The Windows 10 “Fall Creators Update” version 1709 was released not long ago.
Chances are, if you don’t have it already, you’ll be getting it soon.
Naturally, there are some new features and stuff, but nothing that most people will get all excited about. It’s just yet another “incremental update” instead of a major upgrade.
Given my past articles on improving the privacy and security of Windows 10, what do you need to know about this new 1709 version of Windows 10?
You’re using Windows 10, minding your own business…
Suddenly, after clicking something near the system tray in the lower right corner of your screen, you are met with the weirdest desktop you’ve ever seen.
Your Start Screen tiles are displayed on your desktop, desktop icons are missing, and generally things just “look weird”.
You just accidentally enabled Tablet Mode. It’s pretty easy to both a) turn it off, and b) make it easier to turn off in the future.
You may recall a post I made a couple of years ago:
Another privacy fix, this time for Windows 7, 8, and 10
At some point after that a new update was released – and it’s not clear when since the dates on the Windows update web pages don’t seem to correspond to reality.
This new update is the same thing as the Diagnostics Tracking Service you disabled earlier, only that doesn’t matter because they changed the name and enabled it by default. SIGH…
Now they call it the “Diagnostics and Telemetry service” on their web site, but it’s listed as Connected User Experiences and Telemetry in Services on your puter.
Let’s say you upgrade the graphics card in your puter.
You fire it up, and it appears that Windows 10 is booting.
The hard drive light is blinking away, and you might even hear a startup sound, or you can see that your ethernet port light is blinking away madly.
Only trouble is, your screen is blank!
What to do, what to do?
So, you get a new puter running Windows 10.
It’s speedy, and Windows 10 doesn’t look much different than Windows 7, so life is good.
But then you notice a little problem: Many new computers come with only the standard Recycle Bin icon on the desktop.
Computer / This PC is missing, along with Network.
Getting these icons back was a piece of cake in Windows 7, but it gets slightly more complicated in Windows 10 (naturally)…
OneDrive is Microsoft’s “cloud storage” for Windows. Beginning with Windows 8, it was installed by default.
If you didn’t want it, you could easily disable it.
Beginning with Windows 10 1703 – the “Creators Update” – the story changed a bit. OneDrive seems to keep popping up over and over.
Even if you tell OneDrive not to launch on startup, and even if you close it, it will still pop up in the latest version of Windows 10 at rather inconvenient times.
Now, in the past, the Group Policy Editor or a registry hack was required… But the good news is that it’s easier than ever to make OneDrive go away for good!
By now you’ve probably heard that the latest version of Windows 10, the Creators Update, was released to the masses on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
This update is officially known as version 1703, which is supposed to represent 2017 March… And that explains why it was released in April 2017. Because, ya know, confusing people with meaningless numbers is always a good thing.
But anyway, the Creators Update is a full “upgrade” to Windows 10, which means a 3GB+ download in most cases, followed by an “upgrade install” of Windows 10 itself.
So, is it satanic? Does it work? What’s new? What about privacy concerns?
You’ve upgraded to Windows 10. All is well.
But then one day, you decide to upgrade your motherboard, processor, and RAM…
With Windows 7, you didn’t have anything to worry about. Most likely, Windows would reactivate after your upgrade, and if it didn’t, an automated phone call to Microsoft was all it took to get back up and running.
But then came Windows 10: You now have a digital entitlement, which then changed to a digital license, which means… ??? Furthermore, until recently your ONLY option was to reinstall everything.
So how the heck do you reactivate Windows 10 after a major hardware upgrade?
One of the best features ever in Windows is hibernation. You may never even have heard of this feature, but it’s one you should definitely know about – and use!
Of course, everyone is familiar with “Sleep mode”, and it’s probably what you’re already using. But there are certain advantages to hibernation, especially on laptops.
But what exactly is hibernation? How is it different than Sleep?
And most of all, why should you use it?
Everybody wants their Windows puter to start up faster.
We all know how painful it is to wait around for days while Windows reboots after applying updates, for example.
Of course, the #1 way to make your whole puter faster is to upgrade to an SSD.
But even with a super-fast SSD, Windows can still start to boot more slowly over time. Why? Startup programs!
So, how do you quickly and easily disable crap that runs at startup?