Windows 10 Part 1

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Microsoft's newest operating system packs quite a punch

As we close in on the July 29th release date of Windows 10, you might be wondering what Microsoft's planning to change.

The short answer. A lot.

Windows 10 is a watershed moment for Microsoft. It's a chance to put Windows 8.1 in the past while uniting the desktop and mobile experience. I’ll break down some of the bigger changes below and shed some light on why everyone seems to be pretty stoked for the latest from Microsoft.

Keep in mind though, this is only the tip of the Windows 10 iceberg and you can expect plenty more to be discovered once we get some hands on time with the final build.


First up is Cortana, Microsoft’s version of a personal digital assistant—think Siri. While Cortana has already made its debut on Windows phones, Windows 10 brings the voice assistant to PCs with expanded features. Just like Siri and Google Now, Cortana can respond to commands and perform tasks across your device. It’ll also go hand-in-hand with the search function and respond to natural language,

letting you locate files or transcribe messages. In practice this means you should be able to dictate an email or say something like “what’s the weather like?” and get a localized weather report.

Cortana is bound to be deeply integrated in both software and hardware. In fact, manufacturers have already started to add a dedicated Cortana key to their laptops, making the assistant just a single button press away.

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Cortana is baked into the OS and can transcribe text, perform tasks, and search your computer.

Task Switcher and New, Universal Apps

An interesting addition—one that's seemingly straight from Apple’s playbook—is the inclusion of virtual desktops. Now, you’ll be able to create multiple desktops on your screen and move applications between them. It’s a fantastic productivity trick that users of OSX have enjoyed for some time now and we’re glad to see it’s finally coming to Windows.

Of course, if you want to use virtual desktops you'll likely want to load them up with plenty of apps and programs. Luckily, Microsoft worked hard to bridge the gap between their devices and create a new unified experience.

If you’re one of the handful of people that has fully committed to the Windows ecosystem—phones and all—then we have great news for you: Windows apps will be universal across PCs, tablets, phones, and even the Xbox One. Basically, if you have a Windows branded device it’ll be running the same core app across all of your hardware. This cross-pollination might not seem like a big deal, until you explore some of the other key features of Windows 10.

Like Continuum.


When Windows 8 first debuted, it was supposed to be a way to accommodate a future split evenly between tablets and full-size PCs—or laptops with touch screens. User opinions vary on whether

Microsoft succeeded or not, but with Windows 10 rolling out across all of Microsoft's devices a lot of new possibilities have opened up. Continuum takes away the guesswork for app developers, automatically optimizing each app based on the way a device is being used.

Windows 10 will automatically adjust an app's layout based on the way you're using the device.

Say you’re using a two-in-one hybrid PC and you're running Microsoft Word in Desktop mode. As soon as you switch to Tablet mode, the app will expand to fill the entire screen and the controls will change to better suit the touch-based input. Cool, huh? This isn’t just limited to convertibles either.

The beauty of Windows 10 is that it’s the same core operating system across phones, tablets, and PCs.

With the help of Continuum—and a keyboard, mouse, and display—you can use your Windows 10 phone the same way you would a standard desktop. While the obvious hardware limitations are there, you'll still be able to use full-sized windowed apps like Word or Outlook.

It even continues to work as a phone while you’re using it as a desktop. Text messages will still come through and anything you copy to the clipboard on your phone can then be used via the windowed desktop apps.

Microsoft Edge a.k.a Project Spartan

Internet Explorer has long been the butt of jokes across the internet. With Windows 10, Microsoft is taking a step back from from the infamous web browser and introducing a brand new browser called

Microsoft Edge (you may have first heard of it as "Project Spartan"). Whether or not Edge will be able to take a seat at the table with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari remains to be seen, but if Microsoft can deliver on its promises it looks like it could be a major contender.

Edge is putting an enormous focus on the content you're reading and the ways you like to interact with that content. To that end, the first thing you'll notice is the clean and simplified design. From there,

Microsoft is pulling out all of the stops so you never have to leave that content until you're ready.

Microsoft does this by baking Cortana right into the browser. Want a definition of a word, maps near an address, or general info on famous people? Highlight and right click on a string of text and select "Ask

Cortana" and you'll get the info you're looking for—as simple as copying and pasting.

Microsoft is pulling out all of the stops for Edge.

Power users might have gotten used to using multiple web extensions to enhance how they operate on the web, but Edge gets rid of the need for some of those with Annotations and Reading Lists.

Annotations snaps a screenshot of a web page and lets you highlight, draw, or write notes on it that you can then share with other Windows 10 users. Reading List on the other hand lets you save articles to

read later—similar to what Evernote or Pocket can do. It might not seem like much, but it's a great perk to make the commute home a bit more bearable.

Wrapping up the big features of Edge is Reading View, which gets rid of the random junk that can clog up a webpage—like ads or videos—leaving you with pure easy-to-digest content. Sure, plenty of other services do this same thing and have been around for a while, but it's just one more thing Edge does straight out of the box.


Windows 10 is coming to all of Microsoft's devices. And yes, that includes the Xbox One. With it are some pretty significant new features that'll have even the most diehard gamer drooling.

First up is streaming. Once your devices are upgraded to Windows 10, you’ll be able to stream any Xbox

One game to your Windows 10 PC or tablet. That way if your kids are hogging the TV you’ll still be able to play as much as you’d like on your gaming laptop or a Surface Pro .

With PCs and the Xbox running Windows 10 you’ll also be able to cross-play with people on either platform. Not every game will support this feature, but Microsoft is already partnering with developers—like Motiga and their new game Gigantic —for some flagship titles that'll support this function.

Microsoft's also providing deeper integration in the form of a new Xbox app, which will let you manage your friends list, track game stats (like achievements), or watch game clips from your computer.

Start Menu

Wrapping up the list of some of the best new Windows 10 features is one feature that everyone’s been asking for: the return of the old Start Menu. Microsoft is finally giving the people what they want...with a few improvements.

The Start Menu is back in its old home with a new design that blends the classic Start Menu from

Windows 7 with the functionality improvements of Windows 8. It'll still feature Windows 8's Live Tiles, but they’re smaller and are relegated to their own section. Meanwhile, the left side is home to your most used apps and links for different locations in your PC like Settings and File Explorer. Customization is also at an all time high and you’ll be able to resize the menu, pin your favorite apps, and even have the color match your desktop wallpaper for a more seamless look.

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The Start Menu is back for Window 10 and blends what worked best for the tile view and the classic style.

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Follow the ninjacat to the best features

Windows 10 has officially been unleashed upon the world, but Insiders have lived with the operating system for months and know things the newbies don't. Insiders have even created their own mascot, a ninjacat with a variety of trusty steeds, to symbolize their pioneering, adventuresome spirit.

We've been playing with Windows 10 for weeks now. Let's follow the ninjacat deep within the bowels of

Windows 10, where narwhal guides are eager to point out tasty bacon features you might otherwise miss. We think these ten are some of the most useful, productive, hidden gems you're going to find.

Well, except for number five. You're probably going to think that one's a bug.

Put the Web (and desktop) in your toolbar

You can make your desktop toolbar even more powerful with a few tweaks in a configuration menu, adding a Web address bar and desktop links.

Click the toolbar, and right-click in any unused space you can find. Select the "Toolbars" tab. There, you can check off one of three options: Address, Desktop, and Links. With the address bar, you can quickly type in a Web site and launch your browser. Links allows you to do the same, but via saved bookmarks.

Instead of launching your desktop directly, the Desktop link brings up folders and other locations on your PC.

You might not want the extra clutter, but it can be pretty handy.

Which apps take up the most room?

Hidden away within Settings > System > Storage is a list of the drives on your PC. Click a drive, and you'll receive a handy breakdown of how much space apps, photos, videos, and more take up on that particular drive. Click each of those subcategories to get even more detail.

We think you'll find the list of apps the most useful of all of these, especially as that SSD gets clogged.

It's a great way to keep tabs on what's using up all of that space so you can quickly decide which ones get the heave-ho.

Mail's hidden Clutter feature

Microsoft filters out spam, but the company also places email that you probably don’t care about in a

“Clutter” folder, a feature that is now included in the Windows 10 Mail application. Clutter is not quite spam, but not quite relevant, either.

The Clutter folder hides out in the “More” subheading in Mail—where a number of other folders hide as well, incidentally. If you’re worried that a critical email may be lost in Clutter, check often as you first use it, and drag anything important back into the Inbox. Clutter will learn which email is important over time. Microsoft will also email you periodically about what's gone into the Clutter folder.

