Windows 10X: Everything we know about Windows 10X

Microsoft hasn’t said much about Windows 10X, but there are clearly many of the company’s plans associated with this new OS. Windows Central journalists decided to collect everything that sounded or heard from informants in the past few months. Windows 10X is a new version of Windows 10 built from the ground up for foldable PCs, for both dual-screen and single-screen configurations. It builds on the new modern version of Windows 10, which leaves legacy components and features of the past in favor of a modern user experience and improved security. This means that everything from the shell to the basics of the OS has been rebuilt using modern technology. At the same time, support for old applications will be preserved.

New custom environment

Windows 10X will receive a fresh shell – a user interface built with the use of modern technologies. It is adaptive and adjusts based on the position of the device. For example, on a foldable PC, the user may want to use it in several different ways: as a laptop, as a tablet, or in tent mode for watching movies. Because of this, the user interface must adapt to provide the best experience, no matter how the device is used.

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New Start Menu

Microsoft is redesigning the Start menu experience in Windows 10X with a focus on work efficiency. It will get a system-wide search bar at the top, which can also search the web, and a grid of installed apps below it instead of live tiles. The menu also has a “recommended” area that dynamically updates according to what the user may need: recent Office documents, visited sites, and the like.

The list can be customized so that users can change the shortcuts of the applications that occupy the first rows. Windows 10X will also support application folders in the Start menu, allowing you to group multiple applications, similar to the existing Start menu in Windows 10.

New taskbar

Windows 10X also introduces a new responsive taskbar that can change based on device format or user preference. In marketing materials, items such as the Start button, pinned and launched applications are centered on the taskbar. It will reportedly be customizable, and users will be able to choose to left-align these icons if they wish – just like in regular Windows 10.

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There is also a new touchscreen taskbar that minimizes when you launch an application and can be used to access items such as the Start menu or Action Center. When the keyboard and mouse are connected, the taskbar will adapt to a behavior more similar to the traditional panel, that is, it will not be minimized when launching applications.

New notification center

In addition to the new Start and taskbar features, there is a new Action Center that complements them. It focuses more on quick actions with the ability to jump to specific tasks with the ability not to leave the notification center to change a number of key settings. It is designed to mimic a control center with a separate area at the top that displays notifications. This new Action Center includes items such as volume controls, power options, and battery percentage – similar to the current bar in Windows 10.

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New installation process

As all the major components of Windows 10X have been redesigned, the OS installer interface will also be updated to reflect a more modern platform design. The software will still guide the user through the Windows setup process, select a language, offer to sign in with a Microsoft account, and agree to the terms, but Cortana will no longer be used. That is, in this regard, the installation will become more traditional, albeit in a fresh interface.

Compose mode

Compose Mode is a new Action Center button that switches your device from consuming content to working. Compose mode is automatically triggered on two screen devices like the Surface Neo when the user pushes the keyboard to one of the displays, and is essentially a switch between touch input and more traditional PC keyboard / mouse input.

On devices that do not have a dedicated keyboard or touchpad, Compose Mode will use screen space for the virtual keyboard and trackpad, enhanced by support for pen input, emoticons, and gifs. Compose will also switch the taskbar between more traditional and touch modes.

By default, applications on Windows 10X run in full screen mode and cannot be displayed in traditional windows. However, on devices with large screens, enabling Compose mode should allow applications to run in freeform windows like on a regular laptop. It is not clear what kind of screen sizes we are talking about in this case.

Legacy application support

Because Windows 10X is a modern OS, support for “traditional” Windows apps comes through the new container mode, which essentially runs an optimized version of full Windows 10 in the background every time a user wants to launch an old app. But in the case of working with more modern applications, the OS is not overloaded with outdated components, which increases battery life and overall system performance.

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Unlike “traditional” Win32 apps, modern UWPs and web apps work right out of the box on Windows 10X. Microsoft is working to ensure that there is no noticeable difference in and modern applications. However, there may be a slight additional delay when starting x86 programs if no other legacy software has been launched before.

Improved Windows Update

Microsoft will also improve Windows Update so that it runs much faster on Windows 10X. Installing updates will not take as long as it does in Windows 10, since now functional updates will be mounted in the background and will not require a reboot first. When the update is ready to restart the computer, it will restart normally without waiting for 15 minutes.

Dynamic wallpaper

It is reported that Windows 10X will receive dynamic wallpapers similar to macOS, which will change depending on various factors. For example, Windows 10X has mountain view wallpapers that have morning, afternoon, evening, and night variations and are displayed based on the actual time on the device. This wallpaper also features dynamic clouds. It’s not clear how many of these dynamic wallpapers will be present in Windows 10X, or how complex they might be. However, it’s nice to see more options for the desktop.

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Exclusive to foldable PCs at launch

Windows 10X will only be available on devices that ship with it, and those devices will begin shipping in the second half of 2020. This means that if a user wants to use Windows 10X, they will have to buy a new PC that comes with a pre-installed OS. The platform will not be sold or distributed digitally for installation on existing hardware, nor will it be offered as an update for Windows 10.

