Windows 10 upgrade assistant stuck at 99%

I’ve fixed this problem simply by updating windows 7 past SP1 and when that fails I’ve installed the convenience rollup etc. but when those failed me this is what worked.

Before using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, perform these steps:

  • set Windows 7 updates to “Never install updates“, (control panel ->updates).
  • Stop the update service by right clicking on the command prompt, and choose “Run as administrator“.
  • Type

    It should say: “Windows update service is stopping….windows update service is stopped.

  • Windows update service is stopping

After completing the above steps, start the Windows 10 Upgrade assistant, and it should complete.

Microsoft Word Graph Paper?

this is what your problem looks like..

this is what your problem looks like..

The Problem: Microsoft Word (any version) is displaying graph paper on screen.

The Solution: this is not difficult to fix but knowing where to look is key. and there are several solutions. here is the most common.

  • Office 2003: go to the draw menu – Grid – uncheck the Gridlines option
  • Office 2007/2010: click View, de-select “Gridlines” in the “Show” group.


how do I hide the 100MB system partition?

The Problem: so you’ve installed windows and all went well until you notice for some reason the 100MB system partition thats usually invisible in “my computer” is now visible and annoying you..

The Solution: in your start menu, right click on “computer”, in the submenu that appears click on “manage” the will open the “computer management” window. once there you’ll notice theres lots to look at.. but look to the left of the window and click on “disk management” this will list all the drives your computer has. a drive called “system reserved” should appear here. right click on it and click on “change drive letter and paths…” simply remove the drive letter using the window that opens.

start menu

computer management


Windows 7 Sticky Notes

The Problem: and/or typical scenario is that maybe your PC wont boot up, you’ve backed up all the important files off the drive but have important information left on some desktop sticky notes.. how do you retrieve this information?

The Solution: easy, sticky note file location is located at;

C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

copy and paste the file located in the directory above to another installation of windows and re-open your stickies.. problem solved.

Stop automatic updates from updating microsoft office

this ones more of a quick reference for those that have had some trouble finding the solution. a couple notes, this only applies to windows 7 and be aware of the pitfalls of out-dated software. That is all. enjoy.

The Problem: Microsoft Update wants to update Microsoft Office and I dont want to see the option for this come up again.

The Solution: using Windows 7 go to Windows Update and click on Change settings, there you will see options one of which is: Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows, uncheck this box.

Optional Microsoft Software

Disable updates for other Microsoft products.

Dell backup and restore

If you’ve bought a new Dell recently you may have noticed one of the few software packages Dell has pre-installed for you. Dell Data Protection, Dell Client System Update and, today’s focus, Dell Backup and Recovery Manager. while useful, it is a bit redundant on windows 7 PCs that already have a backup solution built into the OS. but whats worse is a back up utility that continuously prompts you via taskbar notifications even after uninstalling said software.

The Problem: Dell Backup And Recovery Manager taskbar notification wont go away!

Dell Backup and Recovery Manager

The Details: you’ve uninstalled the software and disabled the icon in the notification area icons section of the control panel¬† but the icon in the taskbar remains

The Solution: right click on the taskbar icon and close the application and then
Delete this folder: “C:\dell” and restart.

Dell Backup and Recovery Manager file location