Everything you should change as soon as you install Windows 10

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That Windows 10 is the most widely used operating system in much of the world is no secret. One of the things that most users usually do as soon as they install the operating system is to customize the desktop to their liking. However, in addition to that, there are specific settings that are configured in a default way in the system and that we should review before anything else. These are the settings you should change as soon as you install Windows 10.

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On the System Configuration page, we find a lot of settings established as best seemed to Microsoft. Values ​​that by default may not be liked by everyone and therefore, we should review and change nothing else to install Windows 10. Also, there are certain features and functions that we should also assess if we want to change before starting to use the system. Options that will help us in our day to day and they will facilitate the use of Windows 10 or that will help us to improve our privacy.

Settings you should change after installing Windows 10

Show file extensions

The file explorer is undoubtedly the most used tool every day. Hence we must take into account specific details such as the fact of showing the file name extensions. In this way, we will be able to quickly identify the type of file, and it will allow us to distinguish between two files with the same name and different extension.

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To do this, only open Windows 10 Explorer, click on the View menu option and then check the box next to the File name extensions option found within the Show / Hide section.

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Show hidden items

Without leaving the Windows 10 file explorer itself, there is another crucial detail to change just after installing the system, making hidden files and folders show up. By default, the system itself hides specific folders that we may need to access later and not see them.

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So it is essential to configure the browser to show all hidden items. To do this, we open the browser, go to the View menu option and check the box shown next to the Hidden elements option within the Show or hide the section.

Hide Cortana search bar or disable the wizard

If we are one of those who are not going to use this feature of Windows 10, it is best to either hide the Cortana search bar or disable the wizard entirely. To hide the search bar:

  • We right-click on the taskbar.
  • We select the option Cortana.
  • In the dropdown menu, we choose Hidden if we want it to disappear or we can also select the options to show Cortana icon to reduce the space that the wizard occupies.

If we want to deactivate the assistant:

  • We open the Windows 10 configuration page.
  • We go to option Cortana.
  • We deactivate the option switch Allow Cortana to respond when you say Hello Cortana.
  • We disabled the switch for the Allow Cortana to hear my commands option when I press the keyboard shortcut Windows + C.
  • We deactivate the option switch Use Cortana even if the device is locked.

Ungroup the icons on the taskbar

Something Windows 10 does by default is group all the windows of the same application under a single icon in the taskbar. That is, if we open several Chrome windows, they will all be grouped under a single icon in the taskbar.

This means that when we want to go to a window in question, we first have to click on the application icon in the taskbar and then search for the window we want. If we ungroup the windows, we will have all of them open in the taskbar, and we can go to any of them in one click.

If we are one of those who accumulate many open applications or instances of the same form, we can make them appear ungrouped until they occupy the entire bar, at which time they would be grouped. For it:

  • We right-click on the taskbar.
  • We select the option Taskbar settings.
  • We move on the configuration page to the dropdown Combine the buttons on the taskbar.
  • We choose the option Never or When the taskbar is full.

Hide contacts from the taskbar

Other options that are surely on the taskbar are Contacts. To hide this option and free up space on our system’s taskbar, all we have to do is:

  • We right-click on the toolbar.
  • We select the option Taskbar settings.
  • We move on the configuration page to the section Contacts.
  • We slide the switch of the option Show contacts in the taskbar to the Off position.

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Always show the icons in the notification area.

By default, all icons for applications that are running in the background are not displayed on the taskbar. To do this, we have to click on the tab that appears next to the network, volume, keyboard language and clock icons.

However, it can be very helpful to have these icons always visible. For it:

  • We right-click on the taskbar.
  • We select the option Taskbar settings.
  • We move on the configuration page to the section Notification area.
  • Click on the option Select the icons that will appear on the taskbar.
  • We slide the option switch Always show all icons in the notification area to position Activated.

Remove the lock screen

The fact of having to be unlocking the screen all the time can be a nuisance, hence if we are those who work with our computer at home and do not share it with anyone, the best thing to do is to deactivate this screen. For this, we will have to make a change in the Windows 10 registry, so it is convenient to create a computer restore point or a registry backup.

Once this is done, these would be the steps to follow:

  • We open a Run window, Win + R.
  • We execute the Regedit command.
  • We navigate to the route HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows.
  • We create a new Key with the name Personalization.
  • We create a new 32-bit DWORD value inside that key with the name NoLockScreen and value 1.

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Force closing apps automatically when turning off the PC

As in the previous section, the fact of wanting to force all applications to close automatically when turning off the PC requires a change in the system registry, so it is recommended to create a restore point or make a copy of registry security.

Then:

  • We open a Run window, Win + R.
  • We execute the Regedit command.
  • We navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop path.
  • We create a new string value with the name AutoEndTasks and value 1.

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Disable UAC or user account control

Again it is an option that requires a change in the system registry, so we must make a backup copy of it or create a restore point before anything else. Then:

  • We open a Run window, Win + R.
  • We execute the Regedit command.
  • We navigate to the route HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem.
  • We change the value of EnableUA to 0.

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Turn off information collection for submission to Microsoft

It is one of the characteristics by which the Microsoft operating system has been most criticized, the ability to collect user data to send it to the company’s servers. To disable telemetry in Windows 10 these are the steps to follow:

  1. We open the Windows registry. We write Regedit in a Run window and hit Enter.
  2. We navigate to the route HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsDataCollection.
  3. We create a new 32-bit DWORD type value.
  4. We give it the name AllowTelemetry.
  5. We set its value to 0.

Disable system tracking services

It is also recommended to disable system tracking services. For it:

  1. We open a Run window, Win + R.
  2. We wrote services.msc and hit Enter.
  3. We seek diagnostic services.
  4. We double click and in the Startup type, we select the option Disabled.
  5. We save the changes.

Turn off update delivery optimization

Service Delivery optimization of updates debuted with Windows 10 However, if we have it active we will be using the resources and connection of our equipment to download updates from other equipment on our network or even from computers connected to the Internet through P2P exchange. To disable it:

  • We open the configuration page.
  • We go to the option Update and security> Windows Update.
  • We select Advanced Options.
  • Click on Distribution optimization.
  • We deactivate the option Allow downloads from other computers.

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Uninstall bloatware

Windows 10 comes with a ton of pre-installed software. Applications that surely we will never use and that only take up space on our disk. However, Microsoft does not allow the removal of this bloatware from the system settings. To do this, we will have to use a third-party tool like 10AppsManager. Software developed to allow the uninstallation of each and every one of the pre-installed programs in Windows 10.