Miscellaneous computer tips – Volume 6

Disabling the opening screen in Windows 10

One of the announces that some have regarding Windows 10 is that you have to flick a screen in order to get to the actual login screen. The following will allow you to go directly to the login screen:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
“NoLockScreen”=dword:00000001

As usual, when modifying the registry, be careful and back up the registry first. Use at your own risk.

Managing small SSD drives

Some computers these days are shipping with a combination of SSD and large capacity mechanical data drives. A great idea, but it does require a bit more management, particularly when it comes to where to install new applications. In most cases, you will want new applications installed on the larger data drive, not the smaller capacity solid-state boot drive which may be too small.

To change the default drive for applications in Windows 10, click the Start Button and navigate to PC Settings -> System -> Storage. From this screen you can change the default locations for apps, documents, music, pictures, and video.

An alternative to this is to place your data [Office documents, pictures, music, etc.] on a mechanical data drive. For the primary data folders [such as My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc.] you can change the default location by doing the following:

  1. Go to c:\users\<yourname>. This is your profile folder.
  2. Right click on one of the primary data folders mention and select Properties.
  3. Click on the Location tab.
  4. In the field, if [for example] changing the My Music folder replace c:\users\<yourname>\My Music with [for example] d:\music.
  5. Click on the Apply and agree to the verification window.

Depending on how much data you have in that folder, it could take seconds to quite a long time [particularly if copying to another drive].

Tip: If setting up a new computer, change the default folders first.

Tip: I like to embed My Pictures, My Videos, My Music, and My Favorites inside My Documents [example: D:\My Documents\My Pictures]. So you just need to [hopefully] back up just that folder.

Warning: Some folders inside your profile should not be move. Restrict to just the major data ones.

I am used a 240GB SSD in my main system along with two larger mechanical data drives. As long as you do not use the SSD for any data storage, you are fine. I’ve had this setup for 5+ years. Excluding swap and hibernation files [latter because of my UPS], I am at 45% free. My Documents and related are on a mechanical data drive.

Extending Sent To Menu

When you are working in File Explorer and you right-click a file and navigate to the Send To Menu item, you’ll see a small list of suggested places where you can send the file. If you Shift + right-click that file instead and then navigate to the Send To Menu item, you will be shown a much more extensive list of places where you can send that file.

 

They complain but few do anything

I still find it funny when I go through various blog/news site how people whine about some blunder cause by some company.

For example, with Windows 10 “Anniversary Update” [a.k.a. Redstone 1, build 1393, v1607], there seems to be two major issues.

In one issue with certain configuration, Windows 10 will freeze. Although no definite reason, seems it affects some SSD configurations.

In the second issue, web cams are not functional. This is due to a new service that allows more than one application to use the web cam at the same time. This doesn’t affect all web cams.

Microsoft is investigating both and have mentioned that an update to correct at least the web cam issue will be available in September [they don’t say when actually].

But reading through the blogs/new sites and you really see how some people are either unclear of issues or maybe have temper problems or other issues.

You have some people who post something like “Why do I bother using crap from Microsoft?” Good point, maybe the writer should switch to a Mac or Linux. Or maybe “How come this was never tested by Microsoft?” Microsoft does testing but they also rely on the Windows Insider and other testers.

With the number of different permutations out there [the sheer number of store purchased and self-built systems], there is no way Microsoft can test every one of them [and in some cases even with Windows Insider help]. That said, Apple’s Mac world is fairly closed and yet they still have software problems as well.

How many people will have say a self-built system that has 64GB of RAM, two Xeon processors, and multiple SSDs and end up with some major bug? Not many.

What these whiners fail to remember is that Windows 10 had a reported 1 million testers through the Windows Insider program [although how many really tested or just installed a beta copy to see what it looks like and how the builds are progressing]. Having that many testers should of uncovered issues such as the two mentioned as there should be enough people who have a similar setup.

But I guess there is a possibility that the issue never came up.

Maybe the whiners should join the Windows Insider program to see if their system will work fine – although I am suspecting that some may not even have Windows 10! They like to whine.