Windows 10 Guidebook
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Windows 10 Guidebook

A tour into the future of computing

About the Book

Chapters 1 and 2 present the new and changed features in Windows 10. Furthermore, we describe what you have to watch out for when migra ng to Windows 10—and how you either upgrade directly or re-install the system from scratch.

The following chapters shed light on all the Windows 10 features, going into detail. Take a look at the desktop and Start menu as well as the new world of apps. 

About the Author

Jublo Solutions
Jublo Solutions

Based in lovely Leeds. Microsoft experts. Coders. Writers. Web & app developers. Connecting you to your network.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction......................................................... 15

1...... What’s new in Windows 10?............................ 16

Migrating from Windows 7: A journey to the future.............. 18

Login with a Microsoft account........................................... 19

The new Start menu............................................................ 20

Universal apps and the Windows Store.............................. 22

Settings app or Control Panel.............................................. 24

Cortana and the Task View in the taskbar.......................... 25

Surfing the Internet............................................................. 26

Enhancements to the desktop and for security.................. 26

Windows 8.1 migrants: Familiar territory in a new dress...... 28

Prominent change: The Start menu is back!....................... 28

Fine-tuning for the taskbar................................................. 30

Apps moving to windows.................................................... 30

New mobility features in Windows 10............................... 31

Show all notifications in one place..................................... 32

Advantages of migrating to Windows 10................................ 33

The security aspect.............................................................. 33

Free upgrade possible......................................................... 34

Overview of advantages and disadvantages...................... 34

Backing up files and settings, preparing to install Windows 10 36

To-do list for backing up the existing system..................... 37

Create system disk image with Windows tools................. 38

Export list of all installed programs.................................... 44

Backup product keys............................................................ 47

Backup e-mails.................................................................... 48

Export browser bookmarks.................................................. 55

2...... Starting fresh or migrating to Windows 10........ 61

Which is the right edition for me?.......................................... 61

Two editions for new PCs.................................................... 61

Two editions as upgrades................................................... 63

One edition for mobile devices........................................... 64

What does Windows 10 cost?................................................. 65

Release dates...................................................................... 66

Install or upgrade to Windows 10........................................... 67

Will Windows 10 run on my PC?......................................... 68

Upgrading an existing system to Windows 10................... 71

Easy guide to installing Windows 10 from scratch............ 73

Initial configurations to make Windows 10 your new home... 79

First-time configuration step-by-step................................. 80

Quick tour around the desktop............................................ 87

3...... Enhanced desktop and re-introduced Start menu 93

Understand and customise the new Start menu..................... 93

Overview of the Start menu................................................ 94

Resize the Start menu......................................................... 96

Maximise the Start menu to full screen like in Windows 8.1 97

Customise colour of Start menu, taskbar and window frames         98

Pin and unpin tiles............................................................. 100

Pin web sites and folders to the Start menu.................... 102

Resize and move tiles....................................................... 105

Customise most used apps and system items................. 109

Secret tip: Use hidden admin menu................................. 110

Cortana: The personal assistant with a personal touch........ 114

What can Cortana do?....................................................... 116

Am I required to use Cortana?.......................................... 117

First steps with Cortana.................................................... 117

Change settings................................................................. 120

Edit knowledge in the notebook........................................ 128

Set up reminders............................................................... 130

Pro tip: Let Cortana listen when you press a shortcut...... 134

Give feedback about Cortana............................................ 135

A wider workspace with virtual desktops............................. 136

Create new virtual desktop............................................... 137

Remove a desktop............................................................. 138

Move window to different desktop................................... 139

Pro tip: Switch faster between desktops.......................... 141

Productivity, re-invented—useful helpers on the desktop.... 142

Switch between windows................................................. 142

Quickly arrange windows.................................................. 144

Pro tip: Pin Recycle Bin to taskbar.................................... 147

Reactivate (Aero) Peek...................................................... 150

4...... Use Windows anywhere, anytime.................. 153

Continuum: Seamless transition from desktop to tablet mode, and back         153

Turn on tablet mode.......................................................... 155

Differences in tablet mode................................................ 156

Start Tablet mode from hardware.................................... 157

Adjust settings for tablet mode........................................ 158

Better integration across devices.......................................... 160

Specify which settings are synchronised........................... 161

Pro tip: Synchronise BitLocker keys................................... 163

Mastering gestures on your touchpad and screen................ 164

5...... The unified Windows Store with re-imagined apps          167

One central Store: Desktop programs meet contemporary apps 171

Use Android and iOS apps in Windows................................. 173

A clean job: install and remove apps..................................... 175

Install apps........................................................................ 175

