Windows 10 Tricks: the best tips to handle and optimize your computer

Windows is the most used operating system in the world, present on computers all over the planet. Its first version was released back in 1985, standing out, as indicated by its name, for offering us an appealing and intuitive graphical interface based on a window system. Over three decades later, it’s still based on the same principles despite the logical evolution of this OS.

Its current version is Windows 10, released in July 2015 as a free update from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, although nowadays we have to resort to other methods, as we’ll try to explain in this tutorial, to be able to download and install the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, whether by means of an ISO or using the media creation tool developed by the guys at Redmond. The installation is quite simple but you might need some help to manage to update to the newest version or to restore the system to a previous status, for instance.

All in all, this Windows 10 is the logical evolution of Windows 7, trying to forget about the tiny fiasco or failure of Windows 8. Amongst its most important new features we have to point out the return of the Start menu, removed in the previous version, the integration of the virtual assistant Cortana straight into our desktop to simplify both our local and online searches, and of course, the presentation of a new browser, Edge, that has arrived to replace a classic of the likes of Internet Explorer.

We’ll talk about all these aspects in this guide full of tips and tricks for Windows, paying special attention to all those new elements that you might now be used to, helping to you become familiar with these new tools that have come to stay and optimize your desktop user experience.

We’ll also focus on all those actions that have undergone important changes regarding previous versions so that you can quickly get back to all those usual operations in your daily life. And we’ll help you to find different folders, menus, and options that may have changed their location in this new operating system. Thus, you won’t have any trouble to find the Control Panel, to customize the visual aspect of your desktop by changing its wallpaper, to install a printer or to protect your most personal and private folders with a password.

We’ll obviously keep our eyes open and look out for all the new features introduced into the latest versions or builds of Windows 10, and we’ll be here to tell you about all its newest functions. And as always, if you’ve got any doubts about your operating system and you can’t find the answer to your questions in this list of tips and tricks, get in touch with us on our social networks. We’ll be delighted to get back to you.

Where is the Control Panel in Windows 10

The Windows 10 Control Panel is installed, but not easily visible. To find it, there are several possible methods, we show you two different options.

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How to protect a folder with a password on Windows 10

If you share a computer with family members or roommates and store confidential or intimate information on your PC, the best thing you can do is put all those files in a hidden, password-protected folder.

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How to install a printer on Windows 10

In order to print in Windows 10, the first thing to know, quite obviously, is that you need a printer. As long as we talk about a physical print of course, then, we will see that a digital print can also be possible.

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How to start Windows 10 in safe mode

There are 3 different ways to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode to solve any problem, so watch out.

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How to print on Windows 10

In order to print in Windows 10, the first thing to know, quite obviously, is that you need a printer. Make sure you have paper and ink set. Once you have it installed and depending on what you want to print, you have different options.

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How to disable Cortana in Windows 10

Cortana is the voice assistant for Windows 10, but you might not want to use it for different reasons. In that case, it is possible to disable its functions through the Windows registry.

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How to change the wallpaper in Windows 10

Changing the wallpaper in Windows 10 is a piece of cake. All you have to do is right-click on the desktop wallpaper and select Personalize.

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What is Windows 10

Windows 10 is a computer operating system developed by the American company Microsoft. It was announced in 2014 and was available for the first time during the summer of the following year 2015. Like any operating system, it is the software or computer program that manages the hardware resources of a PC. During its first year it was free to download for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, as long as they had a license for the product, i.e., a legal copy and not a pirate one.

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How to restore Windows 10

To restore Windows 10, the first thing we must have is a restore point, which is a backup of the moment in time to which we want to return to. In this operating system, restore points are automatically generated each time a new application, driver or Windows update is installed as long as you have this feature enabled.

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How to install Windows 10

To install Windows 10 on your computer, please start by downloading the ISO image provided at the end of this text. Click on the green Download button, and once the download is complete, save it to a USB with enough storage capacity or burn it to a DVD.

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How to update Windows 10

To update Windows, you could say that all you need is to turn on your PC and connect it to the Internet. If there is a new update, the Windows operating system itself will detect it and download it immediately to your hard drive, proceeding to install it automatically unless you configure it otherwise (and yes, there is an option to disable this feature). In other words, the operating system is kept up to date automatically without you having to intervene at all. This is one of the new features introduced with this version, and although it has caused problems on many occasions, it is actually a major improvement.

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7

When Windows 10 came out, Microsoft allowed all genuine license users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to upgrade to the new version for free. It was initially a promotion, but it has been maintained over time, and to this day, it is still possible to switch from one version to another as long as you have an original license.

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How to activate Windows 10

To activate Windows 10, you need to have a digital license or a product key, only by having one you can activate your copy and guarantee that it is being used according to the software license terms established by Microsoft. You will have one or the other depending on how you obtained Windows 10.

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How to unzip password-protected ZIP files

There are different ways to open a password-protected ZIP file in Windows. Windows has its own file compression and decompression tool, that although it does not let you generate these types of files, it lets you open them. You can also opt for software developed by third parties. We will show you how to do it with the tool integrated into Windows and with two of the main compression software in the market, WinRAR and 7-Zip.

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February 18, 2020 (Updated March 12, 2020)