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Updated 03/24/19

Windows 10 Tutorials

Windows 10 was officially released to the public on July 29th, 2015. Windows 10 is available in six editions e.g. Windows 10 home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows mobile, and Windows Mobile Enterprise. To encourage the adoption of Windows 10, Microsoft offered a free upgrade to users using Windows 7 and Windows 8 that free upgrade expired in July 29th, 2016, but If you have a relatively new computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can still perform the upgrade for free. Download the Windows 10 creation tool ( you will need a USB thumb drive ) to perform the upgrade.

Windows 10 is a completely new operating system compared to Windows 7 and a big improvement from Windows 8. One of the biggest complains people had about Windows 8 was the touch screen oriented design. Windows 10 comes with a traditional desktop interface like Windows 7, but it also gives you the option to turn the desktop into “tablet mode” if you have a touchscreen enabled device.

Microsoft has marketed the Windows 10 operating system as a service which means improvements and new features will be rolled out as updates. If this is the case, most likely Windows 10 will be the last Windows version that will be packaged and released as standalone.

Microsoft new update release cycle for Windows 10

With this new release cycle, Windows 10 will receive two big updates a year. One in March and the other in September. These releases are called “feature” updates because they will contain features that will impact the experience and capabilities of the operating system. Each feature update will be packaged as standalone ISO image, meaning you will be able to burn it to a DVD or USB drive and install it on a computer. If you have Windows 10 already installed then the OS will be simply updated.

Each Feature update will be supported for 18 months after its release, and you cannot skip updates. For example, if you updated your Windows 10 computer in September 2017 with the fall creator update, but skip the update in March 2018, you cannot install the fall update in September without installing the March update first, unless you install Windows 10 from scratch of course.

Windows 10 Features

  • Live Start Menu The biggest change in Windows 10 from Windows 8 is the return of the Start menu. But unlike the traditional start menus, we got used to in Windows 7 and previous releases, the start menu in Windows 10 features live tiles with live app updates.
  • Windows Store Another thing that was rethought from Windows 8 is the Windows Store. The Windows store is now a standalone application instead of opening in full screen as it does in Windows 8.
  • Cortana is the Siri or Google Now from Microsoft. it replaces the search function on your computer, and responds to voice commands, and has complete access to your personal information.
  • Task View Another nice feature in Windows 10 is task view. task view allows you see all the programs opened on your computer at once
  • Virtual Desktops Another cool feature in Windows 10 are Virtual Desktops. with virtual desktops, you can create multiple screens and have different applications open on each screen.
  • Action Center Action center in Windows 10 is basically a notification center. All apps and system notifications are posted in the action center.
  • Redesigned Core Apps All core apps in Windows 10 like Mail, Calendar, File Explorer, etc. were revamped. they look and work much better now
  • Microsoft Edge is a new minimalist browser included in Windows 10 by default. It is also the default browser in Windows Mobile, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices replacing Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge was built from scratch using a proprietary engine called EdgeHTML. Edge is designed to be lightweight supporting theming, annotation tools and native reading mode.

Windows 10 Fall Creator Update

Windows 10 fall creator update was released on October 17th, 2017, and includes many refinements and new features. One of the new less talked features in this update that I find interesting is the new design initiative from Microsoft called FLUENT DESIGN. Windows has never been an attractive operating system in my opinion, but with this new design plan, I think Microsoft is bound to change that. Only a few native applications like the calculator, Photos, and Store app feature this new design in this release, but I’m sure more applications will start adopting it.

Another significant update was the stable release of the “Windows subsystem for Linux” and the native support of SSH  

Other significant features include People Integration – The ability to pin individual profiles from different social apps i.e. Skype, People, Email, etc to the taskbar:

Edge does not support ActiveX, but it supports extensions that are distributed through the Windows store. Internet Explorer is still included in Windows 10 as legacy support.

There are many more features and small refinements in Windows 10. Below you will find many step by step tutorials on how to do certain things in Windows 10.

How to factory reset Windows 10 without knowing the password

If for any reason you need to reset your Windows 10 computer to factory settings there is an easy way to do it without using a disk or USB as its commonly the norm. Please note that using this procedure you will lose all data saved on the computer’s hard drive. Your computer will be reset to Windows 10 fresh…

How to enable SSH on Windows 10 command prompt

<update>  Windows 10 now supports SSH natively. To enable the feature in Windows 10 ( still in Beta ) go to “Manage optional features” in your Start Menu, and then click on on “Add a feature”:   scroll to the bottom, and then select “OpenSSH Client ( Beta )” and then click on Install: wait for a few seconds, and…

Setting up fingerprint sign-in on Windows 10

Setting up fingerprint reading in Windows 10 is much easier than any other method I’ve tried in the past. if your computer supports fingerprint reading, and you are using Windows 10 then follow this step by step guide on how to set it up. click on the Start menu, and then search for  “Setup fingerprint sign-in” Setting up a PIN…

Getting Started With Windows 10 – The Beginner Definitive Guide

Even though Microsoft released Windows 10 more than a year ago to the general public, its adoption rate has been very low especially at the workplace. Based on the latest trend reports Windows 7 is the most popular Windows operating system still. Sooner or later people will have to make the jump to windows 10 though, vendors are not selling…

How to stop Microsoft Edge from opening PDF files in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is somehow the default application for opening PDF files in Windows 10 regardless if you install Adobe Reader or not. If you would like to set Windows 10 to open PDF files in Adobe Reader instead then make sure you have Adobe Reader installed ( you can get it from this link if you don’t have it yet)…

how to increase the font size on menus  in Windows 10

If the menu font size appear too small in Windows 10 for you, here is a quick way to change it. Up until now I’ve been just customizing the display for people that have asked me how to resize the fonts on their computer because the text appears too small: But doing that will also decrease the solution on your…

Do you need an Antivirus in Windows 10?

I haven’t used or even thought about installing an antivirus in a computer for a long time. I’ve been using Linux on my computer for such a long time that I forgot about Antiviruses completely. Linux is a wonderful operating system, but working in a company where Microsoft dominate almost the entire desktop/server environment is very hard to coexist. I’ve…

How to download & install Windows Live Writer in Windows 10

Windows Liver Writer doesn’t seem to be compatible with Windows 10 anymore. When I downloaded the Windows Essentials package ( which includes Windows Live Writer ) and I tried to install it, I get the following error: Based on the Microsoft website, the end of life for Windows Essentials was January, 10th 2017 so you can’t even download the installer…

Install Hyper-V hypervisor in Windows 10

Most people use VirtualBox to run VMs on their computers, and I believe VirtualBox is still a good way of doing it, but if you are using Windows 10 then you have the option of installing Hyper-V hypervisor to run VMs as well. I’m surprised this feature is built-in on Windows 10, and is very easy to install it without…

How to edit the Hosts file in Windows 10

There are times when you want to change where a certain domain URL points to without making changes to your private or public DNS server. The easiest way to do that is using the hosts file in Windows 10 and other operating systems. Short History of Hosts file Before 1984 there were no domain name systems ( DNS) so the…

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