So you upgraded to Windows 10…now what?

My Window using friends…Welcome!  There is finally freedom from the clutches of Window 8!!  We have helped many of you with fixes and glitches from the unfriendly Windows 8 but with this FREE upgrade to Windows 10 everything is so much easier.  Although Windows 7 is still my favorite, I have made the jump to Windows 10 and I am pleasantly surprised.

Here are a few things that I have “fixed” with Windows 10.  If you’ve upgraded your system with us in the store these fixes have already been done but if you did it yourself, here are a few helpful adjustments.

Customize Your Start Menu

That’s right you heard me….the start menu has returned.  Go ahead do a Happy Dance…I’ll give you a moment. Ok, now take a deep breath and let’s get started.

As you can see the start menu is a little different than the Windows 7 setup.  On the left of the menu is the traditional setup design and on the right are the tiles you are used to with Windows 8. Don’t panic…the tiles will not hijack you as they did with Windows 8.

Clicking on the top-right corner of the Start Menu and dragging your mouse or finger will resize the box. You can also customize the look and feel of the Start Menu by opening Settings and then clicking on Personalization.

Right-clicking on any tile will open up a small menu with options to unpin it from your Start Menu, resize it, disable live tile features (animated updates that display on the tile) or pin the tile’s associated app to the task bar below. Left-clicking and holding on any tile will let you drag it around to rearrange the order of your tiles, or to regroup them.

Right-clicking any app or file anywhere on your computer will give you an option to pin it to the Start Menu.

Finally, clicking SettingsPersonalization and then Start will allow you to enable or disable a few key features. “Show most used apps” will automatically pin apps you commonly open near the top of the left side of the menu, while “Show recently added apps” will add a section beneath that to show apps you’ve recently installed.

You can also toggle “Use Start full screen” to on if you’re a glutton for punishment.

Manage Restarts

When in doubt restart!  That is my motto.  If your computer is acting weird: restart.  4 out of 5 times this will fix the problem and you won’t have to call me in tears, although I always have the tissues ready.

You should be restarting your computer regularly if you don’t shut it down each night…..just me I am guilty of that! That said, automatic restarts after software updates that are unexpected can be very annoying. So here’s an important setting to tweak:

In the Advanced update section within Settings, select Advanced Windows Update options. Then, in the drop-down menu at the top, choose “Notify to schedule restart.”

This way, your computer will still restart regularly whenever updates are installed, but you’ll get a warning first.

Destroy Wi-Fi- Sharing

By default, Windows 10 is set up to share your Internet connection over Wi-Fi. I’m not very good at sharing and find this to be very dangerous. To be on the safe side, I highly recommend disabling it right from the get-go.

Open the Settings app from the taskbar or Start Menu, then open Change Wi-Fi settings and click Manage Wi-Fi settings. Now, uncheck all the boxes under “For networks I select, share them with.”

You may also want to slide the toggles to off underneath “Connect to suggested open hotspots” and “Connect to networks shared by my contacts.”  Please be smart about using Wi-Fi….by time you realize something is happening it could be too late.

Pesky Notifications

As great as the new Action Center is, however, think of it like an iPhone. If you give every app access to notifications, you’ll lose your mind. Notifications are my biggest pet peeve!! Instead, you want to analyze things on a per-app basis and choose which apps can pop up notifications and which should stay quiet.  You control the notifications….they don’t control you.

In Windows 10, you can adjust notifications settings by clicking the notifications icon in the system tray. The click All settings, followed by System and then Notifications & actions. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which apps can display notifications and which ones cannot. You’ll also be able to tweak a few additional settings pertaining to notifications.

 

I hope you have found these tips useful and again, welcome to Windows 10!

If you have any other tips you have learned with your own use, please share with us in the comments.

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