Tips / Tweaks for win 10 - To make it more usable

Im just setting up Win 10 for an old timer and Im new to it myself

Can I log in as a user rather than with an email address

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"Can I log in as a user rather than with an email address "
Yes you can.
"How To Create A New Local User Account In Windows 10"

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Other than that, the new Start Menu works very well as it is.  I use a local address (not email) and I much prefer it.

I also use a Program Menu on the right side  See below for the method:

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

I find this added toolbar to be very handy.

In Start, Settings, Network and Internet, Manage Wi-Fi settings, turn OFF the first two settings to increase your privacy.

Get a good antivirus application. I prefer top name, paid antivirus and I do not regret it.

Try to use the newest applications (Windows 10 will last a long time). I use Office 2013 on subscription and that is a reasonable way to do it. Office 2010 works fine, but newer is better if you are willing.
What in particular would you like to be more usable?
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feck1Author Commented:
McKnife > The user is an old timer 60+
He has used Vista for years.

Just anything that makes it straight forward
Non email login to begin with

He cares not for the cloud like most people
feck1Author Commented:
I personally don't like this tile BS  either
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can delete the tiles if you do not want them. Easy to do. But I did not delete and find them useful here and there.

I do not use the cloud at this point but may do some time soon. You do not have to use the cloud if you do not want to.

Simple:  Start, All Apps and all is there. It has been made straightforward already.

Search:  Use options to turn Web OFF and Cortana OFF is not used and it makes search cleaner.

So let us know if there is more you want.
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
Just done something similar for my ma, and I set Chrome as the default browser, as it's more "traditional".  Edge just seemed to bring confusion and no benefits.

Also set Google to be the default search, as Bing is just full of dross.

With all the fuss over Solitaire now having ads, etc, I found this was recommended:
and it plays pretty well - as long as you have an internet connection.  Shortcut pinned to desktop.
It *is* possible to copy the old, free, games over from w7, but it needs a bit of poncing about... 

Explorer defaults to the most recently used files, which they may like, or not... to turn it off:  View.. Options from the Ribbon. . Click the Open File Explorer , then select the “This PC” option.

Everything else just worked from an over-the-top install from win 8.1, barring a glitch in Outlook 2013 where I had to expressly state the SMTP outgoing mail credentials, but that's probably more down to her rather obscure mail provider.
feck1Author Commented:

Transpires I had a corrupt profile and couldn't save anything To the desktop and it was driving me nuts

First time ever using win 10 and I though the was no facility to save icons etc !

What a relief - now I'm happier

I didnt set this up from scratch it was an email login and I converted it to user

Anyway all sorted

Award of points later on a smart pone now
feck1Author Commented:
So classic shell and a new local user did the job thanks
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Classic shell is OK but no need at all for it on Windows 10 in my opinion. The new Start menu can be used by anyone.
feck1Author Commented:
Thanks.  Testing all options now.
There are many options with the Classic Shell

For screenshots and details about these options read:
"How to Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7"
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