What should I do after installing Windows

Annoy Windows: 20 tips to optimize

David Wolski

It is not a trivial task to tame Windows 10 in its latest version and to rid it of disruptive factors, unwanted extras and cheeky messages. Here you will find relief for the most annoying annoyances.

Microsoft actually sent Windows 10 into the race to eradicate the shortcomings of the little-loved Windows 8. In some cases it was successful. The revised, clearer interface was undoubtedly an improvement over that of its direct predecessor. But now, after a few major updates and a number of additions, Windows 10 has reached a point again at which the system continues to infuriate in everyday PC life: it drives experienced users into the parade or does it again and again through too much cloud and app orientation Excursions that get annoying on the Windows desktop.

Windows 10 is now an ambitious, but unfortunately inconsistent operating system that no longer seems to be made of one piece. It understands a little of everything, but no longer wants to commit itself. Because Windows now acts like an operating system that does not want to make a clear decision between user groups and desktop, cloud and apps in terms of design and features. The consequences are inconsistencies in operation, unnecessary detours on the surface and inconsistencies in the configuration. It shouldn't stay that way: We have compiled the worst disruptive factors under Windows 10 and show quick solutions, short distances and understandable tips that work immediately.

Windows 10:Adjust basic settings specifically

1. User account: Local registration instead of cloud

Windows 10 presents itself today as an operating system that pushes the Microsoft cloud to the fore. It starts with the creation of a user account during the reinstallation, which Windows 10 wants to create as a cloud-based account. The advantage here: Settings and apps are saved in the cloud and can be synchronized with other Windows 10 computers.

The disadvantage: If the password falls into the wrong hands, so does the comprehensive Microsoft account. As additional protection, setting up two-factor authentication on https://login.live.com is therefore a must.

If you don't want to use the Microsoft account, you can convert your existing Windows account into a local account without losing any data. The function can be found in the settings (called up with Win-I) under “Accounts -› Your information - ›Log in with a local account instead”. The local account does not cause any disadvantages during operation. Except for the need to explicitly log in to Microsoft services such as Onedrive.

2. Start menu without ballast: fewer shortcuts

EnlargeThe start menu of a freshly installed Windows 10 is like a blinking billboard.

After installation, the start menu in Windows 10 looks like an overloaded advertising space. Here, in the right half of the menu, there are links to apps and web services that should make Windows 10 appear young and fresh, but which tend to annoy experienced users. It is advisable to invest a few minutes here, right-click on all unwanted tiles and remove the app from the system with "Uninstall" or remove the shortcut from the start menu.

3. Telemetry data: Microsoft collects this data

EnlargeMicrosoft collects this data about you and Windows 10.

Microsoft collects usage data and statistics on the use of the system (telemetry data) via Windows 10. Data privacy advocates repeatedly criticize this practice, even if Microsoft is now providing insights into the data being transferred. To see this, go to "Data protection -› Diagnostics and feedback - ›Diagnostic data display" in the settings (Win-I). The switch starts the logging on the hard disk. The "Diagnostic Data Viewer" button installs a (free) app that displays the transmitted data in raw format (JSON).

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4. Telemetry data: switch off data acquisition

The determination of the telemetry data can prevent an added value in the registry. Start Regedit.exe, the easiest way to do this is via the Run dialog that the Win-R key combination brings to the screen. In the key hierarchy on the left go to the branch “Hkey_Local_ Machine \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ DataCollection” and after a right click in the window on the left with “New -› DWORD value (32-bit) ”add the value AllowTelemetry Leave it at "0".

Now it is still necessary to deactivate two running Windows services. To do this, use the Run dialog (Win-R) to call the service management with the services command. msc on. In the list of services, double-click on "User experience and telemetry in connected mode" and set the "Startup type" for this service to "disabled".

Note: In older versions of Windows 10, the name of this service is Diagnostic Tracking Service.

5. No lock screen: go straight to the login

EnlargeThe lock screen of Windows 10 is only an ornament on desktop PCs and notebooks without a touch screen and has no use.

