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Five things every Windows 10 user should know

The release of Windows 10 was riddled with bugs on Microsoft’s part. Many of them have been maintained or have been repeated, but in the end the Redmond giant has managed to polish its latest operating system to make it a stable, fast and secure platform.

I’m not talking to speak, on my main computer I use a Windows 10 Pro license that I got updating from Windows 7 Pro. I did a clean install for the update process more than two and a half years ago and since then I have not had the slightest problem. Neither a format nor a restoration, nothing, and that I use the equipment for an average of 10 hours a day. As security tools I have Windows Defender and Malwarebytes in their premium version.

In general, the Windows 10 interface is quite balanced, since it brings together the best of the most classic Windows with some of the successes of Windows 8.1. This is noticeable in many aspects, including the start button, although we also find interesting news such as the integration of Cortana or the notification center.

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I know that many of our readers have opted for Windows 10 and that there are others who are considering the jump to that operating system or who have made it recently, so we have decided to make this special article in which we will share with you five things that all Windows 10 user should know.

1-Customize the start menu

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Windows 10 allows you to carry out a fairly complete customization of the start menu. You will not only be able to customize the view of the icons, but also to pin and unpin applications, adjust the size and even delete them directly.

This will affect the applications that will be available when you click on the start menu, but also the visualization that you will have when you open it. This is more important than it sounds, as some applications benefit from having a larger live tile and displaying more information.

In general, you can greatly modify the start menu and leave only the applications and tools that you really use, something that will be very useful and that you can do in a few clicks. If you want to add items to the start menu, you can do it from the path «Personalization> Start».

2-You can improve performance effortlessly

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Since the arrival of Windows 10, Microsoft confirmed that its new operating system was not going to be especially demanding in terms of hardware, a reality that it has maintained until now despite all the updates it has accumulated, since it is possible to enjoy an acceptable experience even with a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

However, if you want to improve the performance of Windows 10 without having to update the hardware of your quiet PC, it is very easy if you follow the steps that we will give you below:

Configure the power plan in high performance : to activate it you just have to type  “Edit Power Plan”  in the Cortana search bar and select  “Change advanced power settings”. If you use a laptop keep in mind that this will increase energy consumption and reduce autonomy.

Disable startup programs : This will help us to reduce the programs that will load when Windows 10 starts and will improve system startup times. We just have to right click on the task bar; select  “Task Manager”  and we go to the “Start” tab . Once there, we go to  “Status”  and disable the programs that we do not want to start with the system.

Disable animations and visual effects : It is a process that we explain in depth  in this other practical. To apply this setting we press  “Windows + R”  and write  “sysdm.cpl”. Once this is done, we follow the path  “Advanced Options> Configuration> Performance> Adjust to Get the Best Performance”.

3-It has advanced security solutions

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Windows Defender has improved remarkably and has reached such a good level that it has become a security solution that we can consider as “sufficient” to renounce the use of an additional antivirus, provided that we make proper use of the computer and put “common sense”.

Personally, I recommend accompanying it with an inexpensive antivirus that stops attacks in real time, is light and has good support. Malwarebytes is my favorite today, but if you decide to rely solely on Windows Defender remember that in addition to the usual firewall and malware cleaning options, it integrates a function called “controlled folder access” that you should configure from the first moment.

This feature reduces the chances that we will be affected by a ransomware attack, since it limits access to certain folders and all their content, preventing modifications from being made and alerting in the event that malicious activities are identified. To activate it, we just have to open Windows Defender, enter the option “Protection against viruses and other threats” and select the last option called “Protection against ransomware”. There we will find controlled access to folders and recovery through OneDrive.

4-Comes with a dark theme

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With the numerous updates to Windows 10 that Microsoft has released, a dark theme has been introduced that we can activate and deactivate at will. Although it does not yet apply to all elements of the operating system, it adds a unique customization touch, and adds visual comfort when navigating through certain sections and using certain Windows 10 applications.

Little by little Microsoft is extending the possibility of using the dark theme in a greater number of applications, something that we already mentioned a few hours ago in MuyPymes when talking about the Microsoft To-Do update.

To activate the dark theme we just have to follow these steps:

We go to the Cortada search bar and enter “Configuration”.

Once there we enter “Personalization> Colors”.

Once this is done we just have to look for the option “Choose the default application mode” and select “Dark”.

5-Windows 10 is not a product, it is a service

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With Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and earlier versions, Microsoft had followed a product model. With Windows 10 a clear transition has been made towards the service model, something that can be seen in the model of biannual updates and in the weight that these have not only in terms of the introduction of new functions, but also in the operating system life cycle.

Each semi-annual update adds new features that can be very varied, ranging from new features in general to those focused on security and performance, but also extends the life cycle of the operating system by a year and a half (standard support). This affects the reception of traditional Microsoft security patches, which arrive independently but depend on whether the operating system is still supported or not.

