Stuck Windows Update Fix

The following article contains a guide aimed to help users solve the issue of Windows Update getting stuck mid-process. The guide is designed to work for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Very many users have run into this problem at least once, when their computer attempted to run the Windows Update. Your screen is displaying the text of Windows “searching for updates”… and it never goes away. It just stays stuck at that stage for hours on end, at which point you probably find yourself forced to force shutdown your PC, just to resume your regular work routine. The issue discussed here is most frequently encountered on Windows 7, but can occur on Windows 8 and 10, as well. On other occasions there will simply be an error during the update process, but essentially it will not be able to complete properly.

There are several possible fixes for this problem and we are happy to share some of them with you, here in this article. Try each of them until you find the one that works for you. In the event that none of them are successful, please describe your case to us in the comment section below and we will do our best to help figure out something to get the issue solved.

Stuck Windows Update Fix

Fix 1:

  1. The first logical step would be to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. To do this, type troubleshooting in the Start menu and click on the first result.
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  2. In the Troubleshooting window, click on Fix problems with Windows Update right under System and Security.
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  3. In the resulting dialog box click on Advanced.
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  4. Make sure that the box beside Apply repairs automatically is ticked. After this, click on Run as administrator -> Next.
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This is most likely to get the issue solved without any further actions being necessary. Try running Windows Update again, after the Troubleshooter finishes checking for problems.

Fix 2:

  1. In case the above didn’t do the trick for you, you can try to complete the same actions as the Troubleshooter manually. First of all, boot your computer into Safe Mode.
  2. Once booted in Safe Mode, search for Command Prompt in the Start menu and right-click on the first result to Run as administrator.
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  3. In the Command Prompt type this command, before hitting Enter: net stop wuauserv. This will stop the Windows Update service.
  4. After this, go to the following location: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution (it may be on a different disk than C:, depending on where your Windows folder is stored) and delete all the files in the SoftwareDistribution folder.
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  5. Repeat step 2 to open the Command Prompt with administrator rights and type in the following command to start the Windows Update service: net stop wuauserv. Press Enter.
  6. Restart your PC in regular mode and try to run Windows Update again.

Let us know if this article helped you kick start Windows Update by leaving us a comment in the section below!

How To Resize A Partition

In this article we will discuss resizing system partitions and below is a guide to show you exactly how to do that. This guide will work for all versions of Windows.

Your hard disk is divided into several sections that are treated as individual units and in the world of computing they are referred to as partitions. This is done to improve the efficiency of the respective drive, as the operating system can write and manage information on each of these separate partitions, as though each of them were their own hard drive. However, this does affect the total free space on the drive, which leads us to the subject of this article. Each partition has a given size and when that size proves to be insufficient at a given point in time, you can either try to work your way around that by sacrificing other data and deleting it, or you can try and increase the size of the given partition. You can also shrink them, if you so choose.

Windows has a handy built-in tool for that purpose, which is called a partition manager. Only there is one significant drawback to using it: it will effectively wipe out anything stored on the particular partition you wish to resize. But we have a better fix for this problem that will help you manipulate the size of the partitions without deleting any of the information stored on them. So, with that issue solved, let’s head directly to our fix guide.

How To Resize A Partition

How to resize system partition with PartitionGuru:

  1. First, you will need to download the partition management tool called PartitionGuru. You can do that on their official webpage by clicking here.
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  2. Once you’ve downloaded the file, run it to install, after which open the program for use.
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  3. Right-click the partition of your choice and select Resize Partition.
  4. In the resulting dialog box, set the new partition size. In essence, this is taking free space from another partition and merging it with the one you, the size of which you wish to increase. Be sure to select “Merge to (desired partition)” from the dropdown menu. Then click Start.
  5. A box will appear, asking if you would like to resize the partition by executing such and such operations immediately. Click Yes.
  6. Wait for the process to finish and when prompted to, click Complete.

Once the process is over, the screen will display the current size of the system partitions. The above actions will not result in data loss and you will be free to use your system as you please.

Let us know if our guide was of help to you by dropping us a line in the comment section below. Your feedback is important to us and a simple thank you goes a very long way!

0xC1900101 – 0x20017 Error Fix

The following guide is aimed at solving Error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 “We couldn’t install Windows 10” in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

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Many users have reported experiencing issues with updating to Windows 10 from older versions of the Windows operating system (7, 8 and 8.1). The error code they see is 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 and it is accompanied by a message saying something along the lines of: “The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation”.

