How To Restart A Driver On Windows 10

When your Windows PC acts up, restarting it is always a good, quick fix, to a random problem. The same trick works for most every other device. If you can’t connect to your WiFi network, restart your WiFi router. If your phone is unresponsive, restart it. Sometimes, restarting  your PC doesn’t do the trick if a particular component isn’t working. For example, if the sound stops working, restarting your PC may or may not work. In such a case, you can try restarting the driver that’s causing problems. Here’s how you can restart a driver on Windows 10.

Run Troubleshooter

While you can restart a driver on Windows 10 easily enough, you should first run any and all troubleshooting options that Windows 10 gives you. As part of the troubleshooting process, the driver may automatically be restarted.

If the troubleshooter doesn’t work, feel free to manually restart the relevant driver.

Identify Driver

Before you can restart a driver, you need to identify which one it is that is causing problems. For example, if you’re having trouble with games, possibly with low FPS, you want to restart your GPU driver and not the display driver. If you’re having trouble with Bluetooth devices, you need to know which is the Bluetooth driver for Windows 10, and which is the device specific driver.

Restart A Driver

Open Device Manager with administrative rights. You can search for it via Windows search, right-click it, and select ‘Run as administrator’ from the context menu.

Look for the device type that you want to restart a driver for. For example, for a Bluetooth driver, expand the Bluetooth devices. This is a good example of identifying the correct driver.

You will see a long list of device drivers that have been installed and somewhere in this list is your Bluetooth driver. You can try uninstalling the device and that might work but that isn’t how you restart the driver. The driver, the one that enables Bluetooth on your system, is Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R).

Right-click it and select ‘Disable device’. You will get an alert telling you that disabling a device will cause it to stop working. That’s a given so just accept the alert and the device will be disabled. Next, restart your PC.

Return to the Device Manger and enable the driver again. Open Device Manager, expand the list of devices, look for the driver you disabled, and right-click it. Select Enable Device to start the driver again.

If this doesn’t solve whatever problem it is you’re having, and the device in question is a plug & play device, you can uninstall it, unplug the device, and connect it again. Windows 10 will install the driver again when it detects the device and that may solve whatever problems you’re having.

Alternatively, if restarting a driver, and reinstalling the deHow To Restart A Driver On Windows 10vice isn’t working, check to see if there is a driver update available or if the driver has been updated which caused the device to stop working. In that case, you should roll back the driver, and stop Windows 10 from updating drivers.

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What To Do If Windows Doesn’t Install Correct Drivers?

When you install Windows 10, it will automatically download and install the necessary drivers needed to run your system. This includes the basic set of drivers; WiFi, display, sound, etc., so that when you boot to your desktop, you have something of a usable system. Once you boot up, Windows 10 will find more specific drivers for you. All this is done seamlessly bu sometimes Windows doesn’t install correct drivers.

In the event this happens, you have to manually install drivers. There are two ways to do this. The first is to just go to your PC/laptop manufacturer, and download drivers from there. In most cases, these drivers will work but Windows 10 can find more up to date drivers which is the second method to go about it. Here’s what you need to do.

Force Driver Check

Open Device Manager with administrative rights. Expand the list of devices that you want to install the driver for. If you don’t see the type of device that you need to install drivers for, you’re going to have to install it from your PC/laptop manufacturer, or you’re going to have to check the website of whoever manufactured the hardware e.g., check the Nvidia website for GPU drivers if you have a Nvidia GPU.

If the device is listed, right-click and select ‘Update driver’. Do this even if you have no drivers installed.

On the window that opens, click the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option. The ‘Browse my computer for driver software’ option is for manually installing drivers, not automatic Windows driver search.

Allow Windows to search for available drivers. If Windows hasn’t installed the correct drivers, this will force it to search for them, and download them.

The driver downloads and installs right away.

In some cases, you may have to restart your system for the driver to start working. Normally, Windows will tell you if you need to restart your system but if it doesn’t say you need a restart and your driver doesn’t start working right away, you should restart it anyway.

For devices that aren’t listed, you should look for drivers from the device manufacturer and install them. This will not give you the latest, most suitable driver but it will get the device to show up in Device Manager, and you can then look for an updated driver.

In some cases, you might have to enable the hardware. This happens mostly in the case of Bluetooth. Some laptops have a setting in the BIOS that can enable or disable it. The same may hold true for other devices and if that’s the case, you will need to enable the device and then search for drivers for it. Generally speaking, this isn’t going to be the case for display or sound devices.

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How To Access Command Prompt Without Booting To The Desktop On Windows 10

When something goes wrong with Windows, and we’re not talking the routine problems that it has but something where an essential file is corrupted, you often can’t fix it from the desktop. The fix often lies by fixing files from the Command Prompt, or by running a few checks to find what’s wrong. In any case, you need to access Command Prompt before you get to your desktop, if you ever get there.

Access Command Prompt

There are two cases in which you might need to access the Command Prompt; when you have Windows 10 installed, and when you have no OS installed. The process for the two is slightly different.

Windows 10 Installed

If you have Windows 10 installed, you can access Command Prompt from the advanced Startup Options. There are three routes you can take.