In the future, Microsoft is expected to make Windows 10X available for more than just foldable dual-screen computers. Although the OS will initially be released exclusively for new convertible systems, for a few months after that (apparently already in 2021), manufacturers will be able to sell more traditional devices like laptops pre-installed with Windows 10X.

Windows 10 October 2020 Update

The Microsoft Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2) will introduce the new Microsoft Edge browser to millions of PCs, while updating the venerable Alt + Tab shortcut with a new and necessary feature. But Microsoft designers have turned the once-colorful Start menu into watery mush with a less than impressive visual update.

All in all, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update is one more in line with the anemic fall updates. And that’s fine! We expected this. Over the past two to three years, Microsoft’s major feature updates have been merged into the “spring ” releases , leaving mostly minor patches and quality updates for the fall release. (See Windows 10 November Update 2019) .This year is no different, although the small list of changes does allow for some interesting tweaks on your Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft noted in late August that the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (Windows currently reports the version number as “20H2 ” in our preview version) has been released for commercial testing . We tested it in early September, using the Microsoft Beta Channel (build 19042.508) as the source for our test builds, which Microsoft now designates as the “final ” build . Microsoft has not indicated the exact date when the Windows 10 October 2020 Update will be released to the general PC market.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update and what it will mean for you

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Quick Install

You may be interested to know that the October 2020 update will likely be ultra-fast.

“To the As with Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 versions 2004 and 20H2 share a common core operating system with an identical set of system files ” , wrote the program manager at Microsoft, Aria Carley . “New Features are included in the monthly quality updates for the 2004 version in an inactive and dormant state. These new 20H2 features remain dormant until they are activated through the ‘enablement package’, a small quick-install ‘main switch’ that activates the features of Windows 10, version 20H2 ” .

On our test Surface devices, the update took about a minute, including a single reboot.

The Start menu changes … for the worse

One of the biggest changes Microsoft has made to Windows 10 through the October 2020 update involves the Start menu, and I don’t like it.

Whether you choose the “light ” or “dark ” options ( Settings> Personalization> Colors ), the Start menu in current builds of Windows 10 20H1 or earlier uses distinctive colors as backgrounds for individual tiles within the Start menu. For my eyes, that gives the clear color scheme a certain need for visual contrast. (In my opinion, the dark mode looks good within the 20H1 and 20H2 color schemes.) But the clear mode within the Windows 10 October 2020 Update just doesn’t look attractive at all.

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If one chooses the light color scheme option within the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, the Start menu and tiles end up feeling pale, sterile, and faded. Unfortunately, because the distinctive color has been completely removed from the Start menu, there seems to be no way to bring some life back to the Start menu. Color tastes may vary and some might like the changes, but not me.

One should see virtually all of the new Fluent Design icons that Microsoft announced in February , both on the Start menu and on the taskbar. Functionally, Microsoft hasn’t changed anything here. Instead, the new icons help give Windows a fresh, clean aesthetic – that’s a positive step.

Welcome to the new Edge

Here’s the biggest change in the Windows 10 October 2020 Update: the ‘new’ Edge browser.

Windows is now in its third browser: the hidden Internet Explorer browser that remains buried within Windows, the original Microsoft Edge, and the ‘new’ Microsoft Edge that officially debuted this year. The new version is based on Chromium, the same fundamentals as Google Chrome, and the same extensions now work in both plug-ins . The new Edge is efficient and smooth, although Microsoft has yet to sync everything from an Edge browser on one PC to another, including shared tab history.

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With the October 2020 update, Microsoft will begin swapping the new Edge for the old one, with a transition pop-up indicating the change. (Microsoft had said earlier this year that it planned to migrate PCs from the old Edge to the new one for the entire year, so your PC may have already been upgraded.)

If you’re in love with the old Edge, I’m sorry: Microsoft is forcing this change on users, with no way to back down. Still, Microsoft has handled the change well, making importing old favorites and passwords a breeze. Not everything is perfect; the old Edge was superior in the sense that it handled PDF documents.

You’re free to use another browser, of course … but Microsoft is also adding Edge-specific features, like the new Alt + Tab behavior, below.

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Alt + Tab now has new powers

Traditionally, the venerable Alt + Tab command was used to switch between open applications. But as more and more work gets done within the cloud and the browser, Windows is changing too. Alt + Tab no longer treats Edge as a single monolithic app. Now (optionally) toggles you between the three or five most recently used tabs within Microsoft’s new Edge browser … or all of them

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This is very practical. If you’re like me, you go through dozens of tabs, some of which are archived for reference purposes, while others are actual, active web pages that I’m currently using. Because I use multiple monitors with multiple apps set via FancyZones to one part of each screen, I don’t really need to switch between apps – but for my main monitor with dozens of tabs on it, the ability to easily move between tabs most recently used in Edge is a very useful addition.

However, there is a downside that you may have already noticed. The new Alt + Tab behavior only applies to Edge tabs, not to the more popular Google Chrome or any other browser like Firefox or Opera. (However, because the “new Edge ” now uses the same fundamentals as Google Chrome, there is a reason to change.) All of this can be managed via the Settings> System> Multitasking menu , under the Alt + Tab heading .

