Windows 10 is the latest and greatest version of Microsoft’s seminal operating system. And, while it does improve on what made the previous versions (especially Windows 7 and Windows 8.1) so great, it uses them as a foundation and creates a fantastic operating system with a variety of new features and improvements, alongside a refreshed interface.
So, even if you’re familiar with Windows, and have been for years, you might still want some help with a few things. And, that’s why we’re here – we know how to use Windows 10 inside and out, and have put together this guide to all the best Windows 10 tips and tricks, so you can be a Windows 10 power user before you know it.
Now that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available, there are even more great features built into Windows 10. And, if you haven’t updated to this latest build, we’ll show you how to download and install it.
How to download and install Windows 10
Before learning how to use Windows 10, you'll first need to download and install it, if your PC doesn't already come with the software installed. But, don’t worry – we’ll show you how to use the Windows 10 installer.
However don't go clicking that download button just yet – first check out our guide on how to prepare for your upgrade to Windows 10.
However, if you didn’t reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 before it expired, you can simply go to the Microsoft Store, and you can purchase and download Windows 10 through there.
This takes you through the essential steps to make sure your PC is ready for the upgrade to Windows 10, including using the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor, creating a recovery drive, backing up your important files and more.
This will ensure that your upgrade to Windows 10 goes as smoothly as possible. If you're not sure about upgrading, then let us explain why you should download Windows 10 right now.
Now that your PC is ready to install Windows 10 it should be a relatively straightforward process.
Step one: Check the Get Windows 10 app
When your PC is ready to download and install Windows 10, the Get Windows 10 app should appear in the notification area of your taskbar (in the bottom-right corner of your screen). This app will allow you to reserve your copy of Windows 10, letting Microsoft know you're interested in upgrading.
Step two: Download Windows 10 via Windows Update
Once reserved your Windows 10 download should be ready – if Windows doesn't automatically download it open up Windows Update (you can do this by typing "Windows Update" into the Start Men of Windows 7 or the Start Screen of Windows 8), and you should find it there ready to be downloaded and installed.
For a more in depth guide, head over to How to install Windows 10 to find out the best way to prepare your PC for an upgrade to Windows 10, and what to do if you want to roll back to a previous version of Windows.
This will download and install Windows 10 as an upgrade over your previous Windows installation, keeping your files and settings intact. However if you want to perform a clean install of Windows 10 then check out our guide on how to install Windows 10 via USB or DVD.
How to download and install the Windows 10 October Update
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update brings a ton of exciting features to Windows 10 that make the already great OS even better. Features like the new Your Phone app are amazing for anyone with an Android phone, while features like the Cloud Clipboard will do wonders for anyone with multiple Windows 10 devices.
Check out our guide on how to download and install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update right now.
Windows 10 problems: how to fix them
If you’ve installed Windows 10, and you’re encountering any issues, then don’t worry as we are constantly updating our guide on how to fix Windows 10 problems.
If you don't find a solution to your problem there, let us know and we'll see if we can help.
How to get Windows 10 if it won't install
If for some reason the Windows 10 update doesn't show in Windows Update, don't panic! Check out our guide on how to get Windows 10 if it won't install.
How to dual boot Windows 10
If you're not quite sold on Windows 10 and want to run it alongside another operating system such as Windows 8.1 or Linux, then you can multiboot Windows 10, allowing you to switch between systems when you turn on your PC.
It's a good way of testing out Windows 10 before fully committing, or if you need to keep an older operating system on your PC so you can still use certain programs that won't work in Windows 10.
If you're interested in giving it a go, check out our comprehensive guide on how to multiboot Windows 10 with another operating system.
How to reinstall Windows 10
Normally, you’ll be able to use Windows 10 without any major problems. However, even if you know exactly how to use Windows 10, things can go wrong, so it’s worth knowing how to reinstall Windows 10.
This can also help to speed up an aging PC, and trust us when we say there’s nothing like using a PC with a fresh installation of Windows 10. Many times, it’ll perform just like it did when you first built it or took it out of the box.
There are a number of options for reinstalling Windows 10, including a full reinstall, along with the more efficient restore and refresh methods.
To find out the best method for your needs check out our guide on how to reinstall Windows 10.
How to create a Microsoft account
Once you've installed Windows 10, to get the most out of it you should also create a Microsoft account. This not only allows you to log into Windows 10, but it also lets you buy and install apps from the Windows Store, as well as save your files and settings to the cloud.
How to delete Windows 7 or 8 after upgrading to Windows 10
When you install Windows 10, the previous version of Windows is saved in case you don’t like the new OS – or you encounter any problems. However, if you want to stick with Windows 10, then you can delete Windows 7 or Windows 8 to help free up some space.
How to run Windows 10 on a Mac
Are you a Mac user who's not too keen on macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is looking enviously at all the new Windows 10 features? The good news is that it's relatively simple to switch operating systems – just check out our guide to how to run Windows 10 on a Mac.
How to run Windows 10 on a virtual machine
You can also install Windows 10 on a virtual machine. This lets you run Windows 10 in a different operating system, letting you test it out without having to fully install it on your PC.
It's pretty straightforward, all you need is a program like VMware Player and our guide to how to run Windows 10 on a virtual machine.
How to get more from Windows 10
Want to find out what else you can do with Windows 10? Our guide on getting more from Windows 10 takes you through some of the excellent hidden - and not so hidden - features of Microsoft's new operating system.
How to uninstall Windows 10 and revert back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Luckily moving back from Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows is relatively easy, and we show you how with our how to uninstall Windows 10 and revert back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 guide.
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