Windows 10 is the newest and the final release of Microsoft’s operating system. It is built on fundamentally the same thing as its predecessors (especially Windows 7 and Windows 8.1), but it also offers new and improved features, along with a refurbished interface.
So, even if you’re highly familiar with using the past versions of Windows, you might want to get some tips with using Windows 10. In this article, you will read about the best tips and tricks so that you can optimize this operating system.
Downloading and Installing the Windows 10 Latest Update
The Windows 10 latest Update offers a lot of awesome and useful standard of comfort improvements to Windows 10, which makes it even better!
Before you actually update your operating software, it is highly recommended to back up your important files first since there is bound to be some inherent risk in updating a major operating system. It is also highly recommended that a system restore point is created.
Here’s how you can get the very latest version of Windows 10:
You can download the Windows 10 latest Update by using the Update Assistant tool. It will download and then check for the latest version of Windows 10.
Once it has been downloaded, run it then select “Update Now”. The rest will be handled by the tool. Your PC might restart a few times, and then your PC will be updated with the latest Update.
You can also choose to manually download and install the Windows 10 latest Update. However, it is a more complex way of doing things. You would need to download the Windows 10 latest 2018 Update 1803 ISO image directly from Microsoft.
Once the ISO file is downloaded, it can be burnt to a DVD or put on a bootable USB stick. Once you’ve done that, load up the file and follow the instructions to install the latest Update.
Windows 10 Common Problems and How to Fix Them
- Having enough space to install Windows 10
The space requirement for Windows 10 is 16GB, which should be kept free on the main system drive the computer uses.
To check how much free space you have left, go to My Computer and see underneath drive C, or you could right click and select Properties for a much detailed overview.
- Avoiding inconvenient software update reboots
The most annoying part of automatic updates is restarting or rebooting, which can come at inconvenient times. The simple way to resolve this is to go to the Advanced Options and then Notify to Schedule Restart.
- Finding Safe Mode
To access Safe Mode in Windows 10, hold down the Shift key during rebooting, or select Restart from the Start menu while holding down the Shift key.
- Setting up Windows Hello
Open the Start menu, click on the Account, and select Change Account Settings. Then, select Sign-in Options and set a PIN. Once you’ve already done this, there will be an option to Setup under Face. Select this and carefully follow the instructions.
- Fixing black screen errors
Having a black screen on Windows 10 can mean different things, depending on whether you’re logged in or not.
If you haven’t logged in, check your internet connection and then reboot your PC via Safe Mode. If you have logged in, unplug all external devices and reboot your PC via Safe Mode.
If the problem still persists, you may ask for further assistance from Microsoft directly.
Windows 10 Tips and Tricks
With so many operating system updates for Windows 10, there’s bound to be some hidden tricks and features that you can explore, to make the most out of the constant evolving Windows.
First is the secret Start menu. If you right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner, it will open a textual menu with various familiar popular destinations.
There’s also the shake feature where you can minimize all active windows by grabbing the top of a window and make a shaking motion. You can also restore them by doing the same thing.
Windows 10 also offers a speech recognition feature. In settings, go to Time & Language > Speech > Related settings and click “Speech, inking, and typing privacy settings” to enable speech services and typing suggestions. After that, you can use the Windows key-H hotkey combination in any text field to pop up a Cortana box that records your voice through your Windows machine’s microphone and dictate the speech in your text field.
Windows 10 also helps you to find missing or corrupted files. Type “cmd” into the taskbar >> Right click on Command Prompt >> Select Run as Administrator. In order to find missing or corrupted files, type “sfc /scannow”. In order to check for disk problems, type “chkdsk /f”.
Windows 10 is by far the best incarnation of Windows that Microsoft has created so far. The operating system is robust, flexible and it has dozens of shortcuts to boost productivity. The very first version of Windows 10 was not without controversy, as many computer systems crashed or froze after the first installation. However, this is to be expected with any new release of any major operating system, especially one with 50 million lines of code! Luckily, there have been many updates to fix the various problems with Windows 10 since its release. Still, no matter how things advance they always sort of stay the same, and updating Windows 10 is just as important as it was for the earliest versions of Windows.