15 Windows Settings You Should Change Now!

Even if you’ve been using Windows forever,
there are probably a lot of settings that you never realized were on by default, and
should probably change. These might be settings for privacy, convenience,
or just usefulness in general. So in this video we’re going to go over a
bunch of settings in Windows, specifically Windows 10, that I think you should change
right off the bat, including stuff you should disable, and even features that are good,
but aren’t enabled by default. And I believe there are about 15 of them,
so you’ll hopefully learn at least a couple new ones. Let’s go. First up let’s head to the Windows Update
settings. To get to the main settings Window, you just
click the start menu, then click the gear. Go to Update & Security, then look for “Advanced
Options”, and then click “Choose how updates are delivered”. Here you’ll want to make sure the setting
at the bottom is set to “PCs on my local network”, and NOT the other one with PCs on the internet. What that would do is download parts of updates
from other people who have the update, to supposedly make the downloads faster. But it would also send parts of your updates
to other people, using up bandwidth. On your local network it doesn’t really matter,
but you can disable this altogether by switching the toggle above to off. Next let’s change some WiFi settings. Back in the main settings window go to Network
& Internet, then the Wi-Fi tab. Under WiFi services, you’ll see two options
talking about suggested open hotspots. I would disable both of those. Suggested hotspots are supposed to be hotspots
that Microsoft has deemed “legit”, and this would allow your computer to connect to them
automatically. But open hotspots are inherently insecure,
so you never want your computer to connect to any network without asking you first, it’s
just ridiculous. Below are settings for Hotspot 2.0 which is
a relatively new technology, but you can leave that on. I’m not going to get into that in this video. Now we can go through a bunch of privacy settings
and get those out of the way all at once. So start out going to Settings, then Privacy. First we’ll start out in this general tab. You’ll definitely want to uncheck the first
box, and probably the second box as well. These basically allow websites and apps to
track you based on a unique “Advertiser ID”, in order to learn more about you and show
you more relevant ads. The next one about your language list might
not matter, but I just have it disabled. If you use a language other than English,
maybe keep that enabled. The third setting is also something you may
or may not want to disable. It basically keeps track of which programs
you launch most frequently, so you can have a “most used” list in the start menu. If you don’t care about that, disable it. The next tab we’re going to look at is “Speech,
Inking, and Typing”. This feature basically keeps record of everything
you type or say to cortana, the virtual assistant, and apparently uses it to “get to know you”,
and make better suggestions. For those of you who don’t use Cortana, it’s
definitely something you want to disable, so just turn that off. Moving on, head to the Location tab. Very straight forward, if you don’t want Windows
apps using your location, turn this off. If you have some apps you DO want to allow,
you can turn the feature on, and individually enable and disable apps in the list after
scrolling down. The next tab is “Feedback and Diagnostics”,
which adjusts how Windows will track how you use Windows, and then send it back to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t make it easy
to disable completely, and that’s beyond the scope of this video. But you’ll at LEAST want to change this from
Full to Basic, to minimize what they collect. Otherwise, look what it tracks. Browser usage, like what websites you visit
probably, “feature usage” which could mean anything, “inking and typing data” which is
literally anything you type. So yea, you REALLY want to not have it on
Full. And maybe disable the toggle below about tailored
experiences too. And finally for privacy settings, these actually
are for cortana specifically. To access these click the Cortana button,
then the Gear. Or search for “Cortana settings” in the start
menu. If you don’t use cortana, you basically want
to turn all of these off. If you DO use Cortana, you can go through
these and change what you want it to track. But I definitely suggest disabling Cortana
on the lock screen, otherwise some person might be able to access a lot of your data
even when the computer is locked. Alright, now let’s do something about all
those annoying notifications Windows seems to give you all the time. So head to Settings, System, Notifications
& Actions. I personally wouldn’t disable notifications
altogether because they can be useful, but if you see one app that is particularly annoying,
you can scroll down and disable it’s ability to show notifications. Back up top, you probably want to disable