Go away, Cortana! I'm not your friend!

Yes, there's a toggle to turn off Cortana. And you'll probably want to ensure your information is erased from the Microsoft cloud, if you decide you want Windows 10 to preserve your privacy wholesale. But if you just want to erase Cortana's memory and turn her off, go to Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking &

typing, and click the big gray button that says "Stop getting to know me."

Whoa -- we're supposed to pay for Solitaire?!

Solitaire has been one of those idle pursuits for people with a lot of time on their hands—receptionists, bored office workers, you know the type. But for some reason Microsoft now thinks that Windows 10 users will still pay, monthly, for premium Solitaire. Yes, Microsoft tried out premium Solitaire features in

Windows 8 as well...but they're back. And they still only pop up when you try to access the daily

Challenges. (An M&M's candy video ad popped up when I tried them out, just to assure me that yes,

Microsoft is serious.)

Technically, this is a "feature." But we've stretched the definition of the term for this one.

Solitaire Challenges!

Speaking of Solitaire, if you manage to make it past the ads in Windows 10's Microsoft Solitaire

Collection app, check out the Daily Challenges. This is serious business.

Not only is someone at Microsoft coming up with these things, you get special e-currency (that does what?) as a reward for completing them. And in the future, there will be leaderboards. Big things are coming, we tell you.

Background app manager

Another carryover from Windows 10 Mobile, the background manager allows you to tweak the settings for apps that run in the background. You might think, nah, why bother? Well, do you really need all the hidden ads in your Web browser connecting to the Internet when you're not actively using it? It's something to keep in mind.

Battery use/battery meter

With Windows 10 running both on computers and on phones, we’re seeing a lot more “mobile aware” applications running in Windows 10. Case in point: the battery management applications, hidden within

Settings >System > Battery saver.

Yes, there is a battery saver mode, but that’s not the most useful tool. And no, it’s not the hidden battery meter (with an estimated time to battery rundown), either—the first app I thought of when writing this piece, incidentally. The only reason I can think that Microsoft hid it in the Settings menu is that it doesn’t actually work—it spent five minutes trying to calculate my remaining battery life before I gave up.

No, I like the breakdown of battery use by apps and device. Not only can you see what really sucks down power in your system (the display, by and large), but it’s an insightful look into which apps are battery hogs, too.

Edge's convenient advanced options

Based on our Windows 10 review, you might think that I hate Edge. I don’t. In fact, one of the most convenient things about it is a settings menu that allows you to turn on or off several useful features— no muss, no fuss.

Dive into the Edge settings menu via the “ellipsis” menu to the upper right, then Settings, then all the way down to the Advanced Settings menu. There, you’ll find these nice little options, which you may tweak at will. (Yes, I’ll be turning off Adobe Flash.)

Fast startup

While this may be old hat to Windows 8 users, Windows 7 users are in for a treat. Windows 10 should come pre-configured to enable fast startup, where certain system files are written to a master file, resuming them rather than restarting the entire system. Microsoft implies that this helps cut boot times to about 60 percent of where they were.

Combine fast startup with a SSD, and, man, reboots are fast.

Those are our ten favorite hidden Windows 10 features, but there's a lot more to this new operating system. Did we miss something good? Tell us in the comments below.

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Digging deep into Windows 10

Windows 10, Microsoft’s back-to-basics re-embracing of the PC , is already brimming with handy new features , and with all the new goodies comes with a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users.

Others, though, simply let you mold some of Windows 10’s new features into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful Windows 10 tweaks, tricks, and tips we’ve found. Be warned: Some of these may break as the operating system evolves, given Microsoft’s new “Windows as a service” mentality, though we plan to update this article over time. Got any tricks of your own? Share them in the comments!

Make Cortana's ears perk up

Cortana’s finally made the leap to the PC in Windows 10, assuming control of the operating system’s search functions and dishing out just as much sass as the Windows Phone version. But by default, she doesn’t listen for your commands.

If you’d like to be able to just bark commands at your PC, open Cortana by clicking the search field in the taskbar and select the Notebook icon in the left-side options pane. Select Settings from the list, then simply enable the “Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’” option. You’ll need an active microphone for this to work, of course.

While you’re poking around Cortana’s options, you can dive into the Notebook menu to fine-tune exactly what personal data Microsoft’s digital assistant can access. Remember, however, that like

Google Now, Cortana’s effectiveness is directly related to how much she knows about you.

Powerful natural language search

Cortana can handle all sorts of commands you issue using natural language, such as playing music, creating reminders, or showing you the weather, but the most powerful use of her natural language abilities revolves around basic search capabilities. You can give Cortana basic commands like “Find pictures from June” or “Find documents with Windows 10” and she’ll apply the appropriate filters, then scour your local files and OneDrive storage for results.

Customize your Start menu

Don’t forget to make the Start menu your own. If you appreciate the blend of the traditional interface with the Live Tiles, note that you can right-click on any tile and select Resize to alter the tile’s dimensions—just like on the Windows 8 Start screen.

Alternatively, if you loathe Live Tiles and the Metro interface with the ferocity of a thousand suns, you can also right-click on every one of the defaults in the Start menu and select Uninstall to wipe them from your system. (Or simply Unpin from Start if you’d rather hide than eradicate them.) Repopulate them with desktop software of your choosing—you can right-click any app or program and select Pin to

Start—and before you know it, it’ll be kind-of-sort-of like the Windows 7 Start menu all over again.

Make Mail your own

Windows 10’s overhauled Mail and Calendar apps rock compared to Windows 8’s lackluster offerings.

They’re lightning fast, more full-featured, and infinitely more mouse-friendly than before.

Even better, the new Mail adds customization options that let you put a personal touch on the app. Not only can you change the image in the preview pane with the picture of your choice, but you can also configure how Mail behaves when you perform on of its new swipe gestures on a message.

To start tinkering, click the cog icon in the lower-left corner of the app, then select Options. Wah-lah!

You’ll find all the gesture options in the Quick Actions portion.

Turn off File Explorer's Quick Access view

When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, it defaults to a new Quick Access view that shows your most frequently accessed folders and recently viewed files. I love it, personally, but if you’d rather File

Explorer defaulted to the “This PC” view found in Windows 8, here’s how.

Open File Explorer, then select View > Options from the Ribbon. A Folder Options window will open.

Click the “Open File Explorer” drop-down menu at top, then select the “This PC” option. Click OK and you’re done!

Move open windows between virtual desktops

Virtual desktops let you segregate your open apps into discrete areas—literally multiple, virtualized versions of your PC’s desktops. Switching between open virtual desktops is easy enough using Task View

(the button that looks like two panels, one over the other, in the taskbard) or Windows key + Tab, while

Alt + Tab jumps you between open apps across all desktops. There’s also a way to actually shift an open app from one virtual desktop to another if you’d like to shuffle things around.

First, head to the virtual desktop housing the app you’d like to move to another virtual desktop, then open the Task View interface. Just click-and-hold on the app you’d like to move, then drag it to the desired virtual desktop at the bottom of the screen. You can also drag it to the “+New Desktop” option in the lower-right corner to create a new virtual desktop for the app.

Schedule your restarts

This is wonderful. If you’ve got pending updates that require you to reboot your PC, Windows 10 will allow you to schedule a specific time for it to do so. Finally!

Open the Settings option in the Start menu, then head to Updates and Recovery > Windows Update. If you have an update pending, you’ll see the screen at left, which lets you schedule your reboot after you select the “Select a restart time” radio button. Even better, you can dive into the Advanced options and link and ask Windows to notify you to schedule a reboot whenever updates are ready to rock.

Get Windows Updates from other sources

But the Windows Update upgrades don’t end there. Windows 10 introduces a new option that lets you download updates using peer-to-peer technology, rather than Microsoft directly. It could help you get that hot security patch faster when everybody’s hammering Microsoft’s dedicated servers, or save you bandwidth in a computer-crowded house—just download the new patch once from Microsoft, then share it among the PCs under your care.

To tinker with the setting, head to Settings > Update & Recovery > Windows Update > Advanced Options

> Choose how you download updates. By default, “Get updates from more than one place” is enabled and configured to grab updates from PCs on both your local network and the Internet at large.

Secret, powerful new Command Prompt tools

Windows 10 packs a slew of nifty new command line features, including—hallelujah!—the ability to copy and paste inside the command prompt with Crtl + C and Crtl + V.

To activate the goodies, open the command prompt. Right-click its title bar, then select Properties. You can find and enable the new features under the “Edit Options” section of the Options tab.

