Seeing as how the adoption rate for Windows 10 has just exceeded 25% on Steam, it’s safe to say Microsoft has finally got it right. Just barely trailing behind Windows 7, Windows 10 is compatible, fast and best of all, easy. But guess what? It can get even better.
Check out these four easy hacks to make your life even easier.
1. Speed Up Startup Apps at Launch
Most users don’t know this, but Microsoft engineers implemented a short delay in startup applications at launch in order to make boot times seem faster. For those of us with fast computers, disabling this startup delay may give you faster access to your startup apps.
Hit the Windows + R key and type “regedit” (without quotes) and hit enter to launch the Windows Registry.
Right click on the “StartupDelayInMSec” key and modify the value to 0.
If Serialize or the StartupDelayInMSec key doesn’t exist, create it by right clicking in the Explorer and selecting New > Key. Name it Serialize and right click to create a new DWORD value called “StartupDelayInMSec” (without quotes) and set the value to: 0.
2. Disable Windows Update
If you’ve used any form of Windows before, you know how annoying Windows Updates can be, especially when they are forced upon us. Lucky for you, disabling Windows Update is actually quite simple.
First, open the Run command (Windows + R) and type “services.msc” (without quotes) and hit enter. Next, navigate to the “Windows Update” service and double click to open properties. Change the “Startup type” to “Disabled” and then restart your computer.
3. Easily Access Your Recycle Bin
If you’re the type of gamer who always has multiple tabs and applications open at once, minimizing everything and navigating to the Recycle Bin on the desktop can be quite a hassle. Luckily, Windows 10 offers easy access to the Recycle Bin with two simple methods.
First, you can pin the Recycle Bin to your “Start” menu and easily access it with a single push of the Windows button on your keyboard. To do this, just right click on the Recycle Bin on the desktop and click “Pin to Start”.
The second method is to add a functional Recycle Bin to your taskbar. To do this, right click on your taskbar and click Toolbars -> New Toolbar. Paste the following into the navigation bar when it asks you to choose a folder:
%appdata%MicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch
Hit enter and then select folder.
Now all you have to do is right click on the “Quick Launch” in your task bar, remove any shortcuts you don’t want, and drag the Recycle Bin from the Desktop to the Quick Launch. Uncheck “Show Text” and “Show Title” to display just the icon.
4. Speed Up Your Search With “Search Everything”
Even with fast storage devices, the default Windows search is always a huge letdown. If you’re trying to find some old files that are deep within a hard drive, it can be a huge hassle to find them with the Windows + S, search option. This has improved dramatically in Windows 10 with Cortana, but we still prefer to use a third party application that gives us incredibly instant and accurate results.
The app can be downloaded for free at www.voidtools.com
Changing to a new operating system can be a daunting task. But with small tweaks and adjustments like these, Windows 10 has the potential to be the best Windows operating system you’ve ever used. As PC enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, we will always continue to look for new ways to mod, hack and optimize our builds for the best possible performance. Are there any good Windows 10 hacks that you’d like to share? Let us know and we might feature your suggestion in our next blog post!