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Delete Downloaded, Failed and Pending Windows Updates in Windows 10

There are instances when instead of fixing problems the Windows Update brings you problems on your Windows 10 computer. You might even see some pending Windows Updates which for some reason, refuse to install no matter what you do. The good thing is you won’t have to deal with those failed and pending updates that are incompletely downloaded to your PC as you can actually delete them.

Follow the instructions prepared below to delete the failed and pending Windows Updates.

Step 1: The first thing you have to do is delete all the contents in the Temporary folder

  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next, type in “%temp%” in the field and hit Enter or click OK to open the Temporary folder.
  • From there, select all the folders and files within the Temporary folder and then delete them all.

Note: %temp% is one of the many environment variables in Windows that could open the designated folder by Windows as the Temporary folder which is usually located at C:\Users[username]AppDataLocalTemp.

Step 2: Next, remove the pending.xml file

  • Go to the C:\Windows WinSxS folder.
  • Once you’ve opened the folder, look for a file named “pending.xml” file and right-click on it and you can either rename it or delete it.
  • After that, the Windows Update should delete the pending tasks and build a fresh new update.

Step 3: Delete all the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder

The Software Distribution folder in the Windows operating system is a folder that can be found in the Windows directory and is used to store files temporarily which might be required to install the Windows Update on your PC. Thus, it is required by the Windows Update and maintained by WUAgent. Aside from that, it also contains all the Windows Update History files and once you delete them, you will most likely lose the Update history. As a result, the next time you run the Windows Update, it may result in a longer detection time.

  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service and the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
  • Next, got to the C:\Windows\Software\Distribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
  • Once all the contents in the Software Distribution folder are deleted, restart your PC and then go back to Command Prompt and input the following commands again.

net start wuauserv

net start bits

Since the folder has already been flushed, it will be populated afresh the instant your restart your computer and open Windows Update.

Step 4: Try resetting the catroot2 folder

You can also try resetting the catroort2 folder as it is known to fix tons of Windows Update issues. Both the Catroot and catroot2 are Windows operating system folders that are required for the Windows update process.  So when you run the Windows Update, the catroort2 folders stores the signatures of the Windows Update package and helps it in the installation. It makes use of the “%windir%System32catroot2edb.log” file in the updating process. Afterward, the updates are stored in the SoftwareDistribution folder which is used then by the Automatic Updates in order to execute the updating process. Keep in mind that you must not rename or delete the Catroot folder. Although the Catroot2 folder is recreated automatically by Windows, the Catroot folder isn’t.

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Although the problem is quite massive, the fix could be as simple as enabling the graphics card if it turns out to be disabled. There might be some strange reason why your graphics card disables itself. Thus, the best and first option you can try is to check if the graphics card is enabled or not. To do so, follow these steps:
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RadioRage Toolbar is categorized as adware since it infiltrates computers and after successful installation, this browser extension redirects browsers to home.tb.ask.com. And changes your default search engine to myway.com.

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Key signs that your web browser has been hijacked

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Switch over to some other web browser

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Run anti-malware from a pen drive

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Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

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Size and resolution

The first thing that you can notice about the screen is that it is big and curved, 49 inches big which is pretty big, and with it, I believe you can forget about using 2 or 3 screens because this single one will cover everything you need really. Going as far as 5120 X 1440 resolution is the strange definition, basically, this is 5K which is kind of nice but I do not see the advantage. Sure it is larger than 4K, but for the price of $2500 I expected an 8K monstrosity so if the resolution is not the main price justification then what is? Let’s move on and find out.

Odyssey tech specs

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Browser hijacking signs

There are numerous signs that could indicate a browser hijacking: 1. you find unauthorized modifications to your Internet browser’s home-page 2. when you enter a URL, you find yourself regularly directed to some other website than the one you actually intended 3. the default web engine and the default browser settings are modified 4. discover new toolbars that you didn’t add 5. you might find numerous pop-up adverts on your computer screen 6. your internet browser has become unstable or starts running sluggishly 7. you are blocked to access those sites of security solution providers.

How it infects your computer

Browser hijackers could use drive-by downloads or file-sharing websites or even an email attachment to reach a targeted computer. They can also come from any BHO, extension, toolbar, add-on, or plug-in with malicious objectives. Also, certain freeware and shareware can put the hijacker in your computer through the “bundling” technique. An example of some notorious browser hijacker includes Conduit, Anyprotect, Babylon, DefaultTab, SweetPage, Delta Search, and RocketTab, but the names are constantly changing. Browser hijacking can lead to serious privacy issues and also identity theft, affect your web browsing experience by taking control of outbound traffic, substantially slows down your personal computer by depleting a lot of resources and lead to system instability as well.

