Windows 10

October 13, 2020

Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 10 on October 13, 2020..

* end of extended support: October 14, 2025.


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Minimum Hardware Requirements
Build and apply a provisioning package in Windows 10
What’s New in Windows 10
Download kits and tools for Windows 10
Windows 10 Blog
Windows Hardware Dev Center Archive
Get Windows 10/Latest Version
Windows 10 help, tips and tricks


Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcut
Show the Windows 10 Start Menu
Windows + Tab
Launch Windows 10 Task View
Windows + Q
Search the web and Windows with Cortana (speech)
Windows + S
Search the web and Windows with Cortana (keyboard input)
Windows + I
Open Windows 10 settings
Windows + A
Open Windows 10 notifications
Windows + L
Lock your Windows 10 device
Windows + Ctrl + D
Create new virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + F4
Close current virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + [Left][Right]
Switch between virtual desktops
Windows + [Left][Right][Up][Down]
Position windows on your screen
E.g. Windows + [Left] moves the current window to the left half of your screen. If you use Windows + [Up] afterwards, the current window will be placed in the upper left quarter of your screen.
And, what’s very handy in my opinion: If you release the Windows key after positioning a window, Task View shows up on the opposite side of the positioned window to select and position another app.
Windows + H
Share content (if supported by current app)
Windows + K
Connect to wireless displays and audio devices
Windows + X
Open Start button context menu
Windows + G
Opens the Windows 10 Game Bar to take game screenshots and record gaming videos of Windows 10 games (works in any game app, e.g. Microsoft Solitaire Collection)
Windows + D
Show Windows desktop
Windows + E
Open Windows Explorer
Windows + Space
Switch keyboard input language (if you have added at least a second one)
Windows + Shift + [Left][Right]
Move current Window from one monitor to another (when using a multiple monitor setup)
Windows + [1][2][3][…]
Open programs that are pinned to task bar
E.g. if first pinned program on your task bar is Windows Explorer (from left to right), the shortcut Windows + 1 opens Windows Explorer for you.
Windows + R
Run a command
Windows + P
Project a screen
Alt + Tab
Switch to previous window
Alt + Space
Restore, move, size, minimize, maximize or close current window. Also works like a charm for Windows 10 modern apps.
Alt + F4
a) Close current window
b) If you’re on your Windows 10 desktop, open Power dialogue to shut down or restart Windows, put your device in sleep mode, sign out or switch the current user


Common Issues

  • Some PC games will crash switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch due to a bug in Windows graphics stack. We have observed this with The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, and Metal Gear Solid V but it may occur with other titles as well.
  • With certain builds, applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies may experience intermittent issues or crashes.
  • You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F
  • While attempting to update to this build, your PC may show a message that your wireless card is not compatible with Windows 10. The workaround is to visit the support page for your PC or wireless card and install the newest driver that is available.
  • The Connect button does not show up in Action Center.
  • Cannot remove Windows 10 Built-in Apps. Take a look at this script I put together: Link


Industry Professional

How one employee mapped her own role at Microsoft: Link


Scripts – Links – Documents

087 – 01/18/2017
One Windows: Microsoft’s new ‘adaptive shell’ to scale Windows 10 across PC, phones and Xbox: Link

086 – 01/18/2017
The First Step to Take With Screen Issues in Windows 10: Link

085 – 01/18/2017
Microsoft is begging you to ditch Windows 7 for Windows 10: Link

084 – 01/16/2017
Windows 7 does not meet the demands of modern technology; recommends Windows 10: Link

083 – 01/13/2017
Windows 10 for PCs build 15002 ISOs are now available: Link

082 – 01/13/2017
Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15007 includes new features specifically for phones: Link

081 – 01/13/2017
Windows 10 Insider Preview build 15007: Fixes and known issues for PCs: Link

080 – 01/13/2017
Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview build 15003: Link

079 – 01/12/2017
Hands-on with Windows 10 for PCs Insider Preview build 15002: Link

078 – 01/11/2017
Microsoft makes minor concessions on Windows 10 data collection: Link

077 – 01/10/2017
Microsoft’s January patch release is among its smallest ever: Link

076 – 01/09/2017
Microsoft lets some Windows 10 users hit pause on updates: Link

075 – 01/04/2017
Windows 10 growth ebbs as 2016 ends: Link

074 – 01/03/2017
ARM PCs with Windows 10 get a new start with the Snapdragon 835 chip: Link

