When you think about it, Windows is pretty great overall. There are lots of
surprising reasons you’ll like Windows 10
if you haven’t upgraded yet. The operating system (OS) also
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includes lots of little extras
that don’t get any credit.
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However, it’s not all perfect in the world of Windows. There are
bygone Windows features we wish never happened
, and we’ve discussed
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the current annoying features nobody needs
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While we enjoy poking fun at the sticky parts of Windows, let’s work on fixing these annoyances instead. Here are several frustrating parts of Windows that everyone has to deal with, and how you can make them less irritating.
Turn Off Annoying Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are incredibly useful
and can save you lots of time when navigating your computer. However, there are lots of
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shortcuts you can activate by mistake
that can mess up what you’re doing.
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One of the most annoying is Sticky Keys, an accessibility feature that lets you type key combinations like
Ctrl + Alt + Del by pressing one key at a time. It’s great that these features exist for users who need them
, but the shortcut to enable it is pressing
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Shift five times. You might do this accidentally and have no idea what’s going on with your typing.
To turn this off, press
Shift five times to bring up the Sticky Keys dialogue. Click Go to the Ease of Access Center… to jump to Sticky Keys settings, and uncheck Turn on Sticky Keys when Shift is pressed five times. This will prevent the dialogue from popping up.
Another annoying shortcut is Aero Shake. When you grab a window and move it back and forth a few times, Windows will minimize every window except the one you’re dragging. This is easy to accidentally activate, and
most people probably don’t even use it
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To disable this, open the Registry Editor by typing
regedit into the Start Menu. Remember that Registry tweaks can be dangerous
, so be careful while you’re in here. Browse down to this key:
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Here, right-click the right side of the screen and choose
New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name this DisallowShaking and set its value to 1. Log off and back on, and Aero Shake won’t bother you anymore.
Another irritating keyboard shortcut is
Ctrl + Alt + Arrow Key, which rotates the screen orientation. These shortcuts have been standard on Intel Graphics for years, but you can shut them off easily. Type Intel into the Start Menu and choose Intel Graphics and Media. If you’re prompted for a mode, choose Basic Mode or Advanced Mode.
Options and Support, then Hot Key Manager. Uncheck the box next to Hot Key Functionality and these shortcuts won’t disrupt the screen anymore. Shut Windows Up
Windows has had a habit of
making annoying sounds for a while
. Whether it’s the annoying clicking sounds in internet Explorer and the File Explorer or beeping at you for every little action, sometimes you just
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want Windows to shut up
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You can turn off all Windows sounds easily by typing
Sound into the Start Menu to open the Sound control panel. Click the Sounds tab to view and preview all the different sounds Windows can make
. To turn off all Windows noises, change the
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Sound Scheme drop-down to No Sounds.
If you’d like to fine-tune individual sounds instead, scroll through the list below. Any sound that’s currently enabled has a speaker icon next to it. Choose
[None] from the Sounds drop-down box below to mute it. Make sure to also uncheck Play Windows Startup sound so you don’t start blasting a tune when you sneak in late to a meeting. Windows Updates Getting Stuck and Forcing Reboots Windows Update is an essential feature
, because it delivers security updates to your system. Thankfully, it’s gotten a lot smoother in Windows 8 and Windows 10. Instead of incessantly asking you to reboot like it did in Windows 7, you can now choose a convenient time to restart. Depending your version of Windows, there are different issues you can run into.
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On a fresh installation of Windows 7,
use the Convenience Rollup
to install years worth of patches in one go. You can also
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use a Registry hack to stop Windows from restarting
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No matter your version of Windows, you can
fix Windows Update
when it breaks or crashes. If you’re having trouble getting a single update to install, review
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the steps for resolving any Windows Update failure
. Finally, check out our guide on
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everything you need to know about Windows Update in Windows 10
, including scheduling a reboot time and deferring upgrades.
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The Windows 8 Start Screen Sucks
hated Windows 8 for many reasons
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biggest offender was certainly the revamped Start Screen
, replacing the classic Start Menu everyone loved. If you’re still using Windows 8.1 (as
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), you can rid yourself of the Start Screen easily.
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The easiest way to get the Start Menu back is to
install a free program that adds it in
. These tools are actually more customizable than Windows’ own Start Menu. You can set them to
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look like Windows 7
or even the Windows 9x Start Menus, and you can easily add or remove entries from them.
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On Windows 8.1, you can jump to the desktop at startup and skip the Start Screen. To do so, right-click on your Taskbar and choose
Properties. On the Navigation tab, check the box next to When I sign in… go to the desktop instead of Start. Finally, make sure your default programs don’t include any Modern apps
like Photos, and you’ll never have to look at Modern apps again. Feel free to
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uninstall any Modern apps
you don’t want as well.
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Make UAC Less Annoying
User Account Control (UAC) was first introduced in Windows Vista and has been present in the OS since. It allows you to
grant administrative rights on a selective basis
, so you don’t have to stay logged into
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an unsafe admin account
all the time. UAC was infamous for pestering you every five seconds in Vista, but you can tone it down in newer Windows versions, too.
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First, pay a visit to the UAC menu (when logged in as an admin). Type
uac into the Start Menu and choose Change User Account Control Settings. You’re able to choose from four levels of alert here.
The most secure, like the Vista default, will always notify you when you try to make changes to Windows settings (such as changing the time or
editing Windows Firewall options
). The default level, one below the top, doesn’t notify on Windows settings changes, but will ask for permission to install software.
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The third level of security is the same as the second, but doesn’t dim your desktop for the UAC prompt. This makes it easier to click
Yes without thinking, so be careful with it. Finally, the bottom level turns UAC completely off. This is a terrible idea, as it allows any program to run with admin rights without confirmation.
If you use certain programs all the time that ask for UAC confirmation (
), you can
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create a whitelist to bypass the prompt
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We recommend choosing between the middle two levels for UAC security, and creating this whitelist. This gets UAC out of your way where you don’t need it, while still allowing it to protect you as it’s designed to.
Disable the Program Compatibility Assistant
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it didn’t install correctly
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If you’re trying to
install incompatible software on new versions of Windows
, this feature is great. The Assistant can find issues that are keeping the software from installing correctly, fix them, and re-install it properly. Should you try to
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install ancient software
that might even
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cause Windows to crash
, the Assistant will prevent any damage.
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Novice users should keep this feature enabled, but it’s also known for producing lots of false positives. If you want to
disable the Assistant
, you can do so in just a few steps. Type
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services into the Start Menu to open that utility, and look for Program Compatibility Assistant.
If you want to disable the Assistant temporarily to install some software, right-click its entry and choose
Stop. This keeps it from running until you reboot your computer or manually start it again. To permanently disable the feature, right-click it and choose Properties. Change Startup type to Disabled, and it won’t run until you enable it again. What Annoys You About Windows?
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Windows 10 still has plenty of issues
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Windows 10 is constantly evolving
, Microsoft can patch problems in updates.
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Now, we want to hear your fixable Windows annoyances from any version. What caused you a big problem until you figured out a way around? Share them down in the comments!
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