|It's Here and it's surprisingly not terrible.|
Gaming has been a bit of a headach but that's purely because integrated graphics tends to be crap. On the other hand my needs have been few, so no media center work, or fancy networking problems, or anything of that sort that might trip windows up. I don't know if this is typical use, but for me the operating system has worked just fine.
For those upgrading I suggest going to the Windows 10 Subreddit. I know opinions of Reddit arevaried especially in the face of recentish problems with their CEO stepping down after one of their mods for the 'ask me anything' sub left but, well, it's a good collection of resources.
For those that don't want to visit Reddit here is a quick list of tips and tricks as gathered from the top post:
Again. I didn't make that list. I'm simply trying to make it visible especially for those that can't Reddit. Granted several of the links go to reddit threads, but better to know a thing exists and so can be asked about than to fear that you are experiencing a totally unique freak problem or have an out of the blue request nobody else wants.
- Make File explorer open to "This PC" instead of "Quick Access". Thanks to /u/Pronam_
- Five useful settings to take a look at. Thanks to /u/League-TMS
- Configuring Windows 10 to notify user when updates are ready for install, rather than automatically.
- Thanks to /u/WintrySnowman. Note; "GPEDIT.MSC" is only available to users who have the Professional and Enterprise Versions of Windows 10.
- How to remove excess shortcuts from the "Start" menu. Thanks to /u/FrankTheLeporidae
- How to change the default wallpaper on the Lock Screen. Thanks to /u/DrPreppy
- Replace the white title bars with a colored theme. Thanks to /u/LuukVideo - Note; People have been reporting issues with changing the colors on the title bars as it requires installing a 3rd party software. If you do try to change the color, install the software at your own risk. Alternate Version; This guide does not require 3rd party software, just some editing of theme files.
- Another list is being compiled HERE in /r/pcmasterrace. Thanks to /u/HeavyOak for this.
- If you want to remove things such as "Internet Explorer" it can be done by going to "Turn Windows Features on or off" in the control panel. I saw this somewhere, but can't remember where so if I need to credit someone for this, I would be more than glad to.
- Revert volume mixer to the old style present in Windows 7. Thanks to /u/goyetus. Note; This requires a registry tweak.
- "Win + G" Opens a game task menu with the ability to record and take screenshots. Thanks to /u/runnbl3
- If you want to remove the login authentication search "netplwiz", untick "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer", hit apply and a screen will appear to type in your password. This does not bypass the login screen, just authentication. Thanks to /u/Rubnik
- It is suggested to run a drive cleanup after upgrading as it will remove unnecessary files from the upgrade process. Note; If you do this, you will not be able to revert the upgrade process. You will be stuck on Windows 10 unless you do a clean install.
- Clicking more details on the task manager shows all resource information. If closed in the detailed view, it will also open in the same view. Don't know if it's persistent through shut down/reboot.
- Guide to Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.
- Microsoft Edge has a "reading" mode that strips out all but the wanted content. This can be turned on if the page supports it by clicking the little book icon to the left of the star in the top right corner.
- If you want or don't want the taskview, touch keyboard or Cortana/search icons on your taskbar, you can toggle them on off by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting your preferred state. Thanks to /u/jenmsft.
- You can opt in or out of transparency by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors (it's at the bottom). This is also where to go if you wanna opt in for your taskbar and action center to be colored. Thanks to /u/jenmsft.
- You have some options for what shows up on the left side of the start menu if you go to Settings > Personalization > Start (including turning off most recently added, or adding a link to Settings or folders link Pictures, Explorer, etc). You can also choose to use the full screen start screen from this page. Thanks to /u/jenmsft.
- You can resize the start menu to be only the left side if you unpin all the tiles, and then grab the border with the mouse and pull it inwards (having it snap automatically is a known feature request 😊) (similarly, if you wanna make it bigger, you can do that by pulling it out until it snaps to the next column width). Thanks to /u/jenmsft.
- If you're using a touch device, and want the touch keyboard to come up automatically even if you're not in tablet mode, there's a setting for that too (under Settings > Devices > Typing - "automatically show touch keyboard"). Thanks to /u/jenmsft.
- Right-clicking the start button or the shortcut "Win + X" brings up a nice list of shortcuts like it did in Windows 8/8.1
- Reduce the size of the Titlebar and padding on windows. Thanks to /u/frozeninfate. Note; Some have reported that this has not worked, but seems to work for others
- If you are having issues with driver updates, read this. Thanks to /u/dotsuicide.
- Setting per-monitor wallpapers. Thanks to /u/Freeky.
- How to disable icons from Navigation Panel in File Explorer. Thanks to /u/goyetus. Note; This requires a registry tweak.
- Guide to disable data logging. Big shoutout to /u/c-ron for this one!
- This is a repeat on how to disable the p2p sharing of Windows Updates, but /u/LuciferIAm made such a nice gif
- Change login background. Thanks to /u/IronManMark20. Note; This requires either registry edits or third party software.
- For those having blurry displays in Windows 10, here is a fix. Thanks to /u/DJGreenHill.
- Windows Key + C opens a "Cortana listening" window.
- How to stop/hide automatic driver updates in Windows 10. Thanks to /u/LebesgueMeasure.
- "Narrow down search results to a single type (like files) by first typing the name of the section followed by a colon. For example:
- files:jqu <-- files.="" find="" jquery="" span="" this="" would="">-->
- This works for basically all section headers (apps: settings: web: folders: etc)". Thanks to /u/delanor78 for this.
- P.S. For those receiving the Windows Store Error "0x803F7000", we believe it to be an issue with Microsoft's servers for the time being. More than likely from the large amount of requests made by everyone just getting Win10 installed. Just keep trying and hope you can get a request through or give it a couple days.