Less Known Tweaks to Improve Windows 10 User Experience

Microsoft has just launched ‘Technical Preview’ copy of Windows 10. It is the latest and much advanced operating system ever introduced in Windows series. Official release of Windows 10 is yet to come.  Many of us are using the preview version of it. To make it more user-friendly we introduce some tweaks in different fields of Windows 10. Thus we make it more acceptable and reliable.

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Today we will discuss only two kinds of Windows 10 tweaks to customize its options i.e. Windows Registry Tweaks and In-build option modification. Now let’s go straight to the point.

Add ‘Disk Cleanup’ Option to Right Click Context Menu of any Windows Drive

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  • Press Windows+W to open start menu of Windows 10.
  • In the search box type ‘regedit’, right click on regedit and select ‘Run as administrator’.
  • Then navigate to following path:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell

  • Right click on shell folder and create a new key and rename it ‘Disk Cleanup’.
  • At the right pane create a new string value and give it a name ‘icon’.
  • Double click on ‘icon’ string and save the value data as ‘cleanmgr.exe’.
  • Now, under ‘Disk Cleanup’ key create a new sub-key and name it as ‘command’.
  • At the right pane of command key, just change the default string value to ‘cleanmgr.exe /d %1’.

Now exit registry editor. When you right click on any of your windows drive you will find disk cleanup option right there at the menu entries.

Enable Hibernate Option for Windows 10 Desktop OS

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Hibernate is a great windows feature which keeps all your works open and computer settings intact in it’s memory. When you shut down and start-up a window in hibernation mode, it consumes less power and makes your pc boot to previous state where it actually was. Hibernate option remains inactive by default in Windows 10.

To activate this:
Go to windows 10 Control panel and navigate to Power Options. Choose ‘What the Power Buttons Do’ option. Click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ and tick the Hibernate Option under shutdown setting. Select ‘Save Changes’ button to apply effect.

Open Windows Explorer in a clean view in Windows 10 OS

When you open Windows Explorer in Windows 10 OS, you will find a Frequent Folders and Favorites folders there. Just like the below screenshot.

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But actually we love to find ‘Devices and Drives’ at first page of file explorer.
So follow these simple steps:

  • Unpin File Explorer from Windows 10 Taskbar first.properties-of-windows-explorer-desktop-shortcut
    Now go to C:\Windows and select ‘Explorer’.
  • Right click on explorer and create a shortcut of it to windows desktop.
  • Now right click on desktop shortcut and navigate to properties.
  • At the target field under ‘shortcut’ tab put below data and save.

%windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Now when you open file explorer using desktop shortcut it opens up with Devices and Drives at the first page.

See the below screenshot for more clarification.

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How to Show Drive Letter First on Windows 10

show-drive-letter-before-name-windows-10In general drive letter name of a Windows drive appears just after the drive name. Whether you rename a drive or not, it always, by default appears just after the name of any specific windows drive (it may be internal or external drive).

An unnamed Windows drive always takes a name ‘Local Disk’. You can find drive letter assigned value just after the name of a drive.

To make the drive letter name as primary name assignment for a windows drive just follow the below registry hack. Thus Windows drive letter name appears first on Windows 10 (Just like the screenshot).

  • Open Windows registry editor and navigate to following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  • At the right pane of Explorer key create a new DWORD-32 value and name it as ‘ShowDriveLettersFirst’.
  • Double click on it and at the value data field put the Hexadecimal value ‘4’.
  • Save it.

Add ‘Take Ownership’ to Explorer Right-click Context Menu

Taking Ownership of a particular file or folder means you have the full control over it. However this is not an easy task. But to do this we here add a complex windows registry tweaks to make it work perfectly.

When you take ownership of a system file/folder, you can delete or rename the folder/file at any time. Generally taking ownership of a particular file or folder is a tricky command line work which is very time killing approach too. If the ‘Take Ownership’ option is available at the file/folder’s right-click context menu, then this will be much easier task for taking ownership of a file or folder. And this task will be a one-click effort then.

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To add ‘Take Ownership’ option just proceed as said below.

  • Copy the code below in notepad. Save file as ownership.reg anywhere of Windows.
  • Then double click the registry file to install it in Windows registry. You will be prompted for Administrative privilege.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /c /l"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /c /l"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t /c /l /q"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t /c /l /q"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\runas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dllfile\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /c /l"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /c /l"

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\runas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t /c /l /q"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /a /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t /c /l /q"

After a successful installation, you will find ‘take ownership’ option at right click context menu when you make a right click on a file or folder.

Disclaimer: All the tutorials described above are tested in our computer. All the techniques we mention above are collected from internet. Try at your own risk. We are not responsible for any damage of your PC.

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