Windows 10 In Depth (includes Content Update Program)

Windows 10 In Depth (includes Content Update Program)

by Brian Knittel, Paul McFedries


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This new edition covers the Fall Creators Update to Windows 10.

Do more in less time!

Experienced with Windows? Don’t let Windows 10 make you feel like a beginner again! This book is packed with intensely useful knowledge, tips, and shortcuts you just won’t find anywhere else. It’s the fastest, best way to master Windows 10’s full power, revamped interface, and new tools—from the reconfigured Start menu to the Cortana personal assistant. This friendly, expert guide will make Windows 10 way more productive, painless, and fun, whether you’re running it on a computer or a tablet…at home, at work, on the road, anywhere!

· Take a quick guided tour of everything that’s new in Windows 10

· Get the most out of Edge, Microsoft’s modern web browser

· Navigate the Windows 10 interface (and customize it to make yourself more comfortable)

· Discover hidden shortcuts and timesavers you’d never find on your own

· Quickly locate and use files, media, apps, websites, and management tools

· Connect reliably and safely to networks, the Internet, and Wi-Fi hotspots

· Increase your efficiency by taking advantage of Windows 10’s virtual desktops

· Maximize the performance and reliability of your hardware and storage devices

· Set up a safe and effective network for your home or office

· Systematically protect yourself from viruses, spyware, snoops, fraud, and spam

· Use the most convenient and efficient interface for every task: keyboard, touch, pen, or voice

· Discover tweaks and customizations that are actually worth the effort

· Get more out of your Windows 10 laptop or tablet on the road

· Remotely use your Windows 10 computer and data from anywhere on earth

· Access even more power with Windows 10’s command-line utilities

· Use Hyper-V, the subsystem for Linux, and Windows containers to run other operating systems alongside Windows

· Troubleshoot the most common Windows 10 problems—and the toughest ones

This book is part of Que's Content Update Program (CUP), which provides content updates to certain books for major technology changes.

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® makes significant updates to Windows 10, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. The updates will be delivered to you via the free Web Edition of this book. For more information, go to

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789759771
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 02/23/2018
Series: In Depth Series
Pages: 1024
Sales rank: 327,420
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Brian Knittel is a software developer, consultant, and writer. He has authored or coauthored many of Que’s best-selling Windows books, including Que’s leading Windows books, Windows 10 In Depth, Windows 8.1 In Depth, Windows 8 In Depth, Windows 7 In Depth, and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows for Windows 2000 and XP. Brian is also the author of Windows 7 and Vista Guide to Scripting, Automation, and Command Line Tools and Windows XP Under the Hood. In addition, Brian coauthored Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows with Scott Mueller.

Paul McFedries is the author of more than 90 computer books that have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Microsoft Press book MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel Expert and the Que Publishing books PCs for Grownups, Formulas and Functions for Excel 2016, Fixing Your Computer Absolute Beginner’s Guide, and My Office 2016. Paul also is the proprietor of Word Spy (, a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Starting Out with Windows 10

Chapter 1 Meet Windows 10

An Overview of Windows 10

Should I Get Windows 10?

Windows 10 Editions

Upgrading Windows

What’s New in Windows 10?

The New Start Menu

Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me!

Modern Apps

Hey, Cortana

Online User Accounts

Virtual Desktops

Expanded Settings App

File Explorer Ribbon

The Windows Store

Management Tools

Improved Antivirus Protection

Installation and Setup

Storage Spaces

Improved Web Browsing with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11

Wi-Fi Sense

Faster Startup

Secure Boot

Integrated Cellular Data Connections

Tools for Creators

Changes Since the Initial Release of Windows 10

What Changed Between Windows 10 and Windows 8 and 8.1

Beyond Windows 10

In the Modern Age

Chapter 2 Installing or Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 System Requirements

