11 Hidden Windows 10 Tips and Tweaks

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All the features of Windows 10 aren’t as obvious as they should be, and that includes the tips and tweaks that make the powerful operating system easier to use. In this article by Howard Wen, we learn the details of 11 lesser-known ways to make Windows 10 better.

1. Delete your previous Windows version installation

2. Know how to sign out of Windows 10 

3. Pick whatever accent color you want

4. Use the new delay timer in the Snipping Tool 

5. Change Edge’s default search engine from Bing to another one 

6. Delay automatic updates over Wi-Fi 

7. Record video clips using the Xbox app

8. Remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer 

9. Pin Windows apps to the desktop

10. Access all Windows 10 settings under one user interface

11. Uninstall default Windows apps


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Microsoft Replaces Command Prompt with PowerShell in Windows 10

The Command Prompt has been part of Windows for a very long time, but it is being replaced starting with Windows 10 build 14971. It looks like Microsoft is trying to make PowerShell the main command shell in their latest update to their premier operating system.

In this build, PowerShell will officially replace the traditional Command Prompt in most any way you used to run the utility. Even typing cmd in the run dialog will launch PowerShell.

The 5 Coolest Features Coming to Windows 10

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With the recent Microsoft event, we know that there will be many new features coming from Microsoft’s flagship operating system in the upcoming Windows refresh. The free Windows 10 Creators Update will arrive on all Windows 10 devices in Spring 2017. This is a list of the top 5 best things about the new Windows:

  1. Office Apps Supporting 3D – In a Microsoft demo, they showed 3D objects being dropped into a PowerPoint presentation. They spun the objects and and moved from slide to slide at amazing speeds.
  2. Virtual Reality – While Microsoft still have the HoloLens for augmented reality, they also have hardware partners like Lenovo, Asus, Acer, HP, and Dell making VR headsets for bringing 3D experiences to Windows. With pricing that starts at $300, we may be seeing VR going mainstream.
  3. Built-in Sharing – Windows will allow you to instantly send content it to all of the important people in your contacts (that group of friends and coworkers in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen Windows 10, with just a few clicks.
  4. Paint 3D – A new version of the classic Paint app that allows you to build virtual models from 2D images. Using existing photographs, by creating new images with the Surface Pen, or scanning a real life object with your smartphone’s camera you can import 3D images into Paint 3D and save them for use in other tools or print them out to your 3D printer.
  5. Free – All the updates and improvements will be free to existing Windows 10 users.

Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 (Build 14951) Released to Insiders

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Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14951 has been released to the Fast Ring of the Windows Insiders Program with photo additions, Windows Ink features, and an update for the Linux subsystem.

Windows Ink is getting enhancements for PC users as build 14951 adds stencils and a protractor tool. This release also makes it possible for users to ink within photos.

Windows Subsystem for Linux: Today we are happy to announce two large updates to WSL!

  • Official Ubuntu 16.04 support. Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) is installed for all new Bash on Ubuntu on Windows instances starting in build 14951.  This replaces Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty).  Existing user instances will not be upgraded automatically.  Users on the Windows Insider program can upgrade manually from 14.04 to 16.04 using the do-release-upgrade command.
  • Windows / WSL interoperability. Users can now launch Windows binaries directly from a WSL command prompt.  This is the number one request from our users on the WSL User Voice page.  Some examples include:
$ export PATH=$PATH:/mnt/c/Windows/System32
$ notepad.exe
$ ipconfig.exe | grep IPv4 | cut -d: -f2
$ ls -la | findstr.exe foo.txt
$ cmd.exe /c dir

More information can be found on the WSL Blog and the WSL MSDN page. Other changes and more information can be found on the WSL Release Notes page.

Windows 10 ISO Download

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To download the ISO media file from Microsoft, you just need an internet connection. You can get this image directly from Microsoft using this official download. You will need a genuine Windows product key during the activation step during or after installation, but that should be a minor issue.

As part of this ISO file offering by Microsoft, the company has also created a relatively small check list of what’s actually required before beginning the download:

  • Make sure you have:
    • An internet connection.
    • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
    • A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. Microsoft recommends using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
  • Check these things on the PC where you want to install Windows 10:
    • 64-bit or 32-bit processor (CPU). You’ll create either the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10 that’s appropriate for your CPU. To check this on your PC, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for System type.
    • System requirements. See the system requirements before installing Windows 10.
    • Language in Windows. You’ll need to choose the same language when you install Windows 10. To see what language you’re currently using, go to Time and language in PC settings or Region in Control Panel.
    • Edition of Windows. You should also choose the same edition of Windows. To check what edition you’re currently running, go to PC info in PC settings or System in Control Panel, and look for Windows edition.
    • Microsoft Office products. If you just purchased a new device that includes Office 365, Microsoft recommends redeeming (installing) Office before upgrading to Windows 10. If you have Office 2010 or earlier and choose to perform a clean install of Windows 10, you will need to locate your Office product key.

