Fixing Broken Windows

You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on a Mac to get a good desktop computing experience!

Unlike Windows PCs, Macs require almost no customization to work well out of the box. But if you’re anything like us and have a hard time justifying the high price tag of a Mac, there are a few things you may want to do when setting up Windows that can make it a bit better of an experience.

When installing Windows 10, here’s what we do (and recommend):

Uninstall / Reinstall (most) built-in Windows 10 Apps

Easy (for most people): Install CCleaner® (Free version) Note: When installing, un-check the box at the bottom, to avoid installing Chrome.


Click here for alternate (advanced method) for more tech-savvy users

Open Windows PowerShell (run as admin) and run each of these, one at a time:

Most probably won’t need/want:

Get-AppxPackage *3dbuilder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *3dviewer* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *officehub* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunemusic* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsmaps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *solitairecollection* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingfinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *zunevideo* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingnews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *onenote* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *windowsphone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingsports* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MSPaint | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *xbox* | Remove-AppxPackage

Some also won’t want:

Get-AppxPackage *windowscommunicationsapps* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *GetHelp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *skypeapp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *messaging* | remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *people* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *bingweather* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Microsoft.YourPhone* -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Remove-AppxPackage

Type “exit” and press enter or return to close the PowerShell

How to uninstall screen sketch

Remove 3D Objects From This PC (Along with Other Folders)

Uninstall Mixed Reality Portal in Windows 10

Uninstall “Edge” Browser

Remove Internet Explorer


Fix broken file/app associations:

  1. Use Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Click on Control Panel Home (upper left), and select Default Programs from the screen that opens up.
  3. Here you have two main options: Select “set your default programs” or “associate a file type or protocol with a program”.
  4. The first lets you associate all supported file types with a program. If you pick VLC for example, you may associate all video and audio formats with it.
  5. The second option gives you granular control over the process as it enables you to associate individual file types or protocols with programs.

PC Decrapifier (Free) – Remove unneeded crapware from your Windoze installation

Malwarebytes (Free Trial)

Duplicate Cleaner (Freemium)

WizTree – Audit disk usage to recover storage space.

For further tweaking, try Winaero Tweaker


Get Windows Photo Viewer Back in Windows 10

Protect yourself with ProtonVPN, the best free VPN

Turn Sticky Keys Off: Disable-the-irritating-sticky-filter-keys-popup-dialogs

Disable Numlock, Caps lock buttons: Keytweak | Sharpkeys

Disable-numlock-key-prevent-accidental-turn-off

Separate settings for trackpad, mouse:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/automousesw/ — Can’t install on Win8 (can’t install as admin)

http://autosensitivity.codeplex.com/ — Buggy, doesn’t really work, at least not in Windows 8 (or 10) as of 2015–12–23

http://gphotoshow.com/mouse-speed-switcher.php — Also doesn’t allow for separate control in Win 8 & contains nagware

Paint.Net – Much smaller & efficient free Photoshop / GIMP alternative (more basic). Can open some newer PSDs without Photoshop w/ plugin. Buggy in 10.

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