Processor Requirements

Memory Requirements

Storage Requirements

Graphics Requirements

Hardware Requirements for Various Windows 10 Features

Preparing Your System: A Checklist

Check Your System Requirements

Back Up Your Files

Clean Up Your Hard Disk

Check and Defragment Your Hard Disk

Create a System Image Backup and a System Repair Disc

Installing Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10

Dual- (and Multi-) Booting Windows 10

Dual-Booting Windows 10

Multibooting with Three or More Operating Systems

Using Windows Boot Manager

Customizing the Boot Configuration Data (BCD)

Using Windows Boot Manager to Modify the BCD

Using Startup and Recovery to Modify the BCD

Using the System Configuration Utility to Modify the BCD

Using BCDEDIT to Customize the Startup Options

Making a Backup Copy of the BCD Store

Renaming an Entry

Changing the Order of the Entries

Installing Windows 10 Components

Chapter 3 Your First Hour with Windows 10

The First Things to Do After Starting Windows 10

A Quick Tour of the Important Windows 10 Features

The Lock and Sign In Screens

The Start Menu

Modern Apps

The Touch Tour

Important Keyboard Shortcuts

Tablet Mode

Windows Explorer Is Now Called File Explorer


Search Before You Look

Getting to the Management Tools

Setting Up User Accounts

Microsoft Versus Local Accounts

Create New Accounts

Change Account Settings

Enable Controlled Folder Access

Before You Forget Your Password

Just One User?

Downloading Critical Updates

Personalizing Windows 10

Enable Find My Device

Personalize Screen Settings


Multiple Monitors

Font Size

ClearType Tuner

Tune Up the Taskbar, Action Center, and Start Menu

Store to OneDrive or This PC

Privacy Settings

Important Adjustments and Tweaks

Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell

Enable Libraries

Show Extensions for Known File Types

Set Web Browser and Home Pages

Search Providers

Enable System Restore

Enable Metering for Cellular Data

Transferring Information from Your Old Computer

Third-Party User Transfer Programs

Copying Your Old Data Manually

How the Heck Do I Shut this Thing Off?

More than You Wanted to Know

After You Forget Your Password

Using a Password Reset Disk

Accessing the Real Administrator Account

If You’re Moving to Windows 10 from XP

Setting and Control Panels

Where’s My Stuff? The User Profile Structure

Compatibility and Virtualization

User Account Control

The New Taskbar


Part II Using Windows 10

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 10 Interface

Taking a Tour of the Windows 10 Interface

Navigating Windows 10 with a Keyboard

Navigating Windows 10 with a Touch Interface

Working with Running Apps

Snapping an App

Switching Between Running Apps

Pinning an App to the Taskbar

Using Desktop Apps as the Defaults

Working with Notifications

Searching Windows 10

Searching via the Taskbar

Voice Search with Cortana

Managing Search Privacy

Customizing the Start Menu

Resizing a Tile

Moving a Tile

Turning Off a Live Tile

Pinning an App to the Start Menu

Pinning a Web Page to the Start Menu

Creating an App Group

Displaying the Administrative Tools on the Start Menu

Adding Command Prompt to the Shortcut Menu

Adding Shutdown and Restart Shortcuts

Personalizing the Start Menu

Customizing the Start Menu’s System Icons

Customizing the Start Menu Background

Customizing the Lock Screen

Customizing the Lock Screen Background

Controlling the Apps Displayed on the Lock Screen

Disabling the Lock Screen

Working with Virtual Desktops

Adding a Virtual Desktop

Working with Virtual Desktops

Customizing Virtual Desktops

Chapter 5 Windows Apps and the Windows Store

The Windows Apps

Alarms & Clock






Feedback Hub

Films & TV

Get Help

Groove Music




Microsoft Edge

Mixed Reality Portal



Paint 3D





Sticky Notes



View 3D

Voice Recorder


Windows Defender Security Center


Installing Apps from the Windows Store

Uninstalling Apps

Chapter 6 Managing Files and Searching

Understanding File Types

File Types and File Extensions

File Types and the Registry

Navigating Folder Windows

Folder Navigation

Instant Search

The Ribbon

The Navigation Pane

Basic File and Folder Chores

Selecting Files with Check Boxes

Resolving File Transfer Conflicts

Expert Drag-and-Drop Techniques

Taking Advantage of the Send To Command

The Recycle Bin: Deleting and Recovering Files and Folders

Setting Some Recycle Bin Options

Recovering a File or Folder

File Maintenance Using the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes

