Sprucing up an old Windows 8.1 laptop


I'm honestly surprised by how crappy the Windows 8.1 experience is. The number of things that just don't work. I can't create a new user. I can't turn on Family Safety. It just comes back with random errors. Honestly - I'm not a blind partisan, I am always pragmatic. But Linux is much better than this, and has been for years.

1. Adding a new child user

"We're sorry but something went wrong. This user wasn't added to this PC. Code: 0x800704c7."

I just. want. to. add. a. new. user. WTF.

2. Turning on Family Safety

I click "Manage settings on the Family Safety website".

Every time, I get the error "Sorry, the service isn't available at the moment. Please try again later."


Some guy here says reinstalling Windows made it work again:https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/error-message-family-safety-service-is-not/0788c51b-81b1-4509-88d3-c3ba587ae41e

I heard this on another post and it WORKED for me too! I logged into my live.com account and udated my name in my profile.

My steps:

1 Log onto Windows Live - www.live.com

2 Top right corner where you see your name or email click and choose account settings

3 Basic Info tab: Top is "Display Name" choose edit (mine was blank) and rename.

4 I logged out and went to https://familysafety.live.com and was able to log on.

live.com redirects to outlook.live.com these days.

I've run DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

I've run sfc /scannow.

3. Creating an account via the web


4. Elsewhere

4.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

4.3. Mentions

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