Win 10 – Can no longer adjust screen brightness

If you can no longer adjust your screen brightness, there’s a quick fix.

  1. Right click on the small Windows icon located at the bottom, left hand side of your screen.
  2. Locate Device Manager and left click on it.
  3. When Device Manager opens, right click at the top of the list and scan for hardware changes.
  4. Look down the list and left click once on Monitor to drop the menu down.
  5. There should be a small down arrow.
  6. Right click on the monitor.
  7. Click Enable.
  8. Close Device Manager.

That should do it. You should be able to adjust your monitor’s brightness.


Win 10 Critical Error – start menu stops working

A random and very irritating error periodically crops up with Win 10. Sometimes you log in you are greeted with  – Critical Error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in. When you log out and back in, it should automatically fix itself.

HOWEVER … it doesn’t always work.

I’ve gone through about 5 separate fixes, including an incredibly complicated one that did bugger all. I did stumble across a fix that seems to work every time.  Click on Sign Out -> bottom right click on Shut Down icon. DON’T SHUT DOWN but do a REBOOT. Shut down won’t fix the problem, but a reboot clears it up every time I tried. Before banging your head on the keyboard, give it a try.

Win 10 Mail – Turn off conversations

If you’re like me, you loathed Windows 10 Mail conversations view.  When 10 originally came out, there was no choice, we were all forced to use it. It’s one of those features that quickly got under the skin and there were a lot of complaints about it. Well, good news! If you have been keeping your system up to date and patched, then you can now turn it off.

Click on the small gear at the bottom left of the screen.

A window will slide out on the right-> click OPTIONS -> VIEW SETTINGS -> SHOW MESSAGES BY CONVERSATION and push the slider to OFF.

That’s it. Job done.