Record a video of an app

Windows 10’s new Game DVR function is supposed to be used for recording video evidence of your most glorious gaming moments, but it’ll actually let you create videos of any open app or desktop software (though not OS-level areas like File Explorer or the desktop).

To summon it, simply press Windows key + G. A prompt will ask you if you want to open the Game bar.

Lie your butt off and click the “Yes, this is a game box” and various options will appear in a floating bar.

Simply click the circular Record button to capture a video. You can find your saved videos in the Game

DVR section of the Xbox app, or inside your user folder under Video > Captures.

Fresh keyboard shortcuts!

Windows 10 packs a handful of fresh keyboard shortcuts, all tied to newfound abilities inside the revamped operating system. There are many more than we can list here, so head over to PCWorld’s guide to Windows 10’s keyboard shortcuts to learn all about them.


The legendary GodMode, a hidden staple for Windows power users, makes its return in Windows 10 . As before, activating it unveils a power user menu that brings together all of your system’s far-flung settings and configuration options into a single location. Just create a new folder and rename it to following:


Don’t forget the period after “GodMode”, and you can rename the “GodMode” portion whatever you’d like if you want another name for the folder.

Solitaire returns!

After being banished to the Windows Store in Windows 8, Solitaire is back in Windows 10, baby. But it can be tricky to find.

Solitaire’s not in the Start menu, and its old Start > Programs> Accessories > Games stomping grounds aren’t found in Windows 10. Looking for Solitaire in the All Apps section of the Start menu is also a fruitless endeavor—but that’s because the game’s officially called “Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Preview.” You can find that in All Apps, or just search for Solitaire. It’ll pop right up.



Did you break something in Windows 10 or one of your Microsoft apps? Don’t sweat it—help is just a few clicks away.

Just look for the new Contact Support app inside the All Apps menu. It can point you towards the appropriate community forums to find help for the issue, or even connect you with a Microsoft support representative via online chat or phone if you stumble into a particularly bad problem.

Offline Maps

Speaking of apps, the revamped universal Maps app, like any maps tool worth using (and unlike the

Windows 8 Maps app), packs an offline maps feature. Click the Settings (gear) icon in Maps, then select

Download or update maps under the “Offline maps” header.

You’ll be bounced to the Settings app, where you’ll be able to select which continent, then country whose offline map you’d like to download. (If you’re downloading a U.S. map, you'll also have to select which state you need.) Helpfully, Windows tells you how large the download will be before you start scraping the maps.


The customization doesn’t end there. Windows 10 offers you more granular control over the color of your taskbar, Start menu, and search field.

Open the Start menu and head to Settings > Personalization > Colors to start tweaking things. The

“Automatically pick a color from my background” option does what it claims, then applies that color to the Cortana/search field and underneath the icons of open apps. “Show color on taskbar and Start menu” also does just that, while disabling “Make Start menu transparent”—which is enabled by default—removes the subtle see-through effect in favor of a full-blown opaque background for both the

Start menu and the taskbar.

Enable Tablet Mode

Windows 10’s Continuum, which dynamically switches from the traditional desktop to a more Metrolike interface when you’re using a touchscreen, is supposed to kick into action when you connect or disconnect a keyboard from your Windows hybrid or tablet. But what if you’re using a standard PC and just plain love full-screen apps and the Live-Tile-strewn Start screen, rather than the Start menu?

Easy! Activate Tablet Mode. Open up Windows 10’s new Action Center—the small icon that looks like a comic-book word bubble in your system tray—and click the Tablet Mode button. Everything will be removed from your desktop, save for spaced-out icons for the Start button, Cortana, and Task View.

(Want your open and pinned apps to stay on the taskbar? The option's found in Tablet Mode settings, which we cover later.) Now press the Start button to bask in the full-screen apps and Start screen, since that's obviously your thing.

Tinker with Tablet Mode

But what if you don’t want to fuss with all that manual Tablet Mode labor? While Windows 10 should intelligently switch between the two when you’re using a hybrid, you can also tweak how the operating system handles Continuum.

Simply search for “Tablet Mode” and select the “Tablet Mode Settings” option that appears. Here, you’ll be able to tell Windows whether you want to even use Tablet Mode on this device, and specify how you want to handle Tablet Mode prompts if so. You can also tell Windows to keep your open and pinned apps on the taskbar when in Tablet Mode if you so desire, as well as to boot into tablet mode at startup.

Get rid of the old stuff

When you upgrade to Windows 10 over an existing Windows 7 or 8 installation, it keeps a copy of your old operating system around in a folder dubbed Windows.old just case you need to revert back for any reason. If you know you’re never going back you can delete that folder to reclaim the lost gigabytes— but it’s not as simple as right-clicking on it and selecting Delete.

Search for “Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files”. Click the shortcut, select your primary hard drive (if you have multiple installed), and in the window that appears, click “Clean up system files.”

After Windows thinks for a second, check the “Previous Windows installations” box in the list, then click

OK and confirm you want to delete the files.

Manage your notifications

System-wide notifications were a highlight feature for Windows Store apps in Windows 8, and Windows

10’s new Action Center lets you actually manage them, making notifications useful rather than one-off shouts into the wind.

You might not want every Windows Store app you install barking at you all the time, however, or maybe you don’t want to see any notifications while you’re in presentation mode. To tinker with you your notification settings, head to Start menu > Settings > Systems > Notifications and actions. Individual

Windows Store apps tend to have more granular notification options in the Settings menus inside the apps themselves.

Edge's reading enhancements

Windows 10’s new Edge browser drags Microsoft’s web efforts into the modern era, with a blazing fast engine and nifty forward-thinking tricks like intelligent, automatic Cortana integration for supplementing the info you’re looking at. But to me, the most refreshing aspects of Edge are its reader-first extras, which carry over from Windows 8’s Metro IE app: Reading View and Reading List.

Reading View (the small book icon, next to the bookmark star in the browser bar) strips away ads, sidebar images, and other clutter to present a clean, straightforward reading experience. Edge also supports sharing to the Reading List app, which functions like Pocket or Instapaper, essentially letting you a story for later reading. To save a juicy article, simply click the bookmark star and opt to save the article to your Reading List rather than as a bookmark.

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Reader Ronald Lenci is wondering what will happen to his Win7 setup if he upgrades it to Win10. The answer applies to Win8, too.

After July 29, can the Win10 download be used to make a dual-boot setup on a separate drive, so that Win7 is still left on the system as a backup?”

The initial Win10 release — the free version many users have opted for in the “Get Win10″ program (MS info ) — is an upgrade. By design, almost all operating-system upgrades replace your current setup.

The details are still fuzzy, but Microsoft says that after installing and activating the Win10 upgrade, you’ll be able to download a Win10 .iso file, which you can use for repairs or to perform a clean install of


But that’s after the free upgrade.

If you want to be certain to preserve your current setup, you need to take some protective steps.

The best approach is to make a full-image backup of your Win7/8 setup. Do this now, prior to the upgrade. First and foremost, that full-image backup will let you undo a failed upgrade or some other significant problem. (Win10 will likely offer some kind of emergency roll-back mechanism, but I think it’s nuts to totally rely on black-box automated tools whose operation is out of your control.)

Beyond disaster recovery, having an image can also let you access and resurrect files from your old setup, if and when needed (more on this in a moment).

You might also be able to use the Win7/8 image to create a dual-boot setup. First, upgrade to Win10; then restore your previous Win7/8 setup to a new partition, disk, or drive. Then let Win10 manage the dual-booting process.

There are, however, two wild cards here. Until Win10 ships, we won’t know how it’ll handle dualbooting; we also don’t know whether Microsoft will allow the re-use of original Win7/8 product keys for reactivation.

We should have answers to both questions soon after Win10 ships.

But again, the task you should tackle right now is to make a complete system image of your current setup. It’s an invaluable safety precaution and will let you keep all your options open — no matter how the Win10 upgrade goes.

If you need a refresher on creating image backups, see:

“Step two: Create a full-system image” in the May 12, 2011, Top Story , “Build a complete

Windows 7 safety net”

“How File History creates reliable local backups” in the Jan. 15 Top Story , “Mastering Windows 8’s backup/restore system”

There also are many third-party imaging tools available, both free and paid. See, for example, EaseUS

Todo Backup , Macrium Reflect , AOMEI Backupper , and many, many others.

Also, for information on how to verify the integrity of native Windows or third-party images and backups, see the April 16 Top Story , “How to safely test file and image backups.”

That article also shows how you might be able to access — and even selectively extract — files from an image/backup without a complete restore to a real or virtual hard drive.

