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Windows 10 Inside Out (includes Current Book Service), 2/e

Book Description

Conquer today’s Windows 10–from the inside out!

Dive into Windows 10–and really put your Windows expertise to work. Focusing on the most powerful and innovative features of Windows 10, this supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, tips, and workarounds–all fully reflecting the major Windows 10 Anniversary Update. From new Cortana and Microsoft Edge enhancements to the latest security and virtualization features, you’ll discover how experts tackle today’s essential tasks–and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

  • Install, configure, and personalize the newest versions of Windows 10

  • Understand Microsoft’s revamped activation and upgrade processes

  • Discover major Microsoft Edge enhancements, including new support for extensions

  • Use today’s improved Cortana services to perform tasks, set reminders, and retrieve information

  • Make the most of the improved ink, voice, touch, and gesture support in Windows 10

  • Help secure Windows 10 in business with Windows Hello and Azure AD

  • Deploy, use, and manage new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps

  • Take advantage of new entertainment options, including Groove Music Pass subscriptions and connections to your Xbox One console

  • Manage files in the cloud with Microsoft OneDrive and OneDrive for Business

  • Use the improved Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps and the new Skype app

  • Fine-tune performance and troubleshoot crashes

  • Master high-efficiency tools for managing Windows 10 in the enterprise

  • Leverage advanced Hyper-V features, including Secure Boot, TPMs, nested virtualization, and containers

