Windows 10: FAQs and Exploring What’s New

It's been nearly two months since Microsoft released its newest operating system, Windows 10, and many who downloaded the update are still learning the finer points of how to put the OS to best use. They also continue to discover new features -- good and bad.

Ahead of the launch of Windows 10 Microsoft heavily promoted certain improvements -- return of the Start Menu, a new browser (Edge) to replace Internet Explorer, a smarter Cortana digital personal assistant and a universal platform, meaning the same OS code is used across all Windows devices.

But Windows 10 also brings a host of other new features of special interest to IT professionals. They include an updated Device Guard security system, new mobile device management capabilities and Microsoft Passport to replace standard password protection.

While the new OS is widely recognized as a welcome improvement to the unloved Windows 8 and 8.1, the Windows 10 roll out hasn't been free of complaints. Now operating on well over 75 million devices (according to Microsoft's most recent user update on August 26), Windows 10 is still receiving considerable criticism for its "poorly conceived" Store Apps, the forced nature of its updates and some of its more invasive privacy habits.

For Speed, a 'Clear Improvement'

Among some of the more common questions Microsoft has fielded since releasing Windows 10 are: Can I go back to my previous version of Windows if I don't like Windows 10? (Answer: Yes -- users have one month afer upgrading to revert); Can I reinstall Windows 10 after upgrading (Yes, though any significant hardware changes might require customer support); and Will all my stuff be in the cloud? (Files are saved to a device's hard drive by default, although Windows 10 includes a free option for integrated cloud storage via OneDrive).

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