The essential collection of Windows 10 guides -- everything you need to get started, fix annoyances, and more
Here on BetaNews we’ve posted a wealth of how-to guides designed to help you master Windows 10. While the new OS isn’t difficult to get to grips with, certain elements are far from intuitive.
With all the news that’s been happening, you may have missed some of these guides -- especially ones from before Windows 10 launched -- so we've put together this one-stop shop for all the helpful information posted so far. Below you'll find out how to download Windows 10, get the ISO, create installation media, install Windows 10 on Mac or in a virtual environment, change the default browser or the default search engine, block automatic updates, and much, much more. As new guides are added, so this article will be expanded to include the latest content.
If you’ve reserved Windows 10 but it hasn’t yet downloaded, this trick may work for you.
Microsoft’s new tool offers the easiest way to upgrade an existing Windows 7/8.x system (especially if the reserved upgrade hasn’t yet arrived on your PC), and also create your own installation media which you’ll need when performing a clean install.
Using Microsoft’s tool is one way to create a bootable Windows 10 USB stick, but there are others.
If you want to do a fresh install of the new operating system, this is the guide to follow.
If you want to run Windows 10 in a virtualized environment, follow these instructions.
Mac users haven’t been forgotten. Here’s how to install Microsoft’s new OS on Apple hardware.
Not a guide for the security conscious among you, but if you want to go from boot up straight to the desktop without having to login, this is the trick you want.
Not a fan of Bing? Want to use a little search engine called Google instead? This is how.
Mozilla’s CEO doesn’t like that Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, and if you don’t either, here’s how to change it.
Don’t want to search from the desktop? This is how to disable the feature. Warning: Will also kill Cortana.
Problem updates surfaced just prior to the Windows 10 launch. Here’s how to use a special tool to block them.
Want to customize the look of the Windows 10 title bar? It’s easy when you know how.
Hate the tiles? Wondering how to change the color scheme? Want to make other tweaks to the Start menu’s look and behavior? We’ve got you covered here.
The Action Center could well be your new, favorite source of annoyances. Cut down on unwanted notifications.
Currently use iTunes? Want to use Groove Music? This is the simple way to import playlists and music.
Whether you want to just hide Quick Access, or remove it entirely (using a registry tweak) this is how to do it.
Game bar is a new feature which lets you record gaming videos and other PC activity. Find out more here.
Windows 10 uses a P2P style system called Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) to share updates with other people. This guide will show you how to manage or disable it.
Keyboard shortcuts make using Windows 10 a quicker, much more fun experience. Learn what you can do here.
If you don’t like the look of the new Windows 10 Start menu, here are some alternatives to try.
All set to say goodbye to being a beta tester for Microsoft? This is how you do it.
Has Windows 10 made your computer silent? Here are some things you can try.
Want to avoid having your local account converted into Microsoft Account? Here's how.
If you want to get new Insider builds after the official release of Windows 10, here's what you need to do.