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      • #2345431
        AskWoody Plus

        Finally! Our 2 machines (Win 7 and 8.1) will be retired.

        Out of the box are 2 ‘new’ identical computers: HP Pavilion Desktops 570-p0XX. Win10 v.1607. (Bought 2 years ago, then life took over).

        1:  Starting with Computer 1, I’ve been working through recommendations in various threads: Susan Bradley’s First Steps, Setting up Windows 10 first Time and so on.

        All this while still offline with Local Account, no updating.

        I’ve uninstalled various apps I’ll never use, eg: solitaire etc. And ‘Gaming

        2:  Started working on Computer 2, following same procedure. That’s when I found problem on Comp 1.

        a) Comp 1 : Windows Settings … ‘Apps’ is no longer on page with System / Devices / Network & Internet / Personalisation / Accounts / Time & Language / Ease of Access / Privacy / Update & Security

        b) BUT if I go to System … the list Includes Apps & Features / Default Apps

        c) ALSO: in ‘Start’ the ‘Show app list in Start Menu’ has disappeared.

        d)  I was about to do a back up, but had not. Nor had I enabled System Restore.

        Argh.  So, what to do?

      • #2346259
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks for the speedy reply!

        So, I am still offline. (In fact I’ve yet to connect this machine at all).

        1)  I have an image backup. Just now I created a system restore point.

        2)  Started the ISO process as per instructions above.  All made sense. Then, this came up …
        “What needs your attention. Continuing with the installation of will change your display. To change it back, you’ll need to reinstall the language pack.”

        Is this a problem?

        I’ve gone back and back and exited the set up successfully.  I don’t want to create problems inadvertently!

        Many thanks.

        • #2346274
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          Language pack is a very minor change. It means you don’t have “standard” US English.

          You have a backup, go for it!

          cheers, Paul

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      • #2346322
        AskWoody Plus


        Things seem to be working properly and I’ve also gone through the Privacy settings. Everything was turned ‘on’ again, of course.

        Thankfully, Win10 is beginning to feel more familiar and make more sense.

        Next up is repeating all this on Computer 2. Lucky I made a list!

        Then … it’ll be following Susan Bradley’s advice re: accounts (still only Local), going online, installing Microsoft 365, Thunderbird, dealing with networking and so on.

        I’ll continue to research here and if I have questions, I’ll start a new thread.

        In the meantime, HUGE THANKS to Paul T and the others who took the time to add their thoughts. I can’t see those other replies now, but they are much appreciated… as others have been over the years. The advice is so good, but I also value the support, which boosts the confidence of folks like me.


      • #2346222
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        That ISO is fine – version 19041 is 2004. No rush to move to 20H2.

        To update, either set TRV using Susan’s reg file, or disconnect from the internet mount the ISO and run setup.exe from it.
        There are no prerequisites / things to do in Windows.

        cheers, Paul

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