Windows can be customized including IE, menu settings, Ribbon of Windows 8 UI, libraries, task and start bar, file history and making relevant changes in firewall settings. It is easy to tweak with the settings once you know about how to do it. It is after all about getting the most out of your Windows experience.
The Internet Explorer (IE) is all about making changes and creating relevant settings that your prefer. This especially comes handy for those who are in the habit of installing free software that many times comes with added toolbars and settings that sit on your homepage. Often the changed homepage settings, new toolbars sitting at the top of the menu and the overall layout of your window is annoying. In order to get rid of it all it is essential to fix it.
For fixing your IE, click the gear icon on the IE toolbar->Internet Options. A new window will appear that will have Advanced tab option, look for Reset button and click it. If you want to erase personal settings then hit the Reset button, as this will roll back your browser to its original setting.
If you are annoyed by cluttered and messed up libraries then it is time to de-clutter it and reset it. Go to Windows File Explorer-> right click Libraries->Restore default. This will clean up your libraries. If you want to make changes to individual libraries then go to a Library and right click->Properties-> Restore default. While using the Ribbon on Windows 8 go to Manage tab-> Restore settings button, this works in the File Explorer mode.
One more thing to notice if you are Windows 8.1 user is that your libraries are hidden by default. You will need to bring these back. This is essential when you need to save a new folder that was not previously part of Windows Libraries. All you need to do is, right click the Library->Properties-> Add. Here you can add Music, Documents or some other folder as required by you.
When working or running system on Windows 8 with File Explorer view you can easily customize the settings accordingly. As this mode is similar to that of Windows 7 set up. Launch the File Explorer mode-> View->Options, three tabs will appear within the Folder Options. You will be able to locate the Restore defaults.
Customizing Taskbar and Start menu
The Windows taskbar can be customized according to your own personal preferences. You can choose to add, delete, mute or hide software and programs accordingly.
If you want to unhide stuff on your windows then right click in the empty space of your taskbar->Properties->Taskbar->Customize, a scrolling list will appear where you need to locate the link called Restore default icons behaviors.
You can also restore settings of Start Menu (for Windows 7 and lower version); go to Start Menu->Customize button-> Customize Start Menu->Use Default settings
Pulling Down the Firewall
Firewalls are good for your system and help blocking unwanted and unnecessary programs or annoyances. However, this only holds true till you have accidentally added a program to the list. now you need it back as it was a mistake to do so, you need not worry, as it can be restores back.
Go to Control Panel-> System and Security-> Windows Firewall, then click the option of Restore Defaults and you are done. This will remove the list of programs added in the Firewall. However, this option should only be used when you are sure what you are doing and it really needs to be done.
After upgrading your system to either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 your system still manages to restore your personal files. However the only catch is that the feature of File History should be enabled. File History automatically takes a back up of your Windows libraries, favorites folders, desktop icons and contacts. All this is stored in the external drive or network drive. The Windows can be stored on the primary drive or some other location available in the Windows.
For enabling File History you need to ensure that your external drive is already connected to the system. Go to Control Panel->System and Security->File History-> Advance Options.
Employing the above mentioned tips will help in customizing your Windows and make the most out of it. The best part is that now you will be able to add programs and manage your stuff in a much better manner.