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The Windows 10 Creators Update is currently rolling out to users around the world. If you’ve not been offered the upgrade yet, you can expect it to land on your system over the next few weeks (though there are methods for upgrading immediately How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now How to Get the Windows 10 Creators Update Now The Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out in April. Are you eager to try it? Or would you rather avoid it? We'll show you how to get Windows 10 1703 on your own schedule. Read More if you’re desperate).

The update brings a host of new features 11+ New Features Coming to Windows 10 in 2017 11+ New Features Coming to Windows 10 in 2017 The Windows 10 Creators Update is due in Spring 2017. We compiled the biggest updates and new features you can look forward to. Read More and apps, as well as improved security What Does the Windows 10 "Creators Update" Do for Security? What Does the Windows 10 "Creators Update" Do for Security? What can we expect in the upcoming Windows 10 "Creators Update," set to arrive in early 2017? Where is the security boost coming from? Let's cast a security minded-eye over Windows 10 Build 1703. Read More . Microsoft Paint has been given an overhaul, there’s new Cortana functionality, and you can expect revamped personalization options.

But before you dig into all the exciting new stuff, you need to make sure you’ve set up your operating system correctly. Here’s what you need to do as soon as you’ve installed the Windows 10 Creators Update.

1. Disable File Explorer Ads

Is nowhere safe from ads anymore? We expect them on the television and the web, but seeing them directly in Windows’ file system is another matter entirely.

By default, the File Explorer app includes ads. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s decision has irked users.

Frankly, the new “feature” should come as no surprise. Windows Insider Preview build 14901 included a notifications bar at the top of File Explorer as long ago as August 2016. Microsoft insisted the feature was “product education” — you can draw your own conclusions about what that means in non-corporate speak.

At the moment, the ads are only for Microsoft products. Users report that Office 365 and OneDrive have featured heavily. But how long will it be until we see targeted ads for third-party services? Probably soon. Luckily, there’s a way to disable the ads How to Disable Ads in Windows 10 File Explorer How to Disable Ads in Windows 10 File Explorer Windows 10 has crammed more ads into the OS than any version before it. Recently, you might have started seeing ads in your File Explorer. Here's how to disable them. Read More .

Head to Control Panel > File Explorer Options, or just type File Explorer Options in Cortana.

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Next, select the View tab and scroll down to Show Sync Provider Notifications. Untick the checkbox, click Apply, and you’re done.

2. Set Up Windows Night Light

One of the most requested features has finally made its way onto the Windows 10 Creators Update. It’s a “blue light filter” called Night Light Reduce Eye Strain and Sleep Better With This New Windows 10 Feature Reduce Eye Strain and Sleep Better With This New Windows 10 Feature In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you don't have to use a separate app to filter blue light at night. Here's how to turn on Night Light and save your eyes some trouble. Read More .

It’s not as feature-rich as third-party options like Flux, but if you prefer to avoid non-native apps, it works well.

Filtering your screen’s blue light emissions in the evening can theoretically reduce eye strain and improve your sleep patterns Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More . When exposed to artificial blue light, the human body reduces the amount of melatonin it produces and increases its heart rate, body temperature, and general alertness.

If you want to enjoy a better night’s sleep (who doesn’t?!), it’s worth spending a few minutes setting up the new Night Light feature.

Navigate to Start > Settings > System > Display and toggle the slider next to Night Light.

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Next, click on Night Light Settings to customize the app. You can change the color temperature and schedule the times you want the app to turn itself on. If you have Location Services enabled, it can automatically engage at sunset. If you don’t, you have to enter the hours manually.

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3. Windows Defender Security Center

Another new feature you can expect is the Windows Defender Security Center. Its aim is to offer a one-stop shop for keeping you and your system protected from security threats.

If you’re not sure how to best defend yourself from viruses, malware, and phishing attacks, it’s a useful additional to the operating system.

You’ll notice the app’s icon in your system tray. Click it, and you’ll be given a list of actions you can take to protect yourself better. Work through the various recommendations, and you’ll immediately be safer.

