Windows 10

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I have been using Windows 10 since January 2015, and now that early problems have been fixed I'm very pleased with it - with a few reservations. My main concern is that updates take place without ANY user control - so usually when its least convenient. This effectively prevents you from using the internet for the duration of the update. The best advice I can give you is to regularly turn on your computer and allow it to run for a few hours - or even overnight (say on a Sunday) - so it can do its updates then.

Also in Settings - updates make sure your "active hours" realistically represent the times you need to use your computer.

Some users who have already upgraded to Windows 10 have found the new interface a bit confusing or unhelpful, so I have provided here some pages of advice, hints and tips based on my own experience that you may find useful.

Configure Windows 10

Set up the user interface through settings and control panel to meet your own requirements

Customize Windows 10

First steps in using Windows 10

Applications in Windows 10

Suggestions for alternatives to the standard applications.

Printable documents

Sorry I can't leave these on the server due to bandwidth limitations. If you would like a copy please contact me and ask for whatever you would like.

Fix Windows 10 Critical Error (pdf)

Solving networking problems with Windows 10 (pdf)

Set up Microsoft Mail under Windows 10 (pdf)

Set up Thunderbird Email under Windows 10 (pdf)

Important: Your Microsoft Account

By default you will log in to your PC using your Microsoft account as username and pasword. This means you will not need to log on seperately for Onedrive, Email or other applications. If you don't already have a Microsoft account you will be offered a chance to get one when W10 installs. If you prefer, you can sign up for a Microsoft account here. However..

Recovering a lost Microsoft Account can be VERY difficult - or even impossible.

Your details are protected VERY securely. So do make sure you keep a record of the EXACT username (email address) and password that you use for that account. Write it down, make sure its clear which are numbers, letters, upper & lower case etc. and keep a copy with you.

If you lose access to your Microsoft account it could make your computer unusable, and there may be no way to access your files - documents, music, photos, etc..

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