Windows 10 gives problems? How to fix them in minutes

Windows 10 is a good operating system but it has flaws: here's how to disable notifications, block Cortana or use a PIN instead of a password

Microsoft is constantly trying to improve Windows 10. But the perfect operating system unfortunately does not exist. Even in the latest version of the Redmond computer giant we can find bugs and errors.

The continuous updates of Windows 10 are good, for security and functionality. For users, however, they can be a problem. Because blocking them is not always easy, especially if you are using your computer for work and do not read notifications in time. Besides, if an automatic update starts by itself, the computer will restart and we will lose all the data of the current session. However, we should not despair. On Windows 10 there's the Hours of Activity feature that allows you to postpone until later, and even schedule, a reboot needed for the update.

Quick Keys

On Windows 10 if we press Shift five times in a row we'll activate the quick keys feature. That is, a shortcut option that allows you to press key combinations one at a time instead of simultaneously. These are the shortcuts we usually make by pressing Ctrl and C or V for copy and paste. To disable this feature, go to Settings and select the disable item next to the words: "Enable Permanent Keys when Shift is pressed five times".

Delete Unused Applications

There are a number of programs on your computer that you hardly ever use. Why keep maintaining these software that do nothing but occupy the memory of our device? Luckily with Windows 10 some pre-installed apps can be deleted. To do so, just go to Settings then System and Apps and Features. Here we'll see the whole list of the various installed apps and we can decide which ones to delete.

Using Windows 10 with local account

When we register our device for the first time Microsoft asks us to create or enter our Windows account credentials. This implies a single profile for both the operating system and Skype, Xbox Live and many other functions of the Redmond house, such as One Drive. To use the operating system, however, it is not necessary to register our profile. And even if we have already logged in we can still change the account. To do this we just need to go to Settings, then Accounts and finally Your email address and account. At this point we have to click on Sign in with a local account. The flaw? Every time we login to a Microsoft service we'll have to re-enter the credentials.

Use a PIN

If we use a Microsoft account we might think about entering a PIN instead of a password. This is a faster and also more secure way to protect our computer. To configure a PIN just go to the Start menu and then click on the icon of our profile. Once this is done, a page will open where we'll have to click on the Add PIN item. The same path we'll have to do to delete, change or recover the PIN.

Disable Cortana

Cortana, the voice assistance from Microsoft, can be liked or disliked. In the second case we can also think about turning off the artificial intelligence. Cortana can be hidden or disabled. In the first case it is enough to go among the applications, select the voice assistant and then hide Cortana. More complicated is the path to turn off Cortana on the PC, it is a step not recommended for users with little experience.

Goodbye to notifications

Notifications on Windows 10 are a bit like Cortana, you either love or hate them. Luckily, you can also turn them off. To do so, just go to Settings and then to Notifications and Actions. From this page we can block the arrival of all notifications, unchecking all apps, or remove only the programs that annoy us the most. We'll also be able to disable sound on messages.

Emoji in Windows 10

Can we do without emoji nowadays? The answer is obviously no. But how to do to activate them in the Windows 10 header? Simple. Let's go to the Notification Center and select Tablet mode. After doing this we'll see among the icons at the bottom right that of the virtual keyboard. Let's click on this icon and we'll see a keyboard appear on our screen. To enter the special symbols we press the 123 key while for emoticons we have to go to the button with the face. And here we will find the various emoji.