The error usually occurs after the update process has seemingly been completed, i.e. it has reached 100%, and your machine attempts to reboot. After a while you will notice that your computer hasn’t actually gotten any closer to restarting and is stuck on the Windows logo screen. This will either be followed by an eventual restart or perhaps by a force shutdown initiated by the impatient user, which upon starting will reveal the said error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017 code. As a result, the user will be left with the version of Windows they tried upgrading from, which can be pretty annoying.

To fix this problem, we’ve assembled a guide with a few possible solutions. Try them out and one of them will have solved the issue with error 0xC1900101 – 0x20017.

0xC1900101 – 0x20017 Error Fix

Fix 1:

  1. Remove any and all external drives from your machine.
  2. Create a Restore Point in the event that something goes wrong. Go to Start and type in “restore point”. Open Create Restore point and wait for it to be created.
  3. Note: this step is optional, so if you don’t feel like you want to do this – just skip to the next step instead. Uninstall your Bluetooth and Wireless Network drivers from the the Control Panel.
  4. Shut down your PC and reboot it with the help of the power button and start repeatedly pressing the F2 button on your keyboard to enter BIOS mode. In there, with the help of the arrow keys go to Advanced -> Wireless. Hit Enter.
  5. You will see the following options: Internal Bluetooth and Internal WLAN. For each of them, hit Enter and select Disable, after this press F10 to save the changes and exit the BIOS.

Fix 2:

If you have added RAM to your computer, you might need to temporarily remove it. This may be done differently depending on the brand and model of your computer, so be sure to look this up, before attempting to remove the RAM (unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing). If you don’t have additional RAM, simply disregard this fix.

Fix 3:

After you have completed all of the above, restart your computer and go to C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\Windows. Unless you haven’t deleted the Setup after the unsuccessful upgrade attempt, you should see an executable file titled Setup. Double click in to run. Alternatively, the executable can be found in this location: C:\ESD\Windows

This should be sufficient to successfully install Windows 10 on your PC. Please let us know in the comments if the above was helpful or if you’ve come up with an even better solution yourself!

iOS Software Update Failed Fix

This article is dedicated to the issue of a failed iOS update and contains a guide with a solution for this issue. The guide will work for all Windows versions and all versions of Apple iPhone.

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Though iPhones are traditionally known to have the most stable operating systems, it can sometimes happen that even they have certain issues. In this article we’ll be discussing the problem of your phone being stuck in recovery mode, or it being stuck on the Apple logo, etc. There are dozens of variations of essentially the same issue that is your iPhone not being able to boot properly. We’ve been receiving a number of requests asking to provide a working solution for this issue and that is precisely what we’re here for.

There’s a tool called iCareFone, which is available for Windows users and one of its main uses is to fix crashes and technical faults of various kinds on Apple iPhones, including those caused by failed updates and such. So, once faced with an issue of this sort, where your smartphone refuses to start up as it should, simply head to instructions below and the crisis will be solved in no time. However, iCareFone is also the go-to tool for a variety of other issues, offering a number of different fairly useful features. One of those features is the ad-blocking one, for example. iCareFone is also capable of clearing disk space on your device by deleting junk files and various other unnecessary data. There are two versions of this software: there’s the trial versions, which is free, and the full version is obviously paid. The trial version will be enough for this purpose, but the full one offers additional functions, so be sure to check it out, if you’re interested.

iOS Software Update Failed Fix

How To Fix Boot Loop On iOS:

  1. First off, you’ll need to download the program in question onto your computer. You can do that directly from the manufacturer’s website here.
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  2. Once downloaded, run the setup of the program by running the executable (.exe file).
  3. After this, connect your iPhone to your computer with the help of a USB cable.
  4. In the client of iCareFone click the green Fix Now button.
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  5. In the new tab, click Start and wait for the process to finish. The program will update your device to the latest iOS version and will recover any lost data as well as apply some other repairs to your phone.
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When the process is finished, your iPhone should be able to start as usual. Let us know if this worked for you!

How to Convert MKV to AVI

This page contains a guide aimed at providing instructions for converting MKV to AVI files for free. The guide works for all Windows versions.

Matroska Multimedia Container or better known as MKV is a universal format designed to store common multimedia files. What’s great about it is that it can hold an unlimited number of various files and the format is open standard. MKV is a uniquely flexible, royalty-free format, the specifications of which are open to the public and are available for both commercial and private use alike. Over the years it’s become an ever more popular format for movies, TV shows and such to be distributed and its use will probably only continue to grow and expand as time passes by.

