With Windows 8, Microsoft set out to simplify the user experience for a new touch-centric world. That meant shoving the old-school Control Panel into the background and bringing a new touch-friendly Settings app to the forefront. In this guide we’ll show you how to find the Control Panel in Windows 10. Both the Control Panel and the Settings app ostensibly serve the same function: To provide means for customizing and controlling the Windows 10 experience. Now that we’re nearing Windows 10’s fourth year, most users now fall back on the Settings app – even in Desktop mode – simply because it’s convenient. Editor's Pick How to update Windows 10 and resolve update problems Windows 10 desktops and laptops require constant maintenance. It’s a highly-targeted platform forcing Microsoft to distribute security updates and mega-patches each month along with minor patches in-between. Windows 10 typically updates itself in the background … … [Read more...] about How to find Control Panel in Windows 10
Managing user accounts in windows 10
Although Windows 10 allows you to choose from a Microsoft account or traditional local account through the out-of-box experience (OOBE) or Settings app, the experience has been designed to lure users into selecting the Microsoft account option. The reason behind this approach is that using a Microsoft account lets you access additional benefits, including the ability to sync settings, passwords, themes, and files across devices. You can manage various aspects of your computer, such as update personal information, reset the account password, and find a device if it's lost or stolen. However, this is not an account type that everyone wants to use. If you mistakenly created a Microsoft account on Windows 10, or you just don't want to use one, there's an option within the Settings app to switch to a local account without having to start from scratch. In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to switch to a local account from a Microsoft account using the Settings app. How to … [Read more...] about How to switch to a local account from a Microsoft account on Windows 10
Something to look forward to: Windows 10 Insiders got a look at the latest version of the operating systems today after Microsoft released a test build. There are 16 major changes in the pipe and dozens of optimizations and bug fixes. Here we take a quick look at a few of them. Microsoft has just announced a Windows 10 Insider test build (18305). One major feature coming is a sandbox mode, which we covered in-depth this morning. However, Windows Sandbox is just one of over a dozen changes that are coming next year in 19H1. Some of the more notable features coming to the OS include a simplified Start layout, Kaomoji support, a new settings homepage, and a new Office app. The new Start menu is more organized and clean looking. Programs occupy one column, and top-level tiles have been trimmed down. The change is part of Redmond's continuing tweaks to the Start layout that began with adding the ability unpin folders and tiles and uninstall additional inbox apps. Emojis are already easy to … [Read more...] about Microsoft releases Windows 10 test build previewing a ton of new features
If you have a PC running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, Microsoft recently made it much easier to run Ubuntu Linux. In September, they added a customized Hyper-V image for Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, the Long Term Support version of the open-source operating system, to Hyper-V's one-click Quick Create gallery.What's especially interesting about this ready-made virtual machine is that it supports the open-source xrdp package. That support allows the use of Remote Desktop Protocol, which makes it possible to run Ubuntu in a so-called enhanced session, in full screen mode, with a shared Clipboard and shared drives.Setting up the Ubuntu VM is easy, but there are a few tricks that will help you avoid frustration. Follow along with me (and remember, this only works on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise; if you're running Windows 10 Home, you need to upgrade).Make sure Hyper-V is enabled. You'll find the instructions here: "How to enable Hyper-V and create virtual machines."Open the Hyper-V Manager and, in … [Read more...] about Windows 10 tip: Run Ubuntu Linux in an enhanced Hyper-V session
Windows 10 users are annoyed that Microsoft appears to be collecting recent activities on a device even when its owner expressly chooses not to share that information with Microsoft. The discovery has left some users on Reddit wondering whether Microsoft can be sued over the matter under Europe's new GDPR rules for collecting data against the wishes of consumers.The privacy issue relates to Activity History, which has a few settings to enable Timeline, a feature that arrived in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Timeline allows users to scroll back through launched apps and websites, as well as continue to work across mobile and desktop when signed in with a Microsoft account.Users have the option in Activity history to check the box for 'Send my activity history to Microsoft'. If checked, it allows users to, 'Jump back into what you were doing, even when you switch devices, by sending Microsoft your activity history, including info about websites you browse and how you use apps and … [Read more...] about Is Windows 10 still telling Microsoft what you’re doing even if you don’t want it to?