Windows 10 Setup Guide Before Performing Any Task

By | May 12, 2022

Windows 10 is a feature packed operating system. You have a myriad of settings and tools to manage everything from updates to volumes, and everything in between.

In fact, Windows 10 is the most complete version of Microsoft’s operating system. Luckily, you get most of the features via the settings screen. Let’s see what settings you can find, where, and how they can help you manage Windows 10.

How to Access Settings and Control Panel

Mastering Windows means accessing the Settings screen, which you can access in a number of ways.

  • In desktop mode, click Start, and you will see Settings in the lower-left corner of the menu.
  • If you prefer a keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I will open Settings.
  • If you’re in Windows Explorer, select This PC/Computer, and you’ll see that Settings appear in the ribbon menu.
  • In tablet mode, tap the hamburger icon to expand the left-hand menu, and you’ll find Settings in the bottom-left corner.
  • In either mode, you can open the Action Center (by clicking the icon or swiping from the right) and tap All Settings.

Once you know where to find Windows 10 settings, you will be able to make adjustments and adjustments to improve the way you use the operating system.

Manage Your Windows 10 System

Managing Windows 10 means knowing where to find settings that directly access your hardware. The System menu provides tools for your Display, Storage, Sound card and Battery (if necessary). Options to change resolution, free up storage space, adjust volume and audio device, and manage Battery saver are available. You can also change the Icon tile in the Action Center from here.

When you set up Windows 10 don’t forget to configure regional and language settings. Otherwise, you can adjust it in the Windows 10 settings screen.

On the Time & Language screen, you’ll find settings for Date & time, and Region & language. Setting this option properly will improve the timeliness of notifications. It might also help troubleshoot issues with the VPN software.

Manage Devices and Phones

When you connect other devices to Windows 10, they can be managed via the Devices and Phones screen.

Bluetooth devices, wireless displays, printers, and Xbox controllers can be connected to Windows 10 using the Devices menu. Here, you’ll also find settings for laptop touchpads, stylus input, typing, your mouse, and even Autoplay settings. This lets you define the action when the device is connected.

For example, connecting your phone can automatically import pictures from your device into your OneDrive cloud storage account.

Phones have more specific Settings menu options. Windows 10 has support for Android and iPhone devices. Use the Add phone button under Settings > Phone to control the relationship between your PC and Android or iPhone.

Windows Personalization

The personalization options in Windows 10 are numerous, with Settings for creating and managing Accounts (for email and apps, as well as the operating system), as well as Windows 10 themes.

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The Personalization screen includes tools to change the background, change the theme color, change the lock screen image, set a new theme (or create your own), manage fonts, and change the Windows Start menu and taskbar.

Struggling to read text on a normal display? Have vision, hearing, or other accessibility requirements? Windows 10 features a comprehensive Ease of Access menu, offering settings for visual tweaks, closed captioning, and audio alert tweaks.

Windows 10 has a speech-type speech/speech recognition service. You can also configure how Windows 10 will behave on tablet computers from here.

Finally, Cortana is at your disposal and on call to serve your every information need, while building a profile of your interests and appointments. Options for changing Cortana are available, from enabling wake-up phrases (“Hey Cortana”) to setting access to the lock screen and granting access to calendar, email, and other messages.

Apps and Games on Windows 10

With Windows 10 suited to the way you work, it’s time to install apps and maybe even some games. Some manufacturers install games on Windows 10.

The Apps settings screen gives you control over your apps, initially with the Apps & screen list of available app features for removal. Default apps can also be changed, along with those that can be launched by clicking on a URL. (For example, the map URL is launched by the Microsoft Maps tool.)

Windows 10 was the first version of Windows that was really geared towards gaming. Having said that, it has a Gaming settings screen, where you can configure the Game Bar and set up shortcuts for recording and broadcasting your gaming sessions.

If your computer is compatible with Game Mode, it will be enabled by default. Game Mode optimizes the game than other open applications and running services.

Updates, Security and Privacy in Windows 10

One of the most important aspects of running a home computer is managing security and privacy. Windows 10 has more options in this regard than its predecessors.

Most security issues can be fixed right away by changing your password. You can find this option in Account > Sign In. Always keep Windows 10 up to date for the best security. Microsoft offers major updates to Windows 10 twice a year, in the spring and fall. Download and installation settings can be found in Update & Security > Windows Update.

Updates can take some time to install, so use the Schedule a restart option to specify an install date and time.

Backup and Restore system settings can also be found in Update & Security, as can the settings for Windows Defender. Windows 10 security software protects your account credentials, controls network access to your computer, and protects your PC from malware.

You’ll also find tools for built-in security (such as a fingerprint reader), general system health, and parental controls. Click or tap Open Windows Defender Security Center on the Update & Security > Windows Security screen to use this.

Both the operating system and installed applications require information about you and your PC which requires permission. The Privacy screen covers this, covering permissions specific to Windows 10. An example is allowing Windows to collect your activity and send data to Microsoft.

For example, your Windows 10 PC or laptop may have a built-in or connected camera. In Privacy > Camera, you can specify which apps can access the camera. Similar access can be granted or denied for your computer’s location, microphone, contacts, calendar, even call history, or your media library.

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