30 November, 2014

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19 Tweaks You Must Do After Installing Windows 10 [Update 4 For Build 10240]

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Final release of Windows 10 might be little different from the technical preview. But these tweaks will make your Windows 10 convenient. The post is updated for the latest build of Windows 10240. The old tweaks are removed to match the updates. So here we go.

#1. Where Are Default Desktop Icons?

Microsoft trying to replace classic control panel to touch friendly Settings. So if you like to set the This PC, Recycle bin, User files and similar default icons on desktop, go here.
>> Settings >> Personalization >> Themes >> Desktop Icon Settings.


#2. Changing the Windows File Explorer Behavior

You can access file / folder tree by 4 ways from desktop.

  • The 'File explore' shortcut on task bar opens 'frequent folders'. 
  • 'This PC' from desktop shows 'user library folders' and 'hard drive partitions'.
  • 'User files' from desktop shows 'user library' folders like documents, videos, music and similar folders from the system drive.
  • Windows key + E keyboard shortcut opens 'File explorer'.
If you don't like the 'favorites and frequently used folders' and wish the Windows + E keyboard shortcut and 'File explorer' shortcut on task bar should open 'This PC' that shows library folders and hard drive partition, here is a little editing.

Go to >> File Explorer >> File >> Change folder and search option >> select 'This PC' option from drop down menu instead of Quick access.


#3. Pin Folders to Home

You can pin folder to 'Home' folder if you have decided not to delete the frequently used folders as explained above.
  • Just right click on folder and select 'pin to home'. 
  • You can select multiple folders at a time and pin all at one to home.
#4. Like the Start Screen?

Many peoples do like full screen start menu of Windows 8.x and want it in Windows 10 also.

Unlike Windows 8, the new Windows 10 automatically detect the hardware type and if it detects mouse, the start menu will be like older versions and if your hardware have touch input capability, the start menu automatically go full screen.
But if you still want full screen start menu on desktop PC, you can easily use it.
  • Settings >> Personalization >> Start >> turn on the 'Use start full screen'. 
#5. Hide Search and Task View Buttons from Taskbar

Just right click on task bar and select the show search button and show task view button options.
#6. Customizing Start Menu and Preventing Further Changes After You are Done

  • You can 'Pin' anything to start menu. Either left side as traditional folder or on right side as a live tile.
  • Tiles can be resized in various form like small, medium, wide and large.
  • You can use live tile to get live update inside the tile.
  • Drag and drop the tile to arrange tile in a sequence you want.
#7. Preventing users from changing your start menu customization
  • Once you are done with arranging the start menu, you may not want any other user accidentally change the arrangement or delete any tile or re-size the tiles.
  • You can easily prevent the changes by adopting the Windows local group policy.
  • Open 'gpedit.msc' from run command. (Windows + R keys)
  • Browse to navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then Start menu and Taskbar.
  • Double click on start menu layout.
  • Select 'Enabled' option from the left side
  • Restart your computer and your start menu is now locked.
#8. Add Or Remove Modern Applications

The traditional Windows software can be uninstalled from control panel but the modern applications installed from Windows Store are not listed in 'Programs' of control panel.

  • To find out the size and uninstall the modern applications, navigate to >> PC Settings >>  Search and Apps >> App sizes and there you can easily find out the memory used by particular application and directly uninstall anything.
  • From the same group, you can set the default programs, notification settings and sharing options.
#9. Uninstall System Apps

There are many pre-installed applications on Windows 10. Apps like Maps, Solitaire collection, Mail and Calendar, XBox, People and many other are already available and there is no easy way to uninstall them.
Just like the Google Apps pre-installed on most of the Android mobiles, and there is no easy way to uninstall those Android apps unless you root your mobile. 
But in case of Windows, there is no need to root your PC. Its much easy. 
  • Open Power Shell with administrative rights.
  • To do this go to Start >> All Apps >> Windows Power Shell >> Right click on power shell and select >> Run as administrator.
  • Then run the command       Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers
  • This will list all the details of all applications installed. You have to copy (use Ctrl + C keyboard to copy ) the 'package full name' of particular application you want to remove.
  • Now run the command   Remove-AppxPackage <PackageFullName>
  • Insert the Package Full Name you copied from the list and hit enter. Like to uninstall Solitaire collection the command will be
 Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection_3.1.6103.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
  • Make sure, you have copied the correct application. There will be no any confirmation dialog window. Once you hit the enter button, your application is gone forever.
Removing unwanted applications will help you to keep your system light and updated. Removed application will not update and save your precious internet bandwidth.