With a current, complete, tested, known-good image of your current setup safely tucked away, you can approach the Win10 upgrade with confidence.

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Hi everyone,

We have a new build for PCs releasing today to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring – Build 10158. This build is full of improvements to stability and quality as well as some additional UI polish. It also has some great new features included for Microsoft Edge as well.

Here is what’s new in this build

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After using Windows 10 for almost a week, I’ve discovered some neat little changes and features that

Microsoft hasn’t yet discussed — smart tweaks that, if you’re a mouse-and-keyboard user looking for a reason to upgrade from Windows 7, you will be very pleased with. Let’s dive straight in with my favorite secret/hidden features of Windows 10.

Explorer now has a “Home” tab

In the last few versions of Windows, opening My Computer or a new Explorer window would show you your computer’s various storage locations and shortcuts to default folders like Documents and My

Pictures. In Windows 10 , you now end up in a new view called Home, which shows Favorites, Frequent

Folders, and Recent Files. Take a look at the screenshot below and you’ll see what I mean.

Windows 10, Explorer’s new Home tab

Favorites seems to be where Documents or My Pictures should appear. I don’t know the math behind the Frequent Folders, but it looks like it just tracks which folders I’ve opened the most times. Recent

Files is like the Recent Places feature that premiered in Windows Vista, but just for files.

I assume that folders can be added to the Favorites section, but I haven’t yet worked out how to do it.

(To be honest, the more advanced features of Explorer, like Libraries, are still pretty hard to penetrate.)

“This PC” is still available from the left-hand menu if you want to manage your various storage locations/default folders. I like the new Home tab a lot.

You can finally put the Recycle Bin on the taskbar

Rather than having to poke around Explorer or minimize everything and find the Recycle Bin icon on the

Desktop, in Windows 10 you can now add the Recycle Bin to both the taskbar and the Start menu. Yes, that is the sound of many brains exploding as they catastrophically realize the enormity of this change.

Windows 10, resized Start menu

The Windows 10 Start menu is resizable

This one is a bit odd: You can make the Windows 10 Start menu as tall or as wide as you like. If you want to have a Start menu that takes up the entire left side of your screen, or a narrow strip across the

taskbar, then that’s now possible. The taskbar itself is also resizable, which means you can do weird stuff like this:

Windows 10, resized Start menu and taskbar. Could you do this in Windows 7 or 8…?

I’m not sure if this is second bit is intentional or not. A resizable Start menu is quite cool, though!

Cortana is almost definitely coming to Windows 10

After a little bit of poking around (searching for “Cortana” in Explorer) I found a lot of references to

Cortana in Windows 10 Technical Preview; there’s even a Windows.Cortana.dll, just sitting there in the System32 directory.

You also get a bunch of Cortana-related hits if you search for “Cortana” within the Registry Editor.

None of this is to say that Cortana is definitely coming to Windows 10 — there are lots of other reasons for those files/registry entries being there, such as the ghost of an early internal test — but I’d say it’s pretty likely. We should hopefully see Cortana in the next beta of Windows 10.

Windows 10 notifications/toasts, in the top right corner

Windows 10 notifications/toasts, in the top right corner

Notifications and toasts in Windows 10

While Windows 10’s rumored Notification Tray isn’t yet in the Technical Preview, there are some new pretty toasts/notifications that pop up in the top right corner of the screen. These notifications appear to replace the speech bubbles that used to pop out of the system tray (the bottom right corner of the taskbar, unless you’re one of those heathens who has moved the taskbar to a non-standard location).

You can see two example notifications in the images above, but there are similar toasts for successful uploads to Dropbox and similar activities.

As far as I can tell, these notifications/toasts are configured through the same interface that Metro notifications used in Windows 8/8.1 — i.e. in PC Settings (see below). It seems desktop apps like VLC and the Adobe Creative Cloud manager/updater were automatically added to the list of apps that are allowed to pop up notifications.

It’s entirely possible that this is all the Desktop interface is going to get, in terms of notifications. The new Notification Tray might only be coming to the Metro interface.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

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On July 29, Microsoft's goal of having Windows 10 running on a billion devices in the next three years begins.

It's been a long ride, but at the end of July, millions of users around the world will finally get their hands on Windows 10 . In this new release, Microsoft is going back to the drawing board to make Windows better. The company is doing this by bringing back many of the familiarities of Windows 7 with a mix of

Windows 8.1 functionality, brand new features, such as Cortana , Settings, and universal Windows apps, and changing the way people upgrade to the next operating system. So far things are looking very good.

Below you will find everything you need to know to prepare your computer to upgrade to Windows 10.

From making sure all your system's components are compatible with the new operating system, to preparing a recovery plan, to making the necessary changes to prevent possible hiccups during the process.

Making sure Windows 10 is compatible with your PC

One of the efforts to put Windows 10 on a billion devices is by making the operating system free for the first year after the release, for everyone running a genuine version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and

Windows 8.1 Update . Recently an important update (KB3035583) has rolled out adding the "Get

Windows 10" app on qualifying PCs to allow users to reserve their free copy of Windows 10.

However, the app offers more than just a way to reserve a copy of the operating system; it also includes a tool to check your PC to see if it's compatible with Windows 10. While almost every computer running

Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be compatible, the app is very handy to detect if certain applications or hardware currently installed on your computer will work after the upgrade.

If you already see the Start button icon in the notification area (bottom-right corner), click it to launch the "Get Windows 10" app. From the top-left, click the hamburger button, and then from the menu, click Check your PC. If everything is good, you'll see a green message saying "This PC meets the system requirements", and you can now safely click the Reserve button to complete the reservation.

If there is an issue, you will see it listed under Devices and Apps. For more information about the what the report covers, check this support page from Microsoft .

While most hardware and software should work without a problem, typical compatibility issues could include wireless and Bluetooth adapters, outdated drivers, and very old applications.

If you find something that isn't compatible, it doesn't necessarily mean that you cannot install Windows

10. But, you should halt the reservation, go to your PC manufacturer's support website and see if there are any updates or drivers available for that particular product.

Even though Windows can detect and install most device drivers, it's a good idea to always update to the latest and just to have them handy in case you need to reinstall any of them after the upgrade.

(Trust me, you don't want a network adapter problem after the upgrade and without a network connection to find a solution.)

Here is a list of the most common PC manufacturer websites support to download drivers and software:

In the case you're dealing with an old application, see if there is an update available or decide if it's time to upgrade. If the app ends up being not compatible, but you want to use Windows 10, you can also opt to create a virtual machine running Windows 7 (keep in mind that a license may be required) to run the app. To do this, you can use free tools such as VirtualBox or Microsoft's Hyper-V (available on Windows

10 Pro).

You can always find more detailed information about Windows 10 compatibility for a particular application or hardware at the Windows Compatibility Center , but remember that the database is currently small, so results are limited.

There could be the case where you'll see the notification that you won't be able to restore factory settings. If you get this message, it means that the manufacturer has set up your PC to run from a compressed Windows image and included an option to restore factory settings. After the upgrade, you will not be able to restore to the original factory settings, but there will be other recovery options.

If you don't see the "Get Windows 10" app, chances are that one of following cases is true:

Your PC doesn't have installed update KB3035583

Your PC is having an issue with update KB3035583. Try uninstalling and reinstalling the update again.

Your PC is not running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update

Your PC is not compatible with Windows 10

Your PC is not running a genuine version of Windows

Note: Microsoft will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade, which means that you'll have to install the new version on top of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 in order to have a fully activated installation, but the company will also allow users to upgrade doing a clean install of the operating system. However, users will be forced to do the upgrade via Windows Update first, then being allowed to perform a clean install of Windows 10.

Now that you know your PC is ready, it's time to make sure you don't lose any settings, files, and you have a bulletproof recovery option.

The next step is to make a full backup of your system

I cannot stress this enough, but before even considering pressing the upgrade button, you have to understand that software could always fail and if something bad happens, you could lose many important files. To prevent such a nightmare, you need a recovery plan, but luckily, both Windows 7 and

Windows 8.1 come with a System image backup tool.

The System image backup can be found in the Control Panel and it's a tool that will help you to create a bit-by-bit copy of your entire system's hard drive, including operating system, settings, programs, and files.

You can check out our previous guide on how to create a full backup . The instructions applies for

Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10.

Once you have the backup created, you can move to the next step.

Knowing your Windows product key

Another step I personally like to do before modifying an installation of Windows is to make sure I have the product key of my current install. The product key could come in handy if for some reason the installation gets corrupted and I have to start from scratch by installing the previous version of Windows again. Or sometimes it could even happen that the setup process could ask you for the product key during the upgrade, even though it shouldn't. Also, you'll need the product key if you are planning to perform a clean installation of Windows 10.

