Windows 10 Updated and Now It’s Super Slow How Do I Speed It Back Up

Windows 10 has been running fine for you until now. The update that you have been repeatedly delaying has finally forced you to install it. After your computer restarts it is running slow and is difficult to use. It feels like you have a completely different computer now.

Windows 10 is quickly feeling like another Microsoft mistake. So how can you speed your computer back up? Luckily there are a few things that you can check to help get things back to normal again.

Windows 10 Loves To Reset Itself After A Major Update

Windows 10 UpdatesWindows 10 loves resetting itself to default settings. Especially after a major update is installed. Being reset to defaults would be fine if there was rhyme or reason to the method. Unfortunately there is no certain checklist to use in order to get things back to normal. It seems to reset whatever Apps and Services that it gets a wild hair to change. In other words, no two Windows 10 computers necessarily behave or reset themselves the same way.

  • Microsoft Edge Back In Control
  • Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver and Settings Pop to the Surface
  • Service Settings Changed Back to the Way Windows 10 Thinks is Best
  • Indexing Options Reset to Recommended Settings
  • Defrag Altered

This is a short list of things that happen when major updates are installed. Strangely enough it doesn’t all happen and doesn’t happen on  every computer. What this means for you is that it may take some poking around to figure out what may actually be causing your computer to be so slow.

Microsoft Edge Back In Control

Microsoft is definitely proud of  their new Microsoft Edge browser. So much so that they try to remind us about it every chance they get. By default Microsoft Edge is not only the preferred web browser by default. It is also the default program used to display a number of other file types. Microsoft Edge is used to display PDF files, Graphic files like jpeg, GIF, TIFF and other files. Many of us have become accustomed to using other programs to interact with these file types and find it inconvenient and clunky having to use Microsoft Edge instead of the tried and true favorites.

These settings were changed automatically when you installed your favorite programs like Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop and the like. Now that Windows 10 reset everything back to default settings you will need to manually change these settings back to your liking. Open the Windows Explorer, locate a file of the type you want to change (pdf, jpeg, gif etc.) right click on the file and choose the program you want to be used for this file type such as Adobe Reader for pdf files and so on. This will start the process of putting things back to normal.

Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver

Starting in Windows 8 Microsoft introduced a new method for printing. A reset of this may over write any new drivers and settings that may have been installed. Some strange behaviors may present themselves. This may require you to install your printer driver and software again to fix.

Service Settings Back To The Windows 10 Preference

Any services that you may have altered or disable are likely set back to the way that Windows 10 thinks is best. This may include and is definitely not limited to turning Windows Defender back on even if you have a different antivirus program installed. In many cases Windows Defender may be able to run with little or no problem a long side an installed antivirus program. In many cases this causes the same slow computer as having two Antivirus programs installed does. Turning off Windows Defender while you have your own protection installed my be the key that speeds your computer back up.

Indexing Options and Defrag

The newly installed update may have triggered windows to re-index parts or all of your hard drive. This process takes a lot of speed away from your computer. It is likely that your hard drive is near 100% usage for a long period. If a Defrag was triggered this will cause the same type of effect until it is completed.

Your Slow Computer May Just Be Temporary Or It May Need Help To Get Back To Normal

Hopefully these are what is causing your computer to be slow and you can get it back up to speed fairly quickly. I don’t recommend that you just jump in and start randomly making changes to your Windows 10 system. Remember that there are reasons for everything and we just have to find what those reasons are so that we can offer the correct fix. Using the “Task Manager” and the Performance Tab can help a lot in being able to figure out exactly what is going on. If you find yourself in need of help don’t forget that PC Helper 123 is always here to help.

My Computer Won’t Connect to the Internet and it’s Wired

What do you do when your computer will not connect to the Internet? Normally the first thing is to call your Internet provider. What do  you do when all of your devices except the computer will connect to the Internet? The phone call to your Internet provider will likely only add to your frustration.

There are two primary ways that a computer connects to the Internet. The most popular way today is wireless. Many still use the old trusted method of using an Ethernet or hard wired connection at the office or at home. Ethernet offers a plug and play type of Internet connection. There are few things that can go wrong.

What To Do When Your Hard Wired Internet Connection Doesn’t Work

Internet Connection Hard WiredThe Ethernet cable offers a secure way of connecting to an Internet connection. The plug and play style of the Ethernet connection makes this the easiest to deal with. Once the Ethernet cable is connected to the modem or router the connection is always on.

Troubleshooting an Ethernet connection to the Internet is either easy or difficult. There are only a limited number of reasons that the Internet connection will not work.

  • Modem/Router needs restarted
  • Internet Provider Outage
  • Ethernet cable connection not seated
  • Bad Ethernet Port
  • Computer Needs Restarted
  • Ethernet Driver Issues
  • Windows Issues

These are the most common reasons that an Ethernet connection does not allow you to access the Internet. The best way of determining what problem(s) may exist is to follow an easiest and cheapest to more complicated expensive path. That is, start with the methods that cost no money to fix and that take the least amount of time.

When faced with a computer that uses an Ethernet cable first step is to make sure that your Internet provider isn’t currently having issues.

Step 1: Check the lights

In most cases there is a light that represents the Internet connection. If this light is steady off then your Service provider may be experiencing a problem. Unplug the modem/router for 10 seconds and plug it back in. Wait to see if all of the lights come on. If you are still experiencing lights not coming on contact your Internet Service Provider.

Step 2: Confused Windows Computer

Sometimes Windows can become confused. This is especially common when new updates have been downloaded and partially installed. Restarting your computer may fix your Internet connection problem.

Step 3: Reseat Your Ethernet Cable

The Ethernet cable plugs may become loose over time. This may also allow dust to interfere with connections. Unplugging your Ethernet cable on both your computer and modem and then plugging them back in may help solve this problem. While you  have the Ethernet cable unplugged it may also be a good idea to try another Ethernet port on your modem or router.

Step 4: Reinstall Ethernet Network Drivers

Uninstall Network Drivers Type “Device Manager” in the search bar. Click on the Device Manager selection and locate the “Network Adaptors” area and click the little arrow to the left so the list of devices is displayed. Select the Ethernet network driver and right click. This will display the option to “Uninstall” the device driver. When the Confirmation box appears make sure that the “Delete the driver software for this device” check box option IS NOT checked. After making sure that the uninstall the software option is unchecked click on OK. Once the device has been uninstalled restart your computer and Windows will reinstall the driver automatically.

These Things Didn’t Fix It What’s Left

If you have tried all of the steps above and you are still not able to get your computer to connect to the Internet then there are a few more things that you may want to check. First, is your computer the only device not able to connect to the Internet. In some situations devices are able to connect wireless and work as they are supposed to. If this is the case then it may be that the

  • Ethernet cable has gone bad and needs replaced
  • Ethernet controller in your computer has problems or is damaged
  • Ethernet ports on your modem/router have been damaged (Electrical Surge)
  • Malware on your computer is denying Internet access
  • The Firewall or Antivirus has Internet access turned off

These are just some of the other things to check if you have not been able to fix the problem yet. If you are still experiencing problems a PC Helper may be able to offer insight on how to get you back online.

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