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Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition

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Windows 10 All-In-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Woody Leonhard

ISBN: 978-1-119-48480-6 June 2018 960 Pages

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Welcome to the world of Windows 10!

Are you ready to become the resident Windows 10 expert in your office? Look no further! This book is your one-stop shop for everything related to the latest updates to this popular operating system. With the help of this comprehensive resource, you'll be able to back up your data and ensure the security of your network, use Universal Apps to make your computer work smarter, and personalize your Windows 10 experience. 

Windows 10 powers more than 400 million devices worldwide—and now you can know how to make it work better for you with Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies. You’ll find out how to personalize Windows, use the universal apps, control your system, secure Windows 10, and so much more.

  • Covers the most recent updates to this globally renowned operating system  
  • Shows you how to start out with Windows 10
  • Walks you through maintaining and enhancing the system   
  • Makes it easy to connect with universal and social apps

If you’re a businessperson or Windows power-user looking to make this popular software program work for you, the buck stops here!

Introduction 1

About This Book 3

Foolish Assumptions 4

Icons Used in This Book 5

Beyond the Book 5

Where to Go from Here 6

Book 1: Starting Windows 10 7

Chapter 1: Windows 10 4 N00bs 9

Hardware and Software 12

Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows? 12

A Terminology Survival Kit 17

What, Exactly, Is the Web? 21

Buying a Windows 10 Computer 26

What’s Wrong with Windows 10? 45

Chapter 2: Windows 10 for the Experienced 47

If You Just Upgraded from Win7 or 8.1 to Win10 48

A Brief History of Windows 10 50

Exploring the Versions of Windows 10 53

The Different Kinds of Windows Programs, Er, Apps 54

What’s New for the XP Crowd 58

What’s New for Windows 7 and Vista Victims 63

What’s New for Windows 8 and 8.1 Users 68

What’s New for All of Windows 68

Do You Need Windows 10? 77

Chapter 3: Which Version? 79

Counting the Editions 80

Choosing 32 Bit versus 64 Bit 85

Which Version of Windows Are You Running? 87

Book 2: Personalizing Windows 91

Chapter 1: Getting Around in Windows 93

Windows’ New Beginnings 94

Navigating around the Desktop 99

Keying Keyboard Shortcuts 105

Chapter 2: Changing the Lock and Login Screens 109

Working with the Lock Screen 110

Logging on Uniquely 116

Chapter 3: Working with the Action/Notification Center 123

What Is the Action Center? 124

What, Exactly, Is a Notification? 125

Working with Notifications 127

Working with Settings Shortcuts 129

Chapter 4: Controlling Users 131

Why You Need Separate User Accounts 132

Choosing Account Types 133

What’s Good and Bad about Microsoft Accounts 137

Adding Users 139

Changing Accounts 142

Switching Users 147

The Changing Environment 148

Chapter 5: Microsoft Account: To Sync or Not to Sync? 149

What, Exactly, Is a Microsoft Account? 150

Deciding Whether You Want a Microsoft Account 151

Setting Up a Microsoft Account 154

Stop Using Your Microsoft Account 158

Taking Care of Your Microsoft Account 159

Controlling Sync 160

Chapter 6: Privacy Control 163

Why You Should Be Concerned 164

Privacy Manifesto 166

Knowing What Connections Windows Prefers 171

Controlling Location Tracking 172

Minimizing Privacy Intrusion 177

Book 3: Working on the Desktop 179

Chapter 1: Running Your Desktop from Start to Finish 181

Tripping through Win10’s Three Personas 182

Working with the Traditional Desktop 184

Mousing with Your Mouse 187

Starting with the Start Icon 192

Touching on the Taskbar 195

Working with Files and Folders 197

Creating Shortcuts 211

Keying Keyboard Shortcuts 213

Sleep: Perchance to Dream 214

Chapter 2: Personalizing the Start Menu 217

Touring the Start Menu 218

Modifying the Start Menu 220