Metadata and the File Explorer Property System

Searching Your PC

As-You-Type Searches with Instant Search

Using Advanced Query Syntax to Search Properties

Saving Searches

Grouping and Filtering with Metadata

Grouping Files

Filtering Files

Chapter 7 Devices and Printers

Windows Printing Primer

Installing and Configuring a Printer

Adding a New Printer

Installing a Local Printer

If the Printer Isn’t Found

What to Do If Your Printer Isn’t Listed

Changing a Printer’s Properties

Printing Preferences

Printer Properties

Print Server Properties

Removing a Printer

Printing from Your Applications

PDF and XPS Print Output


Printing Offline

Working with the Printer Queue

Deleting a File from the Queue

Canceling All Pending Print Jobs on a Given Printer

Pausing, Resuming, and Restarting the Printing Process

Advanced Printer Management

Chapter 8 Accessories and Accessibility

A Boatload of Useful Tools

Gadgets Are Gone

Apps as Accessories

Desktop Accessories

Character Map

Math Input Panel



Snipping Tool

Steps Recorder


XPS Viewer

Accessibility Tools

Ease of Access (in Settings)

Ease of Access Center (in Control Panel)



Chapter 9 Configuring Windows 10

Configuring Windows 10 with Control Panel

Touring the Control Panel Window

Reviewing the Control Panel Icons

Understanding Control Panel Files

Gaining Easier Access to Control Panel

Configuring Windows 10 with the Settings App

Changing Your User Account Picture

Changing a Password

Creating a PIN Sign-In

Creating a Picture Password

Creating a Fingerprint Sign-In

Customizing Notifications and Quick Actions

Synchronizing Your Settings Between Devices

Creating a Shortcut to a Specific Settings Tab

Part III Multimedia and Imaging

Chapter 10 Windows Media Player

Getting to Know Media Player

Navigating the Library

Customizing the Navigation Pane

Syncing Media Devices

Playing Media Files

Setting Media Player’s Playback Options

Copying Music from an Audio CD

Selecting a Location and Filename Structure

Choosing the Recording File Format

Specifying the Quality of the Recording

Copying Tracks from an Audio CD

Copying Tracks to a Recordable CD or Device

Creating a Playlist

Recording to a CD

Streaming Your Media Library

Chapter 11 Windows and Imaging Devices

Connecting Imaging Devices

Testing an Installed Scanner

Configuring Device Events

Accessing Media on a Memory Card

Importing Photos from a Digital Camera

Viewing Digital Camera Images

Importing Digital Camera Photos

Configuring the Import Settings

Importing Everything from the Camera

Importing Selected Groups of Photos

Burning Photos to an Optical Disc

Selecting an Optical Disc Format

Burning a Mastered Disc

Closing a UDF Session

Burning a Live File System Disc

Chapter 12 Scanning and Faxing

Introducing Windows Fax and Scan

Installing Fax and Scanner Hardware

Installing a Fax Modem

Installing a Scanner

Configuring the Fax Service

Creating a Customized Cover Page

Changing Fax Settings

Sending Faxes from Windows Fax and Scan

Selecting Recipients

Selecting a Dialing Rule

Selecting a Cover Page

Entering Subject and Comment Text

Adding Other Documents to the Fax

Adding Scanned Pages

Previewing the Fax

Sending the Fax

Monitoring Outgoing Faxes

Receiving Faxes

Printing Received Faxes


Scanning Documents with Windows Fax and Scan

Editing Scan Profile Defaults

Creating a New Scan Profile

Scanning Images

Emailing and Faxing Scans

Chapter 13 More Windows 10 Media Tools

Controlling the Volume

Controlling the Overall System Volume

Controlling an Application’s Volume

Balancing Your Speakers or Headphones

Equalizing the Volume

