How to Reduce Windows 10 Data Usage by Disabling or Restricting Automatic Updates

Windows 10 is designed to connect always and stay up to date. It will consume much more data compared to other windows versions. You can check the Apps data usage too.

Windows 10 Automatic updates plays major role in the Data Usage. It consumes a lot.

Follow these few tricks to avoid more data usage in Windows 10.

Disable Automatic updates by setting your Wifi connection as metered connection from Settings app

  1. Open Settings app, Click Network & Internet.
  2. Click Advanced Options to show the list of Wifi connections
  3. Click to Enable Set as metered connection.

Disable or Restrict Automatic updates from Group Policy

  1. Open Run dialog box by pressing Winkey+R
  2. Type the following and press enter
    gpedit.msc
  3. Open,
    Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update
  4. Double Click “Configure Automatic Updates” to open it.
  5. You can set Disabled to Disable Automatic Updates completely. Completely disabling is not recommended by Microsoft.
  6. You can have the other options with Enabled setting like,
    a) Notify for download and notify for install
    b) Auto download and notify for install
    c) Auto download and schedule the install
    d) Allow local admin to choose setting

By using these settings you can take control of your Data in Windows 10 Automatic Update. But don’t forget to check the Data Usage. It gives a clear view about which Apps consumes more data.

 

How to Remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu

If you don’t like the new Windows 10 Tiles in the Start menu you can remove them one by one or all.

Click Start button to open the start menu. Right Click on any Tile you want to remove and click Unpin from start.

You can do this to all Tiles one by one to remove all the Tiles. Then your Start menu will be look like old Classic Windows Start menu style.

 

How to Set Access Time Limits Locally for an User Account in Windows 10

You can set Time limit for an User account in Windows 10. You can set the User can use computer on Particular Day and Particular time periods.

Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode.

This is the basic command for setting Time limit for a User account.

net user <useraccountname> /time:<day>, <time>

Replace <useraccountname> with your User account you want set Time limit.

Replace <day> with the day user can access. It can be full day format (Sunday) or short day format (Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa).

Replace <time> with the time range. (3pm-4pm).

 

Examples:
This sets user john to access the computer on sunday, from 9AM to 9PM.

net user john /time:Su,9am-9pm

This sets user donald to access the computer from monday to friday, from 9AM to 6PM.

net user donald /time:M-F, 9AM-6PM

This sets user gates to access the computer on specific days and specific times. Multiple time range can be specified using semicolon “;” .

net user gates /time:M,9AM-6PM; Sa,9AM-9PM;

If you want to remove all the time restrictions, type the following,

net user bill /time:all

 

 

How to Always Start your Microsoft Internet Explorer in Private Browsing mode

Follow these easy steps to start your Microsoft Internet Explorer always in Private Browsing mode.

  1. Open the shortcut properties by Right Click on the shortcut icon.
  2. This icon may found in Taskbar (May Right Click again) or Desktop or Startmenu.
  3. Click Shortcut Tab in the Properties window.
  4. In the Target box, it will show the actual executable file location.
  5. Add the following at the end of the Target location.
    -private
  6. Target location may end up with iexplore.exe. put a space and add -private (Single hyphen).
  7. Click Ok button to close the properties window.
  8. Now your Microsoft Internet Explorer will always open in Private Browsing mode.
  9. If you want to revert, just go to the shortcut properties just before and remove that -private, and leave the rest in the Target box.

How to Always Start your Google Chrome in Incognito Mode (Private Browsing)

Follow these easy steps to open your Google chrome always in Incognito mode (Private Browsing).

  1. Open the shortcut properties by Right Click on the shortcut icon.
  2. This icon may found in Taskbar (May Right Click again) or Desktop or Startmenu.
  3. Click Shortcut Tab in the Properties window.
  4. In the Target box, it will show the actual executable file location.
  5. Add the following at the end of the Target location.
    --incognito
  6. Target location may end up with chrome.exe. put a space and add –incognito (Double hyphen is mandatory).
  7. Click Ok button to close the properties window.
  8. Now your Google chrome will always open in Incognito mode.
  9. If you want to revert, just go to the shortcut properties just before and remove that –incognito, and leave the rest in the Target box.