To start the download, visit this page.

Microsoft Edge and the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

With the August rollout of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge is definitely one of the topics Microsoft wants to highlight. The new Windows browser has become more efficient and accessible, as well as even more secure.

You can get more details on the Microsoft blog post, but they are very proud of the recent product updates that have put Edge at the top of the browser comparison scale in several areas.

Over the last year we’ve been hard at work taking Microsoft Edge to the next level with features and improvements that make every part of the browser better. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge has support for browser extensions from the Windows Store, dozens of new features, and major improvements to power efficiency, and security. It’s also the most accessible browser we’ve ever shipped, and the first browser to score a perfect 100% on HTML5Accessibility.com! Let’s walk through some of what’s new and available for all customers today.

Pinned tabs

You can now create pinned tabs to keep your most used sites and web apps available just a click away – simply right-click any tab and choose “Pin.”

Pinned tabs always appear at the start of the tab row, and only show the site’s icon. Pinned tabs that are in your Microsoft Edge window when you close the app will come back the next time you open Microsoft Edge.

Paste and go

Starting with the Anniversary Update, if you have copied a link in your clipboard, you can right-click in the address bar and choose “Paste and go” from the context menu to instantly navigate to the site.

If you copy something other than a link to your clipboard, you will instead see a “paste and search” option.

Notifications from websites

Microsoft Edge now support notifications from open websites, so you can stay up to date with messages or updates from your favorite sites like Skype for Web, Slack, or WhatsApp.

Microsoft Edge will always ask for your permission before allowing a site to send you notifications, and you can manage notifications from Settings in Microsoft Edge or by right clicking a notification in Windows 10’s Action Center.

Swipe to navigate

You can now navigate back and forward with the swipe of a fingertip. On a touchscreen PC or a Windows 10 Mobile device, simply drag a finger across the page to the right or left to go to the previous or next page in your history.

Ask Cortana about any image

Right click on any picture on the web and select “Ask Cortana” to learn more about the picture you selected in order to identify related information or look up related pictures.

Better favorites

You can now import favorites from Firefox, in addition to Chrome and Internet Explorer. When you import favorites from any browser, they will now land in a separate clearly labeled folder, instead of mixed in with your existing favorites. Organizing your favorites is now easier using the new “tree” display in the Hub. You can expand and collapse folders to see the contents of as many or few as you like. You can now also sort favorites by name in the favorites pane, and easily rearrange or move favorites between folders with drag and drop. In the Favorites Bar, you can now right-click on the favorites bar to display icons only, rename items, or create new folders.

Better download management

Microsoft Edge now gives you a reminder of in-progress downloads whenever you close Microsoft Edge. This gives you the opportunity to complete downloads prior to closing Microsoft Edge. You can also set where downloaded files are saved by default. Just open “Settings”, choose “Advanced settings”, and find the new option under “Downloads.”

Drag and drop folders

You can now upload folders to sites like OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive by dragging and dropping into Microsoft Edge.

Better tab behavior on Mobile

Microsoft Edge keeps your tabs under control when you use it with apps on your phone. If you tap on a link in an app that opens a new tab in Microsoft Edge, pressing the back button when you’re done will close that tab, then take you back to the app. Your tabs list stays lean and relevant, by smartly closing tabs you’re done with.

Tab previews on HoloLens

Hover over tabs on HoloLens just like you would on a PC to see a thumbnail preview of the page.


Configuring Windows 10 Virtual Machine in Azure

Windows 10 is the next version of the Windows desktop. You may love your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 desktop, but you must understand the days of those Operating Systems being supported are limited. Now is a good time to start evaluating Windows 10, and an easy way to do that is using Azure virtual machines.

In this article by Prasanna Murali we get step-by-step instructions on how to crate a new Windows 10 virtual machine in Azure.

The following are the steps needed to create a Windows 10 virtual machine.

Step 1: Login into to Azure Management Portal by clicking here.

Step 2: Click New button from Azure Management Portal, as shown below:

Step 3: From the new blade, click the virtual machine, as shown below:

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