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Windows 10: The Best Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks

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Microsoft marked a turning point for Windows 10 with the Creators Update; while there were no earth-shattering upgrades included, it’s feeling much more like a mature OS version, particularly with its new privacy controls, Game Mode, and upgraded Edge browser.

Let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. Windows 10 combines the best of Windows 8 — super-fast startup, improved security — with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures. The Creators Update only makes it that much sweeter.

And if you’re a computer nut like me, tweaking the OS is always the fun part. Discovering and implementing power user tips are my favorite part of getting a major new version of an OS. I still remember back when DOS 5.0 came out, and I was running DOS 3.3, and I got to try all these new things to optimize my 286. And when I upgraded from Windows/286 to Windows 3.0, I felt like my life had changed. (We’ve come a long way.) Nostalgia aside, here’s what you need to know to amp up your Windows 10 install and take it to the next level.

Gaming Mode
Windows 10's new Game Mode lets you boost performance by reallocating system resources
toward whatever you're playing. In fact, there's a whole new Gaming panel in Settings
that gives you quick control of the Game DVR and the Game Bar (triggered with Windows key-G).
You can also broadcast games to your audience with sub-second latency using Beam.
Configure privacy settings
Microsoft has finally come clean with privacy settings in the Creators Update. When you're first setting up
Windows 10, make sure to select a Custom install so you can modify the privacy settings, instead of going with
the Express install. (If you already installed it, no worries; you can fix it all in Settings using the above link as a
guide). While Windows 10 was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it's not a free product in and of itself --
so there's no reason to share your personal information when it's not required.
Set up GodMode
The awesomely named GodMode brings up a special menu that puts lots of settings together in one
place. To enable it, create a new folder anywhere on your root drive and rename it GodMode.
{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a special icon that when you click on
it shows you a beautiful advanced control panel.
Windows Activation
For the first time, you can tie your Windows key to your Microsoft account, instead of the hardware
in your machine. This way you can upgrade your PC components whenever you want, without having
to call Microsoft or otherwise figure out how to reactivate your PC using the same code online. To do
so, head to Settings | Update & Security | Activation.
Clean Installs
Head to Settings | Updates & Security | Recovery and you'll see a new option under More recovery
options: "Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows." This link takes you to an
online Microsoft help page that lets you download a tool to aid in clean installs.

At the time of this writing, you can still upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 for free without paying — although Microsoft isn’t advertising it. Check out the preceding link for more info on how to do that.

Let our JUICE Support Center help you maximize your Windows 10 Experience via our Remote Session Technology. Get in touch with us to learn more!

On Monday, we’ll have even MORE tips, so be sure to check back!

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