How to Always Start your Firefox in Private Browsing Window

If you want to start your Firefox always in Private Browsing mode, follow these easy steps.

  1. Open Options by clicking menu firefox-menu-button.png.png button. or Simply press alt then t then o.
  2. Click Privacy from the side menu.
  3. Under the History heading, by default it will show
    Firefox will : Remember History
  4. Change it to
    Use custom settings for History
  5. Put a check mark in the option,
    Always use private browsing mode
  6. Now Firefox will ask for Restart. Click Ok button to restart.
  7. From now on Firefox will always open in private browsing. As always you can change the option to start normal browsing in future by just uncheck the above option.

How to get the List of All Installed Programs in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Its always better to have list of All Installed programs. It will be useful at the time of system reinstall or system upgrade. Without this installed programs list, you may need to hardly remember every software you installed before.

Follow these easy steps to get the Installed programs list in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

  1. Open “PowerShell” by clicking startmenu and type “powershell” in the search box.
  2. Click “Windows Powershell” in the list.
  3. Powershell will be opened like colored command prompt.
  4. Type the following the powershell and press enter.
    Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize
  5. It will show the list of All Installed programs on the computer.
  6. If you want to save this list to text file, simply type the following command just like doing in command prompt. Saving the screen output to text file by adding “> filename.txt” at the end of the command. Choose the file directory other than OS installed directory. It may not work with the OS installed directory due to write permissions.
    Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion, Publisher, InstallDate | Format-Table –AutoSize > d:\installedprograms.txt
  7.  Now the list of Installed Programs will be in text format in d:\installedprograms.txt file.

How to Type Symbols, Accents and Emoji on a Mac

To type a Accent or symbol or emoji, you need to Hold until the special character popup menu is displayed.

If you hold a key, It will show a pop up menu with special characters and below of that it will show numbers from 1 to no. of the characters.

You can type that dulled number for your chosen character. After pressed the number you can see the symbol shown on the screen.

 

Repeat the Special Symbol again.

While holding the key and typed using the corresponding number, if you want to repeat that symbol again means just press space-bar or any symbol (like hypen or =). This action will repeat the special characters or symbols as per you space-bar touches.

How to hide or remove “Get Windows 10” white icon from Notification Area in Taskbar

There are no hide options available with the “Get Windows 10” white windows logo icon. It will only show options like how to Get Windows 10, check your PC Compatibility for Windows 10 etc.

Follow these easy steps to hide/remove “Get Windows 10” white Windows logo icon.

  1. Open Control Panel. Click Windows Update.
  2. Click change setting, On the Important Updates section the option should not be “Install Updates automatically (Recommended)”.
  3. You may choose “Download Updates but let me choose whether to install them” or “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” option.
  4. Click Ok button to return back to Windows Update screen.
  5. Click “Installed Updates” which may found in the bottom left corner.
  6. Find the Update named “KB3035583”. It may look like “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)”.
  7. After selecting that update, click Uninstall.
  8. After uninstall it will ask for Restart. Click Restart now.
  9. After a while Windows will show you a “New update available” notification.
  10. Check the new update list for “KB3035583”.
  11. If found, right click on the update item and click Hide Update Option. Then only it will not come again.
  12. After hide, you may change the update setting to Automatic (refer 2 and 3).

How to change the Color of Taskbar, Startmenu and Windows Borders in Windows 10

By default, Start menu, Taskbar and Windows border color will be dark grey. You can change this default color to your desired color.

  1. Open Settings App.
  2. Click Personalization.
  3. Click Colors.
  4. Choose an accent color or have the option to choose accent color automatically from background image.
  5. Click Show color on Start, Taskbar and Action Center.
  6. Choose your desired color.
  7. You can also make Startmenu or Start screen to look like transparent.