working, read this post: How to Fix Update Stuck Errors or use the troubleshooter to fix Windows 10 hanging on shutdown.

Here are other steps:

  1. Press the “Windows” key and “R” key at the same time, then type in the run dialogue box “control.exe /name Microsoft. Troubleshooting” and then click “OK”.
  2. Choose “Windows Update” and then click on “Run the troubleshooter”.
  3. Closely follow all the on-screen prompts to fix the problems.
  4. Shut down your computer once again.
  5. Now, you can see if the computer won’t shut down problem gets fixed by now.

Fix 7: Force Shutdown

Forcing your computer into a shut down is also a possible solution to the problem at hand.

This will take you just few moments.

To perform a force shut down, simply press and hold the power button for a few seconds.

Once the PC is off, wait for at least 30 seconds and i’s possible that the next time you shut down the computer, things will go smoother. If not, move on to the next point.

Fix 8: The Power Plan

Since the power plan can be changed, most Windows 10 users do change tweak to suit their personal needs.

You can change what happens when your laptop’s lid is closed or how long before the system sleeps, and so on.

It turns out that restoring these settings to default may solve the problem that you are currently facing.

  1. To do this, go back to Power Options as we did in the above steps and then click on Change plan settings.
  2. Next click on Change advanced power settings.
  3. Finally click on Restore plan defaults and then click Apply and then click OK.

Fix 9:  Startup Apps

There are some applications and processes which cannot be easily closed when you want to shut down your PC. this These applications are likely to run automatically in Windows Startup without your permission and may cause this troubles.

But that does not mean that we don’t have control over them. We can control them and possibly disable every application that is not needed at startup.

This will also increase your startup speed and shutdown speed. Here are the steps:

startup apps
  1. Press “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “Esc” at the same time to launch the Task Manager
  2. Now click “More details” in order to expand more details.
  3. In the next window, choose “Start-up” to open the Start-up tab.
  4. Now select the applications you need to control or disable and right-click it, then choose “Disable” to disable it.
  5. Repeat procedure number 4 until you close all the app that you don’t want start when you boot your PC.

Fix 10: Update Intel Drivers

Intel launched a utility tool that can help you keep all your drivers up to date. You don’t have to go through the old device manager process once more.

Just visit the Intel official website download and install the Intel Drivers utility software. I would recommend you to do it even if you are not facing any issues.

When you finish installing it, update all the drives and it should fix your issues because Intel drivers are known to cause problems with Windows shutdowns if they are not up-to-date.

Fix 11: SFC Scan

System File Checker of SFC scan is another tool that will look for corrupt system files and then attempt to repair them.

Sometimes, Windows 10 hanging on the shutdown problem could be because the Windows system files are corrupted. Here are the steps to fix the problem:

  1. Press the “Windows” key +“R” key at the same time, then type in “cmd” and then click “OK” to open the command prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type the command “sfc /scannow” then press “Enter”.
system files

Now you will have to wait until the verification process is 100% complete.

When it is done reboot the PC to see whether the problem in question still exists.

Fix 12: Try to Close the Computer Using Command Prompt

One of the best things about command prompt (CMD) is that you can directly request a forced shut down. This will ensure that any running applications are stopped and here is how you can go about it:

  1. Hit the windows button and then type in the search box “cmd”
  2. Right click on CMD and then choose “Run as administrator”.
  3. Now type the following command: “shutdown /p” and press “Enter”.

Now your PC should now shut down immediately and without installing or processing any updates.

Fix 13: Stop Windows Delivery Update Optimization

Windows 10 was designed as on of the intelligent operating system. This OS usually downloads updates and also allows other computers to get these updates form other windows 10 computers and yours could be one of them.

Re-downloading updates from your PC by other users is the reason as to why Microsoft came up with this service. This is so that if there are several Windows 10 machines on the same network, then these computers can exchange the update files instead of downloading them on each computer.

Therefore, if there is a computer on the network that is receiving updates from your PC, then the shutdown will not be successful until the files transfer finishes.

However, you can turn off this feature and here’s how to do this:

delivery optimization
  1. In the Start menu, plase click “Settings” and then choose “Update &Security”.
  2. in the next window, click “Delivery Optimization.”
  3. Turn off the Allow downloads from other PCs button to stop any downloads from other PCs and now the shutdown should work just fine.

Fix 14: Perform System Restore or System Image Recovery

If you have created a system restore point or system image backup with Windows, you can now try using the restore point or image file to restore your computer back to a state when it was fine.

System Restore

Here are the steps for performing a system restore:

  1. Click the start logo and then type Control Panel in the search box and hit Enter
  2. Type “recovery” and then click “Recovery” to continue.
  3. In this screen, choose “Open System Restore” to continue.
  4. In the Restore system files and settings interface, click “Next”.
  5. Now select the time to restore your computer to the initial time when it was working just fine before you it ran into this error and then click
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  1. Confirm the restore point and click “Finish”.
  2. After the system restore is finished, try to shut down your computer again and see if the issue is fixed.

System Image Recovery

If you happen to be having any recent Windows 10 system backup then this is the time when it becomes of use.

Using the system image recovery, you can roll back to a time when you were able to shut down your Windows 10 normally.

Here is how to perform system image recovery.

  1. Hit the windows key on the keyboard to enter the “Start” menu
  2. Press “shift” and then click “restart” at the same time to enter the WinRE.
  3. Choose “Troubleshoot” in “Choose an option” screen,
  4. Now choose “Advanced options”.
  5. Select “System Image Recovery” in the “Advanced options”
  6. Choose the latest system image from the window that pops up or an image backup that enables Windows 10 shut down. And then click “Next”.
  7. Follow the on screen prompts in order to restore your PC. Click “Yes” when you see a warning window for formatting pops up during the process


Ideally, after running all the above solutions, Windows 10 hanging on shutdown should be resolved and the shutdown process should go smoothly and is required every once in a while.

Getting stuck on the shutdown screen can be frustrating, but now you are good to go.