How to remove a browser hijacker

Some hijackers could be removed by just uninstalling the related freeware or add-ons through the Add or Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel. However, most hijackers are difficult to eliminate manually. Regardless of how much you attempt to get rid of it, it might keep returning again and again. Furthermore, manual removals demand in-depth system knowledge and therefore can be an extremely difficult task for beginner computer users.

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Install the anti-virus in Safe Mode

If the virus is set to load automatically when Microsoft Windows starts, entering Safe Mode could block the attempt. Only minimal required applications and services are loaded when you boot your computer or laptop into Safe Mode. To launch your Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PCs in Safe Mode with Networking, please do as instructed below. 1) At power on, hit the F8 key while the Windows splash screen begins to load. This will bring up the Advanced Boot Options menu. 2) Select Safe Mode with Networking with arrow keys and hit ENTER. 3) When you are into this mode, you should have online access once again. Now, get the malware removal application you want by using the browser. To install the software, follow the directions in the setup wizard. 4) Following installation, run a complete scan and let the program delete the threats it discovers.

Download the antivirus program in an alternate browser

Web-based viruses could be environment-specific, aiming for a specific web browser or attacking specific versions of the browser. If you appear to have malware attached to Internet Explorer, then switch over to a different web browser with built-in safety features, such as Firefox or Chrome, to download your favorite antivirus program – Safebytes. Make a bootable USB antivirus drive Another option is to save and operate an anti-malware software program entirely from a USB drive. To run anti-malware from a USB drive, follow these simple steps: 1) Download the anti-malware program on a virus-free PC. 2) Plug in the pen drive into the clean computer. 3) Run the setup program by double-clicking the executable file of the downloaded application, which has a .exe file extension. 4) Select flash drive as the location when the wizard asks you exactly where you wish to install the application. Follow the directions to complete the installation process. 5) Remove the flash drive. Now you can use this portable antivirus on the infected computer. 6) Double-click the Safebytes Anti-malware icon on the thumb drive to run the software. 7) Click on the “Scan” button to run a full computer scan and remove viruses automatically. How SafeBytes Anti-Malware Keep your Machine Virus Free"]If you are planning to buy anti-malware for your desktop, there are numerous brands and applications for you to consider. Some are very good ones, some are decent, while some are merely bogus anti-malware applications that will damage your computer themselves! You have to look for a tool that has gained a strong reputation and detects not just viruses but other types of malware also. Among few good applications, SafeBytes Anti-Malware is the highly recommended program for the security-conscious end user. SafeBytes anti-malware is really a powerful, highly effective protection tool made to assist end-users of all levels of computer literacy in detecting and removing malicious threats from their PC. After you have installed this tool, SafeBytes sophisticated protection system will make sure that no viruses or malicious software can seep through your PC. SafeBytes has excellent features when compared to other anti-malware programs. The following are some typical features found in this software: Active Protection: SafeBytes provides complete and real-time security for your personal machine. It will check your computer system for suspicious activity continuously and its unrivaled firewall protects your PC from unauthorized access by the outside world. Most effective AntiMalware Protection: Using its enhanced and sophisticated algorithm, this malware removal tool can detect and eliminate the malware threats hiding in your computer system effectively. Web Protection: SafeBytes checks and gives a unique safety rating to each and every website you visit and block access to webpages considered to be phishing sites, thus safeguarding you from identity theft, or known to contain malicious software. Faster Scanning: Safebytes Anti-Malware, using its advanced scanning engine, provides extremely fast scanning which can quickly target any active online threat. Light-weight: This software is lightweight and will work silently in the background, and that does not have an effect on your computer efficiency. 24/7 Online Tech Support: You can get 24/7 technical support to promptly resolve any concern with your security tool.

Technical Details and Manual Removal (Advanced Users)

If you wish to manually remove FreeRideGames without the use of an automated tool, it may be possible to do so by removing the program from the Windows Add/Remove Programs menu, or in cases of browser extensions, going to the browsers AddOn/Extension manager and removing it. You will likely also want to reset your browser. To ensure the complete removal, manually check your hard drive and registry for all of the following and remove or reset the values accordingly. Please note that this is for advanced users only and may be difficult, with incorrect file removal causing additional PC errors. In addition, some malware is capable of replicating or preventing deletion. Doing this in Safe Mode is advised.

The following files, folders, and registry entries are created or modified by FreeRideGames.