Setting the Default Output Device

Assigning Sounds to Events

Recording Sounds with Voice Recorder

Setting Up the Microphone

Making a Voice Recording

Controlling Your Computer with Speech Recognition

Part IV Windows 10 and the Internet

Chapter 14 Getting Connected

Going Worldwide

Understanding Connection Technologies


Cable Modem

Satellite Service

Wireless and Cellular Service

Analog Modem

Choosing a Technology

Choosing Equipment

Installing a Network Adapter for Broadband Service

Installing Filters for DSL Service

Configuring a High-Speed Connection

Configuring a PPPoE Broadband Connection

Configuring an Always On Connection

Setting Up a Fixed IP Address

Dial-Up Internet

Creating a New Dial-Up Connection

Making and Ending a Dial-Up Connection

Chapter 15 Web Browsing with Microsoft Edge

Taking a Tour of the Edge Window

Tips and Techniques for Better Web Surfing

Taking Advantage of the Address Bar

Working with Tabs

Accessing Content Via the Hub

Using the Handy History List

Changing the Startup Page

Changing the Edge Search Engine

Saving Your Favorite Pages

Adding a Page to the Favorites List

Displaying the Favorites Bar

Opening a Page from the Favorites List

Maintaining Favorites

Saving Pages to Read Later

Saving a Page to the Reading List

Opening a Page from the Reading List

Deleting Pages from Your Reading List

Configuring Edge Privacy Settings

Preventing Passwords from Being Saved

Preventing Form Data from Being Saved

Clearing Browsing Data

Blocking Third-Party Cookies

Opening a Private Browsing Session

Chapter 16 Windows 10 Internet Communications

Working with Email

Setting Up Mail Accounts

Specifying Basic Account Settings

Specifying Advanced Internet Account Settings

Specifying Advanced Exchange Account Settings

Maintaining Accounts

Handling Incoming Messages

Controlling Sync Settings for an Account

Processing Messages

Setting Swipe Options

Sending Messages

Initiating a New Message

Creating a Signature

Maintaining Mail

Chapter 17 Troubleshooting an Internet Connection

It’s Great When It Works, But...

Troubleshooting Step by Step

Identifying Software Configuration Problems

Troubleshooting a Cable or DSL Modem Connection

Troubleshooting a LAN Connection

Identifying Network Hardware Problems

Troubleshooting Internet Problems with Windows TCP/IP Utilities




Third-Party Utilities


Speed Check

Reverse tracert

Part V Networking

Chapter 18 Creating a Windows Network

Creating or Joining a Network

Planning Your Network

Are You Being Served?

When to Hire a Professional

Choosing a Network and Cabling System

10/100BASE-T Ethernet

801.11ac, 802.11n, and 802.11g Wireless (Wi-Fi) Networking

Powerline Networking

1000Mbps Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet)

Adding Additional Networking Functions

Printing and Faxing

Providing Internet Connectivity

Providing Remote Access

Connecting to a Remote Network

Installing Network Adapters

Checking Existing Adapters

Installing Multiple Network Adapters

Installing Network Wiring

Cabling for Ethernet Networks

General Cabling Tips

Wiring with Patch Cables

Installing In-Wall Wiring

Connecting Just Two Computers

Connecting Multiple Switches

Installing a Wireless Network

Wireless Network Setup Choices

Setting Up a New Wireless Network

Using the Manufacturer’s Setup Program

Using the Set Up a Network Wizard

Configuring Manually

Setting Up Internet Service

Sharing Wi-Fi Network Settings with Friends

Getting Maximum Wireless Speed

Eliminate Overlapping Channels

Tune Up Wireless Security

Separate Your Wireless-AC, -N, -G, and -B Networks

Bump Up the Power?

