New Lenovo laptop w/Windows 10 Home - Major limitations (how to fix)?

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  1. Posts : 74
    Windows 7/8.1/10/11
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    New Lenovo laptop w/Windows 10 Home - Major limitations (how to fix)?


    We bought a new Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 Home. It's extremely limited and unusual to say the least coming from Windows 7.

    The first issues I noticed were:
    1. no way to show add "My computer" or "My PC to the desktop
    2. I cannot find a way to disable smartscreening
    3. there's no Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
    4. no way to disable Windows Defender


    Must I upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or are there tutorials here specifically for Win 10 Home users that can do all these things I mentioned?
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  2. Posts : 11,379
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #2
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  3. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #3

    Sammy888 said:
    no way to show add "My computer" or "My PC to the desktop
    If you mean "This PC", try running the following two lines of commands via Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt:

    Code:
    (REG Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel" /V "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" /T REG_DWORD /D "0" /F)
    (REG Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu" /V "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" /T REG_DWORD /D "0" /F)
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  4. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    there's no Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
    This comes with Win 10 Pro. Whilst there are threads out there to add it, 100% compatibility is not guaranteed.
    Most tutorials here give the equivalent registry details and reg file where a group policy is involved and that is relevant to the topic.

    There is this (free):
    Policy Plus brings Group Policy to all Windows editions - gHacks Tech News
    - which also includes a useful find feature

    Why were you expecting to find the group policy editor? Did you have it previously?

    no way to disable Windows Defender
    Not entirely true - and note that Defender is also your firewall.

    Installing a 3rd party AV partially disables Defender.

    There are plenty of threads here you can read arguing that Defender is good enough.
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  5. Posts : 889
    W10-2009 19042.1348
       #5

    Bit late to the party:

    1: Settings>Personalisation>Themes>Desktop Icon settings - I know, its intuitively obvious!
    2. Don't know what that is
    3. Only in Pro AIUI
    4. Only by installing something else (or pretending to, say using DefenderControl), or (brutal) renaming msmpeng.exe in ProgramData folder while booted to command prompt.
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  6. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    mngerhold said:
    4. Only by installing something else (or pretending to, say using DefenderControl), or (brutal) renaming msmpeng.exe in ProgramData folder while booted to command prompt.
    Also by running the following command with enhanced privileges on a par with TrustedInstaller:

    sc stop WinDefend
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  7. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    - which does rather seem to be encouraging sammy888 to leave the sparkling new laptop .er. unDefended, so to speak.
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  8. Posts : 5,816
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
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    Sammy888 said:
    We bought a new Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 Home. It's extremely limited and unusual to say the least coming from Windows 7.
    The best way to approach Windows 10 is to play with it. And yes, if you want more control over Windows 10, Pro is the way to go.

    Many have their way of dealing with Windows 10, which ultimately may not be the way you want to approach things, or you may find the things we say remove may be the things you like the most.

    That said, my opinion is there's nothing wrong with Windows Defender and many of us (me included) use it without issue or fear. It simply works.

    Right now the only limiting thing about Windows 10 is your unfamiliarity with it.

    Good luck.
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  9. Posts : 7,456
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #9

    I have been using Microsoft Defender happily since the free upgrade to Windows 10 in 2015.
    I was criticized for that on another forum.
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  10. Posts : 12,427
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #10

    Or maybe it has Windows 10 S?
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/s-mode
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