Now, chances are that you probably have the product key on the original box that came with a copy of the operating system, or it's printed out on a label attached to your computer, or you have this

information sent to you via email after you purchased Windows. However, if you don't have this information, you'll have to resort to specific tools that can allow you to pull the product key from the current installation.

One of the tools that can help you with this task is KeyFinder . This is a tool that you can download for free to recover Windows and Office product keys. This product also offers a paid version to recover keys from thousands of other software products, but the free version is all you need.

Once you open the app, you can easily save all the information on a text file for later use. If you're using

OneDrive, you can save it there and this file will then be accessible from your phone or a secondary computer.

Keep in mind the minimum requirements to install Windows 10

While most machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are likely to run Windows 10 flawlessly,

Microsoft has a minimum spec requirement to install the new operating system:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Display: 1024x600

Disabling unnecessary security software during the upgrade

While your computer should never be without security protection, sometimes antivirus, spyware, and other security software may be the common causes for an unsuccessful installation of an operating system. During the installation process try to disable any antivirus, firewall, and other security software you may have installed in your computer. Even better, many times it is recommended to uninstall this type of software and then reinstall again after the upgrade.

For example, to disable Microsoft's free antivirus, open Control Panel, click Windows Defender, then navigate to the Settings tab, uncheck the Turn on real-time protection (recommended), and click Save


And to disable Windows Firewall, open Control Panel, click Windows Firewall, from the left pane click

Turn Windows Firewall on or off, and turn off the firewall on "Private network settings" and "Public network settings".

In other cases, some programs that start in the background also be the cause of an unsuccessful installation. To prevent this, disable and/or uninstall any application that starts at boot during the upgrade process. In addition, before beginning with the installation process, close all running applications as this could also issues during the installation.

Making space for the upgrade

Although your computer is likely to have enough space to perform the upgrade, you're required to have at least 5GB free. If you don't have enough disk space available, you can make more space by moving files, such as Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music, to an alternate location.

You can also uninstall programs that you don't need or rarely use. In addition, you can run the Windows

Disk Cleanup tool to delete unnecessary files like Temporary Internet Files, Debug Dump Files, Recycle

Bin, Temporary Files, System error memory dump files, old updates, and pretty much any else in the list.

The cleanup task is straightforward:

1- Open File Explorer and navigate to This PC

2- Right-click the Windows drive (typically the C:/ drive), and click on Properties

3- Then click the Disk Cleanup button and after you're shown the results, click the Clean up system files button

4- From the list check all files you want to delete, click OK, and Delete Files

If that isn't enough to free up disk space, the Windows 10 installation process allows you to connect an external drive that the setup can use for temporary storage, but again it has to have at least 5GB of free space. Then, after the upgrade process completes, you can disconnect the drive.

Disconnect unnecessary peripherals

Another factor that can prevent a successful installation are peripherals connected to the computer.

These devices could interrupt the installation because Windows 10 is trying to install them, but they are either not compatible or the latest drivers are not available at the time of installation.

Before beginning with the upgrade process, disconnect all the peripherals that are not necessary, you'll probably be OK by having connected only a mouse, keyboard, and monitor.

Windows 10, Windows Insiders, and Windows 10 Preview

There has been some miscommunication between Microsoft and Windows Insiders, but now the information is clear how the upgrade process will work with insiders, so you can be prepare.

If you installed any of the Windows 10 Previews on a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 as an upgrade, you'll be able to upgrade to the final release of Windows 10 and the operating system will stay fully activated.

If you've performed a clean installation of Windows 10 Preview, you'll have to roll back to your previous version, before upgrading to the final version of Windows 10 and have the operating system fully activated.

If you have performed a clean installation using Windows 10 Preview and you don't have an eligible version of Windows to upgrade for free, you can upgrade to Windows 10 RTM, but it will be just another pre-release build. It will be activated with a pre-release product key and it will expire after a certain amount of time, so as long you signed in with your Microsoft Account, you can continue to get new builds. Basically, while you can use Windows 10 for free, the Windows Insider program is not a path to obtain a product key of the operating system.

For those still wondering, you can find out which version of Windows 10 you will get when you upgrade for free here .

Wrapping things up

While the upgrade process should be as easy as pressing a single upgrade button, you can see that there are a number of steps you have to make sure you follow to prepare your PC for a new operating system and minimize any issues.

Windows 10 is set to launch on July 29, 2015 , and those who reserve a free copy will begin receiving the bits via Windows Update, so make sure to also check that Windows Update is enabled in Control Panel.

Finally, remember that you'll also need a Microsoft Account if you want to take full advantage of the new operating system and be able to install apps from the Windows Store.

How are you preparing for Windows 10? If you have extra tips, let us know in the comments below.

Happy Windows 10 upgrade!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

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It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.

Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10 . Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.

Here's the tl;dr:

For Windows 10, Microsoft will continue its traditional 10-year support lifecycle. The five-year mainstream support phase begins with the release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and a second five-year extended support phase begins in 2020 and extends until October 2025. (That's a few months later than July 29, 2025, because of the way Microsoft calculates support dates.)

A note to that policy qualifies the support commitment to devices where the OEM continues to support Windows 10 on that device.

Back in January, Windows boss Terry Myerson announced the new "Windows as a service" plan, using this language:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device - at no additional charge.

Today's announcement clears up the "supported lifetime of the device" controversy.

Here's the full text of the footnote:

** Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported. Updates may include new features, fixes

(security and/or non-security), or a combination of both. Not all features in an update will work on all devices. A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's ("OEM") support period.

Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator

(e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).

There will be no charges for updates during the supported phase. There will be no Windows 10 subscription fees during the supported phase.

If you're concerned about the ramifications of that OEM support clause, you can rest easy, based on what I've heard from insiders with knowledge of the new rules.

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You can upgrade to Windows 10 today even on devices where the OEM does not officially support

Windows 10 and has no plans to do so. If an OEM sells a device running Windows 10 today and stops delivering driver and firmware updates for it, the device will continue working and it won't stop receiving updates.

It's possible that some new features in a future version of Windows 10 won't work on older devices. In fact, that scenario is already true for the Windows Hello feature, which will only be available at launch on a handful of devices with Intel RealSense cameras. But in those cases the devices will still receive security fixes and other feature updates for which it's eligible.

One question Microsoft didn't answer today is what happens in two or three years. In the past, that would have been time for a new version of Windows to take its place on the support lifecycle chart and bump the old one down a notch. With Windows as a continually evolving platform, that option isn't available.

One clue about what happens next is in that updated support lifecycle page. All other client operating systems are listed by their major version number: Windows 7, Windows 8, and so on. The new entry reads, "Windows 10, released in July 2015."

My guess, based on that language, is that in the next two years or so we'll see an extension of the 10year lifecycle based on a new baseline release date. But that's just speculation, and we'll have to wait for the actual answer.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

2:08 PM

There’s some misinformation floating around out on the Interwebs about Microsoft secretly planning to charge Windows 10 users for updates two to four years down the road, with the little dig that the free upgrade you’re about to get to Windows 10 isn’t really free. This simply isn’t true. The free Windows 10 upgrade is free, with no caveats.

This silliness started with a report by Computerworld’s normally reliable Gregg Keizer, who is using a publicly-posted Microsoft PowerPoint presentation aimed at investors as his source.

The slide deck explains Microsoft’s new revenue recognition model for Windows 10, which is necessitated by the new way that the firm is selling and updating the OS. In the past, Microsoft would typically defer upgrade revenue for a new Windows OS until the quarter in which the new version was released, but with Windows 10, (virtually) everyone is getting it for free so there are no pre-release upgrade revenues to defer.

So this time, everything is different. And Microsoft will instead defer some Windows 10 revenues starting after the OS launches. But the goal is the same: stagger revenue reporting so that there are fewer highs and lows. In this case, Windows 10 revenues will be spread over three years, with the first third of each dollar taken in recorded that fiscal year, the next third a year later, and the final third on the third year. You can see that here:

So where does Keizer’s imaginary secret plan to charge people who upgraded to Windows 10 for free come from, you ask? From a footnote on one of only two actual content-based slides in this very short slide deck. It reads:

“Revenue allocated is deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis over the estimated period the software upgrades are expected to be provided by estimated device life, which can range from two to four years.”