However, at this point, there may be several reasons why users might not want their videos or movies to be in MKV format. Why? For one, not all multimedia players (e.g. DVD players, portable device players) are capable of reading this format. Say you downloaded your favorite series in Matroska format and decided to a burn a DVD, because that’s simply how you would prefer to watch your series – on your big flat-screen TV and then possibly have the DVD available for later use, instead of having to download it again or clutter your USB stick with large files. Anyway, you get to the point where your DVD player doesn’t recognize the format and can therefore not play the video files. Kind of frustrating, right? So, here we’ve come up with a simple fix for this issue that will get the problem solved in just a matter of minutes.

How to Convert MKV to AVI

To begin with, you will need to download one of the two free programs, to which we have provided links here. After downloading and installing your program of choice, please continue with the instructions provided below for the relevant program.

Click here to download WinFF

Click here to download DivX Plus

For WinFF:

  1. Open the client and click Add to select the file you wish to convert. After selecting it, click OK.
  2. Under Output details -> Convert to, choose AVI from the drop down menu.
  3. Under Output folder click the “” button to choose the destination where your converted file will be saved.
  4. Click the Convert button at the top of the window.
  5. Your file will now have been converted, check to confirm this by playing it in your player of choice.

For DivX Plus:

  1. After you’ve successfully installed the program, open it. Click the Add files button.
  2. From the resulting window select the .mkv file you wish to convert and hit Enter.
  3. At the top of the converter window, right beside the Add files button, select a desired output profile from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the Start button and wait for the process to complete.

Were the above fixes helpful? Let us know in the comment section below, your feedback is always appreciated!

How To Uninstall Windows 7

The following article includes a guide with instructions aimed towards helping users uninstall Windows 7. The guide will work for all users who have updated to Windows 10.

So, you’ve upgraded to the latest Windows version from Windows 7. It’s all cool, you’re happy and possibly still exploring the features of your new operating system. But one issue arises and that is the incredibly space-consuming Windows.old folder on your system that still holds the details of your older OS. Many users find this quite annoying, especially if they’re completely satisfied with the newer version of Windows they’ve installed and have no intention of looking back.

That’s all fine, however, there’s actually a pretty legit reason for that folder to exist. For example, it’s there for anyone who wasn’t happy with the upgrade and actually found themselves longing for the old version. Picture being in that situation and not being able to go back to the way things used to be or having to pay (again) for the luxury of downgrading. Another possible scenario of why you might need the Windows.old folder is that something wasn’t copied to your new Windows version. A file, a program – whatever it is, you upgraded and found that something was missing. How do you fix that? By getting it from the Windows.old folder, where all the details from your old OS are, of course!

So, as you can see, there are some pretty good reasons for that folder to be there and consume some of your precious space. If the above may have prompted you to double-check your system for any missing components, you might want to hurry up, as Windows will automatically delete the folder on its own a month after you have upgraded. But since you’re here, you probably don’t feel like waiting that long, so here’s our fix for freeing up space on your computer. Keep in mind that simply deleting the folder the way you usually would with just about any other one won’t do the trick, so read on.

How To Uninstall Windows 7

How to delete the Windows.old folder in Windows 10

  1. Go to the Start menu and search for “Disk cleanup”. Click on the first result.
  2. Under Files to delete tick the box next to Previous Windows installation(s).
  3. Click OK.

The above actions will delete the Windows.old file and will have solved your free space issue, but you may also use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove any other unnecessary files on your for that purpose, such as Temporary Internet files, etc. However, please make sure to research whatever it is else that you’re thinking of deleting before doing so, as you might end up removing something important.

 

“This driver can’t release to failure” Error Fix

The guide presented on this page aims to help users fix error “This driver can’t release to failure”. The instructions provided in this guide will work for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

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The “This driver can’t release to failure” is an error message that is tightly associated with Gigabyte motherboards, more so with those that don’t have wireless capabilities. Now, while this error message doesn’t specify exactly which of the drivers is causing the problem, the “This driver can’t release to failure” error itself is a result of a failed attempt to find the wireless hardware. You are most likely to experience the said error, when using Gigabyte’s software. Most users have reported seeing it when using Cloud Station Server, which as you may know relies on your computer’s ability to connect to a wireless network. Hence, without that ability, problems arise.

