Windows 10 Configuration Settings

When we install or tune-up Windows 10, we have a semi-standard set of configuration option changes that we make. We thought it would be helpful to share those.

Change these settings from the Settings app, accessed by clicking the Start button (Windows icon at the lower-left of your screen), then the gear icon. Start

  • Settings
    • System
      • Notifications & actions
        • Show notifications on lock screen *OFF*
        • Show reminders and incoming VOIP... *OFF*
        • Show the Windows welcome experience... *OFF*
        • Get tips, tricks, and suggestions... *OFF*
    • Network & Internet
      • Mobile hotspot
        • Turn on remotely *OFF*
        • Wi-Fi
          • Find paid plans... *OFF*
          • Connect to suggested open hotspots *OFF*
          • Let me use Online Signup... *OFF*
      • Personalization
        • Lock screen
          • Background *Slideshow*
        • Start
          • Show recently added apps *OFF*
          • Show most used apps *OFF*
          • Occasionally show suggestions... *OFF*
          • Show recently opened items... *OFF*
        • Taskbar
          • Replace Command Prompt... *OFF*
      • Apps
        • Default apps
        • > Note:the following settings are recommendations only and require Chrome and VLC to be installed. You can install them using
          • Web browser *Google Chrome*
          • Music player *VLC*
          • Video player *VLC*
      • Privacy
        • Wow, there's so much here that depends on your preferences that it isn't possible to make sane recommendations. We recommend going through each category in Privacy and at least turning OFF the scary stuff (All those apps can turn on my camera and microphone?!?).
      • Accounts
      • > Note: This is to disable a recently-added behavior that forces use of a password every time the screen-saver kicks in. If this doesn't bother you then skip ahead.
        • Sign-in options
          • Require sign-in *Never*
      Other settings
      • File Explorer
        • Change this setting in the File Explorer (accessed with the manilla folder icon near the bottom-left of the screen or by right-clicking the Start button and clicking on "File Explorer."
          • On the menu (2nd line from the top of the File Explorer window), click "View" then, in the menu that opens, click "Options" which opens a separate, little window.
          • Just under the "Folder Options" title, there are 3 tabs you can click to get to different option pages. Right now, the "General" tab is selected.
          • On the General tab, click on the box next to "Open File Explorer to:" and select "This PC."
            • In the "Privacy" box towards the bottom of the General tab, un-check the two boxes.
          • Click the "View" tab near the top of the Folder Options window.
            • Un-check the box for "Hide extensions for known file types."
          • Click the "OK" button at the bottom of the File Options window.
      • Taskbar (the - probably - black bar at the bottom of the screen)
      • > Note: this is just to hide seldom-used icons.
        • Right-click the Taskbar and un-check "Show Task View button" and "Show People button"

      Contact us if you want to know why any particular option is changed.
Date: January 29th at 12:55pm
Author: Jim Chenvert
Tags: windows, tips