Windows has a built-in tool to facilitate cleaning out the drives. It can reduce several unnecessary files such as temporary files or system files. It can empty the Recycle Bin or remove other items that you might not need. If you clean up updates then it also helps reduce the size of the component store. The possibility to clean up system files might be a feature you haven’t used before. Removing large update files can recover lots of disk space. Who doesn’t want extra disk space? You can actually use the disk space you’ve payed for instead of having it hijacked by your operating system. Free disk space is also necessary for the operating system to run smoothly. So you shouldn’t fill the hard drive completely anyway. Again we lose out on the space we payed for. Here’s how to use the built-in Disk Cleanup tool.
Press the Windows key to open the start menu. Type “cleanmgr”. Click on “cleanmgr” and Disk Cleanup will open.
Select the drive you wish to clean. Usually Windows is installed on the C: drive. Select it and click the OK button.
Disk Cleanup will open with the options for drive C:. Click the Clean up system files button. The shield on the button means that you’ll need administrator privileges to run this feature. You may get prompted for the password to grant permission.
Once again, select the drive you wish to clean. We still want to clean the C: drive. Select it and click the OK button.
Now there are more options in the “Files to delete:” list. Select everything, unless you have a good reason not to. Selecting the type of file will display a description below it. This can help you decide what to keep or remove. I never have a reason to keep any of the files so I always select everything. Then click the OK button at the bottom.
Disk Cleanup will ask for confirmation. Click the Delete Files button to confirm. Disk Cleanup will start the cleaning process. If you haven’t run it before or it has been a while since it ran last, this could take a moment to complete.
Once the cleaning process is complete, the program will automatically close. All done.
Windows 10 hides the scrollbars by default. If you think this is annoying because it always takes extra time before you can slide a scrollbar, this guide describes how to change the settings to always show the scrollbars.
Click the “Start” button on the taskbar or press the “Windows” key on the keyboard. Click on the gear icon to open the Settings window.
In the Settings window, click on the “Ease of Access” button.
The Display section should already be shown. If it doesn’t, click on “Display” in the left column. In the right column, under the header “Simplify and personalize Windows”, there is the option “Automatically hide scroll bars in Windows”. Click on the slider to turn the option on or off. To stop the scrollbars from hiding, set the slider to “Off”.
Setting up the system to log in your account for you at system startup saves time and is simply convenient. You can start using your machine faster. You don’t have to remember the password. It is the smoothes way to start working, simply push the start button and go.
If other users need access to the same machine as you, they will log in on your account automatically. This is inconvenient for them, as they have to log out of your account, or at least switch users, and then log in on their account. It is also insecure and not private for you. Other users of the machine will have full access to all your files and programs.
If security and privacy are important to you, do not use this feature and enter the password every time when multiple users have access to the machine. If someone else has access to your machine, it is no longer your machine. Account logins can be circumvented. Why set the password at all then? At a minimum it is a hurdle for an attacker to deal with and it can slow him down, even if ever so slightly. Even if it is only appealling to the attackers laziness and getting him frustrated from the start. This is true even if an attacker comes from an outside connection. It can be the difference between already having administrator privileges versus having to escalate the account. Use as large a toolbox as possible to protect your system. You are not only protecting your own data and system but also your neighbors, family and friends. If your system is too much of a hassle to break into or install malware on, it can’t be used as a weapon of some attacker. If you are the sole user of the machine, you’re reasonably confident that no one else can access it easily (when you’re not around), and you log in to a standard account (not an administrator account), and you have other security features in place, then automatically logging in may well be worth it.
Open the Run command by pressing Windows + R. Type in “Netplwiz”. Hit enter or press the “OK” button. A “User Accounts” window will open.
Select your user account from the list. Then uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” Press “Apply” to make the changes.
An “Automatically sign in” box appears. Type in your password and confirm it. Press the “OK” button. Press “OK” in the “User Accounts” window to exit the program.
On next boot, your account will log in automatically.