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There’s no denying it: Windows 10 is the best version of Microsoft’s operating system so far. That said, it’s still not perfect.
As much as we enjoy Windows 10, it does have its fair share of frustrating features. From automatic updates to anything involving Cortana, there’s plenty of room for improvement. Fortunately, all you need to do is tweak a few settings.
Here are 5 common Windows 10 annoyances that are surprisingly easy to deal with
1. Windows Updates on Its Own
Sometimes, it can seem like Windows updates at the worst times. You’re busy doing work or playing a game, and you get a message to reboot your PC. If you’re not around, your computer may even restart by itself.
One way to prevent this is to go to Settings > Windows Updates. Then, set your “active hours” during which Windows won’t update on its own. The alternative is to go to Advanced Options and pause updates for up to 35 days.
2. File Extensions Aren’t Visible
A file extension usually has 3-4 letters and comes at the end of the file name. In Windows 10, though, an image titled “picture.jpg” will only show up as “picture.” You can find more details by right-clicking the file, but you shouldn’t need to.
To force Windows 10 to show you these extensions, open your Control Panel. In the File Explorer Options, click View and uncheck the “Hide extensions” tab.
3. The Narrator Turns On
Did you ever have Windows 10 start announcing everything you do via voice? If so, what likely happened is that you turned on the Narrator by clicking Ctrl + Enter + Windows Key on accident.
As you may know, the Narrator is a feature aimed at visually-impaired users. To turn it off, click on the above combination of keys, or open the Narrator Settings from your taskbar. In the app, click General and uncheck “Enable Narrator shortcut.”
4. Edge Is the Default Browser
These days, there’s not much wrong with Microsoft’s Edge. The browsing is fast, the interface is clean, and the browser doesn’t eat much memory. That said, it still doesn’t offer the same level of functionality as Firefox or Chrome.
To prevent Windows from launching Edge, go to Settings > Apps & Features > Default Apps. Then, click the Edge icon under “Web Browser” to change the default setting.
5. There’s Too Much Bloatware
This is still one of the most common Windows 10 problems out there. New systems come loaded with bloatware, and much of it is Microsoft’s fault. This includes endless casual games, 30-day trials of software you don’t need, and so on.
To remedy this, go to Settings > Apps and remove any app you don’t want. Remember, some bloatware can cause stability issues with your system. Even if that happens, you may want to look into alternatives to Microsoft Pay Per Incident.
Other Windows 10 Annoyances
As you can see, Windows troubleshooting isn’t that complicated. In truth, the system has never been in such good shape. Microsoft has already patched out the big exploits, and most other issues have simple solutions.
Looking for ways to deal with other Windows 10 annoyances? Interested in a more comprehensive Windows 10 troubleshooting guide? Check out our Computers section!