the option to show notifications on the lock screen. As you know, a notification can sometimes
show private information, like emails for example. Also, I’d enable the one that says Hide notifications
when duplicating the screen. Say you go to do a presentation, and you hook
the computer up to a projector, you again don’t want some notification popping up on
the screen with sensitive content for all to see. Now you don’t have to worry about that. Finally, you can disable notifications for
tips and tricks, which could be annoying. Speaking of annoying, let’s disable the obnoxious
“suggested apps” you see in the start menu, which are essentially advertisements. In settings go to Personalization, Start,
and disable where it says “Occassionally show suggestions in start”. Next up, there’s a setting we want to change
under Settings, Gaming, Game DVR. You almost definitely want to disable the
one that says “Record in the background while I’m playing a game”. Leaving this on means any time you’re playing
a game, it will constantly be recording video even if you don’t save it, which will use
up resources and could severely affect performance. One setting you might want to ENABLE in gaming
is Game Mode, which will only show up if you have the latest creators update version of
Windows. This setting supposedly might free up system
resources for your games if your computer is really crappy. Though another tech channel, LinusTechTips
did some tests, and found it made little difference on reasonably powered computers, and might
actually decrease performance in that case. So probably keep this disabled unless you
have a really old computer, then it might help. Alright now we’ve disabled a lot of stuff
so far, so how about we actually find some neat features to ENable. First up is a super cool feature called “Night
Light” which can be found in Settings, System, then the Display tab. But this feature will only show up if you
have the latest so-called creators update. What this feature does is change the color
of the screen at night so that it’s much easier on the eyes, and won’t disrupt your sleep
schedule as much. And it does this by cutting out blue light,
which is what keeps us up at night longer than we want to be. In Night Light settings, you can adjust the
strength of the effect, and what time you want it to activate, including sunset to sunrise. But you will need location services enabled
if you want to do that. If I were you, I would literally set it to
the strongest setting. It might look jarring at first, but I can
almost guarantee you’ll get used to it at night. Here are a couple more settings to enable
for Windows Explorer. Just open up any explorer tab, like My Computer
or whatever. At the top click View, and then check the
two boxes that say “File Name Extensions” and “Hidden Items”. If for some reason those don’t show up, you
can find the same settings by hitting Options, then going to the View Tab. What the first check box does is makes sure
that for every file on your computer, it will include the file extension with the file name. So it shows the ENTIRE file name. This is REALLY important for a lot of reasons. For example, maybe you download a suspicious
file that claims to be a video, but with this, you can see that it’s actually an exe file,
an executable! Guess what, that file is almost certainly
a virus. The virus maker may even add their own fake
file extension like “virus.mp4”, but now you can see that the real name is “virus.mp4.exe”. Another example is if you have a folder full
of files with the same icon from being opened by the same application. This way you can still see what kinds of files
they are if you know you’re looking for a video as opposed to a picture or something. That other check box we selected was for Hidden
Items. You may or may not have known this, but there
are file and folders on your computer that are not visible to you by default. These might be settings files for certain
programs, or log files, that sort of thing. Most of the time you won’t need them, but
occasionally you might come across a tutorial showing you how to fix a program, and it will
refer to a file that’s hidden. If you don’t have this enabled, you might
think that file is gone. Also, a lot of times viruses will create hidden
files for obvious reasons, so the average user will have almost no chance of being able
to remove it all by themselves. So it’s at least good to know that these files
exist. And I think that covers just about everything. I hope you guys found this video helpful,
and maybe learned a thing or two to make windows better. I’m sure there are some I didn’t mention so
if you have any more to add, let us know down in the comments section. If you want to keep watching, here are some
more videos you’ll like, such as some hidden Windows features and programs you might not
know about. And if you want to subscribe, I make new videos
every tuesday thursday saturday. I’m looking forward to hearing from you, so
thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time, have a good one.