This says that Microsoft expects Windows 10 devices to have an average life span of two to four years, which makes sense since most major versions of Windows have a three-year life span in the market. But

Keizer is confusing things because this is about revenue on new Windows 10 devices: Microsoft is deferring that revenue for three years because that’s the average life span of the devices that generated the revenue. There are no revenues on free upgrades.

This slide says absolutely nothing about how long Microsoft plans to provide free updates to Windows

10. But since Microsoft was previously very clear about this, let’s just examine their original statement, which Keizer helpfully provides:

“We will continue to keep Windows 10 current for the supported lifetime of the device,” Microsoft said.

“We think of Windows as a Service — continuous updates over time.”

So what’s the supported lifetime of the device? Ed Bott has found the answer in Microsoft’s newlyreleased Windows 10 lifecycle policy for Windows 10 :

“A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported. Updates may include new features, fixes (security and/or non-security), or a combination of both. Not all features in an update will work on all devices. A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period.

Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator

(e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).”

As Ed writes, “There will be no charges for updates during the supported phase. There will be no

Windows 10 subscription fees during the supported phase.”

And by the way. The supported lifecycle of Windows 10? It’s 10 years. Just like every other major

Windows release.

Moving on.

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Though Windows 10 puts an increased emphasis on the classic desktop experience, it does carry over some elements of the Metro UI, which debuted with Windows 8 in 2012.

They include the ability to add, remove, and pin shortcuts to Metro apps, folders, and other files and programs directly to the new Start menu, much the way you’re able to do in the Windows 8 Start screen.


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You may not be completely pleased with the default Start menu setup in Windows 10, and we realize that you might want to change things up and swap out what’s in there for the apps and files that you want easy access to. That’s why we’re putting together this guide to show you how easy it is to customize multiple aspects the Start menu.

How to personalize the Windows 10 Start menu

Customizing the contents of the Start menu mostly consists of getting familiar with the right-click sub menu. For instance, if you want to add something to Start menu, just seek it out by searching or scrolling for it in “All Apps,” right-click on it, and hit “Pin to Start.”

Voila! A shortcut to that item should now reside in the Start menu. Of course, if you want to remove that shortcut, or anything else, just right-click, and hit “Unpin from Start.”

You can resize tiles and shortcuts in the Start menu by right-clicking on them on as well.

With “Resize” open, just select one of the available options to make the shortcut bigger or smaller.

Want to reorganize the shortcuts in the Start menu? Just drag and drop like you would with anything on the desktop.

If you want to change how the Start menu looks, Windows 10 allows you to change its color. To do so, right-click on a blank portion of it, and hit “Personalize.”

Here, you can pick out colors, adjust their intensity, and combine settings like Hue, Saturation, and

Brightness to give your Start menu an even fresher look.

The Start menu may get a lot more features and tricks between now and Windows 10’s full release in mid-2015. For now, Microsoft offers a fair amount of personalization options which should suffice for most users, though we wish the size of tiled shortcuts could be adjusted by clicking on their edges and dragging, as you would with classic programs and windows.

Nevertheless, Microsoft is off to a solid start with the new Start menu overall.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

1:18 PM

For the longest time, notifications in the Windows operating system have been something of a joke. In

Windows 10, however, users are finally treated to a notification center they can use.

Notifications can make or break a system, and in each one be it Android, iOS, or OS X, notifications comprise an important aspect of user/app interaction. Windows 8 introduced its own toast notifications, which were small rectangular boxes that slid out from the top-right corner. Truth be told, they never really caught on and the worst part was, once a notification disappeared, it was gone forever.

Toast notifications now slide out from the bottom-right edge instead of the top.

To fix this, Microsoft has introduced a new notification center, known as the “Action Center”, which retains your notification history so if you miss anything, you can open the center up and review them. To open the Action Center, click the icon as shown in the following screenshot.

The Action Center displays all your previous notifications, which you can go back and expand to review or clear out if desired. Click “Clear all” to do this in one go, or click the “X” to delete each one individually.

At the bottom of the Action Center are four settings, which can be expanded to show everything.

These are called “Actions” and can be configured in the Settings, which we’ll talk about next.

To configure notifications and the Action Center, open the settings, then the System group, and then click “Notifications and actions”. The top-most set of options are the “Quick actions”.

These are the first four actions you’ll see whenever you open the Action Center. You can change these to the ones you think you’ll use most often.

If you click the link “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” you’ll be able to decide how crowded or sparse the system tray is, or you can just turn them all “Off”.

As with previous Windows versions, you can also turn system icons on or off, such as the clock, volume control, and even the Action Center itself.

There are five options to control notifications in Windows 10, though unfortunately you cannot turn off notification sounds. This must still be done in the Sound control panel, which we described in an earlier article .

Turning off the first two options will likely quash many to most notifications, so if you don’t like receiving them, then you’re going to want to start turning options off.

All these options will subdue notifications to a varying extent. Note, the last option will hide notifications so you don’t suffer interruptions while making presentations.

There are also options to turn off notifications from specific apps. So, if you don’t want to disable app notifications wholesale, but still don’t want to see them from certain ones, you can selectively disable them.

As you can see, the Action Center is a welcome addition to the Windows operating system. Finally users can track events and won’t miss anything important.


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Further, the ability to customize which actions are available at your fingertips adds a greater level of customization so if you use certain controls far more frequently than others, you’re not constantly having to dig into the settings to use them.

We’d like to hear from you now, what do you think of Windows 10’s new Action Center? Does it address

Windows’ notification issues, or would you like to see it do more? Please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.

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Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 8/8.1 but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any growing pains as you get used to this new operating system. Quite a few things have been moved around, some things are where they used to be in Windows 7 but it’s just harder to find them. The system tray for example used to have a customize option that opened the relevant Control Panel setting screen that would allow you to select whether an icon should appear in the tray and in which cases it should be visible. That useful little customize option is no longer there. Here’s how you can select which icons appear in the system tray in Windows 10.

There’s two ways to do this. The first and most familiar one is to open the Taskbar properties window.

Right-click the Taskbar and select Properties.

Click the ‘Customize’ button next to the Notification Area field and it will bring up the following window that you’re already familiar with. Alternatively, you can go to Control Panel\All Control Panel

Items\Notification Area Icons.

The alternative method is to launch the Settings app from the Notification Center. Go to

System>Notifications and actions and under the Notifications section, click ‘Select which icons appear on the taskbar’.

You can turn them on/off here. Granted this doesn’t give you the same level of customization as the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons screen but it’s a faster way to manage them all at once, and you can also enable all icons to show by default.

What goes without saying here is that it needs a little refinement and some clean-up.


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In Windows 10, File Explorer opens at the Quick Access folder by default. With build 9926, it is possible to change the File Explorer behavior and set it to Open This PC instead of Quick Access. Here is how.

How to Open This PC instead of Quick Access by default in File Explorer

Microsoft has added a new option which allows you to set File Explorer to open the This PC folder by

default. You need to do the following:

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Switch to the View Ribbon tab and click the Folder Options icon:

3. Under the General tab in Folder options select This PC for the Open File Explorer to: drop down list:

You are done. Now press Win + E shortcut keys on the keyboard or just click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar. It will open This PC for you:

That's it!

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7 & Windows 8/8.1

AeroRainbow Change Aero color automaticaly depending on current wallpaper, active window, in random order or by predefinied list of colors

Startup Sound Enabler for Windows 8 Will allow you to have a startup sound in Windows 8.x with just one click

Cursor Commander Apply and share cursors with one click

IE Search Customizer Allows you to define and control useful search aliases in Internet Explorer

Winaero WEI Tool The Windows Experience Index is revived in Windows 8.1

Winaero Charms Bar Killer Allows you to get rid of Charms Bar in Windows 8.1/Windows 8 completely

Winaero ColorSync Allows you to apply the color of the Start Screen to window borders and vice versa automatically

Lock Screen Customizer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 Take full control of the Lock Screen: autochange backgrounds and tweak many other options

StartIsGone for Windows 8.1

Allows you to remove useless Start button in Windows 8.1 and free the taskbar space

Pin to 8 Can pin anything to your Start Screen or Taskbar at Windows 8

Start Screen Color Tuner for Windows 8.1

Allows you to customize the colors of the logon screen and the Start screen

Context Menu Tuner Allows you to customize the context menu of Explorer

Taskbar Pinner Universal pinner software for your taskbar!

