Okay! Were you forced by Microsoft to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 OS? Or did you voluntarily jump ship and upgraded to Windows 10? Either ways you are now on the new OS from Microsoft and here are few pieces of advice for old times sake.
If you upgraded to Windows 10 via express installation then you might want to twist and tweak some settings before you get started on the new OS. Some of these settings are related to the privacy, system speed, usage convenience etc.
Here is a list of 10 features/settings which are turned ‘ON‘ by default in Windows 10. All you need to do is to ‘Disable‘ them!
Optimized Update Delivery System
Windows 10 has a new feature called ‘Optimized update delivery system’. Normally Windows updates are downloaded from Microsoft Servers. But, with this new feature you can now download updates not only from Microsoft but also from other Windows 10 machines around the world. Sounds good, but the downside to this is that your computer will also be used as a software-update-sharing node for other Windows 10 systems. In short, this is a virtual ‘give and take’.
This feature is ‘ON’ by default and this is how you can turn it ‘OFF’.
- Go to Settings >
- Select Update & Security >
- Click on Advanced Options >
- Select Choose how updates are delivered.
The Windows 10 Action Center is the place for all your notifications related to apps, updates, installed programs. This can sometimes become annoying due to annoying notifications like Windows tips, Feedback questions and other such things. You can actually trim down what your Action Center shows you.
- Go to Settings >
- Select System >
- Notifications & Actions >
- Turn off Show me tips about Windows + other app notifications as per your need.
Targeted ads from third-party apps
Microsoft shows you targeted apps by keeping a tab on your search preferences and browsing habits. Every Microsoft account has a unique Advertising ID through which targeted ads are displayed. Microsoft even shares this data with third party applications on the Windows store. You can actually prevent your data from being shared.
- go to Settings >
- Select Privacy >
- General > turn off Let my apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps (this will reset your ID).
Ads in Start Menu
Windows 10’s Start menu shows you some suggested applications. These are not apps but are ads from the Windows store. To turn off these annoying ads in the start menu, go to Settings > click on Personalization > Start > select Occasionally show suggestions in Start.
Windows 10 by default downloads and installs updates for your system automatically. These updates are regular and help your system to stay protected. You shouldn’t be disabling the automatic updates but you can always schedule your updates for a later time as per your convenience.
But, never skip on updates!
Info Collection for ‘Getting to know you’
Microsoft’s Cortana is your interactive and adaptive personal assistant on the new Windows 10. Cortana is great but some of the information that it collects from you might actually scare you. Cortana ‘Gets to know you’ by collecting data about your voice & speech, typing patterns, handwriting patterns etc.
If you are someone who is serious about your privacy then you can stop Cortana from collecting your information and removing your information from the device.
Go to Settings> Privacy > Speech, inking and typing > Click Stop getting to know me
Another annoying thing with Windows 10 is that many of it’s apps keep running in that background. These background applications will be able to send and receive information, download and install their own updates etc. All this happens in the background and you won’t be aware of this! This takes a serious toll on your device battery life and take your bandwidth for a ride. You can disable the background apps by
Go to Settings > Privacy > select Background Apps. Now you can individually disable the apps which hog on your system’s resources.
Also many users have been facing issues while using Chrome on Windows 10. Follow this guide to troubleshoot common Google Chrome issues on Windows 10.
Too much Syncing
Windows 10 is a Universal OS and what this means is that you will be able to work seamlessly across all your devices. All your passwords, search details, system settings etc will be in sync across all your devices (mobile, portable & stationary). If you don’t want certain information from syncing across your other devices, then you can turn if off by following the steps below.
Go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings .
Here you can choose to sync all settings or individually disable setting that you don’t want to sync across other devices.
High-end visual interface
Stock Windows 10 install is pretty much high on the Visual effects. If you are someone who doesn’t like to sacrifice on speed & performance for visual effects then you can turn off these effects.
- right click on Start
- go to System >
- click Advanced System Settings >
- select Advanced tab > go to Performance
- click Settings >
- Deselect or turn off the visual effects as per your requirement.
Finally, these features and settings are meant to give you a better overall experience. But, you can always customize your settings and disable or enable features. Hope you make the most out of the new Windows 10 OS.