Your personalized 350-page guide to Windows 10 from one of the world’s foremost Windows experts. Learn the new Microsoft operating system using this hands-on guide to mastering laptops, tablets, desktops and other computing devices running Windows 10.
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Table of Contents
What’s This Book About?8
What Do I Need to Know?9
How Is This Book Organized?9
What Conventions Are Used in This Book?10
Chapter 1. Getting to Know Windows 1012
Getting Signed In15
Local Accounts, Domain Accounts, Microsoft Accounts, Oh My!17
Getting Around the New Desktops20
Getting Around the New Start Menu27
Entering and Exiting Tablet Mode31
Customizing User Accounts33
Chapter 2. Customizing the Windows 10 Interface38
Boosting Your Desktop IQ39
Making the Start Menu Work for You54
Making the Taskbar Dance62
Chapter 3. Personalizing the Appearance of Windows 1072
Customizing Basic Interfaces73
Optimizing Backgrounds, Themes and More82
Chapter 4. Customizing Boot, Startup, and Power Options118
Customizing Your Computer’s Firmware Interface118
Getting Firmware and Power Management Information131
Customizing Startup and Boot Configuration133
Resolving Restart or Shutdown Issues156
Chapter 5. Organizing, Searching, and Indexing161
Exploring Your Computer in New Ways161
Customizing File Explorer174
Searching and Indexing Your Computer185
Fine-Tuning Windows Search189
Indexing Your Computer208
Chapter 6. Managing Your Apps216
Working with Desktop Apps216
Installing Desktop Programs224
Managing Desktop Programs and Features236
Managing Currently Running Apps, Programs and Processes248
Chapter 7. Tracking System Performance and Health252
Getting to Know Your Computer’s Hardware252
Checking Current Performance Levels257
Event Logging and Viewing268
Chapter 8. Analyzing and Logging Performance273
Resolving Failures and Reliability Issues273
Recording and Analyzing Performance Data290
Chapter 9. Optimizing Performance Tips and Techniques304
Optimizing Power Management Settings for Performance304
Maintaining Performance with Updates316
Optimizing Performance: Final Tune-up Suggestions320
About the Author338
What’s This Book About?
Windows 10: The Personal Trainer covers all editions of Windows 10. In this book, I teach you how features work, why they work the way they do, and how to customize them to meet your needs. I also offer specific examples of how certain features can meet your needs, and how you can use other features to troubleshoot and resolve issues you might have. In addition, this book provides tips, best practices, and examples of how to fine-tune all major aspects of Windows 10. This book won’t just teach you how to configure Windows 10; it will teach you how to squeeze every last bit of power out of it and make the most of the features and options it includes.