Windows 10 how-to guide

Last updated:January 2017

Editor's note

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.

1When 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.

2Clear 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.

3Reduce 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.