How to Change the Name Appearing on the Start-Up Screen in Windows 10

You can change the name appearing on the Windows 10 start-up screen by:

Step 1 – Open the settings app by clicking on the settings ‘cog’ from the start menu

Change Taskbar color - Settings
Click on Settings on the Start Menu

 

Step 2 – Go to accounts by clicking on the accounts link on the Settings home page

Windows 10 Account Settings - Click on 'Accounts'
Click on ‘Accounts’ in Windows 10 Settings home page

 

Step 3 – Click ‘Manage my Microsoft account’ account under your profile picture and log into your Microsoft account

Windows 10 Account Settings - Manage my Microsoft Account
Click on ‘Manage my Microsoft account’

 

Step 4 – Click more actions under profile image

Windows 10 Account Settings - Manage Microsoft Account
Click on ‘More actions’ in your account

 

Step 5 – Click ‘Edit profile’

Windows 10 Account Settings - Manage Microsoft Account - Edit Profile
Click on ‘Edit Profile’

 

Step 6 – Click ‘Edit name’ under your name

Windows 10 Account Settings - Manage Microsoft Account - Edit Name
Click on ‘Edit name’

 

Step 7 – Enter your name and the recaptcha characters and click ‘Save’

Windows 10 Account Settings - Manage Microsoft Account - Enter Details
Enter your details, the recaptcha and click ‘Save’

 

Step 8 – Restart your computer and your name should change (but you may have to logout and back in again pressing ctrl, alt and delete at the same time.

 

How to Change the Taskbar Color in Windows 10

It’s personal, as in personalization.

Windows 10 Settings allows you to change taskbar colors as well as themes, fonts and backgrounds.

Let’s start by changing the Taskbar color:

Step 1 – Click on Settings from the Start menu

Change Taskbar color - Settings
Click on Settings on the Start Menu

Step 2 – Click on Colors under Personalization on the Settings Home page

Settings - Color Tab
Settings – Color Tab

Step 3 – Choose a color from the color pallette

Windows 10 - Taskbar Color, Select a color
Select a color

Step 4 – Check Start, taskbar and action centre after choosing a color and the taskbar will change to the color selected.

Check Start, taskbar and action centre
Check Start, taskbar and action centre

How to Find the Storage Size and Free Space on a Windows 10 PC Hard Drive

You may be interested in whether your PC has enough disk space for a new program or how much storage you have left for files.   In which case you can find the storage capacity and free space of your PC’s hard drive by following the simple steps below:

Step 1 – Power up your PC

Step 2 – Type ‘this pc’ into the search bar and This PC Desktop app should appear, then press the ‘Enter’ key

Windows 10 Search
Windows 10 Search

 

Step 3 – You should now see your Local Disk (C:) with the total capacity and the free space in GB under Devices and drives

C: Drive with capacity and free spaceC: Drive with capacity and free space
C: Drive with capacity and free space

Step 4 – Right click with your mouse and select properties

C: Drive Properties
C: Drive Properties

Step 5 – A window will appear with the general tab open showing the used space, free space and capacity of the drive

Local Disk Properties
Local Disk Properties

If you are running low on space, you can click on the ‘Disk Clean-up’ button to remove temporary and unwanted files (files sent to the recycle bin) and therefore free up space.  Alternatively, an external USB drive can be easily connected to the PC via a USB port to give extra capacity.  An external hard drive is also useful for backing up your main drive.

How To Find Your Computer’s RAM – Windows 10 PC

Slow performance and programs ‘hanging’ are signs that your PC’s memory isn’t sufficient: More programs running at the same time means more memory usage.

In addition, when installing new software there are often minimum memory requirements. Check the software’s packaging for details.

Here’s how you check your computer’s available RAM on a Windows 10 PC:

Step 1 – Power up your PC

Step 2 – Type ‘system information’ into the search bar

Type ‘system information’ into the search bar

Step 3 –  Scroll down to installed Physical Memory (RAM)

System Information - Windows 10
Installed RAM – 8GB in this example

In this example, the PC has 8 GB of ‘Installed Physical Memory (RAM)’.  Check the PC’s instruction manual or search for your PC on the manufacturer’s website to find out whether you are able to install more RAM to increase your PC’s memory and the type of RAM required e.g. 240 pin DIMM DDR3.

Just under the total installed physical memory is the ‘Available Physical Memory’.  In the above example, 3.5 GB is available.  This tells you that the programs currently running on the PC are using 4.5 GB.

Increasing the RAM often improves performance especially when more than one program is running at the same time.  Extra memory is also relatively inexpensive and is easy to install.  You will need to open the PC’s case to get to the motherboard but your PC’s user guide should walk you through the installation of additional RAM.

Amazon and eBay have a large number of RAM upgrade kit sellers at competitive prices.