How to set up the OS to make it easier and more convenient to work with it? This question is popular among the freshly-baked users of Windows 10. Do not be afraid – you will get accustomed to it in a couple of days, but there are still several things to do to make this transition more convenient. Let’s focus on the steps that will improve your user experience.
1) Remove Unnecessary Applications
Windows 10 comes with a lot of built-in and pre-installed apps from both Microsoft and your PC manufacturer. But you can delete what you don’t plan to use to clear up space. To do this, open Options → Applications → Applications and Features, and then right-click on the unnecessary program and select Uninstall. By the way, if you want to transfer your files manually, for example, to import .eml files into Outlook with no hassle, you will need some external applications.
2) Install the Required Applications
Now you need to install the software for everyday work. Here are the must-have free apps for your home computer:
- Office suite;
- PDF viewers;
- Mailing client;
- Password Manager;
- Cloud storage client;
- Audio and video player.
3) Install the Browser
If you feel that Edge is not for you, the next step is to install a better browser. You have a choice of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and tons of less popular options. Once you’ve installed your web browser, you need to add a few necessary extensions to it, for instance, ad blockers. It’s also worth syncing your browser history and settings with your other devices.
4) Connect Windows 10 to Your Smartphone
By connecting your computer to your smartphone, you can send messages and view Android or iPhone notifications right on your desktop, open photos from your phone, and send links from mobile browsers to the browser on your desktop.
5) Create a Restore Point
Now, you’ve almost finished setting up your new Windows, so it’s a good idea to save your progress so that if something goes wrong, your work is not wasted. To do this, create a Windows restore point and configure the system so that it periodically creates such points itself. For this, click the “Start” button and type “Control Panel,” then go to “System and Security” → “System.” Open the “System Protection” item in the left panel. Click “Recovery Options,” enable the creation of recovery points, and specify how much space you want to allocate for them. Then press the “Create” button. Enter a description for the restore point so that you can easily find it if necessary, and wait until it is created.
These steps will improve your user experience and guarantee a smooth transition to Windows 10. Do not hesitate to leave your comments, questions, and ideas below.