How-To’s for AFTER Installing Windows 10

List of articles re How-Tos & Tips AFTER upgrading or installing Windows 10

Articles are NOT posted as MY recommendation. Latest finds are listed at the top. ~ All links will open in a new tab or window of your browser.

Article Name/Link Description Article Postdate
How to remove personal information from photos in Windows 10 “There’s more to your digital photos than meets the eye. Embedded in each file is EXIF data, or metadata, that contains information on your camera’s make and model, the time and date the photo was taken, and even GPS coordinates if you happened to take the photo from a camera (or, more likely, a phone) that has geotagging enabled.

Luckily, Microsoft lets you remove this sensitive information in Windows 10 in just a few easy steps.”

How to Activate Windows 10’s God Mode “A legendary folder hidden in Windows 10 gives you quick access to a ton of handy settings in one place. The so-called “God Mode” folder provides links to a range of administration tools and tweaks in Windows.” 18-Dec-2015
How To Reclaim Your Disk Space After The Most Recent Windows 10 Update “The Windows 10 version 1511, build 10586 update…is a worthwhile update that includes a number of enhancements to Cortana, visual and UX tweaks, new features for the Edge browser, and a myriad of underlying improvements to the OS itself.

After installing the update though, you’ll likely notice a ton of disk space has been consumed.”

How to remove pre-installed and suggested apps in Windows 10 Nothing is every free. We know that right? So how does Microsoft make money when it gives the Windows 10 operating system away free? This article coveres “Ininstalling promotional apps from Windows 10” and “Disabling app suggestions from the Start menu”. I personally find the latter a tad aggravating. 30-Nov-2015
How to add any website to Windows 10’s Start menu “In Windows 10 you’ve got tons of choices for desktop programs, and apps from the Windows Store can be useful too. But there are still probably a few key webpages you turn to every day instead of a desktop program or modern UI app.” 27-Nov-2015
Windows 10 Tip: Configure a Dual Monitor Setup “One of the improvements added to Windows 10 over Windows 8 is better support for multiple monitors. Windows 10 makes it easy to add a second monitor using familiar commands available in Windows 7.” Note: I did this over six weeks ago. The biggest trick is having the right cable. BTW, I love my two monitors. Very handy for genealogical work. 27-Nov-2015
How to turn on Windows 10’s Find My Device feature ” Microsoft’s Windows 10 November update brings with it a handy “find my device” feature, but it’s not just for tablets or phones. Any Windows 10 device can take advantage of the new feature, including desktops and laptops.

Find My Device in Windows 10 doesn’t do a whole lot right now. There isn’t a way to have your tablet make a sound, lock itself, erase data, or anything like that. Instead, you can only find out where its last known general location was.”

