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Windows 10 settings you should change immediately

Hi there, I am Shyam Jaiswal a web developer and a newbie digital marketer. Today in this article, I am going to tell you some important settings that you should immediately change after purchased a new PC or you’re installing Windows 10 over an older operating system.

Windows 10 settings should be changed which will be improving your user experience.

I will share with you the settings I change immediately, along with other recommendations. 

So, let me clear some of your possible doubts before getting to our main topic. 

Let’s Dive in

  1. Change Display Scaling.
  2. Enable Storage Sense.
  3. Choose Colors & Theme and change cursor settings.
  4. Choose Default Apps in windows 10 settings.
  5. Disable Startup Apps.
  6. Sign-In Options.
  7. Turn Off Privacy Options.
  8. Set Active Hours.
  9. Turn Off Delivery Optimization.
  10. Turn on Find My Device.
  11. Conclusion.
  12. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
windows 10 settings

Change Display Scaling in windows 10 settings.

So, our first change that is to be done is Display Scaling settings. You can do this for your usability and your need of of proper viewing. 

Sometimes in windows after the installation, display is automatically set to higher scaling. And this leads to so many confusion, that how to properly set it to normal settings. 

To do so you need to follow all the steps shown below: 

  1. Open the start menu by clicking windows icon from keyboard or by clicking windows icon from the lower left corner of the screen. 
  1. Open settings by searching for it or just clicking gear icon from the left pane. 
  1. Click on the “System”. 
  1. Scroll to “Scale and Layout” in windows 10 settings.  
scaling options
  1. And, check that if it set to how much percentage. You may even change it according to your need.  
  1. Next scroll to “Display Resolution” and change it according to your screen dimensions. 

Enable Storage Sense in windows 10 settings. 

Storage sense is a setting that automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, like temporary files and content in your recycle bin. 

This setting will really boost your computer performance and speed. 

To enable storage sense follow below given steps: 

  1. Open Start menu by clicking windows icon on your keyboard. 
  1. Open settings by searching for it or just clicking gear icon from the left pane. 
  1. Click on “System” button in windows 10 settings. 
  1. Click on “Storage” from the sidebar. 
  1. On the top you’ll see a toggle button to enable “Storage Sense”. 
  1. Click on link below the toggle button saying “Configure Storage Sense or run it now”. 
  1. Select a suitable option from the list. I prefer “Every Week”. 
  1. Scroll to “Temporary Files” and configure those settings as you want. But recommended is 14 days in both of cleaning recycle bin and delete downloaded file. 
  1. And then scroll to “free up space now”. 
  1. Click on “delete previous versions of windows” and then on “Clean now”. 
windows 10 settings

Choose Colors & Theme and change cursor settings.  

Although this is not a very important setting, but many of you may be irritated with the default theme and colors. We will be even enabling the dark theme for windows. And would be changing theme colors and background image.

Here, we will also be changing cursor settings.

This setting will really change your view towards your computer. We would be even changing cursor style. So, let’s move towards the steps. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the desktop. 
  1. Click on “Personalize” option in windows 10 settings. 
  1. Settings will open. You’ll see Background option. 
  1. Click on the list. And select “Picture”. 
  1. Below you’ll see “Browse” option. 
  1. Click on it and select a desired background image. 
  1. And that’s it your background image is changed. 
  1. Now to change theme color, click on colors on sidebar. 
  1. You’ll see a option “choose your color”. 
Change theme color
Change theme color
  1.  Click on it and select “dark” and your theme will be changed to dark. 
  1.  Scroll to “change your accent color”, and here you may choose any color which you like or click on “Automatically choose an accent color from the background”. 
  1.  Now to change cursor style click on “theme” from the sidebar. 
  1.  Search for the “Mouse Cursor” button on screen. 
Mouse cursor design
Mouse cursor design
  1.  Click on it and a new window will open. 
Change cursor Speed settings
Change cursor click Speed settings
  1.  From here you can change something by your need but I don’t recommend it. 
  1. Click on “Pointers” option from the top bar. 
  1. You can change the scheme of the cursor. 
  1.  Now click on the “pointer options” from the top. 
  1.  From here change the pointer speed as you like. I prefer fastest speed. 
change cursor pointer speed settings
change cursor pointer speed settings
  1. You many change any other change settings from here according according to your need.

Choose Default Apps in windows 10 settings.

Default apps means the application that is called to open a particular file type.

For Example: If you have set VLC media player as the default application for videos, then whenever you’ll open any video it will open in VLC media player.

If you download any app like browser or any other app and want to set it to default, you can achieve it by following these steps.  

