How to change default web browser in Windows 10

How to change default web browser in Windows 10

Microsoft has made it harder to change your default internet browser in Windows 10 and a lot of people, including Mozilla CEO, are not happy about it. If you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 you may notice that Microsoft Edge browser will override your current default browser settings and add itself as the new default web browser. Furthermore, if you run a third party-internet browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and others it may notify you that it is not the current default browser and may give you an option to change the setting; However, Microsoft 10 currently disallows a new window from appearing, making it hard to make the third-party browser your default browser in Windows 10, and instead wants Windows 10 users to manually change the default web browser via system settings.

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The instructions on this page will help you change the default web browser in Windows 10. By accessing system settings you can change Windows 10 default web browser.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to Settings.

change default web browser in Windows 10

2. Select “System” and go to Default apps.

Windows 10 default web browser

3. Scroll down to the “Web browser” section, click on the current web browser icon, and select your new default Windows 10 browser from the list of installed internet browsers.

How to turn off Microsoft personalized ads

How to turn off Microsoft personalized ads

Microsoft displays personalized ads on machines and devices, including Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, and others, as well as Microsoft Edge browser introduced with Windows 10. Microsoft claims that it tries to show you the ads you may be most interested in. The ads Microsoft displays are chosen based on the sites that you visit, your online searches, and more. They do not use information you say in emails, chat, video calls or voice mail to formulate advertisements, although it should be noted that Microsoft does have access to that information.

turn off Microsoft personalized ads

  • To turn off Microsoft personalized advertisements visit https://choice.microsoft.com/opt-out and click Off next to “Personalized ads in this browser.”
  • This option can also be located in your privacy settings: Go to Start Menu > Settings > Privacy > General > Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalization info. In the general section of your privacy settings you can also chose to turn off several privacy options, including “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps.”

The feature on the mentioned webpage will allow you to opt out of Microsoft Advertisements on the browser you are using and wherever you use your Microsoft account. This now does allow you to block advertisements altogether, or third-party ads, such as Google AdWords or adware like MNTR. This will only stop Microsoft from using your personal information to generate ads it feels you are most likely to click on.

How to turn on Full Screen Windows 10 Start menu

How to turn on Full Screen Windows 10 Start menu

If you’re a fan of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 you might have liked the full screen start menu (screen) that contained metro icons on it. Windows 10 now by default has made the start menu small, similar to how it was before Windows 8. However, there is a feature to make the Windows 10 start menu full again and it’s very easy to do.

full screen windows 10 start menu

This guide will help you turn on the full screen Windows 10 start menu by enabling the “Use Start full screen” option in your Windows 10 settings.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and click Settings.

Windows 10 full screen start menu

2. Go to Personalization > Start and turn on “Use Start full screen” to make the Windows 10 start menu a full screen.

How to turn on Cortana (Windows 10)

How to turn on Cortana (Windows 10)

Cortana on Windows 10 is essentially your personal assistant. Cortana allows you to find articles that interest you, view the weather report and current temperatures in your location, setup reminders, browse the web, and much more. Plus, if you have a compatible microphone you can talk directly to Cortana using your voice. You can ask Windows 10 Cortana on your PC things like “where is the closest joint” and Cortana will then give you options on the Cortana menu and open Microsoft Edge with a web search. You can even customize Cortana on your Windows 10 PC with your preferred settings, including a nickname, like “Master.”

Windows 10 Cortana

This guide will help you turn on Cortana on Windows 10 by finding the preinstalled Cortana app.

How to turn on Cortana (Windows 10)

1. Open the Start Menu and select All apps.

turn on Cortana Windows 10

2. Locate the Windows 10 Cortana app in the list of installed applications. Here’s a hint, Cortana will be included in the section labeled “C.”

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to setup Cortana on your Windows 10 computer.

How to turn off “When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it” on Windows 10

How to turn off “When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it” on Windows 10

By default, when you snap an open window to the side of your screen or desktop on Windows 10 an additional window on the side will appear that shows you “what you can snap next.” I found this feature annoying; However, I can see where it can be very useful for many users.

Windows 10 multi program screen window docked

There is a screen snap option preset in Windows 10 which actually allows you to stop the multi-window screen from appearing when you lock, dock, or snap your open window to the left or right side of the screen.

This guide will show you how to change the “when I snap a window, show what I can snap next” option and remove the multi-window screen when you snap a window on Windows 10.

1. Open Windows Start menu and go to Settings > System > Multitasking.

When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it Windows 10

2. In the “Snap” section at the top of the window turn the dial off next to “When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it.”

How to create a “New Desktop” on Windows 10

How to create a “New Desktop” on Windows 10

The Task View button is a cool new feature on Windows 10. Task View allows you to create new Windows 10 desktops. This means that you can have one desktop setup with open apps and a new desktop setup with other work. It allows you to easily multitask and keep your work (or whatever you’re doing) organized.

This guide will help you create a “new desktop” on Windows 10 by using the Windows 10 Task View button located on the task bar.

