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Windows Upgrade Tool Use the Windows Upgrade Tool (also referred to as an app) located in the lower-right of your screen to activate Microsoft's Windows 10 Upgrade. Once opened, go to the Options button in the upper-right corner of the window and select the Check your PC option to determine if your PC is ready to run Windows 10. You'll need to be running the lastest version of Windows 7 or 8.1 so regular Windows updates may need to be performed prior to a Windows 10 installation. It may be a good time to backup your files before you start the upgrade. You'll need between 16 - 20 gigabytes of space available. You have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of this free upgrade.

Two versions of Windows 10 are available, Home and Pro. Windows 10 Home packs in a large set of new features that should suffice for most users' needs. The Pro offers features appreciated by enterprise administrators such as Bitlocker encryption and remote desktop.

Uninstall Windows 10

Start - Settings - Update & Security - Select Recovery in the left window. Look for the option for Go back to Windows 7 or 8. Get started button. This should be available for 30 after installation.

Windows 10 has integrated access to their OneDrive Cloud but your files are saved to your harddrive by default.

Microsoft Edge is the new internet browser software replacing Internet Explorer. The Make a web bot feature allows you to highlight, doodle and type a note on a webpage and then share. You can also used the enhanced Favorites to create a Reading List. You then go to the "Hub" to access your Reading List. There's also a new Reading view which clears your screen of navigation, allowing you focus on the page content. Cortana, the personal assistant allows you to right-click and Ask Cortant for more information on a topic.

Looking for the old version of Internet Explorer? Click the Start button and type "iexplore.exe" Enter.

Cortana Voice Assistant

Cortana is similar to search and can use voice commands as well. “Hey Cortana” isn’t enabled by default. Click on the Cortana search on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. Choose the Notebook and then Settings (gear). Enable Let Cortana respond when you say ‘Hey Cortana’” option. Of course your computer must have a microphone.

To change how much space on your taskbar belongs to Cortana, right-click on the taskbar and choose Cortana. Decide whether to hide Cortana from the taskbar, or simply reduce it to a small circle.

Use it to set up reminders. Say "Hey Cortana" to wake up the feature for use.

Action Center

All the former Charms functions are contained in a new Notifications panel, called Action Center. Open the Action Center from the system tray (by the time in lower-right). Choose All Settings open the new Settings App which is intended to replace the Control Panel. The Control Panel is still accessible. Just type Control Panel from just about anywhere to open it.

New sign-in options allow you to use your face or fingerprint rather than a password. /45690Quickbooks users will want version 2012 and newer to work well with Windows 10. Quickbooks Enterprise is not working well at this time.

Concerned about be able to recover your machine in the event of a serious problem? Use the Recovery Media Creator. Use the Recovery icon in the Control Panel. If you choose to backup your system files, you will also be able to reinstall Windows. You must have a blank USB drive with at least 512 megabytes. When the process finishes you can use the USB drive to recover your machine.

Start with Live Tiles

Start by resizing individual tiles. Right-click any tile and choose resize.

Add tiles. Let's use Notepad as an example. Click on the start button in the lower-left corner of your screen and simply start typing "Word" without the quotes. Pressing Enter would open Word so be careful to Right-Click the icon and choose Pin to Start. You now have a Word tile.
Note: this does not always work for all files and programs and often requires a reboot.

Arrange those tiles so that the ones you use are easy to find.

Edge Browser

Reference Sheet for Edge

Windows as a Service

Windows 10 is free for the first year. Microsoft believes the future of Windows is as a platform for all. Microsoft stressed that those updating during the promotional period will be able to use Windows 10 at no cost forever or for the "supported lifetime of the device".

Windows 10 Updates

While you cannot refuse updates any longer, Microsoft has unveiled a website that allows you to keep track of what updates are applied.

Local Account or Microsoft Account

By default, the account you create when you first install or upgrade to Windows 10 uses your Microsoft account. Microsoft wants you to do this so you can easily hook into all of Microsoft’s online services, such as the Windows Store and OneDrive. Don't loose this account info or you might not be able to sign into you own computer.

To change to a local account, choose Settings, Accounts. Choose Sign in with a local account instead. BUT... if you want to avoid the administrative account hassle for the new user, choose Family & other users. Add someone else to this PC. I don't have this person's sign-in information. Next. Add a user without a Microsoft account. Next. Add a name and password if you want. Skip the password if you're not concerned about security in your location. Before you stop, change the account type to Administrator. Next time you reboot you will have a choice of users. Keep in mind the new user will not have any of your customized settings.


Start button, Settings, Update & Security, Windows Update. Choose Advanced options for choices on how updates are installed.

God Mode

Make a folder call GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} to give you access to most setting on your computer. You can substitute other text for GodMode.