So you’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to Windows 10. Firstly, this version of Windows does not come with the same issues that we suffered with Windows 8. Windows 10 has a wide range of new features as well as the ability to revert back to the older style interface many are used to. So, to help you get started we have a few handy Windows 10 tips.
Managing Windows 10 Updates
One thing to know about Windows 10 is it is Big – consequently the recommended hard drive space for Windows 10 is between 15-20 GB! Furthermore, updates can be quite large as well – somewhere in the order of 1-3 GB, but still quite sizable. The issue this creates is if you have a limited data plan you need to be careful of how you download, and because Windows 10 updates in the background, you might go over your cap without realising.
To manage this, you might want to change your Settings to a Metered Connection.
Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-fi > Advanced Options. Select ” Set as Metered Connection”.
This then prevents Windows Updates, App Updates and a variety of other background applications from draining your internet download – but it is not a guarantee to stop data from being downloaded. Some apps will still download in the background, even with the metered connection option selected. Further, an Ethernet connection (i.e your computer is connected to your modem with a wire) cannot be set as a metered connection.
However, there is an upside to Windows 10 updates, and that is the ability to share downloads across your home or business network.
Get Windows Updates from Single Computer
If you have a multi-pc home you can share updates between computers – saving you substantial download.
To manage this you can go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options > Choose How Updates are Delivered.
Here you can select “PCs on My Local Network” allowing you to share downloads across computers. This will save you download.
Further, you can choose to turn off share updates with other PCs on the internet – this function will involve your computer sharing with other computers and may see a decrease in your internet speeds and/or quota arrangements with your Internet provider.
Free up some space – remove your Old Copy of Windows 7 or 8
Assuming you’re happy with Windows 10, you can free up some space and delete the old copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8, that will be saved on your computers Hard drive.
To do this you need to go to Cortana (next to the Start button) and type Disk Cleanup and select the Disk Cleanup App. Select the Drive windows is installed on (usually C:). Select Ok and give your Computer some time to process the Disk Cleanup task. Once it has scanned your computer you will be shown the Disk Cleanup Menu. Select Clean Up System Files.
Windows will scan again, and then give you the option to select “Previous Windows Installations”. Select This and click OK. From here, Disk Cleanup will remove this file and free up space. Importantly once this file is removed, you cannot go back to your old version of Windows 7 or 8, so make sure you’re happy with Windows 10 before deleting this file.
Print to PDF
Unlike previous versions pf Windows, Windows 10 allows a user to print to PDF using a native function. Go to Print and Select Microsoft Print to PDF. Simple!
Getting to the Original Control Panel
If this is the case you can easily Right Click the Start Menu then select Control Panel. Otherwise press Windows Key + X to bring up the Menu that includes the older style options for; Device Manager, Network Connections, Control Panel, Command Prompt, Task Manager and more.
Pin Frequent Folders and Manage File Explorer
Do you have folders you frequently use? Why not add them to the Quick Access column in File Explorer?
Simply go the folder you want, and right click. From the menu select Pin to Quick Access.
One of the more divisive features of Windows 10 is the Frequent Folders/Recent Files function of File Explorer. While some find it handy, others prefer to have the This PC Folders shown when File Explorer is opened.
To change the settings for File Explorer go to File Explorer > File > Change Folder & Search Options > Open File Explorer to: This PC
In addition, you may wish to remove Quick Access and Frequently used Folders. To change this, go to File Explorer > File > Change Folder & Search Options > Privacy. You should ensure Show recently used Files in Quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick Access are deselected on tick boxes.
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