Is this the best tab switching implementation? No. For one thing, Edge already allows you to jump between tabs (and only between tabs) using the Ctrl + Tab shortcut. And if you are an advanced user, you should know that the rival browser Vivaldi, allows you to scroll from one tab to another using the mouse wheel while holding down the Alt key, another powerful tool. Still, Alt + Tab should be a part of the muscle memory of any Windows user, and should be easily integrated into your workflow.

Pinned tabs on the taskbar

Windows 10’s October 2020 Update is supposed to make some changes to the way pinned tabs work with the taskbar as well. In existing versions of Edge, running on older versions of Windows, you can now “pin ” Edge tabs to the taskbar. (Go to the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of Edge, then down to More tools and click Pin to taskbar .) This moves the web page favicon to the taskbar, and allows you to launch it (via your default browser) like any other tab.

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In 20H2, clicking on the site icon in the taskbar is apparently supposed to which reveals whether the site is already active within Edge, highlighting it within the preview windows that appear when hovering over the application tab on the taskbar. For whatever reason, no preview window appears in 20H2 for pinned sites. Clicking the icon in the taskbar, however, will adjust the focus of the screen to the open tab that the site appears on or, if the site is not currently open, the tab will open. Edge could accomplish this by simply changing the behavior of the Favorites bar to open an existing tab, say, from, if you’ve clicked on the appropriate favorite. But Microsoft has chosen this different approach.

Modifying the way a pinned site works on the taskbar … it all feels a bit like analyzing the legality in a mortgage document, doesn’t it? It serves to show that 20H2 is indeed a minor update.

New taskbar layout

Since we’re on the topic of taskbars, Microsoft has another tweak for those who want to set up a new Windows 10 PC with the Windows 10 October 2020 update installed. When setting up a new PC, Microsoft’s Out of the Box Experience, or OOBE, asks you to link your Microsoft account to your PC and Android phone. Microsoft rewards you for this by automatically activating your subscription to Microsoft 365 (Office), for example.

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Now, there is another small advantage. If you link your Android phone to enable Your Phone experiences, or if Windows “knows ” that you are on a gaming PC with an Xbox Live account, Microsoft will configure the taskbar accordingly.

Please note that these settings are for new equipment only. Microsoft explicitly says that it will not adjust the taskbar on your existing PC, acknowledging that you probably have it set the way you want.

New tablet experience for Surface owners

If you own a detachable Surface Pro 2-in-1, Microsoft’s October 2020 update also allows you more configurability to switch between “tablet ” mode and desktop mode. Remember – this can be confusing – if you disconnect your Surface Pro tablet from the keyboard, it can work in “tablet mode ” or not.

Tablet mode does not change to the Start menu – which looks similar to Windows 8 – with respect to the way it works within the Windows 10 May 2020 update: it places several tiles in the center of your screen for you to select the Applications. It also maintains the options to hide application icons on the taskbar and to automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

What’s new are the additional options (within Settings, System> Tablet , and then Change Tablet Additional Settings ) for when the tablet is unmounted, but you are not using tablet mode yet. This is sometimes referred to as the “desktop mode ” , or the awkward “When I’m not using tablet mode ” in the 20H2 Settings menu.

In this mode, you can create a hybrid tablet / desktop mode environment, with four new options: make taskbar icons easier to touch, make File Explorer buttons easier to touch, and show touch keyboard when no keyboard is connected.

The fourth option, displaying the search icon without the search box, will have the most profound effect. Allow the app icons to have enough breathing room on the taskbar. Otherwise, you’ll notice a slight wiggle if you turn on the option to make the taskbar icons easier to touch as they even out and take up more space.

(Remember that you can already turn off the Search box within Windows by right-clicking on the taskbar, navigating to Search, and unchecking the Show Search Box list.)

Other notable changes

Here are some other small but noticeable changes you’ll notice when you download the latest version.

Notification changes: System notifications in the Action Center have been simplified, so there will only be an “x ” in the upper right. (The gear icon disappears.) If you have enabled Focus Assist to prevent notifications, any automatic activation of Focus Assist will also not launch a notification.

Settings “About ” : Ifhave ever had to quickly copy and paste the unique specifications of your PC (I have not done, butis possible that it does), the Settings menu now fits your desire with buttons “Copy ” That capture all the relevant information. As a result, the “System ” page has been removedfrom the Control Panel.

Notable application updates : More and more application updates are made independently of Windows, in their own development cycles. One we like is the Windows Calculator app, which gained a nifty little graphical feature during the 20H2 development cycle. However, if you’re connected to the internet, take a look atMicrosoft’s page- it’s just as cool and practical too.

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Conclusion: A small step forward

The scope of the Windows 10 October 2020 Update deserves a review, although the number of significant changes is relatively small. The biggest, of course, is the new Edge browser, although that’s designed to be a simple transition, too. That’s good news for those who expect Microsoft to leave Windows relatively unchanged, although there is always the possibility of new bugs . However, ours is essentially an assessment to establish a state.

