Disable sounds for all Windows 10 Notifications

WindowsI’ve been switching off sounds for notifications for different programs for a while as I find the notuification chime far too loud compared to other program sounds, but as I am doing this on five or more machines, it is getting somewhat irritating. I eventually started thinking about a global switch off and wanted to see if this was possible, but since Microsoft moved settings out of the Control Panel, I have had a hard time finding a setting when I want it.

This particular setting does exist and is in what is an obvious place (or at least obvious when you know where it is); do disable sounds on notifications globally, open the Notifications and settings app (the shortcut ms-settings:notifications can be used to open it quickly) and unmark the Allow notifications to play sounds):

Notifications & actions applet

I have an article on the settings shortcuts.

Windows rotation lock missing

WindowsI use a small convertible laptop (the screen rotates through 360o to turn into a tablet) for a lot of web browsing; occasionally I convert it into a tablet and switch allow the screen to rotate from landscape to portrait mode. However, when I tried to do this by switching off the Rotation Lock option the other day, the option in the action centre was missing; it is usually between Tablet Mode and Network:

Rotation Lock missing from the action centre

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Hide Desktop Icons

WindowsA few years ago I used to have a Windows desktop covered in icons, which was almost a throwback to the old Windows 3 Program Manager (I think that’s what it was called, but I had to look it up). In recent years, I’ve tended to go for a much cleaner look to the desktop and use a lot of shortcuts to start applications instead.

I dislike having the Recycle Bin on the desktop, which is there by default, but because Microsoft have been shuffling settings around a lot, I never remember where the setting is to turn it off, so this post is a reminder.

To switch off (or on) the desktop icons, launch the Themes Settings applet by right-clicking the desktop and select Personalise (or launch it using the ms-settings:themes URi).

When launched, select Desktop icon settings on the right (or at the bottom if the window is narrow):

Themes settings window

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How To Install Windows 10

WindowsThe installation process of Windows has changed a lot over the years; when I started doing installs it was from a 3½ inch floppy disk, but these days it is from a bootable USB drive.

I have previously posted about how to install Windows 8 and even the Windows 10 Technical Preview, but the current Windows 10 install is much different from both.

In this post, I am going to step through the installation of Windows 10 (1607 released on 13/02/2019). Once you have the media available to install, most likely using the US Tool I linked to above), ensure your computer, or virtual machine, is set to boot from the required device.

In this example, I am actually creating a virtual machine so have mounted the ISO in Hyper-V. When the VM is started, hit a key to boot from the mounted ISO:

Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Conclusion

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

The Old Calculator for Windows 10 app installs a calculator which looks like the one in Windows 7 and before.

The best reason I ahev for using this replacement, is the speed of launching. I find that apps from the Microsoft Store take so long to load; this replacement starts very quickly (just the the calculator of old).

Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Using the App

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

With the Old Calculator for Windows 10 app installed, it is accessible from the Windows Start menu:

Search for calc

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Installation

ApplicationsThis post is part of a series on the Old Calculator for Windows 10 replacement for the default Windows 10 Calculator App.

The Old Calculator for Windows 10 can be downloaded from Winaero:

Download app from Winaero

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Windows 10 Calculator Replacement: Series Index

ApplicationsTime has flown over the last 12 months. It was this time last year that I complained on Twitter about the new Calculator app in Windows 10 and Steve Endow suggested an alternative called Old Calculator for Windows 10.

Well, I’ve installed it without issue on a few machines since then and not had any issues, so I thought I’d share a little more about this app.

Windows 10 Calculator Replacement
Installation
Using the App
Conclusion

Choose Which Icons Show in Windows 10 System Tray

WindowsAs Windows has progressed through the years, some settings have changed and been moved. One of the ones I struggle to find is how to set icons so that they always appear in the system tray. I’m sure this used to be done via right click on the system tray, but in Windows 10, the setting is buried in the Settings app.

In theory, it is possible to find it via a Start menu search, but I never remember the exact words to find it (or if I do they don’t seem to work until after I’ve found the settings via the Settings app.

A few weeks ago, I did a post on using the ms-settings URIs as shortcuts to quickly access the settings.

To quickly get to the relevant settings for choosing which icons show in the system tray, hit Win+R and typems-settings:taskbar:

Run ms-settings:taskbar

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Fix Windows 10 Lock Screen Not Changing

WindowsI have my PCs all set to share settings via OneDrive; I like this as it means I have a unifed theme everywhere, but when a problem occurs, it occurs everywhere.

his particular issue, is that I use Windows Spotlight for images on the lock screen and it became stuck on one image a while ago. After recently installing a new PC and having them same problem there as on other machines, I finally decided to fix the issue.

This was a fairly straightforward fix for me, but others report various fixes not working.

I found the fix which worked for me on Driver Easy and am reposting here, so I can easily find it again in future if necessary.

To fix the issue by re-registering Windows Spotlight, perform the following steps:

Use Run As Administrator to launch Command Prompt, click Yes when prompted by UAC (User Account Control) and type the following command:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Press Enter and wait for the command to run; this might take a few minutes to complete:

Command Prompt: dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealthdism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

In the Command Prompt window type the following:

sfc /scannow

Hit enter and wait for the command to complete:

Command Prompt: sfc /scannowsfc /scannow

Either type powershell or launch a PowerShell window and type the following:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Hit enter and wait for the PowerShell command to finish (this may take a while) and generate several errors which can be ignored:

PowerShellGet-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like “*SystemApps*”} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

I’ve found I need to wait a few minutes for the fix to take effect, but I don’t need to do anything else before the Windows Spotlight image starts to change.