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Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials Top 10 Tools

Book Description

Dive in to Windows 10 with award-winning journalist and Windows Expert Ed Bott in this highly curated free eBook covering the top apps, accessories, and utilities included in the box with Windows 10.

The sheer volume of Windows programs and accessories says a lot about the power and complexity of Windows–a fact that every IT pro knows from firsthand experience. There’s a tool for nearly every task, and a large part of the process of becoming a Windows expert is knowing how to find the appropriate one when you need it.

This eBook contains descriptions and hands-on advice to help IT Pros work faster and smarter. Some of these tools are for everybody–end users and experts alike–whereas some are strictly for professionals. A few are so specialized that you’ll only need them once in a blue moon. Collectively, though, they make up a toolbox that can save you (and your company) time and money.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. Free ebooks from Microsoft Press
    3. Errata, updates, & book support
    4. We want to hear from you
    5. Stay in touch
  6. Chapter 1. Power tools for IT pros
    1. Finding the right tool for the job
    2. Everyday tasks and information
    3. Tweaking Windows 10
    4. Performance and troubleshooting tools
    5. The versatile Microsoft Management Console
    6. Management and deployment tools
    7. Powered by the cloud
  7. Chapter 2. File Explorer
    1. File Explorer essentials
    2. Using Quick Access to organize files
    3. Using libraries and known folders
      1. Adding folders to a library
      2. Moving your data folders to a new location
    4. Search
      1. Building a search by using the ribbon
      2. Using filters to find groups of files
      3. Creating complex searches
      4. Saving a search
    5. Syncing with OneDrive
    6. File History and other backup options
  8. Chapter 3. Registry Editor
    1. How the registry works
    2. Editing the registry like a pro
      1. Backup and restoring registry values
      2. Finding keys, values, and data
      3. Using the command line
    3. Editing the registry by using Local Group Policy Editor
    4. Editing the registry on a remote PC
  9. Chapter 4. Event Viewer
    1. An overview of Event Viewer
    2. Changing the view
    3. Filtering event logs
    4. Creating custom views
    5. Saving an event log
  10. Chapter 5. Task Manager
    1. Mastering Task Manager
    2. Digging into the Details tab
    3. Investigating services
    4. Managing startup apps and monitoring resource usage
    5. Monitoring performance in real time
    6. Digging deeper by using Resource Monitor
  11. Chapter 6. Disk Management
    1. How Windows 10 manages storage
      1. Disk Management
      2. Diskpart
      3. Other useful storage-related tools
    2. Common Disk Management tasks
      1. Change a drive letter
      2. Map a new disk to a folder
      3. Shrink a volume
      4. Create a virtual hard disk and attach it as a drive
    3. BitLocker Drive Encryption
  12. Chapter 7. Sysinternals Suite
    1. An overview of the Sysinternals utilities
    2. Autoruns
    3. Process Explorer
    4. Process Monitor
    5. More Sysinternals tools
      1. PsTools
      2. BgInfo
      3. Active Directory Explorer
      4. TCPView
      5. Disk2vhd
      6. And more
  13. Chapter 8. Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
    1. What DaRT does
      1. Finding and recovering files
      2. Working with disks
      3. Advanced recovery tools
    2. Getting started with DaRT
    3. Creating a recovery image
    4. Using Crash Analyzer
  14. Chapter 9. Windows PowerShell and the Command Prompt
    1. The good ol’ Command Prompt
    2. Introducing Windows PowerShell
  15. Chapter 10. Hyper-V
    1. Getting started with Hyper-V
    2. Creating a virtual machine
    3. Working with virtual machines
    4. Managing virtual machines
  16. Chapter 11. Microsoft Azure
    1. Getting started with Microsoft Azure
    2. Running a virtual machine in the cloud
    3. Azure Active Directory
  17. About the author
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  20. Survey
  21. Free ebooks
  22. Code Snippets