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Windows 10 failed to update FIX (HP machines)

Posted by Harry On September - 30 - 2017

I have recently tried to update to the Windows 10 Creators Update on a few of my computers. Two of them kept failing, stating “we couldn’t update the system reserved partition”:


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Update Your Windows Installation Now

Posted by Rich On May - 12 - 2017

Some nasty ransomware—WannaCry—is making its way around vulnerable windows machines today.

If you’re reading this, update all of your Windows PCs now. If you have automatic updates turned on, you should be secure; however, Microsoft only recently patched this vulnerability so it doesn’t hurt to check.

How to update Windows

What you need to know about the WannaCry ransomware

Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme

Posted by Rich On June - 10 - 2016

If you prefer the look of apps that use a Dark Theme, Windows comes with one that’s almost complete but isn’t 100%. If you’re okay living that close to the edge, you can enable it now.

You can either download the registry entry and merge it, or make the edit yourself.

Before you start, review this guide if you’re unfamiliar with editing the Windows registry.

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To make the edit yourself:

  1. Open the registry editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes
  2. Create a new key named Personalize
  3. Within the key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0windows-10-dark-theme02
  4. Navigate to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes
  5. If it doesn’t already exist, create a new key named Personalize
  6. Create the same DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0
  7. Sign out of Windows and sign back in

To switch back to the light theme, delete the registry entries and sign out and back in. If you’d like to enable this for multiple users, sign in as that user and make the same change under HKCU (read more about the registry root keys.)

Want to customize Windows 10 further? See this tip and others like it here: Unlock secret settings in Windows 10

In this guide, you will learn what the Windows Registry is, how to access and configure it, and how to backup and restore it.

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