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3 huge Windows 10 annoyances (and how to fix them)

It’s taken a while for the popularity of Windows 10 to truly catch on, but more and more people are letting go of older versions, such as the beloved Windows 7, and finally making the switch. For the most part, Windows 10 has made both fans and critics happy. However, there are certain issues, although not deal breakers, that still leave something to be desired.

The next major update for Windows 10 isn’t expected to be released until later this year. But that doesn’t really help anyone out while we wait, and some of these “problems” may never be corrected. So, here are three common frustrations many people encounter with Windows 10, and the settings you need to change to fix them.

1. Start menu ads

Just when you thought there was a place that was 100 percent safe from ads – guess what? – an ad pops up and interferes with whatever you were doing. The Windows 10 Start menu is no exception.

Those little tiles make it convenient to access your most frequently used applications and programs, but they also serve as prime real estate for advertisers. The biggest culprit of all is usually Microsoft trying to sell you additional products.

Thankfully, it’s not as bad as it once was. Remember the days leading up to Microsoft’s big Windows 10 Anniversary Update when it seemed as if Microsoft employed a new tactic each day to get you to upgrade? And that wasn’t the only time the company resorted to spammy methods for self-promotion. Back in November, the company also added pop-ups to encourage users to switch to the Microsoft Edge web browser.

If you’ve had enough of these annoying ads, and want to reclaim control of your Start menu, follow these steps: Go to your Settings Menu and open the Personalization window. You’ll see five different section options, but for this, you’ll want to click the one that says “Start.” There, you’ll find that the toggle button for “Occasionally show suggestions in Start,” is set to “On.” Toggle it to off and the ads won’t be a problem.

For more ways to reduce ads in Windows 10, watch this video:

2. Location tracking

Many people don’t realize their device is tracking not only their activity but also their location. With all of the GPS applications out there, if your device fell into the wrong hands, it would be a treasure trove of information. Whoever found it could gain access to everywhere you’ve been: where you work, live and bank, and even which grocery store you frequent.

To fix this problem, you’re going to need to turn off the Location Tracking feature. You’ll find this in your Privacy settings, under “Location.” Here, you can tell Windows to stop tracking your location entirely or choose specific apps that can and can’t use your location.

Location is useful for apps like the weather or when you’re looking at maps because you don’t have to put in your address every time. However, other apps might use it to keep tabs on you.

Tip within a tip: Privacy is a huge concern for any operating system you’re using. To boost security on Windows 10, Microsoft has added a handy new feature. Click here to check it out.

3. Poor battery life

We’re all familiar with the little phrase that goes: You can have your cake and eat it too. But when it comes to Windows 10 and battery power, that’s just not the case. Some of the new features the operating system includes can actually drain your battery.

Cortana is one of these features. Like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, Cortana is a virtual assistant that’s always waiting for your command. Sure, it may be a nice perk for when you’re in a pinch, but leaving this feature on constantly can really impact how long your most recent charge lasts.

The easiest way to fix this problem is to turn Cortana off (especially if you hardly ever use this feature to begin with). You can do this by going into your System Settings, Cortana and Search Settings, and then click the toggle until it says “Off.”

Another tip is to start using the built-in Battery Saver feature.

You’ll also find this in your settings, or by doing a software search. Once on the Battery Saver Settings menu, you can customize the settings for when you’d like your device to begin saving power. You can also select which applications are allowed to run when the battery power is low.

These are just a handful of things many Windows 10 users find to be annoying. But, there are good things too. Click here for a sneak peak at some upcoming Windows 10 features.

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