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    Cleaning up Win10 is a huge topic in itself, and there's plenty of utilities which promise to conveniently/automatically do it all for you (with varying results).

    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-free...em-windows-10/

    Go through all the privacy settings (and disable whatever you like). Go through all the update settings (and disable automation as much as they allow). Make a clone/image backup of your entire system drive every now and then - especially before installing/changing drivers or major updates - it'll save you time (and stress) when you need it because sooner or later Win10 will break itself and the first thing to go seems to always be the built-in system restore tools. Make sure your backup works - that is, actually test it out by attempting to restore it before you start really using the computer - because you don't want to discover you're obstructed by some sort of technical/financial barrier when you actually need to recover your data from a busted operating system.

    Write down your Genuine Windows Product Key. On a piece of paper. So it's always available (and you can always do a clean install) even after your computer borks. Save copies (on a local drive) of every driver and update and version of anything you install. Because you can't rely on a not-working machine being able to access the internet and you never know when you'll have to rollback from something newer which doesn't work.

    You can google up all the Task Manager processes/services or startup items or countless Registry hacks to see what else you can trim out. You can replace all sorts of Microsoft components with non-Microsoft counterparts/alternatives to make things better. But not truly necessary. Note that "telemetry" is Microsoft's corporate euphemism for "spyware" and "tracking" and "datamining".

    Aways asserting manual control over the self-updating and always having some sort of working backup/recovery strategy are basically enough to avert all the very worst problems. If you let Windows (Microsoft) handle the details for you then you risk eventually running into problems at some point, it worked fine yesterday then they changed something so it doesn't work today and there's sometimes no going back.
    Last edited by Korth; 12-27-2018 at 02:41 AM.
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    ROG Member Array Simon LeBon PC Specs
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    @7styles: I also would be leaving the auto-update "feature" of windows to at least the notify but do not download until I say setting.

    As for navigation of the desktop and start menu... I would highly recommend Start 10 by stardock.

    A lot of Stardock's "all encompassing" windows utilities are bloated and using up too much system resources for my liking. BUT Start 10 does not. It's a small package that gives you access to all the things I liked best from Win7/8.

    https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    Cleaning up Win10 is a huge topic in itself, and there's plenty of utilities which promise to conveniently/automatically do it all for you (with varying results).

    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-free...em-windows-10/

    Go through all the privacy settings (and disable whatever you like). Go through all the update settings (and disable automation as much as they allow). Make a clone/image backup of your entire system drive every now and then - especially before installing/changing drivers or major updates - it'll save you time (and stress) when you need it because sooner or later Win10 will break itself and the first thing to go seems to always be the built-in system restore tools. Make sure your backup works - that is, actually test it out by attempting to restore it before you start really using the computer - because you don't want to discover you're obstructed by some sort of technical/financial barrier when you actually need to recover your data from a busted operating system.

    Write down your Genuine Windows Product Key. On a piece of paper. So it's always available (and you can always do a clean install) even after your computer borks. Save copies (on a local drive) of every driver and update and version of anything you install. Because you can't rely on a not-working machine being able to access the internet and you never know when you'll have to rollback from something newer which doesn't work.

    You can google up all the Task Manager processes/services or startup items or countless Registry hacks to see what else you can trim out. You can replace all sorts of Microsoft components with non-Microsoft counterparts/alternatives to make things better. But not truly necessary. Note that "telemetry" is Microsoft's corporate euphemism for "spyware" and "tracking" and "datamining".

    Aways asserting manual control over the self-updating and always having some sort of working backup/recovery strategy are basically enough to avert all the very worst problems. If you let Windows (Microsoft) handle the details for you then you risk eventually running into problems at some point, it worked fine yesterday then they changed something so it doesn't work today and there's sometimes no going back.
    Thank you very much for the advice and information, I appreciate your time and help.

    Hopefully my system will be up and running tomorrow if all goes well, cross fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon LeBon View Post
    @7styles: I also would be leaving the auto-update "feature" of windows to at least the notify but do not download until I say setting.

    As for navigation of the desktop and start menu... I would highly recommend Start 10 by stardock.

    A lot of Stardock's "all encompassing" windows utilities are bloated and using up too much system resources for my liking. BUT Start 10 does not. It's a small package that gives you access to all the things I liked best from Win7/8.

    https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/
    Ah, thank you for the heads up. I will definitely have to check this out, not letting windows 7 auto update was 1 thing I disabled in my last build after a certain update messed up my system and had constant crashes, thank you for your time and help.

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