Top Windows 10 Apps To Boost Your Productivity 1. Evernote (Free) – I consider this a Must-Have App on EVERY device.
2. RemindMe (Free) – Useful for me only if it worked on all my devices & synced.
3. Trello (Free) – project organizer. Could be useful for genealogy.
4. Splashtop Business ($-$$$)
5. getHired ($$$)
6. TeamViewer Touch (Free for personal use) – this is anAll-In-One Software for Remote Support and Online Meetings which could be useful for genealogy research.7.  Poki for Pocket (Free) – I use Evernote when I want to save articles.
8. Taskify (Free) – A to-do list maker. I know you can do this in Evernote but I might give this one a try.
9. GoToMeeting (Free)I have used this in a business environment. It truly works!
10. Adobe Photoshop Express (Free)I won’t be using this because I have Adobe Photoshop Elements. But I do recommend this app.
Windows 10: The Complete Guide to Mail “The Mail app in Windows 10 is certainly miles better than the one in Windows 8, not least because it’s now a Universal App. While admittedly not the best email client on the planet, it does still get the job done – and more. Here’s our guide to mastering Outlook Mail.” 17-Oct-2015
10 (mostly free) must-have Windows 10 apps for power users 1. Drawboard PDF ($9.99)
2. VLC media player (Free)
3. Chocolatey (Free)
4. Bvckup 2 ($19.95)5. Sticky Notes Pro (Free, $2 to remove ads)
6. Stardock Fences ($9.99)
7. Adobe Photoshop Express (Free) – awesome for genealogists.
8. Notepad++ text editor (Free) – I have not used this but had a friend who used it to program heavy-duty Java programs.
9. 7-Zip file archival (Free) – I have used this one. It’s good.
10. Skype for Windows (Free)
I’ll be installing #2, #5, #8 and #9. The only reason I’m not downloading #7 is I already have Adobe Photoshop Elements.
7 super-quick Windows 10 tricks you probably didn’t know about “How to make your Windows 10 experience even more convenient in less than 10 seconds.” 13-Oct-2015
How to Automatically Log Into Windows 10 “Windows 10 allows you to log into your PC faster by using a simple four-digit PIN. This feature was originally introduced in Windows 8 and still remains in the Windows 10. If you’re the sole owner of your PC (meaning not shared with anyone) and find that a PIN isn’t fast enough, you can set it to automatically sign in, too.” 8-Oct-2015
Windows 10: 7 Default Settings You Should Change Immediately After Install “But a number of annoying things Microsoft has set Windows 10 machines to do is just plain absurd. Here are those settings, alongside a simple guide on how to fix them.”
1) Stop automatic updates.
2) Stop automatic restart.
3) Disable keylogger.
4) Stop Windows 10 from sipping your bandwidth for delivering updates to others.
5) Disable Wi-Fi Sense.
6) Stop (select) notification.
7) Delete files to claim free space.
9 Photo Apps for Windows 10 to Spruce Up Your Images These might be helpful to genealogists. 

“In lieu of plunking down close to a grand for a top-of-the-line program, Windows 10 offers some good — and affordable — alternatives.

Here’s a list of photo apps for Windows 10 you can use to spruce up your images.”

