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Windows 10 All-In-One for Dummies


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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 (nee Hotmail) 879 Getting Started with 880 Bringing Some Sanity to Organization 886 Handling Failures 887 Importing 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

About the Author

Wooody Leonhard writes the "Woody on Windows" column for His website,, draws a million visitors a month. He is the author of dozens of Windows and Office books and winner of eight Computer Press Association awards.

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