My pal the tech whiz Ed Bott has a very good article for his ZDNet column today about six easy tweaks one can make to Windows 10. These will resolve matters that some people have had gripes about and found annoying. Most of the gripes are small in the tech sense, but important enough on a personal level for people to complain. Which is where Ed rides in to save the day...
I'd already changed a few of the settings, but found several of them very helpful. I'm also perfectly happy with a couple others as is since I don't find the issues annoying at all. (For instance, Windows 10 appears to require that you sign in with a Microsoft Account, but not everyone has an account, and so have to create a new one. But Ed explains that that's not necessary at all, and you can simply use your own local name and password. The downside, as he notes, is that if you want to use any Windows 10 features which require a Microsoft Account, then you have to sign in with it. And since I use a lot of those valuable features, I'm fine logging in at boot-up with a Microsoft Account.)
Some of his other tips include how to set when your system updates itself, and the way to turn off the Windows voice-enabled Cortana feature if you'd prefer to do without it, as well as how to program default settings for your software, and more. (The final tip is one most people can ignore, without having your head explode. It's for businesses that use the Enterprise edition of Windows.)
Everything else is simple to follow. What's so wonderful about the column is that, like most of Ed's writing, it's written in easily understandable human English, full of step-by-step instructions and graphics to show you what to look for. It's also very witty, full of Bottisms, as I call them, including even a polite jab at the beloved Chicago Cubs. (Ed roots for the San Franciso Giants which, if it wasn't for the noble Cubs, would be okay.)
You can find the article here. If you have WIndows 10, it's definitely worth checking out, if only to see if there's anything he discusses which might be of interest for you to tweak that you hadn't even known about.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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