10 keyboard shortcuts to use Windows 10 like a pro “Windows 10 offers a bunch of slick new features designed to appeal to PC power users, but it also includes killer keyboard shortcuts that all serious users should know.” 7-Oct-2015
How to stop Windows 10 messing up your drivers “The update process in Windows 10 has proved controversial. There was upset at the fact that updates are not optional, and this in turn led to driver updates breaking people’s computers.” Article tells you how to stop “auto” driver updates *BUT* you then have to make sure they are updated. 5-Oct-2015
Three easy ways to speed up Windows 10 Three “handy tricks will give you faster startup, shutdown and Start menu access. 1) Faster Startup, 2) Faster Shutdown & 3) Faster Start menu. 2-Oct-2015
Here’s How to Use Apple’s iCloud on Windows 10 Includes lots of pictures of the steps. “Overall, the setup experience is easy enough, but could be more seamless in comparison to other Cloud services.” 30-Sep-2015
Apps for Windows 10 Link is to 9/25 but check back (and forward) for the weeks. Five apps are shown for Windows 10 each week. 25-Sep-2015
How to uninstall default apps in Windows 10 “Windows 10 comes with a ton of default apps. While these apps don’t take up a lot of space on your hard drive, they do take up a lot of space in your Start menu. If you’re the type of person who likes clutter-free Start menu, you can uninstall some (but not all) of those default apps.” 25-Sep-2015
Top Things to Configure After Upgrading to Windows 10 (and how to do it) 1. Add Another Account & Create a System Restore Point
2. Install the Latest Windows 10 Updates and Check Device Manager
3. Install and Update Desktop and Store Applications
4. Adjust Screen Resolution
5. Personalize Start Menu, Lock Screen, and Desktop
6. Pin Often Used Items to Start Menu
7. Reclaim Disk Space After Upgrade
8. Install an Antivirus Utility (if needed)
9. Create a Recovery Drive and System Image
10. Install an Offsite Backup Service
Windows 10: 6 essential tips to make your new laptop safe and fast “Got a new laptop with Windows 10? Don’t just switch it on and start using it until you’ve read our simple guide to making it safe, secure and speedy first. … Incidentally, this advice only applies to laptops with Windows 10 preinstalled.” Unknown
How to fix Windows 10 blue screen of death: Common cures for crashes in Windows 10 Who wants to read about “blue screen of death” with a brand new operating system, but such things do happen. “The old-style blue screen of death may have changed to something more elegant in recent years, but seeing one appear on your PC is never a good thing. Here’s how to fix blue screen crashes in Windows 10, and what might be causing them.” 7-Sep-2015
How to change time and language formats in Windows 10 “Most time and language settings are listed in the new Settings app that Windows 10 ships with. You may know the app already if you have worked on Windows 8.x systems before but if your last operating system was Windows 7 or earlier, you may not have come in contact with it before.” 7-Sep-2015
How to quickly shut down Windows 10 “Another version of Windows, another silly three-click process just to shut down your PC. Here are some faster alternatives.” 27-Aug-2015
How to Map a Network Drive in Windows 10 “…how to make network drive shortcut in Windows 10.” 25-Aug-2015
One more major Windows 10 hassle: Upgrading your computer might mess with your free Windows 10 activation “Every time you change the hardware of your computer, especially major components, there’s a chance that Windows 10 will not recognize the machine as a computer that’s allowed to run an authorized version of Windows 10. Instead, it might be labeled as a non-genuine Windows 10 install, and there’s no automated process to make that kind of error disappear.” Article also gives how to fix but I think you won’t like it much more than I do. 26-Aug-2015
How to Find Windows 10’s Secret Search Feature “In Windows 10, there’s a whole new Search feature. It works great — once you know the secret.” But you gotta ask yourself, if it is so great then why is it hidden? Sigh. 26-Aug-2015
How to fix the Start menu in Windows 10: Start menu & Cortana not working in Windows 10 “One [of the several bugs in Windows 10] can cause the Start Menu and Cortana to lock up and become unusable. Here’s how to fix the Windows 10 Start menu.” Apparently same fix applies to Cortana. 26-Aug-2015
How to Zip a File or Folder in Windows 10 “Zipping files compresses them so they take up less space on your hard drive, and the smaller ZIP files can more quickly be shared with others or transferred to other computers. You can zip files and/or folders in Windows 10 directly from File Explorer–no third-party tools needed.” 26-Aug-2015
How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece “One setting you should consider disabling is all the advertising integration in Windows 10.” I’ve included this link because I *think* this article has info not covered in the ones below. 24-Aug-2015
How to set up the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows 10 “Windows 10 includes new versions of the basic and free Mail and Calendar apps. Here’s a walkthrough of how you set them up.” 13-Aug-2015
Pro tip: How to personalize Windows 10 “… Windows 10 can be personalized for your individual taste. However, the procedures required to change the default look of Windows 10 are a bit different. Here’s a brief tutorial on how to do it.” 20-Aug-2015
How to change Windows 10’s default apps “With Windows 10, you can quickly and easily change your default Web browser…as well as your default app for reading email, viewing photos, playing music, and more. Here’s how to go about it.” 19-Aug-2015
