Windows 10 Inside Out, Third Edition

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 Windows 10's newest, most powerful, and most innovative features, this supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, up-to-date tips, and workarounds. From the new Timeline to key improvements in Microsoft Edge, Cortana, security, and virtualization, you'll discover how experts tackle today's essential tasks. Adapt to faster change in today's era of “Windows as a service,” as you challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.


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

• Manage Windows reliability, security, and feature updates in any environment

• Maximize your productivity with Windows 10's growing library of built-in apps

• Pinpoint information fast with advanced Windows Search and Cortana techniques

• Discover major Microsoft Edge enhancements, from extensions to accessibility

• Use Cortana to perform tasks, set reminders, retrieve data, and get instant answers to pressing questions

• Secure devices, data, and identities, and block malware and intruders

• Safeguard your business with BYOD work accounts, Windows Hello, biometrics, and Azure AD

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

• Store, sync, and share content with OneDrive and OneDrive for Business

• Collaborate more efficiently with the Windows 10 Mail, Calendar, and Skype apps

• Seamlessly manage both physical and virtual storage


• Optimize performance and battery life and troubleshoot crashes

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. About the authors
  8. Introduction
    1. Who this book is for
    2. How this book is organized
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. Errata, updates, & book support
  9. Part I Windows 10 essentials
    1. Chapter 1 What you need to know about Windows 10
      1. Windows core features
      2. Windows as a service
      3. The app landscape
      4. Cloud connections
      5. The user experience
      6. PC hardware
      7. Security and privacy
    2. Chapter 2 Installing, configuring, and deploying Windows 10
      1. Before you start
      2. How Windows 10 Setup works
      3. Activating Windows
      4. Configuring a multi-boot system
      5. 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
      3. Using and customizing the taskbar
      4. Using and customizing Action Center
      5. Switching tasks
      6. Reviewing, revisiting, resuming with Timeline
      7. Switching between virtual desktops
      8. Managing and arranging windows
      9. Using a keyboard and mouse in Windows 10
      10. Using Windows 10 on a touchscreen device
      11. Using the Windows Ink workspace
      12. Working with fonts
    4. Chapter 4 Personalizing Windows 10
      1. Settings vs. Control Panel
      2. Customizing the visual appearance
      3. Fine-tuning visual options
      4. Selecting sounds for events
      5. Personalizing with themes
      6. Configuring desktop icons
      7. Eliminating distractions with Focus Assist
      8. Choosing a screen saver
      9. Setting date and time, currency, and other regional options
      10. Overcoming challenges
      11. Syncing your settings between computers
    5. Chapter 5 Managing updates
      1. An overview of how Windows 10 update works
      2. Managing Windows Update
      3. Deferring and delaying updates
      4. Troubleshooting update problems
  10. Part II Productivity
    1. Chapter 6 Installing and configuring modern apps and desktop apps
      1. What’s in a modern app
      2. Browsing Microsoft Store
      3. Uninstalling an app
      4. Resetting a modern app
      5. Managing permissions and other settings
      6. Managing line-of-business apps
      7. Apps included with Windows 10
      8. Installing, running, and managing desktop applications
      9. Running desktop applications as an administrator or another user
      10. Dealing with compatibility issues
      11. Managing programs and processes with Task Manager
      12. Managing startup programs
      13. Suspending or removing startup items
      14. Setting default programs and file-type associations
      15. Turning Windows features on or off
      16. Setting AutoPlay options
    2. Chapter 7 Using and managing built-in Windows apps
      1. Mail, Calendar, and People
      2. Using OneNote
      3. Using Maps
      4. Performing screen captures with Snipping Tool and shortcut keys
      5. Music, photos, movies, and games
      6. Projecting to another screen
      7. Xbox and other forms of online entertainment
    3. Chapter 8 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
      1. Specifying your default browser
      2. Essential customizations
      3. Getting around in Microsoft Edge
      4. Browsing with favorites
      5. Revisiting sites with Timeline
      6. Using Reading View in Microsoft Edge
      7. Extending Microsoft Edge
      8. Reading ebooks in Microsoft Edge
      9. Privacy and security issues
    4. Chapter 9 Storage and file management
