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10 Windows 10 tips

28/03/16

10 Windows 10 tips

Permalink 08:46:00 pm by Eugene Gardner, Categories: General, Articles

Windows 10 is now stable enough to enable me to suggest that most people should be upgrading their computer now. There are occasionally problems with sound and virus protection but these can be easily resolved. Nevertheless, I still recommend a validated image backup before you change anything.

  1. Which brings me neatly on to the first tip. If you're not already using File History ditch your current backup program and make the switch. There just aint nothing better.
  2. Similarly, move all your documents to OneDrive (assuming you sign in with a Microsoft account) so that you get a short term immediate backup and all your documents are available on another device.
  3. Also, make sure you use an account with your favourite browser so that bookmarks and other settings are synchronized with other computers - even the loan one I give you when yours fails :-)
  4. It's always wise to have a second account on your computer so that when the main one gets a corrupted profile or locked out with password problems you can recover. The easy way to do this is from an elevated command prompt
    net user administrator /active:yes
  5. If you prefer File Explorer the way Windows Explorer used to be (displying My PC on the opening screen) then click View > Options > Change folder and search options.
  6. Make the cursor jump to the default button when a new window appears by Settings > Personalization > Themes > Mouse pointer settings > Pointer options > Snap To.
  7. Set performance to be prioritised above electrical frugality by going to Settings > System > Power > Additional power settings > High Performance.
  8. Change the size of text in all windows to make it easier on old eyes with Settings > System > Display then move the slider to the right.
  9. Restore Documents, Music, Pictures etc. to the Start menu for easy access. Settings > Personalization > Start > Choose which folders appear on Start.
  10. Check out the new features by running the Get Started app.

If you have a tip of your own (Windows 10 related please) just make a comment below.

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