Why Is Windows 10’s “System” Process Using So Much RAM? “… the System process sometimes takes up an insane amount of RAM, possibly over 1GB. That’s actually not a bug, it’s a feature of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.” [The bolding is by IdoG.] 19-Aug-2015
How to clean out 20 GB or more from your Windows 10 installation “Windows 10 leaves behind lots of unnecessary files on your system after it’s installed — typically well over 20 GB. Here’s how to safely clean them out with a few clicks.” 19-Aug-2015
Candy Crush Comes Pre-Installed On Windows 10: How To Remove The Game “Removing Candy Crush is not as easy as deleting the application and hoping that it will go away.” Personally, I’m going to remove it but I’m reading this article to find out how to do it. It appears I can’t do it the way I use to. 19-Aug-2015
Windows 10 – How to Recover Your System after a Failed Update This is a link I hope you will never have to use. I hope I don’t have to use it! ?-Aug-2015
Windows 10 – How to Enable the Battery Saver Mode “Easily extend the battery life of your Windows 10 device (laptop or tablet) with the Battery Saver mode.” A tutorial to learn how to configure and enable. I’ll need this when I update my laptop.
“Windows 10 will automatically enable the Battery Saver mode each time you battery falls below 20%, but this value can be changed if you want your device to enter the Battery Saver mode earlier and furthermore you can manually enable this mode.”
Three Windows 10 Start menu tweaks that subtly improve your experience “Wondering how to logout from the Start menu, improve the look and feel of the Start menu, taskbar, and action center, as well as get the Start screen back?” 16-Aug-2015
Windows 10 Tip: Print to PDF “…Windows 10 finally embraces the PDF format everyone already uses. And you can now print to PDF.” 16-Aug-2015
Windows 10 Tip: Train Cortana to Know Your Voice “The Cortana personal digital assistant in Windows 10 works pretty well without any training. But if you take a few minutes to train Cortana to recognize your voice, you will get much better results.” Includes a link to “how you can get started with Cortana“. 13-Aug-2015
How to Uninstall Any App “In Windows 10, this capability has been extended to universal apps … [and] for legacy desktop applications as well. 15-Aug-2015
How to juggle multiple applications using Task View in Windows 10 “…how to use Task View, Snap, Shake, and Peek to your advantage in Windows 10.” 14-Aug-2015
Manipulating Windows 10’s Start Menu Learn “…how to drag, resize, and pare down Windows 10’s Start Menu.” Pictures are included. 7-Aug-2015
5 secrets to make you fall in love with Windows 10 “If you hated Windows 8, you’re most likely in love with Windows 10.” I’m personally looking forward to being able to modify the Start menu. 14-Aug-2015
How to fix printer problems in Windows 10 A detailed show-n-tell page on how to solve printer problems after installing Windows 10. About 7-Aug-2015
19 of the best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts you need to know The “handiest” of the Windows 10 shortcuts. These aren’t the CTRL-B, CTRL-C, etc. 9-Aug-2015
How to find your Windows 10 product key “If you upgrade your computer from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10, you probably have no idea what your product key is for the latest version of the operating system.” 9-Aug-2015
How to disable Windows 10 File Explorer’s new Quick Access view If I understand this correctly, if you liked the ‘ribbon’ in Windows 8 when clicking on File Explorer, this will explain how to get it back after installing Windows 10. 8-Aug-2015
How to customize Windows 10’s Action Center Action Center, something new in Windows 10, is “a unified place for all system notifications and quick access to various settings.” Article explains how to find it, what the options are, etc. 9-Aug-2015
How to Fix Windows 10 Sound Issues – Windows Tips & Tricks If you have a “No Sound” issue, this appears to be an easy fix. 5-Aug-2015
How to fix Windows 10 high memory usage issue “It appears that even when the system starts at normal RAM usage, in a few hours it increases to the maximum level. Despite turning all the major processes off, the memory usage remains the same.” 5-Aug-2015
Windows 10 could be SLOWING down your PC to a crawl (but here’s how to fix it) “IF YOUR PC is taking an agonising [stet] time to boot-up – we have the solution.” 4-Aug-2015
Windows 10 Issues: Cortana And Start Menu Show Critical Error “Most of the users are tackling problems with Cortana and the Start menu not launching.” Suggested workarounds are not ‘working’. Users are NOT happy. 5-Aug-2015
Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips and tricks Covers: Task view & virtual desktops, Configure privacy settings, Make sure Wifi Sense is off, Run it in a virtual machine, Windows Explorer Home tab and Quick Access, Customize the Start Menu, Keyboard shortcuts, OneDrive integration and Xbox Streaming. 3-Aug-2015
How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10 Step-by-step instruction on how to accomplish. 1-Aug-2015
5 Questions About Windows 10 Everyone Is Asking Question #2 — Does Windows 10 really share my wi-fi with people? also has the fix to ensure you do not do this.
Question #5 — Includes an answer to “If I did upgrade, can I undo it?”

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This page, originally “What To Do AFTER Installing Windows 10” was moved into two pages on Last updated: March 3, 2016 at 21:05 pm.
The original page was renamed to “How-To’s for AFTER Installing Windows 10” and a new page created,
Important To-Do’s Immediately AFTER Installing Windows 10
, for the critical things you should know.

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