We are in 2019 and Windows 10 contains too many useless and annoying features. Do not get me wrong: Windows 10 has improved and, overall, I like it a lot compared to Windows 8. However, some things have yet to disappear.
The people's icon without people
The My People feature lives by default on the Windows 10 taskbar. Click on it and you can chat with people about different services. You can even pin your favorite contacts in the taskbar and one-click access to your favorite people!
That's how it should work. In reality, My People has integrated very few services: In the default installation of Windows, it only works with Mail and Skype. You can expect People to be integrated with other Microsoft applications such as Microsoft Teams, LinkedIn, Yammer and Xbox Live Chat, but you are mistaken. It does not even work with the SMS features built into the Your phone app. Does Facebook's Windows 10 application integrate with it? Of course not.
Microsoft has not even adopted My People for its services, so it is not surprising that only a few applications have been integrated. The list of apps available for My People in the Store is tiny and extremely sad. Microsoft must get rid of this feature. Fortunately, Windows 10 users can disable the People icon until there.
The 3D Objects folder that no one uses
I do not know you, but I'm tired of seeing the "3D Objects" folder under this PC in the File Explorer. How many users of Windows 10 actually use this folder? Is it really important?
The 3D Objects folder was added to Windows 10 as part of Microsoft's 3D obsession at the time of the Update Days creators, when Windows 10 also received features like 3D painting, Headphones of mixed reality (in reality just virtual)and support for 3D printers. Microsoft discussed the idea of converting Minecraft worlds into 3D models and then printing them.
I guess these features are cool, but they are not important for most PC users. At least you can easily uninstall applications like Paint 3D. You must use a registry hack to hide the folder of 3D objects.
Thanks to telemetryMicrosoft needs to know how many people use this feature, which can not be much. Microsoft has said removed the Start button Windows 8 due to low usage, but the 3D Objects folder persists?
Horrible News Wire from Microsoft Edge
The new Microsoft Edge tab is a mess. By default, it appears in the form of news feeds full of articles on the world's richest celebrities, credit card offers, purchase advertisements and information on dental implants .
You can hide the news feedbut it's full of junk and I want Microsoft to remove it entirely. Bad luck, though: the news feed is already part of the New Tab page of the new version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium. Ouch.
All ads. So, so many advertisements
Although Windows 10 has become better in many ways, ads continue to grow. Each update seems to add a new form of advertising to Windows users. Microsoft may have criticized Google for being a company focused on advertising with the flayed campaign, but Windows 10 has more built-in ads than Google and Android.
There are advertisements on the lock screen, in the taskbar and in your notifications. Ads appear in the taskbar as bubbles and Cortana catches your eye. The banner ads appear in the File Explorer and the default dynamic thumbnails announce the applications and games that Microsoft wants to sell you. It's too much, and disable these ads involves a treasure hunt.
It's more annoying that many of these ads are turned into useful features. I do not want to see ads for video games on your lock screen? You will need to disable these nice background images provided by Windows Spotlight. When Huawei does it, it's a scandal people are unhappy. When Microsoft does it, things go as usual.
At least Microsoft backed down on ads in the Mail app.
Bing Search that hinders
Here's what really bothers: Search Bing in the Start menu. Would you like to see the search suggestions and even the built-in Bing web pages when you search your system via the Start menu? Does the Start menu need a SafeSearch option to display "adult images" from the web in your start menu?
Bing is often an obstacle. Sometimes you will search your system and Windows will only return web results instead of applications, settings, and files from your system.
The original versions of Windows 10 allow you to disable this built-in Bing search, but Microsoft has removed this option. The Bing division needed more users.
It is still possible to disable Bing in the Start menubut you have to make registry piracy. It should only take a few clicks.
The disorderly chronology
The timeline is designed to display your recent "activities", telling you which files, apps, and websites you've used on specific dates and times. You can go back to the tasks you did previously. It even syncs your devices with your Microsoft account, allowing you to resume the tasks you perform on their PC. Microsoft even extended Timeline to phones.
If all that sounds pretty complicated, well, that's it. Not all applications are integrated, which complicates matters further. Chrome does not display the web pages you visited in the timeline. Many other applications do not show either the activities you have performed or the files you have opened in the timeline. Why open a messy interface that may not even have what you're looking for?
Although the timeline was very useful, there is no way to hide some applications in the timeline, so it may be cluttered with things you do not care about. More control would be fine if it was a serious feature.
Of course, some people may like Timeline. But this looks like another half-cooked feature of Windows, with few applications integrating like My People. Fortunately, you can disable timeline and clean the interface of the task view.
Mode S, which would have cost you $ 50 to escape
Can Microsoft just give up Mode S already? Mode S is the successor of Windows 10 S, who was the successor of Windows RT back in Windows 8 days. They all have one thing in common: no one wanted them. Who wants a Windows PC that can not run standard Windows applications?
Like its successors, a PC in S mode will let you install only software from the Store. Some computers are in S mode: the Microsoft Surface Laptop, for example, and the Surface Go.
Mode S also has other ridiculous limits: a computer in S mode will not let you change your default Bing search engine to Google or any other search engine. Even the Apple Safari on iPad allows you to do it! Same "Windows 8.1 with Bing"Did not oblige you to use Bing.
Fortunately, you can leave S mode. Initially, Microsoft planned to charge $ 50 to be able to exit Windows 10 S in a convenient way, essentially adding $ 50 to the cost of these computers for anyone to install their own software. Fortunately, Microsoft gave in. You can now leave the S mode for free, although insects can sometimes interfere.
Candy Crush Saga (You knew it was coming)
No list of unnecessary files on Windows 10 could be complete without Candy Crush Saga, FarmVille 2 and other games that Microsoft installs by default nowadays.
I can now hear Redmond's answer: "Aha!", They say. "We have you! These are not part of Windows 10; they are actually downloaded after Windows 10 setup. And most of them are just tiles that download apps when you click them. They are not technically included with Windows 10! "
No matter whether they are included in Windows 10 or downloaded automatically after installing Windows 10, most people do not care. They are even downloaded automatically on Windows 10 Professional. So you expect them even if you spend $ 200 for your operating system. They are part of theMicrosoft Consumer Experience, "That only users of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education can disable.
Beyond the games, Microsoft Consumer Experience has been used to automatically push applications such as the password keeper Keeper, created by a company that sued a journalist who wrote about his security vulnerabilities, on PCs of Windows 10 users. Maybe we should be happy if Candy Crush is the worst.
Technically gone: this solitaire game filled with ads
Remember when Microsoft removed the beloved solitaire game from Windows and replaced it with a new solitaire game filled with 30 second video ads and a subscription to disable them.
I would like Microsoft to remove the Microsoft Solitaire collection from Windows, but that's the case. This is now an optional download from the store, allowing Microsoft to avoid criticisms of shipping a card game with a subscription.
The price has even increased over time! At launch, Microsoft charged $ 1.49 a month or $ 9.99 a year. Today, Microsoft charges $ 1.99 a month or $ 14.99 a year. Really, Microsoft?
Microsoft Minesweeper also has a separate subscription. And, as the application notes so well, paying for a Solitaire subscription will not give you a Premium subscription in Microsoft Solitaire apps for Android, iPhone and iPad. Gross.
I still want Microsoft to replace Solitaire with a more traditional experience that is not full of ads and subscriptions. Does every small part of Windows require aggressive monetization?
For the moment, we are hosting our own solitary without advertising and minesweeper games on the web. How-To Geek is not a $ 1 trillion company like Microsoft, but we can afford to give them for free. Enjoy!