Last Modified 12/21/16 by Akensai
Like a lot of people, I recently upgraded to Windows 10. Unlike a lot of people, I like to know exactly what I am getting myself into. For the most part, I absolutely adore Windows 10, the fact that it's easy to get for free, the way it optimizes resources for gaming, and countless other things. To put it simply, it's just good.
Before we start
It's important to note, because I know a lot of people are coming directly from Windows 7. There is no search bar in the start menu of Windows 10. It's hidden. Simply open your start menu and start typing and you will see the search come up.
Step 1: Clean up old Windows
After upgrading if you so choose you have no desire to keep your old Windows install files (which most of us won't want hogging up space anyways) it can be removed completely. Follow the steps below:
Step 2: Get rid of OneDrive (optional)
Personally I hate everything about OneDrive, from it's annoying notifications to it's icon in the taskbar that you can't get rid of (normally). Unfortunately in Windows 10 it's not possible to remove it without a script or some know-how. Fortunately Melerix (view the forum post) has made a tool just to remove it. So if you hate it as much as me, you can download it here.
Note: This is a .cmd file, and I can vouch that it's perfectly safe. You can open the file in wordpad or notepad to view exactly what it does.
Step 3: Disable Wi-Fi Sense
Wi-Fi Sense sounds scarier than it is, but it's not really something any of us need. What it does is shares Wi-Fi information (and passwords) with friends you have in your contacts. While the security issues are minimal, it's a good idea to disable it anyways, you can do so via the following:
Step 4: Disable Updates Sharing
This one is a little bit more scary than Wi-Fi Sense, you are basically allowing your computer to upload (and download) Windows updates to and from anyone in the world. While it seems like a cool idea, it can do 2 things. First, allow an attacker a way in (I forsee this in the future), and second, slow down your internet speeds. In any case, it's best to disable it. Follow the steps below:
Step 5: Disable 'Getting to Know You'
More scary territory! Do you really want information Windows gathers about you to be uploaded to Microsoft servers? I don't think I need to explain this one further.
Step 6: Disable Apps Accessing your Location
Another self explanitory one.
Step 7: Fix DPI Scaling
Anyone with higher resolution monitors may notice blurry fonts (especially web 2.0) with Windows 10. This is due to Microsoft using a different DPI engine over past versions, it can be fixed by changing the DPI engine back to Windows 8. You may even notice it on Akensai.com!
Luckily there is a tool to fix this provided by XPExplorer.
These are only the important things (and one not so important). Anything else is up to you. However, I highly suggest doing all the above with any Windows 10 install before doing anything else. Speaking of anything else, that's entirely up to your preferences.