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But there’s a flip-side, the notifications can get annoying, especially if you’re already well versed with managing your system and security. The endless “Battery Recommendations” are particularly annoying.

You can permanently turn off the app and its associated notifications by disabling it at start-up. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task Manager. Next, click on More Details and head to the Startup Tab.

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Locate and highlight Windows Defender Notification Icon, then click Disable in the bottom right-hand corner.

4. Adjust Your Privacy Settings

This one is hard to miss, but it’s important you read the on-screen information: don’t blindly click through the options.

When the Creators Update loads for the first time, you see a window like the one below. Don’t click Remind Me Later, there are some important settings you need to review.

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The app will give you five privacy options Privacy and Windows 10: Your Guide to Windows Telemetry Privacy and Windows 10: Your Guide to Windows Telemetry With the advent of the Windows 10 Creator's Update, Microsoft seems to have decided to be more transparent about their data gathering activities. Find out how much is gathered, and what you can do. Read More for you to tweak.

Your Windows 10 Creators Update privacy options are:

  • Location — Apps and services will be able to request your location, and the data may be sent to Microsoft.
  • Speech Recognition — This setting lets you interact more fluidly with Cortana. Again, Microsoft might receive the data.
  • Diagnostics — As per the on-screen information, this allows Microsoft to collect data on your browser use, app use, feature use, and even typing.
  • Tailored Experiences with Diagnostic Data — Microsoft will use the aforementioned diagnostic data to offer you products and services.
  • Relevant Ads — Microsoft will collect your app usage and use it to send you third-party ads.

Clearly, these privileges are a nightmare for privacy-conscious users. But there’s a trade-off: disabling some features, such as location data and speech recognition, will hinder the value of some of the operating system’s best features. You need to decide what level of intrusion is right for you.

5. Default Apps

Some users have reported that the Creators Update has reset their default apps How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Windows 10 makes a lot of decisions for the lazy user. If you would prefer to be your own master, you can set your own preferences. We show you how. Read More back to the Microsoft stock products after upgrading.

For example, all your locally-saved movies, TV shows, and personal videos might open in the Films & TV app, all your images could open in Photos rather than your preferred photo viewer, your default browser has potentially been reverted to Edge, and so on.

The problem isn’t universal, but you definitely need to check whether the problem has affected you.

Head to Start > Settings > Apps > Default Apps. You will see a list of the default apps for the most common types of content, including images, videos, browsers, and music. Check to ensure they’re all displaying your preferred programs.

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Next, scroll down and click on Set Defaults by App. It lets you investigate your choices at a more granular level, letting you pick apps that aren’t shown in the basic list such as PDF viewers and calculators.

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What Settings Have You Changed?

I’ve shown you five settings everyone needs to check and set up before they start enjoying the latest Windows update.

Now I’d love to hear some of your input. Has Microsoft upgraded you to the Creators Update yet? What settings and apps did you have to customize to get your operating system running exactly the way you like it?

You can leave all your suggestions and thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. ari
    October 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

    windows edge will not connect to my t.v. (wired network) as it did before the update?

  2. AverageJoe
    July 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Other settings changed:
    - privacy settings options that gives any permission to off or deny
    - install Spybot Anti-Beacon
    - remove or at least silence Cortana
    After packet sniffing and Windows 10 is still sending data, reformat PC, and install Linux.
    #secured

  3. Kathy Rich
    May 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I have HP Laptop that has been updated by Windows 10. However, my wireless HPOfficeJet 6962 All-In-One-Printer-Scan-Fax is no longer recognized and therefore not printing. Apparently, the driver was deleted in the update. The computer will recognize it as a scanner but not as a printer. The only option I have is to save as a PDF. My grrr factor is increasing exponentially. I downloaded the driver and it is still not being recognized. As a college student, this is extremely frustrating as I need the printer to save gas and time. I am not able to go back to campus to print a page at any hour of the day or night.

  4. Casey Harris Sr
    May 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for the article and those comments offering solutions or temporary work arounds. The last 3 updates have screwed up the way many areas that I had set a certain way to operate effectively. Unknown why Microsoft insists on changing-up crap that is not broke. My trade off is to stop AdBlocker on your URL in order to gain your useful insight.

