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

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:

    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.

  10. Michael Says:

    Disabling UAB is the dumbest idea. Let’s have everyone make it easier for a hacker to run software on a person’s system.

  11. Nate Says:

    No, no, no, no. A thousand times no. Stop giving people BAD advice. Turn off UAC? Blindly allow Office macros? What’s next, tell people to leave their front doors unlocked! STOP IT.

  12. Amusa Damilola Oluwafemi Says:

    Nice technology development.
    which to study over there…..

  13. Drexel Says:

    Why all of a sudden no audio on downloads.It was set what changed it is maddening!

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