How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10Time: Jan. 6, 2020
Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues, from unpredictable reboots to Cortana. Here's how to fix some of the more irritating quirks with Microsoft's latest operating system.
Stop Auto Reboots
If you don't reboot your PC after an update, Windows 10 eventually takes it upon itself to reboot for you.
Take advantage of a feature called Active Hours, which lets you schedule a time for reboots.
Instead of automatically installing big feature updates, you'll see an option in the Windows Update settings to download and install the update at your leisure.
Prevent Sticky Keys
If you hit the Shift key five times in a row in Windows, you activate Sticky Keys, a Windows feature that allows for keyboard shortcuts where you hit one key at a time instead of simultaneously.
If you activate it without knowing—you'd have to hit "yes" in a dialog box without thinking, but it happens—it can be seriously annoying.
Click the "Disable this keyboard shortcut in Ease of Access Keyboard Settings" and uncheck the box next to "Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times.
Calm the UAC Down
Type UAC into the Windows 10 search box to get Change User Account Control Settings.
The screen presents a slider with four levels of security, from never notify to always notify.
Pick one of the middle options; the second from the bottom notifies you without the dimming scare tactic.
With that option, you'll still get a dialog box confirmation with a yes/no option when you install things.
Use a PIN, Not a Password
The PIN, which is only numerals—no mixed case letters or special characters—might not sound very secure.
Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and click the Add button under PIN. Enter the PIN you want and restart to try it.
If you've already got a PIN, you'll see options to change it, remove it, or click "I forgot my PIN" to recover it.
Hide or Disable Cortana
First, there is the option to hide Cortana: just right-click the Taskbar and select Cortana > Hidden.
The search box disappears.
No More Notifications
You either love notifications or hate the distraction.
Go into Settings > System > Notifications & Actions.
Turn off all the toggle switches for individual apps, especially the ones you find most annoying.
Or click on the App name in the list for even more granular control—get notifications from one app on the lock screen.
Or turn off sounds for all but one notifier. Play with the settings to get it just right.