Undoubtedly, windows 10 is best possible edition of Microsoft’s venerable operating system. But an entirely perfect OS has never made.
A lot of issues are originally encountered by users every day. Thankfully, many of them are easily removed.
Windows 10 updates are regular and a never-ending process, but seemingly out of the user’s control (unless you turn off updates, which is not a good idea).
If you don’t reboot your PC after an update, Window 10 itself reboots for you which is a good way to lose data in open apps.
You can take advantage of Active Hours feature, which lets you schedule a time for reboot. But let me tell you it is a lengthy procedure.
Just follow the simple procedure explored by our techies.
Step#1: Go to the Administrative Tool in the Control Panel.
Step#2: Choose Task Scheduler
Step#3: In the left pane, click Task Scheduler Library and then navigate to Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator
Step#4: In the middle pane, right-click on Reboot and select “Disable” from the menu.
This do not stops the installation of Windows updates, instead it will stop the reboot so that you can do it on your timetable.
If you press the Shift key five times in a row, you activate Sticky Keys, a feature that allows for keyboard shortcuts in windows where you need to press one key at a time instead of simultaneously (it works with any combo that contains the Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or Windows keys).
If you have activated it mistakenly, it can be seriously annoying for you. Prevent it from happening by hitting “yes” in a dialog box.
Step#1: Press shift key five times to bring up that very dialog box.
Step#2: Select Ease of Access Center > Set up Sticky Keys and uncheck the box next to “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times.”
User Account Control (UAC) is a feature to protect users granting them administrative rights to software programs that is needed specifically while installing or uninstalling <spansoftware< span=”” style=”box-sizing: border-box;”>.</spansoftware<>
UAC in Windows dims the desktop and everything seems to halt. Don’t worry! You have the option to turn it off, or at least prevent the screen dimming.
Step#1: Type UAC into the Windows 10 search box to get Change User Account Control Settings.
Step#2: The screen presents a slider with four levels of security, from never notify to always notify.
Step#3: Select one of the middle options; the second from the bottom alerts you without the dimming screen tactic.
Step#4: Use that option, you’ll get a dialog box confirmation with yes/no option when you install things.
Step#5: Confirm it to close.
Prefer to delete apps unused apps. You easily remove it by following Settings > System > Apps & Features. Deletable apps include Mail and Calendar, Groove Music, Weather, and Maps.
If your uninstall option is grayed out, go for DOS route but the process gets little complicated, here it follows:
Step#1: Type PowerShell in Windows Search Box, when it comes right-click and launch it via Run as Administrator.
Step#2: Type in “Get-AppxPackage –AllUsers” without the quotes. A list of all the stuff you’ve got installed will appear.
Step#3: It’s hard to find those apps there, but the last one will clearly read Microsoft.ZuneMusic which is actually Grove Music.
Step#4: Copy everything it says on the line next to Package Full Name.
Step#5: Type in a command and paste that line, so that it read
“remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.ZuneMusic_10.16122.10271.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe” (yours will be different after the first underscore).
Step#6: Execute it with a stroke of the return key comes. This will let you remove your unused app.
Sign in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account—the one that is attached to all Microsoft accounts, either it your Xbox, Office 365 subscription, OneDrive account. This is what Microsoft really wants.
When you set up windows, Microsoft specifically asks you to sign in using that account. But you don’t have to do that.
During setup, just click Skip this step, if you already have a Microsoft account.
Step#1: Go to Settings > Accounts
Step#2: Select Your email and Accounts. Now, click Sign in with a local account.
Now you can enter a local account name and new password (with a hint for when you forget it).
If you’re comfortable using the Microsoft account, but hate the tedious task of typing super secure password, you can reset it to a short Personal Identification Number (PIN), but only on the system.
Set a PIN containing only numerals, no mixed case letters or special characters, this will not compromise the security of your Microsoft account anywhere else. You can set as many digits as you desire.
To set it up, follow the steps below:
Step#1: Click the Start menu, then on your avatar pic.
Step#2: Choose Change account settings. Navigate to Sign-in options, and click the Add button under PIN.
Step#3: Enter the PIN you want and reboots your PC to try it.
If you’ve already got a PIN, you have the options to change it, remove it, or recover it by clicking I forgot my PIN.
If you are the only person who ever uses the PC, then you can skip the password login screen that appears after every reboot or even when you come back from the screensaver.
Follow the steps to skip the password login screen (Don’t do this if it’s shared PC):
Step#1: Go to the User Accounts in control panel by typing in search bar.
Step#2: Select the account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a password to use this computer”.
Step#3: You will get a conformation box that asks you to enter that very password (twice)
Step#4: Click OK when finished, and reboots your PC and check if it works.
