Show desktop icons in Windows 10, Show My PC in Desktop, Configure Windows 10 after new installation, Turn OFF Windows 10 live tiles, Enable System Restore, Create System Restore Point, undo changes with System Restore, increase bandwidth on Windows 10 Home and Windows 10, Install the Latest Drivers, Adjust display settings, Essential Software, Change Default Windows Settings, Disable Unnecessary Startup Items, Set a default browser, Anti-ransomware protection
Select Start > Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.
Under Desktop Icons, check the boxes next to the icons you would like to have appear on your desktop.
Select Apply and OK.
- Note: If you are in tablet mode, you may not be able to see your desktop icons properly. You can find the program by searching for the program name in File Explorer. To turn off tablet mode, select action center on the taskbar (next to date and time), and then select Tablet mode to turn it on or off.
Fully disable (Turn OFF) Windows 10 live tiles
If you just want to disable one live tile you can do this by right-clicking it and selecting More > Turn off live tile.
If you want to disable all of the tiles, you’ll have to repeat the process for each one in turn. However, you can kill the whole lot in one go using the Group Policy Editor or, if you don’t have that feature in your edition of Windows 10, a registry tweak.
Firstly, to use the Group Policy Manager, follow these steps:
- Open the Start menu.
- Type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
- Navigate to Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Notifications.
- Double-click the Turn off tile notifications entry on the right and select enabled in the window that opens.
- Click OK and close the editor.
The Group Policy Editor isn’t available in Windows 10 Home, so if you’re running that edition of the new OS you’ll need to use the Windows Registry Editor instead. Follow these steps:
- Open the Start menu
- Type regedit and hit enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PushNotifications
- Right-click on PushNotifications and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.
- Call it NoTileApplicationNotification.
- Double-click the item and set its value to 1.
Enable System Restore, Create System Restore Point
On Windows 10, System Restore is turned off by default, but you can use the following steps to enable it:
- Open Start.
- Search for Create a restore point, and click the result System Properties.
- Under “Protection Settings,” select the main system drive, and click the Configure button.
- Select the Turn on system protection option.
Quick Tip: You can also use the slider to set the amount of storage you want System Restore to use, which by default is only one percent.
- Click Apply.
- Click OK.
Once you’ve completed the steps, a new restore point will be created automatically when an important system change occur, such as before an installation of a Windows 10 update.
If you need to delete checkpoints, within the same page, you can click the Delete button to remove them all, which is a handy option, when creating a new restore point manually, and there isn’t any more available space.
Configure & Limit Reservable Bandwidth Setting In Windows 10/8.1
1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
2. Navigate here: Computer Configuration -> Administrative -> Network -> Qos Packet Scheduler
3. In the right pane of this window, look for the settings named Limit reservable bandwidth, it must be showing a Not Configured status by default. Double click on the same setting to modify it:
4. Now, in the above shown window, select Enabled and in the Options section; you could input the percentage for limiting the bandwidth. If you input 0 percent here, you can gain the reserved bandwidth reserved by the system. UPDATE: Do read the note below.
Click Apply followed by OK then. You may now close the Local Group Policy Editor and reboot the system with gained bandwidth.
Install the Latest Drivers
- Press Windows key + R
- type cmd, then hit Enter to load up Command Prompt
- Type driverquery and hit Enter to get a list of every driver installed on your system and when that driver was published
You can also type driverquery > driver.txt to export all that information into a handy text file. The file will save into wherever your command prompt path is set to. So in my example above, that’d be C:\Users\Joe.It’s very important to bear in mind that the date given is not when you last updated the driver, it’s the date the driver you’re using was published. As such, although a driver might have a Link Date of some years back, it isn’t necessarily true that it needs updating.
*You can use Third-party Software
Adjust display settings
Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings. For Change the size of text, apps, and other items, you can select a higher percentage to increase the size of text in 25-percent increments or click Advanced scaling settings to select your own percentage.
Install Essential Software
Change Default Windows Settings
- In the Start Menu, search for default app, then select Default app settings.
- Select your preferred apps for Email, Music, Photos, Video, and Web Browsing.
- Below that, click on Choose default apps by file type to associate various programs with other file types, such as PDF, DOCX, TXT, etc.
Choose a power plan
Your laptop doesn’t need to run at full power all the time. If you want to lengthen battery life, you can choose the Power saver power plan. Or you can choose the High performance plan when you’re engaged in serious graphics work. In the middle sits the Goldilocks-just-right Balanced plan. To choose a plan, click the battery icon in the system tray in the lower-right corner of the desktop and click Power & sleep settings. Next, click Additional power settings to select a power plan.
- In the Start Menu, search for power plan and select Choose a power plan.
- Select the plan you want, then click Change plan settings at the right.
- Click Change advanced power settings.
- In particular, you should edit the settings under the Hard disk, Sleep, Power buttons and lid, Processor power management, and Display categories.
- Click OK.
Disable Unnecessary Startup Items
To disable unnecessary startup items in Windows 10:
- Open the Task Manager with Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- Click More details to switch to the advanced view.
- Click the Startup tab.
- Right-click on every app you don’t want to start automatically and select Disable to prevent it from launching on startup.
Set a default browser
If you want to use Chrome or a browser other than Microsoft’s Edge browser, you’ll need to install it yourself. Of course, if you do that, you’ll likely want to make it your default browser. After installing Chrome, the first time you launch it, it will ask you if you want to set it as your default browser. If you miss that offer, you can go to Settings > Apps > Default apps and click Microsoft Edge in the “Web browser” section to make a different selection.
Windows Defender gets a new weapon in the fight against ransomware. Open the Windows Defender Security Center and go to Virus & threat protection > Virus & threat protection settings. Here, you’ll be able to toggle on a new option called Controlled folder access.