Explorer Toolbar Editor Allows you to change Explorer toolbar buttons in Windows 7

RegOwnershipEx Take ownership and access of registry keys and jump to them directly

Winaero Screensavers Tweaker Allows you to change hidden settings of default screensavers in

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Winaero Theme Switcher Allows you to apply a Windows theme via command prompt

Deskthemepack Installer for Windows 7 Add the *.deskthemepack file format of Windows 8 to

Windows 7

ElevatedShortcut for Windows 7 and Windows 8 Allows you bypass UAC prompt for selected applications

User List Enabler for Windows 8 The best way to prevent Windows 8 from automatically logging in the last user

Ribbon Disabler for Windows 8 Disables the Ribbon in Windows 8's File Explorer

Alt Tab Tuner VIII Tweak hidden settings of Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 8

Start Screen Animations Tweaker Enable advanced animations for your Start Screen in Windows 8

Skip Metro Suite Skips the Start Screen, disables edge panels - Charms Bar and top-left Switcher

Sign In Screen Color Changer Change color of sign in screen in Windows 8

Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8 Allows you to add or remove Win+X menu items

AutoPin Controller No more crap at Start Screen

Win+R Alias Manager Handy and fast way to run your favorite software

Photo Viewer Background Changer Change the background color of Windows Photo Viewer or Live


Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner Allows you to modify hidden settings of taskbar thumbnails in Windows

7 and Windows 8

Librarian Powerful libraries manager for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Desktop Background Tuner Windows Desktop Background feature tweaker for Windows 7 and

Windows 8

WMP12 Library Background Changer Changes the library background image of Windows Media

Player 12 in Windows 7 and Windows 8

TakeOwnershipEx Allows you to take ownership and get full access to files and folders

User Picture Tuner Changes animation and picture frame of the user avatar in Start Menu

Alt+Tab Tuner Tweaks hidden settings of Alt+Tab dialog in Windows

Personalization Panel 2.5

Premium personalization features for Windows 7 Starter & 7 Home Basic

SimpleSndVol Feature rich volume control application with balance, mouse scroll and hotkeys

ELE - elevated command prompt Reopens command prompt at the current path with administrator rights

Windows 7 Home Basic Color Changer Allows you to change the color of the taskbar and windows in Windows 7 Home Basic.

AeroWallpaperChanger Enhances Windows 7 Aero Glass effect with colors and changes the wallpaper

StarterDesktopSlideShow Adds the desktop slideshow feature to Windows 7 Starter

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How to customize the Windows 10 Start menu - CNET

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Make the new Start menu look pretty.

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Windows 10 is bringing back the Start menu -- or, well, a hybrid of the Start menu and the Windows 8

Start screen. The new Start menu has two sections: A classic Windows 7 Start menu on the left side

(complete with an All apps link), and a tile-laden Windows 8 Start screen on the right.

Here's how you can customize the new mashup Start menu/Start screen to suit your needs:

Switch between the Start menu and the Start screen

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If you're using a PC, Windows 10 will automatically give you a Start menu. But if you'd prefer the

Windows 8-style Start screen, you can force your PC into tablet mode. To switch to the Start screen, open Settings and click Personalization. Click Start and under Start behaviors you'll see an option to

Use full-screen Start when in desktop. Click the toggle to turn this option on, and you will now see a full-screen Start menu when you click the Windows button on your taskbar.

Change the color of the Start menu, taskbar and window borders

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To change the color of your Start menu, Start screen, taskbar, and window boarders, open up Settings and click Personalization. Go to Colors and choose an accent color (you can also opt to have an accent color chosen automatically from your background image).

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If you want your Start menu and Start screen to be brightly colored, you must turn on the option to

Show color on Start, taskbar and action center. If this option is turned off, your Start menu, taskbar and action center will be dark gray, but tiles will be colored in your accent color. You can also choose to make your Start menu/Start screen transparent or opaque.

Pin and unpin tiles

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To pin an app to the Start menu as a tile, find the app in the Start menu, right-click on it, and click Pin to

Start, or drag it and drop it into the tile section of the Start menu. To unpin a tile from the Start menu, right-click on the tile and click Unpin from Start. You cannot yet pin websites or files to the Start menu by dragging and dropping them, though a "Pin to Start menu" tooltip does pop up if you drag a website or a file over the Windows button.

Resize and move tiles

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Switching up your tiles in Windows 10 is like switching them up in Windows 8. To resize a tile, right-click on it and hover over Resize until the size menu pops up. Depending on the tile, you'll be able to choose small, medium, wide or large. To move a tile, click it, hold it and drag it to another part of the Start menu.

Edit the tile sections

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In Windows 10, like in Windows 8, you can divide your live tiles into different categories. To create a new category, click a tile, hold it, and drag it to the bottom of the Start menu until a black bar shows up.

Drop the tile below the black bar and your tile will end up in its own little section. Click the area above the tile (where you saw the black bar), and a white outline will appear. Start typing in this box to name your category. To rename a category, click a category name to highlight it, then start typing to edit it.

Pin items to the left side of the Start menu

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Just kidding -- you can't customize the left side of the Start menu, though you can remove items from the Most used list. To do this, right-click on the item you want to remove and click Don't show in this

list. To keep recent items from appearing, go to Settings > Personalization > Start and turn off Store and

display recently opened items in Start and the taskbar.

Editors' note: This How To post was originally published on January 26, 2015 and was updated on June

23, 2015 to reflect new information regarding Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 10130.

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Photo Gallery: Windows 10 Clean Install using the Media

Creation Tool

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As you prepare to clean install Windows 10 please take the time to read my article entitled How to make sure your free copy of Windows 10 is activated which was posted after this one.

An inplace upgrade must be completed first on your Windows 7 or 8.1 system to generate the proper codes for Microsoft to validate/activate the OS on that hardware.

The article has much more detail.


One of the big questions over the last few months about the release of Windows 10 was clean installing onto a former Windows 7 or 8.1 system and retaining proper activation of the subsequent Windows 10 install.

There is more than one way to get a clean install of Windows 10 in an upgrade scenario like this.

You could create USB installation media using the media creation tool Microsoft released for Windows

10 today and then boot from that, remove partitions and then install to that cleared drive. That process asks for a product key to be entered and I was unsuccessful in entering a Windows 7 or 8. key for that.

The product key step can be skipped so I did that and removed all partitions on the SSD and did a bare metal install signing in with my Microsoft Account.

When I checked the activation status following the install it showed the Windows 10 Pro was activated. Still not sure if it was tied to my Microsoft Account or not but that was the only common denominator between the clean install below and this one after I wiped out the partitions and laid down an entirely fresh install of Windows 10.

The other way to clean install from a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 system is to use the same media creation tool but instead of creating a USB drive to boot from just select the option to Upgrade this PC now. That will download the Windows 10 ISO and begin the upgrade directly in the current OS.

I then selected to keep nothing from the Windows 7 OS in this case so that meant no settings, files or anything was transferred into the new Windows 10 installation. I was also prompted to go through the entire Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) by selecting my basic settings including logging in with my

Microsoft Account.

When I logged into the desktop it was a clean installation of Windows 10 with only my info provided during OOBE there.

This was such a clean install that the Recovery option that is normally available for 30 days after upgrading Windows 7 or 8.1 was not even present.

I then checked the system page and it showed Windows 10 was activated and ready to go.

There is no reason to believe this same process would not work with a properly activated Windows 8 .1 system as well.

See the screenshot gallery for a walkthrough of the entire process.

Let us know how your own upgrade situations go in the comments below.

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Photo Gallery: Windows 10 - Create install media or download ISO from Microsoft

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29 July 2015 means Windows 10 has arrived and Microsoft has made it easy for any users to create their installation media to install the new OS.

This means if you understand the terms USB, ISO and installation media then you can jump the reservation line and begin your Windows 10 installation right now.

You can access the 32 and 64 bit version of the media creation tool from

See the screenshots in this gallery for images of the process and what to expect.

The following are needed to use these tools:

An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).

Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.

A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.

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Enrolling in the Windows Insider Program post Windows

10 release

Friday, July 31, 2015

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The Windows Insider program over the past 10 months accumulated over 5 million participants.

Microsoft is making a big push to keep as many of those Insiders enrolled and participating in the post release version of the program that will continue to test and flight updates for Windows 10 before they go public.

Right now the Windows Insider Program is on a small hiatus as the Windows team monitors the global roll out of Windows 10 which began today. However, at some point they will be looking to start maintaining the new operating system in a process known as Windows as a Service or WaaS. Windows

Insiders will continue to help with that development process as they have for the last 10 months.

Windows Insiders who have upgraded Windows 7 or 8.1 systems will have valid activated installations of

Windows 10 with an option to enroll in the post release Insider program.

