Windows 10 Field Guide
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Windows 10 Field Guide

Last updated on 2019-01-21

About the Book

Windows 10 Field Guide is a full-length e-book about the latest version of Microsoft Windows, aimed at those users who will upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or acquire Windows 10 with a new PC.

Windows 10 Field Guide is...

Self-published. We wrote this book ourselves and there's no publishing company to get in the way. Because it's electronic, not paper, we can and will keep it up to date regularly going forward.

Transparent. This book is written and updated transparently and publicly, over time, so you can follow along, download updates, and provide feedback as it is updated. That is, unlike a book that is published traditionally and left to sit (rot?) on a book store's shelves, Windows 10 Field Guide is a living, breathing entity. And it will continue to grow and evolve as Windows 10 does over the coming weeks, months, and years. You get updates for free, at least through the end of 2018 and to include Windows 10 version 1809.

Inexpensive. A traditional technical book about Windows 10 typically retails for $29.99 to $49.99 and is made available in print and e-book formats. But the authors receive only a very small portion of that price. With Windows 10 Field Guide, we are using the pricing model popularized by mobile apps, but with a twist: we're letting you, the reader, pick your price so you can pay more than our recommended price of $9.99.

Available in multiple formats. So what does $9.99 buy you these days? In this case, it provides you with one or more electronic versions of the book in the following formats: PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Get one, get them all. And get updates as they come out.

Not available directly from Kindle or other e-book platforms.Thanks to our previous experiences dealing with these organizations, we are only offering this book directly to you, the reader. No worries: it will always work properly with Kindle, Nook, or whatever other e-book software you use. We're just cutting out the middleman. Again.

A how-to and a reference. This book provides tips, how-to's and reference information about Windows 10, and assumes only that you have used some version of Windows previously. But rather than cover every single little checkbox and option in all apps and features, this book focuses on the important stuff, on what's new and what's changed in Windows 10, so you can quickly get up to speed and master this new OS version and be productive as quickly as possible.

Interactive. You're a part of this, too, or at least you can be. We want to hear from you while we're updating the book, and if you have any feedback about what's already written, the topic coverage, the formatting, or whatever, we're listening.

Windows 10 Field Guide is the only Windows book you'll ever need. And if it isn't, tell us. We'll fix it.

Thanks for reading. Seriously, we couldn't---and wouldn't---have done this without you.

--- Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera and Martin McClean

About the Authors

Paul Thurrott
Paul Thurrott

Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at, and the co-host of three podcasts: Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, What the Tech with Andrew Zarian, and First Ring Daily with Brad Sams. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows. You can reach Paul via email or on Twitter at @thurrott.

Rafael Rivera
Rafael Rivera

Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company where he works on mission critical systems for the United States Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He is also a certified reverse engineering analyst and takes Windows apart for fun in his free time.

Martin McClean
Martin McClean

Martin McClean is a computer scientist, electronic engineer and writer. He works as a program manager developing mobile software. He is a huge fan of all things Windows and he loves creating visual content, especially technical posters.

