Possible Fix Found For Windows 10 Error With Taskbar and Cortana.

The release of Windows 10 has been rather odd in many respects, yes it’s an improvement over the much maligned previous OS in terms of user interface, but privacy concerns coupled with a monitoring tool that allows parents to effectively spy on their children’s browsing habits by default has led to a rather mixed reception. Among the many errors and glitches that have befallen consumers is the rather annoying bug that has led to the failure of both Cortana and the taskbar for many individuals, who have been subsequently privileged to a “Critical Error” when attempting to launch both applications. So much so that the official Microsoft answers board has seen consumers vent their frustrations concerning the problem.

Well, this error might have been in part clarified by a redditor that goes by the moniker “Xeasar”, who has seemingly found a fix when this individual attempted to uninstall Avast Anti-Virus. It was found that as soon as this software had been removed, both Cortana and the Taskbar returned to full functionality, leading to the conclusion of compatibility issues with this particular program. Whether this is the sole cause of the problem or down to a variety of incompatible applications remains to be seen.

According to “Xeasar”, Microsoft is aware of the problem and as a result is working on a patch for the issue. On occasions software developers view consumers with suspicion even though in many cases it’s those same people who find a way to fix issues with certain products. It will be interesting to note how and when Microsoft patches this issue and it also conveys the unstable nature of a new OS in its first year.

Thank you Reddit and answers.microsoft for providing us with this information.

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Windows 8.1 Update Now Available!

Microsoft’s latest iteration of Windows has been having incredible difficulty being adopted by Windows users around the world. So much so, that many users fall back to the great Windows 7 or even all the way back to the legendary Windows XP which will be making its way into the history books soon. But the first update for Windows 8.1 is hoping to change all that. It’s bringing back some old tricks and even adding in a few new ones.

This is the first major update to Windows 8.1 and Microsoft is hoping that it’ll help put it’s latest version into the faces of more users.

Some new features include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a plethora of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. The one key feature that will still be missing is the highly sought after Start Menu button but it should be added in within the next update or so according to Microsoft.

Also for users that were annoyed by the placement of the power menu which included Shutdown, Restart, Hibernate, and Sleep will hopefully be satisfied where Microsoft has added those options to.

So if you can’t wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest head on over to Neowin for the update files.

 

Thank you to Neowin for providing us with this information.