Things to do after you upgrade Windows 10 to a newer version

If you have landed on this page, it means that you have successfully upgraded your PC to the latest version of Windows 10 after installing the Feature Update successfully. Awesome! Here is a list of few things to do after you upgrade your operating system to the latest feature version. You may need to enable some new features & re-check old settings.

Things to do after you upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version

1] Windows 10 may have disabled some of your incompatible software. Check if all your software are working properly – especially your security software. Windows 10 also loves to change default programs at times. You might want to check if your defaults too. I have experienced both these events happening.

2] Check on the Choose how upgrades are delivered and ensure that your settings have not been changed. If you wish, you may move the slider to Off position to turn off Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

3] Check the Notifications and Action Center. See if there are pending things you need to complete. Click on them for more details. Check if your Windows 10 is activated.

4] If you used the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to upgrade, you may want to uninstall it via your Control Panel.

5] Check if your Cortana is working. Some have reported that Cortana went dead after upgrading. See this post if Cortana is not working. The Note which appears below the image there may help you.

6] Check out Edge browser. It has many improvements – see if you want to install any Extensions.  Maybe you want to even change its default Downloads folder.

7] Open Windows Defender Security Center settings. If you use it as your default antivirus, you may want to check the Enhanced Notifications settings and familiarize yourself with the Offline Scan feature. If you use a third-party antivirus software, you want to turn on Limited Periodic Scanning.

8] If you need to delete more files and folders after the upgrade to Windows 10, you could search for Disk Cleanup, right-click on it, and select Run as administrator. You will see an option Previous Windows installation. Check this option. When you select this option, the Disk Cleanup tool will delete the Windows.old folder as well as the $Windows.~BT folder, but not the $Windows.~WS folder.

9] Enable the Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update setting for Windows Update.

10] Boostland mentions in the Comments section that his System Restore got disabled. So please check if your System Restore function is disabled. If it is, you need to enable System Restore right away, as it is a very useful feature.

11] Check if your OneDrive Files On Demand feature is turned on.

12] Open Windows Defender Security Center and turn on Exploit Protection and use Controlled Folder Access feature.

13] Take a look at the new features in Windows 10 v1809 and enable and start using Timeline. Take a look at the File Explorer Dark Mode, the new Clipboard, the Screen Sketch Tool, and more.

14] Set data limits for WiFi.

15] Enable and configure Focus Assist.

Anything I missed? Say so in the comments section below.

Related reads:

  1. 10 things to do after installing or upgrading to Windows 10
  2. Windows 10 Settings you should change.

Updated for Windows 10 October 2018 Update v1809.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Boostland

    System restore is disabled after the upgrade

  2. Robert Palmar

    The update re-enabled downloading drivers for hardware automatically.
    I had had this disabled because a new driver broke my audio and
    I had to restore the original Windows 8 driver to fix it.
    Need less to say disabling this was critical.

    Excellent checklist Anand BTW .

  3. Thanks. Must add this in the list.

  4. AuthenticVIP

    I HATE the new START MENU. Why the F*CK did Microsoft mess with it???

  5. AuthenticVIP

    AND don’t even get me started with removing the People App from Windows 10 Mail/Calendar

  6. Peter Alexander London

    Try Classic Shell, new version (3.0) out.

  7. Andrey

    Me too. “All Programs” always visible was ugly.

  8. Ana

    Win 10 Anniversary Upgrade happened today but during the restart I received the following on screen message: “Critical process died.” Anyone else have this happen? What was your response?

  9. Alberto Gorin

    i upload windows 8 than upgrade to 10 than the update
    so fair all appear be working only i ave maxthon browser but it open in chrome browser
    can t find maxthon browser in default

  10. GoneFishing

    I discovered the same coincidentally.

  11. Reinstall Maxthon browser.

  12. Alberto Gorin

    i can do that thank you

  13. Alan Jeffries

    so far have not been able to upgrade to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on a pc laptop and netbook due to error 0x80070057

  14. TheRedHood

    WU always disable restore points. This is not too uncommon. I’m lucky I backed up with Rollback Rx but now I’m going to need to take new snapshots. Gotta love Windows!!

  15. Linda Zwelling

    everytime i step away from my PC, when I return, I have to plug in my password again. 🙁
    its a PAIN ! oftentimes, it’s in the evening, and i don’t have a light turned on, so i have to turn on a light to see the keyboard. if it didn’t sign out, then the light from the monitor is enough for seeing the keyboard. I’ve tried a jillion different ways to eliminate this process ! obviously, to no avail. Help ?

  16. Alan Jeffries

    Change the start menu using Start 10 by stardock, still no proper start menu which to me is the only bad thing about windows 10

  17. Alan Jeffries

    Now refreshing my pc after upgrade no working Bluetooth after talking to Microsoft it’s also seems it removed varies shortcuts and blocked various apps and programs from working Microsoft believe that could be the new updates fault so it was suggested that I refresh the pc

  18. George

    My Windows 10 keeps shutting off and then rebooting. I have tried all the fixes and none of them
    work. I set the program to not download between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm and for it to notify me when it
    is going to download. It does not work. Last night it shut down and rebooted at 7:30 pm The rebooting coincides with windows updates. This process has ruined a whole bunch of
    projects. I read where there is no way to fix this. Microsoft is going to download updates when they
    want to. They should allow the user to control the downloading of the updates like they have done
    in the past We are apparently stuck with this shutting down and rebooting.

  19. fademind

    HashCheck Shell Extension required manual reinstall cause DLL are missing after OS upgrade to 1809.

    OO ShutUp 10 should be re-run twice and Reboot.

    Custom shortcut entries in MyPC should be manually added via REG or Yamicsoft Win 10 Manager app.
    Custom Folders entries aren’t changed in MyPC view after upgrade.
    Custom ENV variables for SYSTEM TMP are restored to default state.

    Intel UHD users should download new version of drivers Intel HD & Iris Graphics Drivers Version WHQL from site.

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