Top ten windows 10 issues

If you want to know the Top ten windows 10 issues then you are on the right place 😉

If you have just installed windows 10, you may be facing some Top ten windows 10 issues. Fortunately, the list of known issues is not long and is limited to some countries form reason. The best thing about the “Top ten windows 10 issues” is that Microsoft works on them as soon as they are noticed. Despite that, here are some issues.

Top ten windows 10 issues and fixes

1 – Update Stuck Downloading or Won’t Install

Since Windows that forces updates on you, sometimes it makes it even more frustrating when the windows update process doesn’t go smoothly. if one of the updates is stuck during download and you can’t or its refusing to install, its likely that the file is corrupted. In this case you have to flush out the update files and start from the top.

To do so, press Windows Key + R to open Run and input C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and click OK.

Windows Run






Next, delete everything inside the folder, but don’t delete the folder itself. You might need to boot into safe mode if some files won’t delete.

Windows Software Distribution Directory

Once complete, restart your computer and attempt the update process again.

2 – Windows installation may terminate with SOMETHING HAPPENED message

In some languages, you may see the message “Something happened” with the only option being CLOSE button. When you click the button, the installation terminates. This has been noticed if you chose to create an ISO and are using a burned DVD or USB to install Windows 10.

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Though not official, the problem is attributed to Language settings in Windows OS. Check the Language and Region settings in Control panel of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that you are upgrading using the ISO file. The fix being widely used is to re-download the US English Language pack and install it on the computer you are trying to upgrade. That is, you have to go to Control Panel, open the Language and Settings and make sure US English is installed. You may have to install the language pack again for Windows 10 ISO to work.

In short, performing an in-place upgrade is a better option than going for ISO files of Windows 10 as of now.

The “Something Happened” message is too vague and does not tell you what went wrong. The second line too, as in the image, says “something happened”. Right now, it has become the center of jokes and memes on social media. Microsoft may soon publish a proper fix or explanation for the error message. I am expecting that, at least.

3 – Start menu cannot hold more than 512 items

Though 512 is a big number and I do not think anyone would pin that many programs or apps to the Start menu, it is still a known issue in Windows 10 that if you go for more than 512 apps, they will disappear from the Start menu. As long as the number of apps pinned to Start menu is less than 512, the app tiles will be visible properly. If you cross the number, the Start menu is messed up.

Microsoft has information on this and they are apparently working to remove the cap.

4 – Windows Store Can’t Install or Update Apps

The problem arises due to the excessive cache files that clutter-up your system, causing various issues including this one. This problem could be solved by cleaning those cached files, which can be done using these steps:

  • Press Win+R keys to open the Run dialog
  • Type “WSReset.exe” and click OK
  • A blank, black window will appear that will auto-close after sometime
  • A blank, black window will appear that will auto-close after sometime

5: Prevent Automatic Driver Installations

To solve this issue, you need to disable this feature by following the steps below:

  • Press Win+E to open the File Explorer
  • Right-click on ‘This PC’ and go to Properties
  • Click on Advanced System Settings and select the Hardware tab
  • Click on Device Installation Settings
  • Select ‘No, let me choose what to do
  • Check the option ‘Never install driver software from Windows Update’ and press ‘Save Changes‘ and then OK

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6 – Windows isn’t shutting down all the way

This one’s relatively rare, but it’s a big enough problem that it’s shown up on several different support forums: When you install the Creators Update it might automatically enable Windows’ Fast Startup option, which puts your PC into a low-level hibernation state when you shut it down.

Fast Startup can create problems when booting up, like getting stuck at the BIOS and having to pull the power plug to get the PC up and running again. It can also make it difficult to access the BIOS if you need to change boot settings or check on an overclock. Luckily, there’s an easy fix. You just need to disable hibernation with our good pal, the command prompt.













Search for “CMD” in your Windows Search, right click on the Command Prompt, hit “Run as administrator” and when the black window pops up type “powercfg /h off” that should disable hibernation system wide, and with it turn off Fast Startup.

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7 – Wi-Fi Connection Not Discoverable

If your system is no longer detecting your Wi-Fi connection, this is likely due to VPN software that you have installed. It can also impact some Ethernet connections. Your first port of call would be to go to your VPN software’s website and update to the latest version, one compatible with Windows 10, as this might solve the issue.

If this doesn’t work, open an administrative Command Prompt by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting Command Prompt (Admin). Then input the following two lines, pressing Enter after each:

reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /f

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

If this doesn’t work, the issue might be driver related, rather than VPN. For this, system search device manager and select the relevant result. In the new window, expand Network adapters. Then right-click your wireless adapter and select Update Driver Software.

8 – Default App Choices Have Changed

Did you upgrade to Windows 10 and find that your images weren’t opening in your favorite app anymore? Or that your browser had defaulted to Microsoft Edge? For whatever reason, Windows 10 isn’t good at remembering what programs you’d chosen to open specific file types. Though it’s a pain to reconfigure them all, it’s easy to change your default apps.

First, press Windows Key + I and select System. Then, from the left-hand navigation, choose Default apps. Here, you can change your default app for your photos, videos, and more.





9 – Can’t Install or Update Store Apps

If you’re having trouble installing or updating apps within the Store, you might need to clear the cache. This is really easy to do.

First, press Windows Key + R to open Run. Input WSReset.exe and click OK. A blank Command Prompt window will open, but don’t worry, it is working away. Eventually it’ll close and the Store will open, hopefully with your issues resolved.

10 – Touchpad Not Working

If your touchpad isn’t working, let’s start with some simple steps to see if it’s actually enabled. First, check your keyboard to see if there’s a function button that turns the touchpad off and on. This will vary depending on your device, but it’ll usually be represented by an icon on one of the F# keys.

If this doesn’t work, press Windows Key + I, select Devices > Mouse & touchpad > Additional mouse options. A new window will open and from here you need to click the tab which is furthest to the right, likely called Device Settings. Underneath Devices, select your touchpad and ensure it’s not disabled. If it is, then click the Enable button.

Failing this, press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager. Then expand Mice and other pointing devicesright-click your touch pad and select Update Driver Software…. You could also navigate to the manufacturer’s website and download your drivers that way instead.


These are the top ten windows 10 issues.

An operating system will never be completely problem-free, but hopefully we’ve been able to resolve some of the most annoying issues that have been cropping up in Windows 10.

Muhammad Hashir Khan Ghouri

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