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Latest Win10 patches going to make me crazy

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For 2 years or more I've been running Win10 (upgraded from Win7 or 8) on my 64-bit Dell machine.  I was reasonably satisfied with the way it worked.


On Saturday 6/15 Windows decided to install an upgrade.  (This might have been connected somehow with a truly awful freeware product I installed and then deleted, WPS_office).  And that totaLLY screwed things up.


For starters, I cannot pin any applications to the taskbar.  I've tried, and I know I;'m following instruucti0ns (right-click in START menu, then click Pin to Taskbar).  What happens is that the applications I pick do in fact show up on the taskbar, but then when I close down my computer and re-start it, they are no longer there.   My research indicates that this is a fairly common problem. 


Another serious problem:  In Firefox (latest version), I've set it to open with the tabs that were open when I closed it down.  But that's not happening--it's launching as if for the first time, which also means that the Firefox add-ons I've installed, are not there anymore..


When I start my computer up, at one point I get a message saying "Preparing Windows".  HUH?????  What the [bleep] is that about?  It's just a waste of time.


And Windows takes a comparatively long time to shut down, and then start up.


I am not confident that I will be able to go back to my older version, so how do I fix these problems?



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Hi Dinogeek,


Lets check your windows to make sure their is no problems with the file system, please press and hold the windows key and while holding, press R.  When the run box comes up, type:




Then press and hold CTRL+SHIFT then press enter.


Then when the command prompt comes up, please type:


sfc /scannow


Press enter and let it do it's thing.

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