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Windows 10 Help and Tips
Learn about the new Windows
Updated 6/8/2017

Windows 10 upgrade still available until further notice!
    Even though the regular Windows 10 Upgrade offer ended on July 29, 2016 you can still upgrade your Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 PC to Windows 10 by going to Microsoft's Accessibility page to get the download.
*3GB+ download required

    If you feel that you may be misrepresenting yourself by accepting this offer simply read the FAQ on the Accessibility page to set your mind at ease. Microsoft states that their offer is without restrictions. They want as many Windows 10 users as they can get! As long as your PC has an authorized copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 Microsoft's activation servers will activate Windows 10 for you on your PC.

Where's the Control Panel?
    Since the introduction of Windows 8 Microsoft moved many of the Control Panel items to Windows Settings. This process has continued with Windows 10 moving Windows Update to the Update and Security section of Settings. Eventually, Microsoft tells us, it hopes to move all of the important Control Panel items to Settings with future updates to Windows 10.

    However, right now there are still quite a few of the original Control Panel items remaining, but since there is no longer a link in the new Windows 10 Start Menu to the Control Panel how do we get to it?

Get to the Control Panel
    Microsoft has made even more changes to Windows 10 in the Creators Update. The link in the Quick Link Menu to the Control Panel has been removed in favor of PC Settings and you won't find a link to the Control Panel in the standard Windows 10 Start Menu either unless you use the 3rd Party Start Menu, Classic Start. More on that further down on the page.

UPDATE June, 2017
    With the so-called Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft has now removed the link to the Control Panel from the Quick Link Menu. As a result, if you do not have the Classic Start menu installed, which has links to both PC Settings and the Contol Panel, the best way to access the Control Panel is to simply search for it. (Open the Start Menu then type control panel) You may then choose Control Panel labeled Desktop App, which should be at the very top of the search results. From there you can right-click it to go to its location to create a shortcut or you can pin it to the Windows Start Menu or the Task bar for the next time you need it.

    In Windows 10 privacy has become a most talked-about issue because of the inquisitiveness of Cortana and also because of the default privacy settings. If you value your privacy and do not wish for Windows to always send your location and some of your personal info back to Microsoft you may wish to change some of the settings in the Privacy section of Windows Settings.

    Rather than listing all of the settings you can change to insure your privacy it might be easier to surf to this very informative page at PC World Magazine. The author lists all of the privacy settings you can change to ensure that your personal information remains personal on your PC rather than semi-public.
    There is also another excellent Windows 10 privacy article from ZDNet that will help you protect your privacy as well as your peace of mind concerning Windows 10.

    If you do not mind having your personal preferences and some personal information in the Microsoft servers then Cortana can become a helpful personal computer assistant. Go to this Microsoft page to learn more about Cortana works and decide whether or not you wish to enable and use it.
Note: You can learn even more about the pros and cons of Cortana in the tutorials from the online PC magazines - links at the bottom of the page.

Windows 10 Start Menu
    There are those who feel that the Windows 7 Start Menu was nearly perfect for both desktop and laptop PCs. They also feel that the removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8 was a near-disaster for desktop PC users. Now Microsoft has re-introduced the Windows Start Menu in a slightly different form than some have been expecting. If you happen to like the new Start Menu you can go to this PC World Magazine page to learn how to make it more attractive and usable.

Classic Start Menu
    But, if you're not so hot on the Windows 10 Start Menu with all of the live tiles then you can easily download and install a great third-party Start Menu called Classic Shell Start Menu that will give you back the Windows 7 Start Menu on Windows 10; or as close as you can get. Classic Shell is stable, highly customizable, and FREE! - You can even change the Start Button!
    Other than Classic Start's home page you can also install or update Classic Start and other great free apps and programs with Ninite.

Customize Classic Start Menu
    To customize Classic Start simply Right-Click the Start Menu Icon in the Task Bar then choose Settings from the context menu.
    After the settings window appears, Click the Start Menu Style Tab. I recommend the Windows 7 style since this is default for most former Windows 7 uers. You will notice that links to both PC Settings and the Control Panel are included by default in the Start Menu. (This is very handy considering the aforementioned Creators Update removed the link to the Control Panel from the Quick-Link Menu.)

    The defaults under the Basic Settings tab are normally good for most but you can check them if you wish. As a bonus, the standard Windows 10 start menu is available from a link in the Classic Start Menu.

    Under the Customize Start Menu tab you will likely want to scroll down to the Control Panel entry and change the setting to display as a link rather than as a meuu. In my opinion, the view by Large Icon display for the Control Panel allows you to find the settings you want easier than the view by category.

    That should do it unless you want to click the Show all Settings box, which brings up many more tabs and setting possibilities so you can play around a bit.

Programs and Apps
    In the Programs and Features section of the Control Panel you were once able to uninstall any program on your PC. However in Windows 10 Programs and Features is not able to remove the new Apps that come with Windows 10.

    Most new Apps can be removed from the Start Menu by either unpinning them or uninstalling them by right-clicking on them on the Start Menu. However, if you want a one-stop place to uninstall any program or app from your PC you can go to Settings. Once there choose System then go to Apps and Features.
    Or, if you have had the Creators Update installed, simply click the Start Menu then choose the gear icon (PC Settings) then choose the Apps category. You will find Apps and Features located there now instead of in the System category.

    In Apps and Features you can view a full list of all of your installed programs and Apps either by size or alphabetically. Sort by Size, Name, or by install date to easily find the program or app you are seeking. Simply click on the name of an App or Program to uninstall it.

    However you will notice that some Windows 10 Apps that are tied closely to the operating system are not able to be uninstalled. You can still unpin them from the Start Menu and disable their functions in the Privacy and/or Notification sections of Settings if you wish.

Dig deeper for more detailed info
    To learn even more about Windows 10 you could simply Google it, but you can also take advantage of the informative Windows 10 articles published on the popular online PC magazines.
PC Magazine
PC World Magazine
All have nice Windows 10 tutorials. Just click the links to find your favorite.