Microsoft Windows 10 is the most loved, most-used, and most popular operating system nowadays. Over one Billion peoples are using windows 10 in their devices around the world. We are going to discuss the top features of the Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 10 that is the latest version of Windows operating system for desktops, laptops, and tablets. Mostly popular in desktops and laptops computers. Windows 10 is aimed at doing away with the quirky features of Windows 8 and providing a unified platform that pleases both the desktop and touch screen users. Users are loving it more than ever.
Windows 10 already comes with a bunch of useful tools and applications preinstalled in your PCs.
- Edge Web Browser
- Paint 3D
- Control Panel
- Device Manager
- Disk Manager
- Task Manager
- Resource Monitors
- Start Menu
- Search Box
- Windows SandBox
- Registry Editor
- User Account Settings
The Cortana is Microsoft’s personal productivity assistant that helps you save time and focus attention on what matters most. To get started, select the Cortana icon on the taskbar.
What Cortana can do for you:
- Manage your calendar and keep your schedule up to date
- Join a meeting in Microsoft Teams or find out who your next meeting is with
- Create and manage lists
- Set reminders and alarms
- Find facts, definitions, and info
- Open apps on your computer
- Request for web search
How you can enable Cortana:
Open Cortana, select Settings, and then under Talk to Cortana switch the wake word toggle to On.
Microsoft Edge is the latest web browser released by Microsoft. Edge is rebuilt from the ground up to bring you world-class compatibility and performance, the security and privacy you deserve, and new features designed to bring you the best of the web.
Top Features Of Edge:
- Brand New UI design and Logo
- Faster than ever
- Privacy Protection
- Bing Search Engine
- Ready for Business Needs
- Enterprise-grade security
Read more on Microsoft Edge official blog.
Paint 3D is the latest evolution of classic Paint, with a ton of new art tools to try on your 2D canvas or 3D objects. This application is available only for windows 10 as of now. It will let you create 3D paintings and unleash your creativity.
You can get to know the more about paint 3D here.
Almost in every windows operating system you would get the control panel tool. It allows users to manage the setting of you your computer.
You can change settings for printers, video, audio, mouse, keyboard, date and time, user accounts, applications, network connections, power saving options, and many more.
For accessing control panel, type control in search box and hit enter.
Device Manager in Windows Operating System helps you to view and manage device hardware settings and driver software installed on your computer.
You can access device manager either by searching in search box with device manager keyword or select Windows Key + X then press M.
Disk Management in Windows helps you perform advanced storage tasks like initializing a new drive and extending or shrinking volumes. Here’s some info on things you can do using Disk Management:
- Initialize a new drive
- Extend a basic volume
- Shrink a basic volume
- Change a drive letter
- Troubleshoot Disk Management
This is really useful tool for administrators. You can open disk management by many ways:
- Type diskmgmt.msc in command prompt
- Win + R and type diskmgmt.msc
- Right Click on Windows Start icon and select disk manager
Task manager is the basic utility comes with Microsoft windows operating system.
Task Manager in windows operating system helps you with:
- Running process and applications
- Ability to kill the process and applications
- Performance metrics for CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network utilization
- Able to open resource monitors
- System uptime
- To check the total system RAM and its current utilization
- Number of core and sockets for CPU
- Virtualization Options
- Windows Sandbox
Windows Resource Monitor is a powerful tool for understanding how your system resources are used by processes and services. In addition to monitoring resource usage in real-time, Resource Monitor can help you analyze unresponsive processes, identify which applications are using files, and control processes and services.
You can start the resource monitors: Click Start, click in the Start Search box, type resmon.exe, and then press ENTER.
Resource Monitor includes five tabs: Overview, CPU, Memory, Disk, and Network. The Overview tab displays basic system resource usage information; the other tabs display information about each specific resource.
Start Menu helps you to navigate through windows 10. You can able to see the the installed applications icons, system settings including power options.
Search box helps you to search data from your entire system. Nowadays it shows the search results from the web search that is Bing. Here is the example of my search query “bing seach engine”:
You can click on the search box at the Toolbar section and enter your query.
In recent updates, Microsoft has pushed a nice notification section in windows 10. It is called the system tray. It shows all kinds of notification from various applications.
You can navigate notification area by going to right bottom at the toolbar section.
Windows Sandbox is an isolated desktop environment where you can install software without the fear of lasting impact to your device. This feature was released with Windows 10, version 1903. Windows 10, version 2004 includes bug fixes and enables even more control over configuration.
The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores low-level settings for the Microsoft Windows operating system and for applications that opt to use the registry.
The kernel, device drivers, services, Security Accounts Manager, and user interface can all use the registry.
How to open Registry Editor in Windows 10
There are two ways to open Registry Editor in Windows 10:
- In the search box on the taskbar, type regedit. Then, select the top result for Registry Editor
- Press and hold or right-click the Start Windows logo Start button, then select Run. Enter regedit in the Open: box and select OK.
Notepad in windows operating system is an editor. You can write, read, and edit text documents. This is very useful for making notes.
You can search for notepad in search box or just type notepad in command prompt.
User Account Settings
User Accounts Settings in Windows 10 allows you to manage your Microsoft Account, set your user picture, change sign-in options, change password, change the PIN, set a picture password, connect your PC to work or school, add family members and set your sync settings.
This is a very simple introduction of windows operating system aka Windows 10, settings and applications.
[Also read] Introduction to Windows Operating System