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All the useless Windows 10 features that Microsoft should remove



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It's the year 201

9, and Windows 10 has too many useless and annoying features. Do not get me wrong: Windows 10 has gotten better and I like it a lot compared to Windows 8. But some things just have to go The Windows 10 taskbar is on by default. Click on it, and you can chat with people through various services. You can even pin your favorite contacts to the taskbar and access them with one click on your favorite people!

That's the way it should work. In fact, My People has very few services integrated: In the standard Windows installation, it only works with Mail and Skype. People are expected to integrate with other Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Teams, LinkedIn, Yammer, and Xbox Live Chat, but you would be wrong. It does not even work with the SMS features built into your phone application. Is the Windows 10 app from Facebook integrated into the app? Of course not.

Microsoft has not even taken My People for its services. Therefore, it is not surprising that only a handful of apps have been integrated. The list of available My People apps in the store is tiny and extremely sad. Microsoft needs to remove this feature. Fortunately, Windows 10 users can disable the People icon by then.

The 3D objects folder nobody uses

I do not know anything about you, but I'm sick of seeing the "3D Objects" folder under "This PC" in File Explorer. How many Windows 10 users actually use this folder? Is it really that important?

The 3D Objects folder was added to Windows 10 as part of Microsoft's 3D obsession in the days of Creators Update, as Windows 10 also included features such as "Paint 3D" and "Mixed Reality" (actually just "Virtual Reality ") received support for 3D printers. Microsoft had the idea to convert Minecraft worlds into 3D models and then print them.

These features are cool but not important to most PC users. At least you can easily uninstall apps like Paint 3D. You must use a registry hack to hide the 3D Objects folder.

Thanks to telemetry, Microsoft needs to know how many users are using this feature – and it can not be many. Microsoft said it had removed the Windows 8 start button because it was underused, but the 3D Objects folder was still around?

The new Microsoft Edge tab is a mess. By default, it appears as a newsfeed with Clickbait articles on the richest celebrities in the world, credit card offers, shopping cart advertising, and information on dental implants.

You can hide the newsfeed, but it's full of junk and I wish Microsoft would remove it altogether. No luck: The newsfeed is already part of the New Tab page in the new Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge. Ouch.

All ads. So, so many ads

While Windows 10 has gotten better in many ways, the ads are constantly increasing. Each update seems to add a new form of advertising to Windows users. Microsoft may have labeled Google "Scroogled" as an advertising-centric company, but Windows 10 offers more integrated advertising than Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.

The lock screen, the taskbar, and the toolbar display ads in your notifications. Ads appear in bubbles on the taskbar, and Cortana will grab your attention. Banner ads appear in File Explorer, and Standard Live tiles advertise apps and games that Microsoft wants to sell you. It's just too much and disabling this ad is a scavenger hunt.

It is more annoying that many of these ads are embedded in useful features. Do not you want to watch video game promotions on your lock screen? You must disable the pretty wallpaper provided by Windows Spotlight. When Huawei does, it's a scandal that makes people upset. If Microsoft does this, it works as usual.

At least Microsoft has reset ads in the email app.

RELATED: Disabling All Integrated Windows 10 Advertising

Bing Searching The Way

Attacking Cortana would be easy. Microsoft is already withdrawing Cortana and simplifying the integration of Windows 10 with other language assistants such as Alexa. It's okay.

The following really stands in the way: Bing search in the start menu. Would you like to see search suggestions and even embedded Bing web pages when you browse your system from the Start menu? Does the Start menu require a SafeSearch option that allows you to view "adult images" from the Internet in your Start menu?

Bing is often in the way. Sometimes you browse your system and Windows returns only web-based results, not applications, settings, and files in your system.

You can disable this built-in Bing search in the original versions of Windows 10, but Microsoft has removed this option. The Bing department needs more users.

It is still possible to disable Bing in the Start menu, but you need to do some registry hacks. It should only take a few clicks.

RELATED: Disabling Bing in the Windows 10 Start Menu

The Messy Timeline

The Windows 10 Timeline is in the Task View UI, which makes the simple view of your open windows and desktops more confusing and complex.

