Windows 10 Settings

Windows 10 settings, even if you’ve been using windows forever there are probably a lot of setting that you never realize were on by default. And should probably change these might be setting for privacy, convenience, or just usefulness in general.

In this article we are going to go over a bunch of setting in Windows, specifically Windows 10. Want to know more about Windows 10 Tips & Tricks.

Windows 10 Settings

1. Windows 10 Settings – (Update)

Get into the main windows 10 settings, you just click the “Start Menu” and then click the “Gear” Go to “Update & Security” then look for “Advanced Options” or else look for “Delivery Optimization ”.

Here you’ll want to make sure the setting at the bottom is set to “PCs on my local network” and not the other one with “PCs on the internet”. What that would do is download parts of updates from other people who have the update, to supposedly to make the downloads faster.

But It would also send parts of your updates to other people, using up bandwidth. On your local network it doesn’t really matter, but you can disable this altogether by switching the toggle above to off.

2. Windows 10 Settings – (Wi-Fi)

Let’s change some Wi-Fi setting, back in the main windows 10 settings go to “Network & Internet”, then the “Wi-Fi” tab. Under Wi-Fi services, you’ll see two options talking about suggested open hotspots. Disable both of those suggested hotspot is supposed to be hotspots.

Microsoft has deemed legit and this would allow your computer to connect to them automatically, but open hotspots are inherently insecure. So you never want your computer to connect to any network without asking you first.

Below are setting for Hotspot 2.0 which is a relatively new technology, but you can leave that on.

3. Windows 10 Settings – (Privacy)

Now we are go through a bunch of privacy settings and get those out of the way all at once. So start out going to “Settings” then “Privacy”. First we’ll start out in this “General Tab” you’ll definitely want to uncheck the first box, and probably the second box as well.

These basically allow websites and apps to track you based on a unique “Advertiser ID” in order to learn more about you and show you more relevant ads. Third setting is also something you may or may not want to disable. It basically keeps track of which programs you launch most frequently.

4. Windows 10 Settings – (Speech, Inking and Typing)

The next tab we’re going to look at is “Speech, Inking and Typing”. This feature basically keeps record of everything you type or say to Cortana. The virtual assistant and apparently uses it to “get to know you” and make better suggestions. For those of you who don’t use Cortana.

It’s definitely something you want to disable.

5. Windows 10 Settings – (Locations)

Head to the “Location Tab” if you don’t want windows apps using your location, turn this off. If you have some apps, you do want to allow. You can turn the feature on and individually enable and disable apps in the list after scrolling down.

6. Windows 10 Settings – (Feedback and Diagnostics)

Next tab is “Feedback and Diagnostics”, which adjust how windows will track how you use windows and then send it back to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to disable completely but you’ll at least want to change this form full to basic.

To minimize what they collect otherwise look what it tracks. Browser usage like what website you visit probably “feature usage”. Which could mean anything, “Inking and Typing data” which is literally anything you type, so yea you really want to not have it on full.

And maybe disable the toggle below about tailored experiences too.

7. Windows 10 Settings – (Cortana)

Final setting for privacy setting, these actually are for Cortana specifically. To access these click “Cortana Button” then the “Gear”. Or search for “Cortana setting” in the start menu. If you don’t use Cortana, you basically want to turn all of these off.

If you do use Cortana, you can go through these and change what you want It to track. But we definitely suggest disable Cortana on the lock screen. Otherwise some random person might be able to access a lot of your data even when the computer is locked.

8. Windows 10 Settings – (Notifications)

Now let’s do something about all those annoying notification windows seems to give you all the time. So head to the windows “Settings” then click on “System” and select “Notifications & Actions”. Don’t disable notifications all together.

But if you see one app that is particularly annoying, you can scroll down and disable its ability to show notification. Back up the top you can probably want to disable the option to show notifications on the lock, as you know sometimes notification maybe contain private information.

Like emails for example and also enable the on that says “Hide notifications when duplicating the screen”. So you go to do a presentation and you hook the computer up to a projector and again you don’t want some notification popping on

The screen with sensitive content for all to see. Finally, you can disable notifications for “Tips and Tricks” which could be annoying.

9. Windows 10 Settings – (Suggested Apps in Start Menu)

Let’s disable the obnoxious suggested application you see in the start menu, which are essentially advertisements. In the windows “Settings” go to “Personalization” select “Start” tab and disable where it says “Occasionally Show Suggestions in Start”

10. Windows 10 Settings – (Gaming)

Next up there’s a setting we want to change under windows “Settings” then select “Gaming” and click on “Game DVR” tab. You almost definitely want to disable the one that says “Record in the background while I’m playing a game”.

Leaving this on means any time you’re playing a game, it will constantly be recording video even if you don’t save it. Which will use up resources and could severely affect performance. One setting you might want to enable in gaming is “Game Mode”.

Which will only show you if you have the latest creators update version of windows. This setting might free up system resources for your games.

11. Windows 10 Settings – (Night Light)

Alright now we’ve disabled a lot of stuff so far, so how about we actually find some neat features to enable. First up is a super cool feature called night light which can be found in “Windows Settings” and then select “System” click on “Display” tab.

But this feature will only show up if you have the latest so-called creators update. What this feature does it change the color of the screen at night. Which is much easier on the eyes and won’t disrupt your sleep schedule as much and it does this by cutting out blue light.

Which is what keeps us up at night longer than we want to be. In night light setting you can adjust the strength of the effects and what time you want it to activate including sunset to sunrise.

But you will need location services enabled if you want to do that.

12. Windows 10 Settings – (Windows Explorer)

Here are a couple more setting to enable for Windows Explorer. Just open up any explorer tab, like My Computer or whatever. At the top click “View” and then check the two boxes that say “File Name Extensions” and Hidden Items”.

If for some reason those don’t show up, you can find the same setting by hitting “Options” then going to the “View” tab. What the first check box does is make sure that for every file on your computer it will include the file extension with the file name.

This is really important for a lot of reasons, for example maybe you download a suspicious file that claims to be a video. But with this you can see that it’s actually a “.exe” file an executable. Guess what that file is almost certainly a virus.

The virus maker may even add their own fake file extension like “virus.mp4” but now you can see that the real name is “virus.mp4.exe”. The other box we selected was for Hidden Items you may or may not have known, but there are file and folders.

On your computer that are not visible to you by default. These might be setting files for certain programs or log files.

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