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8 Windows 10 settings you should change right away

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Windows 10 is finally here – and youre probably pumped to start playing around with it. Before you go too crazy, here are a few settings and features to tweak for smooth sailing.

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I dont know about you, but I hate when Windows Update restarts my computer automatically. Luckily, in Windows 10 you can force your PC to always prompt you toschedule a specific restart timeby going toSettings Update & recovery Windows Update Advanced options.UnderChoose how updates are installed, pickNotify to schedule restartfrom the drop-down menu.

Who wantsconstant smartphone-like notificationson their PC? What? Nobody? How strange. If youre not a fan of getting pop-ups every time someone tweets at you, go toSettings System Notifications & actionsand turn off the various notifications — tips about Windows, app notifications, and lock screen notifications. You get enough notifications on your phone, thank you very much.

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8 Windows 10 settings you should change right away

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If youre using a PC, Windows 10 should automatically put you in PC mode — with a Start menu instead of a Start screen, and windows instead of full-screen apps. But if youre using a tablet or a 2-in-1 device and you want the Start menu back for good, you can have it! Go toSettings System Tablet modeand turnTablet modeto off.

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Windows 10 comes with several new taskbar buttons, but I like my taskbar clutter-free. To get rid of these extra icons, right-click the taskbar and uncheckShow Task View buttonandShow touch keyboard button. If you dont need to perform Cortana searches from the desktop, you can also hover overSearchand checkHiddento hide the search button.

A browser is only useful if you can make it your own. First, download a second browser so you canimport your bookmarks(you cant import bookmarks from a file into Edge). Next,use these tipsto change the theme, set your home page, set up how new tabs work, andreclaim the home button.

If you like the idea of a voice-activated personal search assistant, youll get more use out of her if you set things up first. First,turn on Hey, Cortana,so you can activate Cortana with a phrase. Then go toSearch Settingsand underRespond best:chooseTo meand help Cortana learn your voice by repeating six phrases to her.

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Further personalize your Windows 10 PC bysetting up your default apps and programs– you can choose what app/program opens for email, your calendar, maps, music, photos, videos, and your Web browser by going toSettings System Default apps.

I dont know if youve heard, but Windows 10 is all about syncing. If you dont curb its enthusiasm, Windows 10 will sync all of your settings, themes, passwords, and other preferences (not to mention your notifications and, like, everything else). Maybe you want all of your PCs to be exactly the same. Or maybe not. If not, you can turn off setting syncing by going toSettings Accounts Sync your settings.Toggle off the various sync settings tied to your Microsoft Live account so you can play with your new Windows 10 machine without messing up your other PCs.

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