Windows 10 App Now Free Forever – Best paid App

The Windows 10 operating system has never been free, but it costs as much as $ 200, that is, those who want to get it, at least if we talk about the licensed legal version, will have to pay a large sum of money for it one way or another. However, even having given so much, this platform still cannot be ideal, because it contains many different disadvantages, including the absence of a number of really extremely useful, important and necessary applications. Of course, we are talking about the Office 2019 office suite, which costs a very large sum of money, since its legal licensed version costs about $ 120, that is, it takes about 8,900 rubles to pay for it.

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Having given this amount of money, it will be possible to use this office suite to the fullest, without experiencing any difficulties and difficulties. Obviously, this is a very, very large amount of money, because it turns out that in addition to the operating system itself, the user of an electronic device also needs to additionally spend huge amounts of money, without experiencing any difficulties and difficulties. This office contains such popular applications that many people need for work and training, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and a number of others, which allow them to solve various very different tasks.

However, things suddenly changed for the better, and this was made possible by the fact that Microsoft reduced its greed by making it possible to use its office suite for free. Now all users of the licensed version of Windows 10 can download software such as Office from the Microsoft Store for free. It is distributed without charging any fee, and this has an extremely positive effect not only on its availability, but also, in addition, contains all the necessary tools for working with documents, spreadsheets, presentations, notes, e-mail and others. office files.

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The new software can already be downloaded from the Microsoft Store without any charge, but only users of the licensed version of Windows 10 can do this. To download the Office application, you must log in to the store using your account, and then download it. This program allows you to create, view and edit all kinds of office documents, but this can be done only in the mode of limited functionality. If there are enough of them, you will not have to pay money for anything, whereas otherwise, otherwise, you will need to buy a full-fledged Office 2019, paying as much as 8,900 rubles for it, that is, about $ 120.

Install Windows 10 updates and how to do it & Why I need It

n addition to Windows 10 automatically installing security updates, cumulative updates, and feature updates, you can also find “optional updates” in Windows Update, which include driver updates for installed devices and more.

This article discusses whether to install optional Windows 10 updates, when it might be warranted, and how to install optional updates.

Installing optional Windows 10 updates and when it comes in handy

To see a list of optional Windows 10 updates, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings (Win + I keys).
  2. Go to the “Updates and Security” section.
  3. Under the Windows Update subsection, click View optional updates. If the link is not displayed, it means that optional updates were not found (or something prevented the search for them)

The list of available optional updates will vary from computer to computer and may include:

  • Driver updates for existing devices.
  • Any updates from your computer or laptop manufacturer (select brands only).
  • Non-security previews of Windows 10 updates that may be released as required in the future.
  • In the same section, judging by the information available, updates to Windows 10 components (update to a new version) will be displayed in the future.

To install optional updates, select the necessary items, click the Download and Install button and wait for the installation.

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Do I need to install optional updates? There is no clear answer here: in general, if Windows 10 and drivers are working properly, there is no point. But in some cases it can come in handy:

  1. If a device is not working properly, you want to try updating its driver using Windows 10 and this driver is in the list of optional updates – it’s worth a try, besides, the ability to update drivers through the Device Manager is disabled in the latest versions of Windows 10. Unfortunately, in the update center it is not always clear which driver is in question (only the developer and version are indicated). As before, I do not recommend this way, but manual download of the required driver from the device manufacturer’s website and its installation.
  2. If you have any problems with Windows 10 that are not caused by third-party programs, and the list of optional updates in the “Other Updates” section contains “Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Preview”, you can find a description of this update by its number ( KB1234567) on the Internet and see what fixes have been made. If the description contains information about fixing your particular problem, you should try to install this update.

As noted above, it is reported that updates to Windows 10 components (an update to the version of Windows 10 that comes out every six months) will now also be listed in the list of optional updates, although I’m almost sure that they will be notified about this in other sections of the Update Center.

Windows 10: Update (20H2) is ready – New Feature Download

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is already here. If you want to download it before everyone else, here’s how to do it.

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Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 build 19042.508 (KB4571756) , and intended for users of the Windows Insider program, actually corresponds to the October 2020 update which will soon be released to the general public and businesses. Released for the moment via the Release Preview channel , this new edition of Windows 10 brings some relevant new features, starting with a revamped start menu that we have been talking about for months already.

Windows 10 20H2: update on what’s new

Officially titled October 2020 Update , Windows 10 version 20H2 is already available. While officially build 19042.508 is mostly a security update, it is actually one of the two most important updates to Windows 10 for this year. Admittedly, last May’s update remains the more substantial of the two, but the 20H2 still offers some interesting new features. The Start menu has undergone a small facelift (the icons are no longer displayed on a colored tile).

It has been known for a while now that the Settings module is intended to replace the Control Panel (for the general public, at least). Rather than choosing the latter, more and more adjustment tools use the Parameters module, as this new edition of Windows 10 proves.