Remove apps..................................................................... 178

Manage Store account...................................................... 179

Show summary of all installed apps................................. 181

Find and fix problems with the Windows Store.................... 182

6...... The best must-have apps for every Windows user 185

Already built in: These apps ship with Windows 10............. 186

Basic apps.......................................................................... 186

Productivity apps: Office, OneNote, and OneDrive........... 199

Staying connected: People, Mail, and Skype..................... 204

Being on time: Calendar, Alarms & Clock, Maps.............. 224

Multimedia apps: Camera, Photos and Voice Recorder... 238

Entertainment apps........................................................... 246

Always up-to-date: News, Money, Sports and Weather.. 246

Office in your briefcase: Meet the free Microsoft Office apps 261

Word Mobile...................................................................... 262

Excel Mobile...................................................................... 263

PowerPoint Mobile............................................................ 264

OneNote............................................................................ 265

Apps for Windows 7 and 8.1 features that are missing in Windows 10           267

Windows Media Centre..................................................... 267

DVD playback..................................................................... 269

Pre-installed games.......................................................... 271

Windows (Live) Essentials................................................ 271

7...... Going over the edge with Microsoft Edge....... 276

Easy reading of Web articles................................................. 281

Hide distractions with the Reading View......................... 282

Bookmark articles and web pages for reading them later 285

Inserting notes in websites................................................... 287

Share web pages with friends............................................... 290

Customise Edge to your needs............................................... 291

Useful New tab page........................................................ 291

Starry night: Enable the dark mode.................................. 294

Favourites: bookmarks for frequently visited web pages. 295

Clean browser history and surfing traces.......................... 297

Show home button in toolbar........................................... 299

Change default search engine........................................... 301

8...... Well-connected, floating in the cloud............. 303

OneDrive: Store data in the cloud.......................................... 303

New in OneDrive for Windows 10.................................... 304

Sync only certain OneDrive folders................................... 307

Access the files on the computer from elsewhere........... 309

Share file link with others................................................. 313

Backups in the cloud now easier........................................... 314

One drive for all cases....................................................... 315

Backup settings at OneDrive............................................. 315

Use private and public networks securely............................. 315

Difference between private and public networks............. 316

Identify current network type............................................ 316

Convert public network to a private one........................... 317

Connect to a corporate network............................................ 319

9...... Manage Windows settings in a central place... 321

New control room: The Settings app at a glance.................. 321

Quick-finding: Search for Settings..................................... 323

Make font and other desktop elements readable............ 324

Customise buttons in the Action Centre........................... 325

Customise notification area system icons in the taskbar. 326

Turn off notifications for specific apps.............................. 327

Extend battery life with battery saver mode.................... 328

Change default drive for apps in Windows 10.................. 329

Changing the computer name for networks..................... 330

Scroll inactive windows using the mouse......................... 331

View amount of up- and downloaded data...................... 332

Set a new background image and colour scheme............ 334

Switch a local user to a Microsoft account....................... 335

Somewhat nostalgic: The Control Panel is still on board...... 338

Under the hood: What can’t be officially configured anywhere 340

Darken all apps and windows with the dark mode.......... 341

Unlock secret expert mode............................................... 343

Additional switches for configuring the Explorer.............. 344

10... Entertainment and gaming............................ 347

Where are the Windows games gone?................................. 347

Solitaire, FreeCell and Co.................................................. 347

Minesweeper..................................................................... 349

Mahjong............................................................................. 350

Play music and DVDs in Windows 10.................................... 351

Mastering the refurbished Xbox apps................................... 352

Xbox................................................................................... 352

Groove Music..................................................................... 356

Watch films and TV via streaming......................................... 360

The Film & TV app............................................................. 360

11... Security and privacy with Windows 10........... 363

New requirements for the security of an operating system. 363

Windows Hello.................................................................. 363

Microsoft Passport............................................................. 364

Keep safe: Guard your hardware and software correctly..... 365

Protect your hard disk with BitLocker............................... 366

Search for Windows updates............................................ 368

Taking measures against identity theft................................. 369

Clever shields: Blocking malware effectively........................ 371

Securely protect your computer against viruses............... 371

12... If there’s a fire—System Repair...................... 377

Be well-prepared: Create a backup for emergencies............ 377

Backup everything in one go with a system image.......... 377

Just in case: Create a bootable USB system repair flash drive         380

When the PC is slow: Activate the turbo mode..................... 383

Step 1: Clean up your start-up........................................... 383

Step 2: Remove dead files................................................. 384

Step 3: Remove previous Windows installation............... 385

Call and use the recovery environment................................. 390

Resetting Windows 10 made easy........................................ 394

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