Configuring a Peer-to-Peer Network

Configuring the TCP/IP Protocol

If You Have No Shared Internet Connection

If You Have a Shared Internet Connection

Enabling and Disabling Sharing

Setting Your Computer Identification

Configuring Windows Firewall

File and Printer Sharing Without a Router: Avoiding the Unidentified Network Problem

Setting Up a Homegroup

Alternatives to Using a Homegroup

Wrapping Up

Joining a Windows Domain Network

Disconnecting from a Domain Network

Bridging Two Network Types

Chapter 19 Connecting Your Network to the Internet

Sharing an Internet Connection

Selecting a Way to Make the Connection

Managing IP Addresses

NAT and Internet Connection Sharing

Special Notes for Wireless Networking

Special Notes for Cable Service

Configuring Your LAN

Scheme A–Router with a Broadband Modem

Scheme B–Cable Modem, Multiple Computers

Scheme C–Combination Router/Modem

Routed Service with Multiple Addresses

Universal Plug and Play

Configuring the Rest of the Network

Making Services Available

Chapter 20 Networking with Other Operating Systems

Making Windows Play Well with Others

Internetworking with Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Setting TCP/IP as the Default Network Protocol

Password Protection and Simple File Sharing

Using Windows Vista and XP with a Homegroup

Internetworking with Unix and Linux



Samba Client Tools

Samba Server Tools

Printing to Unix Queues from Windows

Printing to Windows Printers from Unix

Internetworking with Macintosh

Compatibility Issues

Resource Data Issues

Filename Compatibility Issues

Working with Windows Resources from Mac OS X

Using Windows Shared Files on the Mac

Selecting a Windows Account

Using Windows Printers on the Mac

Using Mac Shared Files on Windows

Using Mac Shared Printers on Windows

Installing Optional Network Components

Using the Hosts File

Chapter 21 Using a Windows Network

Windows was Made to Network

Using Shared Folders in Windows 10

Browsing Through a Homegroup

Browsing a Network’s Computers

Viewing a Computer or Shared Folder Directly Using Its UNC Path

Searching the Network

Searching for Files or Folders

Searching for Computers

Searching for Printers

Searching Active Directory

Security and File Sharing

File Permissions and Networking

Network Permissions

Using Printers on the Network

Using a Shared Printer

Using Printers over the Internet with IPP

Using Unix and LPR Printers

Using Other Network-Connected Printers

Network Power User Topics

Backing Up Your Computer over the Network

Sharing and Using an Entire Drive

Understanding the Universal Naming Convention

Mapping Drive Letters

Mapping a Drive to a Subfolder

Sharing Resources

Sharing with a Homegroup

Editing Permissions for Specific People

Sharing the Public Profile Folder

Sharing Your Own Folders in Place

Sharing Folders Independently

Sharing Printers

Setting Printer Permissions

Changing the Location of the Spool Directory

Printer Pooling

Managing Your Network

Monitoring Use of Your Shared Folders

Managing Network Resources Using the Command Line

Chapter 22 Troubleshooting Your Network

When Good Networks Go Bad

Getting Started

Using Troubleshooters and Diagnostic Tools

The Network and Sharing Center


Network Troubleshooters

Windows Defender Firewall

Event Viewer

Device Manager

Testing Network Cables

Checking Network Configuration



Network Connections

Testing Network Connectivity with ping

Diagnosing File and Printer Sharing Problems

Part VI Maintaining Windows 10

Chapter 23 Windows Management Tools

Managing Windows

Policing Windows 10 with Group Policies

Understanding Group Policies

Local Group Policy Editor and Windows Versions

Launching the Local Group Policy Editor

Working with Group Policies

Group Policy Examples

Configuring the Microsoft Management Console

Reviewing the Windows 10 Snap-ins

Launching the MMC

Adding a Snap-in

Saving a Console

Creating a Custom Taskpad View

Controlling Snap-ins with Group Policies

Controlling Services

Controlling Services with the Services Snap-in

