8 Things You Can Disable In Windows 10
Did you recently purchase a machine with Windows 10 preinstalled? Or did you upgrade to it? Either way, I hope you enjoy everything Windows 10 has to offer.
If Windows 10 was express installed on your system, then there are a number of tweaks that you may want to consider. Considering efficiency, convenience, and privacy, below are some of the things that you may want to think about turning off.
Whether your interests are just to remove <a href=”https://www.compuchenna.co.uk/unnecessary-windows-services/”>features that are non-essential</a>or you just want to customize things to suit you, we’ll be taking a look at some of the features that you can disable in Windows 10.
Let’s starts 8 Things You Can Disable In Windows 10
- Non-Essential Applications
Windows 10 does a good job at separating its new applications from the traditional desktop applications, much better than its predecessor, at least. Despite that, Windows 10 does come with a lot of stuff that most would deem useless. There are some applications that are worth your time, like the weather app, but apps like Candy Crush Saga just take up space on your hard drive.
Fortunately, removing bloat-ware is a fairly simple task. Just go through all the applications you don’t need and remove them one by one.
In addition, you may also want to visit Settings ->Personalization ->Start and turn off occasionally show suggestions in Start, as this will prevent Microsoft from installing apps on your computer without your explicit consent.
- Windows Notifications
Windows 10 Action Center acts as a central hub for all your notifications, such as recently installed apps, reminders etc. However, if you indiscriminately add different notifications, it can very quickly turn from something of real convenience to an annoyance.
Go to Settings ->System ->Notifications & actions and turn off Show me tips about Windows and other applications notifications.
- Change Default Applications
Windows 10, just like all the operating systems that have come before it, allows you to change which applications are used for opening specific file types. By default, these are all configured by Microsoft. This means Microsoft Edge will be set as your default browser, Groove Music will be your default music and video player, etc.
While these applications are pretty decent, there are much better alternatives that I’d personally recommend you use, such as VLC Media Player, for opening music and video files.
You can change these settings by going to Settings ->System Default Apps.
- Applications in the Background
Windows 10 by default has a number of applications running in the background. These applications are capable of receiving information, download and installing updates, sending notifications and just simply using up system resources. If you’re using a mobile device with a metered connection, I’d recommend you switched this off.
Go to Settings ->Privacy ->Background apps and switch off the individual apps.
- Change Windows Defender
Windows Defender has gone through a series of changes since it was first created. Originally it was a free antivirus tool, now it comes as standard with Windows 10. However, when compared to the other antivirus tools out there, Windows Defender lags behind, quite considerable. It’s for this reason you may want to consider disabling it.
There are many third-party alternatives out there, such as Panda Free and Avira that do a much better job.
- Disable Visual Effects
Windows 10, just like its predecessors has a very slick interface; however, you may be someone that appreciates speed over visual effects. If that’s you, then it is possible for you to switch these effects off.
Simply right-click on the Start button, and go to System ->Advanced system settings.
Under the Advanced Tab, go to Performance, and then click on Settings. Lastly un-tick the box next to the visual effects, you want to disable.
- Automatic Updates
Windows 10 by default will download and install updates automatically, without your consent, and although that’s a good thing, as you want your operating system to be secure with all the latest security updates. Automatic updates can consume a considerable amount of resources and so you may want to consider manually updating your computer, as this will allow you to decide for yourself when best to run updates.
OneDrive is similar to Windows Defender, as it went from being an additional tool to an essential feature of Windows 10; saving your personal files on the cloud is a great way to back up your data, but maybe you already have a cloud service that you use or cloud storage just isn’t your thing.
If you fall into that category, you may want to consider disabling it or replacing it. To remove it, you can use the OneDrive Uninstaller tool, which will remove every trace of the program from your computer.
However, before you go ahead and do that, make sure you read the fine print, as the removal of this tool can result in the deletion of locally saved files and could adversely affect certain system settings. Only remove this tool, if you’re certain that you will never attempt to use it in the past, as it’s likely that once you remove it, the only way you’ll be able to get it on your system is by reinstalling the operating system.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website: https://www.compuchenna.co.uk