Windows 10 is riddled with crapware and advertising, and it’s hobbled by an invasive and overly-aggressive updating schedule. And yet it’s still a better choice than Mac, Chromebook, or Linux, at least for my needs. So I’ve developed a strategy for minimizing the annoyances and optimizing Windows 10 to be as efficient as possible.
Most of these configuration changes are detailed in the Windows 10 Field Guide, which is now being updated for the latest Windows 10 version. In fact, that’s what inspired me to write this up: I recently updated the chapters for installing and personalizing Windows 10, and it occurred to me that I was perhaps overdue in explaining how I configure Windows 10 and why.