Table of Contents

  • About the Book
    • Trademarks and disclaimers
    • Publication history
    • Meet the authors
    • Thanks!
  • Get More Posters!
  • Introduction
  • Install Windows 10
    • Can you install Windows 10 on your PC?
    • Things to consider before installing Windows 10
    • Create Windows 10 Setup media
    • Clean install Windows 10
    • Upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10
    • Post-install tasks
    • Upgrade from one Windows product edition to another
  • Basic Navigation and Usage
    • Start: Menu or full-screen
    • Taskbar: Manage apps and windows
    • Start search: Find what you need
    • Desktop: Your scratch space
    • File Explorer: Manage documents and files
    • The Microsoft Store: Apps, games, and more
    • Action Center and notifications: Find out what’s new
    • Multitasking: Manage multiple windows at once
    • Take a screenshot: Capture an image of the screen
    • Settings: Customize and configure Windows
    • Windows Update: Keep Windows up-to-date
    • Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Lock and Sign-Off
    • Quick Access: A menu for power users
  • Personalize
    • Get to know the Settings app
    • Eliminate the biggest annoyances first
    • Customize your privacy settings
    • Customize the display
    • Customize the desktop
    • Configure and customize Start
    • Customize the taskbar
    • Customize the lock screen and sign-in screen
  • Files and Storage
    • Get to know File Explorer
    • Configure or disable Quick access in File Explorer
    • Share pictures and other files from File Explorer
    • Use OneDrive to sync files between the cloud and your PC
    • Manage your PC’s storage
    • Back up and recover documents and other personal files with File History
  • System Recovery
    • Get to know the system recovery options
    • Create a Recovery drive
    • Reinstall Windows and start fresh
    • Perform advanced recovery tasks with the Windows Recovery Environment
  • Devices
    • Get to know Devices settings
    • Connect a device
    • Configure a mouse or touchpad
    • Configure a keyboard
    • Configure removable storage
    • Configure a printer
    • Configure a second display
  • Phone
    • Getting started with Your Phone
    • Link your phone with your PC
    • Access the most recent photos on your phone
    • Send and receive text messages
    • Use Continue on PC to pick up where you left off
    • Explore more PC and phone integration features
  • User Accounts
    • Accounts settings at a glance
    • Understand what’s different when you use a Microsoft account
    • Microsoft account security first steps
    • Add a user account
    • Configure a user account
    • Delete a user account
    • Sign-in to your PC more easily
    • Lock your PC automatically
    • Sign-in as a different user
  • Security
    • Get to know Windows Defender Security Center
    • Use Windows Update to keep Windows 10 up-to-date
    • Use Windows Defender protect your PC from threats
    • Find your PC if it’s lost or stolen
    • Use BitLocker to secure your personal data
  • Networking
    • Networking at a glance
    • Set up your home or work network correctly
    • Connect to a broadband cellular network
    • Share your Internet connection
    • Connect to known safe public wireless connections automatically
  • Cortana
    • Get to know Cortana
    • Configure Cortana
    • Use Cortana for reminders
    • Set a timer
    • Get instant language translations
    • Play music
    • Search for files, no matter where they are
    • Use Cortana on the lock screen
  • Microsoft Store and Apps
    • Get to know the Microsoft Store
    • Before you start
    • Find and install apps and games
    • Update apps
    • Manage app notifications
    • Uninstall an app
    • Configure default apps
    • Configure where apps are located
  • Mail
    • Get to know the Mail app
    • Manage your accounts
    • Read and send email messages
    • Use Mail more efficiently
    • Customize Mail
    • More soon
  • People
    • Get to know the People app
    • Manage accounts
    • Manage contacts with the People app
    • Access your contacts from outside the People app
    • Configure People
  • Calendar
    • Get to know the Calendar app
    • Manage accounts and calendars
    • Manage events and meetings
    • Create and manage meetings
    • Access your events from outside the Calendar app
    • Customize Calendar
  • Skype
    • Skype apps at a glance
    • Set up the Skype apps correctly
    • Send and receive Skype messages
    • Make audio and video calls
    • Handle Skype notifications
    • Manage your contacts
  • Microsoft Edge
    • Get to know Microsoft Edge
    • Configure Microsoft Edge
    • Manage your favorite web pages
    • Read on the web
    • Add notes to a web page
    • Read and manage PDF files
    • Read and manage E-PUB files and ebooks
    • Manage tabs
    • Manage downloads
    • Do more with Microsoft Edge extensions
    • Get help from Cortana
    • Manage Flash content in websites
    • Cast media to a bigger screen
  • Maps
    • Maps at a glance
    • Navigate and change the view
    • Find places
    • Get directions
    • Explore 3D city views
    • Write on your maps with Ink
    • Configure Maps
  • OneNote Mobile
    • OneNote Mobile vs. OneNote 2016
    • OneNote Mobile: At a glance
    • Add a OneDrive for Business account
    • Create a new page
    • Edit a note
    • Search for text across all of your notebooks
    • Share a note
    • Pin a notebook, section, or page to Start
  • Photos
    • Photos at a glance
    • View a photo
    • Do other things with a photo
    • Play a slideshow
    • Share a photo
    • Enhance a photo
    • Edit a photo
    • Rotate a photo
    • Delete a photo
    • Open a photo with another app
    • Copy a photo to the clipboard
    • Print a photo
    • Set a photo as the lock screen image or as the desktop background
    • View a photo’s file information
    • Let Photos automatically enhance your photos
    • Perform actions on multiple photos
    • Download photos from a phone or digital camera
    • Configure Photos settings
    • Determine what to display on the Photos tile
    • Determine where Photos looks for pictures
  • Groove Music
    • Get to know the Groove Music app
    • Tweak music playback with the equalizer
    • Play music that is stored on your PC or home network
    • Play music that is stored in OneDrive
    • Pin your favorite music to Start
  • Movies & TV
    • Get to know the Movies & TV app
    • Configure Movies & TV
    • Play and control a video
    • Rent a movie
    • Purchase a movie or TV show
    • Watch Movies You’ve Purchased from Other Services
    • Use subtitles
    • Wirelessly cast a video to an HDTV or other display
  • Xbox and Games
    • Configure your PC for games
    • Find and buy games
    • Play games
    • Use the Game bar to capture and broadcast your gameplay content
    • Use the Xbox app to interact with the Xbox Live community
  • Windows Ink
    • Get to know Windows Ink Workspace
    • Configure Windows Ink and your pen
    • Use Sticky Notes to take notes and set reminders
    • Use Sketchpad to create a digital sketch
    • Use Screen Sketch to draw on the screen
  • Quick Reference Sheets

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