Did Microsoft just
upgrade your computer to Windows 10
? Calm down, not all is lost!
Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet?
Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10, Yet? Microsoft really wants to you upgrade to Windows 10. But should you? To help you make up your mind, we argue both the pro and the contra, and offer careful advice. How will you decide?
Since February, the Windows 10 upgrade is being pushed as a recommended update on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. If you hit the wrong key at the wrong time, you’ll find yourself on the path to upgrading, and by the time you realize what’s happening, you may have passed the point of no return.
Microsoft is so confident that you’ll appreciate Windows 10, they make it seem like a harmless update. But like a surprise puppy, gifted by a thoughtless relative, Windows 10 is a whole different beast and a lot of responsibility.
Are you ready to give up your old Windows?
We’re here to introduce you to Windows 10, explain how to take care of it,
and we’ll show you how to roll back to your previous Windows version in case you reject the upgrade. 1. Take a Quick Tour of Windows 10
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new flagship operating system. It comes with many bells and whistles, including the
digital assistant , a Cortana new browser called , built-in virtual desktops under the new Edge Task View option in the Taskbar, a Mac-like Action Center, an overhauled , and lots more. Start Menu
If you’re undecided whether or not to stick with Windows 10, see how you like these new features to help you make up your mind. Remember that you have 30 days to downgrade comfortably.
Here are some tips for uninitiated Windows 10 users:
Windows 10 comes with lots of
new apps and shortcuts
. Browse some of our articles to familiarize yourself.
Get Organized in Windows 10 with New Apps & Shortcuts
Get Organized in Windows 10 with New Apps & Shortcuts Will you be using Windows 10 a lot? We have compiled the best ways to use Microsoft's new operating system to keep your PC organized so you can get more done.
For example, find out about other neat features that will make you appreciate Windows 10
10 Surprising Reasons Why You Will Like Windows 10
10 Surprising Reasons Why You Will Like Windows 10 It's almost cool to hate on Windows 10 these days. Don't let that deprive you of all the benefits Windows 10 will bring! We show you what you're missing out on.
. If you’re stuck, here is how you can get help in Windows 10
How You Can Get Help in Windows 10
How You Can Get Help in Windows 10 Need help with Windows 10? Here are the best ways to find the assistance that you require, whether it's with the operating system itself or any installed applications.
2. Mind the Pitfalls
Will you be giving Windows 10 a chance? Microsoft might tell you that you won’t regret it, but we’ve studied the fine print. Windows 10 has a number of
potentially irritating characteristics
and we’d rather see you prepared than disappointed.
7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10
7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances.
Privacy & Security Privacy is one of the biggest concerns
in Windows 10. But what can you do? Before you do anything else, go through
Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues
Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues.
default Windows 10 settings
and adjust them to your preferences. The following options in the
7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately
7 Default Windows 10 Settings You Should Check Immediately Microsoft made some questionable decisions with Windows 10. Some of its default settings should not be left alone. We show you how to improve privacy, conserve bandwidth, reduce distraction, and lots more.
Settings app should receive your attention:
Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings: Disable Wi-Fi Sense settings for increased privacy and security.
Privacy > General: Disable your assigned advertising ID to stop apps from tracking and serving you customized ads.
Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing > Stop getting to know me: This will also turn off Cortana
How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10
How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy.
If this sounds like too much work, you can also use a
third-party tool to secure your privacy
, such as
Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried?
Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Since its release, Windows 10 has been dogged by rumors concerning user privacy. Some of these are accurate, whereas others are myths. But where does Windows 10 stand on privacy, really?
Windows 10 Privacy Fixer. Windows Update
The pushy upgrade has given you a taste of one of the other most annoying features –
. Users of the Professional edition can defer updates for some time, but Home users are spoon-fed every single update immediately. The benefit is that vulnerabilities will be patched ASAP. But other updates, such as new features or drivers, which are now handled by Windows, could give you headaches. forced updates
You should look into
how to manage Windows Update in Windows 10
How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10
How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize.
how to control driver updates
, but for now take these basic precautions in the Settings app:
Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10
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Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options: Under “choose how updates are installed” switch to Notify to schedule restart. If you’re on the Professional edition, you can also select to Defer upgrades here.
Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose how updates are delivered: To save bandwidth and increase security, turn the option to receive updates from more than one place Off or set it to PCs on my local network.
Network & Internet > Wi-Fi: To protect the bandwidth of a metered connection from being sucked dry by Windows updates, connect to the respective Wi-Fi, then scroll down to select Advanced options and turn “set as metered connection” On.