While many fixes are also required, Microsoft also promises with this new build an update that is easier and faster to download. If you’ve already installed the May 2020 update, the download should take less than 400MB .

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How to preview Windows 10 October Update (20H2)

Although the next big update for Windows 10 will not be released until next October, it is already possible to download it in preview . But first of all, let’s remember that this new version of Windows 10 is not completely finalized. Microsoft can still make a few more changes to it by October, but the fact that it’s going on the Release Preview channel indicates that if there are any fixes, they should be minor.

Also, this edition is theoretically more stable than the versions released through the Dev channel. We installed it on 4 editorial workstations and did not notice the slightest problem. On the other hand, if you want to avoid the slightest hassle on your daily work machine, it may be better to install it on a second partition of your computer, or on a PC that you do not use occasionally. Rest assured, the finalized October update shouldn’t be long anyway.

If you’re already part of the Windows Insider program, you don’t have much to do except make sure you’ve selected the Release Preview Channel. To do this, proceed as follows:

  • Press the [Windows] + [I] keys to open the Parameters module
  • Go to Update & Security , then click Windows Insider Program
  • There, make sure you have selected the Release Preview channel
  • Retrace Update and security , and in the section Windows Update , press the Search updates. The build 19042.508 (KB4571756) should be available. All you have to do is download and install it like any Windows 10 udpate.
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If you haven’t signed up for Windows Insider yet, here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the Start menu , then click on the small cogwheel to open the Settings module . You can also simultaneously press the [Windows] + [I] keys on your keyboard, it’s the same thing
  • Head over to Update & Security, and head over to the Windows Insider Program .
  • Press the Start button .
  • The service will then ask you to link an account . Add the account that you use to sign in to Windows to join the Windows Insider Program.
  • You will then be asked which update channel you want to use. Select the Release Preview channel . Press the Confirm button and you’re done.
  • The PC should restart normally. Open the Settings module again and go to Update & Security again
  • In the left section titled Windows Update, click the Check for Updates button
  • The October 2020 update called build 19042.508 (KB4571756) should be available. All you have to do is download and install it. As with any major Windows 10 update, restarting the PC is essential.

The October 2020 update named 20H2 will not revolutionize Windows 10 and acts more as an add-on to the 2004 Windows 10 update pushed into May 2020.

Windows 10 New Version Small changes to the look

The first thing that will be eye-catching with Windows 10’s 20H2 update is the Start menu which will be revamped somewhat.

The menu will match the color of the theme that we have defined on our Windows. So if we chose the light or dark theme, the icons will match accordingly.

Windows 10 20H2 Start menu

The look of the menu: Start will match the color theme of our Windows 10. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Notifications will also be entitled to a small focus on the visual side.  We will then be able to see the logo and the name of the application which sends us the notification.

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inally, the task bar will be dynamic. We will find the Xbox application there if we have an Xbox Live account or the application: Your phone if we have paired our phone with our computer.

Edge Chromium as default browser

During the 2004 Windows 10 update, Microsoft started pushing (some say too hard) the Edge browser. It was the first thing we saw on the screen that it was now our default browser.

For once, Microsoft will continue in this vein, this time by imposing the new version of Edge based on the Chromium engine .

This version is said to increase browser performance, according to Microsoft. It also allows compatibility with all the tools developed by Google in the Edge browser.

It will obviously be possible to configure another default browser, whether it is Chrome, Firefox, Opera or others.

Still, Edge Chromium will allow you to see all the tabs that you have opened with the keyboard shortcut: Alt + Tab.

Tools to optimize our computer

New management tools will also be offered on our computer with Windows via the 20H2 update.

We will find a function that allows us to automatically delete unused applications .

In the same vein, another function named: Cleaning recommendations. It will tell us which large and unused files may be worth deleting to make space on our disk.

Finally, the tab: System in the settings will be replaced by a tab called: About this PC.

Nothing revolutionary, however we will have a button allowing us to quickly copy all the components of our computer. Handy if a technician asks us what our computer has in the belly.

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Task manager shortcut keys in windows 7,8,10

Task Manager ( Windows Task Manager ) – one of the most convenient and useful tools in Windows, designed to diagnose and manage processes in the system.

The task manager displays information about programs and processes running on the computer. In addition, you can view the most frequently used process performance indicators in it.

If your computer “freezes” when working with a number of programs, which usually occurs due to improper memory management of running programs, you can use the task manager to identify the application that failed (it will indicate “Not responding”) and force it to be disabled.

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How to enable Task Manager

It may happen that when you press Ctrl + Alt + Del, you suddenly see the message “task manager is disabled by administrator / user”.

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In order to disable the task manager, in the “Task Manager Removal Properties” window, select “Enabled”. After that click on “Apply” and “OK”. Next, close the “Group Policy Settings” window.

Shortcuts for task manager in window 8 ,10

The first way is the keyboard shortcut Ctrl – Shift – Escape.

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The second way is to open the Start button using the additional menu. Right-click on the button and select the task manager in the list that opens:

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The third way is the keyboard shortcut press Ctrl + Alt + Del.

