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Microsoft Testing User Based Windows Setup For Performance Optimization

By October 17, 2020May 5th, 2022Technology News

What do you primarily use your PC for? It’s a more important question than you might think, because different use cases for your PC require it to be configured in different ways to optimize your user experience. Until now, that’s something that each individual user has attended to, making tweaks as necessary to the core Windows setup to make the machine work better. It is all based on how each person uses their machine.

Microsoft wants to start changing that in a bid further enhance user experience. To that end, the company is adding a “customize your device” screen to the Windows setup routine. If you select one of the categories Microsoft has defined, the setup routine will automatically make tweaks and adjustments behind the scenes, leaving you with less to do to optimize your rig.

The following information is based on a recent screen shared by the company’s “Windows Insiders” group.

The predefined categories are:

  • Gaming
  • Family
  • Creativity
  • Schoolwork
  • Entertainment
  • Business

These are generally good options, and it’s easy to see how the company could feather in the automatic installation of any number of apps, based on the selection made. Notably absent from the list, however, is a “Developer” option. Sorry developers, you’re on your own. Although once we know more about what each of these options is and does, it may be the case that the “Business” option covers the needs of developers reasonably well, too.

Overall, it’s a good addition, available to a select group of Windows Insiders right now, in build 20231. Based on their feedback, it will be rolled out to the general public in the months ahead.

Kudos to Microsoft for putting user experience front and center with the change. The company hasn’t always been perfect in that regard, but it’s clear that they’re trying hard to reform, and there’s something to be said for that.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.