7 Super Windows 10 Tips – WHS 181

7 Super Windows 10 Tips – WHS 181

If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 you’re probably a little confused about the changes in the operating system (especially if you upgraded from Windows 7). Do not to fear, I’ve scoured the Internet for Windows 10 tips to share with you.

I was happy to find a few of these tips myself. It helped me deal with a few nagging issues that had me perplexed.

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7 Super Windows 10 Tips

Change the Default PDF Reader

Right-click the PDF, select “Open with” then “Choose another app”. Select the app you want to use to open PDFs and make sure the box labeled “Always use this app to open .pdf files” is checked. For more detailed instructions and alternate ways to do this, check out How to Geek’s tutorial.

Manage AutoPlay Settings

Open “Control Panel” and in the “icons view” click “AutoPlay”. Check or uncheck “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” and then configure how you want each device and media type to respond. Check out How to Geek’s instructions for other ways to configure this setting.

Windows 10 Clean Install

The Windows 10 upgrade process brings with it old files and settings. If you want a fresh start you can perform what’s called a “clean install”. This might be a little too advanced for most users but some of you can handle it. The neat thing I learned was that now you can install Windows 10 using your Windows 7 or 8 license key.

Watch YouTube Videos on Your TV

If you have a Miracast- or DLNA-equipped device you can stream Microsoft Edge to it. This is great for showing YouTube videos or other content on your TV, as long as it’s not DRM-protected. That means no Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon video. Still, it’s a neat little trick if you have the tech.

Customize Start Menu

One thing that changes dramatically from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was the Start Menu. The first time you use Windows 10 it feels alien and everything looks out of place. You can make it more like the Windows 7 Start Menu by customizing it. Just right-click any live tile to unpin it from the Start Menu, re-size it, or uninstall it altogether. More details are in PC World’s guide to customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Command Your Computer with Cortana

My kids love Cortana. They do web searches with it and ask it all kinds of funny questions. If you want to use voice commands with your computer click on the Search field, click the Notebook, and enable “Hey Cortana.” Now you’re one step closer to being on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications

If you’re not ready to upgrade to Windows 10 or you’re happy with Windows 7 and just refuse to upgrade you can prevent Windows from constantly bugging you. Check out Paul Thurrott’s site for instructions to download, install, and configure GWX Control Panel.

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