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How to start the Task Manager from the Run window

The task manager can be opened from the Run window:

  1. On the keyboard, simultaneously press the “Windows” + “R” keys.
  2. In the “Run” window, in the “Open” field, enter the expression: “taskmgr”.
  3. After that, you need to click on the “OK” button.
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Window 10 Task manager tabs.

If “More” is selected, the task manager contains the following tabs

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• Processes: a list of running applications and background processes in your

system along with information about the processor, memory, disk, network,

GPU and other resources.

• Performance: real-time graphs showing total

CPU, memory, disk, network and GPU usage

for your system. Here you will also find many other details,

starting with the IP address of your computer and ending with the model names

CPU and GPU of your computer.

• Application log: information on how much CPU and application resources

The network was used for your current user account. it

applies only to new applications of the universal platform of Windows

(UWP), in other words, to Store apps, not traditional

Windows desktop applications (Win32 applications).

• Startup: a list of your startup programs that are

Windows applications, automatically starts when you log in to your account

user record. You can disable startup programs from here,

although you can also do this from Settings> Applications> Startup.

• Users: current user accounts

registered on your PC, how many resources they use and what

applications they use.

• Details: More information about the processes running in

your system. This is basically the traditional Processes tab of

task manager in Windows 7.

• Sujby: Managing system services. This is the same information as in

services.msc, service management console.

Window 10 Task manager CPU utilization tabs.

The Performance tab displays real-time graphs,

displaying the use of system resources such as processor, memory,

disk, network and GPU. If you have multiple network drives

devices or GPUs, you can see them all separately.

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• Processor: name and model number of your processor, its speed,

number of cores, as well as included and available virtualization features

equipment. It also shows the “uptime” of your

systems, that is, how long has your system been running since

last boot.

• Memory: how much RAM you have, its speed and how many slots

RAM on your motherboard. You can also see

how much of your memory is currently cached

data. Windows calls this the “fallback.” This data will be ready and waiting

if your system needs it, but Windows will automatically reset

cached data and free up space if it needs more memory

for another task.

• Disk: the name and model number of your disk, its size and current speed

reading and writing.

• Wi-Fi or Ethernet: Windows displays here the name of the network adapter and its IP

Addresses (both IPv4 and IPv6). For Wi-Fi connections you can also see

The Wi-Fi standard used in the current connection, for example, 802.11ac.

• GPU: shown on the GPU panel

separate graphs for various activities – for example, 3D or

video encoding or decoding. GPU has

own internal memory, so it also shows usage

memory graphic processor. Here you can also see the name and

your GPU model number and version used

graphics driver. You can control usage

GPU directly from task manager without any

third-party software.

Microsoft Hidden Tips & Tricks lets you double the performance of Windows 10

As you know, the most famous and popular operating system on the market is Windows 10, and it was released in the summer of 2015. Since then, a whole five years have passed, and over such a period, of course, it has become incredibly outdated, having completely lost its former attractiveness. Nothing like that, of course, is even close to anything surprising, because technologies do not stand still, but are constantly developing, becoming better and better every day. Nevertheless, Microsoft for such an impressive time period has managed to release hundreds of updates for the tenth “Windows”, which made it better than before. However, unfortunately, this OS was not even close.

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Against the background of this state of affairs, something happened that hardly anyone expected. The fact is that the American corporation Microsoft has released many different kinds of updates, and they made the tenth “Windows” better, but at the same time they also bring a lot of problems and difficulties, for the solution of which users had to spend extremely impressive sums of money, as well as temporary resources. Problems can be very different, and over time, it was not possible to eradicate all of these. One of the most common problems with Windows 10 is that it slows down significantly over time, becoming much slower than ever before.

It goes without saying that there is nothing good in all this and simply cannot be, because hardly anyone wants to once again feel a decrease in performance, because the slower an electronic device copes with any actions, the fewer any tasks with its help it will be possible to execute. However, fortunately, there is a hidden tweak in Windows 10 that doubles the speed of the entire operating system, making it much faster than it has ever been up to this very moment. Everything works quite simply, and you don’t even have to install and use any third-party software, which, in turn, can be considered a very big and important plus.

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The American corporation Microsoft has tried to do everything in its power to ensure that as many people as possible use its proprietary software for as long as possible, in connection with which it added a special function to the OS that can significantly improve performance. In order to use it, you need to open the “Start” menu, and then, in any convenient way, run a program called “Task Manager”. In this software, you must go to the “Startup” section and disable absolutely all applications that are not drivers. To save the changes, you need to reboot the electronic device. After that, Windows 10 will start up much faster, and overall performance will increase significantly, since third-party software will not constantly be in the background.

Hidden setting in Windows 10 doubles your speed

Even though the Windows 10 operating system is now installed on more than 1 billion personal computers, tablets, laptops and other devices, it is far from being as good and attractive as many for some reason think. This platform contains a lot of various flaws, due to which users, when using it, constantly regularly face various very different difficulties. The most common problem of the tenth “Windows” is that it works too slowly, that is, in other words, this operating system begins to slow down over time, and this manifests itself in literally everything, starting with the speed at which the entire OS is turned on and ending with many others.