Controlling Services at the Command Prompt

Controlling Services with a Script

Making Windows Shut Down Services Faster

Resetting a Broken Service

Monitoring Performance

Monitoring Performance with Task Manager

Using the Resource Monitor

Using the Performance Monitor

Chapter 24 Tweaking and Customizing Windows

Customizing File Explorer

Customizing the Ribbon

Changing the View

Viewing More Properties

Turning On File Extensions

Exploring the View Options

Customizing the Taskbar for Easier Program and Document Launching

Improving Productivity by Configuring Taskbar Settings

Pinning a Favorite Program to the Taskbar

Using the Windows Key to Start Taskbar Programs

Taking Control of the Notification Area

Displaying the Built-in Taskbar Toolbars

Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options

Creating New Taskbar Toolbars

Chapter 25 Managing Hard Disks and Storage Spaces

Dealing with Hard Disk Errors

Hard Drive Health States

Repairing a Drive Manually

Checking Free Disk Space

Deleting Unnecessary Files

Defragmenting Your Hard Disk

Running the Optimize Drives Tool

Changing the Optimization Schedule

Changing Which Disks Get Defragmented

Working with Storage Spaces

Managing Your Disks

Assigning a Different Letter to a Disk Drive

Dividing Your Hard Drive into Two Volumes

Creating a Spanned Volume

Creating Mirrored Volumes

Creating a RAID 5 Volume

Working with Disk Files

Mounting an ISO File

Mounting a Virtual Hard Disk

Creating a Virtual Hard Disk

Chapter 26 Troubleshooting and Repairing Problems

Troubleshooting Strategies: Determining the Source of a Problem

Did You Get an Error Message?

Does an Error or Warning Appear in the Event Viewer Logs?

Does an Error Appear in System Information?

Did You Recently Edit the Registry?

Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings?

Did Windows 10 “Spontaneously” Reboot?

Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings?

Did You Recently Install a New Program?

Did You Recently Install a New Device?

Did You Recently Apply an Update from Windows Update?

General Troubleshooting Tips

More Troubleshooting Tools

Running the Windows 10 Troubleshooters

Running the Memory Diagnostics Tool

Checking Your PC’s Reliability History

Troubleshooting Startup

Some Things to Try Before Anything Else

Disabling Startup Programs

Disabling Startup Services

A Startup Troubleshooting Procedure

Troubleshooting Device Problems

Troubleshooting with Device Manager

Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems

Rolling Back a Device Driver

Recovering from a Problem

Accessing the Recovery Environment

Navigating the Recovery Environment

Booting Up in Safe Mode

Automatically Repairing Your PC

Recovering Using System Restore

Resetting Your PC

Restoring a System Image

Chapter 27 Managing Your Software

Configuring and Managing Windows Update

Configuring Automatic Updates

Setting the Automatic Maintenance Schedule

Checking for Updates

Working with Third-Party Software

Running Through a Preinstallation Checklist

Installing Software

Managing Your Installed Apps

Understanding Compatibility Mode

Chapter 28 Managing Your Hardware

Windows 10 and Hardware

Viewing Your Devices

Installing Devices

Installing Plug and Play Devices

Completing a Device Install

Installing a Bluetooth Device

Running Windows 10 with Multiple Monitors

Extending the Screen to a Second Monitor

Duplicating the Screen on a Second Monitor

Using Only the Second Monitor

Configuring the Taskbar for Multiple Monitors

Moving Up to Three Monitors

Managing Your Hardware with Device Manager

Controlling the Device Display

Viewing Device Properties

Showing Nonpresent Devices in Device Manager

Working with Device Drivers

Tips for Downloading Device Drivers

Checking Windows Update for Drivers

Updating a Device Driver

Configuring Windows to Ignore Unsigned Device Drivers

Write a Complete List of Device Drivers to a Text File

Uninstalling a Device

Working with Device Security Policies

Chapter 29 Editing the Windows Registry

What Is the Registry?

