If you’re already well on your way to becoming a Windows 10 convert, you might have noticed there have been a few tweaks to the way the taskbar is configured and customized for the average user. And although there haven’t been a huge amount of changes since the days of 8.1, Microsoft has still stuck to same ethos it has with much of the rest of its new flagship operating system: even if it ain’t broke, there’s probably a better way to fix it.
Now that Windows 10 is available for public download and installation people have more questions than ever about the new version of Windows. We’ve rounded up the questions we get most frequently here at How-To Geek and compiled them to help you get up to speed about Windows 10.
Windows 10 includes OneDrive, and Microsoft’s official party line is that you can’t disable it. That’s not true — there are several ways to disable OneDrive and remove it from File Explorer on Windows 10.
Windows 10 includes bunch of new personalization settings that let you change your desktop background, windows colors, lock screen background, and more. Here is what you need to know to get your computer looking exactly how you want it.
Windows 10 uses the new Photos app as your default image viewer, but it still includes Windows Photo Viewer — kind of. Microsoft has hidden Windows Photo Viewer on new Windows 10 systems.
Windows 10’s All Apps list functions a bit differently than the All Programs list in Windows 7. You can’t just drag-and-drop shortcuts or right-click All Programs and select Explore anymore.
Cortana is one of Windows 10’s most visible new features. Microsoft’s virtual assistant makes the leap from Windows Phone to the desktop, and there’s a lot you can do with it. It isn’t just a voice assistant either — you can also type commands and questions
Windows 10 has seemingly removed the ability to set screen savers on your computer. Fret not however, they’re not gone, rather they’ve simply been relegated to a small, hard-to-find control panel.
If you use Google Calendar but also use Outlook for calendar items as well as email and contacts, you might be looking for a way to keep the two calendars in sync. Look no further. We will show you how to do this using a free tool.
Even though most of the included Windows 10 apps have already garnered their fair share of negative press, some of the core pieces of the puzzle like the Mail and Calendar apps have proven themselves as worthy additions to the overall lineup. We’ve already shown you how to get your Gmail account working in the Mail app, however, if you run your own email server or rent one from another independent provider, setting up a POP3 email account can be a bit more complicated than a standard configuration.
Windows 10 includes a variety of universal apps, and there’s no easy way to hide them from the “All Apps” view in the new Start menu. You can uninstall them, but Microsoft doesn’t allow you to easily uninstall them in the usual way.
Sometimes our computers simply die due to unexpected hardware problems that are not our fault, so how do you locate and transfer ‘rare’ or hard to recreate files like scheduled tasks from the old hard-drive? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the solution to help a reader track down the file he needs.
If you use Android or iOS, then you’ve probably grown accustomed to being able to set alarms, timers, and use your device as a stopwatch. For the longest time, Windows didn’t have this ability until now.
Mobile and broadband data caps alike have made people very conscientious of their data usage. Windows 10 includes a built-in network usage monitor that, unlike its predecessor, is actually a pretty useful way to keep an eye on your bandwidth consumption. Read on as we show you how.
Windows 10 comes with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, a solitaire game that requires you to watch 30-second-long full-screen video advertisements to keep playing. Ad-free solitaire costs $1.49 per month or $9.99 per year. That’s $20 per year if you want both ad-free solitaire and ad-free minesweeper. But there’s a better way.
Windows 10 introduces quite a few improvements over its predecessor and of these is the new Storage settings, which gives users detailed analyses of what and how much is using up their disk space.
You’re not interested in a clean install, you don’t want to fuss with wiping your computer, you just want to take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 10. It might be a relatively straight forward process, but it’s always useful to bring a guide. Read on as we walk you through the upgrade process.
Windows 10 includes a new peer-to-peer download feature for updates and Windows Store apps. By default, Windows will automatically use your PC’s Internet connection to upload updates, hiding the option to disable this five clicks deep in the operating system.
For as long we can remember, the go-to music app on Windows has been Windows Media Player (WMP). Sadly, WMP hasn’t been updated since Windows 7, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, but it’s not exactly the latest nor greatest app for playing your MP3s.
Windows 10 won’t hassle you to install an antivirus like Windows 7 did. Since Windows 8, Windows now includes a built-in antivirus named Windows Defender. But is it really the best for protecting your PC — or even just good enough?
Windows 10 has been released to the wider world, but the “Windows Insider” program is continuing. Testers will get access to new Windows features before everyone else, just as Windows Insiders could use Windows 10 for months before the rest of the world got it.
Windows 10 isn’t just an improved desktop environment. It includes many “universal apps,” which often replace existing desktop apps. Unlike on Windows 8, these apps can run in windows on the desktop so you may actually want to use them.
Windows 8 introduced Microsoft accounts, which are essentially roaming accounts that allow you to sync settings and files from computer to computer. Today we want to discuss what Windows 10 brings to user account management, and the options available to you.
The Start Menu is a staple of the Windows experience and should be streamlined, efficient, and unmolested by the greater world beyond the operating system and programs it serves as a portal to. Microsoft brought the Start Menu back to the forefront in Windows 10 but they spoiled it in the process.
While Windows 10 is getting a lot of press for its “new” Start menu, beyond that there’s still a lot of stuff most users who skipped Windows 8 probably don’t know about. Today we want to talk about Windows 10’s power and battery settings.