More Windows 10 tips
November 4, 2016 Leave a comment
Tip #1: Switch to a Local Account
When you use Windows 10 for the first time [non-upgrade but from a store], the installation pushes you to use a Microsoft account. If you missed it [and most do] there is an option to use a local account. Your data and settings will stay as is. Any time after, you can switch to a local account with the following method:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Accounts.
- Click Your email and accounts on the left.
- Click Sign in with a local account instead.
- Enter the password for your Microsoft account to confirm that you’re authorized [and you want] to make the change, and then click the Next button.
- On the Switch To A Local Account page, enter your new local user name and password, along with a password hint.
- Click the Next button to sign out from the Microsoft account.
- Sign back in using your new local account.
Note that by doing this, it will affect some Microsoft account based applications such as Mail [if you are using Outlook/Hotmail], OneDrive, the Store, etc. You can also switch back to a Microsoft account.
Tip #2: Refuse Driver Updates
If there is a driver that isn’t working correctly after it is installed by Windows Update. You can uninstall it. but it may come back. To stop it [for a while] from coming back:
- Download a tool called the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter.
- Make an exact note of the driver name as it appears in the Device Manager before rolling back [if applicable].
- After you rolled back your driver [if applicable], run the tool.
- Follow the prompts choosing Hide Updates.
- From the list of available updates, click the driver you noted that you want to hide and then complete the troubleshooter. It will do some work before you finish.
To make that driver available later, run the troubleshooter again and choose the Show Hidden Updates option.
Tip #3: To Disable OneDrive
If you don’t intend on using OneDrive, you can disable it. Using Registry Editor, navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\OneDrive. Add a new DWORD value, DisableFileSyncNGSC, and set it to 1. Restart the PC to make the policy setting effective. [You may need to add the key.]
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Warning: Modify the registry at your own risk. If you are unfamiliar, don’t do it!