Resizing the Start Menu 227

Changing Tiles on the Start Menu 228

Organizing Your Start Menu Tiles 230

Chapter 3: Personalizing the Desktop and Taskbar 233

Decking out the Desktop 234

Resolving Desktop Resolution 239

Putting Icons and Shortcuts on the Desktop 243

Tricking out the Taskbar 248

Chapter 4: Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox 255

Which Browser Is Best? 257

Using Internet Explorer on the Desktop 264

Customizing Firefox 279

Optimizing Google Chrome 288

Searching on the Web 292

Referring to Internet Reference Tools 298

Chapter 5: Hey, Cortana! 303

The Cortana Backstory 304

Make Cortana Respond to “Hey, Cortana” 305

Setting up Cortana 309

Using Cortana Settings 311

Chapter 6: Maintaining Your System 315

Rolling Back with the Three Rs 316

Creating Password Reset Questions 318

Making Windows Update Work 321

Maintaining Drives 322

Maintaining Solid-State Drives 326

Zipping and Compressing 327

Book 4: Using the Built-In Universal Apps 333

Chapter 1: Using the Mail and Calendar Apps 335

Choosing a Mail/Calendar App 337

Drilling Down on Universal Windows 10 Mail 344

Universal Mail Settings 351

Avoiding Universal Calendar App Collisions 355

Beyond Email 358

Chapter 2: Keeping Track of People 361

The Contact List in Windows 10 362

Putting Contacts in the Universal People App 363

Putting a Contact on the Taskbar 370

Alternatives to the Win10 Universal People App 372

Chapter 3: Zooming the Photos App and Beyond 373

Discovering What the Windows Photos App Can Do 374

Touring Photos 374

Editing Photos 377

Setting Settings 380

Adding Photos 381

Importing Pictures from a Camera or an External Drive 382

Working with Albums 383

Storing and Managing Photos Online 383

Chapter 4: Noting OneNote 387

Getting Started in OneNote with or without a Pen 388

Setting Up Notebooks, Sections, Pages 389

Embellishing on a OneNote Page 392

Sending to OneNote 394

Setting Settings 396

Chapter 5: Maps, Music, Movies — and TV 399

Making Maps 400

Get Yer Groove Music on 406

Getting Your Music and Movies into the Apps 408

Running around the Groove Music App 411

Running around the Movies & TV App 415

Book 5: Connecting with the Universal Apps 417

Chapter 1: Introducing Edge 419

A Walk through Microsoft Edge 420

Working with Web Notes 425

A Sampler of Edge Settings 426

Adding Edge Extensions 431

Chapter 2: Using Skype in Windows 10 435

Exploring Skype Alternatives 436

Signing Up with Skype 439

Making First Contact 442

Adding a Contact 443

Settings 445

A Few Tips from Skype-ologists 446

Chapter 3: Navigating the Microsoft Store 449

Checking out What a Universal Windows App Can Do 451

Browsing the Microsoft Store 454

Searching the Microsoft Store 457

Updating Your Microsoft Store Apps 459

Chapter 4: Games, Games, and Games 461

Searching the Store for Games 463

Bringing Back the Classics 466

Starting with Sudoku 468

Cutting the Rope with Style 470

Pirates Love Daisies 473

Despicable Me, Sonic, and More 475

Book 6: Socializing with the Universal Apps 477

Chapter 1: Using OneDrive 479

What Is OneDrive? 480

Setting Up a OneDrive Account 482

The Four States of OneDrive Data 484

Changing the States of OneDrive Data 490

Sharing OneDrive Files and Folders 491

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Facebook 493

Choosing a Facebook App 495

Signing Up for a Facebook Account 495

Building a Great Timeline 505

Using the Universal Facebook App 509

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Twitter 511

Understanding Twitter 512

Setting Up a Twitter Account 515

Tweeting for Beginners 520

Hooking Twitter into Windows 523

Chapter 4: Getting Started with LinkedIn 525

Signing Up for LinkedIn 526

Using LinkedIn for Fun and Profit 530

Book 7: Controlling Your System 533

Chapter 1: Settings, Settings, and More Settings 535

Introducing the Universal Settings App 537

Spelunking through the Control Panel 540

Putting Shortcuts to Settings on Your Desktop 542

God Mode 546

Chapter 2: Troubleshooting and Getting Help 549

Troubleshooting the Easy Way 550

Troubleshooting the Hard Way 551