If you can get to the desktop, and open the Settings app, go to the Update & Security group of settings, and go to the Recovery tab, and under Advanced Startup, click Restart now. Go to Troubleshoot>Advanced options and click the Command Prompt option.

The other option is to boot directly to the Advanced Startup options screen. To do, tap F11 the second you turn your computer on, and it will take you to the Advanced Startup screen where you can again select Command Prompt.

The last alternative is to hold down the Shift key when you restart Windows 10 from the desktop. It again takes you to the Advanced Startup screen, where you click Command Prompt.

No OS Installed

If you don’t have an OS installed, you need a USB stick with Windows 10 on it. It’s not hard to get one but you will need access to a working computer to make it.

Connect it to your PC, and turn it on. Make sure that the PC boots from the USB drive. You can check and change the boot order from BIOS. Once you boot to the Install screen for Windows 10, you will see a Repair option. Click it.

The Repair option takes you to the same Advanced Startup options screen that you get and the Command Prompt option is where it should be.

From Command Prompt, you will have the usual utilities it has to offer at your disposal. For example, you can use Diskpart to format and partition your drives. If you’re trying to salvage files from the hard drive, you can use the Command Prompt to do so.

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How To Check And Monitor Your Windows PC Temperature

Computers have come a long way from when they used to occupy entire rooms. They’re now portable, and small enough to fit in a backpack. A lot has changed but one thing still holds true; they tend to get hot. A laptop does not generate the same amount of heat as the early computers did but they do still get hot. If a Windows PC gets too hot, it might shut down unexpectedly and it might damage your hardware which is why it’s important to keep an eye on your Windows PC temperature.

We should mention that you need only monitor your Windows PC temperature if you feel it is running too hot. It is normal for a laptop or a PC to heat up to some extent. If you’re playing games, your system will obviously run hotter than when it is idle or if you’re performing less resource intensive tasks. You should not compare to how hot your system is when you’re watching Netflix to how hot it is when you’re playing a game.

Check Windows PC Temperature

You need a third party tool to check and monitor your Windows PC temperature. There are quite a few great tools available but we recommend using Speed Fan. The name makes it sound like it controls the fan speed and it does but it also monitors your system’s temperature. More importantly, it can monitor the temperature of individual components, and tell you if it’s increasing or decreasing.

Download and install Speed Fan. Allow it to get a reading on your hardware. Since we’re only concerned with the temperature, the Readings tab is the only one that’s relevant. You can see the temperature of your individual CPU cores, and your GPU.

The app has its own temperatures that it benchmarks against and if your system is running hotter than those benchmarks, it will indicate it as such. In the screenshot below, one of the CPU cores is too hot.

Understandably, the benchmarks may not suit your needs. In this case, you can customize them. Click the Configure button and select the component you want to modify the benchmark for.

At the very bottom, you will see a ‘Desired’ field. Set the temperature you prefer for that particular component. Next to this field, you will see a Warning field. Set the temperature that you think is too hot for the component. Click OK, and you’re done.

You can view the overall temperature for your PC in the system tray by checking the ‘Show in tray’ option however, the  font used isn’t easy to read and the color of the text doesn’t help.

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How To Get Microsoft Movie Maker On Windows 10

A long time ago, Microsoft had a bundle of awesome, free apps called Windows Live Essentials. It had some great gems in there like Live Writer, and Microsoft Writer, and Movie Maker. Like all great things that Microsoft makes, the Windows Live Essentials bundle was discontinued. For a while, it was still available on Microsoft’s website if you could find the link to it but that too is gone. Users still miss the apps in that bundle and Movie Maker is top of the list of most missed apps. To this day, it’s better than the mediocre editing features in the Photos app on Windows 10. If you want Movie Maker on Windows 10, you can still download it from online archives.

The Movie Maker app can still run on Windows 10. Compatibility is hardly an issue, availability is. Windows Live Essentials is available on a myriad of online software repositories but they’re not all trustworthy. Anyone looking to infect systems can bundle it Windows Live Essentials with malicious code and make it available to unsuspecting users.

Movie Maker On Windows 10

One safe repository where you can download Windows Live Essentials is Archive.org. You can download the Wlsetup EXE or you can get a torrent for it. Both are really slow to download the 128 MB file so we recommend using a Torrent so there’s a resume option should anything go wrong.

Once downloaded, run the file named wlsetup-all.exe. You will see the following screen when installation begins. Click ‘Choose the programs you want to install’, and on the next screen, uncheck everything except Movie Maker.

The installer will install nothing except Movie Maker though if you want some of the other apps that were part of Windows Live Essentials, you’re free to check them during installation and they too will be installed.

Windows Movie Maker runs without any trouble on Windows 10. It’s not a feature-rich movie making app that can replace professional video editing software however it can do a lot of basic video editing. You can trim a video, record a video with your webcam, add a title card, add a credits card, add a voice over narration, and tons more.

It may not let you add fancy affects however, if you’re making a basic video that you intend to publish online, this app isn’t just fully equipped but also incredibly easy to learn to use for just that purpose. The cherry on top is that it can save it in low, medium, and HD quality depending on how you need to use it. There’s a reason why everyone loved this app.

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