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Windows 10 how-to guide

Windows 10 is full of changes from previous versions. Understanding how to customize the Start menu, resolve Microsoft Office problems and much more is important.

Introduction

Once IT departments emerge from the muck and mire of a Windows 10 upgrade, they must ensure all their hard work was worth it.

That means knowing how everything in Windows 10 works. If performance lags or an application such as Microsoft Office fails after the upgrade, then all that hard work was for naught. From maximizing performance to troubleshooting common errors, they need to know the operating system cold.

Dive into this detailed Windows 10 how-to-guide to learn how to fix common problems, avoid unwanted notifications, deal with potential storage limitations and more.

1Performance-

Make Windows 10 performance purr

As with most aspects of the IT world, performance is the end all be all for Windows 10. Users need their applications to work on it, they need their batteries to stay charged and they need little bugs to stay out of the way. Here's how IT can make sure users get what they need.

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Don't let Windows 10 performance drag

If admins want to solve performance problems, some of the first places they should troubleshoot are in Task Manager and Performance Monitor. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 in-place upgrade crash course

An in-place upgrade to the same version of Windows a machine already runs can help repair issues quickly. Continue Reading

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Stop Windows 10 battery drain

Improve battery life by turning off Cortana's active listening feature and deciding which applications can download updates in the background. Continue Reading

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Resolve four common Windows 10 issues

There are many common problems to look out for, including issues around device drivers, battery life and startup times. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 not immune to bugs

From slow startup times to Windows Defender malfunctions, there are plenty of bugs for IT administrators to fight in Microsoft's latest OS. Continue Reading

2Common problems-

When Windows 10 just won't work

Nothing in this world is perfect, and Windows 10 is no exception. In fact, sometimes IT runs into problems activating Windows. Then there can be corrupt file systems, Windows Update can simply stop working or Windows 10 can keep producing driver errors. Check out the following stories to resolve some of these critical errors.

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How to resolve Windows 10 activation issues

Troubleshoot activation problems with a few simple tricks, one of which could be helpful after hardware upgrades. Continue Reading

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Why won't Windows activate?

When users can't activate Windows, start by looking into product key issues, and then make sure their devices are connected to the internet. Continue Reading

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What to do when Windows Update fails

If Windows Update failed to install, don't panic. It's usually a simple fix to diagnose the problem and discover why it happened. Continue Reading

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Don't sweat recurring Windows 10 driver errors

Persistent driver errors can be a pain to deal with, but finding and fixing the offending driver is fairly easy. Continue Reading

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Troubleshoot Microsoft Office problems

Windows 10 usually runs Office without any problems, but if users encounter any issues, there are a few remedies admins can try, including installing all the latest Windows and Office updates. Continue Reading

3Disk issues-

Clear up Windows 10 storage

Storage can be the root of many Windows 10 problems. Once disk space fills up or the system gets bogged down by too many unnecessary files, performance drags, users get upset and IT has to get to work. There are a few ways to make sure storage limitations don't crush Windows 10, including deleting the Windows.old installation file.

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Create the disk space Windows 10 needs to thrive

Disk space is at a premium. Admins can give the OS some room to breathe with Deployment Image Servicing and Management, relocating certain files and more techniques. Continue Reading

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How to get rid of dead-weight files

After upgrading to Windows 10, users may need a file cleanup to open up some disk space. Continue Reading

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Three methods for restoring Windows 10 disk space

Clean up files, get rid of old, unused drivers and consolidate the Component Store to get back up to 10 GB of disk space. Continue Reading

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Enter the system file repair shop

Admins can use System File Checker and Deployment Image Servicing and Management to repair Windows system files. Continue Reading

4Spring cleaning-

Reduce Windows 10 clutter

Users do not want to be inundated with notifications they don't care about or have to wade through a Start menu with tools they never use. Admins and users must know how to limit task bar notifications, customize data save locations and even schedule updates.

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Keep the Start menu clean

Find out how to turn off the oversaturation of ads and information that can plague the Windows 10 Start menu. Continue Reading

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Manage Windows 10 taskbar notifications

Fortunately, users can open the Properties command to pick which apps deliver taskbar notifications so they don't drown in a sea of unwanted information. Continue Reading

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Make Windows 10 your own

Users can customize Windows 10 in many ways, including choosing their authentication method, by making a few simple tweaks. Continue Reading

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Customize where Windows saves data

Some people don't want to save data where Windows defaults to, and that's OK. Learn how to redirect the default save location for domain joined and non-domain joined machines. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 lets users schedule updates

With the default Windows Update settings, users are likely to run into forced boots while they are working. Customize the update schedule in the Settings section of the Start menu. Continue Reading

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Take control of Windows 10 notifications

Users can decrease the number of notifications that pop up on their desktops by accessing taskbar and system settings. Continue Reading

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How to boot to Windows 10 Safe Mode

Booting to Safe Mode is different than in the past. Users can no longer press F8 during the boot process to see boot options. Continue Reading

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