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  1. That error message is interesting in the way that it says "full administrator rights".

    Are you using the special "Windows Administrator" account in Win 10?

    That account has very special privileges and should not be used as a normal Administrator account.
    Most people don't even know that it is there and will never see it except during the initial Windows installation.

    Assuming that you do have other accounts set up:
    Open a command window and type in "net user administrator /active:no" - without the quote marks.

    Then reboot and use a normal Admin account, or a user account.


  2. 15 hours ago, David12846 said:

     until I can find newer versions of ancient software for that PC that will run on Windows 10.

    That is a consideration if you have old software.

    I still have a Win98 PC, simply because I occasionally use a full copy of AutoCAD on it.
    You can get updated AutoCAD, they bring out a new version each year, but it's a yearly license now rather than buying it outright, and it's pretty expensive for a license.
    (Free alternatives are available, but they are not AutoCad if you get what I mean).

  3. I found this article (updated last week) about it:



    As of July 30, 2016, the upgrade notifications stopped and the GWX app began disappearing. In theory, that means the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade is to pay for it.

    The funny thing is, no one told the folks who run Microsoft's activation servers. Which means today, two full years after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.


    It doesn't seem to happen for everyone though.

    So officially you need to buy a Win 10 digital license, unofficialy it will still update your valid Win 7 (or 8.*) license for free.

  4. It is probably due to a Windows update. (There have been quite a few in the last month or so).

    I've just updated my Win 10 to 1903 and following the update CCleaner showed hundreds of 'issues' in the registry (including many firewall rules).

    I left it alone and just looking again now CCleaner is only showing 50 or so 'issues'.
    Obviously Windows has been cleaning itself up in the meantime.

    I'd just leave them alone, it won't make any difference to your computers performance, and Windows will probably cleanup what is not needed when it gets around to it.

    In fact don't run the registry cleaner at all, Microsoft themselves recommend that you don't use any registry cleaner.

  5. It's been suggested many times by many regulars here, as you say it's just too tempting where it is as a big button.

    At least if it was in the tools section inexperienced users may not be as quick to click it and clear their registry willy-nilly.
    (We frequently see posts from users who have done just that and 'broken' their computer).

    As of yet though Piriform have not taken any action on this.
    I believe that at one time they said it was too dificult to modify the sidebar, obviously that's not true as evidenced by the new Easy Clean button.

    Edit - That just crossed with Dave CCleaners post.
    Good to see that they may be looking at moving it at last.

  6. With Win10 MS keep changing how/where things are strored in the registry and/or adding new keys all the time. (monthly with the cumulative updates).

    No 3rd party reg cleaner can keep up with those changes, by the time they've worked out what has changed there are probably more changes, and so they may not recognise the new/changed keys and remove things that Windows 10 needs to work properly.

  7. 6 minutes ago, hazelnut said:

    Yes transition to Win 10 is still free with the media creation tool. It is also free if you go the upgrade route.

    Your key will then be changed to a Win 10 digital key which will be stored on Windows servers.




    Colour me surprised?

  8. 1- There was a legal way to get a free upgrade to Win 10 for about 2 years after the mainstream offer ended, but that eventually also ended.

    You simply had to say that you used "assistive technology" (disability aids) and the upgrade was still free. They never checked just took your word.


    I don't know of any currrent way to get a free, legal, upgrade.

    2- If you still have Win7 installation media (discs) then you could still use those to roll back.

  9. It's probably the registry cleaner.

    Microsoft recommends that you do not use any registry cleaner, especially with Windows 10.


    Registry cleaners do have their uses, but they are more of a troubleshooting/repair tool and not something that should be used on a regular basis.
    Cleaning the registry will not free up noticable space or make your computer any faster. (Years ago they might, but not with modern computers).
    Unless you have a specific (Malware/virus) problem then it is best not to use them at all.

  10. 39 minutes ago, Gruntle said:

    The programs which updated without my knowledge or permission were Adobe Flash Player, Java, driver updates, and a whole pile of Microsoft Feature bloatware.

    Windows 10 will update those itself as part of the Automatic Updates.

    To stop it doing that:
    Go to Windows Update > Advanced Options and turn off "Receive updates for other Microsoft products...."

  11. Open the Custom Clean, not the Easy Clean, go to the 'Applications' tab and under 'Chrome' untick the boxes for 'Saved passwords' and 'Saved form information'.

    CCleaner should then respect those settings in both Easy Clean and Custom Clean and leave the passwords/forms alone.

    (If you find that Easy Clean is still removing them then simply use Custom Clean instead).


  12. I guess it's just marketing talk and misdirection.

    Even then there are some lower spec Microsoft "Surface" tablets that were sold with Win10 installed that will not (currently) support an upgrade to 1903 because of the new memory requirements.

    We are all expected by the marketing men to replace "old" stuff at least every 3years nowadays.

