PC Settings after Installing Windows 10
After installing Windows on a computer. there’s a general checklist of settings and registry edits I go through to improve the overall experience. Whether you purchased a new PC or you’re installing Windows over an older operating system. I will share with you these settings I change immediately along with other recommendations.
Let’s dive right in and first go through the settings available in the Settings app. In the lower left click on start and select the Settings icon. The first couple of settings I change are located in system. There have been times when launching Windows for the first time that the scaling has been set to percent or larger.
To fix that make sure that display is selected here in the left. Over here on the right scroll down to scale and layout click the drop down arrow underneath change the size of text apps and other items. If you find it set to anything higher than 100 percent switch it to this lets you fit more on your screen. Increase it if needed should be scaling that looks best for you. While you’re here check that the correct display resolution is selected for your monitor.
For this next one select storage in the left pane. Storage sense is a useful feature that will automatically free up space on your drive. Toggle the switch to turn it on click on configure storage sense or run it now. I prefer to have storage sense run every week put a check mark next to delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using. For deleting files in the recycle bin and downloads folder I have each of those set to 14 days.
To free up space immediately scroll down the page and select clean now. There is no need to select the box next to delete previous versions of Windows unless you’re really desperate for space.
Theme and Colors:
Let’s go into personalization, while the new light theme in Windows 10 is nice I still prefer their dark theme. In the left click on colors below choose your color below your choices are light dark and custom. If you select custom you have the choice to split up the light or dark theme for the windows mode and app mode.
I prefer both of those modes to be dark so choose that and choose your color. I find the dark theme to be easier on the eyes below choose your accent color I checked the box next to automatically pick an accent color from my background. You can leave the Box unchecked and choose the color listed below.
If you don’t want the Microsoft apps to be the default apps on your computer go into apps, here on the settings home screen. In the left click on default apps now just choose a new default app in each category. For a music player I’ll go with VLC and for web browser the legendary Internet Explorer. Just kidding on that one I’ll go with Vivaldi.
If you’re not seeing one of your favorite programs listed make sure you’ve got it installed. Here in the left pane let’s now go down to startup.
You will find that many programs will add themselves to the startup list even though they’re not needed. When your computer boots up disabling some of these might improve your startup time. So go through your list of these startup apps you know you don’t need and turn them off.
Let’s now go check out the sign-in options by going to accounts in the left. Make sure that sign-in options is selected. Scroll down to privacy if you’ve ever been in a situation where you’ve had to restart your computer to clear out the memory because your programs are using too many system resources you will want to turn off the setting.
That says to use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart. When you restart your computer you’re better off reopening only those programs that you need than having windows opening all those programs you had active before you restarted.
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s most invasive operating system ever they’re collecting a ton of data regarding your usage habits. To reduce the information they collect go to privacy. You have 4 privacy options that you can change. My recommendation is to turn them all off you don’t need any of these turned on to use Windows 10.
A major complaint of Windows 10 is that it will automatically restart to install updates. For this one you will need to configure the active hours feature go to update and security. With Windows Update selected in the left click on change active hours. If you want windows to automatically adjust the active hours based on your usage toggle the switch on.
I prefer to leave this off and set my own active hours by selecting change. Set a start and end time when you’re typically using your computer I’ll go with 5 am. for start time and 6 pm. For an end time click Save when you’re done. Now windows will automatically restart during your active hours.