At my office, I’ve been rolling out Windows 10 machines to replace our older Windows 7 models. In installing these Windows 10 machines, I’ve found several tweaks and adjustments that make my machines behave more nicely and ensure I’m not bothered by apps I don’t want or need. As I’ve said before, the key thing anyone running Windows 10 Home version needs to do is upgrade to Windows 10Professional. This is the easiest step of this process.
Of course, you need to purchase a Windows 10 Professional license if your machine came with Windows 10 Home version. This can be easily done from inside the system section of your Windows 10 Home machine: Merely scroll to the about section, click on change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows, and launch the wizard to upgrade to Windows 10Professional.
It will take a bit of time to upgrade the computer to the professional version, and it requires a reboot.
Once you have upgraded to the professional version, there are a few patching changes I’ll urge you to make. First up: Go into Settings: Update and Security, and then click on Advanced options. In this section, choose to defer feature upgrades so that you won’t receive the creators update immediately after it’s release. Next, click on “Choose how updates are delivered” and ensure that the selection for Updates for more than one place is disabled. I personally have found that using the option to share updates between other Windows 10 in your own network slows down streaming services I rely on, so I disabled this peer sharing of updates.
Next up, turn off some features that may be a bit annoying: the online tips and reminders that make messages pop on to a system. This is where it’s vital that you have the Professional version of Windows 10, as you will need access to the group policy editor. Then follow these steps:
- Tap on the Windows-key on the computer keyboard, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.
- Navigate the path Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content.
- Click on “Turn off Microsoft consumer experience”.
- Switch the status of the policy to enabled, and click ok afterwards.