From the moment that Windows 10 was released, people started complaining that their bootup times were more sluggish than with previous versions of Windows. If you’re plagued by a lethargic Windows 10 startup, there’s a simple fix: use a feature called Fast Startup.
With Fast Startup, when you shut down your PC, it closes your applications and logs off all users, but loads the Windows kernel and drivers to a hibernation file on your hard disk. Then, when you restart your PC, Windows loads the kernel and drivers from the hibernation file, speeding up startup.
Here’s how to turn it on:
1. Right-click the Start button and select Power Options from the menu that appears.
2. Click “Additional power settings” on the right side of the screen.
3. Click “Choose what the Power buttons do.”
4. From the screen that appears, click “Change Settings that are currently unavailable.”
5. On the screen that appears, check the box next to “Turn on fast startup (recommended).”
6. Click “Save changes.”
That’s all it takes. Note that on some machines Fast Startup isn’t enabled. If that’s the case with yours, you won’t see the “Turn on Fast Startup (recommended)” entry.
It’s easy to turn up Fast Startup in order to speed up your bootup time.
Protect your privacy
There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers far too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft’s operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we’re here to help. Here’s how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.
Turn off ad tracking
At the top of many people’s privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person’s interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads (resulting in the current popularity of ad blockers). Windows 10 does this with the use of an advertising ID. The ID doesn’t just gather information about you when you browse the web, but also when you use Windows 10 apps.
You can turn that advertising ID off if you want. Launch the Windows 10 Settings app (by clicking on the Start button at the lower-left corner of your screen) and go to Privacy > General. There you’ll see a list of choices under the title “Change privacy options”; the first controls the advertising ID. Move the slider from On to Off. You’ll still get ads delivered to you, but they’ll be generic ones rather than targeted ones, and your interests won’t be tracked.
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