An updated and edited Windows 10 User Manual Guide for Beginners
Comparing Windows 10 with previous versions 8
Windows 10 vs Windows 7 9
Windows 10 vs Windows 7: The Conclusion 13
Windows 10 vs Windows 8 14
Windows 10 vs Windows 8: The Conclusion 18
Upgrading to Windows 10 20
Eligibility for Free Upgrade to Windows 10 21
The Upgrading Process for Windows 10 23
Configuring Windows 10 upgrade copy 26
Creating a Data Backup before Upgrading 35
Requirements for creating a backup image 35
Steps to Create Your Restoration Media 37
Steps to Create the Backup Image of Your Windows Partition 45
The New Start Menu in Windows 10 55
New Features in Windows 10 66
#3 Setting Alarm, Timer and Starting a Stopwatch in Windows 10 71
#6 The Action Center & Notification Panel 73
Photos App in Windows 10 79
Windows Store 85
Personalization & Privacy in Windows 10 87
Change the Windows’ Desktop Background 88
Change the Color Theme 91
Customize the Lock Screen 91
Change the Current Theme 93
Customize the Start Menu 93
Securing Your Windows 10 Machine 96
Shortcut Keys in Windows 10 99
Microsoft is a well-known name and is amongst the companies which don’t need an introduction. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you are likely using Microsoft office every single day for making reports or presentations. But the product that made Microsoft this famous from its start is no doubt the operating system software named Microsoft Windows. Since its first introduction to the world in 1985, it has been the number one choice among people as an operating system for their machine. This is mainly because of its affordability and user-friendliness. With time and technology, Microsoft has continued improving its operating system software and continued to win more people’s hearts and turn them into their trusted customers. Who can forget the legendary Microsoft Windows XP which was loved by everyone? Even after the launch of Windows Vista, Windows XP was still the most used and recommended operating system by everyone. With time, Microsoft Windows 7 became the most trusted name in this market even after the launch of Microsoft Windows 8. The user experiences provided by both Windows 8 and 8.1 were poor and buggy and most of the people hated them because they didn’t have their favorite item, the start menu. As a result, Microsoft came out with another product, namely Windows 10. You must be thinking that it must have been Windows 9 after Windows 8, right? Well NO, this is because Windows 95 or 98 are treated as Windows 9 by Microsoft and they didn’t wanted to use that number again. Windows 10 is a smart hybrid operating system which is designed to eliminate the gap between mobile and desktop platforms. The first attempt for such an objective was made by Microsoft with its Windows 8 release, but it was a big fail and I already explained why. Windows 10 is also the current operating system product and is a work-in-progress type of software. That is, all the other software launched in this category were a one-time release. However, Windows 10 is not just another version of Windows that will fade away with time. Instead of releasing new Windows products, Microsoft will be adding new features to Windows 10 itself. Hence, as there will be no new Windows products released by Microsoft again, Windows 10 is considered the last version of Windows. With Windows features addition via updating, people won’t have to worry about backing up their data again whenever they have to upgrade the operating system of their machine. Moreover, Windows 10 is the fastest and smartest Windows product ever made by Microsoft. In this book, you will learn exactly why it is so and learn everything that you need to know about Windows 10, from its upgrade requirements to its features and tricks. Let’s start by comparing Windows 10 with previous versions.
So, let’s start learning a little about Microsoft Windows 10 by first comparing it to the previous versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are using a computer daily then you must be knowing that Windows 8 was too buggy to be used for such activities. So, most of you must be still on Microsoft Windows 7 if you are not on Microsoft Windows 10. Hence, let’s start by comparing these two operating system first.
I have used Windows 7 for many years and I am currently using Microsoft Windows 10 since its release, so this comparison is the best and most detailed review that you can find. Let’s start by comparing the most used item of Windows, the start menu.
The start menu has been brought back in Windows 10 by Microsoft, and it is better than before. Unlike Windows 8, the start menu in Windows 10 is not just touch focused, it is made keeping in mind the traditional users and the touch users. Windows 7 has the traditional style start menu in aero design which most of you are familiar with. However, the live tiles introduced in start screen in Windows 8 by Microsoft have been included in the Windows 10 start menu with many other features while still fulfilling the standard need of the start menu like Windows 7. The live tiles are kept to the right side of the start menu and hence, they don’t interfere with its standard usage of accessing the PC, documents, programs, etc. Though the size of the start menu is kept fixed by default by Microsoft, you can still expand it by holding the right side of it and dragging to reveal all the live tiles that you mostly use or have pinned to your start menu.
Another difference between Windows 7 and Windows 10 is regarding the search option, the search option provided in the Windows 7 start menu was very limited, however, in Windows 10, the search option performs your search on not only on your PC including your files and folders, but it expands the search to the internet using Bing search and to the Microsoft Store. All you have to do to perform a search in Windows 10 is to just press the Windows key on your keyboard and start typing the search term.
Now, let’s move on to another exciting comparison topic between Windows 7 and Windows 10, the GAMING!
Windows 7 became the first choice of everyone for gaming after Windows XP was shut down by Microsoft. The gaming experience provided by Windows 7 was better than that provided by Vista and every game used to run smoothly without any issues. However, Windows 7 had Direct X version 11 whereas Windows 10 comes with Direct X version 12, thus enhancing the gaming experience of the users. Not only that, Windows 10 allows its users to play their Xbox games on their PC when connected to the local network. A user can even record a video of his gameplay that he can share with his friends or on YouTube later. The smart upgrades provided by Windows 10 also make the gaming experience for AMD graphic card users more amazing. I myself am an AMD graphic card user and believe me the gaming quality that I enjoyed in Windows 10 for games like Grand Theft Auto, Call Of Duty, Counter Strike, Far Cry, Grid, Need For Speed, Assassin’s Creed and many others is incomparable to any other Windows version.
Windows 7 is, of course, a reliable and an excellent operating system, but you will be impressed by all the enhancements made by Microsoft in Windows 10 to make the best and most user-friendly operating system ever. You will not miss anything in Windows 10 and will enjoy many new features discussed above and in detail in this eBook in other chapters. For now, let’s continue our comparison and move to Windows 8.
Many people were satisfied with Windows XP and Windows 7 when Microsoft came out with Windows 8. Being something new it did catch everyone’s attention but people also switched back to Windows 7 and XP Professional from Windows 8 after using it few times. Windows 8 took away their most loved item, the start menu and gave them a lot of bugs, Windows 8.1 was released later by Microsoft but that also didn’t perform up to the expectations of customers worldwide. Thus, Windows 10 was not only a new release but a necessary release made by Microsoft in order to satisfy their customers. The return of the start menu in Microsoft Windows 10 made customers feel like they were at home again. The start menu in Windows 10 is a hybrid version mixing the usefulness of the traditional start menu with the flexibility of Windows 8 by adding live tiles to it. Just like Windows 8, you can resize, move, add and remove the tiles from the start menu in Windows 10.
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