Default Settings You Need To Change In Windows 10
Microsoft’s Windows 10 offers a lot of convincing features, including Cortana and a new Start menu. Nevertheless, some of its default settings may not get you the best performance or usability. From showing file extensions to deleting default browser, here are changes that you need to make as soon as you start using Windows 10.
Stop automatic updates
During the launch of Windows 10, Home users weren’t facilitated with the ability to skip or discontinue any updates. However, Microsoft later gave liberty to its Home users the ability to stop the automatic updates since it has suffered a lot of criticism from its users. Not only it takes away a large chunk of your disk space, but can also cause issues to your computer.
Show File Extensions and Hidden Files
You may not see easily the file extensions while browsing through your files on your desktop since Microsoft disables most of the extensions by default thinking it would simplify the file system for its users. However, it turns out otherwise than it was supposed to be. Especially, when you troubleshoot or edit. So you may want to change the settings right away.
Stop automatic restart
If you are fine with Windows’ automatic updates, then you may feel glad that your computer doesn’t reboot right after installing an update on your system every time. However, if you want to reschedule automatic restarts then go to advanced settings and change it to notify to schedule restart.
Change Your Default Browser
Once you have upgraded to Windows 10 you will find Microsoft Edge to be your default browser even if it was Firefox or Chrome. Although Edge performs faster than the former two, it doesn’t offer that level of extensibility.
By default, Windows 10 carries the ability to observe whatever you are saying or typing on the machine. It does so in order to receive feedback and provide a much better service to you. However, if you are not comfortable with the impending security implications you should consider disabling Keylogger.
Delete the Windows.old Folder
If you can spare 15 to 16 GB of disk space then keeping this feature enabled would do no trouble. It is because after upgrading to Windows 10, it keeps a copy of your previous version in case you want to switch back. And that copy will cost you a large amount of disk space. Otherwise there’s no reason to keep the archived files.
Disable Wi-Fi Sense
Microsoft has your network password to your Skype account, Facebook account and your Outlook email contacts. However if you do not want this, you can change it form the Change Wi-Fi settings.
Stop (select) notification
The Action Center commonly known as notifications hub that shows you all the important updates from all the applications and keeps your machine updated with everything that you may need to attend to. But you may not find it invigorating. Hence go to show app notifications under notifications and action settings and turn the toggle off.
Let us know about the other default settings that you may find annoying in the comments section below.
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by techtalks @TechTalks December 14, 2015 6:17 AM UTC