  • In addition, this book is part of the Current Book Service from Microsoft Press. Books in this program will receive periodic updates to address significant software changes for 12 to 18 months following the original publication date via a free Web Edition. Learn more at https://www.microsoftpressstore.com/cbs.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Dedication Page
    5. Contents at a glance
    6. Table of contents
    7. Introduction
      1. Who this book is for
        1. Assumptions about you
      2. How this book is organized
      3. Acknowledgments
      4. Errata, updates, & book support
        1. Free ebooks from Microsoft Press
        2. We want to hear from you
        3. Stay in touch
    8. Part 1: Getting started with Windows 10
      1. Chapter 1. What’s new in Windows 10
        1. The Windows 10 user experience
        2. Fundamental changes in core features
        3. Windows 10, the web, and cloud services
        4. Working and playing with Windows 10
        5. More updates, more often
        6. Windows 10 for IT pros and experts
      2. Chapter 2. Installing, configuring, and deploying Windows 10
        1. Before you start
          1. Check for potential compatibility problems
          2. Back up your data and settings
          3. Build (or buy) installation media
          4. Choose your installation method
        2. Windows licensing and activation
          1. Managing digital licenses
          2. Troubleshooting activation problems
          3. Entering a product key
          4. Activation requirements for OEM installations
          5. Product activation and corporate licensing
          6. Managing Windows activation from the command prompt
        3. How Windows 10 Setup works
        4. Upgrading to Windows 10
          1. Using Windows installation media
          2. Checking compatibility
          3. Transferring files, apps, and settings
        5. Performing a clean install
        6. Configuring a multi-boot system
        7. Tweaking and tuning your Windows 10 installation
      3. Chapter 3. Using Windows 10
        1. An overview of the Windows 10 user experience
        2. Navigating Windows 10
          1. Using and customizing Start
        3. Using and customizing the taskbar
          1. Pinning programs to the taskbar
          2. Using Jump Lists for quick access to documents and folders
          3. Changing the order of taskbar buttons
          4. Changing the taskbar’s size and appearance
          5. Moving the taskbar
          6. Adding toolbars to the taskbar
          7. Configuring the taskbar with multiple displays
          8. Customizing the notification area
        4. Using and customizing Action Center
          1. Customizing the Quick Actions panel
          2. Customizing notifications
        5. Switching tasks
        6. Switching between virtual desktops
        7. Managing and arranging windows
        8. Using a keyboard and mouse in Windows 10
          1. Mastering keyboard shortcuts
          2. Using alternative keyboard layouts
          3. Taming your mouse or other pointing device
        9. Using Windows 10 on a touchscreen device
        10. Using the Windows Ink workspace
          1. Setting pen options
        11. Working with fonts
          1. Making text easier to read
          2. Using font smoothing to make text easier on the eyes
      4. Chapter 4. Personalizing Windows 10
        1. Settings vs. Control Panel
        2. Customizing the visual appearance
          1. Selecting the desktop background
          2. Selecting colors
          3. Customizing the lock screen and sign-in screen
        3. Fine-tuning visual options
          1. Customizing mouse pointers
          2. Configuring desktop icons
          3. Making other small visual tweaks
        4. Selecting sounds for events
        5. Choosing a screen saver
        6. Setting date and time, currency, and other regional options
        7. Syncing your settings between computers
        8. Overcoming challenges
      5. Chapter 5. Networking essentials
        1. Getting started with Windows 10 networking
        2. Checking your network’s status
          1. Using the network icon and flyout
          2. Network And Sharing Center
          3. Monitoring network performance in Task Manager
        3. Setting network locations
        4. Connecting to a wireless network
          1. Connecting to a hidden network
          2. Wireless security
          3. Connecting to other wireless networks
        5. Sharing files, digital media, and printers in a homegroup
          1. Creating a homegroup
          2. Joining a homegroup
          3. Browsing shared folders and files
          4. Sharing a printer
          5. Leaving a homegroup
      6. Chapter 6. Managing user accounts, passwords, and credentials
        1. Working with user accounts
          1. Choosing an account type
          2. Changing account settings
          3. Deleting an account
        2. Managing the sign-in process
          1. Setting or changing a password
          2. Using a PIN
          3. Using a picture password
          4. Using Windows Hello for biometric sign-ins
        3. Signing out, switching accounts, or locking your computer
        4. Configuring privacy options
        5. Sharing your PC with other users
          1. Adding a user to your computer
          2. Controlling your family’s computer access
          3. Restricting use with assigned access
        6. Introducing access control in Windows
          1. Permissions and rights
          2. User accounts and security groups
      7. Chapter 7. Securing Windows 10 devices
        1. Understanding security threats
        2. New security features in Windows 10
          1. Securing devices
          2. Securing data
          3. Securing identities
          4. Blocking malware
        3. Monitoring your computer’s security
        4. Staying on top of security updates
        5. Blocking intruders with Windows Firewall
          1. Using Windows Firewall with different network types
          2. Managing Windows Firewall
          3. Enabling or disabling Windows Firewall
          4. Allowing connections through the firewall
          5. Restoring default settings
          6. Advanced tools for managing Windows Firewall
        6. Preventing unsafe actions with User Account Control
          1. What triggers UAC prompts
          2. Dealing with UAC prompts
          3. Modifying UAC settings
        7. Encrypting information
          1. Using the Encrypting File System
          2. Encrypting with BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
        8. Using Windows Defender to block malware
          1. Using Windows Defender
          2. Manually scanning for malware
          3. Dealing with detected threats
        9. Stopping unknown or malicious programs with SmartScreen
    9. Part 2: Working and playing with Windows 10
      1. Chapter 8. Using and managing apps and desktop programs
        1. What’s in a modern app
        2. Browsing the Windows Store
