Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Disable fast startup

Windows 10 has a 'Fast Startup' feature that is enabled by default.

What this means is that when you shut down the computer, it doesn't actually turn off completely (see here for more information on this).

To disable the 'Fast Startup' feature:
  • Click the Settings icon in the Start menu
  • A Settings window will open:
    • Click on System
    • Select Power & sleep on the left
    • Click on Additional power settings under Related settings
    • A Power Options window will open:
      • Click on Choose what the power button does on the left
      • Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable
      • Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended)
      • Click Save Changes

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Prevent 'other people using this PC' messages when logging off

When shutting down a Windows 10 computer, you might get messages to indicate that there are 'other people using this PC' (when you know that there aren't).

This is due to a recent Windows 10 update, that causes the computer to sign you in automatically when some updates are installed.

To prevent this from happening:
  • For each user account on the system:
    • Click the Settings icon in the Start menu
    • A Settings window will open:
      • Click on Accounts
      • Select Sign-in options on the left
      • Set Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart (under Privacy) to Off

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Prevent Steam from Running on Startup

If you have Steam installed on your computer, then it defaults to running whenever windows is started (usually it spends several seconds updating).
If you want to stop this from happening:
  • Open the Steam menu and click on Settings
  • A Settings window will appear:
    • Select Interface on the left
    • Untick Run Steam when my computer starts
    • Press the OK button
Note that after doing this you will still be able to run Steam from the start menu (and Steam will run automatically when a game is started)

Show File Explorer Icon in Start Menu

  • Click the Settings icon in the Start menu
  • A Settings window will open:
    • Click on Personalisation
    • Select Start on the left
    • Click on Choose which folders appear on Start
    • Set File Explorer to On

Prevent HP Jumpstart from running on Startup

  • Open Windows start menu and click on Task Scheduler (under Windows Administrative Tools)
  • A Task Scheduler window will open:
    • Click on Task Scheduler Library under Task Scheduler (Local) on the left
    • Right click on HPJumpStart on the right, and click on Disabled in the menu that appears

Disable Action Keys mode

The F keys at the top of the keyboard default to being in ‘Action Keys Mode’. This means that they default to performing the action assigned to them, rather than acting as an F key (the fn button needs to be pressed with the key for it to work as an F key).
To fix this (start with the computer switched off):
  • Press the power button to turn on the computer
  • Straight after switching on, press the F10 (just press the key momentarily, don't hold it down)
  • The BIOS setup window will open (this might take a few seconds to appear):
    • Press the right-arrow or left-arrow keys to navigate to the System Configuration option
    • Press the up-arrow or down-arrow keys to navigate to the Action Keys Mode option, and then press the enter key to display the Enable / Disable menu
    • Press the up-arrow or down-arrow keys to select Disabled, and then press the enter key
    • Press the F10 key
    • An Exit Saving Changes? window will open:
      • Press the left-arrow or right-arrow keys to select [Yes], and then press the enter key

Always Show All Taskbar Notifications

Obviously this is down to personal preference, but I always like to see EVERYTHING that is running in the taskbar

To do this:
  • Right click on an empty part of the taskbar, and click on Taskbar Settings in the menu that appears
    • A Settings window will appear:
    • Select Taskbar on the left
    • Click on Select which items appear on the taskbar under Notification area
    • Set Always show all icons in the notification area to On