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Like all of the operating systems before it, Windows 10 is chock full of lesser known features that can enhance your experience, help to safeguard your privacy, protect your data and much more. Given the enormous complexity of the software, there are many functions and features that you probably have yet to discover. Following are eight of the most exciting:
Cloud services are all the rage these days. As more and more people become increasingly reliant on smart phones, tablets and computers, companies are providing new and innovative ways for them to store and access their data. Downloading and storing files, including playable media, is now becoming a thing of the past. Technology based companies realize that people want to reserve more room on their devices for feature rich applications rather than have it being taken up by files. Additionally, companies want to provide a way for customer files and data to survive crashes as technologies sometime fail no matter how well customers care for them. After all, nobody wants to lose music and videos they have purchased or precious memories of videos and photos that have been taken of friends, loved ones and beautiful sites.
In Windows 10 many of the settings can be managed and changed using the new "Settings" window which you can find when you click the little Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of your screen and then click "Settings".
Many of us who's used previous versions of Windows probably finds the old-style Control Panel more familiar and would prefer to use it. You can easily find it by clicking the small search icon (magnifying glass) in the bottom-left corner of your screen and then typing: "Control Panel".
Windows 10 marks a turning point in the history of the world's most popular desktop operating system in that it is effectively distributed as a software-as-a-service platform. As such, it is often referred to as the very last truly independent edition of Windows. Instead, updates large and small will constantly be delivered to this dynamic and versatile operating system to such an extent that no computer will be left running an out-of-date platform. In accordance with this new approach, it is impossible to disable automatic updates in Windows 10. In fact, Windows Update has completely vanished from the old desktop control panel to make way for its new home as part of the Settings app.
After Windows 8's disastrous reception, Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will right all of their past wrongs. In fact, Microsoft feels that their new OS is such leap forward from its predecessor that they leaped right over Windows 9 in their naming scheme. So is Windows 10 really progressive enough to deserve its numerical promotion, and what new features can we expect from the new OS?
If you use the Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, there will be an application on your computer called the Local Group Policy Editor. This tool provides users with a range of advanced system settings and personalisation options, most of which are not available from the control panel or by other means (other than editing the system registry). To access the Local Group Policy Editor, press the Windows key and "R" on your keyboard to bring up the Run command, type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) and press Enter.
Windows 8.1 provides a number of improvements over Windows 8 with regards to managing and customizing user accounts. For the most part, the process is the same with both editions of the operating system, though there are a few notable differences.
Windows 8.1 is something between a major service pack for Windows 8 and an entirely new edition of the operating system altogether. For this reason, it is generally best to start from scratch when installing the update, although most users should not have any problem simply downloading it from Windows Update and installing it on top of their existing original edition of Windows 8. Though this is what Microsoft intended, there may still be problems with some of your drivers, in which case they will likely need to be reinstalled.
When Windows 8 launched in October, 2012, it faced a storm of controversy, particularly from desktop and laptop users lamenting the loss of the start menu and the very obvious bias towards tablet and touchscreen functionality. A year later, Microsoft addressed many consumers' concerns with the launch of the free Windows 8.1 update, followed in April, 2014 by Windows 8.1 Update 1. While Windows 8 has no doubt improved immensely over its earlier editions, it still leaves something to be desired. Fortunately, with a few simple tweaks and third-party programs, there are ways to get Microsoft's latest operating system working just how you want it.