Windows can remove software with every update
. In most cases, you can re-install the affected applications, but first you have to realize they’re gone. It might be worth
Windows 10 Can Auto-Remove Software Against Your Will
Windows 10 Can Auto-Remove Software Against Your Will Windows 10 is uninstalling software it doesn't consider compatible. Have you been affected? We show you which applications you could lose and why.
backing up your Windows settings and apps
, as well as your data.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 & Take Settings and Apps with You
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 & Take Settings and Apps with You Windows 10 is coming and you have a choice to make. Either you upgrade your existing Windows installation, or you can install Windows 10 from scratch. We show you how to migrate to Windows 10...
3. Personalize Windows 10
Are you going to stay with Windows 10 after all? Then it’s time to mold it to your personal needs and preferences. Our library of in-depth coverage should get you well on the way to a uniquely personal setup. Go to the Settings app for some quick changes:
System > Default apps: Set your own default apps
How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10
How to Change Default Apps and Settings in Windows 10 Here's how to change default programs in Windows 10 if you're not happy with how the OS behaves out of the box.
Devices > AutoPlay: Toggle and customize AutoPlay preferences.
Personalization: To personalize the look of Windows 10
, you can choose your color scheme, background and lock screen images, and
10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10
10 Quick Ways to Customize & Personalize Windows 10 Not all of Windows 10's default settings will float your boat. We show you all the possible ways to customize Windows 10 in a simple, step-by-step guide.
customize the Start Menu
6 Ways to Hack & Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu
6 Ways to Hack & Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu The Windows 10 Start Menu combines classic elements with modern tiles. Tiles can add a lot of creative freedom. We'll give you tips and reveal tricks for customizing the entire Start Menu to your preferences.
If you used placeholders in Windows 8, you’ll notice they have been removed. But you can
substitute OneDrive Smart Files
How to Substitute OneDrive Smart Files in Windows 10
How to Substitute OneDrive Smart Files in Windows 10 Microsoft broke OneDrive on Windows 10 for power users. The removal of placeholders, also known as smart files, has disappointed many users who upgraded from Windows 8.1. We have compiled several workarounds.
4. Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 Within 31 Days
You’ve given Windows 10 a fair chance, but still don’t like it? Microsoft may have pushed you more or less gently into upgrading, but they have also made arrangements for an immediate downgrade. You may have noticed the
on your system drive – that’s the return ticket to your previous Windows version.
Free Up Disk Space by Removing Windows.old Folder
Free Up Disk Space by Removing Windows.old Folder Windows prepares an automatic backup before you re-install. The Windows.old folder includes user profiles and personal files. Here's how to restore the data and remove the folder to free up space.
initiate the downgrade
, open the
How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1
How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how.
Settings app ( Windows key + I) and go to Update & Security > Recovery. You should see the option to Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1, depending on where you upgraded from. Click Get started and Windows will roll back the upgrade.
Should something have gone wrong, maybe it’s been more than 31 days since you upgraded or an error is keeping you from rolling back, your only other downgrade option — provided you never made a
Windows system image
— is to install from scratch. If you have a valid product key, you can
How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System
How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System Need to backup and restore Windows without backup tools? It's time to learn how to make an ISO image of your Windows PC.
download the Windows installation files
for free and
How to Legally Download Windows Installation Files for Free
How to Legally Download Windows Installation Files for Free Windows can get seriously broken. What you often need to do is to install it from scratch. And we show you how to get legal installation files for Windows 7 through 10.
create bootable installation media
. Be sure to
How to Make a Bootable CD/DVD/USB to Install Windows
How to Make a Bootable CD/DVD/USB to Install Windows Need installation media to reinstall Windows? Our tips show you how to create a bootable CD, USB, or DVD with an ISO from scratch.
prepare a backup of your personal data
5 Basic Backup Facts Every Windows User Should Know
5 Basic Backup Facts Every Windows User Should Know We never tire to remind you to make backups and keep your data safe. If you're wondering what, how often, and where you should back up your files, we have straight forward answers.
Bye Bye Windows — Hello Windows
Microsoft is serious about making Windows 10 their Number 1 and Windows 7 is sitting in the way. If you decided to go back to Windows 7 or 8.1, make sure to
block the upgrade
, so you won’t end up on Windows 10 again. If you’ve decided to stay with Windows 10, prepare for an interesting journey. We’re here to support you!
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How did you end up with Windows 10? Did you downgrade again? If not, what made you keep it around?
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