How to create a New Desktop on Windows 10

1. Make sure the Task View button is visible on your task bar. The Task View button is a small icon near the far end of the task bar. If your Task View button is not on, right click the task bar and click “Show Task View button.”

Windows 10 new desktop

2. Click the Task View button Windows 10 Task View button on your task bar and select “New desktop.”

You can navigate between your new Windows 10 desktop and your original desktop by clicking the Task View button. To delete a desktop click the Task View button, hover over the Windows 10 desktop you want to delete, and click the X.

How to upgrade to Windows 10 (Windows 10 Download Tool)

How to upgrade to Windows 10 (Windows 10 Download Tool)

Windows 10 is finally out, but many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have yet to find their machines upgraded. Some users who reserved Windows 10 for free via the Windows 10 reservation app still have not been upgraded and this has caused a lot of concern. Microsoft has stated that the Windows 10 upgrade may take longer to upgrade some users computers as the new upgrade is released globally. Fortunately, Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Download Tool, which is very easy to use and will start the upgrade process immediately.

Windows 10 Download Tool

The Windows 10 Download Tool will allow you to upgrade to Windows 10 immediately and watch the progress of the Windows 10 setup. You can even work on your computer while it upgrades.

How to use the Windows 10 Download Tool

This guide will help you upgrade to Windows 10 using the free Windows 10 Download Tool provided by Microsoft.

1. To start upgrading with the Windows 10 Download Tool, visit the following link and download the appropriate Windows 10 Download Tool for your specific computer:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

2. Once Windows 10 Download Tool has downloaded, double-click on it to execute the program.

How to upgrade to Windows 10

3. On the Windows 10 Setup window you can choose to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 or create a bootable ISO or USB flash drive to upgrade another PC.

If you will be installing Windows 10 for the first time (as opposed to upgrading), you might need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.

Windows 10 updates are mandatory and cannot be stopped

Windows 10 updates are mandatory and cannot be stopped

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 updates are mandatory and cannot be stopped. This is unlike previous Windows versions, including Windows 7 and 8, which sets automatic updates by default but allows Windows users to disable the feature. Not only can forced automatic updates be a nuisance but they can cause a lot of issues for many Windows 10 users. If you hated Windows updates before (like me) you will hate them even more when Windows 10 comes out in 4 days.

“The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”

What this means is that Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates and you have no option to switch them off. Windows 10 can install unwanted apps and basically force them down your throat like they did with OneDrive, a cloud storage application that is difficult to remove from Windows 8.1 without above par computer knowledge. If Microsoft wants to build a new Windows Media Player, RSS reader, cloud storage application, or zombie apocalypse game you have to install it. You won’t have a choice and if this is anything like the OneDrive debacle you will find these new objects difficult to completely remove or uninstall. If an update also wants to change how existing features or services operate on your machine, then you’ll have to adapt to these situations as well. It also means that Windows 10 will be able to interrupt you when they want with automatic updates – so you better routinely save your work.

Windows 10 updates

Driver issues

An issue has already been found with Windows 10 automatic updates and Nvideia drivers that can break multimonitor setups, SLI (dual card) configurations, and can even stop your PC from booting, which pushes Windows 10 into its emergency recovery mode. The fault lies in a conflict between Windows Update and Nvidia’s own driver and software management tool the ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’. The driver version 353.54 is available only via Window Update and the problem is that the Nvidia GeForce Experience may try to downgrade to the previous version while claiming the previous version was actually newer. Windows Update doesn’t reveal driver version numbers prior to install or even warn users in advance, so pinpointing something that has suddenly caused problems can be very difficult to identify.

Many PC components and peripherals come with bundled software that automatically manages driver updates and Windows 10 updates may clash with existing driver management and update software. This can result in an ongoing battle of upgrading and downgrading between Windows and existing programs.

The good

The good thing about Windows 10 automatic updates this is that it enhances overall security and fixes problems that can occur from obsolete and outdated drivers and software. Forced Windows 10 updates mean that everyone will have to be up-to-date with the latest security patches and accessible drivers.

The control Microsoft has over a Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 updates has generated a lot of complaints. Many users are stating that they are fine using Windows 7 or Windows 8 and do not wish to upgrade to Windows 10 because of this. It should be noted that if you are a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 user you will not be forced to upgrade to Windows 10.

How to refresh or reset Windows 10

How to refresh or reset Windows 10

Windows 10 refresh and reset options allow you to restore your computer to factory settings with or without existing personal files. Refreshing Windows 10 will allow you to remove programs that were introduced to your computer without affecting your personal files and resetting Windows 10 will allow you to remove everything and reinstall Windows 10; essentially resetting everything to factory settings.

Windows 10 is very similar to Windows 8.1 so when it comes to refreshing or resetting so there is not much difference if you are used to Windows 8.1. A simple way to refresh or reset Windows 10 is to search for the terms “refresh” or “reset” on the start screen or search feature.

How to refresh or reset Windows 10

1. Click the Windows icon on the bottom left of the tray menu and go to settings > Update & Security > Recovery

2. Find the “Reset this PC” section and click Get Started