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A revised and updated edition of the personalized guide to Windows 10 written by technology expert William Stanek. Learn the new Microsoft operating system using this hands-on guide to mastering laptops, tablets, desktops and other computing devices running Windows 10.
Whether you are a casual user, an IT professional or just someone who wants to learn how to use the operating system, you can learn everything you need to conquer the essentials by reading this book. Inside, you'll find practical advice and step by step procedures, documented examples and much, much more.
One of the goals is to keep the content so concise that this personalized handbook remains compact and easy to navigate while at the same time being packed with as much information as possible.
When you start working with Windows 10, you'll see at once that this operating system is visually different from earlier releases of Windows. What won't be readily apparent, however, is just how different-and that's because many of the most significant changes to the operating system are under the surface. These changes affect the underlying architecture, not just the interfaces.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Getting to Know Windows 10 25
Using Touchscreens 26
Installation Notes 27
Getting Signed In 28
Local Accounts, Domain Accounts, Microsoft Accounts, Oh My 30
Getting Around the New Desktops 33
Getting Around the New Start Menu 40
Entering and Exiting Tablet Mode 45
Customizing User Accounts 47
Chapter 2. Customizing the Windows 10 Interface 53
Boosting Your Desktop IQ 54
Making the Start Menu Work for You 71
Making the Taskbar Dance 80
Chapter 3. Personalizing the Appearance of Windows 10 91
Customizing Basic Interfaces 92
Optimizing Backgrounds, Themes and More 102
Chapter 4. Customizing Boot, Startup, and Power Options 141
Customizing Your Computer's Firmware Interface 141
Getting Firmware and Power Management Information 155
Customizing Startup and Boot Configuration 157
Resolving Restart or Shutdown Issues 182
Chapter 5. Organizing, Searching, and Indexing 187
Exploring Your Computer in New Ways 187
Customizing File Explorer 201
Searching and Indexing Your Computer 213
Fine-Tuning Windows Search 217
Indexing Your Computer 238
Chapter 6. Managing Your Apps 247
Working with Desktop Apps 247
Installing Desktop Programs 255
Managing Desktop Programs and Features 268
Managing Currently Running Apps, Programs and Processes 281
Chapter 7. Tracking System Performance and Health 285
Getting to Know Your Computer's Hardware 285
Checking Current Performance Levels 291
Event Logging and Viewing 302
Chapter 8. Analyzing and Logging Performance 309
Resolving Failures and Reliability Issues 309
Recording and Analyzing Performance Data 327
Chapter 9. Optimizing Performance Tips and Techniques 341
Optimizing Power Management Settings for Performance 341
Maintaining Performance with Updates 353
Optimizing Performance: Final Tune-up Suggestions 358
Automating Maintenance 372
About the Author 387.
About the Author
William Stanek is the premiere author in Windows, administration and Microsoft technologies. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. As a leading technology expert, award-winning author, and instructional trainer, his practical advice has helped millions of technical professionals all over the world. His more than 100 books include Pocket Consultants on Exchange Server 2013, Windows 8.1 administration, and Windows Server 2012 R2 as well as Inside Outs on Windows Server 2012 R2. William has won many awards for outstanding contributions in writing, excellence in writing, and more. An avid outdoorsman William enjoys hiking, spelunking and trekking in search of adventure.