Windows 10: Three Updates Too Many

Windows 10

Windows 10 was given to me for free by Microsoft. I was one of those free upgrade from Windows 7 people. Which was kind of a downgrade really or so I hear. Quite a few folks seem to hate Windows 10. Some compare it to Vista, which is unfair and uncalled for. Some people think it has too many updates.

A few months ago I would have disagreed with all of them and sang Windows 10 praises. I would have been all, “What an awesome OS!” It’s snappy, powerful, easy to use. I liked the unifying features across, not only multiple devices, but also Android.

Three Updates Too Many

Then the first of three terrible updates happened. I don’t recall when the first happened, I think it started back in the fall of 2017. I don’t clearly remember because I didn’t know I would have to recall it at a later date.

My monitor wouldn’t wake up when my PC did. Well, it would for a few seconds and then it would say there was no input and go back to sleep. I thought it was the hardware. I swapped out monitors, graphics cards and RAM. Nothing helped. Then I discovered it was the power for the PCIe slot and it’s sleep patterns.

With that fixed, the next few months were great. Then March rolled around. My PC wanted to update, but it could never close the deal. If it didn’t restart five times a day, I had to hard boot it twice. It continually tried to update and failed. Worse yet, that update was causing all sorts of issues where USB devices would quit working. I know that because there were a lot of hits for cumulative update KB4088776. I disabled automatic updates and after a couple of weeks, a new update came along and fixed all those issues.

Then, a month later, Microsoft pooched pen inputs. Not only for Wacom devices, but even their very own Surface tablets. Open up Photoshop CC, zoom in, and try to paint. Instead of painting, the canvas gets yanked around to and fro. The fix?

Make a text file called, PSUserConfig.txt, put it in the path and fill it with the garbage below.

# Revert to WinTab

# This should be saved in your PS settings folder

# ie. C:Users[User Name]AppDataRoamingAdobeAdobe Photoshop CC 2014Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Settings


UseSystemStylus 0

Oh, But Wait…

Because now the pressure sensitivity is dead! So, update your registry – it’s not as dicey as it sounds.

Win+R or Type cmd into the search bar.

Copy and Paste the following hot garbage into black and white command prompt window: a. reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPen

/v LegacyPenInteractionModel /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Hit Enter

Linux For The Rest of Us

Somewhere between trying to be sold registry cleaners and being told to roll back the update*, I realized something. The last time I spent entire evenings, nay multiple evenings, trying to get something to work, I was using Linux. Specifically Ubuntu. I remember the sound not working, I got that to work. Then there was tablet pressure sensitivity. I may have given up at that point. I can’t recall if I ever got it to work or not.

I’ll leave it at, two free operating systems. Neither with working pressure sensitivity. If you want to spend evenings trying to get something to work that just should, or perhaps did, give either one a try. Windows 10: It’s like Linux, but with Photoshop.

Share this and if the fix worked for ya, “Holla!”

*Homey don’t play that.