#10. Disable Automatic Windows Updates

Unlike older versions of Windows, you can not disable the updates. Microsoft want to keep your system updated with latest patches. That is really great thing. 

But if you are getting slow internet speeds, the background system updates may be the reason. 

Though there is no direct way to disable the updates, there are many tweaks using group policy editor.
Easiest and most easy way to revert the change is to set your internet connection to metered connection. This will prevent Windows from updating in background.


To set your internet connection to metered connection,
go to >> Settings >> Network and Internet >> WiFi (Select appropriate type of your connection ) >> Advanced option >> Set as metered connection.

#11. Replace Password With 4 Digit PIN

I you want to simplify log in process and don't want to enter long password every time you boot to Windows, you can replace the password with 4 digit pin.

  • Go to PC Settings >> Users and Accounts >> Sign-In options >> and create new PIN.
#12. Pin Any Settings Shortcut to Start Menu

The best thing about the new Settings, apart from touch friendly interface is, you can pin any settings menu shortcut to start menu for frequently accessing your settings.
  • Just right click on any settings menu and select 'Pin to start' option. 
#13. Disable Web Search From Task Bar Search

Windows is going the Google way. Task bar search now includes results from web. This is necessary feature as we are going always online. But the feature come with little lag in performance of overall start menu.

You can easily disable the web search of task bar search and make it only look for local files. Follow the simple steps.
  • Open search menu (Windows + S) or click search button.
  • Open settings by clicking on gear icon.
  • Turn off the 'Search online and include web results' option.
But if you have already activated Cortana, here are few more steps.
  • Open Cortana menu.
  • Click on Notebook button (second, bellow the home button)
  • Open settings and turn off the Cortana. 
#14. Name The Group Of Start Menu Tiles

You can organize the start menu tiles as you want. You can also give appropriate name to group of those tiles. Just click on the = sign and rename it.


#15. Customize Notifications & Action Center
After a long wait, Windows is finally getting its notification control at one place. The thing that make it stand out of other mobile OS is, you can customize it as you want. 
Go to >> Settings >> System >> Notifications and Actions >>  

  • Changing the buttons from 'Choose your quick actions' will change the buttons displayed when you click on notification icon.
  • You can choose the icons that appear on task bar notification area for the applications you have installed.
  • 'Turn system icons on or off' option is to select the icons for system settings like clock, volume, network, power, location and action center.
  • You can also hide notifications from some unwanted applications.
#16. Download Maps For Offline Viewing

To download Bing Maps that can be viewed when you are not connected to Internet, just go to >> Settings >> System >> Offline Maps >> Offline Maps >> Select the area you want to download maps for. 

#17. Make The Task Bar Transparent and Colorful

The task bar is opaque be default. You can make it transparent and add your own color to it or Windows can make it colorful depending upon the dominant color of your Desktop wallpaper.
Go to >>  Settings >> Personalization >> Colors >> and turn on the features 
>> Make start, taskbar and action center transparent. 


18. Windows Have Built In Game / Screen Recorder

Just hit the Windows + G button on your keyboard and the recording toolbar will pop up. (You have to be using 10240 build ) . The buttons are self explanatory and you can use them to record your screen activity very easily.

19. Outlook Calendar Can Sync With Google Calendar

The build in Microsoft applications are not so popular but those can be synced with your Google Account services. Likewise, you can view, create and edit your Google Calendar events using Outlook Calendar.


  • Just open the 'Calendar' application.
  • Go to calendar settings >> Accounts >> Add Account >> Google.
  • Log in to your google account and your are ready to use the Google Calendar on Windows 10 with the built in Outlook Calendar application.
Same way, note that, Google Contacts will also be pulled from your GMail account in Windows People application. Once you link your Google account, all your GMail contacts ( and probably the Android contacts) will also be added to People application) 

What other customization tips do you know? Do you like the new look of Windows 10. Its most secure and best Windows yet. Do you enjoy the new? 

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