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Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

Now that Windows 10 Anniversary Update is out and millions of people are running it, 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 Anniversary 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.

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.

For more, read Why is called Windows 10 not Windows 9, and if you’re a gamer, Demystifying Direct X 12 support in Windows 10: What AMD, Intel, and Nvidia do and don’t deliver.

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