12 Dumbest PC Default Settings (and How to Change Them)

If you bought a new car that came with the seat tilted all the way back, the air conditioner going at full blast in the winter and the radio volume turned down to inaudible levels, you’d immediately make adjustments. Unfortunately, most PC users don’t change the default settings in their operating system or other popular software. Programmers know this and often configure the defaults to protect users, distract them with unnecessary bling or push a business agenda.

Fortunately, when you know what to change, you can take control of your computer. Here are the 12 dumbest default PC settings and how to change them.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Loren Says:

    The BACKSPACE to return to previous page is something I use all the time with a browser. My mouse has buttons assigned for forward and back, but really, the backspace makes a browser easier to control with any mouse with a third button which can be assigned.

  2. CD Says:

    “To set your home page to be blank in IE”. People still use IE?

  3. Graeme Evans Says:

    If you disable UAC, then when running as a standard user – not an insecure user (admin) how can one elevate to install software?

    In 2013, you cannot propose disabling UAC.

    In fact, I only agree with the first one – Backspace in the browser.

    Word Macro Disable? ILOVEYOU
    Group Applications? Yes please or have hundreds of Windows95 Style buttons everywhere, no.

  4. Rick Roberts Says:

    Or you could, you know, get a Mac.

  5. Weltanschauung Says:

    You know what I’d love to see? Some great tip to disable (on demand) those annoying slideshows/galleries in web pages. It would be useful especially when the slideshow/gallery format is used on a article (and not for a photo album). Laptop, stop doing that.

    PS. Curly quotes are nice because Word is primarily for printed work… Or it used to be.

  6. Fritz Says:

    Thanks for the tip about error reporting to Microsoft. Never once has Windows found a solution to any “problem”.

  7. Yimi Says:

    Rick Roberts Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    “Or you could, you know, get a Mac.”

    Pointless because Mac (also a PC) end up installing boot camp or parallels to utilize Windows operating systems.

  8. Tharun Amudala Says:

    Hai..
    iam Tharun want to buy a laptop for my college use.
    Which will be the best laptop or else a note book which can be used for my assiagnments and everything and where can i buy…
    thank you..

  9. Alex Balcanquall Says:

    Don’t disable UAC – it turns off UAC virtualization and will break some applications as turning off UAC prevents apps from being able to write to key locations (with UAC on the apps write to a per app virtualization location). In fact if you install apps with UAC on / UAC off and then flip the setting you will likely break apps.

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