Getting Started with Windows 10
I've been making Windows 10 videos at night to help out friends and family, and because it's fun.
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Windows 10 comes out July 29th, and it takes what was familiar about Windows 7 and what was great about Windows 8 and takes it forward. It's nice on a tablet, it's nice on a laptop, and I'm on my desktop with it now. Features like game streaming from an Xbox are amazing. The Office Touch apps look great.
I've just finished a new one where I show what the Start Menu will look like immediately after your upgrade. I'll show some tips you perhaps didn't know about like pinning links to apps to the Start Menu, Task Bar, *and* the Desktop. I'll show you how to pin Control Panel sections to Start as well. You can still add common icons to your Desktop like My PC, but you can also add Downloads, Documents, Music, and More to the Start Menu itself.
Customizing the Start Menu after Upgrading to Windows 10
Detailed Tour of Windows 10 in 8 minutes
A complete tour of the new Windows 10 Control Panel
How to prepare for an upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8
if you have ideas on new videos I can do, let me know in the comments!
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Where will I be able to find a clean ISO with the installation of Win10? And what activation code do I use (I have a valid Win7 and Win8 code or do I need to generate a new code on the Microsoft site somewhere)?
After that, via undetermined means you should be able to use an ISO from heaven knows where to do clean installations in some unknown manner.
I really like the openness about how this release will be performed. :P
When i open my vs2013 projects will i be force to update to 2015?
That's one reason why i wouldn't like to upgrade. i don't want to lose my environment. thank you.
I'm a big fan of MS, but some days I swear the only thing that has changed between 2001 and now is that I'm a couple of grand down due to OS licensing and MS have gone through numerous iterations of moving everyone's icons around.
These videos are awesome. Thanks for keeping us posted!
I was wondering, can you tell me what software you use to record your screen? Any decent recording software seems to be quite expensive. I'm curious as to whether you've found a free / inexpensive option?
Chris - Will check. Good question. Maybe I will write a script.
David C - I use Camtasia. Also see Camstudio.
Sushil - Yes, free for 7 and 8.
Leny - No you can have both VS2013 and VS2015 at the same time.
Ars Technica already has directions for performing a clean install. How to do a clean install of Windows 10 (from Windows 7 and 8)
The main thing I don't like is how in 10 the all apps list only takes up a single column at the side of the screen regardless of if you are using start menu or start screen. The number of columns should definitely be dynamic. If I'm on a 19xx by 1200 or higher screen it should show at least 3 columns AND automatically expand folders. I must remember to send feedback on that.
I've already sent feedback on the display scaling bug. I upgraded 8.1 Pro 64bit with a 27" and 24" monitor - I had 125% scaling due to 27" monitor res and lived with the extra bigness on the 24". I thought it would be great in 10 now you can have different scaling per monitor. However it is not to be. When I switch my 24" down to 100% it seems like either Windows or Outlook 2013 has a fit and it reduces down to what appears to be 75% and things look quite fuzzy. To a certain extent by turning the monitor sharpness up and increasing the font settings in Outlook I can compensate a bit - HOWEVER dialogs like the reading pane options are virtually unreadable with what appears like 6pt font.
I don't regret the upgrade, and once work releases the block I will be upgrading my domain joined Surface Pro 3 but as an MS fan I really hope MS has planed to do intensive bug investigation and fixes and release them ASAP over the next 2 months.
are you and the Edge guys aware that watching Netflix or Prime doesn't work in the Edge browser? The movies start but then skip frames, jump over whole scenes while you can hear the sound in the background. I had to install Chrome unfortunately :(.
was wondering if you found a way to stop your file explorer window, when in the quick access view from sharing certain recent files. Can i restrict what is seen in this list? can i make certain folders private?
I gave up trying to an in place upgrade, since I'm on MSDN I can download and install from there anyway, which is what I did.
So I did a clean Win10 Pro install (reformatted disk). I didn't put the key in during install as I only do this once I'm happy the installation is good, so skip to login.
The first impressions are **terrible**.
I join the domain, log in - and I can't use any modern apps. "Can't use with the built in administrator account" it says. What?? This is a CLEAN install. All I've done is run setup, join the domain and log in, and I cannot use pre-installed apps like Edge? Seriously?? What were the testers doing all this time???
After googling a fix for this (secpol and regedit required) I can now run modern apps.
But I can't activate. The settings screen gives and error, saying my key is blocked (Error code: 0xC004C003). I can't change the key, the settings screen locks and just bings at me.
I'm puzzled that MS has spent so much time trialling Win10 and yet having installed the RTM version it feels like you got it wrong again. is this Vista 2? My work machine is remaining Win7 for now.
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You would really need to give more detailed information than that if you want some help. What is "our program"? What format are the pictures? If you copy the pictures to your computer, is there a difference?
By the way, Scott isn't really a Windows 10 tech support person, except perhaps for his family. Seems kind of wrong to bother him about issues like that. You might be better off contacting Microsoft's support team or visiting a site like superuser.com.
thanks for your really great video tutorials. I've followed them closely during the last couple of months.
One subject which in my opinion would be a great addition to your video series is Windows' file history feature. With people having more and more data only in digital form, reliable backups are more important than ever. As of today, it's quite hard to find uptodate and precise information about this on Windows 10.
I've found your post about file history on Windows 8 which already was very helpful. However, in Windows 10 the configuration options have been split across a modern and an extended classic configuration dialog.
Some functions can now be configured in both dialogs (e.g. time intervals, excluded folders), some only in one (e.g. folders to be included in file history in the modern dialog), some don't seem to work at all (e.g. folder exclusion can be configured in both the modern and the classic dialog, but changes are not saved) which makes the configuration more confusing than in Windows 8.
As you seem to have been using file history under Windows 8 I assume, you use it under Windows 10 as well. So it would be great if you could share your experiences.
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I use a Windows 7 PC as my TV recorder and also watch the wtv files on my other PCs around the house, and I want to know whether I will still be able to do this if I upgrade these PCs to Windows 10.
There are 3 questions I guess:
1) Will Windows 10 be able to record TV from DVB-T cards to disc?
2) Will there be a 10 foot interface to do this?
3) Will Windows 10 be able to play wtv files?