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Windows 10: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Appendix B. Where’d It Go?

As the saying goes, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. And on the road to Windows 10, Microsoft broke enough eggs to make a Texan soufflé. Features got moved, renamed, and ripped out completely.

If you’re fresh from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or even Windows 8, you might spend your first few days with Windows 10 wondering where things went. Here’s a handy cheat sheet of features that aren’t in Windows 10 (or aren’t where you think they should be).

  • Ad hoc networking. Microsoft removed the link that lets you set up this PC-to-PC wireless network. The feature is still available, though; Other Kinds of Networks has details.

  • Add or Remove Programs control panel. The Settings page called “Apps and features” performs the software-removal function now. No Control Panel applet remains to add software, because every program these days comes with its own installer.

  • Aero. Amazing. Microsoft must have spent tens of millions of dollars advertising the animated eye candy known as Aero in Windows 7: see-through window edges, flippy window switching, and so on. It’s all gone now.

  • AutoRun. There’s no longer an option for a software installer to run as soon as you insert a flash drive. The bad guys were using it as an evil backdoor to install viruses and other nasties on your PC.

  • Briefcase. This handy tool for syncing files between two computers has, after several decades, finally been taken out behind the barn and shot. It’s gone, replaced by more ...

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