What Are Some Useful Windows Hacks

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What the optimal Windows looks like depends on personal preferences and the area of ‚Äč‚Äčapplication. However, there are many Windows settings that can be tweaked and that benefit all users. A number of Windows deficiencies affect basic functions that slow down many users in their productive work. A lot can be improved here with suitable tools. For this article, we have therefore collected tips and tools that can be used to operate the system better and to accelerate work with Windows.

Before you start: Some tips describe changes to the Windows registry. So that you can quickly undo these changes, it is advisable to make a backup copy of the registry key beforehand.

1. Start Windows faster

If you shut down your computer properly every evening, you risk losing the application information stored in the memory. Windows 10 then has to reload it the next time it boots - and that costs time. For a few seconds ahead, button up the BIOS or its successor UEFI: In the "Boot" menu, which is arranged differently depending on the BIOS version, the hard disk or the SSD should be set as the primary boot drive You start the system.

Also deactivate starting via the network and all unused controllers, such as USB or the DVD drive. This way, the BIOS does not look unnecessarily for a bootable operating system. To get to the BIOS or UEFI setup, you usually have to press the [Del] or [F2] key after switching on the computer. If necessary, the manual of your PC will help you.

2. Reclaim lost space

Anyone who has upgraded to Windows 10 will find that there are up to 20 gigabytes less hard drive space available. What happened? Windows saves the previous installation as well as the temporary data that were necessary to upgrade to the current version of the operating system. However, if you use a slim SSD with little storage space, you have to rely on every megabyte. Means: This useless data has to go! Call up "Disk Cleanup" from the start menu.

It may take a moment to start. Then click on the "Clean up system files" button. In the menu that now follows, you will see an entry named "Temporary Windows installation files", "Temporary Internet files" or "Log files for Windows upgrade". You can mark all of these elements with a tick. Then click on "Ok". This useless ballast is thus deleted.

3. More security with Defender: Activate adware protection

Microsoft has given its own anti-virus tool Windows Defender an upgrade: The program now also detects adware - annoying advertising programs that are often installed with free software. The stupid thing: Actually, only company networks should be protected with the drilled-out Defender. This hack also gives every other Windows 10 user increased protection against unwanted applications: Call up the registry again by starting "regedit" via [Win] + [R].

Click in the submenu "" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / Software / Policies / Microsoft / Windows Defender / MpEngine "on the left. Here you have to create the 32-bit DWORD" MpEnablePus "with the value 1. As soon as this is done, a Restart Windows Defender much better: As soon as you download software infected with advertising tools with the Edge browser, for example, the Defender sounds an alarm.

4. Everything under control: activate the famous Godmode

Microsoft has implemented a great feature since Windows 7, with which you can manage and call up up to 250 settings centrally: the Godmode. You can also access the settings in the current Windows 10 via a new folder on the desktop. This is how it works: Right-click on a free space on the desktop and select "New" and then "Folder" from the menu.

Now the most important part follows: Name the folder "Godmode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" and press [Enter] or click "Okay". Windows 10 now links the collection of system settings on your desktop. Whether you want to fix monitor flickering, reset passwords or use BitLocker drive encryption: In Godmode you will find all the important settings for Windows 10.