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The Windows 10 operating system is incredibly widespread in terms of its qualities, primarily due to the fact that it has no real alternatives, since macOS can be installed, at least officially, only on Apple computers, while Linux is narrowly focused OS designed to solve only certain tasks. To the delight of all users of the tenth “Windows” who are forced to use it on an ongoing basis, this platform has a hidden setting that allows you to double the speed of work with its regular use, that is, extremely strongly. Due to this, this operating system will start working as quickly as immediately after installation or immediately after purchasing a computer.

The fact is that many third-party applications created by not the most conscientious developers do not even ask for permission to be added to startup, and the operating system from Microsoft only actively contributes to this, since it does not contain any limits or prohibitions in this regard. which the user could set for all default software. That is why it is extremely important to use a setting that is hidden from the eyes of ordinary users, because it forever increases the speed by two or more times, which, in turn, has an extremely positive effect on the convenience of using a candy bar, laptop, personal computer, or some other electronic device , and there are very many of them now.

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To use this very setting, you need to launch the standard program preinstalled in Windows 10 called “Task Manager” in any convenient way. The easiest and most convenient way to do this is through the “Start” quick access menu. As soon as the software with this name is launched, you should go to the “Startup” section and carefully examine its contents. As a rule, many users have many different programs there in an enabled state. All of them, being in this, not only constantly work in the background, thereby reaping processor power, space on RAM and battery power, but also slow down the speed of turning on the entire operating system. That is why any programs other than drivers must be disabled and then rebooted. The changes will take effect instantly.

Microsoft new application for 8500 rubles free for Windows 10

Back in the summer of 2015, the Windows 10 operating system became available to everyone to download and install, which is extremely advanced in terms of the combination of qualities. She brought along with her the support of the latest technology and a number of other features that were supposed to make her extremely attractive. This platform actually managed to gain widespread popularity, but not quite in the way that the American corporation would like. In fact, many owners of personal computers, laptops, all-in-ones, tablets and other gadgets were simply forced to upgrade to Windows 10, that is, to the latest platform among all those released by Microsoft.

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At the same time, many people are very unhappy with the tenth “Windows”, since various problems and shortcomings appear in its work again and again, because of which it is not very pleasant and comfortable to use it. In all this, of course, there is not and cannot be anything good, because hardly anyone wants to see any malfunctions or shortcomings in the operation of an electronic device under the control of this OS, and then it will take a lot of time and effort to fix them. … Nevertheless, despite the many flaws in this platform, it is still installed on more than 1 billion electronic devices from various categories, that is, an extremely impressive circle of people actively uses it.

This operating system is incredibly functional, but at the same time, it is extremely confusing, in connection with which it is often difficult even for experienced specialists to understand it. The license for Windows 10 costs as much as $ 200 (15,000 rubles), that is, those who want to use it must pay an extremely large sum of money for it, the size of which is very impressive. However, even having laid out so much, the expenses will not end there, since you will have to spend additional money on the purchase of the Office 2019 office suite, which in the full version costs as much as 8,500 rubles. That is how much its full-fledged version costs, which includes all the most important and necessary applications for work and learning.

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These programs include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and a number of others designed to solve a wide variety of tasks. Nevertheless, fortunately for all users of the licensed operating system Windows 10, now it is not at all necessary to give money for an office suite, since the American corporation Microsoft made it completely free. Downloading it from a store called the Microsoft Store is easy and simple, and then start using it. This free “office” is limited in functionality, but with its help you can create, edit and view documents, doing all this without unnecessary complications and difficulties. Until recently, one could not even dream of something like this, since no one could offer anything like this.

The best app for 8500 rubles became free for Windows 10

The further into the future, the more interesting software developers create and release, because the latest technology allows them to do it. It is simply impossible to create a good product from scratch, since it is necessary to use other software already on the market for this. The most popular operating system for computers, tablets and laptops is currently, without a doubt, Windows 10, and Microsoft released such a company back in the summer of 2015. Four whole years have passed since then, during which the situation has changed radically.

So, in particular, many updates have been released for this platform, ranging from extremely large to small ones. They’ve all made Windows 10 better than ever. Nevertheless, even in spite of all this, not all users like this operating system, so Microsoft decided to go to extreme measures in order to lure the owners of any computers, tablets and laptops to it. To do this, she made the best application for the tenth “Windows”, which separately costs $ 120 (8500 rubles), completely free for all users using the licensed version of the OS.


Only owners of the licensed version of Windows 10 can count on free access to the software observatory. This is actually the best and most useful, because it is an office suite Office 2019. The American corporation Microsoft asks for $ 120 (8500 rubles) for it, and all users who need one have to give such an amount of money for it. However, fortunately, now you no longer need to do this, because you can use applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and many others without any fee. All this became possible thanks to the generosity of the developers, who decided in this way to provide the tenth “Windows” with a tangible advantage.

