1.Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to get to where you can restart the computer.
2.Hold down shift while clicking on "Restart Computer".
3.Click on "Troubleshoot"
4.Click on "Advanced Options"
5.Click on "Startup Setting"
6.Click on "Restart"
7.After restart press the "5" key during boot to start in safe mode with networking.
8.If your problem is not present in safe mode then you are on the right track.
9.Start up your msconfig.exe file. (Type msconfig in the search bar then click on the msconfig program bar).
10.Go to the "Services" tab and un-check the boxes on the following 2 services to disable them;
•Problem Reports and Solutions Control Panel Support
•Windows Error Reporting Service.
11. Reboot computer and log into windows to see if problem is resolved
I find it ironic that the crippling error was being caused by the services that are used to report crippling errors.
Problem 2: The windows 10 installation completely deleted my Norton 360 Premier installation, to include my Norton password vault and all of my website logins.
Resolution: Re-downloading and installing Norton 360, and then spending hours going site by site and doing password/account recovery on every website I use. I recommend backing up anything important before you proceed with the upgrade, as I should have and didn't. Grrrr.
Problem 3: No sound after installation.
Resolution: I have a Creative SB X-fi Extreme Gamer sound card, and according to Creative's site, driver's won't be available for the entire X-fi family of cards until mid September. To get the windows 8.1 drivers to work under windows 10 do the following;
1. Right click on the start button, then left click on "Device Manager".
2. Find your sound card under "Sound, video and game controllers"
3. Right click on your sound card and select "Uninstall". Be sure to check the box to delete the driver software for the device, then click "ok".
4. Now right click on xname-PC at the top of the device manager window, and left click on "scan for hardware changes". Windows should find your sound card, and will likely list it under "other devices" as an audio controller., with an exclamation mark on it indicating the device is not set up.
5. Right click on that device and select "update drivers", then select to let windows find the best driver. If windows cannot locate a driver for it, then proceed to step 6.
6. Go to your manufacturer website for your sound card and download the most recent driver installation file, likely Windows 8.1 drivers.
7. After the driver installation packet is downloaded, click on Start, then on power, and then hold down the shift key while clicking on "restart"
8.Click on "Troubleshoot"
9.Click on "Advanced Options"
10.Click on "Startup Setting"
11.Click on "Restart"
12. After restart press the "5" key (repeatedly to be sure you trigger it) during boot to start in safe mode with networking.
13. Boot into safe mode and run the sound card driver installation packet while in safe mode. The packet will likely require a reboot to finish installation. Boot into windows normally.
14. Once booted back into windows, right click on the sound icon in the lower right taskbar, then left click on "recording devices".
15. Click on the "playback" tab, and find your now installed sound card. Select it and then click on "set as default device" at the bottom of the window, then click okay.
16. Restart your computer one more time, and now your sound should be working in Windows 10 using the Windows 8.1 drivers.
Note: This is not a permanent fix. While my sound worked after doing this, after my 2nd restart the sound card stopped working again. My best bet is use your headphones until your sound card manufacturer releases actual Windows 10 drivers. *urgh*
Problem 4: Sleep mode is no longer initiating on it's own, nor is the monitor turning off, or the screen saver activating, despite that all 3 are set to engage after x period of time. Not only that but I manually put the computer to sleep, and it woke it's self up right after I put it to sleep.
Resolution: None yet. I've tried resetting the times in windows for activating the screen saver, turning off the monitor and going into sleep mode and re-saving them, but it made no difference.
Problem 5: Dragon Age Inquisition folder has gone MIA after the Windows 10 install, and the game will not create new save games.
Resolution: None yet. Still working on it by trying to run a "repair game files" operation via Origin. I will update if it is successful.
Update: The repair game files operation did not work. Recreating the DAI folder and subfolders has not worked. I'm really wishing I hadn't gone to Win 10. It's trashed my system!
Update: I tried to remap my documents folder back to the default windows (C:\Users\xname\Documents) location to restore game function. It did not resolve the issue, and I still can not do a save game.
Update: I did the remap to default location again yesterday, and this time it worked and I can play my games again. But now I'm sucking up space on my SSD, which has limited space, which is why I had mapped my documents folder to my D: drive.
I also had to go through and run a "verify game files" command on every Steam game and all of my Origin games, to get them all to work again. Whatever the Win10 install did, it corrupted all of my 3rd party game installations. I gave up a perfectly stable Win7 system, for this train wreck. Definitely disappointed with Win10 at this point.
Intel Core i7 3770k
8gb Crucial Ballistix 1866mhz DDR3
Crucial M4 128gb SSD (OS Drive)
2x WD 1TB HD
Asus Strix 980 GTX
Creative SB X-fi Extreme Gamer