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  2. Hi Joe.
    I am having problems with the wifi disconnecting when my laptop comes out of sleep mode. I've been through all of the options as far as I can see but it still does it.

    Also, my search box (where cortana is) keeps opening up. It seems to be quite random but it just jumps up and I have to click away from it to minimise it again. The Cortana and the microphone icon is in there but I think I have disabled Cortana and I certainly don't use speech recognition.

    Fab video BTW. look forward to seeing more tips from you. Great stuff. x

  3. Hi anyone, how can I turn off windows media player sync settings when installing a usb flash drive. It stops playing my video and takes me to a sync video option.

  4. How do I make a shown device into a hidden device?There is a wifi card in my laptop that I dont use and dont want to take it out,under warranty you know.

  5. (your organization has disabled your ability to change some of options) which one controls this feature in firefox

  6. I have followed several of your suggestions. My favorite was the ability to see the file extensions. Thank you. Plus I love night light.

  7. If you think that any of these settings will prevent them doing exactly what those settings allow them to do you are utter idiot.

  8. Very useful! Thank you. I would like to know how to add or delete apps in the Share charm. I tried RegEdit but it no longer works with the new Win10 build. I want to have control over Apps i choose to share with, from context not the suggested ones, and I have no idea how that get apps in store works!

  9. Hey man

    How much is Google paying you to pretend they're not the worst of tracking every damn thing you do or type or say


  10. Hey Joe, just wanted to give you thanks, I wasn't really sure what was needed, and then how to remove or turn off, Thanks Again for the info, with people like you, I'M LEARNING. James Lee

  11. Wow Excellent Info, there was a lot of programs i had to uncheck in settings etc i feel a lot secure now lol thanks in advance ThioJoe

  12. ThioJoe, are you going to update your "15 Windows Settings You Should Change Now!" with the 1903 build? Some things are different as I go through this video on my Surface since I've had the update installed. Thx!

  13. In 1903 many things in Settings are different, specially in Privacy. I think you should definitively make an updated video. A lot of people need help with the new options.

  14. i like your vidéos. it would be great if you setup subtitles on all your vidéos and alsow according permission to translate on other languagues ( french for me ) .
    most of french people have difficulties to understand american accent ( no difficulty with english accent). when i setup speed to 0.75 its more easy to understand . if there is subtiles its becomes perfect.

  15. Hibernate helps you boot up so much faster. I dunno why they disable it by default. It makes no sense to me.

  16. "…your browser usage, like what websites you visit probably…"
    Dude, I watch porn almost every evening. You, and Microsoft, and whoever may know about it. I don't care.

  17. First as mentioned windows 10 has changed them. but, you need to slow down. Still did not stop those ads in the Microsoft Solitaire.

  18. 3:54 The even changed it from "feedback and Diagnostics" to "Diagnostics and Feedback" ..we are not paying these fuckers to be dicking around with titles, especially in a conniving mater

  19. Thanks bro. Needed the info. Someone was creating a user on my computer when I'm not using it through my wifi

  20. Just one quick question. Is this guy still doing bad prank tutorials or is it for real now? Because Im a complete caveman when it comes to technology.

  21. Thank you this help a lot my hp 360 is working great now thanks joe on point as always

  22. Nice! Thanks for this! Could you do a video with the changes from the windows 1903 update? I think most of these transfer to that, but you may find something else. Thanks!

  23. Is this the guy once told us to increse the internal memory of smartphone with a frying pan and some other stuffs 🤔

  24. Actually am very thankful for what you were saying for Cortana, starting college and am setting up my laptop and it could have been really bad if I left "Use Cortana even when my device is locked." on.

  25. What a contradiction ! ! !

    The man wears a "Google" shirt while telling us how to protect our "privacy" in Windows. Google is the worst at privacy invasion. Hilarious.

  26. Thanks, ThioJoe. Very helpful and liked your no-nonsense video presentation style. Although my version of Windows is upgraded since you made this video, I still managed to find the corresponding settings, albeit slightly different layout.

  27. Ty for that video i have like 6 settings that is like turn on what i dont need and those 9 i already know still Big Ty Keep that way to 3 m

  28. Thanks man. Although I don't understand how come this Windows 10 shit take 1.1 gb of data in 10 mins, I was literally blown away to see this, we don't have free internet services here, every mb counts and this shit takes 1.1gb , I suggest everyone to please do not install Windows 10

  29. This some basic ass shit. if you didn't find most of this stuff in the settings by yourself then wait till you hear about all the stuff that the control panel does

  30. the more google (and Microsoft) are provocing with advertisement, and then the question to pay more, and the more hints are appearing that they follow you what you do, that's why more and more people will look for other ways to use the darker internet
    So many times Chrome asks to agree with privacy settings, turning everything off, installing browser app 'opt off', or how is it called, but after a week… the question to read and agree the privacy settings again, and when you do… everything is on again !!!

  31. DuckDuckGo & Dogpile added with Ghostery for keeping trackers at bay & For no Adverts Ad-Blocker is still up there ( annoying bloody things to keep 3rd Party Folks In A Job) all work well to keep a good browser's in a perfect non-tracking manner,paid for Video with GOOGLE T-SHIRT …BIG NO-NO RIGHT AWAY …. Dogpile to many engineer browsers work best for my for my Job.

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