I bought a computer,
It cost a thousand pound;
But every time I switch it on
It keeps on falling down.
I used to think it was my friend
But now it drives me ’round the bend;
You’d be surprised the time I spend
— Les Barker
OMG! After twenty-five previous versions of Microsoft Windows, still the only way to fix a Windows error problem is to reinstall the operating system. Seriously?
Well, at least it’s much easier than it used to be.
Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft offers full-install disc images available for download. You can burn the image to a single-layer blank DVD or load the image on a USB flash drive. Or simply use the Microsoft media creation tool.
Or you could do what I did and download and run the Microsoft Refresh Windows Tool.
Click “Accept” to continue.
You have two options. You can lose everything or almost everything. That’s like asking someone, “Would you like to be shot in the head or the heart?” What difference does it make? Dead is dead.
All of my data files are always backed up, so I opted to keep nothing. I wanted a complete clean install.
Click “Start” and pray.
The program downloads the latest version of Windows 10 that matches your system before installing. Depending on the speed of your Internet access, this process can take some time.
From this point on, you don’t need to do anything until the installation is done.
If everything goes right, you will not need your Windows license key code. Windows will automatically activate the new install.
You will need to supply some information about settings options, Cortana options and your Microsoft account (if you have one or if you wish to create one). I don’t use a Microsoft account on this machine, so I just skipped it.
Success! I went from 1511 to 1607. The Anniversary Update is now up and running. Yay.
The solution is the ultimate solution. Wipe it all and start again. Thanks, Microsoft. Thanks a lot.