Tag Archives | Windows 10

Windows 10 Default Browser Problems

Working on a new tablet with Windows 10 installed, I recently discovered that I could not set the default web browser to Firefox – my browser of choice. No matter what I did it seemed to only accept Microsoft Edge. In fact when I went to Settings, System, Default Apps all I saw was a plus icon and the choose a default prompt. Tapping the icon gave me a choice of browsers but selecting anything other than Edge failed.

So I decided to stay old school and went via Control Panel. In the Category View you can tap on Programs and then tap on Default Programs.  In the Small or Large Icons view, tap the Default Icons option. Either way you finally tap on the Set your default programs option that is eventually displayed.  Tap the browser of your choice and tap on the Set this program as default option on the right. It worked for me!

Windows 10 Update to Version 1511

Windows 10 users have been alerted recently on starting their computers with a message displayed across the whole screen saying “All your files are exactly where you left them”. Now for me having gone to bed safely knowing that my PC was working fine, to be told this when I started the next day, was something of a surprise. To be honest I didn’t think I had come down in the night and mysteriously moved them around on the hard disk. My wife thought we’d been hacked or suffered a virus attack. The next message “We’ve got some new features to get excited about” made me realise that Microsoft with its new practice of automatically installing updates had installed a major update to Windows 10 (known as version 1511) and this was their way of announcing that the upgrade had succeeded.

There are apparently a few fixes, including an end to black tab previews in Edge, Windows no longer forgetting how you login, and “more reliable” downloads from the Windows Store.

What is nice is you can now have a coloured title bar on your programs, instead of the white one that would merge into menu bars of some apps. Go to Settings, Personalisation, Colours and scroll down to find the option to turn on Show colour on Start, taskbar, action centre and title bar. Choose an accent colour from the various ones displayed above this option and your title bars will be clearer.

What is a bit nasty (as far as I am concerned because I have multiple printers) is Windows 10 now makes the last printer you used the default printer. This setting is On after the upgrade and basically the last printer used becomes the default printer. In other words if you change to another printer all your other programs print to it until you change again – even if you restart your PC. We have a Dymo labelwriter and after printing off a label it became the default printer. Subsequently, trying to print an A4 document on many tiny labels was an interesting effect that I never want to repeat. I think there should have been third message from Microsoft saying “We have messed up your printer settings and will cover your desk in lots of wasted output”. The problem is caused by a new setting that lets Windows manage your default printer. To stop this happening go to Settings, Devices, Printers & Scanners. Scroll down the list of printers and below is the section Let Windows manage my default printer. Set this to Off.

Windows 10 Upgrade Stops Outlook and Visual Studio

Last week after the long wait, Windows 10 was finally released and the upgrade download appeared magically on my PC ready to run.

The installation took about an hour and appeared to run smoothly; however, my Visual Studio 2015 installation required me to run the Repair option. After that I tried Office 2013 and it seemed OK.

Unfortunately, I kept getting this error message when trying to send emails

Sending error 0x800CCC13 Cannot connect to the network.
Verify your network connection or modem.


When I looked at my account configuration and tested the Outlook account the test worked perfectly, sending and receiving the test email. Yet, whenever Outlook tried to send emails normally I received the error message.

Loads of suggestions included restarting the Computer in clean boot to make sure no third-party applications are interfering with Outlook sending emails (no good), turning off the Exchange Add-In (no good), removing and deleting the stuck emails (no good and then I had to re-write the emails), and creating a new Outlook profile to remove any corruption (no good either).

Eventually I decided to run the System File Checker (what after a fresh upgrade? Surely not you say!)

I had to open the Run menu by right-clicking on the start button and choosing Run. Then I entered the following command to run the System File Checker tool:

sfc /scannow


The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files, and replaces corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir% \System32\dllcache. The %WinDir% placeholder represents the Windows operating system folder.

Lo and behold, it found corrupted system files and repaired them. After that, Outlook was back on form and working correctly.

I still like Windows 10 though.