By Ntiva Editorial Team on Aug 14, 2015

Windows 10 Common Problems & How To Fix Them

The launch of Windows 10 is a little different from its predecessors, mainly due to the fact that it is released as a free update to current Windows 7 and 8.1 users. As a result, there are a lot more users installing the new OS shortly after its launch. Anytime a new version of Windows is released, there are a few common issues and bugs that arise, so here are a few simple methods for fixing some of the known issues.

Microsoft Edge Errors

Windows 10 brings a new replacement for Internet Explorer, which is called Microsoft Edge. This browser replacement was designed to be much more intuitive, touch compatible, and overall faster than its predecessor – however, Edge is still quite buggy with some websites and web applications. If you are getting errors that prevent you from visiting certain websites, click the small icon with three dots on the top-right corner of the screen, and choose the option that says “Open in Internet Explorer”. This will load the page in IE, which should solve your problems.

Xbox One Game Streaming Problems

One of the more convenient features on Windows 10 is the ability to stream your Xbox One games to your computer. Unfortunately, it can get quite choppy or laggy when streaming these games without the proper setup. When you open the Xbox app, you should see an icon that displays the signal strength of your connection – if it is in the red, you’ll likely experience issues with streaming.

To fix this, you should attempt to restart your router, and if you continue to experience streaming problems, you may need to upgrade the router to one that is built for streaming large amounts of data. Remember, you need to have either a digital copy, or the physical disc inserted to the Xbox One for game streaming to work.

Windows 10 Battery Issues

For those experiencing issues with their battery life after upgrading to Windows 10, there is an easy fix – thanks to one of the new features of the OS. Simply click on the battery icon located on your taskbar, and turn on the Battery Saver feature. You can also dim the brightness of your screen to further prolong the battery life.

Factory Reset

If you’re getting a variety of different errors, and nothing seems to be working as it should, you’ll likely benefit from a complete reset. Windows 10 allows you to completely uninstall and reinstall the OS without losing any data, and it is very easy to do. Simply click on the Start button, go to Settings, go to Update & Recovery, choose Recovery, and click Reset This PC. The process may take a while depending on your PC hardware, but should fix any sporadic errors and other problems you may be experiencing.

Hopefully, Microsoft is able to quickly release updates that can remedy these issues automatically, but in the meantime, you’ll have to do your best to troubleshoot on your own. For those who are benefiting from our IT support services, our 24/7 helpdesk support will have you well covered!