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Microsoft’s Windows 10 is the most advanced version of Windows operating system which is laden with a lot of compelling features to make the users’ life easy and fast. For the comfort of Windows 8 and Windows 7 users, it has included start menu along with the screen, Cortana, and much more. It’s very easy to use and also enables you to use your computer at its full potential. But a few of its default settings restrict it to offer you the complete usability.  So here a few such settings are discussed that you need to change if you want to use Windows 10 operating system at its full potential.

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Enable System Protection by Creating a Restore Point

What if your system starts behaving obnoxiously because of a defective driver or a bad piece of software program and you’re even unable to boot. In this case, you need to downgrade Windows 10 to the previous system restore point and it will turn back the clock on your programs, drivers, and settings to a when everything was working fine on your system.

Windows 10 has system protection feature, but in disable state. So to protect yourself, you need to set up restore points following the instructions below.

  1. Open the Windows search box and search for “restore point”.
  2. Launch “Create a restore point” from the results then you will see all enlisted drives.
  3. Now select the system drive and click on the button “Configure”. Usually it’s the C: drive with the word “(System)” written after its volume name.
  4. You need to change Restore Settings to “Turn on system protection,” move the slider to set the maximum disk space usage and then click Ok. It’s better to leave 2 or 3 percent for restore points but you may also leave the lowest (1 percent).
  5. Now click on the option “Create” to create the first restore point right away.
  6. When it prompts to write a name for the Restore point and name that initial Restore point.
  7. Click on the “Close” once everything is done.

If in case you need to restore from any of these created Restore points, Go to the System Protection tab and click on the System Restore button. If you can’t boot, press the key F8 or Shift + F8 together while booting the system to get the emergency menu on some computers. Or on some computers, if you are able to get to the log in screen at least, you need to hold down Shift key while you choose Restart.

Disable User Account Control

Windows keeps an eye on you all time and when you try to change a vital setting or install a program, it wags its finger by popping up a dialog box and compelling you click Ok button to continue. It interrupts you even if you know what you are doing. You can disable this disturbance by disabling User Account control because it will stop the annoying and needless dialog boxes.

  1. Search for “user account control” in the search box.
  2. Open “Change User Account Control settings.”
  3. Slide the slider down to the option “Never notify” and then click Ok.
  4. Click on the “Yes” button when prompted.

Unhide Hidden Files and File Extensions

It’s set by default in Windows 10 that it hides most file extensions, so you can’t easily find the types of the files while browsing through them. This feature has been disabled by the Microsoft in the previous version of Windows as well. Microsoft by default disables the file extensions by saying that it’ll simplify the file system for the users. But this approach may cause more problems to the users rather than solving any. If you have saved a file with another name and it’s showing some different name (file extension), it’ll be very tough to find a particular file in this case.

By default, Microsoft also hides particular operating system files from the computer users in an attempt to secure you from yourself. So if you want to find these files or edit them to troubleshoot, here are the points mentioned below on the matter how you can see hidden files and extensions in Windows 10:

  1. Hit Windows + X together and choose the Control Panel from the options to open the control panel.
  2. Now open File Explorer Options. If you’re unable to see the icon for it, change the view of control panel (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.
  3. Navigate the contents of the View tab.
  4. Change the already set options “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”
  5. Uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”, “Hide empty drives,” and “Hide protected operating system files.”
  6. Click on the “Yes” button to unhide protected files when warned before doing so.
  7. Click Ok.

Disable the Lock Screen

Unless you have a tablet and, even if you do, Most of the times while working on a laptop or PC, Lock Screen seems to be an unnecessary decoration. It may be useful if you have a tablet, but otherwise it’s not a favorite feature as it makes you to click or swipe one more time every time when you boot or wake your computer. You need to dismiss the lock screen to unlock your computer and for that you need to enter your PIN or password on the login screen. Don’t you think it’ll be easier to wake your computer without entering password key or pattern to the login screen?

  1. Open the registry editor by typing regedit into the run box.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  3. If there is no registry key create one by the name of Personalization. Right click in the right pane and select Key to create a new key.
  4. Within the Personalization key, create a new DWORD value and named it NoLockScreen.
  5. Set NoLockScreen to 1. Double click on NoLockScreen to enter the number and set the value and click on Ok.

Delete the Windows.old Folder

If you have upgraded your Windows 10 from Windows 7/8, the installation program saves a copy of your previous version of OS around, so that you can roll back it if you want your older version of Windows OS. If you’re happy with the Windows 10 performance and don’t feel to roll back your OS ever, there is no need of keeping the copies of these files. As these files may take up 15 to 16GB space of your disk space so you need to release this space. But it’s not as simple as that deleting any document and sending it to the Recycle bin. Here are some steps how to delete:

  1. Hit Windows + X together and choose the Control Panel from the options to open the control panel.
  2. Now open Administrative Tools.
  3. Then launch Disk Cleanup.
  4. Select the C drive and click “OK”.
  5. Click on the option clean up System Files.
  6. Then click Ok again.

7 On the “Files to delete” menu, check all the boxes, particularly “Temporary Windows Installation Files.” And “Previous Windows Installations” and then Click Ok.

  1. Click Delete Files (It may take some time to complete).
  2. Click on the “Yes” button to confirm.

This entire process may take a couple of minutes to delete Windows.old Folder.

Change Your Default Browser

If you have upgraded Windows 10 from Windows7/8, you’ll find that Microsoft Edge is your default browser now, even if earlier it was Chrome or Firefox. Edge is a fast browser, but it’s not as extensible as its competitors. So if you want to change your default browser, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the computer settings.
  2. Click System.
  3. Select Default apps from the left pane.
  4. Under the “Web browser” header, there will be Microsoft Edge icon, click on that.
  5. Now pick that browser from here that you want to make your default browser (ex: Chrome or Firefox).

Speed Up Your Shutdowns

If you have used computers of 90’s, you would have noticed that you can shut down your system very quickly. You just need to hit the power button on those machines. Although Windows 10 boots quickly, but it takes some time to restart and shutdown. The main reason of this latency is that the OS takes time to make an exit from a currently running program. In some cases, this delay was found for the indefinite time. If you decided to reboot the PC, you probably meant to exit from that WordPad window which has a readme.txt file open in it. So if you want to speed up slow shutdowns, set Windows 10 to kill application’s processes in short order and you can do so by following the follow steps:

  1. Press Windows + R keys together to open the run box and type “regedit” into the box.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control.
  3. Open WaitToKillServiceTimeout.
  4. Set the value to 2000 and click on Ok buttons.

This is the duration of time in milliseconds and Windows will wait for this duration before killing any unresponsive task.

  1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
  2. Create a String Value by clicking right in the right pane, select New > String Value and name it WaitToKillAppTimeOut.
  3. Open WaitToKillAppTimeOut and set its limit to 2000.
  4. Create a String Value called HungAppTimeout and set its limit to 2000.
  5. Then create another Sting Called AutoEndTasks and set its limit to 1.

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