In this article we have put together a series of corrections that you can apply in a simple way and that will end up with some frustrations in the day to day.If you were already a user of Windows 7 and 8.1, you will welcome the return of some of the features lost during the upgrade, such as DVD playback in Windows Media Center.The idea is to get you back to the controls of your computer and have an operating system that will not let you “hang” whenever you need to create a recovery pen, open applications with specific software or increase the security levels of the Edge browser.
1 – Get Windows Media Center to read DVD
You may have noticed that WMC has lost the ability to play DVD in Windows 10. If you do not know what to do for fifteen euros, you can always buy Windows DVD Player (€ 14.89).But, in fact, who needs this software when there is a VLC called that will allow you to read DVDs from various regions?Just go to videolan.org/vlc and download this reader, one of the most complete in the market.There is also a tip: to increase the image quality, and before pressing ‘Play’ to see the DVD, go to the ‘Video’ menu and, under ‘De-Interlacing’, choose the option ‘Automatic’.
2 – Prepare for Recovery
What happens if Windows 10 fails to boot? It’s simple:you’ll need a recovery pen or DVD (see tip 3) that will give you access to all Windows 10 recovery options. To create a pen (at least 1 GB), insert the drive into a USB And type recovery in the Start menu search box.Choose the option ‘Create a recovery unit’.In the next window, uncheck ‘Back up the system files on the recovery drive’ and follow the on-screen instructions.If you need to use the pen, connect the computer with the pen inserted in one of the USB ports.
3 – Create a DVD or Windows re-installation pen
Sometimes it is better to do a clean installation of Windows when there is a problem (or more) complicated to solve.For this you will need a DVD or a USB stick with at least 8 GB.First, you’ll need to download the Windows Media Creation Tool for free (choose the 64-bit or 32-bit version depending on your processor).Then start the downloaded executable and select ‘Create installation media for another PC’;Click ‘Next’ and follow the instructions that appear to you.At the end, simply insert a pen to create the recovery system or create an ISO file that you can later burn to a TCU defined at Findjobdescriptions.
4 – Save Bandwidth
Windows 10 uses P2P communication technology to get you up to speed on system updates – this means you share your downloads with other users.If you have a slow connection this is something you will not want to see happen.To prevent this form of Microsoft bandwidth sharing, go to the ‘Settings’ menu on your computer, go to the ‘Update and Security’ tab, and on the ‘Windows Update’tab, click’Advanced Options’.Then go to ‘Determine how updates are provided’and turn off the only existing option.
5 – Get rid of the File Explorer toolbar
If you are not a fan of the bar that appears in File Explorer since Windows 8, you can turn it off and recover the look of Windows 7. To do this we will use an app called OldNewExplorer , which comes in RAR format – use a program like 7-Zip to unzip the installer.Then, start the application and go activate the various options that will define the appearance of the Explorer.To test them, you can open and close some windows.
6 – Change the software that opens each file, by default
If the application you are looking for does not appear in the list when you try to choose it to open a file type (right-click, click ‘Open with’> ‘Choose another application’), click ‘More applications’.If you still can not find it, choose ‘Search for another app on this PC’ to make a manual selection in the folder where the software is installed:’Programs’.
7 – Recover the classic Start Menu
If you moved directly from Windows 7 to 10, you may not find much jokes about the new operating system Start menu.If you want to make the classic look come back, go to classicshell.net and download the little Classic Shell app.During installation, deactivate all options except the Classic Start Menu and the Classic Shell Update.The program will be installed and then when you click on the Start menu icon you will be shown a Classic Shell window where you can change its appearance.
8 – Bring Windows Photo Viewer back
Microsoft has replaced Windows Photo Viewer with the Photos app, but you can recover the program as an option to open photos.This process involves changes to the Windows Registry and the files you can use to make this change quickly can be downloaded here .Then just double-click the REG ‘Add Open…’ file to add it to the registry.Now, click on the photo you want to open with the right mouse button, choose ‘Open with Windows Photo Viewer’.
9 – Customize the hidden Start menu of Windows
Windows has a hidden Start menu that appears when we load the ‘Windows + X’ key combination or right-click the ‘Start’ menu button.Here you will find several shortcuts to “hidden” areas of the operating system such as the Control Panel or the Event Viewer.However, you can add custom shortcuts, reorder existing ones, or even delete entries.For this you can use the free Win + X Menu Editor program that is here.When you have it installed, choose’Add a program’ to add a program and ‘Add preset’ to include more options.You can also put specific control panel options in this menu.
10 – Reinforce Edge Security
If Edge is your browser of choice, there are some privacy settings that you will have to modify in order for Web browsing to be completely secure. In the Edge window, click the three dots in the upper right corner and enter ‘Settings’. Scroll down until you find ‘Advanced Settings’, where you have to make sure the ‘Block pop-up windows’ slider is turned on. Also check to see if the option ‘send requests from Do Not Track’ is also active;To increase privacy, choose ‘Block third-party cookies only’ under ‘Cookies’.