We’ve gathered two possible fixes to help have your “This driver can’t release to failure” error solved. Be warned, however, that the fixes provided in the guide below do not actually solve the problem directly, but rather offer a way to circumvent the actual issue. Unfortunately, up until Gigabyte works out a genuine solution themselves, there’s not much else left to cope with the aforementioned error message, but the methods described below. We will be glad to hear from you, if you were able to discover a better solution, so please do not hesitate to let us know about it in the comment section. We will be more than happy to update our guide with your fix.

“This driver can’t release to failure” Error Fix

Option 1:

  1. Go to the App Center and open Cloud Station Server.
  2. Below, you should see 5 tabs, the first three of which are: Home Cloud, Gigabyte Remote and Remote OC. These are typically the ones causing trouble.
  3. Turn off each of the switches labelled “Always run on next reboot” beside those three tabs and restart your computer. This will have solved the issue and you shouldn’t be seeing the error anymore.

Option 2:

  1. Alternatively, removing the software completely will also solve the problem. For this purpose, go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features.
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  2. In the list of programs, find Gigabyte. You will have the option of removing either the whole App Center (recommended) or just the Cloud Station Center. Right-click on the program of choice and click Uninstall.
  3. Follow the steps, as prompted to and restart your device.

Drop us a line in the comment section below, telling us what option you went with and whether it worked in your case.

“NVIDIA Installer Failed” Windows 7/10 Fix

The following article contains a guide to solving the “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Error. The guide works for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

A relatively common error, this message can either come in the form of “NVIDIA Installer Failed”, as mentioned above, or it can come in the words “NVIDIA Installer Cannot Continue”. Both are in essence the same error, which is related to the installation of new drivers for the nvidia graphics card. If you’re trying to install drivers and see the above error – you will not be able to complete the installation process. Most times, even trying to run the install repeatedly won’t get you anywhere.

The “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Error is one of those errors that don’t discriminate – meaning it has an incredibly wide range of possible issues that could be causing it and it can occur with any version of Windows and any driver version. That’s not to discourage you, though, as this wide range of problems also offers a pretty wide range of working solutions and fixes that will surely get this problem solved for you. We’ve listed a number of them here, in our guide, and we’re open to hear any of your own suggestions, if you’ve found a solution yourself.

NOTE: Before proceeding with the instructions below, make sure you have an NVIDIA folder on your OS partition drive (the drive where you’re Windows folder is installed, usually C: by default). If you’ve tried to install a driver, a folder will have been created there automatically, even if the installation was unsuccessful. If you’ve deleted that folder for whatever reason, please try to install the respective driver once more, as you will need this folder later on. The driver itself will be located in:

C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\(Driver version number)\Win(version number)\International\Display.Driver

“NVIDIA Installer Failed” Windows 7/10 Fix

Fix 1:

  1. Press the Windows Key and type in Device Manager. Open the first result. 1
  2. In the Device Manager locate Display Adapters and expand it. Click on the NVIDIA graphics driver, then in the menu above go to Action -> Uninstall. Restart your PC.
  3. Repeat step 1, then locate the NVIDIA driver again and right-click on it. Select Update Driver Software.
  4. Choose Browse my computer for driver software, after which find the NVIDIA folder where the files of the setup were extracted to and check the Include subfolders box. Click Next. Restart your computer.
  5. Run the executable (.exe) in the folder, where the setup files were extracted to. Select ‘Custom Install’ and put a check mark by Perform a clean install.

Fix 2:

  1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 from Fix 1. In the Control Panel, navigate to Programs and Features. Alternatively, just click on Uninstall a program under Programs in the Control Panel2
  2. Uninstall all nVidia related items and restart your PC (this might require several reboots, depending on what you will be prompted to do).
  3. Try installing the drivers again.

Fix 3:

It’s fairly common that the installation of new drivers could be prevented by your antivirus program. Therefore, we recommend disabling it temporarily and trying to run the setup then. If it works, simply enable your antivirus when the installation process is complete.

Fix 4:

  1. Go to the drive, where you’re OS is installed (C: by default) and double-click the Program Files folder. 3
  2. Inside, locate the folder called NVIDIA Corporation and rename it to something else.
  3. Try running the setup once more.

Were we able to solve your “NVIDIA Installer Failed” Error? Drop us a line in the comment section below!

Xlive.dll Missing Fix

The following guide is designed to help users fix the missing Xlive.dll file error. The guide provided on this page will work on all versions of Windows.

