Thursday, July 30, 2015

Windows 10 Driver Compatibility Issues - How to Resolve

Windows 10 is released and the big day is made, uh? Have you already installed Windows 10? Are you fed up with driver compatibility issues after the upgrade?

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Mandatory Automatic Updates on Windows 10 - Benefits and Drawbacks

Have you ever read the EULA when installing Windows 10? The new rule is much different than before and the biggest concern is "automatic updates without any additional notice" which basically indicates mandatory automatic Windows updates regardless if you want them or not.

It can't be denied that there are many benefits of getting Windows updates because you can always keep your computer up to date and benefit from the new features. However, there are inevitable side effects like many users reported:

"Automatic download, especially for drivers is a bad idea. They should be optional. A bad graphics driver can screw your whole week!"

"Please, stop with automatic GPU drivers download in the Windows Update."

Except the driver issues, users are also reporting problems on bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

"Does anyone know if Bluetooth is working properly...? Only reason I uninstalled Windows 10 Preview was because Bluetooth speaker connection was hit and miss. It works flawlessly on 7"

"Network adapter for WiFi need to be reset on every boot."

There are more reports about the same issues and other such as problems with Intel and AMD, audio, mouse and touchpad drivers. 

How to Resolve Driver Issues after Upgrading to Windows 10?

It is never an easy task to solve driver problems especially you are not familiar with computer working and connecting principle. Generally, there are 3 ways to fix driver issues. If you are not good at solving problems by your own, maybe I would introduce you an automatic driver repair tool DriveTheLife, a free and professional driver updater, finder and manager.

It will automatically scan your drivers and identify the ones in problem, missing, outdated, corrupted and then install the right ones with one click. Try it out to see if the driver problem is cleared up.

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No Internet after System Win 10 Update?

If your case is that there is no internet connection after the Windows 10 update, you may need to install a special tool called DriveTheLife for Network Card which will download and install the best-matched network driver without internet connection.

Extended Tip

Share Your Computer Internet with Other Devices without Wireless Router

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Repair Driver Issues for Windows Hardware Devices


If you have any problems with your computer hardware, there is a possibility that the problem is resulted from driver issues since drivers are a type of software that acts as the middleman between your operating system and specific hardware components, such as a printer and monitor. If the driver is down, then the middleman is sick and can't convey the information correctly. That is why your hardware components don't respond.

This article demonstrated several methods that deserve a try to repair driver issues and make hardware working again.

Method 1: Restore Your Computer to a Point before Problems Began

Suppose that you do create a restore point before the problem showed up, you can restore your system to this point.

Start >All Programs >Accessories >System Tools >System Restore
Then follow the on-screen prompts to do the rest.

Note that this will restore all other settings and data in Disk C to the point where you created the restore point. So be careful if you have very important data that can't be erased in C.

Method 2: Uninstall Corrupted/Problematic Driver and Reinstall It

Another common way to fix driver problems is to uninstall and reinstall drivers.

1. Go to Device Manager and pull down the specific device driver.
2. Double click it to open the Properties window.
3. Click Driver tab and choose Uninstall.
4. Reboot after the uninstallation.

Windows will search for the missing driver and try its best to reinstall whatever driver it can. However, sometimes the automatic search and reinstall will fail due to various reasons. In this case, you may download and install specific driver from manufacture's website or use driver download and install tool to automatically do this.

Method 3: Restore Drivers from Backup If You Just Right Made the Backup Before

It is always a good habit to make a backup, either for data, programs or settings, configurations because you never know when accidents will happen and you need the old data/programs.

Windows does not provide us with a built-in option to backup and restore drivers so you need a 3rd party tool to complete this. Try 100% free and easy-to-use tool DriveTheLife.

1. Download, install and launch DriveTheLife.
2. It will start an automatic scan of all drivers without advanced configuration.
3. If you need to backup or fix drivers, just go ahead. All the features of this program is free.
4. Now let's skip all that to backup and restore driver. Go to Manage board and you will see three options: Backup, Restore and Uninstall.

If you have made backup before, just click Restore tab and it will display in the available list to restore.
5. Restart computer and done! 

That's all for what I will demonstrate in this article to fix driver related problems. Updating drivers and rolling backup driver are also methods but they are similar to uninstall/reinstall drivers and restore to restore point so I won't write it here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tutorial: Share Internet Connection from Windows Computer to Mobile Devices/Other PC

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This is a simple and handy tutorial about how to share your internet from Windows computer with iPhone, Samsung phone, HTC phone, Huawei phone and any other smartphones, iPad and other tablets, laptops and any other wireless devices.

Imagine you're in the office and you need to download an application from App Store urgently, but the 3G/4G network is running out. And of course, you have no key to the WiFi network box. And no other available WiFi connection.

How can you download this needed application via WiFi, not via your iPhone cellular data? Hack the WiFi password? No, you don't need to do so if you can create a WiFi hotspot on your PC and share your own computer's internet with your iPhone.

What You Need to Share the Internet from Windows to Mobile:

  • PC/Laptop with Windows XP and the later (Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10)
  • An available internet connection (Ethernet)
  • A working wireless card on your desktop/laptop
  • Free and little program called 160WiFi

Steps to Create the Personal WiFi Hotspot and Get WiFi Connection:

1. Download and install program 160WiFi.
2. Launch it after installation, then it will start a WiFi hotspot automatically by default.
3. You can modify the WiFi name (SSID) and password to make a personal WiFi hotspot.
4. Search on your phone/tablet or other WiFi devices for the WiFi you just set up and join in with the specified passcode.

Well, it is just that simple and easy-to-get. Enjoy the free, unlimited and personal WiFi yourself.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Create Free WiFi Hotspot on Windows Computer - 160WiFi, Easy and Quick!

wifi hotspot creator for windows computer


Need WiFi to Surf the Internet

Holding a WiFi iPad without a wireless router?
You have only one wired Ethernet connection but there are a room of devices that are internet-starved? 
Your smartphone is running out of cellular data and needs to connect to free WiFi?

In such cases, the quick and easy solution is to create a free WiFi hotspot and share the internet with others. Let's learn how 160WiFi helps to turn your Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista desktop or laptop/notebook into a free WiFi hotspot.

That is, with 160WiFi installed and launched on your computer, it will become a wireless router right away.

How to Make Your Computer a Wireless Router?

Step 1: Download and install 160WiFi on your Windows computer. Free download 160WiFi now.

Note: Make sure your computer's wireless adapter is working in order to setup a WiFi hotspot.

Step 2: When it is launched, it will try to start the WiFi hotspot automatically. In normal case, the WiFi hotspot will be setup in seconds.

Step 3: Till now, you have had access to the WiFi on your smartphone, tablet, other computer, etc. already. You can customize the WiFi name, literally called SSID, and the password to prevent thief stealing the internet.

Step 4: After your phone, tablet or computer connected to the WiFi, you can find them under Connected Devices. There is even detailed information of your connected devices. 

Further Features of 160WiFi

In the bottom left, do you realize the dial with a pointer? It is a network speed tester. Click it to test your network speed easily and conveniently.

And next to the WiFi Hotspot, it is the Remote Controller. Click the tab, you will find a QR code on the panel. To scan the QR code, it will redirect you to 160WiFi for Mobile. If needed, you can install 160WiFi for Mobile on your phone. Then you can control your computer on your phone after that.

160wifi for mobile

Simple, free and quick, yeah? Let's start enjoying the free and unlimited WiFi with 160WiFi!