I just tested this process on a system I upgraded from Windows 7 (SP1) to Windows 10 that was released on 29 July by Microsoft. I used the media creation tool Microsoft is providing and opted to upgrade that system rather than create installation media or download an ISO. I also selected to not leave anything on the system so no files, apps, programs or settings were brought forward in the installation process - basically a clean install.

Without having to enter any product key the Windows 10 installation was activated - fully valid and ready to go.

Here is the process to then enroll a similar system into the post-release Windows 10 Insider program:

Go to Settings>Windows Update>Advanced options and click on Get started under the Get Insider Builds area.

Read the warning about using pre-release software and click Next.

One last warning that you may have to remove everything from your system if you opt out of participating in the Insider program. Click Confirm to continue.

Click Restart now to reboot your system and complete enrollment in the post-release Insider program.

After the reboot if you head back into Settings>Windows Update>Advanced options you will that this machine is now setup to receive Insider builds. I suspect the Fix me is there because the Windows team has not flipped the switch on this side of the program.

If you want to stop Insider builds the click on Stop Insider builds in Settings>Windows Update>Advanced

options and then click Confirm and then you will be prompted to reboot as you were earlier.

The unknowns about the post-release Insider program is how much participation, new builds or updates will trigger a reinstallation of Windows. I expect those details will be published once the Windows team is ready to start working on the OS once again.

Are you planning to participate in the post-release Windows Insider program?

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Top 5 areas to update and customize after your Windows

10 upgrade

Friday, July 31, 2015

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On 29 July the 10 month public development journey of Windows 10 will end with the General

Availability of the new operating system.

Microsoft is planning the roll out in a measured approach to monitor the process and address any hitches that may occur along the way before opening the flood gates.

Initially Windows Insiders will be first to get the 29/7 bits and then those whom reserved a copy via the

Get Windows 10 App will be next. That group will be slowly allowed accessed to the upgrade in stages and this process could take several days.

Microsoft has been able to monitor the number of successful upgrades between builds in the Windows

Insider Program over the last 10 months so I am sure they will use this tool to track upgrades during the roll out.

At some point, when they are happy with how things are progressing, Microsoft will simply make the upgrade available on demand to anyone on Windows 7 (with SP1) and 8.1.

Again this could take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks – Microsoft has not made any statements relating to this schedule.

No matter when you gain access to Windows 10 for free the vast majority of users will move from their previous OS (Windows 7 and 8.1) to Windows 10 through an in place upgrade.

Over the last ten months I have performed multiple upgrades from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 as well as upgrades between Windows 10 builds. On the few occasions I experienced an issue the roll back process succeeded in getting me back to the previous OS so I could try again. I fully expect the smooth roll backs to be the case after 29/7 as well.

Once your upgrade to Windows 10 is complete you will arrive in the new OS ready to go with your compatible apps, programs and all of your files waiting for you.

I recommend that you take these five steps as you begin your own Windows 10 experience:

1. Update your Windows Store based apps

Developers have been busy updating their apps for Windows 10 and there have been updates for many of the built in apps as well. To do this just open the Windows Store and follow these steps:

1. Click on your user icon next to the Search box

2. On the drop down menu click Downloads.

This is the Downloads and installs page of the new Windows Store in Windows 10.

1. Click the Check for updates button to check all of your installed apps for updates.

2. Once that is done click the Update all button to update any apps.

Once the updates are in process you can monitor their progress and then close the Store app once everything is updated.

If the Windows Store app includes an update in this list I choose to pause it once I hit the Update all button and then once all other apps are installed then I hit the Play key to finish the Store update. Do not be alarmed when the Store closes during the update as that is normal.

Bonus Update Tip: Also visit Windows Update to make sure you have all the latest system updates for

Windows 10.

2. Customize and arrange your Start Menu layout

In an upgrade from Windows 8 .1 to Windows 10 your current Start Screen layout will carry over to the new Start Menu but the layout may not be the best use of the new Start Menu real estate. In addition to

Live Tiles you can also customize some of the new Windows 7 like Start Menu icons.

Rather than go through all of those steps here for you be sure to check out the various How-To’s we have created here on the SuperSite for those customizations:

Microsoft has decided to not bring back the popular Start Menu/Screen layout synching in Windows 10 so each device can have its own unique layout. This is actually beneficial if you have multiple devices with varying screen sizes.

3. Customize Microsoft Edge and import other browser Favorites

Microsoft Edge is the new browser from Microsoft that is Windows 10. Internet Explorer and any other browser you had installed on your previous system before the upgrade will still be available. However, if you want to use Microsoft Edge by default you will want to add a couple of optimizations and import your favorites from the other browsers on your system.

Again, let me point you towards the How-To’s we have already created in this area to get you started on this process:

Bonus Productivity Tip: Since Microsoft Edge does not support browser extensions and many other old technologies you may access a page and need to open it in IE instead.

From within Microsoft Edge it is very simple to do just that:

How To: Quickly Open Internet Explorer Pages in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

4. Customize the new File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer in Windows 7)

The new File Explorer in Windows 10 has a couple of customization options that can help you with your most commonly accessed areas of your computer. By setting these to your preferences you can shorten the amount of time it takes you to gain access to files across your system.

5. Customize Quick Action buttons in the Action Center

In Windows 10 we now have a brand new Action Center on our desktop and tablet devices which stores alerts for your apps and system while you work. You can easily look back at that list of alerts to make sure you have not missed any.

Included in the Action Center are Quick Action buttons and these provide you quick access to various settings and functionality on your device. While different system configurations will have different

options for what will appear in the Quick Action button options they can be customized to place your most accessed options within the top line of the Quick Action button area.

Here is how to customize that area:

How To: Setup Quick Action Buttons in Windows 10

That is it for my Top 5 suggestions – what about you? What are some of the first steps you plan to take with Windows 10 once you are upgraded?

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How To: Require Ctrl-Alt-Del Logon for Windows 10

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Windows 10 provides new security features and represents the most secure Windows ever through new techniques and technologies developed to protect users against the latest threats and intrusions.

Having to supply logon information through a password, pin, or even Windows Hello's new biometrics options is a best practice. It helps keep the unwanted from gaining access to your personal information.

If you're one of those that just really loved the way Windows used to require the 3-finger salute (Ctrl-

Alt-Del) to logon, you can re-enable that in Windows 10 to add an extra level of logon security.

Here's how to do it…

1. In the "Ask me anything" area of the Windows 10 taskbar…

2. …type: netplwiz and choose the "Run command" option.

3. When the "User Accounts" window opens, select the "Advanced" tab and check the box for

"Require users to press Ctrl-Alt-Del."

For IT Administrators, this option can be turned on across the entire PC population using Group Policy.

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How To: Adjust Cortana's Settings in Windows 10

Friday, July 31, 2015

3:08 PM

As described in an earlier article , Cortana is the personal assistant for your Windows devices, giving you the ability to organize your life and locate information that is unique to you. Cortana is not turned on by default, so you'll need to enable Cortana to use her - How To: Enabling Cortana in Windows 10 .

But, once you've enabled Cortana, you may want to adjust how she works. To do this:

1. Open Cortana's Windows 10 panel.

2. Tap or click the Settings icon.

Here you'll be able to modify things like:

Turn Cortana on or off. Turning Cortana off doesn't delete the information she's already captured for you. If you decide to turn her back on, the information will still be available.

Turn on or off whether you want Cortana to call you by name and even change the name she calls you.

Alter how Cortana automatically detects and tracks your information. Cortana uses a number of mechanisms, including sifting through your emails to find information about things such as trips, flights, and appointments.

Indicate whether Cortana should sit at the ready and listen for you to say "Hey Cortana." When this is turned on, Cortana is always ready and waiting for your voice commands to allow handsfree interaction. A PC or table microphone is required.

Additionally, beyond the first page of Cortana settings sits ways for managing your Bing search history (Cortana is powered by Bing), managing how Microsoft advertising works and other personalization information.

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Windows 10 shortcuts

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Here are some of Windows 10 shortcuts for accessing settings and programs. They all

require you to press the Windows key while typing. All of these will be explained in class.

Sign – Sign-in options

Restore – System Restore

File History – File History of course

Control – Control Panel

Word – Microsoft Word. Same for Excel or PowerPoint

Netplwiz – Access the Netplwiz to change log in settings

Sleep – change when the PC Sleeps

Default – change your Default Programs

Power – Power and Sleep settings

Note – Notepad

Paint – The Windows Paint program

Home – change your Home Page

Recovery – Recovery Options or Create a Recovery Drive

Backup – create a system image

Reset – Reset your PC

UAC – allows you to change the User Account Controls settings

Cortana - set up the Cortana search options

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