I have used Microsoft Outlook as my email client for years and I’m still using Outlook 2010, for the most part successfully. (To be honest, I have thought about switching to Mozilla Thunderbird but I haven’t yet found a way to transfer my existing emails and email archives from Outlook.) Periodically, after an update of some kind or just seemingly out of the blue, clicking on a link in an email no longer opens that link in my default browser, Firefox. There are reports of the same thing happening in Chrome and Internet Explorer, as well as with links in the Windows 10 Mail app. Yesterday, it happened again. When this happened in the past, there was a quick and easy Microsoft Fix-It script that would resolve my problem. Of course, I went immediately to my trusty Fix-It script only to pop up a message that it would not work with Windows 10. The next step was to google the problem for Windows 10. The suggested fixes I got through Google either didn’t work or seemed unnecessarily tedious and complicated. Not encouraging. But there was a common thread, both in the old Microsoft Fix-It and in some of the suggestions from what Google found for me: Resetting the default browser to the Microsoft product (previously Internet Explorer, now Microsoft Edge in Windows 10). I therefore tried the following: Exit from Firefox or your default browser. Go to Default Programs in Windows Settings or Control Panel. Select Microsoft Edge as your default browser. Click on the link in your email to make sure it opens a tab in Edge. Then close Edge. Restart Firefox (or your preferred default browser). Reset your default browser back to the one you prefer: Under Options for your browser, select “Make Firefox (or Chrome, etc.) my
Windows 10 is proving to be a very nice update to Windows 7 or 8, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further. I started with Start10, the first Windows 10 Start menu alternative. This recreates the Windows 7 type Start menu while still giving you links to Windows 10 features. The cost is $4.99 USD (or $3.99 USD if you previously purchased Start8 for Windows 8). Some other utilities, tweaks, and fixes: Ultimate Windows Tweaker (Windows 8) Freeware (works with Windows 10 Free Windows 10 Training Videos Enable Windows 10 Desktop Wallpaper Slideshow, Here’s How Hide Those Annoying Live Tiles From The Win10 Start Menu Three Windows 10 Start menu tweaks that subtly improve your experience | PCWorld Eight Lesser-Known Windows 10 Features and Settings Worth Exploring How to Fix: Windows 10 Antivirus Missing Fix iTunes On Windows 10 Not Detecting / Recognizing iPhone, Here’s How Set Windows 10 File Explorer To Open This PC Instead Of Quick Access, Here’s How | Redmond Pie Libraries – Move above This PC in Windows 8.1/Windows 10 And an invaluable aid to troubleshooting and customizing Windows 10: Windows 10 Forums Finally, some concerns about privacy issues with Windows 10 have been expressed in a number of places. See this for some clarification: Windows 10 Scan-and-Block Piracy Fears May Be Unfounded
There are still a few bugs in Windows 10, as might be expected with a new operating system release. One of these bugs is in the File History utility – something that first appeared in Windows 8. The issue I encountered was that the option to exclude folders, although Windows 10 appears to accept the new configuration to exclude certain folders I specify, simply doesn’t work. File History continues to store those folders on the backup drive. In my case, there are some very large folders which I back up to a separate external drive (i.e., music/mp3 files and photos), which within a couple of days completely fills up primary external backup drive. I haven’t yet found a workaround for this problem. A search at Microsoft reveals that this is not an isolated issue; indeed, there are other problems noted with File History suggesting that it is not yet a reliable backup strategy – see this answers.microsoft.com search. In particular, see this post, which to date has no replies. For now, my solution was to turn off File History entirely until either I can find a fix or workaround, or Microsoft fixes the problem.
I started off upgrading just one laptop this past weekend, figuring if I ran into problems it was not essential and any downtime would be inconvenient but not mission critical. However, the upgrade went so smoothly that I went back the next day and upgraded my desktop and my wife’s laptop. There were a few glitches… On the first laptop, Outlook stopped working with an error message to the effect that I didn’t have permission to access the Outlook mailstore. I fixed that (a permissions issue) fairly quickly. I think the cause was that for the first upgrade, my laptop, it was a password protected laptop and Windows 10 encouraged me to switch that login in to my Microsoft login. I didn’t have that problem on the desktop or the other laptop because they weren’t password protected to begin with and I ignored the Windows 10 recommendation to use my Microsoft login. On the desktop, Outlook has twice silently refused to open links in Firefox. That’s another quick fix too… apparently this is a glitch that plagued some Windows 8.x installations as well and there is a Microsoft Fix-It that will automatically fix the issue for you using some registry entry repairs. It does require a reboot and in the process sets the default browser back to Windows Edge but that too is easily fixed by loading Firefox and responding yes to the query to make it my default browser. Yesterday, there was an automatic update from Windows 10 fixing various bugs, although I don’t know specifically what they were. Overall, though, despite the little glitches, I have to say this was an easy upgrade. If you have already upgraded, what was your experience?