How the Registry Is Organized

New Registry Features

Registry Virtualization

Registry Redirection and Reflection

Backing Up and Restoring the Registry

Backing Up the Registry

Backing Up with System Restore

Backing Up with the Registry Editor

Restoring the Registry

Using Regedit

Viewing the Registry

Searching in the Registry

Editing Keys and Values

Editing Registry Entries for an App or Another User

Editing Registry Entries for Another Windows Installation

Editing Registry Security

Other Registry Tools

Registry Toolkit

Registrar Registry Manager


Registry Privileges and Policies

Chapter 30 Command-Line and Automation Tools

Command-Line Tools

The Windows 10 Command Prompt Environment

Changing Directories

Saving Output

The Search Path

Command-Line Access from the Power User Menu

Running Commands with Elevated Privileges

Copying and Pasting in the Command Prompt Window


Learning About Command-Line Programs

Running GUI Programs from the Command Line

Setting Environment Variables

Setting the PATH Environment Variable

Editing Path Lists

The MS-DOS Environment

Editing Advanced Settings for a DOS Application

Issues with ANSI.SYS and DOSKEY

Printing from MS-DOS Applications

Batch Files

Batch File Tips

Windows Script Host

Some Sample Scripts

Windows PowerShell

The Windows Subsystem for Linux

Task Scheduler

Part VII Security

Chapter 31 Protecting Windows from Viruses and Spyware

Avoiding Viruses and Spyware: The Basics

First, a Few Simple Precautions

Locking Your Computer

Requiring Ctrl+Alt+Delete at Startup

Checking Your Computer’s Security Settings

Making Sure Windows Defender Firewall Is Turned On

Making Sure Windows Defender Is Turned On

Making Sure Controlled Folder Access Is Turned On

Making Sure User Account Control Is Turned On

Making Sure the Administrator Account Is Disabled

Understanding User Account Control (UAC)

Elevating Privileges

Configuring User Account Control

Setting User Account Control Policies

Preventing Elevation for All Standard Users

Enhancing Your Browsing Security

Blocking Pop-Up Windows

Making Sure SmartScreen is On

Chapter 32 Protecting Your Data from Loss and Theft

Preparing for Trouble

Backing Up File Versions with File History

Setting System Restore Points

Creating a Recovery Drive

Creating a System Image Backup

Protecting a File

Making a File Read-Only

Hiding a File

Setting Security Permissions on Files and Folders

Assigning a User to a Security Group

Assigning a User to Multiple Security Groups

Assigning Standard Permissions

Assigning Special Permissions

Fixing Permission Problems by Taking

Ownership of Your Files

Encrypting Files and Folders

Encrypting a Folder

Backing Up Your Encryption Key

Encrypting a Disk with BitLocker

Enabling BitLocker on a System with a TPM

Enabling BitLocker on a System Without a TPM

Chapter 33 Protecting Your Network from Hackers and Snoops

It’s a Cold, Cruel World

Who Would Be Interested in My Computer?

Types of Attack

Your Lines of Defense

Preparation: Network Security Basics

Active Defenses

Firewalls and NAT (Connection-Sharing) Devices

Windows Defender Firewall

Packet Filtering

Using NAT or Internet Connection Sharing

Using Add-On Firewall Products for Windows

Securing Your Router

Configuring Passwords and File Sharing

Setting Up Restrictive Access Controls

Testing, Logging, and Monitoring

Testing Your Defenses

Monitoring Suspicious Activity

Disaster Planning: Preparing for Recovery After an Attack

Making a Baseline Backup Before You Go Online

Making Frequent Backups When You’re Online

Writing and Testing Server Restore Procedures

Writing and Maintaining Documentation

Preparing an Incident Plan

Specific Configuration Steps for Windows 10

Windows 10’s Security Features

If You Don’t Have a LAN

If You Do Have a LAN

Keep Up to Date

Tightening Local Security Policy

Account Policies

Local Policies

Configuring Windows Defender Firewall

Enable and Disable Windows Defender Firewall

Allow an App or Feature through Windows Defender Firewall

Change Notification Settings, Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off