Files: C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32msxml3r.dll C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsTemp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32shdocvw.dll C:WINDOWSsystem32stdole2.tlb c:autoexec.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDMLog.log C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDM_DB_143.xml C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpIKernel.ex_ C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempIEC4.tmp C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32temp.000 C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpSetup.exe C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe -RegServer01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32msxml3r.dll C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32msxml3r.dll C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsTemp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32shdocvw.dll C:WINDOWSsystem32stdole2.tlb c:autoexec.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDMLog.log C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDM_DB_143.xml C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpIKernel.ex_ C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempIEC4.tmp C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32temp.000 C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpSetup.exe C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe -RegServer01235B C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsTemp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32shdocvw.dll C:WINDOWSsystem32stdole2.tlb c:autoexec.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:WINDOWSsystem32msxml3r.dll C:21984fa691bd80870e3e3f15cc83121a5862cef4abf2989844d858b2c64b0f C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:WINDOWSRegistrationR000000000007.clb C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32rsaenh.dll C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsTemp_uninsep.bat C:WINDOWSsystem32shdocvw.dll C:WINDOWSsystem32stdole2.tlb c:autoexec.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143%#MANIFEST#%01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDMLog.log C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDM_DB_143.xml C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpIKernel.ex_ C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempIEC4.tmp C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32temp.000 C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpSetup.exe C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe -RegServer01235B C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143cmhelper.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143ExentCtlInstaller.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143resourceDll.dll C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDMLog.log C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143SDM_DB_143.xml C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpIKernel.ex_ C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempIEC4.tmp C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32temp.000 C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143Free Ride Games.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsep.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1TempSDM143FreeRideGames.exe C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temp_uninsdm.bat C:DOCUME1USER1LOCALS1Temppft3.tmpSetup.exe C:Program FilesCommon FilesInstallShieldEngineIntel 32IKernel.exe -RegServer
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NVIDIA Control Panel keeps crashing
The NVIDIA Control Panel is a useful tool for users who have NVIDIA graphics on their PCs as this tool allows users to how the graphics card is used on the computer using several controls that come with the graphics card from NVIDIA. Thus, it can be quite inconvenient when it suddenly crashes all of a sudden for some reason. This kind of problem could be due to the toggling of Output Dynamic Range is limited, or there could be some issue with the integrity of the Power Supply for the graphics card, and many more. So if you are using NVIDIA on your computer and its Control Panel keeps on crashing on your Windows 10 computer, then you’ve come to the right place as this post will guide you in sorting the problem out. For more details, refer to the guidelines laid out below.

Option 1 – Try to toggle the Output Dynamic Range

The first thing you can do to fix the problem is to toggle the Output Dynamic Range by following these steps:
  • Navigate to this path: Display > Change resolution.
  • Next, scroll a bit on the right-side panel until you see the Output Dynamic Range drop-down.
  • After that, select “Full” from the drop-down menu.
  • Apply the changes you’ve made and see if it is able to fix the problem with the NVIDIA Control Panel.

Option 2 – Try changing the Power Management and Vertical Sync settings

The next thing you can do to fix the problem is to change the Power Management, as well as the Vertical Sync settings.
  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and go to this path: 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings.
  • Next, set the Power Management to be “Prefer Maximum Performance” for your processor located on the right-side panel.
  • After that, set the Vertical sync setting off and then click on the Apply button located at the bottom-right portion of the window and check if it is able to fix the problem or not.

Option 3 – Try updating the drivers from the official site of NVIDIA

If both the first and second given options didn’t work, you can also try updating the drivers from the official NVIDIA website. And in case you don’t know the type of Nvidia graphics card that your computer is on, follow the steps below:
  • Tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  • Next type in “dxdiag” in the field and click OK or hit Enter to open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
  • From there, you can see what type of Nvidia graphics card that your system is on.
  • Take note of your graphics card information and then look for the best drivers for your operating system. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the file, restart your PC.

Option 4 – Try to roll back the driver to the previous version

If updating the NVIDIA display drivers didn’t work for you, then it’s time to roll back the device drivers. It is most likely that after you updated your Windows computer that your driver also needs a refresh.
  • Tap the Win + R keys to launch the Run window and then type in the “MSC” command and hit Enter to open the Device Manager window.
  • Under the Device Manager, you will see a list of drivers. From there, look for the NVIDIA Drivers and expand it.
  • Next, select the driver entries that are labeled appropriately.
  • Then select each one of them and double click to open a new mini window.
  • After that, make sure that you’re on the Driver tab and if you are not, just navigate to it then click the Roll Back Driver button to switch back to the previous version of the NVIDIA Drivers.
  • Now restart your computer to successfully apply the changes made.
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How to Deal With Error Code 42

Code 42 - What is it?

