Because the day has come, you already have your new PC in your hands, and you have chosen Windows 10 as the operating system. Normally most of the computers that come preconfigured are ready to offer a good experience of use from the first day, but if you want to fully enjoy your new team you will have to carry out a process of customization that can be a tad complicated. With this in mind, we have decided to carry out a simple guide, in which we will leave you ten recommended settings that will help you get more out of your new PC based on Windows 10. It is important to keep in mind that some adjustments are «essential», while others depend to a great extent on our personal preferences and the use we are going to give our new PC.
This means that it is you who, in the end, have the last word when choosing which of these ten adjustments are best suited to your needs, and to put them, or not, into practice. We remind you that you can leave any questions you may have in the comments. Without further ado, we begin with the guide.
1.-Update the drivers of your new PC
In many cases, even if you have purchased a new PC, either portable or desktop, it may come with obsolete drivers. For example, when we bought a gaming notebook in 2019 that was launched in 2018, we will find some drivers for the graphics card that will have been overcome by at least a couple of new versions. There is also the possibility that the OEM has launched new useful software for our team, so looking for new versions on the official website is another interesting step that we must take into account.
We must not forget that controllers play a key role in the performance of the team as well as in the compatibility and stability of its components, so keeping them updated will result in superior user experience. To avoid problems and security risks always use the official websites of different manufacturers. For example, if your graphics card is NVIDIA or AMD you should look for new drivers in their respective pages and avoid, whenever possible, third-party download links.
2.-Show file extensions
Windows 10 is configured by default to hide the extensions of the programs we use. This means that when we see a “.exe” file, we only see the name of the file, without that extension, but it is not limited to executables but extends to all types of documents and files . Thus, for example, the images do not show the extent that differentiates the format they use, and the same thing happens with text documents. I know that for less advanced users this may not be a problem, but for the average user activating file, extensions can make a very important difference.
For example, if you work with images having activated the extension helps you different formats like “JPEG”, which have a higher degree of compression and weigh less, and “PNG” formats, which has a lower degree of compression and a higher quality of image at the expense of a greater weight, directly. The same applies to files in the Office suite. With the extensions activated we can see the type of file that we have received and be clear if it is part of the oldest versions of this suite, or the most modern ones. To activate this option, just write in Cortana’s search bar «Show or hide file extensions» and uncheck the box that we see highlighted in red in the attached image.
3.-Choose the theme that best suits you
As we have said, each new PC based on Windows 10 usually brings a standard configuration that, in general, also translates into the use of the colors and generic themes of that operating system. After the arrival of Windows 10 October Update 2018 (version 1809), Microsoft has extended the dark theme to the file explorer, making the user experience much better compared to previous versions. If you do not like blank backgrounds or just want to customize the color game of your new PC and the wallpaper of it do not worry, you can do it by following the steps we left you a few months ago in a tutorial dedicated to how to customize Windows 10.
4.-Change the default browser
If you follow the steps in this guide and you launch to update the drivers of your new PC you will have noticed that the default browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. It is not a bad browser, but it has its limitations and we understand that everyone may not like it. To enjoy your favorite browser is not enough to download it and anchor it to the toolbar, you have to make Windows 10 consider it as the default browser. This will make the system use it to open links in documents, social networks, and emails. If you want to change the default browser on your new PC with Windows 10 it is very easy, you just have to enter the Cortana search bar, type «Default applications», enter and choose the browser you want to use as default.
When you turn on your new PC you will see that a series of startup applications have been loaded. These applications are some of those that the system has established by default, and they are loaded during the boot process so that the user has them available directly after starting the system. This can be interesting in some specific cases, such as when it comes to tools that we are really going to use frequently, but in other cases, it may end up being a problem, since each application that loads start has a considerable impact over time boot and consumes resources.
We can limit the number of applications that will load with the system boot through the “Task Manager”. To access it we just have to write it in the Cortana search bar and select the first result. Once inside we go to the «Home» tab and right click on the application that we want to disable. We remind you that each application has a different impact on the system and that it appears defined through a simple description ordered from highest to lowest: «high», «medium», «low» and «none». To re-enable applications, the process is the same, only choosing the “enable” option when right-clicking.
Since the arrival of Windows 10, the issue of privacy has been one of the great controversies that have surrounded this operating system. Microsoft has significantly improved the options with the different updates it has been releasing, but do not expect your new PC to be configured “from home” with the ideal settings, you will have to do it yourself. Fortunately, it is not a complicated process. Again we resorted to the search of Cortana, where you must write “Privacy Settings” and select the first result. Once there we have at our disposal several simple adjustments that will allow us to suppress, for example, the suggested contents. In my case, I have the four options disabled, but you can adjust it freely to your preferences and at any time.
7.-Adjust the text scaling of your new PC
It is a basic but very useful setting, especially when your new PC is a laptop. Windows 10 automatically decides which scaling it will use with texts based on certain aspects, such as screen resolution. When we buy a laptop it is usual to see default values of 125% or 150%. This makes it easier to read texts since the letters will be larger, but at the same time, they will occupy more space on the screen and reduce the useful surface of the screen . The ideal value is 100%, but if you can not read texts comfortably at this resolution you can customize it to your liking in a very simple way. Right click on the wallpaper of the desktop, choose «Screen configuration» and you are ready, as you see in the image above you can choose the scale you prefer.
8.-Uses the storage sensor
The storage sensor is a very useful tool that incorporates Windows 10 and that usually does not come activated by default. With it, you can free space automatically and maximize the storage capacity available on your new PC, in a simple and reliable way . It is important to keep in mind that if you bought a very limited space-level equipment, this tool will not work miracles, but it will help you to clean the storage units of those files that we do not need. To activate it we go to Cortana’s search bar and write “Storage Configuration”, select the first result and that’s it, we just have to click on the box that we see highlighted in red in the image.
9.-Eliminate unwanted applications
We can consider it as a step that complements the previous one since it will help us free up space, but it will also allow us to release resources in general, since many of the unwanted applications that come pre-installed in each new PC usually start at startup. Again, we are facing a very simple process. To permanently remove unwanted applications, we go to Cortana’s search bar and type “Add or remove programs”. Once inside the corresponding result we will see a complete list of the applications installed in the system, if we want to eliminate a single one we have to click on it and choose the “uninstall” option. This step will also allow us to eliminate those applications that we have installed in our day to day and that have ceased to be useful.
10.-Create a restore point on your new PC
Once you have finished all the previous steps we recommend you carry out one last step, create a restore point. This will give your new PC a safe place to return to in case something goes wrong. Since Windows 10 is an operating system that works as a service and not as a product a restore point is highly recommended. Imagine, for example, what forces the installation of an update and that it gives you problems with certain drivers. If you created a restore point, you can return the device to its previous state.