The Nitty-Gritty of Windows: Basic Things You Need to Know Before Upgrading to Version 10

One must admit that Windows 10 is gorgeous in terms of visuals, in every way you can possibly ask for. From its graphical interface to its digital voice assistant Cortana, one couldn’t help but get excited and try this gem right away. Aside of course, from the annoying updates every now and then and the fact that Microsoft is closely monitoringevery activities you do, may it be browsing or spending leisure time in your favorite social media, that’s the catch in exchange for the free upgrade.

However, choosing the right time to upgrade is as hard as finding the answer to your “who can write my essay?” question. Both takes time, but surely pays off when you make it right.

It is thesheer message that will greet you if you click on the ‘Free Upgrade to Windows 10’ icon on your taskbar –if you suddenly decided to do the upgrade now.However, you are too late. Free Windows 10 Upgrade is no longer available for everybody since July 29, 2016.

You are either one of those people who availed the free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10, or you bought a new PC/laptop with Windows 10 Pro already installed on it, the question would be, “Do you know what to do with your new Windows?”

Sure, it’s easy. How hard could it be?

Well, you’re probably right. Microsoft has always made sure that their beloved Windows operating systems are as user-friendly as possible. But before you start sweeping your way and installing your pile of software and game titles, you should know the very basic need-to-knowbefore you start humping your mouse and keyboard to your heart’s content.

UPDATE OR NOT TO UPDATE

Unlike previous Windows versions, Windows 10 receives update every so often; you will start to wonder if what you are getting is actually necessary for your everyday computer activity.

According to Microsoft, the updates are for system securities, vulnerabilities and performance improvement. But in actual scenario, you will notice the gradual slowing down of your favorite app. Booting time starts to consume more seconds to minutes. And the beautiful responsive UI (User Interface) does not seem to be responding at all. But you have to remember that not all updates are bad for your system. So what do you do then?

To simplify things, if you are satisfied with your current Windows 10 performance, then I suggest you turn off that Windows Update. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to hide that optionin this version. So here is a workaround to do this.

If you already have Windows 10 installed, go to Control panel> Administrative tools>Services. Then, scroll down to Windows Update and choose Disabled.

If you are installing Windows 10 for the first time or doing a clean install, wait for the Settings window and click Customize.

Once inside, turn off everything that sounds and seeming to relate to an update or regarding your privacy stuff. Better yet, turn them all off. If you are like me that do not want to be bothered by unnecessary updates and its spying activities, just turn them all off.

Now, if you want the latest about all of Windows 10 and do not mind the bug every now and then, turning them off is never a good advice. After all, Microsoft has promised a superior Windows 10 in the near future. So you decide for yourself if you are opting in or out of their updates.

INSTALL NECESSARY DRIVERS AND SOFTWARE

If you are a gamer, you should know that all Windows versions –even Windows 10 –are not equipped with necessary 3rd party software to fully optimize and enhance your gaming experience. Thus,you cannot just install your favorite games; otherwise there will be an unexpected crash or system error once you launch them.

After a clean install of Windows 10, you should first make sure to put the latest drivers for your machine’s hardware for it to work seamlessly with your chosen list of software and games. If you are not familiar with these drivers, you should get a Driver pack Solution or Snappy Driver Installer as they offer an almost complete and updated set of drivers for all types of hardware. Also, make sure toinclude the following:

  1. All versions of DirectX
  2. All versions of DotNet Frameworks

3.All versions of Visual C++ (Hybrid would be best as it is already optimized for gaming))

  1. And the latest Codec Pack for all your media files.

SET IT TO PERFORMANCE READY

After you are done installing all your basic Windows software needs, it is time for some tinkering under the hood. Your system is probably running fast and smooth right now but you should know that there are things you can still do to take it a notch higher.

Just go to Search and type CMD and then once the command prompt UI appears type MSCONFIG and then press Enter.

Click Boot, and then on the Timeout area change the value from 30 to 3 seconds. Click Advanced Options and put a check on Number of Processors and click the maximum number. If you are using a Dual Core CPU then choose 2. If it is Quad then choose 4 and so on.

You might want to uncheck some applications that auto starts on boot to lessen the load on startups.

After unchecking those lists of applications on startup, just press apply and then OK. It will prompt to restart, so just press OK again.

For it to take effect you will have to actually do 3 restarts. Also,disable some live tiles on your list of installed apps as it also consumes system resources, not to mention your bandwidths too.

When all is done properly then you are good to go and ready to install all your favorite games and software in the likes of DOTA 2, League Of Legends, and Grand Theft Auto V (Well, please note that these games won’t run with just latest drivers and software, they also rely on good hardware so don’t get excited yet and check your hardware specification first).

Just remember:Do not install apps that you won’t actually be using as it only become a factor for system lags and slowdowns in the long run.

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