Microsoft

Why did my computer upgrade to Windows 10 without my permission?

Episode 1290

George from Santa Monica, CA
Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade

George's Windows machine force upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft says that upgrading to Windows 10 is "normal behavior" when Automatic Updates are turned on. That will update critical updates by default. There's also 'Recommended Updates' which is also set to automatic by default. Windows 10 was set to be a recommended update, which is why it happened on George's PC.

Why does my Dell keep shutting itself down while in use?

Episode 1288

Mike from Cerritos, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Mike has been having issues with his Dell Inspiron shutting itself off while he uses it. This started happening after he updated to Windows 10. One thing that Windows 10 has problems with is power, sleep, and hibernation. Mike might try disabling those settings in the Power Management control panel. The freeze up and shut down while he's working shouldn't be happening though, and it could be a driver issue. Leo suggests Mike try reinstalling Windows 10, because sometimes an upgrade over top of an old operating system can go wrong. He should back up all of his data first.

Where can I buy Microsoft Office 2010?

Rene from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Episode 1283

Rene wants to get a copy of Office 2010 and she doesn't want to download it. Leo says that downloading it from Microsoft is completely safe, but she'll need a key to get it. So if work will give her a key, that would be a good thing, and they probably have a business license. She doesn't want the new 2016 version, she wants the older version. Leo says that she can buy Office 2010 at Best Buy. Tiger Direct still sells it also.

Why can't I access my contacts data in Office?

Moira from Irvine, CA

Episode 1278

Moira has been running Office on the Mac, but when she tries to search her contacts, she gets results that are unreadable. Microsoft suggested she index the contacts database, which she did, but it didn't help. They made her create a new user on the Mac, and that did work. Leo says that indicates a bad profile. It's a good way to troubleshoot, actually. It could be a bad index, though. It could be other software impacting it, like a plugin or add-on. Leo says to get rid of the Microsoft support folder, then backup her contacts and data, and uninstall everything.

How can I downgrade from Windows 10?

Episode 1278

Stan from Colton, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Stan turned on his Windows computer today and discovered that Microsoft had updated his computer to Windows 10 without his permission. And in the process, data was deleted. Leo says if he's been backing up, he can get his data back by recovering it. Windows 10 shouldn't have deleted the data, though. So it may be that the data is there, but it's not being picked up by Windows. He should make sure that he's logging in with the same account as well.

Why won't my Toshiba laptop support Windows 10?

Fran from Mount Pleasant, TX

Episode 1271

Fran's Toshiba Satellite Windows 8 laptop won't support Windows 10. Leo says there's not much she can do about it, it just means there's hardware on it that they didn't make a Windows 10 compatible driver for. Fran at least wants to get rid of the notification from Microsoft to update to Windows 10, though. Leo says that if Microsoft is notifying her to update to Windows 10, then it must be compatible. She could just do the update, and if it doesn't work, she could roll back. She says she's tried the update, but keeps getting the blue screen of death.

Did Microsoft automatically update me to Windows 10?

Episode 1270

Dale from Upland, CA
Microsoft Windows 10 Start Menu

Dale's Windows 7 laptop got automatically updated by Microsoft. Leo says that Microsoft has made Windows 10 is an automatic download, and since he had automatic updates turned on, it installed the update. Leo says that's nefarious. Leo says that the good news is he can hit the Windows Key and type "recovery." He'll have 30 days to roll it back to Windows 7 through the Windows recovery utility. Then Dale should install GWX Control Panel, which will prevent it from happening again.