Instead of Windows releasing a new operating system every few years, Windows now releases important feature updates once or twice a year. However, these updates often mean that your personal settings and settings are changed according to Microsoft’s wishes. Therefore, you need a Windows 10 update checklist to guide you through some of the most common settings that Windows updates usually change.
1. Display settings
Have you recently installed a major feature update just to detect that the brightness is different or that the desktop icons are different sizes? The good thing about display settings is that you will probably notice something wrong right away. You can usually fix them in two groups of settings.
First go to “Start -> Settings -> System -> Display”.
These settings are mainly related to brightness, resolution, and other displays. If you have another monitor that is not recognized or is not working properly, the update may have changed the driver. More on fixing it here.
Another area to check is “Start -> Settings -> Customization”.
From there, you can change your background (Windows updates change for me every time), font size, lock screen settings, and more. Here you can also make changes to the Start menu that Microsoft wants to readjust during major updates.
2. Driver problems
Drivers are another addition to the Windows 10 update checklist. Make sure for a moment that all your hardware and peripherals are still working properly. Even if you have had the best driver before, sometimes Microsoft thinks you need something different, even if it is not compatible at all. A bad driver can also cause system performance problems.
Before you think that your device is suddenly not working with a new update, check to see if the Windows update has changed the driver. Although there is already a more detailed guide on checking for updated drivers, you can see which Windows drivers are installed by clicking Start -> Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Update.
Select “Show update history” in the right pane. Expand “Driver Updates”. This shows which drivers have been updated and to what date.
To restore the wrong driver, right-click the Start menu and select “Device Manager”. Select the device, right-click on it and select “Properties”. Click the Driver tab and select “Restore Driver”. You can also go to the manufacturer’s or developer’s website and download the latest driver.
On devices where Microsoft changes drivers frequently, you can block it by using Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor (Windows 10 Home users).
3. Network and update settings
Microsoft wants to help protect your computer by making sure you always get the latest updates. This means that all settings to limit updates can be removed after a major feature update. In general, smaller security updates do not affect this.
The first step is to check the update settings. Click “Start -> Settings -> Update and Security”. Go to “Windows Update and scroll” until you see the option to pause updates. Make sure the pause interval is still with the active hours. Also, select “Advanced” if you’ve changed any of these before, for example, by receiving other Microsoft product updates.
If you’ve set up a limited connection to block updates until you’re done, also check this setting. Go to “Settings -> Network and Internet -> Wi-Fi”. Click “Manage known networks” in the right pane. Select your network and click Properties.
You can also change whether your computer connects automatically and whether your computer can be found online through this screen.
4. Restore Windows applications
Apparently, Microsoft knows what applications and software users need more than users. This, of course, applies to most technology developers. But like most devices, you want the bloatware to go away. For example, many users do not want an XBox on their Windows 10 computers. Although Microsoft makes it difficult to remove, almost all of its traces can be removed.
Check the installed applications to see if anything has been restored. If it’s not as easy as Uninstall, choose this Windows 10 bloatware removal guide instead.
5. Default applications
If you want an application other than Windows to open certain files by default, a major Windows 10 update can restore you to its original default value. A quick scan makes sure you’re using the right application when you open a file.
Go to “Settings -> Applications -> Default Applications”. Click any category to change the current default.
Customize the Windows 10 Upgrade Checklist
As part of the Windows 10 Upgrade Checklist, take the time to review your custom settings and list what you’ve changed. When a new update arrives, you can compare the list of custom settings with the settings after the major update.
Always back up your files before making major updates. Although files are not meant to be deleted, sometimes this happens. Of course, an error during the upgrade can also corrupt the files. Also, don’t forget to check for and fix the latest Windows update issues.