The creators update looks pretty good, everyone I've read loves it, but there's a rollout and a wait, no worries, you can jump the line
That's a Microsoft link to their download tool, not a third party. Follow the very few prompts and you'll be downloading an a couple of seconds
If you go through the prompts, don't start something important, the update doesn't really give you a post pone option once it begins
Some things I'm looking forward to;
Gaming mode is worth the upgrade all by itself, it distributes system resources to favor the game over background, sweet
Privacy dashboard. Ms got some serious heat for taking away privacy settings, the dashboard gives them back, and then some
Tab tools This is nice, I expect other browsers to follow, tabs in edge will get previews, and you can set your tabs aside for later
Night light is something I'm going to like, I leave my computer on, this eliminates blue light which they say interferes with sleep
3d paint looks interesting, I doubt it's as sophisticated as a 3d app but I think I'll have fun
More control over windows update, now you have more options, you can put off an update, schedule or whatever, I don't think you cant turn them off entirely though
Previous versions of windows, changing file extensions was simple, just rename with your .dot extension after deleting the original extension.
That feature's hidden by default in 10, but in-hiding it is simple;
Open any file, hit "view" on the top left, then check the "file extensions" box on the far right, done.
By Perris Calderon
When using edge, if you want to go to one of your favorite sites, rather then go to the mouse, you'll find it more convenient and faster hinting control=L
In Edge, and probably other browsers, not only does control+L open the address bar, it also presents a short list of your most visited sites, you can just use your arrow key to get to the site you're looking for, and hit enter.
If the site you want to go to isn't on that list, you can usually type the first letter of the site, and if you've visited it before, it should come up in that list, for instance, if you visit quora once in a while, and want to go there, rather then going into favorites, just hit control+L then type the letter Q and quora should present itself, hit enter, bam.
By Perris Calderon
Windows 10 can be strange, I couldn't find any way to send edge to the desktop, you can't drag it there, there is no "send to" option in the start menu, when I pinned it to the task bar I couldn't send it or drag it either. Strange, probably some kind of MS oversight.
I need it on the desktop so I can assign a keyboard shortcut, I really avoid the mouse when I can.
Simplest method, just use the url of your homepage as the target when you right click on the desktop.
If you want a shortcut to the app itself the shortcut path is below, just right click on the desktop and follow prompts for shortcut, past in the path, once you create the shortcut go into properties and assign a keyboard letter, this way you don't need to go to desktop to launch your internet
By Perris Calderon
Counterintuitively, a person should NOT turn off auto defrag when they install an ssd. (this advice applies to windows ten ONLY).
We know SSD's have limited writes, and we know a conventional defrag adds writes to a mechanical hard drive, we might think we should therefore turn off auto defrag when we get an SSD, however, windows newer defrag model actually DECREASES read writes to the hard drive, so YES, leave it enabled if it is on by default, turn it on if it is off.
However Windows 10, (Scott Hanselman says 7 and 8 also received a defrag update), not only recognizing you have ssd, but also using a different, less invasive method for defragging your ssd, this defrag is set ON if you have system restore enabled, I recommend TURNING IT ON even if you do not use system restore.
This new type of defrag does indeed increase performance, and does indeed increase the life of your ssd.
Scott Hanselman for Microsoft, blog post, http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRealAndCompleteStoryDoesWindowsDefragmentYourSSD.aspx
...It’s also somewhat of a misconception that fragmentation is not a problem on SSDs. If an SSD gets too fragmented you can hit maximum file fragmentation (when the metadata can’t represent any more file fragments) which will result in errors when you try to write/extend a file. Furthermore, more file fragments means more metadata to process while reading/writing a file, which can lead to slower performance.”
Windows is not foolishly or blindly running a defrag on your SSD every night, and no, Windows defrag isn’t shortening the life of your SSD unnecessarily. Modern SSDs don’t work the same way that we are used to with traditional hard drives. Your SSD’s file system sometimes needs a kind of defragmentation and that’s handled by Windows, monthly by default, when appropriate. The intent is to maximize performance and a long life. If you disable defragmentation completely, you are taking a risk that your filesystem metadata could reach maximum fragmentation and get you potentially in trouble.
IN ADDITION, this new type of defrag actually INCREASES ssd life; the newer defrag addresses "trim"
TRIM lets the operating system notify the SSD that a page is no longer in use and this hint gives the SSD more information which results in fewer writes, and theoretically longer operating life.
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