However, of course, there were some restrictions. The fact is that the office suite is available for free only in the mode of limited functionality, that is, with its help you can only create, view and edit any files at a basic level. To get an office suite without any fee, you just need to download it through the Microsoft Store for Windows 10, and it is simply called Office. This software, among other things, contains some more additional features that allow, for example, to simultaneously work on something with your work colleague. You will still have to pay 8500 rubles to get access to all functions.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update – Microsoft released Major operating system update

Microsoft has released the long-awaited update to its operating system, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004).

In April, the final version of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update became available to participants in the Windows Insider testing program , and a couple of weeks ago access to the update was received by subscribers of the Microsoft Developer Network . Now Microsoft has begun distributing the update for ordinary users.

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At the moment, the update is available only to users who manually check for updates in Windows 10. To check for an update manually, go to the “Update and Security” settings section and select “Windows Update”.

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It should be the largest OS update for 2020. The next semi-annual update of Windows 10 20H2 (version 2009), which will be released in the fall, will bring only general improvements.

The May update brings new features and a changed interface to the Cortana voice assistant, improvements to Windows Search, the second version of the Linux subsystem with full support for Linux applications, as well as a lot of small changes to the graphical interface, security system, and many other components of the system.

Cortana Voice Assistant has now received a separate window, can move around the desktop, update through the Microsoft Store, and so on. The new dialog design makes it easy to choose between voice and text input.

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In addition, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update takes games to the next level. There is support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, improved support for ray tracing DirectX Raytracing 1.1, DirectX Mesh Shader, WDDM 2.7 (Windows Display Driver Model) for improved multi-monitor operation, setting the “graphics” GPU hardware acceleration, and a number of other new features.

Separately, it is worth noting the new cloud recovery feature from the cloud. If something went wrong, the system can be restored from the cloud. Restoring in the old way also remained available as an option.

Windows 10 update is available to the elite

Microsoft has released the final version of a major operating system update, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

Automatic “May” update for ordinary users will not start earlier than next month, which determines the name of the update. However, the final version of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now available for Windows Insider testing program participants.

According to Brandon LeBlanc, chief manager of the Windows Insider program, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (20H1) is now ready for release and now the company is putting the finishing touches. He emphasized that the assembly now released under the number 19041.207 (KB4550936) should be final.

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update, also known as 2004 and codenamed 20H1, brings new features and a redesigned interface to Cortana’s voice assistant, improvements to Windows Search and Linux, and a ton of small changes to the GUI, including new icons for applications.


Microsoft asks not to install a new version of Windows 10 in some cases

Microsoft has just released the largest update to its operating system in 2020 – the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004 ).

At the same time, the release information page was updated. And if yesterday it contained a proud inscription that there are no known operating problems in the system now, now the length of the list of known and as yet unsolved problems is simply amazing. So before installing it is worth studying and making sure that these problems do not apply to you or will not create big trouble.

We will name some of them. Windows 10 May 2020 Update may prevent Bluetooth connectivity for more than one device at a time. This can lead to a serious problem when using a wireless mouse, keyboard and headphones at the same time. Microsoft associates this with Realtek Bluetooth drivers. Companies are already working on a solution. At the moment, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update does not apply to devices with such problematic drivers, and Microsoft recommends that you do not install the update using the Media Creation Tool until they solve the problem.

The company also recognized a problem with Conexant audio drivers. A problem with the Conexant or Synaptics drivers can even lead to a “blue screen of death” after installing the update. Companies understand, it is recommended not to update the system by force.

There is also a problem with monitors that support VRR technology (Variable refresh rate, if the system uses integrated Intel graphics. The system simply does not activate VRR in most games if Intel integrated graphics are used. However, the resume is still the same – companies understand, do not insist on an update yourself.

Devices with Thunderbolt docking stations can cause a blue screen of death when connected. On devices with network adapters that support Always On, Always Connected, sudden shutdowns and reboots may occur. Among these devices are branded Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.

On a PC with Nvidia GPU drivers earlier than 358.00, after the upgrade, system crashes and a “blue screen of death” may occur.

And this is not all of the known Microsoft problems in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. In all of these cases, the company emphasizes that work is ongoing and updating is not recommended on its own.

Windows 10 will have full support for Linux applications

WSL2 Launches GUI-Enabled Linux Applications with Hardware Acceleration

At the Build 2020 conference, Microsoft announced improved support for Linux applications with a graphical interface: they can be run on Windows 10, and with hardware acceleration of the GPU.

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Support for Linux applications in Windows 10 appeared with the first generation of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), but it worked selectively and slowly, and also relied on a third-party solution. WSL2 will fix everything: there will be full-fledged support for applications with a graphical interface (for example, it will be possible to launch two versions of Firefox – for Windows and for Linux) and hardware acceleration of the GPU, with hardware acceleration coming first – in a few months it will be available in Windows 10 Insiders Preview (although the final version is expected only in the fall with the release of the Windows 10 Fall 2020 Update).

Currently, Microsoft is completing work on WSL2, but this component will not be automatically included in Windows 10 – users will need to install it separately through Windows Update.