[Guide] Things to Do After Installing Feature Update in Windows 10
“Feature Updates” for Windows 10 operating system work like service packs which bring new features, UI changes, enhancements and improvements to the OS. Microsoft has released many feature updates for Windows 10 in past and the company will keep releasing feature updates for Windows 10 in future as they are working on the twice-per-year release schedule for these feature updates. So basically 2 feature updates will be released for Windows 10 every year, one feature update will be released in March/April and the other will be released in September/October. The release timings might change if a release update is not ready for public release due to some known bugs, incomplete features, etc.
If you are using Windows 10 operating system in your device, it’s very important to upgrade to the latest feature update as it fixes security issues, bugs, etc and also comes with improvements to stability and performance. So its always advised to install the new feature update as soon as it becomes available to public.
Once you install new feature update in your Windows 10 machine, it may change your customized settings and may add new settings and options. So it becomes very important to review settings and many other things after installing a feature update in Windows 10.
Today in this article, we are going to list some must do things which you should definitely do after installing and upgrading to a new feature update in Windows 10.
If you have also installed a feature update in Windows 10 or if you are planning to install a feature update, you must follow this guide to get more privacy, super fast performance and to troubleshoot any issues you encounter after upgrading to feature update.
1. Review Privacy Settings
Many Windows 10 users are always worried about the data collection and telemetry features of Windows 10 as the OS might collect some diagnostics data and send it to Microsoft servers to make the OS more reliable and perfect. The collected data is basic and doesn’t contain any private information but still many people are concerned about the privacy issues.
That’s why Microsoft provides a standalone “Privacy” page in Settings app to change and customize privacy features in Windows 10.
It’s possible that after installing a feature update your predefined privacy settings are restored to default or changed. It’s also possible that some new privacy settings are implemented in Privacy page to provide the users better control over their privacy.
That’s why the first thing you should do after upgrading to a new feature update, is review your privacy settings and set them according to your requirements.
To get maximum privacy in Windows 10, following tutorial will help you:
2. Disable Advertisements, Suggestions and Tips
Windows 10 shows apps advertisements, useful suggestions and tips in Settings app, Windows Explorer, Start Menu, Lock Screen, Action Center, etc. Sometimes these ads and recommendations might annoy you.
You must review all settings related to ads and suggestions after installing a feature update as it may overwrite previous settings.
3. Disable Unnecessary Services and Improve Windows 10 Performance
New feature updates bring new services and having running too many services in background might slow down your machine. That’s why its always recommended to disable unnecessary services to speed up your computer and improve overall performance.
Once you install a feature update, visit following tutorial to make your Windows 10 machine super fast:
The above mentioned tutorial provides some registry tweaks to speed up your computer, guides you to turn off unnecessary animations effects and allows you to improve performance of your Windows 10 machine.
4. Uninstall and Remove Unwanted Modern (UWP) Apps
New feature updates bring new UWP (also known as modern, metro or Store) apps. Most of these apps are not used by normal Windows 10 users. If you don’t like some apps, you can uninstall them from your Windows 10 machine.
Many people like me always prefer to remove all these modern apps with the help of a single PowerShell command.
You can uninstall and remove all or some of these UWP apps with the help of following tutorial:
5. Restore Classic Programs and User Interface
Windows 10 comes with new modern apps which replace classic programs such as Windows Photo Viewer, MS Paint, Calculator, etc. If you restored classic programs and UI elements, its possible that a new feature update overwrite those changes and restore new modern apps.
So check out following tutorials to restore classic programs and user interface after upgrading to feature updates:
- [Tip] Restoring “Windows Photo Viewer” as Default in Windows 10
- [Tip] Restoring Classic Programs and User Interface in Windows 10
- [Windows 10 Tip] Restoring Classic Control Panel Shortcut in Win+X Menu
- [Tip] Restore Command Prompt Shortcut in Win+X Menu in Windows 10
- [Windows 10 Tip] Restore “Open Command Window Here” Option in Shift+Right-Click Menu
- [Windows 10 Tip] Restore Classic Windows 7 Style Context Menus in Explorer and Desktop
- [Tip] Disable Dark Modern Context Menu and Restore Classic Context Menu in Taskbar
6. Fix Automatic Windows Update Problem
Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs new updates and doesn’t allow users to disable or manually download the updates.
If you have installed a new feature update in Windows 10, set the automatic updates to manual again with the help of following tutorial to save your Internet connection bandwidth:
7. Remove Extra Folders and Items from “This PC” Window
Windows 10 shows some extra folders such as 3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos at the top of “This PC” window. These extra folders can be removed with the help of a simple registry tweak but new feature updates may restore these extra folders.
So if you upgrade to a new feature update, don’t forget to remove these extra folders again from “This PC” window using following tutorial:
8. Remove Graphics Card’s Driver Context Menu Options
After upgrading to a new feature update, Windows Update might install new compatible drivers for your graphics card which may add new entries to your Desktop context menu such as “Graphics Properties”, “Graphics Options”, etc.
These extra options in Desktop context menu cause the context menu loading slower and looking ugly.
You can get rid of these unnecessary context menu entries with the help of following tutorial:
9. Free Up Disk Space Using Disk Cleanup
When you install a new feature update, it creates a backup of previous Windows version in C: drive so that you can restore the previous Windows version if needed.
If you don’t want to downgrade to previous Windows 10 version, you can remove those backup files and get a few extra GB free space on your hard disk.
To remove the previous Windows version files and other temporary files, visit following tutorial:
10. Clean Up Context Menus
Windows 10 newer feature updates add several new options to context menus (right-click menus). You can remove extra unwanted options to make the context menus clean and compact.
Following tutorials will help you in removing such extra context menu options:
- [Windows 10 Tip] Remove “Edit With Photos” Option from Image Context Menu
- [Windows 10 Tip] Remove “Edit with Paint 3D” Option from Image Context Menu
- [Windows 10 Tip] Remove “3D Print with 3D Builder” Option from Image Context Menu
- [Windows Tip] Remove “Share With” or “Give Access to” Option from Context Menu
- [Windows Tip] Remove “Customize This Folder” Option from Context Menu
- [Windows Tip] Remove “Restore Previous Versions” Option from Context Menu
11. Get Colors on Program Windows Titlebars
By default Windows 10 uses White color in titlebars of all program windows. You can get colorized titlebars with the help of following tutorials:
12. Troubleshoot Problems and Issues After Installing Feature Update
You may encounter various issues and problems after upgrading to new feature update such as Internet connection not working, display problem, restart/shutdown problem, etc.
You can fix several known issues with the help of following tutorials:
- [Windows 10 Fix] “The User Name or Password is Incorrect” Error Message After Restart
- [Windows 10 Fix] Apps Icons are Missing in Start Menu after Installing Feature Update
- Guide to Fix All Kind of Network and Internet Connections Problems in Windows
- [Fix] Start Menu and Taskbar Icons Not Working in Windows 10
- [Fix] “Show Most Used Apps” Option Grayed Out in Windows 10 Start Settings
- [Fix] Can’t Type @ and Other Symbols, Incorrect Character Appears on Screen
- [Fix] Bold, Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1 / 10
- Fix Restart and Shutdown Problems by Disabling “Hybrid Shutdown” Feature
- Fix Annoying Folder View Type Change Problem in Windows
- Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline without Internet Connection
- Change Context Menu (Right-Click Menu) Position from Left to Right
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