Wednesday, January 20

how to properly configure and personalize your new PC

When you get your new computer running Windows 10, you might not know what to do to get it seated perfectly. Here are some tips for getting your new PC up and running.

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When you buy your Windows PC, you have to put everything in place on your side. Whether it’s options to enable or disable, install almost “must-have” software or customize the interface, there is a bit of work involved.

We have summarized for you the most important actions after installing the Microsoft system on your new PC. When the primary configuration is completed (see: Part 4, How to configure Windows 10), there are still a few final adjustments before enjoying an optimized and personalized system.

Configure privacy options

Although you have already given your approval or not to Windows to recover some data on you, the system still activates some automatically. To deactivate them, we will go to the Settings and in the tab Confidentiality.

This menu allows you to disable certain options on the use of your personal data by Windows or gives access to certain peripherals such as the Webcam or your location. Navigate through the different sub-menus and activate / deactivate what you want.

Disable Windows apps

A Windows computer has several basic installed applications and software that are not always very useful. Whether it’s Microsoft or the PC manufacturer that incorporates them, uninstalling them usually only takes a few clicks.

Delete the bloatware

The bloatware represents the apps or software installed by default on a computer and which clutter your hard drive and your interface unnecessarily. Fortunately, most of these are easily uninstalled. For this, we will go to the Settings Windows 10, under Applications, or directly by typing ” remove programsIn the Windows search bar.

Choose the unnecessary software and click Uninstall.

Be careful though! Some manufacturers leave software in this menu which serves as drivers for computer components. Stay vigilant and check that the software you want to uninstall is a program that has no use (games, antivirus, etc.).

Disable OneDrive

For its storage service cloud, Microsoft tries to encourage you to sign up by integrating it directly with File Explorer and the taskbar. If you are not interested, you can easily uninstall it through this tutorial.

Disable Cortana

Cortana is the voice assistant of Windows 10. As with OneDrive, it takes up a fairly large place in the Windows interface when few people actually use it. Additionally, not everyone is happy with this wizard’s data collection. To disable Cortana, just follow our tutorial.

Change apps on startup

Always with a view to eliminating certain bloatwares , we will see which applications are launched when Windows starts. These unnecessary applications can sometimes drastically slow down the startup of the computer, so we advise you to take a little tour to check.

To do this, click on the keys Ctrl + Alt + Suppr and open it Task Manager. You can also right click on the taskbar to open the Task Manager.

The Task Manager allows you to manage most of the applications and software that run on your computer and to measure the performance consumed by them. In our case, we will click on More details to display all the options and go to the tab Start-up. In this tab, see which apps are not useful, select them and click on Deactivate.

Do this for all the unnecessary or occasional applications and you will be doing your PC a great service. Note that Windows 10 offers a measure of the impact on startup times for each application.

Configure Windows Defender Antivirus

Greatly improved over the years, Windows Defender is now a real competitor to free antivirus such as Avast or AVG and is at least as effective. To configure it, everything happens in the Settings and in the menu Update and security then in the tab Windows security.

Basic, Windows Defender, represented by the option Protection against viruses and threats, is activated if it is the only antivirus installed on the computer when it is started for the first time. If it isn’t, open the Protection menu and Activate l’option Virus and threat protection settings.

The antivirus is thus activated and you will be better protected against threats. Obviously, any antivirus remains vulnerable and the most effective protection remains your behavior on the web, pay attention to what you do and the siteswebswho do not appear to be trustworthy.

Remove the tiles from the Start menu

The Start menu has changed somewhat since Windows 7, Microsoft has incorporated tiles that are used to offer you the applications you use or simply advertisements.

For more customization and to get rid of tiles for games or software that you never use, it is fortunately very easy to get rid of them. Just make a right click on a tile (or a group of tiles to go faster) and click on Detach from start menu.

Once the tiles have been removed, all you have to do is resize the Start menu as you would for a window and voila. Your Start menu has a more classic appearance!

You are of course not obliged to delete them all if you prefer to arrange this screen according to your preferences.

Change the font size

For those who find the interface too small and difficult to read, Windows suggests changing the font size of the interface. Everything happens in Settings, in the menu Ergonomic options and Display.

When you reach this tab, the first option offered is Enlarge text and that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Drag the slider left or right to make the interface font size larger or smaller. When you have found the perfect size, click Apply and the interface will be automatically changed.

Be careful though that the font size does not make the Windows interface unreadable, as in our example where the system has trouble fitting everything without causing a bit of a mess.

Other tips

For more tips on how to optimize your Windows 10 PC, do not hesitate to take a tour of all our tutorials dedicated to the Microsoft OS! Record your screen in video, change your default web browser or even deactivate your webcam… we surely have the answer to the question you are asking yourself!

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