          1. Finding additional information
          2. Buying an app
          3. Uninstalling an app
          4. Resetting an app
          5. Managing line-of-business apps
        3. Apps included with Windows 10
        4. Installing, running, and managing desktop applications
          1. Running desktop applications as an administrator or another user
          2. Dealing with compatibility issues
        5. Managing programs and processes with Task Manager
          1. Terminating a program with Task Manager
          2. Finding detailed information about a program
          3. Assigning a program to a specific processor
          4. Reviewing history
        6. Managing startup programs
          1. Suspending or removing startup items
        7. Setting default programs and file-type associations
          1. Using a nondefault program on a case-by-case basis
        8. Turning Windows features on or off
        9. Setting AutoPlay options
      2. Chapter 9. Cortana and the web
        1. Using Cortana for search and more
          1. What you can do with Cortana
          2. Configuring Cortana
          3. Using Cortana in Microsoft Edge
        2. Why the new browser?
        3. Browser and search basics
          1. Specifying your default browser
          2. Changing your default search provider
          3. Managing downloads
          4. Using tabs
          5. Customizing your start and home pages
          6. Making text easier to read
        4. Using Microsoft Edge
          1. Navigating with the Start page and address bar
          2. Browsing with favorites
          3. Using the reading list to save links for later
          4. Browsing through history
          5. Using Reading View in Microsoft Edge
          6. Annotating Microsoft Edge pages with web notes
          7. Extensions
        5. Privacy and security issues
          1. Protecting your privacy
          2. Managing and securing your web credentials
          3. Configuring security zones in Internet Explorer
          4. Managing and troubleshooting add-ons in Internet Explorer
      3. Chapter 10. Productivity and communication tools
        1. Mail, Calendar, and People
          1. Setting up and using Mail
          2. Setting up and using Calendar
          3. Adding or editing contacts with People
          4. Using Skype
        2. Using OneNote
        3. Using the mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
          1. Features common to the mobile Office apps
          2. Exploring the mobile Office apps
        4. Using Maps
          1. Searching for places and services
          2. Getting directions
          3. Picking favorites
          4. Sharing maps and creating reminders
          5. Annotating maps and measuring distances
          6. Downloading maps for offline use
        5. Using Alarms & Clock
        6. The info apps: News, Weather, Sports, and Money
          1. News
          2. Weather
          3. Sports
          4. Money
        7. Performing screen captures with Snipping Tool and shortcut keys
        8. Voice Recorder
      4. Chapter 11. Music, photos, movies, and games
        1. Managing your digital media libraries
        2. Music
          1. Using Groove Music
          2. Using Windows Media Player to rip CDs
        3. Managing photos and digital images
          1. Using the Photos app to crop and edit pictures
          2. Organizing photos into albums
        4. Watching movies, recorded TV shows, and video clips
        5. Projecting to another screen
        6. Xbox and other forms of online entertainment
      5. Chapter 12. Managing files on PCs and in the cloud
        1. Mastering File Explorer
          1. Using the navigation pane
          2. Navigating faster with Quick Access shortcuts
          3. Layouts, previews, and other ways to arrange files
          4. Using compressed (zipped) folders
        2. Organizing personal data with user profile folders and libraries
          1. What’s what (and where) in your user profile
          2. Relocating personal data folders
          3. Using libraries
        3. Managing file properties and metadata
        4. Using OneDrive to store, sync, and share files
          1. How OneDrive and OneDrive for Business work
          2. Synchronizing files with Windows 10 devices
          3. Sharing OneDrive files with others
        5. Sorting, filtering, and grouping in File Explorer
          1. Sorting a folder’s contents
          2. Filtering folder contents
          3. Grouping folder contents
        6. Using Windows Search
          1. Configuring search and indexing options
          2. Searching from File Explorer
          3. Advanced search tools and techniques
          4. Saving searches and clearing search history
        7. Recovering lost, damaged, and deleted files and folders
          1. Restoring files and folders
          2. Purging the Recycle Bin
    10. Part 3: System maintenance and troubleshooting
      1. Chapter 13. Hardware
        1. Adding, configuring, and removing hardware devices
          1. Installing a new Plug and Play device
          2. How device drivers and hardware work together
          3. Getting useful information from Device Manager
          4. Enabling and disabling devices
          5. Adjusting advanced device settings
        2. Updating and uninstalling drivers
          1. Disabling automatic driver updates
          2. Updating a device driver manually
          3. Rolling back to a previous driver version
          4. Uninstalling a driver
        3. Printers and print queues
        4. Configuring displays
        5. Setting up Bluetooth devices
        6. Managing USB devices
        7. Speakers, microphones, and headsets
      2. Chapter 14. Managing disks and drives
        1. The Windows 10 disk-management tools
        2. Running Disk Management
        3. Managing disks from the command prompt
        4. Setting up a new hard disk
          1. Installing Windows on a new disk
          2. Adding a new disk to an existing Windows installation
          3. Choosing a file system
        5. Managing existing disks and volumes
          1. Extending a volume
          2. Shrinking a volume
          3. Deleting a volume
          4. Converting a FAT32 disk to NTFS
          5. Assigning or changing a volume label
          6. Assigning and changing drive letters
          7. Mapping a volume to an NTFS folder
          8. Checking the properties and status of disks and volumes
          9. Permanently wiping all data from a disk
        6. Working with virtual hard disks
        7. Checking disks for errors
        8. Optimizing disks for better performance
        9. Working with solid state drives
          1. Optimizing solid state drives
        10. Monitoring disk usage
          1. Changing default save locations
        11. Using Storage Spaces
      3. Chapter 15. System maintenance and performance
        1. Keeping Windows up to date
          1. How updates are delivered
          2. Managing the update process