  5. Carl Dean Cox
    May 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    The most important setting I have changed is turning off automatic updates. After the last major update, which borked BOTH my laptop and desktop gaming computer, it took me hours to roll them back to a usable state. So now I simply refuse to install any updates whatsoever. I know that Microsoft wants everyone to be using the same version of their operating system, but too bad: they should be more careful about screwing up computers to the point that they don't work. I know there are people who will say, "Oh, but you're missing out on all the new features that they're rolling out!" To which I say, "That's an acceptable trade-off to having computers that actually work." Sorry, Microsoft: you betrayed my trust, and I won't give you a second chance. I will be using my current build of Windows until I decide to replace my computers with newer models. Deal with it.

    • Rm Fr Minus Nine Ms
      July 13, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Not only that, very soon you will ONLY be allowed to install programs that are listed
      on the 'microsoft app store' ... having said that, UBUNTU anyone ? if not, Win 7 is the best alternative.

      Ads within File Explorer ? no thanks.

  6. Ali
    May 6, 2017 at 4:11 am

    I was so stress because I couldn't connect to internet nor my chrome is working after new updates installed. My chrome even couldn't be opened. Even worse ms. office isn't working, I couldn't open any documents. The new updates spent my 1 day stressfully, until my friend told me to get back to the previous one then everything becomes fine. The new updates failed my deadline university assignments. I almost hit my pc, lol. Please2, I don't need the updates n I really need to stop the updates. How to do it???

    • Willie
      May 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      To fix the Chrome issue go to Settings>Show Advanced Settings and under System un-check the "Use hardware acceleration when available" box. Restart Chrome and it will work.
      The issue is with the Sign In to Chrome feature that will not display the sign in box and if you try to synchronize with your Google account it will freeze the browser.

  7. John Trzil
    May 6, 2017 at 2:42 am

    The email, Outlook/Hotmail was changed over the past year or so (not the same as improved) to require more key strokes to perform desired operations, such as, to cull out the unwanted junk mail and to keep the nuggets that wound up there. Also, scam email & real junk are never really removed and prevented by Microsoft from returning. The tab/drop-down menu..."not junk" vs. "phishing"...should NOT be on the same tab...great opportunity to insure receiving even more porn courtesy of Microsoft!

  8. Bacardi Limon
    May 5, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Definitely switched back quickly to the old photos viewer. IMO seems much faster than the new default.

  9. Bert Verhelst
    May 5, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Oh, there is one drive again. Let me Uninstall you again and remove you from the Explorer side bar again :(

  10. Justin
    May 5, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    We continue to let them get away with more and more... Windows is becoming nothing but malware itself. This is how Skynet started. First, it was integrated into everything and had access to more than it should of had. Then, it was upgraded with AI capabilities. And then, boom, humans were all but gone.

    • RocRizzo
      May 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Ok Justin, this is NOT a science fiction story, movie, or otherwise. We are a long way from Skynet. A VERY long way.

      • Justin
        May 5, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        I am aware of this. But I see that any resemblance of humor is lost on you.

        • Barry Trotter
          May 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm

          Personally I couldn't stop making the comparison between Windows 10 and Skynet when watching Terminator Genesis. Software that automatically installs itself to computers across the globe? Yeah.

        • Tina Sieber
          May 10, 2017 at 3:23 am

          Thanks for the laugh, Justin! Microsoft definitely got inspired by sci-fi movies and games. :)

  11. Chris
    May 5, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I was updated through the developer program and it is a large update. Yes I had to reset all my defaults as you mentioned. The most annoying change for me is by far the battery notifications b/c it appears in the system tray as you may be unprotected or somethings wrong with your security but it's the battery. For those who use the built-in Security, which is adequate, you don't necessarily want to turn off all notifies. Microsoft needs to fix that!

    • yavn
      May 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      You said youre on the developer/program. Use the feedback app to tell them your woes. Insider program exists for those purposes.