073 – 01/03/2017
Blue Screen for HyperV vmswitch.sys: Link

072 – 12/15/2016
Sorry Insiders – no more Windows 10 Previews until 2017: Link

071 – 12/15/2016
Dolby Atmos to hit Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2017: Link

070 – 12/15/2016
Enable Hyper-V on Windows 10: Link

069 – 12/15/2016
Flash will become click-to-run in Edge, Chrome in 2017: Link  2

068 – 12/15/2016
Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14986 to PCs in the Slow ring: Link

067 – 12/14/2016
Microsoft sets Windows 10 PC requirements for tethered VR headsets: Link

066 – 12/14/2016
Windows 10 update broke DHCP, knocked users off the Internet: Link

065 – 12/12/2016
Intel, Microsoft going long distance with Cortana on Windows 10 PCs: Link

064 – 12/01/2016
Windows 10 Quick Reference Card pdf

063 – 12/01/2016
How to Change the Default PDF Reader in Windows 10: Link

062 – 11/30/2016
Microsoft declares summer’s Windows 10 upgrade fit for business: Link

061 – 11/29/2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607) is the new Current Branch for Business release: Link

060 – 11/29/2016
Windows 10 build 14393.479 for PC and Mobile shows up in the Release Preview ring: Link

059 – 11/28/2016
Here’s the new Share UI coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update, and how to get it now: Link

058 – 11/28/2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Essential Training: Link

057 – 11/22/2016
PSA: No new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds this week, because everyone needs turkey: Link

056 – 11/21/2016
Microsoft reveals Windows 10 PC requirements for Windows Holographic VR experiences: Link

055 – 11/21/2016
Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview build 14965: Link

054 – 11/21/2016
Instagram adds live video in Stories, coming to Windows 10 soon: Link

053 – 11/18/2016
How to Stop Windows 10 From Syncing Themes Between Computers: Link

052 – 11/17/2016
Keep the Windows 10 Taskbar Visible While Using the On-Screen Keyboard: Link

051 – 10/26/2016
Everything Microsoft Announced at Its Windows 10 Event Today That Actually Matters: Link

050 – 09/26/2016
Windows 10 will soon run Edge in a virtual machine to keep you safe: Link

049 – 08/15/2016
Cortana: The spy in Windows 10: Link

048 – 08/30/2015
Microsoft may offer some Windows 10 patch notes to enterprises: Link

047 – 08/29/2015
Windows 10 hits the 75-million mark: Link

046 – 08/28/2015
Here is what’s new in Windows 10 build 10532: Link

045 – 08/28/2015
Microsoft will finally allow you to defer app updates on Windows 10

044 – 08/27/2015
Microsoft adds new EdgeHTML and Chakra features along with build 10532

043 – 08/27/2015
Microsoft to deliver Windows 10’s business update service in stages

042 – 08/26/2015
The first 29 days of Windows 10

041 – 08/13/2015
Microsoft’s rollout of Windows 10 gets B+ grade

040 – 08/02/2015
Windows 10’s usage share jumps 4x in three days

039 – 07/31/2015
Microsoft scores with free Windows 10 upgrade as downloads tally 10x Windows 8’s first-day sales

038 – 07/28/2015
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today

037 – 07/17/2015
Windows 10 license confirms no-warning automatic updates and upgrades

036 – 07/14/2015

Microsoft suspends Windows 10 previews as it nears official launch

035 – 07/14/2015
Windows 10 fragmentation? What fragmentation?

034 – 07/13/2015
Here’s what Windows 10’s DVD and USB packaging will look like

033 – 07/13/2015
There will, in fact, be Windows 10 PCs in stores on its July 29 release [Updated]

032 – 07/13/2015
Windows 10 to run rings around customers

031 – 07/07/2015
Microsoft is just days away from wrapping up Windows 10

030 – 07/01/2015
New APIs let developers build apps that can take HDR photos and integrate with Windows 10’s face recognition feature

029 – 06/23/2015
Microsoft takes yet another shot at defining ‘free’ for Windows 10 testers

028 – 06/20/2015
Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 preview program as it enters OS’s final stretch

027 – 06/15/2015
FAQ: How Microsoft will update Windows 10

026 – 06/15/2015
Next build of Windows 10 for phones coming Tuesday

025 – 06/13/2015
Microsoft swings security patch stick to keep customers up-to-date on Windows 10

024 – 05/01/2015
Microsoft’s latest on Windows 10 to pirates: No deal

023 – 05/01/2015
What’s new in Windows 10: Everything you need to know

022 – 04/21/2015
Windows 10 to launch in July…. Seriously?