It will smoothly roll into the desktop without requesting a password.
Windows 10 has a great feature that allows you to essentially reinstall Windows 10 on your computer from default without deleting any of your data files (only you need to reinstall software and drivers).
At times, windows simply requires a reset that does not destroy your software and drivers. This is also easy to do, but it requires a copy of Windows 10 on separate media.
Step#1: Run it and install the included ISO file onto a 4GB or larger USB drive you can utilize for future.
Step#2: Double-click the setup on that media/drive’s Setup option.
Step#3: Ask to download updates and check “Keep personal files and apps” when it appears.
After a few prompts and waiting, your Windows 10 PC will have the refresh it require.
Most recent build of Windows 10 took out the switch to turn off Cortana. Using Cortana makes your searching for any term more quick and easy, but also the entire Internet. This is the reason Cortana search box asks you “Ask me anything.” However you can turn her off as there is an option to hide Cortana.
Step#1: Just right-click the Taskbar, select Cortana, then Hidden.
Step#2: The search box disappears, but cortana is still active and easily accessible. Tap the Windows key and start typing.
If you want to take her out completely from all searches, you need to edit the registry for this.
Step#1: Open the Registry Editor in Windows from a command line as there is no easy shortcut.
Step#2: In the search box, Type Run or CMD to bring up the command line, then type <spanregedit< span=”” style=”box-sizing: border-box;”> and press Enter.
Step#3: In Windows 10 Home, navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search.
Step#4: If it’s not there, create it using a DWORD value and call it AllowCortana.
Step#5: Set that value to 0 (zero). Once you sign out and come back, now the search box will only read “Search Windows”.
26 letters and 10 numerals are just few pieces of punctuation, but how to put those fun little icons into your text while typing in Windows 10?
You can’t put unless you memorize a group of ANSI codes… or you could try the pop-up keyboard. Try the easy steps to get access to special symbols:
Step#1: Right-click the Taskbar in a blank area, and select the Show touch keyboard button.
Step#2: A new icon will appear next to the clock in the taskbar of a little keyboard. Tap it with mouse cursor to bring up the on-screen keyboard
Step#3: Use your IRL keyboard to dismiss it from the screen. Click the extra keyboard icon at the lower left of the virtual keyboard.
Step#4: There is an option to split the keyboard so that it appears at the lower left and right of the screen, click to have it on your screen.
Now, you have access to not only to emoji but also special characters like dash or degrees symbol (°).
Similar to Cortana, OneDrive is also integrated into Windows 10 firmly. You can try to ignore it, but it comes up every now and then.
Again, a registry edit will end it completely.
Step#1: In the Registry Editor in Windows 10 Home, go to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive (or create it).
Step#2: This key needs a DWORD value called DisableFileSyncNGSC, set its value to 1.
Step#3: Reboot your PC, your OneDrive comes to an end, but the files you stored in a local OneDrive folder are still safe if you have on the cloud.
Now, OneDrive won’t sync from your PC any longer.
If you really hate distractions, the noise, the popup, then switch to remove it from your system.
Step#1: Go to Settings > Notifications & Actions.
Step#2: Turn off all the toggle switches. Do it for individual apps, especially the ones you find most annoying.
When you do a setup and Windows 10 asks to “Send full error and diagnostic information to Microsoft,” because Microsoft like to get OS feedback.
Go to Settings> Feedback & Diagnostics, check “Send your data to Microsoft” option will likely be set to “Enhanced.” Set it to Basic to send the least amount of data from your PC.
Is your entries disappear from Windows 10 Start menu? Cortana doesn’t pop up when you expect? Start menu can turn out.
The best option is to use Start Menu Troubleshooter tool. Reboot your PC after running it and you will find most of your Start menu problems have gone.
Another option is to dump the Windows 10 Start menu and try a third-party option to make the current OS more secure.
No matter what browser you choose, you need to set it as default so that anytime you open a link, it goes to the browser you want.
To do this, follow steps below:
Step#1: Go to Settings> Systems> Default Apps, scroll down the browser and click whichever is listed.
Step#2: A list will pop up displaying all your installed browsers, select the one you want permanently.
Step#3: You can go back by clicking the “Reset to Microsoft Recommended defaults” button.
If you get issues with certain links, you need to go in and ensure the file type (like .htm versus .html) or even protocols (like: // versus http ://) are all set to your browser.
Most of the new browsers tries to take back the default position when you start them the first time. Further, you may need to revisit these settings to go back to your original on preferred Web browser.
Above tips are easy and enough to remove your window 10 annoyances. Still, if there is any things we haven’t mentioned that you think is essential? You can share with us!