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How to Open zPC settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860 includes a new zPC settings app. It includes many more settings for System, Devices, Network and Wi-Fi, Personalization, Accounts, Time and language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update and recovery. Some settings are still pending and deprecated, so they are not yet working or available.

Is zPC settings the beginning of the end of the traditional Control Panel, or just a new more feature rich PC settings work-in-progress? We shall find out in newer build releases.

This tutorial will show you how to open zPC settings in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860.

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How to Create a This PC Shortcut in Windows 10

My Computer was changed to This PC in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. You would open File Explorer to view This PC.

In Windows 10, File Explorer now opens to the Home folder instead of This PC like in Windows 8.1.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a This PC shortcut that you can use anywhere in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Favorites from Home in Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to the Home folder by default which shows your Favorites, Frequent folders, and Recent files.

•Favorites = Displays all of your Favorites in “C:\Users\(user-name)\Links”.
•Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
•Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Favorites in the Home folder for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Frequent folders from Home in Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to the Home folder by default which shows your Favorites, Frequent folders, and Recent files.

•Favorites = Displays all of your Favorites in “C:\Users\(user-name)\Links”.
•Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
•Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Frequent folders in the Home folder for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Recent files from Home in Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to the Home folder by default which shows your Favorites, Frequent folders, and Recent files.

•Favorites = Displays all of your Favorites in “C:\Users\(user-name)\Links”.
•Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
•Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Recent files in the Home folder for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Turn Taskbar Notification Area System Icons On or Off in Windows 10

System icons, including Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Action Center, Input Indicator, and Notification Center are special icons that are part of Windows. For these icons, you can change how the icons and notifications appear, and also whether they show up at all. You might turn off a system icon if either you or your computer manufacturer have installed a similar program. If you turn a system icon off, you can always turn it back on later.

Turning off a system icon removes the icon and turns off notifications.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off system icons on your taskbar notification area in Windows 10.

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How to Open the Control Panel in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are a few different ways to find and change your settings: PC settings, Control Panel, the Settings charm, and Search. Most of the settings that you’ll want to change can be found in PC settings.

In PC settings, you can change most Windows settings, such as changing your screen resolution, adding and removing devices, personalizing the lock screen, changing the date and time, and adding user accounts.

The Control Panel includes some additional settings that you might use less often, such as customizing the desktop.

This tutorial will show you how to open the Control Panel in Windows 10, and to change it to display with the Category, Large icons, or Small icons view.

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How to Open Charms in Windows 10

Windows 10 has the Settings, Devices, Start, Share, and Search charms available. Charms are context sensitive to the location (desktop vs Start screen) and application that is running when opened.

This tutorial will show you how to open the charms to search, share, print, and more in Windows 10.

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How to Manage Wi-Fi and Cellular Data Usage with DataSense in Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860 introduces the DataSense feature like in Windows Phone, but without as many options for now.

DataSense displays a detailed breakdown of your Wi-Fi and cellular data usage to help manage it, and allows you to restrict background data.

This tutorial will show you how to use DataSense to view and manage your Wi-Fi and cellular wireless data usage in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Battery Saver in Windows 10

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860 introduces a new Battery Saver feature. Battery Saver conserves your PC’s battery by limiting background activity and adjusting hardware settings. Battery Saver will turn on automatically if you like, but you can also turn it on manually.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Battery Saver in your user account to conserve your PC’s battery in Windows 10.

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How to Open and Use Notification Center in Windows 10

The Notification Center is a new addition to Windows 10 Preview build 9860. The Notification Center collects and shows toast notifications and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from Windows 8-style apps. Toast and notifications are then grouped in the Action Center by app and time. It will show you all of your past notifications until you clear them.

Microsoft has said that they plan to make this Notification Center feature in Windows 10 similar to the one in Windows Phone so there can be a unified experience for notifications.

Microsoft isn’t sure if they are going to go with the name Action Center or Notification Center for this feature yet, so it may change names in a future build of Windows 10.

“This build is focused ONLY on enabling basic notifications – quick actions and cleaner UI will come later,” explains Microsoft’s Gabe Aul.

This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Notification Center in Windows 10 build 9860.

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How to Check for New Windows 10 Preview Builds

Windows 10 Technical Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. Microsoft is going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties…you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to get more frequent preview builds and send your feedback straight to the people building Windows. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, then Technical Preview could be just your thing.

By default, any available new preview builds will be automatically installed through Windows Updates during the time you have set in the automatic maintenance window.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for new preview builds and choose the time and how fast to get them in Windows 10.

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How to Add Settings to Preview Builds in Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 Technical Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. Microsoft is going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties…you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to get more frequent preview builds and send your feedback straight to the people building Windows. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, then Technical Preview could be just your thing.

In Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9841, the available settings in Preview builds is limited for now. The next released build of Windows 10 Preview will unlock hidden settings in Preview builds for more options.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove these hidden Preview builds settings in Windows 10 Technical Preview now.

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How to Change Windows 10 Technical Preview Feedback Frequency

Windows 10 Technical Preview is here today, but it’s a long way from done. Microsoft is going to make it faster, better, more fun at parties…you get the idea. Join the Windows Insider Program to get more frequent preview builds and send your feedback straight to the people building Windows. If you’re okay with a moving target and don’t want to miss out on the latest stuff, then Technical Preview could be just your thing.

As part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft wants to get your feedback in real time, so occasionally you will be asked for feedback while you are using Windows. For example, if you open up the new Start menu and rearrange the tiles, you may get a prompt notification from the Windows Feedback app asking what you thought about it. You could then just click/tap on the prompt, and Microsoft will ask a few questions about what you think of the feature or scenario. And don’t worry about hurting feelings—be honest!

This tutorial will show you how to change the feedback frequency of how often Microsoft should ask for your feedback about the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

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How to Enable or Disable User First Sign-in Animation in Windows 10

By default, the first sign-in animation will show animated detailed preparation messages when new users sign-in for the first time. Disabling the first sign-in animation will allow for a faster new account preparation.

This tutorial will help show you how to enable or disable the first sign-in animation when new users sign in to their account for the first time in Windows 10.

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Add ‘Toggle Start Menu/Screen’ to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 with the Start screen from Windows 8 merged together as one.

Normally you would be able to check or uncheck to the Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen box in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties to toggle using them, but that method requires you to sign out and sign in to Windows 10 to apply.

This tutorial will show you how to add “Toggle Start Menu/Screen” to the desktop context menu of all users to either use the Start Menu or Start Screen instantly in Windows 10.

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How to Use “Reinstall Windows Technical Preview with this media” Option in Windows 10

Reinstall Windows Technical Preview with this media is a new option in the Boot Options menu that allows you to quickly reinstall Windows 10 Technical Preview keeping only your existing user accounts and personal files in each account’s user profile folder.

This tutorial will show you how to use “Reinstall Windows Technical Preview with this media” in the Boot Options menu for Windows 10.

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How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode

If you have a problem with your PC, you can troubleshoot by starting it in safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. If a problem doesn’t reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers and services as possible causes.

There are three different safe mode options:

  • Enable Safe Mode: Starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Networking: Starts Windows in safe mode and includes the network drivers and services needed to access the Internet or other computers on your network.
  • Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt: Starts Windows in safe mode with a Command Prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface. This option is intended for IT pros and system admins.

This tutorial will show you how to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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