  13.  Not just new PC's, it also applies to new Win10 1903 installs on an old machine.

    It's with updates from an existing Win 10 version that it's not needed.


    Reserved storage will be enabled automatically on new PCs with Windows 10, version 1903 pre-installed, and for clean installs. It will not be enabled when updating from a previous version of Windows 10.


    "It will not be enabled when updating from a previous version of Windows 10," Microsoft notes.   


  14. Drivers shouldn't be a problem.
    (Unless they are very old drivers for a specific application that is no longer supported, it which case it probably wouldn't run on Win10 anyway).

    Win 10 will download and install any drivers that are needed, as Hazelnut says doing a "Search for Updates" after a new install will make sure.

    The problems for older machines, especially laptops and tablets is the amount of ram and storage available, as well as the processor speed.
    Microsoft upped the requirements for the latest Win 10 version (1903).



    Windows 10 version 1903 will require a PC which fits the following specifications:

    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
    • Hard disk space: 32 GB for both 64-bit and 32-bit OS
    • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later
    • Display resolution: 800 x 600, a minimum diagonal display size for the primary display of 7-inches or larger


    • .

    If you use Microsofts' Upgrade Assistant it will analyse your specs before doing anything else, and advise you if your machine will sucessfully support Win 10.

    You will need to purchase a digital licence for Win 10, if you haven't already got one for that machine, this is a one off transaction and gives you a digital key linked to that machine/motherboard.
    The key is stored digitally at Microsoft so you don't even have to remember it for any future updates/reinstalls.

    You don't need a Microsoft account, but be careful as it will push you to create one during the install.
    You can install with a Local Account instead but i the installation screens they put that option in small print hoping you wont notice it.

    The look of Win 10 when first installed is obviously a change from 7, but it's not that different and you can soon customise it to look as you want.
    (It's not like 8.# which was a dogs dinner, and it's even a lot better and easier to customise the look than the early Win 10 was).
    Turn off/disable Cortana and OneDrive, install your favourite browser, and things start to get more like older Windows versions.

    My Laptop is from 2014 and I put Win 10 on it as soon as it became available.
    I've never had any real problems with Win 10, (a few niggles), it's always upgraded seamlessly and is now on Win 10 version 1903.
    I did get tricked into signing up for a MS account, but later deleted it. (Takes 6 months to delete, they don't like you doing it).

  15. @hazelnut you may want to moderate/remove that link.
    My Malwarebytes browser extension blocked connection to it with a "Website Blocked due to Fraud" message.


    Fraudulent websites appear to be one thing, like a tech support site, a dating site, or a shopping site with illegal products or great deals, but they're really scams to try to steal your information or credit card details.


    Assuming that you had a genuine problem and were not just posting a spam link:

    As hazelnut says 80070103 is a driver error; It's not serious and is more of a warning than an error:


    If you receive Windows Update error 80070103 while installing updates, you might be trying to install a driver that is already installed on your computer or a driver that has a lower compatibility rating than one you already have installed.

    You should be able to simply ignore it and continue with the install.
    If it won't let you then try updating your drivers before trying the Windows update again.

  16. It isn't a CCleaner problem - It's the Geoblocking provider that are being slow to update their blocklists. (Some are quicker than others).

    Software manufacturers do not have their own lists, they reference one or more of the Geoblock providers.

    If your IP is being reported as assigned to Iran then you will find that quite a few things are going to be blocked.

    The way that geoblocking works is by having blacklists of IPs/countries that are excluded from doing certain things and using certain software.
    Software has to reference one or more of these lists (by law) to check if usage is allowed at that location.
    So if the Goeblocking list is out of date then the software can't change it, only the geoblocking company can change it.

    So you need to either:

    Shout at your VPN provider to update their IP's/blocking.
    Change your IP - Which is exactly one reason why VPN routers exist, to get around country blocks.

    Again as you have installed a new Vilfo router then you should contact Vilfo for help: https://www.vilfo.com/
    If you go to that webpage there is a contact email (Top Right) and a chat button (Bottom Right).

    This "Getting started" page should help you: https://docs.vilfo.com/getting-started

  17. It's an ongoing problem at the moment, and not just with CCleaner. We have seen a few posts about it.

    Some internet service providers have acquired ranges of IPs that were orignally allocated to Syria/Iran/Iraq/North Korea.

    This can be a problem for users because some of these IP ranges are still being blocked from downloading and/or running certain software, or even visiting some sites.
    Some geoIP lookup databases still see these IP's as coming from the banned/sanctioned countries.
    It should get corrected in time, but at the moment I've seen a few forum posts here and elsewhere from European users who are being affected.

    We had one here last month where, when checked, the users IP was showing as Iran and so was getting blocked.

    To see if this is your problem then try visiting a few IP geolocation tools and seeing what country they say your IP's are in.
    Heres a couple of links:

    With a VPN-router it should be fairly easy to change what IP it is using. (One of the reasons for using one is to get around country blocks).
    Contact the router manufacturer for help with this.