Code 42 Error is referred to as a Device Manager Error code. Before we explain what this code indicates, it is important to understand what ‘Device Manager’ is and its functions.

Device Manager is basically a Windows tool that helps manage devices attached to the system such as the Printer, Scanner and the USB Device. The Device Manager Error code 42 occurs when a duplicate device is detected.

Error Code 42 is displayed in the following format:

“Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because there is a duplicate device already running in the system. Code 42”

Solution

driverfix boxError Causes

Narrowing down to one particular cause for error code 42 is not virtually possible because it may be triggered due to many underlying reasons. These include:

  • When a bus driver incorrectly generates and creates 2 identically named devices
  • When a device with a serial number is found in a new location without being removed from its original location
  • Mis-configured drivers

No matter what the reason for this error code,, to avoid inconvenience and to ensure proper hardware performance, it is advisable to fix it right away without any delay.

Further Information and Manual Repair

If you’re not technically sound, the code 42 message display can panic you. But don’t worry, the error message sounds complex but it is quite easy to fix.

To resolve code 42 in a few minutes, simply try the methods given below. These methods are easy-to-perform, effective and more importantly require no technical expertise.

Method 1 - Restart Your System

Code 42 can pop up due to some temporary glitch in the Device Manager. By simply restarting your PC, you can resolve this problem.

Therefore, first things first, restart your system. However, in case it doesn’t work out, try other methods.

Method 2 - Launch the Troubleshooting Wizard

Launch the troubleshooting wizard to find the underlying problem and resolve it accordingly. To do this, proceed with the following steps:

  • Go to the start menu
  • Type Device Manager in the search bar and press enter
  • Now click on the ‘General Tab’
  • Then click on ‘Trouble Shoot’ to launch the Troubleshooting Wizard
  • After that follow the instructions in this Wizard to diagnose the problem and resolve it.

Method 3 - Restore Your PC to its Previous State

Another method to fix code 42 is to use the System Restore tool to restore your PC to its previous working state before the error popped up. To do this,

  • Go to the start menu
  • Type System Restore in the search bar and press enter
  • Now click on ‘Restore my computer to an earlier time’ and then click ‘Next’
  • After that select the restore point on the restore point list and confirm settings
  • Restart your PC to activate changes
  • Before restoring your PC to its previous state, create a backup. By creating data backup you can avoid data loss issues, which are likely to occur during this process.

Creating backup manually can be time-consuming and a painstaking task. The best way to create backup and restore your PC to its normal state is to download DriverFIX.

It is a user-friendly device driver management software that helps create data backup automatically and simultaneously restores your PC back to its normal working state in a few seconds.

This software is compatible with all Windows versions.

Click here to download DriverFIX on your system to resolve error code 42.

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Toggle to turn Bluetooth On or Off is missing
Support for Bluetooth hardware has always been included in the Windows 10 operating system for a long time now. And it just keeps getting better especially now with the support for the latest version of Bluetooth 5.0 LE. However, there are still times when Bluetooth experiences a couple of issues one of which is users were not able to turn on or off Bluetooth on their Windows 10 Pc since the option to turn Bluetooth off or on is missing in the Windows 10 settings app and even in the Action Center. So if you are one of the users who experience the same problem, read on as this post will guide you in resolving the issue. To resolve this Bluetooth issue, here are some suggestions that could help:

Option 1 – Try running the Bluetooth Troubleshooter

As you know, Windows 10 has various troubleshooters with user-friendly interfaces where you can utilize them to fix issues in your PC. And since you’re dealing with some Bluetooth problem, you have to run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter.
  • Open the Windows 10 Settings.
  • Then go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  • You should find the option for Bluetooth on your right-hand side – click on it then click on the “Run the troubleshooter” option.
  • Now follow the next screen options.

Option 2 – Try to reinstall or update the Bluetooth driver

The issue might have something to do with the Bluetooth drivers. It could be that it is outdated and needs to be updated or that you recently updated it and since then you have trouble removing the Bluetooth devices and so to fix the issue, you can update, roll back or uninstall the Bluetooth drivers. How? Follow the steps below.
  • Tap the Win + X keys to open the Device Manager.
  • Next, look for the Bluetooth device and right-click on it.
  • Select the option “Update driver”.
  • After that, a new popup window will appear. In there, select the option, “Search automatically for updated driver software”.
Note: Checking the update may take a few minutes so you’ll have to wait until it finishes. If it is able to find an update, you must install it. And if you want to reinstall the Bluetooth driver, just select the “Uninstall driver” option and follow the next on-screen instructions that follow.