      1. Organizing personal data with user profile folders and libraries
      2. Using OneDrive to store, sync, and share files
      3. Mastering File Explorer
      4. Sorting, filtering, and grouping in File Explorer
      5. Managing disk space
      6. Recovering lost, damaged, and deleted files and folders
      7. Working with virtual hard disks
    5. Chapter 10 Cortana and Windows search
      1. Using Windows search
      2. Configuring the Windows search index
      3. Managing file properties and metadata
      4. Searching from File Explorer
      5. Advanced search tools and techniques
      6. Saving searches and clearing search history
  11. Part III Managing Windows 10
    1. Chapter 11 Managing user accounts, passwords, and credentials
      1. Creating and managing user accounts
      2. Managing the sign-in process
      3. Signing out, switching accounts, or locking your computer
      4. Sharing your PC with other users
      5. Introducing access control in Windows
    2. Chapter 12 Performance and power management
      1. Viewing details about your system
      2. Managing services
      3. Monitoring performance with Task Manager
      4. Using Resource Monitor to pinpoint performance problems
      5. Power management on desktop systems
    3. Chapter 13 Windows networking
      1. Windows 10 networking essentials
      2. Setting the network location
      3. Connecting to a wireless network
      4. Transferring pictures, links, and other items between nearby devices
      5. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      6. Sharing files, printers, and other resources over a local network
      7. Finding and using shared resources on a Windows network
      8. Troubleshooting network problems
    4. Chapter 14 Hardware and devices
      1. Adding, configuring, and removing hardware devices
      2. Setting up Bluetooth devices
      3. Managing USB devices
      4. Updating and uninstalling drivers
      5. Printers and print queues
      6. Managing hard disks and other storage devices
      7. Configuring displays and graphics adapters
      8. Speakers, microphones, and headsets
    5. Chapter 15 Troubleshooting, backup, and recovery
      1. Getting to know your troubleshooting toolkit
      2. Event Viewer
      3. Dealing with Stop errors
      4. Troubleshooting in Safe Mode
      5. Checking disks for errors
      6. Windows 10 backup and recovery options
      7. Configuring and using System Restore
  12. Part IV For IT professionals and Windows experts
    1. Chapter 16 Hyper-V
      1. Getting started with Hyper-V on Windows 10
      2. Setting up Hyper-V
      3. Using Hyper-V Manager
      4. What’s in a virtual machine?
      5. Creating and managing virtual machines
      6. Changing settings for a virtual machine
      7. Running a virtual machine
      8. Working with checkpoints
      9. Importing, exporting, and moving VMs
      10. Alternatives to Hyper-V
    2. Chapter 17 Managing business PCs
      1. Using a domain-based network
      2. Managing computers with Group Policy
      3. Management tools for enterprise deployments
      4. Managing apps
      5. Managing the browsing experience
      6. Managing special-purpose computers
    3. Chapter 18 Windows security and privacy
      1. Understanding security threats
      2. New security features in Windows 10
      3. Configuring privacy options
      4. Monitoring your computer’s security
      5. Preventing unsafe actions with User Account Control
      6. Blocking malware
      7. Stopping unknown or malicious programs with SmartScreen
      8. Blocking intruders with Windows Defender Firewall
      9. Encrypting information
    4. Chapter 19 PowerShell and other advanced management tools
      1. Command Prompt or PowerShell?
      2. Working in a Command Prompt session
      3. An introduction to Windows PowerShell
      4. Editing the Windows registry
      5. Automating tasks
      6. Using Microsoft Management Console
    5. Chapter 20 Maximizing productivity on a portable PC
      1. Managing battery life
      2. Mobile connectivity
      3. Storage
      4. Windows 10 and your mobile phone
  13. Part V Appendixes
    1. Appendix A Windows 10 editions and licensing options
      1. Windows 10 editions at a glance
      2. Retail and OEM editions
      3. Editions for organizations
      4. Editions for educational institutions
    2. Appendix B The Windows Insider Program
      1. How the Windows Insider Program works
      2. Joining the Windows Insider Program
      3. Keeping track of what’s in each preview build
      4. Submitting and tracking feedback
    3. Appendix C Help and support resources
      1. Online help
      2. Online reference material from Microsoft
      3. Getting technical support
      4. The Windows roadmap
  14. Index
  15. Code Snippets

Product information

  • Title: Windows 10 Inside Out, Third Edition
  • Author(s): Ed Bott, Craig Stinson
  • Release date: January 2019
  • Publisher(s): Microsoft Press
  • ISBN: 9781509305940