For example the original version of Windows 10 is no longer supported and does not receive security updates. To regain support, it would be enough to install one of the latest semi-annual updates released by Microsoft. If you want to know what version you have, it is very easy, just enter “Winver” (without quotes) in Cortana’s search bar (1803 is the most current version).

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Everything you need to know about Windows 10

A funny anecdote circulates around the corners of the web: legend has it that the versions of Windows finished in even numbers or released in even years (such as Windows 2.0, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows Vista and Windows 8) have not enjoyed Best of luck. We are not talking about their failure, but their results in the end did not meet expectations. Behind that unfortunate coincidence would be the reason why Microsoft chose to skip number 9 to venture with Windows 10.

“It seems they wanted to break a curse,” said entrepreneur Freddy Vega of the online education community Platzi , jokingly . Microsoft has another reason, of course. According to company executives, the 10 symbolizes a new era, a renewal. And it is. For the first time, Windows will be offered for free as of today, July 29, 2015, for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Those who have pirated copies will not enjoy such benefit. Nor will customers of the Enterprise version (for companies) access this gift. The gift will run until July 29, 2016. If you do not upgrade during that year, you will have to pay for Windows 10.

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If you participated in the Windows 10 trial phase, (that is, you are ‘Insider’) and want to continue receiving copies evaluation, you can continue in the program after July 29. You will continue to receive trial versions. You can choose to exit the program at any time and purchase an official copy. What will happen to those who wish to purchase a Windows 10 license?

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They may do so for a price of $ 120. Windows 10 tested Enlarge Installation takes about an hour or a little longer, depending on several factors, including the power of your equipment. At the beginning of the process, Windows will offer you the option to keep your personal files, applications and configuration data. With this option, even your desktop background or custom interfaces will be kept. However, you will surely have to reinstall several programs. In turn, you can choose to keep only your files or delete everything.

Windows 10 engineer Muhammed Sanji, in dialogue with Tecnósfera , confessed that, indeed, during the development process, Microsoft took the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to create a product that was innovative and familiar to users at the same time. Weather. The result is a clean and intuitive interface. Windows 10 pleases those who love simplicity. For example, the Settings area has few icons and is easy to understand. The Start Menu takes up the concept of tiles and highlights the most used programs at the top. He is friendly. On the taskbar there is a button to open a Notification and Action Centre that is inspired by the control zones of mobile operating systems. In that place, you can activate and deactivate basic options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode or GPS. Cortana becomes part of the taskbar.

Next to the icons of the most used programs, there is a search field under the name “Ask me everything”. Cortana will ask you what your name is and will begin to interact with you using voice or text commands. Like Siri and Google Now, it has a repertoire of fun answers to casual questions. If you ask him: “Who is your father?” It will respond with a jocular: “Technically, Bill Gates.”

Future of Windows

The future of Windows Analysts expect Microsoft to aim to turn its operating system into a service that requires a membership to pay for as with Office 365 or the Adobe suite. It is also assumed that future versions will arrive more frequently, as happens with mobile operating systems and Mac OS X in the universe.

The file explorer apparently it looks the same. But Microsoft has improved one aspect: the icons have been worked to make them look better on very high-resolution screens, such as 4K. This responds to complaints from some users saying that icons look very small in this type of monitors. Edge is cleaner and faster Edge has a clean interface. It is much faster than Internet Explorer and its performance is close to that of its main competitors: Firefox and Chrome. However, it will not accept plug-ins. If you want to continue using Explorer, you can do it, you’ll find it in the Accessories folder. Minimum requirements Take note, your PC must have a 1 Ghz or faster processor, 1 GB of RAM for the 32-bit version or 2 GB for the 64-bit version, between 16 and 20 GB of hard disk space and a memory card. Video that supports DirectX 9 or higher.

The minimum screen resolution should be 1024 by 600 pixels. Multiple desks one of the most striking options in Windows 10 is its task manager. They are now displayed as bullets. It is a concept that is already familiar to users thanks to experience with other operating systems such as iOS and android and their arrival at Microsoft’s solution is appreciated. Within that area, we have the option of creating multiple desktops.

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How many? According to engineer Muhammed Sanji, an Insider pushed this functionality to the limit and reached 177 desktops. There is no limit from the point of view of software. Control what Cortana knows about you for some, the fact that Cortana learns about your content consumption and tool management habits is a risk. However, there is a notebook or notebook to which can be accessed to adjust how much you know about the wizard. If you want to migrate, virtualization is an option for some companies, migrating to Windows 10 can be inconvenient.

There are firms whose software solutions were designed for previous operating systems and it will be necessary to reprogram them or adapt them to the characteristics of the new platform. This can take months of development. Companies like Citrix virtualization provide options for users to run the software packages required in a virtual machine, which would facilitate migration.