5 Things You’ll Hate About Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

You may find yourself thinking Windows 10 would be perfect if only . . . (insert your pet peeve here). If you find yourself thinking (or saying) those words frequently, read this list. Here, you find not only a list of five of the most aggravating things about Windows 10 but also the best ways you can fix them.

You don’t want a Microsoft account

Microsoft wants everybody to sign in with a Microsoft account. To Microsoft’s credit, Windows 10 is much easier to use with a Microsoft account. Many services require one. Without a Microsoft account, you miss out on the handy OneDrive online storage space, as well as downloading new apps from the Store. Your child even needs to sign in with a Microsoft account if you want to track his computer usage.

But if you don’t want a Microsoft account, you don’t need one. Just sign up for a Local account instead. However, Local account holders limit themselves to the “old school” world of life on the desktop. For many people, the desktop works just fine.

A Local account lets you use your desktop and desktop programs, just as they’ve worked on Windows 7 and earlier Windows versions.

You’ll just have to avert your eyes whenever you see the OneDrive entry built‐in to the desktop’s File Explorer.

Windows makes you sign in all the time

The power‐conscious Windows normally blanks your screen when you haven’t touched a key for a few minutes. And, when you belatedly press a key to bring the screen back to life, you’re faced with the lock screen.

To move past the lock screen, you need to type your password to sign back in to your account.

Some people prefer that extra level of security. If the lock screen kicks in while you’re spending too much time at the water cooler, you’re protected: Nobody can walk over and snoop through your email.

Other people don’t need that extra security, and they simply want to return to work quickly. Here’s how to accommodate both camps:

To keep Windows from asking for a password whenever it wakes back up, follow these steps:

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  1. Click the Start button, and click the Settings icon. The Settings app appears.
  2. Click the Accounts icon from the Settings app, and click Sign-in Options from the left panel.
  3. Click the Require Sign-In Options drop-down menu, and change it to Never.

Taking these steps leaves you with a more easy‐going Windows. When your computer wakes up from sleep, you’re left at the same place where you stopped working, and you don’t have to enter your password anymore.

Unfortunately, it also leaves you with a less‐secure Windows. Anybody who walks by your computer will have access to all your files.

To return to the safer‐but‐less‐friendly Windows, follow these same steps, but in Step 3, select the When PC Wakes Up From Sleep option. Your changes take place immediately.

If you hate signing in, you’re a perfect candidate for Windows Hello. Instead of having to type in a name and password, you simply slide your finger over a fingerprint reader. Windows immediately greets you, and lets you in.

The Taskbar keeps disappearing

The taskbar is a handy Windows feature that usually squats along the bottom of your desktop. Sometimes, unfortunately, it up and wanders off into the woods. Here are a few ways to track it down and bring it home.

If your taskbar suddenly clings to the side of the screen — or even the ceiling — try dragging it back in place: Instead of dragging an edge, drag the entire taskbar from its middle. As your mouse pointer reaches your desktop’s bottom edge, the taskbar suddenly snaps back into place. Let go of the mouse and you’ve recaptured it.

Follow these tips to prevent your taskbar from wandering:

  • To keep the taskbar locked in place so that it won’t float away, right‐click a blank part of the taskbar and select Lock the Taskbar. Remember, though, that before you can make any future changes to the taskbar, you must first unlock it.
  • If your taskbar drops from sight whenever the mouse pointer doesn’t hover nearby, turn off the taskbar’s Auto Hide feature: Right‐click a blank part of the taskbar and choose Settings from the pop‐up menu. When the Taskbar settings page appears, turn off the toggle switch called Automatically Hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode. (Another toggle keeps the taskbar from hiding in Tablet mode, as well.)

You can’t line up two windows on the screen

With its arsenal of dragging‐and‐dropping tools, Windows simplifies grabbing information from one window and copying it to another. You can drag an address from an address book and drop it atop a letter in your word processor, for example.

However, the hardest part of dragging and dropping comes when you’re lining up two windows on the screen, side by side, to swap information between them.

Windows offers a simple way to align windows for easy dragging and dropping:

  1. Drag one window against a left, right, top, or bottom edge.

    When your mouse pointer touches the screen’s edge, the window reshapes itself to fill half the screen.

    Windows 10 also lets you drag windows to corners, which is your way of telling the windows to reshape themselves to fill one‐quarter of the screen. By dragging a window into each corner, you can align four windows neatly on the screen.

  2. Drag the other window against the opposing edge.

    When your mouse pointer reaches the other edge, the two windows are aligned side by side.

You can also minimize all the windows except for the two you want to align side by side. Then right‐click a blank spot on the taskbar and choose Show Windows Side By Side. The two windows line up on the screen perfectly.

Try dragging windows to each position on the desktop, including the corners, so you’ll be prepared when you need to view several files onscreen simultaneously.

Windows 10 won’t let you do something unless you’re an administrator

Windows gets really picky about who gets to do what on your computer. The computer’s owner gets the Administrator account. And the administrator usually gives everybody else a Standard account. What does that mean? Well, only the administrator can do the following things on the computer:

  • Install programs.
  • Create or change accounts for other people.
  • Start an Internet connection.
  • Install some hardware, such as digital cameras and MP3 players.
  • Perform actions affecting other people on the PC.

People with Standard accounts, by nature, are limited to fairly basic activities. They can do these things:

  • Run previously installed programs.
  • Change their account’s picture and password.

If Windows says only an administrator may do something on your PC, you have two choices: Find an administrator to type his or her password and authorize the action, or convince an administrator to upgrade your account to an Administrator account.