Restore Defaults

Advanced Settings

More About Security

Chapter 34 Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Spam

Phishing for Information

Common Types of Fraud

Classic Phishing

The Stranded Friend

Advance Fee Fraud

“Nigerian Letter” Scam

Lottery and Giveaway Scams

Trojan Horses

Live Phish: A Real-World Example

Viewing a Site That Was Flagged Incorrectly

Flagging a Fraudulent Site

More Help from the Browser

How to Protect Yourself on a Public Computer

Two-Way Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication

Identity-Management Software

Fighting Spam

Protecting Your Email Address

Using Spam Filtering

Avoiding Spammers’ Tricks

Taking Action Against Email Abuse

Whois Database

Part VIII Windows on the Move

Chapter 35 Windows on Mobile Devices

Windows 10 on Tablets and Mobile Devices

Managing Mobile Computers

Airplane Mode

Getting the Most Out of Your Battery

Battery Saver

Power Profiles

Using Windows Mobility Center

Using Tablet Input Methods

Touch Keyboard

The On-Screen Keyboard

Touch Input and Gestures

Pen and Stylus Input

Windows Ink Workspace

Sketch Pad

Screen Sketch

Pen & Windows Ink Settings

Configuring Touch and Pen Input

Configuring Pen Flicks

Using Handwriting Recognition

Handwriting Gestures

Training the Handwriting Recognizer

Chapter 36 Wireless Networking

Wireless Networking in Windows 10

Metered Connections

Wi-Fi Networks

Take Care When You Share

Connecting with Wi-Fi Sense

Joining a Wireless Network

In the Corporate Environment

At Your Home or Small Office

In Someone Else’s Home or Office

At a Public Hot Spot

Mobile Hotspot

Managing Wireless Network Connections

Changing and Deleting Wireless Settings

Setting Up Preferred Wireless Networks

Adding a Network Manually

Chapter 37 Networking on the Road

Windows Unplugged: Mobile and Remote Networking


On-Demand Downloading

Fetching Files from Your PC

Offline Files

Identifying Files and Folders for Offline Use

Using Files While Offline

Using Sync Center

Managing and Encrypting Offline Files

Making Your Shared Folders Available for Offline Use by Others

VPN and Dial-Up Networking

Virtual Private Networking

Setting Up a VPN Connection

Editing a VPN Connection’s Properties

Establishing a VPN Connection

Using Remote Network Resources

Using Email and Network Connections

Monitoring and Ending a VPN Connection

Incoming VPN Access

Setting Up VPN Access

Enabling Incoming VPN Connections with NAT

Disabling Incoming Connections

Multiple LAN Connections

Chapter 38 Meetings, Conferencing, and Collaboration

Windows 10 Plays Well with Others

Making Presentations with a Mobile Computer

Adjusting Presentation Settings

Controlling an External Display

Connecting to Wireless Displays

Remote Assistance and Quick Assist

Enabling Remote Assistance and Quick Assist

Requesting Assistance with Quick Assist

Requesting Remote Assistance the Old Way

Responding to an Assistance Request

Responding to Quick Assist

Responding with Easy Connect

Responding to an Invitation Email or File

Working with Remote Assistance

Using Third-Party Tools

Online Meeting Tools

Chapter 39 Remote Desktop and Remote Access

Using Your Computer Remotely

Setting Up Access to Your Own Computer

Enabling Remote Desktop Access to Your Computer

Establishing 24/7 Access

Setting Up Dynamic DNS

Configuring Port Forwarding

Port Forwarding with a Router

Port Forwarding with Internet Connection Sharing

Connecting to Other Computers with Remote Desktop

Using the Modern-Style Remote Desktop App

Using the Standard Remote Desktop Client

Selecting Connection Options

Using the Remote Connection

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Third-Party Remote Control Tools

Part IX Appendixes

Appendix A Virtualization

Appendix B Command-Line Utilities

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