Windows 10, by all appearances, seems poised for mass adoption, after a lackluster reception for Windows 8. This alternation of popular and unpopular is sort of a pattern for Microsoft operating systems: Vista tanked while Windows 7 killed, for example. Considering Windows 10 embraces devices of every size from smartphones to workstations, covering every aspect of the operating system would be a tall order. So for this selection of tips, we’ll limit the scope to Windows 10 on the desktop, though some suggestions could affect installations on other device sizes.
Not only does Windows 10 bring back the warm and fuzzy Start menu, but the new interface does something Windows 8 failed to do—it makes a point of showing and explaining what’s new. And if you never upgraded to Windows 8 or 8.1, you’re missing out on one of my favorite aspects of the OS: It starts up remarkably faster than Windows 7.
Windows 10 is a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and later. You may already have seen a notification icon in your taskbar with the new Windows logo, from which you can reserve your upgrade. The list below is far from exhaustive (check out all our coverage at our Windows 10 page), but its contents may help ease your transition to Microsoft’s new desktop operating system.