Windows 10 Notes

New Computer Setup

Some initial settings to help make things run smoothly and save a bit of battery

  • Go into Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen
    • Change it to Picture (NOT slideshow and NOT Windows Spotlight). Choose a picture you like.
  • Go into Settings > System > Notifications and Actions
    • Turn OFF get tips, tricks and suggestions about Windows
  • Go into Settings > Update and Security
    • On the Windows update Tab click Advanced Options
      • Click Choose how updates are delivered
        • Select “PCs on my local network”
  • Go into Settings > Update and Security
    • On the Windows update Tab click Advanced Options
      • Click Choose how updates are delivered
        • Select “PCs on my local network”
    • On Windows defender tab
      • Click on Add an exclusion
        • Click on “Exclude a folder”
          • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Windows Defender and click Exclude this folder
        • Click on “Exclude a .exe, .com or .scr process”
          • Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\RuntimeBroker.exe
          • Repeat and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe

Make a WiFi connection a metered connection

Sometimes you are connected to a portable hotspot or maybe even hotel wifi you may want to limit your data.

  • Connect to your wifi hotspot
  • Click on the network icon in your system tray
  • Click on the connection you are on in the list
  • Click properties
  • Scroll down and turn on 'Metered Connection'

Windows Startup Folder

This works in older versions of Windows as well

  • Press Windows Key + R (or from the start window type Run and hit enter)
  • In the Run dialog box type shell:startup and hit Enter
  • The StartUp folder will open

Set how Updates are Delivered

If you have a network of PCs at home and want to save on some bandwidth, these settings may help because they let the PCs on the network share the Windows Updates instead of each downloading the same code over and over.

  • Click Start
  • Click Settings –> Update & Security –> Advanced Options –> Choose how updates are delivered
  • Turn on the first at he top that says “When this is turned on, your PC may also send parts of previously downloaded Windows updates…”
  • Set the next options to “PCs on my local network”

I don't recommend sharing your updates with the Internet as I think that just increases bandwidth usage.

Generate a Battery Usage Report

Windows Key+R to open up the run dialog then type the command below to have the battery report as a .html (change days to the number of days you want)

powercfg /batteryreport /output %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\battery_report.html /Duration days