Option 3 – Configure the Bluetooth Services

If the first two options didn’t work, the next thing you can do is configure Bluetooth Services. How? Simply follow these steps:
  • Tap the Win + R key combination to open the Run dialog box.
  • After that, type “services.msc” in the field and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager.
  • You will then see a list of services and from there, look for the following services and make sure that their default values are set as follows:
    • Bluetooth Handsfree Service – Manual (Triggered)
    • Bluetooth Audio Gateway Service – Manual (Triggered)
    • Bluetooth Support Service – Manual (Triggered)
    • Bluetooth User Support Service – Manual (Triggered)
  • Now click on the Start button to start all the aforementioned services and then check if you can now see the option to turn Bluetooth on or on.
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How to Fix Fatal Error c000021a

Fatal Error c000021a - What is it?

Fatal Error c000021a is a type of Windows stop error also known as the blue screen of death (BSoD) error. When this error occurs, it causes the computer screen to go blue and locks the user out of the current activity. This error code is fatal and can lead to serious issues like system crashes and freeze. The error code is usually displayed in the following format:
STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error} The Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc0000034 (0x00000000 0x0000000)

Solution

Restoro box imageError Causes

Fatal Error c000021a occurs when the Windows kernel detects that either Winlogon.exe or Csrss.exe service processes have stopped responding or failed to load.  When this happens the error code pops up on the screen. Nonetheless, this is not the only reason for the occurrence of this error. There are plenty more reasons why Fatal Error c000021a may pop on your computer screen. These include:
  • Missing or corrupt hardware drivers
  • Faulty hardware
  • Windows System Restore failed during the rollback process
  • Malware or viral infection
  • Registry issues
No matter what the reason may be, it is advisable to fix the error right away without any delays. Remember it is a fatal error and can cause a great deal of damage to your PC.

Further Information and Manual Repair

Fatal Error c000021a is a serious PC issue but this does not mean you have to hire an expert to get it fixed. The good news is that this error is actually quite easy to resolve. You don’t have to be a technical whiz or a computer programmer to fix Fatal Error c000021a on your PC. Here are some do it yourself methods to fix this error code right away without any hassle: Let’s get started:

Method 1: Update Your PC Drivers

As we mentioned about corrupt or missing drivers can be one of the many reasons for the occurrence of this error. So, check the drivers first. Perform a driver scan and make sure all your drivers are updated.

Method 2: Perform a Windows System Restore

To do this, first launch Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC on your keyboard. Now click on the application tab and then click ‘New Task’ then browse. After that, go to C:\Windows\System32\Restore  folder and then double click the rstrui.exe file. This will help start system restoration. Your computer will reboot during the process and hopefully, the error will be resolved. Nonetheless, if the error still persists then try methods 3 and 4.

Method 3: Scan for Viruses

Sometimes Fatal Error c000021a may also occur due to malware infection. Your PC may be affected by viruses hidden in different locations without you knowing about it. Therefore to resolve this error, it is recommended to run an antivirus and scan for viruses. If detected, remove them right away to fix the error code.

Method 4: Repair the Registry

Another method to resolve Fatal Error c000021a code on your system is to repair the registry. The registry stores all the information and activities performed on the system. If it is not cleaned frequently, it gets loaded with too many files unnecessary and obsolete files like the junk files, cookies, internet history and temporary files which corrupts and damages the registry thereby generating blue screen of death error codes like Fatal Error c000021a. Though you can repair the registry manually it can be both time-consuming and slightly difficult especially if you are not a computer programmer. Therefore it is advisable to download a registry cleaner to fix it right away.

Automatic Repair with Restoro.

Whether the Fatal Error c000021a code occurs due to viral infection or registry issues, download Restoro. This is a next-generation, advanced, and multi-functional PC Fixer. This software is deployed with multiple utilities such as a powerful registry cleaner, an antivirus, a system optimizer, and more. The registry cleaner scans the entire PC and detects all types of registry issues at once. It cleans the registry, wipes out all the unnecessary files, and restores the registry back to normal. Simultaneously, the antivirus embedded in this software detects all types of viruses including malware, adware, spyware and Trojans and removes them in seconds. The system optimizer feature ensures the speed and performance of your PC are not compromised during the repairing process. It ensures your PC works at its optimal speed. Restoro is a one-stop solution for all your PC needs. It has a user-friendly interface making it easy for all levels of users to work around. It is compatible with all Windows versions Click here to download Restoro and resolve the Fatal Error c000021a code on your PC today!
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