10 Windows 10 Settings You Should Change Right Away

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Avram Piltch

Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.

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  • 13thmonkey
    Are you really suggesting that people muck about with the registry? We must see at least one 'HELP!!! i've done something in registry and now it doesn't do X/Y/Z' a week. No thoughts on backing up the registry? Not paranoid enough to be concerned about Disabling UAC (protective), but paranoid enough to disable tracking? That's a really fine line to be walking.
  • pstez84
    Dangerous information here - bad article, I used to think better if Tom's Hardware.
    If you know what UAC is and what it's for - fine disable it. If you don't know what it is, leave it alone.

    Enabling force close...are you sure!? What about that document you've just spend an hour writing and haven't saved yet. yes, yes, you should have saved it already but Windows just stopped you being even more of an idiot and let you save it before it goes bye bye.

    Show file extensions, sure, that's helpful. Showing hidden files!? Again, if you know what they are, fine, show them. If you don't know what they are LEAVE THEM ALONE GODDAMMIT!

    Maybe this article needed some proofreading?
  • gordug
    Yeah bad advice mixed in with some useful. This needs pulling and updating
  • simon.jackson
    Wow! Seriously! What a terrible article. It infuriates me when 'techy geeks' think they should push their likes and dislikes onto the 'unwashed masses'.

    Microsoft invest millions in developing easy to use, safe and secure operating systems. Sure, they get it wrong sometimes but generally they put wise defaults in place.

    As another commenter writes, 'playing' with UAC or the Registry is not at all wise for those who don't understand it. Really, how many times does UAC get in your way? Are you playing with system level options or files that often? If so, you're not the average user. Does it really matter if it's a .xls file or .xlsx? Does the average user know, or care, or even need to know to get their work done? Excel does a pretty good job of advising when a .xls file isn't going to work for the file edits in question.

    Most people don't 'play' with their computer; they use it for serious work. Tinkering isn't going to help them.
  • Seanie280672
    All of this stuff I already do and have always done, it's pretty basic stuff really, like enabling storage sense etc, i hate UAC and always disable that, as for the lock screen removal, just use netplwiz in the run box, enter your password 2 times and you'll bypass having to log in Everytime you restart the computer, no need to hack the registery for that one, finally...... It says force close apps on shutdown, if you've shutdown your computer whilst typing a 3 page essay in word and lost it, that's your own stupid fault.
  • G_IV
    @Seanie280672 that was very arrogant and elitistic. You must have no sympathy for computer newbies whatsoever..

    In regards to the tips given - use Cortana to switch things off, but don't disable Cortana itself? Hmmm...
    Fiddling around in registry? I don't think so...
  • ElectrO_90
    The ONLY thing people should do with this article is check that System Restore is on and working - otherwise the 5 minutes you took to write this article is absolutely trash and you got paid for it?
    The MODS here could write a better article
  • simon.jackson
    After reading the comment from @Seanie280672, I felt the need to add another comment: anyone in these times who think it's ever appropriate to disable UAC is - imho - showing their arrogance and/or naivety. It is there to protect you. Disable it and anything malicious can do what it wants, without your prior consent. Maybe there's some odd situation where it's not needed, but I can't think of one. I would recommend everyone leaves it enabled - average Jo PC user, serious technical administrators, PC builders, server admins, gamers... everyone. Its intrusion into your workflow is minimal, and it's asking a very appropriate question: "Are you sure you intended your action to make system level changes to your PC?". You might have a flurry of the UAC prompts when building your PC, but after that it's occurrence will be infrequent.
  • akatoby76
    They are all standard dos since about windows vista as far as I know. Plus I already use a batch shutdown script that deletes temp files etc etc then shuts down. Why anyone needs this guide males no sense. The registry hack has been around for years! Plus system restore, I've had it turned off for years since I found it eats deive space. Macrium Reflect is free and images the pc superbly. This is the only infor one needs!
  • danielfurness814
    Are you actually TRYING to kill peoples computers?!?!? Don't do anything from page 2-5!!!!
  • Seanie280672
    UAC is useless it only confirms things which you are trying to install on your machine, if you don't trust it, don't install it, or get a decent Internet security. Secondly, secondly if I was a noob or not, with all the news over the years about Windows 10, and spying etc, pretty sure even a noob knows about that news, one of the first things I'd do with a new machine is go through the settings, where I would eventually stubble across storage sense setting, in fact system restore setting is harder to find as it's still only in the old control panel, something which I completely disable anyway as half the time if things go wrong it doesn't work. And finally I didn't say to use the registry hack, I said to bypass entering your password Everytime you restart or switch on, use netplwiz in the run Box, perfectly safe, no registry hacks there, and if you don't like it bypassing, simply run it again.
  • wwarff
    Don't pay any attention to the haters. This is good information and the end user is smart enough to know whether they should do any of these suggestions. Thanks for the tips.
  • Sujan Tablero
    Informative and helpful. .
  • usertest118
    Update! Update!