…you might find that a user-friendly version of Linux (yes, there is such a thing these days!) might work better for you than Windows. My experience has been that for the same hardware, Linux generally runs faster and longer. You can also try it out first before installing by booting into a live environment (usually installed on a USB stick these days). If this is a route you want to go, you might be able to find local people who can help out by contacting the computer science department of the nearest community college or university - often there are knowledgeable students looking to earn a few extra bucks who could easily get it working for you. The version (called "distro" for "distribution") that I'm the most familiar with is Linux Mint, and depending on which "flavor" you choose, it can look very much like Windows.
I know this doesn't address your issues with Windows, assuming you're wanting to stay on that OS, but last I heard Windows 10 doesn't let you turn off the updates, so I'm not sure what can be done. Maybe someone who knows Windows better might have an idea…
Not a computer-savvy guy but I love your column. I bought a small, cheap ($129.00) "travel" computer just for the road because it has nothing of mine on it (so no loss if it is lost or stolen) and all I need is internet access and email. It has 32G memory storage. The problem is that the Windows 10 operating system keeps updating and taking up all the memory. The last one of these updates finally took it all, so I couldn't even download a photograph. Is there a way to stop the Windows updates, especially since I don't need or want them? Thanks.
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