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One Month Later: Revisiting Windows 10 Resources

Our first resource post on Windows 10 debuted shortly after the initial launch of the new operating system one month ago.
With 75 million devices now running Windows 10, and Windows Insider builds back on the fast ring for the bleeding edge crazy testers,
Microsoft is ramping up the hype machine for the launch of Office 2016. That release might garner its own fanfare, however, we thought we would revisit Windows 10 with another list of informative links and resources. We've broken out the topics again for those who want to just drill down to the "How To" section. Enjoy!

General information

Windows 10's first month shows the value of free upgrades, and the challenge ahead
After a month, Windows 10 is already more widespread than OS X Yosemite
Top 20 reasons why it's a good choice to upgrade to Windows 10
Top 10 Hidden Windows 10 Features
8 Hidden Features in Windows 10
Reinstalling Windows 10 now less annoying, allows for keyless future installations
Faster booting, smaller footprint make Windows 10 an easy upgrade for old PCs
Acer s Windows 10 phone will morph into a PC thanks to Continuum
Windows 10 is an easy free upgrade (if your PC maker is on board)
Intel to touch-first early adopters: No Windows 10 for you!
Dell updates its Backup and Recovery app for Windows 10 and starts asking you to pay up
Sony tells VAIO owners not to upgrade to Windows 10 until drivers are ready in October
Apple adds Windows 10 support to Boot Camp for all Macs from 2012-present
VMware brings Windows 10 and graphics boost to Fusion and Workstation
1 Year-old Parallels and VMware software won t be updated for Windows 10
Support update: Dragon 13 is supported on Windows10
Windows 10 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max Is Here
Mozilla blasts Microsoft for making it harder to switch to Firefox in Windows 10
Why you should use OneDrive with Windows 10
Microsoft will now detail only "significant" Windows 10 updates
Windows 10 automatic updates: Get over it
Microsoft will finally allow you to defer app updates on Windows 10
Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10
Replacing hardware in your PC? Windows 10 will deactivate

Security And Privacy

yes, to the surprise of no one we'd wager, there was more than enough content to warrant a dedicated section to the subject.
Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can t stop talking to Microsoft
Windows 10 is the end of cloud-free computing
Windows 10 doesn t offer much privacy by default: Here s how to fix it
How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid's guide
Underground Piracy Sites Want To Block Windows 10 Users
Windows 10: Microsoft can disable pirated software, unauthorised hardware
People are freaking out over a feature in Windows 10's family accounts
Users are unhappy that Windows 10 automatically sends emails about child account activity
No, Microsoft is not spying on you with Windows 10
Windows 10 and HIPPA compliance
A Breakdown of the Windows 10 Privacy Policy
Windows 10 s privacy policy is the new normal
Microsoft Edge: New browser, new risks for Windows 10
Windows Hello: can identical twins fool Microsoft and Intel?

How To

There are some great pages out there with "tips and tricks" roundups. There is Cnet, Windows Central and the great Windows Master Paul Thurrott's Feild Guide just to name a few. But before you dive into those collections, and a smattering of tips within this very post, you might want to peruse these accessibility links first.
Windows 10 accessibility commands and features
Windows 10 Accessibility
Installers Beware! Microsoft Drops the Ball on Accessibility in Windows 10
We're thrilled to announce that SuperNova 15 with #Windows10 support is here & ready to buy!
Now let us begin with the tips...
Microsoft's downloadable list of Windows 10 shortcut keys:
Prevent the Windows 10 upgrade from installing after making your reservation
You can set Windows Explorer to open at This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10:
Start10 brings the old Windows 7 Start menu back to Windows 10
How to check for app updates in 10
How to uninstall any app
How to remove devices you've installed apps on from your Windows 10 Store allowance
How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet
When you don't want to Start: How to quickly shut down Windows 10
The Beginner s Guide to OneNote in Windows 10
How to Disable the Get Office Notifications on Windows 10
How to customize your Windows 10 notifications
How to set Slideshow to every 10 seconds and enable shuffle in Windows 10
How to send someone directions using Maps on Windows 10
How to download offline Maps
How To: Manage Taskbar Real Estate in Windows 10
Windows 10 Tip: Print to PDF
Getting to know Groove Music

How to stream music using Groove on Windows 10
Getting error code -54 in iTunes on Windows 10? Here's your fix
Here is how to get trackpad gesture support for Windows 10 on a MacBook
How to use an Xbox One controller with a small Windows 10 tablet
Windows 10 Tip: Master Tablet Mode:
How to use Live Tiles in 10
How to modify the taskbar
Windows 10 Tip: Remove the Mail App s Background
Enable Windows 10 Dark Theme
A Few Tips for Using Firefox 40 with Windows 10
Pro Tip: Assign specific processor cores for certain apps in Windows 10
Extending battery life on Windows 10
Windows 10: What/Where the Deployment Tools Are
Clean install vs upgrade
How to recover from start screen lock ups
How to Activate God Mode on Windows 10


One of Windows 10's biggest features continues to gain more coverage in the news. Here are a few more links to read about the digital assistant.
You'll soon be able to summon Microsoft's digital assistant with the $23 'Cortana Button'
Living with Cortana, Windows 10's thoughtful, flaky assistant
How to enable Hey Cortana
How to track packages with Cortana on Windows 10
Windows 10 Tip: Configure Cortana to Work For You
Cortana can replace Google Now

Parallels brings Microsoft s Cortana assistant to Macs
Hey Siri: Why did Cortana beat you to the Mac?
Add voice commands to your app in 3 steps with this 1DevMinute on Cortana:


Lastly, here are a few articles that might prove interesting reads.
The creator of the first Start menu thinks it's 'a little disappointing' it's still used in Windows 10
The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button
Here are the first Windows 10 improvements you can expect to see
Windows 10 s weirdly disjointed music, video, and store apps
Google has no plans to use Windows 10's Action Center for Chrome
Gamers: It s safe to upgrade to Windows 10
Windows 10 Won t Run Games Using SafeDisc Or Securom DRM
Windows 10 is already used by more Steam gamers than any Mac or Linux OS
Six of the Coolest Things the Xbox App on Windows 10 Can Do for You
Xbox streaming on Windows 10 has a hidden very high quality setting
All Windows 10 users can now buy Microsoft's DVD Player app for $15, but you shouldn't
The Windows 10-powered CastleHub is a smart-home moonshot

Got a killer Windows 10 tip you want to share? Have any thoughts about the upgrade experience? or are you just planning to sit this update cycle out? let us know in the comment section.

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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