The Windows 10 lock screen is pretty much useless on a PC without a touchscreen. On a desktop PC, the additional mouse click to log in is just annoying in the long run. In the Home and Pro edition of Windows 10 there is a separate way to turn off the lock screen:

In the home version, a change in the Windows registry is necessary: ​​Start Regedit.exe via the run dialog (Win-R). Then go to the branch "Hkey_Local_Machine \ Software \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows". Right-click in the right half of the window, go to “New -› Key ”and name the new entry Personalization. Select this and click with the right mouse button in the right half of the window. Select “New -› DWORD value (32-bit) ”and give the new value the name NoLockScreen. After double-clicking on this new entry, it is assigned the value "1".

In the Pro version, you can set this registry entry via the group guidelines that the call Gpedit.msc starts in the run dialog. There there is the switch “Do not show lock screen” under “Guidelines for local computers -› Computer configuration - ›Administrative templates -› Control panel - ›Customization”.

Less advertising: eight tips against annoying advertising

The user interface in Windows 10 is also a great ad space. The advertising is not as penetrative as on many Android devices, but nonetheless unacceptable on a desktop system for everyday work.

Tip 1: switch off advertising and messages

The not absolutely necessary lock screen (- ›Tip 5) of Windows 10 shows advertising in the form of information about new programs and Microsoft products after a while. In the settings under “Personalization -› Lock screen ”under“ Background ”the option“ Windows focus ”is selected. If you set "Image", the advertising will not appear.

Tip 2: Uninstall Onedrive completely

Windows 10 never tires of reminding us users everywhere of the advantages of Onedrive as a cloud-based file storage system. If you have not yet set up Onedrive, you will repeatedly receive a gentle and quickly disruptive request to use the service. Uninstalling Onedrive can help. This is done in the settings under “Apps -› Apps & Features ”with a click on“ Microsoft OneDrive ”and“ Uninstall ”.

Tip 3: prevent suggestions for apps

Occasionally, the start menu shows other suggested apps as recommendations. These advertisements can be switched off: To do this, set the switch behind “Personalization -› Start - ›Occasionally show suggestions in the start menu” in the settings to “Off”.

Tip 4: turn off pop-up messages

The taskbar also shows unsolicited pop-ups with operating instructions, tips and advertising from Microsoft. In the settings under “System -› Notifications and Actions ”, set“ Receive tips, tricks and suggestions when using Windows ”to“ Off ”so that the displays do not appear.

Tip 5: customize the notification area

Advertisements and not very useful usage instructions also appear in the notification area. With an adaptation of "Windows welcome page after updates and occasionally when logging in [...]" in the settings and "System -› Notifications and actions ", the notification area is also quiet.

Tip 6: turn off banner advertising in Windows Explorer

Windows components such as Windows Explorer also serve as advertising space. The program occasionally displays advertisements for Onedrive and Microsoft Office 365 at the top of the window. This can be switched off in Windows Explorer via “View -› Options - ›Change folder and search options”. On the “View” tab, uncheck “Show sync provider notifications”.

Tip 7: banish restless live tiles

The start menu has shown some tiles with changing content since Windows 8, but these are often difficult to read and tend to irritate in everyday life. The live tiles can be switched off individually in the start menu via the context menu and "More -› Deactivate live tile ".

Tip 8: Solitaire alternative without advertising

Evil tongues claim that the accompanying solitaire game "Solitaire", which has been part of the game since Windows 3.0, was the main contributor to the triumph of Microsoft operating systems. It is still there in Windows 10, much fancier than before, but with long advertising clips. You don't have to be satisfied with that: It is worth taking a look at the open source alternative Open Solitaire.

6. Windows Update: Prevent automatic restarts

The automatic Windows update is desirable for security reasons. However, Windows 10 often automatically reboots to install the updates - and that can take an excruciatingly long time. Particularly annoying: the computer cannot be used during this time.

In the settings, under “Update and Security” with “Change usage time”, you should therefore specify a time window in which the Windows Update computer is not automatically restarted. With “Schedule restart”, users can specify a desired time when a restart should take place - around 2:00 am.

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