The one and only purpose of Windows.old folder is to allow user to revert to previous Windows version. The folder will be automatically deleted, if user does not revert in 10 days following either a public release version upgrade, or Insider build upgrade. Personally, I have never understood its existence, and will remove it always
One week ago, the latest version of the terrific bootable USB installer tool Ventoy became available for download. I’m talking about V1.0.20 taking up position as the Ventoy “Latest Release” on GitHub. To update an already-installed copy, unZip the download into some target directory and plug in your Ventory USB device. Then, run the Ventoy2Disk.exe
When I wake up my old Lenovo T520 this morning, I get a black screen after trying to login. I use a pair of hotkey sequences that not only give me a working display. I’m also able to capture black screen error info for my first time ever. Woo hoo!
When I fire up my Lenovo X380 Yoga test machine this morning, I quickly realize that my backup drive is MIA. A quick investigation shows corrupt partition data, being recovered in MiniTool Partition Wizard’s Data Recovery tool right now.
The news Windows File Recovery tool is available in the Microsoft Store. It can recover deleted files and attempt to make sense of corrupted ones. It does a good enough job to be worth downloading, installing and learning.
In a welcome effort to reduce the number of Windows 10 reset, refresh and reinstall options, MS does away with “Fresh Start” in Version 2004, and directs users to “Reset this PC” instead. Good move!
When I stop tearing what little hair out I still have left, I remember that the Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant (SaRA) can fix Outlook problems. In this case, it can and it does, and I regain access to my Exchange server in Outlook. Problem solved!
Before I start messing around with my production PC I always make sure I have a current backup. So why am I not surprised that my current backup is now on a drive that itself needs recovery? Sigh.
On systems with Secure Boot enabled and BitLocker encrypted system boot drives, it’s necessary to turn off Secure Boot to start up from alternate media (like a USB Flash drive). When that’s over and done with, you have to turn Secure Boot back on to avoid being forced to enter the 40-charactrer BitLocker key. Sigh.
By taking some quick protective measures against boot issues, blue screens, or unwanted file deletion, you can easily avoid certain problems that have been widely reported for some recent Cumulative Updates (CUs) for Windows 10.