In the wake of recent criticism from the consumer rights group Which?, we thought we’d highlight some of the ways Piriform tools can help ease some Windows 10-related issues.
According to Which?, "Once installed, people reported various problems, including printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working with their PC; instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing; and, most significantly, their computer encountering such problems that they had to pay someone to repair it".
Whilst Windows 10 is not perfect, it’s certainly getting better. According to our support team, Windows 10-related issues reported by our users have vastly reduced in the year since its launch so Microsoft are definitely responding to their customers wants. While the initial bugs and fixes causing these problems are being resolved, here are some simple tips to keep your PC pain to a minimum.
Ease those install worries
Before we start, I want to make it clear that Piriform tools are built to work on Windows 10 perfectly. But, their purpose is not specifically to help Windows 10 users resolve the problems they can face when upgrading (there are several free ways to do that which have been nicely summed up by PC Advisor). Whether upgrading to the latest Windows version or making changes to your machine, having a clean, optimized machine certainly helps. Running CCleaner beforehand will give you the best chance of a clean install. Plus, Recuva can help restore files accidentally deleted as a result of a Windows 10 issue. Recuva can recover pictures, music, documents, videos, emails or any other file type you’ve lost (and it also works with rewriteable media such as memory cards, external hard drives and USB sticks).
Make the most of it
Windows 10 is certainly quite different to 7 or 8 and it might take a bit of getting used to. But, the much-loved traditional Start menu is back in town and there’s more you can do with it. On first glance it looks much better and seems totally customizable. The former is true but the latter not so, unfortunately. If you look closely some default apps, such as ‘Groove Music’, appear to be undeletable. Well, CCleaner can help remove the Windows 10 default apps you can’t get rid of.
Once you’ve got rid of the stuff you don’t need, you can use CCleaner to customize which programs are set to run on startup and adjust the paging file size to gain a bit of extra speed. One of our previous posts explains how to get the most out of your upgrade.
Sharing isn’t always caring
Further Windows 10 criticism came about late last year regarding the amount of data Microsoft now collects, albeit being used to improve the software and services and serve ads which are relevant to the user. But despite good intentions to improve user experience, sometimes we just don’t like to share. That data is live fired to Microsoft unfortunately so the best thing you can do is to opt out where you can. We can’t help with that. But, data isn’t just fired off to Microsoft and that is where CCleaner can help.
When you clean your cache, history and cookies with CCleaner, you wipe out sensitive information which improves security and stops advertisers ‘following’ you around with ads. Plus, you fix any nagging performance problems which improves your browser’s speed and stability. One of the added benefits of CCleaner Professional is that it auto cleans (or you can run it on a schedule) so your PC stays clean without you having to do a thing. You can trial it, for free. Once your trial is over you’ll automatically drop down to CCleaner Free, so it won’t cost you a thing.
Bang up to date
A monthly release means CCleaner is always on top of the latest changes to Windows, Edge, Chrome, Safari or anything else you might need to clean. Earlier this month, we announced the release of CCleaner v5.22 which brings improved Windows 10 Anniversary Edition support. Slightly earlier this year we added improved Windows 10 MRU (most recently used) cache cleaning. If you have CCleaner Free, you should reinstall it once a month (ideally) to make sure your version supports everything it needs to and is able to perform a full system clean. If that sounds like a bit of a pain, CCleaner Professional automatically updates every month, so you don’t have to.
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