System Stability and Reliability Monitor 564

Tricks to Using Windows Help 565

How to Really Get Help 567

Snapping and Recording Your Problems 570

Connecting to Remote Assistance 575

Troubleshooting Remote Assistance 581

Getting Help Online 582

Chapter 3: Working with Libraries 585

Understanding Libraries 586

Making Your Libraries Visible 587

Working with Your Default Libraries 590

Customizing Libraries 592

Creating Your Own Library 596

Chapter 4: Storing in Storage Spaces 599

Understanding the Virtualization of Storage 600

Setting Up Storage Spaces 603

Working with Storage Spaces 606

Storage Space Strategies 608

Chapter 5: Taking Control of Updates and Upgrades 609

The Case Against Windows Automatic Update 610

Terminology 101 611

The Great Divide: Home versus Pro 613

Keeping Your Win10 Home Machine Protected 614

Blocking Win10 Pro Updates 617

Keep Up on the Problems 619

Chapter 6: Running the Built-In Applications 621

Setting Alarms & Clock 622

Getting Free Word Processing 625

Taming the Character Map 630

Calculating — Free 631

Painting 634

Chapter 7: Working with Printers 639

Installing a Printer 640

Using the Print Queue 645

Troubleshooting Printing 649

Catching a Runaway Printer 651

Book 8: Maintaining Windows 10 653

Chapter 1: File History, Backup, Data Restore, and Sync 655

What Happened to the Windows 7 Backup? 656

The Future of Reliable Storage Is in the Cloud 656

Backing Up and Restoring Files with File History 658

Storing to and through the Cloud 666

Chapter 2: A Fresh Start: Restore and Reset 673

The Three R’s — and an SF and a GB 674

Resetting Your PC 677

Resetting Your PC to Factory Settings 680

Starting Fresh 682

Restoring to an Earlier Point 683

Entering the Windows Recovery Environment 688

Chapter 3: Monitoring Windows 691

Viewing Events 692

Gauging System Reliability 696

Chapter 4: Using System Tools 701

Tasking Task Manager 702

Installing a Second Hard Drive 710

Running a Virtual Machine 713

Book 9: Securing Windows 10 721

Chapter 1: Spies, Spams, and Scams Are Out to Get You 723

Understanding the Hazards — and the Hoaxes 724

Staying Informed 739

Is My Computer Infected? 742

Getting Protected 748

Dealing with Data Breaches 757

Chapter 2: Fighting Viri and Scum 761

Basic Windows Security Do’s and Don’ts 762

Making Sense of Malware 766

Deciphering Browsers’ Inscrutable Warnings 769

Chapter 3: Running Built-In Security Programs 773

Working with Windows Defender 773

Controlling Folder Access 779

Judging SmartScreen 781

Booting Securely with UEFI 784

Controlling User Account Control 787

Poking at Windows Firewall 790

Chapter 4: Top Security Helpers 799

Deciding about BitLocker 800

Managing Your Passwords 803

Keeping Your Other Programs Up to Date 807

Blocking Java and Flash in Your Browser 809

Fighting Back at Tough Scumware 812

Securing Your Communication with PIA 813

Book 10: Enhancing Windows 10 817

Chapter 1: Using Your iPad and iPhone with Windows 819

Running iTunes on Windows, or Maybe Not 820

The Inside Story on Office for iPad and Android 829

Great iPad Apps to Use with Windows 832

Playing with Kids on Your iPad or iPhones 836

Chapter 2: Android, Chromecast, Roku, Kindle, and Windows 10 839

What, Exactly, Is Android? 841

Connecting TVs with Roku, Plex, and Chromecast 844

Using Office for Android 847

Wrangling E-Book Files 847

Getting Media from Your PC to Your Kindle 852

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Gmail, Google Apps, and Drive 859

Finding Alternatives to Windows with Google 860

Setting Up Gmail 865

Moving an Existing Account to Gmail 867

Using the Google Apps 870

Moving Your Domain to Google 874

Chapter 4: Using Web-Based Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) 879

Getting Started with Outlook.com 880

Bringing Some Sanity to Outlook.com Organization 886

Handling Outlook.com Failures 887

Importing Outlook.com Messages into Gmail 889

Weighing the Alternatives 891

Chapter 5: Best Free Windows Add-Ons 893

Windows Apps You Absolutely Must Have 894

The Best of the Rest — All Free 898

Don’t Pay for Software You Don’t Need! 905

Index 909