        2. Mastering Task Manager
          1. Managing startup programs and services
        3. Managing disk space
        4. Power management and battery life
          1. Configuring power options from the command line
        5. Monitoring and improving system performance
          1. Monitoring performance with Task Manager
          2. Using Resource Monitor to pinpoint performance problems
      4. Chapter 16. Backup, restore, and recovery
        1. An overview of Windows 10 backup and recovery options
        2. Using File History to protect files and folders
          1. Setting up File History
          2. Choosing locations to back up
          3. Restoring files and folders
          4. Recovering files and folders from an older backup
        3. Using the Reset option to recover from serious problems
        4. Creating and using a recovery drive
        5. Creating and restoring a system image backup
          1. Creating a system image backup
          2. Restoring a system image backup
        6. Configuring system protection options
          1. Rolling back to a previous restore point
          2. System Restore do’s and don’ts
      5. Chapter 17. Troubleshooting
        1. Getting to know your troubleshooting toolkit
          1. Built-in troubleshooters
          2. Windows Error Reporting
          3. Reliability Monitor
        2. Event Viewer
          1. Types of events
          2. Viewing logs and events
          3. Customizing the presentation of tabular data in Event Viewer
          4. Filtering the log display
          5. Working with event logs on a remote computer
        3. Dealing with Stop errors
          1. Customizing how Windows handles Stop errors
          2. What’s in a Stop error
          3. Isolating the cause of a Stop error
        4. Troubleshooting in Safe Mode
        5. Connecting to another computer with Quick Assist
    11. Part 4: Windows 10 for experts and IT pros
      1. Chapter 18. Using advanced system management tools
        1. Viewing details about your system
          1. Systeminfo
          2. Windows Management Instrumentation command-line utility
          3. System Information
        2. Managing services
          1. Using the Services console
          2. Starting and stopping services
          3. Configuring services
          4. Managing services from Task Manager
        3. Editing the Windows registry
          1. Understanding the Registry Editor hierarchy
          2. Registry values and data types
          3. Registry virtualization
          4. Backing up and restoring parts of the registry
          5. Browsing and editing with Registry Editor
          6. Using .reg files to automate registry changes
        4. Using Microsoft Management Console
      2. Chapter 19. Automating tasks and activities
        1. Using Task Scheduler
          1. Creating a task
          2. Scheduling tasks with the Schtasks command
        2. Automating command sequences with batch programs
        3. Automating tasks with Windows Script Host
        4. Working at the command prompt
          1. Running with elevated privileges
          2. Starting Command Prompt at a particular folder
          3. Starting Command Prompt and running a command
          4. Using AutoRun to execute commands when Command Prompt starts
          5. Editing the command line
          6. Using command symbols
        5. Customizing Command Prompt windows
          1. Setting the window size and position
          2. Setting the window size and position visually
          3. Selecting a font
          4. Setting colors
        6. An introduction to Windows PowerShell
          1. Starting PowerShell
          2. Interacting with PowerShell
          3. Scripting with PowerShell
          4. Finding additional PowerShell resources
      3. Chapter 20. Advanced networking
        1. Viewing network status
        2. Sharing resources with other users
          1. Understanding sharing and security models in Windows
          2. Configuring your network for sharing
          3. Sharing files and folders from any folder
          4. Sharing a printer
        3. Finding and using shared resources on a Windows network
          1. Working with mapped network folders
          2. Connecting to a network printer
        4. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
          1. Configuring your network for Remote Desktop connections
          2. Enabling inbound remote desktop connections
          3. Using the Remote Desktop app
          4. Using Remote Desktop Connection
        5. Troubleshooting network problems
          1. Troubleshooting HomeGroup problems
          2. Network troubleshooting tools
          3. Troubleshooting TCP/IP problems
      4. Chapter 21. Managing Windows 10 in business
        1. Using a domain-based network
        2. Managing computers with Group Policy
          1. Using Local Group Policy Editor
          2. Changing policy settings
        3. Managing updates
          1. Servicing options for Windows
          2. Using Windows Update for Business
        4. Managing apps
          1. Managing distribution with Windows Store for Business
          2. Securing apps with AppLocker
        5. Managing the browsing experience
        6. Managing special-purpose computers
          1. Using shared PC mode
          2. Setting up a kiosk device
      5. Chapter 22. Running virtual machines with Hyper-V
        1. Setting up Hyper-V
        2. Using Hyper-V Manager
        3. Creating a network switch
        4. Creating a virtual machine
          1. Specify name and location
          2. Specify generation
          3. Assign memory
          4. ConFigure networking
          5. Connect virtual hard disk
          6. Installation options
        5. Changing settings for a virtual machine
          1. Changing boot order
          2. Advanced security options
          3. Fine-tuning virtual memory usage
          4. Adding, removing, and adjusting virtual hard disks
          5. Automatic start and stop actions
        6. Running a virtual machine
          1. Using basic session mode
          2. Using enhanced session mode
        7. Working with checkpoints
        8. Alternatives to Hyper-V
      6. Chapter 23. What’s next for Windows 10?
        1. The Windows roadmap
        2. How the Windows Insider Program works
    12. Appendixes
      1. Appendix A. Windows 10 editions at a glance
        1. Features available in all Windows 10 editions
        2. Windows 10 Pro
        3. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education
      2. Appendix B. Help and support resources
        1. Online help
        2. Online reference material from Microsoft
          1. Microsoft Knowledge Base
          2. Microsoft TechNet
          3. Microsoft Virtual Academy
          4. Getting technical support
            1. Microsoft Community
            2. TechNet forums
            3. Free and paid support from Microsoft
    13. Index to troubleshooting topics
    14. About the authors
    15. Index