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Windows 10 is a feature rich OS and there are many things the user can do to tweak and customize the interface, change settings and personalize Windows. This page curates articles detailing several features and settings in Windows 10.

Note:If you are not on Windows 10 yet, you might want to refer to the page detailing information for to be Windows 10 users.

The cool new things in Windows 10

There are some new features in Windows 10 that make it stand out.

  • Virtual Desktops – Also known as Task Views, this feature allows you to compartmentalize your apps and to-dos into standalone views and (possibly) boost productivity.
  • Start Menu – The start menu in Windows 10 is a hybrid between the menu seen in Windows 7 and the start screen of Windows 8. It may take a bit of getting used to, but we’d say it is quite functional.
  • Cortana – She is your digital assistant in Windows 10. She is pretty smart and getting smarter. Though she does act up at times, Cortana is pretty good at getting things done for you, even with voice commands.
  • Edge – The new browser from Microsoft is really cool. Why? Primarily because it replaces Internet Explorer. It’s relatively lightweight, fast and quite functional as a default system browser.

The good thing about Windows 10 is that it keeps the good parts of the previous OS versions, such as the ever so useful Snap Assist. I love this feature and am so used to it that I miss it every time I am on my Mac.

Make sure everything is working fine

At least in the early days, many users reported high CPU usage (which use can view in the Task Manager) after moving to Windows 10. You can find and limit the application responsible, though it is possible that there are multiple causes for the high CPU usage. You might want to look into apps that launch at startup and disable them.

You should anyways remember to do regular tech maintenance tasks. If your system still feels sluggish, these awesome tools can help speed things up, although not all of them would be effective on a newly installed OS.

Looking under the hood and changing things

Windows 10 is opinionated in a way that it has default settings for most things but flexible enough to allow all most settings to be changed.

You will notice that Microsoft wants you to use a Microsoft Account on Windows 10, but it is not necessary and you can use a local account. The default search engine for Windows 10 is Bing, of course, but it can be disabled. You might want to remove the bundled apps in Windows 10. You won’t need those if you set software of your choice as default, which includes setting the default browser.

You can change the login screen background, though if I wouldn’t really do that. The login screen backgrounds updated automatically from Microsoft are nothing short of amazing. Talking of amazing wallpapers, you can install themes from our Windows 7 and 8 theme galleries on Windows 10.

If you want hibernation option in the power menu, you can enable hibernation from power settings. Finally, there’s only so many tips that you can get from Windows before they become irksome. Fortunately, it is easy to turn off the tips.

Security and Privacy. Tighten things up!

The proverbial ‘Elephant in the room’ when it comes to privacy on Windows 10 is the keylogger that is a part of the OS. It is not a component that you can just throw out. Your best option is to turn off the keylogger. Windows 10 is also has a setting, which you can turn off, where it shares your installation files with other PCs on the local network or the internet.

Windows 10 is quite good when it comes to defending your system from viruses and other infectious threats. Windows Defender and SmartScreen do a good job of keeping your system. Note that this is not an endorsement for not having an anti-virus software.

To restrict other individuals from accessing your system, a strong password will usually be sufficient. As an additional measure, you might want to enable 2-step authentication in Windows 10. To just secure a few folders, you need to use third-party tools.

Go beyond and take control

Now that most things are set up, go beyond system settings and take control of how you use the system. The first step to giving a huge boost to your productivity is using the keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. Go one step beyond, and assign keyboard shortcuts of your own to software/actions that you want.

Note

This page is meant to be a one-stop walkthrough for things that you can do in Windows 10 and any problems that you might face. And we are not even close to done.

We may not face all the problems that you might. We might not encounter errors that others do. We may miss something obvious that is very useful to all the readers, including you.

Please share any questions you have, any problems you face, anything you find missing here. Also, be sure to let us and other readers know when some content here is useful to you! 😉

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