Missing .dll files are a pretty common error users get prompted with every day. And in the vast majority of cases – there’s nothing to worry about. A missing Xlive.dll makes no exception. The error message that comes with it typically goes something like this:

“The program cannot start because xlive.dll is missing from your computer .Try reinstalling the program to fix it”

You are most likely to be faced with this message if you were trying to run some program, most commonly a game. A mistake that users often tend to make, when encountering a missing .dll file error, is trying to find the respective file online and downloading it from some shady website. You will without a doubt find numerous sites offering you to download Xlive.dll file for free, but we do not recommend going down that path. For one, it’s quite possible that you may land on some compromised webpage with potentially harmful content. Trust us, the last thing you want your endeavor to end in is some nasty virus infection.

Xlive.dll Missing Fix

The best way to install the Xlive.dll file is to go directly to the manufacturer, i.e. Microsoft. Most times, if you download a package containing the missing file, the problem will be solved. In this case, we have in mind the ‘Games for Windows Live’ package.

Clicking on this link will automatically download the package onto your computer from the official Microsoft website.

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Once downloaded, simply Run the executable (.exe file) as an Administrator.

Proceed to install the application and once that is done, reboot your system.

Try to run your game or whichever program you were experiencing difficulties with. The error should no longer appear.

Please let us know if this solution was helpful to you and if you have an even better one – we will be happy to hear about it in the comment section below!

How To Remove AVG Secure Search Toolbar

The following article and guide are dedicated to the issue of removing the AVG Secure Search Toolbar from your browser. The guide featured below includes instructions for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and will work for all versions of Windows.

We’ve been receiving a number of requests regarding the AVG Secure Search Toolbar, asking for ways to remove the toolbar from users’ PC’s and fix this issue. The program integrates with your default browser, altering its settings, like changing the browser homepage to mysearch.avg.com and setting the default search engine to AVG Secure Search. Now, while there may be nothing wrong with that and there is certainly nothing illegal in it, the practice often tends to put users off and make them feel like their personal space had been invaded.

AVG Secure Search Tollbar is a product of the Dutch company AVG Technologies. The company specializes in making antivirus software and the point of the toolbar is to alert users, whenever they are attempting to visit a dangerous or potentially hazardous website. The toolbar provides a ranking of each and every one of the links and websites you see from “Safe”, to “Risky” and “Dangerous”. However, the main problem with this browser add-on is that it is often installed by users without them necessarily knowing it. And, well, if you don’t want something, no matter how great it might be – you’re still not going to want it.

AVG Secure Search Toolbar was probably bundled along another AVG software product or possibly even came with a completely different program, again – in a bundle. Program bundles are fairly common techniques used to distribute certain software together, as a package. There is usually one main program and all the added content is bundled within the installer, so the only way to be aware of what it is you’ve downloaded and are about to install, is to customize the setup. To do that, you only need to choose the respective feature in the installation wizard, which will typically be called advanced or custom. Choosing that option, as opposed to the default or quick on, will enable you to see the whole list of added programs and choose which one of them you do want installed, and which will be left out. As for the removal of the AVG Secure Search Toolbar, we will show you how to fix this in just a few easy steps.

How To Remove AVG Secure Search Toolbar

  1. Go to Control Panel. For earlier versions than Windows 8, you can do that through the Start Menu. For Windows 8 and newer, simply enter Control Panel in the Search field and select the first result.
  2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program1
  3. Locate the AVG Secure Search program (it may be named slightly differently), right-click on it and select Uninstall.

It may happen that you will still be experiencing the altered settings in your favorite browser, therefore you will have to uninstall the program from that particular browser.

For Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and go to Menu -> Tools -> Extensions. This will open a new tab in your browser.
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  2. Locate and disable the undesired toolbar, after which remove it by clicking on the trash can icon.
  3. Reset your default search engine to whichever one it was that you had before. Do this by going to Menu -> Settings -> Search -> Manage search engines. Set your preferred search engine and click Make default3
  4. You will also most likely need to set a new homepage. Go to Menu -> Settings -> On startup. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages. If you simply want a blank new tab to greet you when you open your browser, simply select Open the New Tab page.
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For Firefox:

  1. Go to Menu -> Help (?) -> Troubleshooting Information. Click on Refresh Firefox.

For Internet Explorer:

  1. Go to the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under the Advanced tab click Reset. In the new dialogue box put a check mark in the box beside Delete personal settings and click Reset.
  3. A new window will appear, click Close. Then restart your browser.

Did we help in getting your issue solved? Let us know in the comment section below!