Windows 10 Tricks

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Windows 10 is the worst version of Windows I've seen as far as user interface and customization is concerned. The following tips will help you bypass some of its many, many shortcomings.

Classic Start Menu

The start menu in Windows 10 is an absolute mess and it there is very little in the way of customization. To make it usable again, download and install Classic Shell.

Hide Windows Notifications

In previous versions of Windows, you could move the notifications icon into the hidden fold, Windows 10 has removed this ability. Notifications are now also populated with advertisements for shitty Microsoft products. If anyone figures out a way to hide this, let me know.

Set a Default Folder Style

In File Explorer -> Folder Options -> View -> Apply to Folder, Windows claims to allow you to set a default icon view (details, list, large icons, etc.) for all folders. As far as I can tell, the Apply to Folders and Reset Folders buttons do nothing and haven't done anything since Windows XP when they last worked. If anyone can find a way to get it to work, please let me know.

Setting a Custom Background Color

Windows 10 eliminated the ability to choose a custom background color and instead forces you to pick from one of their approved colors, none of which is suitable for a background. Thankfully, they forgot to removed the Windows 7 dialog which can be opened with the following Run command:

control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper

Re-Enable Volume Per Application

Windows 10 removed one of the few decent features of Windows 7, the ability to adjust volume per application from the taskbar volume interface. To re-enable it, do the following:

  1. Open RegEdit
  2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
  3. If there isn't a key named MTCUVC, create one.
  4. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it EnableMTCUVC.
  5. Reboot.
  6. The taskbar volume control will allow you to change volume per application again.

Turn Off UAC (User Account Control)

Microsoft assumes that the default Windows user is incompetent (probably a safe bet) and pops an annoying nag message before you do pretty much anything. To turn this off:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Select Security and Maintenance.
  3. On the left side, click Change User Account Control settings.
  4. Drop the slider all the way to the bottom.
  5. Give a middle finger to Microsoft's "Not recommended" warning.

Turn Off Admin Nag Message For File Access

Even with UAC entirely off, Windows 10 feels it necessary to require a nag message every time you modify files outside if your user folder. To turn this off entirely, do the following:

  1. Open RegEdit.
  2. Drill down to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. In the right pane look for EnableLUA and modify its value to 0.
  4. Close RegEdit, reboot.