All Things Windows 10

Links to information I utilized during my upgrades to Windows 10 in 2020…

Windows 10 annoyances and how to overcome them:

“Let’s finish setting up your device.”   Let’s not and say we did:

Disable this annoying splash screen thusly:

  • Start -> Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions
  • Uncheck the “Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates…”, “Suggest ways I can finish setting up my device…” and “Get tips, tricks and suggestions…” items under Notifications.

Disable Taskbar Button Grouping with Group Policy

This comes in handy when Windows 10 has not been activated

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value NoTaskGrouping.Windows 10 Disable Taskbar Groupping RegeditSet its value data to 1 in decimal.
  4. Restart Windows 10.

Setting Desktop Wallpaper via Group Policy

  1. Start the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
  2. Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop -> Desktop
  3. Select ‘Desktop Wallpaper’
  4. Select ‘Enabled’, then supply the Wallpaper name (directory\filename).  Select Wallpaper Style.
  5. Click OK

Wallpaper modification will take effect on next login.

Set the desktop wallpaper using Registry Editor

To set the desktop background using Registry Editor, follow these steps-

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type regedit and hit the Enter button.
  3. Click the Yes button.
  4. Navigate to Policies in HKCU.
  5. Right-click on Policies > New > Key.
  6. Name it as System.
  7. Right-click on System > New > String Value.
  8. Name it as Wallpaper.
  9. Double-click on it and enter the wallpaper path.
  10. Right-click on System > New > String Value.
  11. Name it as WallpaperStyle.
  12. Double-click on it to set a Value data.
  13. Click OK to save the change.

Let’s check out these steps in detail.

At first, press Win+R, type regedit and hit the Enter button. It will show the UAC prompt. If so, click the Yes button to open the Registry Editor. Following that, navigate to this path-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

Right-click on Policies > New > Key and name it as System. Then, right-click on System > New > String Value and name it as Wallpaper.

How to set desktop wallpaper using Group Policy and Registry Editor

Double-click on it and enter the file path as Value data. Then, click the OK button.

How to set desktop wallpaper using Group Policy and Registry Editor

Next, right-click on System > New > String Value and name it as WallpaperStyle. After that, double-click on WallpaperStyle and set the Value data as follows-

  • Center: 0
  • Tile: 1
  • Stretch: 2
  • Fit: 3
  • Fill: 4
  • Span: 5

Click the OK button to save the change.

How to set desktop wallpaper using Group Policy and Registry Editor

At last, sign out of your user account and re-sign in. Once done, you will find your new wallpaper as a desktop background.

In case you want to remove this wallpaper, navigate to the following path-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

And right-click on Policies > Delete. Then, confirm the change by clicking the Delete button again.