by Peter Trinh
Do you feel as though you have no control over your own computer running Windows 10? Many people have found themselves frustrated as their productive days are cut short when it decides to update and restart on its own, often taking a better part of an hour, or more.
There are a few ways, in escalating order that you can bring that frustration down:
- Click on the “Gear” icon in the Start Menu, and under the Updates section, set your active hours, and increase the number of days to defer updates. There are a few of these. You can also reduce the amount of information reported from your computer by going to the Privacy section of the Settings (gear icon). The setting choices are “Disabled”, “Basic”, or “Off”.
- Utilize a Third-Party Utility called “O&O ShutUp10” to “Green” various settings of what Windows 10 and limit what it can do. You would download the utility from the O&O website at https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10, run the program, green the various settings, close the program and restart the computer.
- You can also “De-bloat” Windows 10 using a script. This will remove some extraneous parts of Windows 10 that have been known to slow down the performance and cause many of the annoyances you experienced. Download: https://github.com/Sycnex/Windows10Debloater; follow the instructions; close the window when finished, and restart the computer.
- The trade-off of using the second and third methods is since they are more aggressive, in order to receive Important Security Updates for Windows 10, you must undo the settings in O&O ShutUp10 once per month, and manually check for these Windows Updates from the Settings applet (gear icon). You would only download and install Important Security Updates, leave the rest, and restart as prompted.