021 – 03/31/2015
Microsoft updates Windows 10, debuts Project Spartan browser

020 – 03/24/2015
God Mode: Comprehensive List of Control Panel Applets

On the surface, the Control Panel is far less intimidating than the Command Prompt. The graphical user interface makes it accessible. Once you enter, however, you’re sucked into a complex maze of nested dialogs and tabbed options windows.

To get a comprehensive overview of this complexity, i.e. a list of all applets contained within the Control Panel, enable God Mode.

Copy the following line of text:

God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Then right-click an empty spot on your Desktop, select New > Folder, and paste the text from above in folder name field. If it worked, you should see the Control Panel icon and the folder name should have changed to God Mode. Opening the new folder will launch an Explorer window with a very long list of Control Panel applets.

019 – 03/24/2015
Quickly Launch Control Panel Applets

There might be applets that you need over and over again. For me that’s managing power options or installed programs. A faster way to access applets than to go through the Control Panel or even God Mode, is to launch them via the Command Prompt or Run menu (Windows Key + R). From here you can execute applets by calling up their respective CPL files.

Here are a few examples that will work in Windows 10, 8, and 7:

Accessibility Options – control access.cpl
Action Center – control wscui.cpl
Administrative Tools – control admintools
Device Manager – control hdwwiz.cpl
Devices and Printers – control printers
Folder Options – control folders
Network Connections – control netconnections
Personalization – control desktop
Power Options – control powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features – control appwiz.cpl
Regional Settings – control intl.cpl
System – control /name Microsoft.System
Task Scheduler – control schedtasks
User Accounts – control userpasswords

018 – 03/24/2015
Re-enable Windows Update in Windows 10 Technical Preview

You may know that Windows Update disappeared from the Control Panel in Windows 10 TP. It has been moved to the Settings app (Windows key + I). The pity is that it lost some features. While you can still remove updates via Programs and Features > View installed updates, you can no longer prevent updates from being installed in the first place; this option is literally out of your control. You can, however, apply a registry tweak to bring the Control Panel version of Windows Update back, at least temporarily.

Press Windows + R to open the Run menu, type regedit, and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor. Navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows Update > UX and change the REG_DWORD value of IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled from 1 to 0.

Microsoft warns that this registry tweak could break Windows Update or prevent you from receiving future Technical Preview builds.

017 – 03/24/2015
One more reason to get excited about Windows 10 10

016 – 03/23/2015
Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Technical Preview tools for developers

015 – 03/20/2015
Here Is What You Need To Run Windows 10,28798.html

014 – 03/19/2015
Microsoft reveals who gets Windows 10, and how

013 – 03/18/2015
Gallery: Windows 10 build 10041

012 – 03/18/2015

Windows 10 10041: Mail, Calendar and People not opening, here’s how you fix it

011 – 03/18/2015
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all users worldwide [Updated]

010 – 03/18/2015
Windows 10 Technical Preview updated, build 10041 out now

009 – 03/17/2015
Windows 10 says “Hello” to logging in with your face and the end of passwords

008 – 03/16/2015
Windows 10 shaves off gigabytes with selective system file compression

007 – 03/15/2015

Windows 10 to support peer-to-peer downloading of apps and updates

006 – 03/12/2015
7 Quick Tips & Hacks To Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience

005 – 03/11/2015
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update

004 – 02/04/2015
 Windows 10 forecast: On almost a quarter of all PCs within a year

003 – 12/01/2014

For now, there seems to be a K-Lite codec compatibility issue. You’ll have to use the Microsoft Media Player or Video Player to play videos. Otherwise, you can use K-Lite—you just have to restart the Explorer.exe process after you close the mpc-hc.exe process.

002 – 09/30/2014
Upgrade error: Your wireless card doesn’t meet the minimum requirements.
Fix: Disable wireless, plug in wired connection, try again.

001 – 09/30/2014
Download the Technical Preview: here