Windows 10 is a hugely powerful and configurable operating system, but its features can sometimes be confusing to set up and configure. If resilience isn’t baked in, the downtime can be annoying and expensive. In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to configure and manage Windows 10 on desktop PCs, laptops, and tablets.
Mike was first awarded as a Microsoft MVP in 2011 and is a recognized technical expert in the Windows experience and troubleshooting with more than a dozen books published, including Beginning Windows 10 and Windows 10 Troubleshooting.
Managing Applications in Windows 10 There's no point in having any type of PC unless you have apps running on it, because these are the tools and utilities software that enable us to get stuff done. So in this module, we're going to look at every aspect of managing applications in Windows 10. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking at the difference between win32 and store apps, and what win32 apps actually are. We'll move on to how you use the Windows Store and how you can find your way around it. Next, we'll look at how you can maintain app compatibility especially for the older software that you need and that you rely on so much. Then we'll look at some of the Windows 10 utilities, some of the tools that are useful, perhaps even hidden within the operating system. Then we'll look at how you really begin to manage all of your apps. We'll look at Windows and third-party services. Services are kind of little applets that run in the background on your PC. Then we'll look at how you can manage your apps using the Windows Task Manager including how you can manage your startup apps. We'll then look at the Task Scheduler to see how you can schedule app launches and how the Task Scheduler can work for you. Then we'll look at the Windows Registry. The Registry is a common place for making modifications to the way Windows and apps look and behave.
Using Virtualization with Windows 10 Virtualization is a fantastic tool to use on our PCs and its uses include everything from being able to create safe environments in which we can use older operating systems and older apps that require those systems to creating test environments in which you can safely make sure that new components and updates or new software packages are actually going to work on a PC. And in this module we're going to look specifically at Hyper-V which is Microsoft's virtualization package that comes with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking at how we create virtual machines in Hyper-V and this is going to include how we actually include Hyper-V, because it's hidden by default in many Windows installations. Then we'll look at how we can manage virtual machines, how you can create snapshots, roll them back to previous versions of the image, and how you can take advantage of the features of Hyper-V to make virtual machines really flexible and useful. Then we'll look at how you can use remote desktop to connect to a virtual machine. Because if you connect to a VM using remote desktop you have many more features then you have just running the virtual machine in Hyper-V itself, so we'll look at those. And then we'll finish by looking at virtual hard disks. Why virtual hard disks are useful and how you go about creating and managing them on your PCs.
Securing Windows 10 Whatever you use your PC for, whether you use it at work or at home, just for enjoyment, maintaining good security is essential, not just from malware attacks, but also from criminals and websites that try and trick you into revealing usernames, passwords, and more. So in this module, we're going to take a holistic look at Windows security, and we'll look at all aspects of keeping yourself, your PC, and your colleagues, friends and family safe, as well. So let's have a look at what we're going to cover. We'll begin by looking at the Security and Maintenance Panel, and what services and facilities are available to us there. Then we'll look at Windows Defender, which is the anti-malware package within Windows 10. We'll go on to looking at both the standard and advanced firewalls within the operating system. And then we'll look at Windows SmartScreen and how that can help protect you when you're online. Secure Boot is a system to prevent rootkits and other malware from launching at PC startup, because they are extremely difficult to get rid of. So we'll have look at Secure Boot. And then we'll look at how we can manage users on the PC in the business space, using the Group Policy Editor, which exists in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. Looking into encryption, now, we'll look at the Encrypting File System and how you can use this to encrypt files and folders on a PC. And then we'll finish by looking at BitLocker and BitLocker to Go full disk encryption.