Windows 10: Can't delete Desktop Icons with a right click

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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       15 Jan 2017 #21

    Nisko said: View Post
    ...I Reset my computer as you instructed. The Context Menu worked after the Reset. However, I didn't know the process would remove the over 100 programs I have...
    You may find an in-place repair install has the desired effect. It won't remove any installed programs.
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  2.    15 Jan 2017 #22

    Nisko,

    No need to check on Tablet Mode now.

    Have no clue as to why the a notice showing programs to be removed only showed seven vs. 100+

    If you made an image of your drive, are the business programs included in the image?
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  3.    15 Jan 2017 #23

    Yes, I had made an image of my entire drive. I do this at least every two days. This is my backup plan and I have three drives that hold these images. I'm covered there. I've run the Repair Install before but it didn't fix any problems - but, no harm in trying again. It's running now. Will post later when it's done.
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  4.    15 Jan 2017 #24

    I would try creating a new user:
    Option Three:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option3

    Change the new user account to administrator:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option1

    Log in to the new user account. See if the problem carries over. If the problem exists in the new user account, there is something wrong with your installed Windows. If the problem does not exist in the new user account, then the problem is in your user profile.
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  5.    15 Jan 2017 #25

    Nisko,

    I've run the Repair Install before but it didn't fix any problems - but, no harm in trying again. It's running now.
    I debated on whether to use a Repair Install as mentioned above, or a Reset, and decided on the latter, for the same reason you mention. In searching for solutions to this pc's problem, the Reset worked every time.

    Had no clue this machine was used for a business, and that it had 100+ programs installed on it. Normally, this situation is made known ahead of time, since dealing with a business computer is not like just dealing with a home computer. FYI, it is important to make this known.

    Although it almost made this ol' hound have a heart attack, we're OK!

    Thank goodness you have a good backup plan!!!!!

    As far as images are concerned, have not made an image of an entire drive in ages. Hopefully, if you need help with the backup image, someone else will jump in and help.
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  6.    15 Jan 2017 #26

    Please see the attached file:

    I already had a Local Account set up - so I just changed it to an administrator account. I had the same problem with the Desktop Context Menus. But another thing is confusing me: How do I tell if I'm logging on with a Microsoft Account or a Local Account? The attached says that the account "Bob Onysko" is a local account - but I logon on with a Microsoft Account password. But when I used the same password to get to the page (attachment), I received the message at the top and don't know what it means. Could it have something to do with my context menu problem?


    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I would try creating a new user:
    Option Three:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option3

    Change the new user account to administrator:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option1

    Log in to the new user account. See if the problem carries over. If the problem exists in the new user account, there is something wrong with your installed Windows. If the problem does not exist in the new user account, then the problem is in your user profile.
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  7.    15 Jan 2017 #27

    I forgot to add the referenced file. Here it is:
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  •    15 Jan 2017 #28

    Just noticed that on the attachment, my account is called Bobby. When I log on, it's called Bob Onysko. Looks like I'm having problems distinguishing between a local account and a Microsoft account. Perhaps, at some point, I changed the name of my primary account from Bobby to Bob Onysko - can't remember.
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  •    15 Jan 2017 #29

    Nisko,

    On your question, as mentioned on the tutorial, a local account works on the specific computer where you create it. Account settings are not available on another Windows device. Your settings do not follow you, so to speak.

    A Microsoft account provides access to a group of services using an MS email address and password, and you can use it on another Windows device. Your settings follow you.
    Last edited by cottonball; 16 Jan 2017 at 00:02.
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  •    16 Jan 2017 #30

    Thank you! I ran into my confusion when I was asked to sign into my Microsoft Account and my email address and password didn't match. But I am under the assumption that, when I logon to my computer, I log on with a Microsoft Account. What you told me (above) I am already familiar with. So I am still confused. How can I tell if I'm logging on with a Microsoft Account (or a Local Account)?
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