windows 10

Should I install the Spectre bug fix?

Caller from

Episode 1454

Caller is concerned that the Spectre bug fix will slow down his computer. Leo says it could possibly. But it's unlikely it won't happen with a modern machine. Experts say the bugfix will greatly affect slower, older machines. But a newer machine will get the least likely performance hit. Just make sure you update your AVS and all your drivers.

VMWare or really heavy applications are where the performance hit will most likely be affected.

Why can't I log into Windows 10?

Kim from Riverside, CA

Episode 1454

Kim got a computer recently from a friend and she can't log into her account. It keeps asking for the previous owner. Leo says that the best thing to do is format the hard drive and start over. That way you can set it up for your preferences and make your account the primary account. Windows 10 has great reset options, and you don't need the key anymore. Backup your data and files first. Then hit the Windows Key, then type "recovery." You'll get the choice of several options Then run the recovery and it'll reinstall Windows. Don't forget to update them.

How can I make my screen easier to read?

Episode 1450

Frank from Tullahoma, TN
High Contrast Mode Windows 10 screenshot

Frank is frustrated because his Windows 10 screen is unreadable. It's frustrating because the white background and the blue letters make it difficult to read. Leo says that in the Accessibility settings of Windows 10 there is a high contrast mode which he can turn on and off by holding down the left "Shift," "Alt," and "Print Screen" keys. He can also choose to turn it on permanently in the settings.

Why can't I access USB in my Virtual Machine?

Episode 1449

Steve from Upland, CA
VirtualBox

Steve has a Windows 10 machine that he also runs Hyper-V Virtual Machine on, but he loses access to his USB ports in doing so. How can he access USB through Virtual Machine? Leo says it could be in the settings. VMWare has that access. He should look in the settings and see if he has to enable and assign it.

The chatroom says that Microsoft wants you to use Remote Desktop to pass it along. That seems counter-intuitive, but it may be that Microsoft didn't want to compete with VMWare.

How can I transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

Episode 1449

Bill from Upland, CA
HP Pavilion Power Desktop

Bill has an HP Pavilion Power Desktop that he just got a new SSD for. He wants to know how he can transfer over his Windows 10 to it. Leo says he should make a recovery drive with a USB thumb drive. Then he can put the new drive in, and use that recovery drive to reinstall Windows. Leo would also recommend keeping the old hard drive as a data drive.

How can I image my new computer before I get started?

Episode 1443

Charles from Colton, CA
Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Charles bought a new computer and is trying to back up his operating system before he gets going. Leo says it's a good idea to make an image right at the beginning. He can even do it on a small 8GB USB thumb drive and keep it in his pocket. The laptop will likely have a rescue utility that will enable him to create a restore rescue disc, but he can also use the Windows 10 backup feature. Just press Windows Key and type "Backup" and then go to backup settings. Then click "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)." This is actually an image backup, and it will create a system image.

Should I rebuild my PC?

Episode 1441

Ron from Charlotte, NC
Tower PC internals

Ron's PC died yesterday. He suspects the power supply went south. Leo says there's no sense in replacing it, as he can just replace the power supply. He should check the power cord itself first, though, just to be sure it wasn't just that. If he has to replace it, he could replace the processor too, since it's 7 years old, but then he'll have to replace the motherboard as well. Why not get a bare-bones system that he can get a new processor and motherboard with, and then transfer his SSD, GPU, and other options that he's added to it?

Is there a computer that doesn't come with adware?

Lincoln from Palm Springs, CA

Episode 1438

Lincoln wants to know if there's a computer he can buy that doesn't come with any trialware? Leo says that most computer companies do this to offset the cost of manufacturing them. Even Microsoft will bundle trialware in the install. Leo advises uninstalling all that stuff from the very beginning. Leo says that Microsoft is edging towards putting advertising in the OS through popups, and that's a bad thing. So Lincoln should get rid of it all, and install only the programs he always uses, then create a stock Windows install by making an image copy that he can boot up to just in case.

Is the Movo Wireless Microphone good?

Episode 1438

Paul from San Diego, CA
Movo Wireless Microphone

Paul has had an issue where Microsoft was installing newer drivers during an update that he didn't want. Leo says that he can choose to not install the newer drivers when he runs the update utility.

Paul also wants to know if the Movo wireless microphone works well. Leo says it's a good low-cost wireless microphone, but he's concerned because the cheaper a wireless mic is, the more likely he'll run into interference.