In Part 1 of getting to know Windows 10 we discussed a lot of the security changes and ways that Windows 10 has been setup to protect its users from outside vulnerabilities. Today we are going to talk about the Windows 10 improvements to make your experience better than what was there with Windows 8.
10 Awesome Improvements For Desktop Users in Windows 10
If you’re a desktop user, you owe it to yourself to look over the improvements and consider upgrading to Windows 10. If Microsoft hadn’t removed the traditional Start menu and added a new interface, we’d all be considering Windows 8’s desktop an upgrade.
Windows 10 uses some tricks to dramatically improve its boot speed. Some people have seen boot times drop from 30 to 15-20 seconds on existing hardware. Instead of shutting down normally, Windows 10 employs a clever trick – it saves the state of low-level software such as the kernel and hardware drivers to the disk and restores them when you boot it up. Essentially, Windows 10 “hibernates” low-level system software instead of shutting it down, resulting in greatly increased boot speeds.
File copying in Windows 10 is dramatically improved. The new file copy dialog allows you to pause file-copying operations, view multiple file-copying operations in the same window, and more easily manage file conflicts. The interface is simple by default, but you can also expand the dialog to view more information, including a graph of the file transfer’s speed over time.
For power users with multiple monitors, windows 10 allows you to place separate taskbars and wallpapers on each monitor. Previously, this required third-party software.
The new Task Manager is a huge improvement in Windows 10 over the old ones. It features a Startup software manager that allows users to easily control the software that loads at startup. It’s also easier to understand at a glance, with color-coded resource usage columns and more human-readable program names. You can also quickly research a mysterious process online by right-clicking it and using the Search online option.
File Explorer Improvements
Windows Explorer has seen quite a few changes. For one, it’s now named File Explorer. While some users may dislike the new ribbon interface, it makes it easier to access powerful options like viewing hidden files without digging through menus and dialog boxes. You can also easily collapse the ribbon if you never want to see it.
There are also quite a few straight-up improvements, including the ability to mount ISO and VHD files by double-clicking them – no need to install any additional software. The Up button on the toolbar that was removed in Windows 7 is now back.
Storage Spaces is a power-user feature that allows you to combine multiple physical volumes into one logical volume. In other words, you can create a pool of storage from several physical hard disks. The storage pool will behave as if it were one hard disk.
Windows 10’s included Hyper-V feature allows you to create virtual machines out-of-the-box. Hyper-V was previously used on Windows Server and replaces the Windows Virtual PC virtualization solution used for Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 and 8. For example, you can use Hyper-V to install Ubuntu on a virtual machine without installing any third-party software.
Low-level system changes, including optimizations to squeeze more battery life out of tablets and other portable computers running Windows 10, should result in a more power-efficient operating system and longer battery life. The removal of Aero should also result in longer battery life for laptops.
Security has seen a lot of attention in Windows 8. Microsoft has finally included an integrated antivirus in Windows 10. It’s called Windows Defender, but it’s actually a renamed Microsoft Security Essentials. This will ensure that even less-experienced Windows users have an antivirus, but you can easily disable it and install any other antivirus product you prefer.
Secure Boot provides protection from rootkits that hijack the startup process, assuming you’re using a new PC with UEFI instead of the traditional BIOS. (On Intel x86 PCs, you can disable Secure Boot or add your own keys to Secure Boot in the UEFI firmware, so Secure Boot won’t prevent you from installing Linux. However, Secure Boot is used to lock-down ARM-based Windows RT computers. New Windows 10 PCs using UEFI will also boot faster than systems using the old-style BIOS.
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