Re: Windows 10 is driving me nuts!
Originally Posted by TessA
My laptop is playing up now.
Won't let Flash player work, takes ages starting up. My screensaver or whatever it is is very blurry behind the password bit.
I have done a scan for viruses etc, nothing showing up.
It looks as if the last update you did was a major version upgrade from W.10 version 1809 to version 1903. I say this because the blurry picture on the password screen was something I got after this version upgrade. It is not a fault but has been done by design. I didn't turn this effect off but it is possible to do so. Have a look at this page:
If that last update was from version 1809 to version 1903, that would be why it took such a long time to complete. It was a very big update. The bad news is that there has been an update since then and it may be that you will eventually need to do this one as well. This update turns off the blurry password screen by default (or it did on my system).
I don't know about Flash Player but what browser are you using? The only browser that has Flash Player included now is Microsoft Edge. If you use a different browser to that, Flash will need to be installed again. Flash is thought to be quite a security risk and Firefox won't enable it by default in their latest version.
Flash isn't used much these days because of its security implications. The standard now used is called 'HTML5'. All videos on YouTube play using HTML5. In short you may find you don't need Flash Player at all. I don't have it installed and haven't missed it.
If there is something that absolutely requires Flash, go to the site using Microsoft Edge and see if the Flash content plays.