Activities ", which displays which files, applications, and Web sites you used at specific dates and times. You can return to the tasks that you previously performed. It even syncs between your devices and your Microsoft account, so you can resume tasks you've performed on their PCs. Microsoft has even extended the timeline to phones.

If that sounds pretty complicated, so it is. Not every application has integrated, and that makes it even more complicated. Chrome does not display any webpages you visited in the timeline. Many other apps will not show any activities and files you've run that you've opened in the timeline. Why open a confusing UI that may not contain what you're looking for?

Even though the timeline was very useful, there is no way to hide some applications from the timeline, so they may be cluttered with things that do not work. More control would be nice if this were a serious feature.

Sure, maybe some people love Timeline. But it feels like another half-hearted Windows feature that does not have enough applications built in – just like My People does. Luckily, you can disable the timeline and clean up the Task View UI.

S-mode, whose flight would have cost you $ 50

Can Microsoft give up S-mode? S-mode is the successor of Windows 10 S, which was used in the 8 days of Windows RT. They all have one thing in common: nobody wanted them. Who wants a Windows PC that does not run standard Windows applications?

As with his successors, you can only install software from the store on a S-mode PC. Some PCs are in S-mode: Microsoft's original Surface Laptop and the Surface Go.

S-mode has a few other ridiculous limitations: on an S-mode PC, you can not change your default search engine from Bing to Google or any other search engine. Even Apple's Safari on an iPad makes that possible! Even "Windows 8.1 with Bing" did not force you to use Bing.

Luckily, you can leave the S mode. Initially, Microsoft planned to charge $ 50 for the convenience of leaving Windows 10 S, with the cost of those PCs increasing by $ 50 for anyone who needs to install their own software. Thankfully, Microsoft has backed down. You can now leave the S-mode for free, although bugs are sometimes in the way.

Candy Crush Saga (They knew it was coming)

Without Candy Crush Saga FarmVille 2 and all other games that Microsoft installs by default, there is no list of useless trash completely days ago.

I can now hear the answer from Redmond: "Aha!", They say. "We have you! These are not part of Windows 10 – they are actually downloaded after setting up Windows 10. Many are just tiles that download the apps after you click them." They're in Windows 10 not included! "

Whether you include them in Windows 10 or download them automatically after you set up Windows 10 does not matter to most users. They are even automatically downloaded to Windows 10 Professional for you to enjoy, even if you spend $ 200 on your operating system. They are part of the Microsoft Consumer Experience, which only Windows 10 Enterprise and Education users can disable.

Beyond gaming, the Microsoft Consumer Experience was used to automatically push applications such as the Keeper Password Manager created by a company that sued a journalist who wrote about his security vulnerabilities to the PCs of Windows 10 users. Maybe we should be happy if Candy Crush is the worst.

Can you please stop installing apps on our PCs without asking, Microsoft?

Technically gone: The solitaire game filled with advertising

Do you remember when Microsoft removed the popular Solitaire game from Windows and replaced it with a new Solitaire game with 30-second video ads and a subscription fee to disable?

I would want Microsoft to remove the Microsoft Solitaire Collection from Windows, but it somehow has. It is now an optional download in the store, which helps Microsoft to avoid criticizing the delivery of an integrated card game with subscription.

The price has even risen over time! At startup, Microsoft charged $ 1.49 a month, or $ 9.99 a year. Now, Microsoft charges $ 1.99 per month, or $ 14.99 per year. Really, Microsoft?

Microsoft Minesweeper also has a separate subscription. When you pay for a Solitaire subscription, you will not receive a premium subscription to the Microsoft Solitaire apps for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Large.

I still wish Microsoft would replace Solitaire with a more classic experience that is not full of ads and subscriptions. Does every little bit of Windows need aggressive monetization?

We currently host our own ad-free solitaire and mine-tracking games on the web. How-To Geek is not a $ 1 trillion company like Microsoft, but we can afford to release it for free. Have fun!


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