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open settings, by following the previous steps. 
  1. From the left below the system click on “Apps”. 
  1. You’ll see all the types of default you can change. 
  1. Search for that type which you want. 
  1. If there is already any app showing click on it. 
  1. Options of different available options will popup. 
  1. If you see a plus icon there click on it and select the app you want. 
Default Apps
Default Apps

That’s it your Default apps are now changed. 

Disable Startup Apps in windows 10 settings.

Many of you won’t be knowing that when you boot your windows, every time some applications automatically work in the background.

Now I will tell you some steps to stop those startup applications. These apps make a great pressure on processor or ram, which makes your computer slow.

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Follow these steps: 

  1. Again open settings. 
  1. Click on “Apps” in windows 10 settings. 
  1. Click on “Startup Apps” from the sidebar. 
  1. And from the applications leaving some important system drivers disable all other applications with medium and high impact by clicking on toggle button. 

This will help your system run faster.

So, here you’re done.

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Sign-In Options in windows 10 settings.

You may be knowing that when you restart your computer while updating. All the apps which were open before restart opens automatically. Which has very bad effect on windows as it interrupts in updating process. So, we will stop windows from doing that. And even your privacy is at risk if this turned on. 

Note: After changing these settings, whenever you will restart your computer you should completely save your work or you may lose it. 

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open settings (Again). 
  2. Click on “Accounts” in windows 10 settings. 
  3. Click on “Sign in options” from the sidebar.
  4.  Scroll till you find “Privacy”. 
sign in options
sign in options
  1. Turn off the second option by clicking on toggle button. 

Turn Off Privacy Options in windows 10 settings.

Windows usually track you at your each task you do, and make you lose your privacy. Which can be very bad frustrating.

So, now I am going to tell you how you can stop windows from tracking yourself. So, let’s begin.

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open settings. 
  2. Click on “Privacy” in windows 10 settings. 
  3. Make sure that you are on the “General” from sidebar. 
  4. Disable all the options shown there (recommended). 
  1. Now, click on “Diagnostics and Feedback” from sidebar. 
  1. Click on Basic option. 

Set Active Hours in windows 10 settings.

Active hours means that when you are active during the whole day and when windows should update your computer.

Windows tries to install update automatically but if you have not set active hours then it will not be able to update your windows.

Update make your computer work better and even makes it more secure. So, we recommend to set your active hours.  

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open settings. 
  1. Click on “Update and Security” in windows 10 settings. 
  1. Click on “Change active hours“. 
  1. When a new screen will open, turn off the toggle button. 
  1. Click on the “change” link shown below. 
  1. When a new screen pops up, change the timings according when to when you use your computer. 

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Turn Off Delivery Optimization in windows 10 settings.

When you don’t have a proper internet connection, windows usually try to connect to nearby computers using Delivery Optimization which already have that updates and then downloads it your computer and then installs it.

But this has much risk, as if the computer from which your computer wants update has virus, then your computer can also get infected by that virus. And if the update will be corrupted, then your computer may get corrupt. 

So, we will stop windows from doing that and ask it to download from original source. 

Follow these Steps: 

  1. Open Settings. 
  2. Click on “Update and Security“. 
  3. Click on “Delivery Optimization”. 
delivery optimization
Delivery optimization
  1. Turn off the toggle button for “Allow downloads from other PCs”. 
  2. And now you’re risk free. 

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Turn on Find My Device in windows 10 settings.

You may be knowing that windows had a feature like your mobile phones. In mobile phones it is known as “Find my Phone” while in windows it is known as “Find my Device”. 

This is a very useful feature for them who has laptop. You can enable this setting. And if you forget your laptop anywhere, you can find its location (only when someone turns on your computer).  

Follow these steps: 

  1. Open Settings. 
  2. Click on “Privacy”. 
  3. Press on “Location” in sidebar. 
  1. Click on “Change” below the Location of this device is turned off. (If you see written as “Location of this device is turned on” skip to step 6) 
  2. Turn it on. 
  3. Press on “Update and Security” in windows 10 settings. 
  4. Click on “Find my Device” from the sidebar. 
  1. Press on ‘change’ below “Find my device: off”. 
  2. Change it to on. 

Conclusion: 

Here, I complete all the changes you should make after installation of windows 10 or after buying new computer or laptop with windows 10. These Windows 10 settings will be good for you and your computer.

Thank you for reading this complete article; if you read this article by skipping some content in the middle, please read it. As it is said that “Half knowledge is more deadly than no knowledge.”  

I hope this article helped you to know something new and solved your problems.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why these changes are important? 

Although these changes are not necessary but are really important from the view of protectionperformance and usability

Are these changes necessary?

No, of course not, it’s your choice and it’s your computer. If you want that your computer should work better from every aspect its necessary and if not, you’ll probably lose these. 

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