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Setting up Windows 10 Part 1

Tweaking Windows

If you have recently bought a new computer, there are some settings you may wish to change to get it set up exactly the way you want.

Check for updates
Microsoft constantly releases Windows updates and whilst your new computer will automatically check for updates, it is possible to update it immediately instead of waiting for them to install when you shut down your computer. Go to Settings, choose Update & Security > Windows Update and then click the Check for updates button.

Adjust display settings
If your computer has a 1080p (or above) display, your images will look sharp, however text and icons may be small and hard to read. Lowering the resolution may not help as the resulting image will become blurry. Windows 10 now allows you to scale the size of text, icons and apps. Right-click on the Desktop and select Display settings. Within Change the size of text, apps, and other items, select a higher percentage from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, click Advanced scaling settings to choose your own percentage.

Choose a power plan – FOR LAPTOPS
A power plan is a set of hardware and system settings that manages how your laptop uses power. Windows 10 provides the following default plans:
• Balanced – Offers full performance when you need it and saves power when you don’t (the best power plan for most people).
• Power saver – Saves power by reducing performance and screen brightness to help get the most from a single battery charge.
• High performance – Maximises screen brightness and might increase performance. As this plan uses a lot more energy, your laptop battery won’t last as long between charges.
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. Click Additional power settings to select a power plan.

Set a default browser
To use a browser other than Microsoft’s Edge such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you’ll need to install it yourself. If you wish to make it your default browser, the first time you launch it, it will ask you if you want to set it as your default browser. If it doesn’t, go to Settings > Apps > Default apps and click Microsoft Edge in the “Web browser” section to make a different selection.

Turn on System Restore
A system restore point, which Windows 10 automatically creates once a week or before software updates and installations, is a snapshot of the computer’s settings at that moment. If you have just installed a program, driver or patch and Windows starts misbehaving, it could be due to the new software. Reverting to a previous restore point may be able to get your system working properly again. We will talk about this in greater depth in our next article.

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Philip Brooks