Microsoft has radically changed the way it makes an operating system. Windows 10 is now a living blob of software that continuously fixes bugs and adds features through quiet, automatic updates.
In this book, we’ll explore every aspect of this robust program, from its many customization options to its built-in tools for troubleshooting. We’ll also look at how it works with the popular gizmos that most of us use.
What is Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system that runs on desktop and laptop computers, tablets, embedded devices, and Internet of Things (IoT) products. It replaced the previous versions of Windows and offered a more advanced, secure, and intuitive experience.
Unlike the older OSes, which came in different variants for home and business users, all editions of Windows 10 pro are the same operating system and receive the same monthly updates. The main difference between Home and Pro is the set of features offered.
For example, Pro has enhanced security features like BitLocker disk encryption and remote access capabilities. It also can connect the device to a corporate network and change advanced system settings through Group Policy.
Additionally, it has a feature called Cloud Clipboard that saves up to 26 copied items and synchronizes them across the user’s connected devices. This tool is handy for students or business professionals using multiple computers. It’s also worth noting that the Pro edition has a dedicated tablet mode, which lets the computer switch between tablet and desktop modes depending on its use.
What’s New in Windows 10?
This is the latest version of Windows, including some major changes. For example, the Action Center has been expanded to let you access frequently used settings and quickly view your Wi-Fi connectivity status. It’s also where you’ll see important notifications, like when a new update is available.
Other noteworthy features include the Edge browser (Microsoft’s attempt to claw back momentum from Chrome) and Virtual Desktops, which allow users without a multi-monitor setup to create multiple desktops. Microsoft has also included a new Disk Usage tool that lets you view disk space usage across all your drives in one place.
For business users, the operating system comes in a “Pro” mode that is more process intensive and optimized for hardware. It also has a feature called Continuum that lets you use your tablet in tablet mode while keeping the taskbar and Start menu visible, and it allows you to arrange windows on the screen however you prefer. This version of Windows also comes with a redesigned file explorer and a new dark mode for the UI.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro?
Suppose you want to use the extra features offered in Windows 10 Pro. In that case, upgrading your Home version to Pro is a good idea. But upgrading can take a lot of time and energy, so you’ll want to ensure it’s worth it before starting the process.
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to back up your data files (using cloud storage or disk imaging software) if something goes wrong during the upgrade process. You should also temporarily uninstall any third-party security programs or low-level system utilities that could interfere with the update.
Once you’ve backed up all of your data, it’s time to start the Windows 10 Pro upgrade process. Open the search box in the taskbar or on the Start menu and type “about” to open a settings window. From here, click on Change product key or upgrade your edition of Windows. This will open the Activation settings page, where you’ll need to enter your Windows 10 Pro product key or download and install the Windows Store update to activate your computer.
How to Install Windows 10 Pro?
The installation process is relatively simple, whether installing Windows 10 Pro on a prebuilt computer or building one yourself. You can use various tools to create the bootable media that’ll allow you to perform a clean install. The most common methods include using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, the Command Prompt, or third-party software such as Rufus.
Once you’ve created the Windows 10 installation media, please insert it into the device you want to install. Be sure to choose a drive with enough space since the contents of the drive will be erased during the process.
Before installing, disconnect any non-essential peripherals such as printers, scanners, and cameras. Doing so can prevent potential problems during the setup. Once the setup is complete, you can reconnect any devices you need. However, remember that you’ll need to activate the operating system once installed. This requires a valid product key and internet connection. If you need a valid key, consider purchasing one. You can do this online or at a retailer.
How to Set Up Windows 10 Pro?
If you’re buying a brand-new laptop or desktop computer preloaded with Windows 10 Pro, you’ll need to set it up before using it. You’ll want to eliminate the bloatware, tweak essential settings and perform key, everyday tasks.
The process is straightforward and shouldn’t take very long. You’ll need to connect your PC to the Internet and follow the prompts for setup. You may be asked to select the keyboard layout and language you want to use depending on your geographical location.
If you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from a different operating system edition, this process will be slightly longer and require more steps. In this case, you’ll need to enter your product key, which can be found in the box or online. You’ll also need to create an installation media or link your Microsoft account to a new operating system installation. Once the process is complete, you’ll be ready to start using your new computer.