Windows 10 – Love it or hate it? Here’s a few handy tips

Install Windows updates when it suits you (sir)

Windows 10 is designed so that you have to accept software updates to the operating system when you are told to.  There is the option available to change the install time and delay for up to six days later. 

Follow these steps:

Open the Start menu

Goto Settings, then Updates and Recovery

Choose Notify to schedule restart

Open Windows File Explorer to 'This PC'

You may have noticed that Windows 10’s File Explorer (the tree of folders on the left where all files, network drives and directories are stored on the machine) by default now opens to a view of your recently used files and folders.  It’s supposed to be for quick access but I find it a bit annoying.

So if you’re a creature of habit like me, you can change it back to the more familiar view setting by following these steps:

Click on the View ribbon at the top of File Explorer

Click on Options

Change the drop down menu from Quick Access to This PC

Bypass the Windows 10 login screen

You can skip straight to the Desktop screen when starting up your PC/laptop instead of going through the process of logging in.  This only really applies if you are the only person using it with no other user accounts set up.

Follow these steps:

In the Start Menu type ‘Run’ which brings up the Command prompt box

Press Enter

Type netplwiz in the Command prompt box

Click OK

Highlight your account shown in the list

Untick ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’

Click Apply and enter your password twice to confirm

Restart your PC/laptop to make sure it has worked

It should then go straight to the Desktop screen upon Start up

*If you want to restore the original settings just repeat the process and add the tick back into ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’

Turn off unwanted features

This is useful if you need to remove stuff you don’t need in Windows 10 to free up storage space and resources on your PC/laptop. 

Follow these steps:

Click Start and type ‘Programs and features’

 Select ‘Turn Windows features on or off'

Make sure you know what it is you are uninstalling and what it does before continuing!  If in doubt don't uninstall it.

Recommended things to remove are:

Internet Explorer 11  - Windows 10 comes with a default web browser called Edge so there isn’t really a need for both.  Chrome and Firefox are also widely used web browsers these days also

Legacy Components: DirectPlay – Only keep this if you like to play installed games on your PC/laptop that are over 10 years old

Media Features – The old Windows Media player which is pretty much buried in Windows 10.  A better option is VLC Media Player

Print and Document Services – Entries such as ‘Windows Fax and Scan’ are no longer much use and can be removed

Windows Process Activation Service – Used by developers only

Work Folder Client – Used in businesses and start ups.  Not much use in home computing

Remote Differential Compression API Support – Rarely used and can be removed

Windows Powershell 2.0 – This is an old version of Powershell and the latest version 5.0 should already be installed in Windows 10

XPS Services and XPS Viewer – Alternative to PDF and rarely used




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