Windows 10 includes Microsoft Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser. Edge’s interface has been rewritten from scratch, and it sheds Internet Explorer’s old interface and all that clutter.
If you find you’re accessing the same settings over and over in Windows 10, you can add these settings to the Start menu as tiles for quick and easy access. We’ll show you how to do this.
Windows 10’s “This PC” view doesn’t just show hard drives, removable storage devices, and network locations. Unlike the traditional “My Computer” list, it also contains several folders — but you can hide them and make This PC look more like Windows 7’s Computer view.
The Photos app in Windows 10 has been rebuilt as a universal app that allows you to work with your photos across your devices. One of the features available is the ability to allow the app to automatically enhance your photos when possible.
Windows sync settings have been a part of the operating system since Windows 8 but in Windows 10 they get a makeover and some much-needed consolidation. Today we’ll discuss these new sync settings, and briefly compare how they differ from the previous version.
If you know you’re going to be using your PC in a location without an Internet connection, and you need access to maps, you can download maps for specific areas in the “Maps” app in Windows 10 and use them offline.
One of the biggest things that annoys users about Windows 8 is its all-or-nothing Start screen. Windows 10 tries to fix that problem with a separate full-screen tablet mode that it hopes will soothe angry desktop users.
Windows 10 includes a whole bunch of new privacy settings, all are important in their own right, but perhaps none so much as the location settings. If you’re privacy-conscious, you will definitely want to investigate them further.
Windows 10 starts rolling out on July 29th. The Start menu makes its comeback, although it’s not what we’re used to from Windows 7. It’s kind of a hybrid of the Windows 7 Start menu and the Windows 8.1 Start screen and it’s very customizable.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 message hasn’t always been clear. They’ve declared the Windows 10 upgrade will be free for the first year and that going forward they’ll be pushing “Windows 10 as a service.”
Microsoft won’t be offering a free Windows 10 upgrade to any old Windows Vista PCs you might have around. Only Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs get to join the new Windows 10 era for free.
Much is changing in Windows 10. Chief among these is a driven move from the old Control Panel that we all know so well, to the new-look, touch-friendly Settings. Today, we want to discuss what is changing from Windows 8.1 to 10.
When Microsoft began detailing new features of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, one of those features it talked about is DirectX 12. Gamers will immediately know what this is but they may not perhaps realize just how important an update it will be.
Cortana is the latest digital personal assistant to make its way into a market already dominated by Apple and Google. Cortana officially arrives for the desktop in Windows 10. That’s largely a good thing, though it’s still important to know how to reduce Cortana’s presence.
Don’t like Windows 10? As long as you’ve upgraded within the last month, you can uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade your PC back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. You can always upgrade to Windows 10 again later.
Windows 10 offers a startup application manager that practically any Windows user can use. It’s integrated into the operating system and simple to understand — it even shows which programs are slowing down startup the most.
The Cortana digital assistant does all the silly things we’ve come to expect and mock in our digital assistants. Ask her about Clippy and her circle morphs into the maligned paperclip, ask for a joke and she’ll give you one. But Cortana is more than the parlor tricks — spend a little time customizing the setup and you’ve got a highly useful digital assistant. And she’s coming to your computer in Windows 10.
Windows 10 includes a built-in tool for recording videos of PC games. You can upload gameplay footage to YouTube or any other video-sharing site — or just keep the clip on your own PC and share it with your friends.
Microsoft offers two different versions of Office for Windows 10. Traditional desktop apps are available for keyboard-and-mouse, and universal apps are available for touch. But it’s not that simple.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 seems like a big change. The version number alone is a big leap from Windows 7, and most of the default apps are new-style “universal apps,” not traditional desktop apps.
Wi-Fi Sense is a feature built into Windows 10. You may see a pop-up saying “Wi-Fi Sense needs permission to use your Facebook account.” It also works with Outlook.com and Skype contacts.
Windows 10 marks a big shift in philosophy from Windows 8. In Windows 10, you’re free to sideload your own universal apps from outside the Windows store — just as you can sideload apps on an Android phone or tablet.
Microsoft says Windows 10 will be “always up-to-date,” and they mean it. There’s no way to turn Windows Update off. Microsoft says feature updates will be tested on consumer devices before they’re rolled out to business PCs.
Windows 10 isn’t just a big change for Windows 7 users. There have been some major changes in philosophy since Windows 8. Windows 10’s touch interface is now very different and more integrated with the desktop.
Unlike Windows 8, Windows 10 actually feels designed for a PC with a keyboard and mouse. Windows 7 users will be much more at home with Windows 10, but there are still some big changes.