Windows 10 has been introduced since July 2015 and has received mixed reviews. Privacy issues with Cortana and in windows itself was a real issue. On the other side of things though it has gotten good reviews for the new Edge browser some saying it is great to use. I have never really hated any version of Windows except Vista. Vista was just bad despite what you may here. Whenever I see a device with Vista my first though is always to upgrade it to at least Windows 7 which will fix a good amount of issues anyone runs into when using Vista.We are now on Windows 10 and from the door out it has been pretty good. Of course there were bugs but Microsoft has been good at fixing the issues. Overall Windows 10 is solid… Well it feels pretty solid. So here are some tips and tricks to help things out. You may know some of these but some you may not. You should be able find something though to help you out.
If you play around with windows you will find options to customize your desktop.
Bypass the Login Screen
You probably could care less for the lock screen and you want your PC to login automatically. In other versions of Windows you can do this and in windows 10 it has not gone away. Now you should only do this if you have no security and privacy concerns at your home. Pranks or stolen data is not cool.
So if you still want to do this. Click the Windows key, type netplwiz, and hit Enter. This will launch the User Accounts manager. From the list you will see the users on your PC. Just select the account you want your PC to log into by default and uncheck the option Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer then click Apply. After enter your password and confirm with OK and, boom!, you will not have to login again. You can reverse this change later on if you want to.
You can change the color of the start menu. In Windows 10 the start menu has gotten bigger. Minus the Start Screen from windows 8 but that was really annoying for a lot of people. Bringing the start menu back was a good move for Microsoft but then again removing it was also their bad idea. So not being able to change its color is a great move away from Microsoft’s norm which is less customization. In the options you can also choose to allow the start menu color to change based on colors in the current background. Which is cool cause if you so choose to have your background change ever so often (also an available feature) your start menu color will also change.
Starting next year, Microsoft will be a lot stricter when it comes to adware. In a post on the Technet blog, Redmond has announced that it will block advertising programs “that take choice and control away from users.” The company’s talking about adware that use “man-in-the-middle” (MiTM) techniques, in particular. Those include injecting ads and promotions by proxy, as well as changing DNS settings, without your express consent. They aren’t safe, because they could be used to introduce malware into your system, or even to spy on encrypted data and communication.
In order to keep those types of adware off your computer, Microsoft has made it a policy that programs that show ads on the browser can only install, disable or execute programs through the browser itself. That means any ad software that doesn’t notify you via your browser that it wants to download or install something will be blocked off and marked as malware. The company says it will enforce the new rule on May 31st, 2016 and asks developers to comply with the new policy.
If all these sound vaguely familiar, it’s because Lenovo’s controversial Superfish adware worked the same way. The PC-maker shipped out laptops with the pre-installed software, which not only injected sponsored links into users’ search results, but also installed man-in-the-middle certificates that would allow third parties to see users’ sensitive data, such as their bank details. After getting a lot of flak, Lenovo eventually agreed tostop preloading its computers with Superfish and provided a tool that can remove it completely from the units that already shipped out.
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