The transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can be jarring, to say the least. Here's an overview of what you'll find in Windows 10, whether you're thinking of switching from Windows 7 or 8 or you want a look at Microsoft's latest operating system. What the guide covers:
- Logging On
- Desktop Environment
- Taskbar and Start Menu
- Shutting Down
- Switching Users
- All Programs
- User Folders
- Windows Explorer
- Programs and Features
- Windows Update
The Windows 10 rollout has been smooth for most people who've upgraded, but there are still some significant bumps in the road. There are two sites I can recommend that do a good job of keeping up with what's going on with Windows, Woody on Windows at InfoWorld and the Ed Bott Report at ZDNet. Many people have voiced concerns on the safety and security of Windows 10. Some settings can be changed to safeguard your privacy to the extent possible with Windows 10. You'll find more information and instructions at The Ultimate Windows 10 Security Guide and How to Secure Windows 10. Windows Home edition users have less control over these settings than Pro or Enterprise users, but there are some work arounds (usually involving registry hacks) for Windows 10 Home edition.
The new Windows Update policy in Windows 10 is worth mentioning here. If you have Windows Home edition, updates are received automatically and you can't choose which updates to receive.Windows Pro and up users can limit some updates.
Windows 10 was apparently designed with the idea that every Windows PC has an unlimited Internet connection. If you have a limited or slow bandwidth connection, you can change a Wi-Fi connection to a metered connection. Setting a Wi-Fi connection to metered tells Windows that you don’t have an unlimited data usage allowance, and Windows limits some downloads with a metered connection. Ethernet (wired) connections can't be set to metered, while mobile broadband connections are automatically set to a metered connection.
If you try Windows 10 and can't get used to the menu and tile system, give a Start Menu Replacement program a try.
The last thing I wanted to mention is that Windows 10 (even the Anniversary edition) can cause display problems if you use NVIDIA graphics cards. Windows replaces NVIDIA graphics drivers with generic Windows video drivers. If you run into problems, download the Windows 10 graphics drivers for your card from NVIDIA and install them, that should take care of the problem.
Tutorial: The Window 7 User’s Guide to Getting the Most Out of Windows 10
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