Windows 10

Windows 10 FAQ

Windows 10 New Features

1. What is Windows 10 User interface?

Windows 10 is now combines the best of Windows 7 (such as the desktop and start ment and a start menu at the bottom left) and Windows 8 with WinRT apps which can be launched from the tiles on the start menu.

The live tiles are Apps written in a new WinRT (Windows RunTime) API which uses unmanaged enhanced COM APIs.

2. What is BitLocker?

Bitlocker is used to encrypt drive contents to prevent confidential data from being read from a thief if the PC or Laptop gets stolen. Ideally, it uses TPM (trusted platform module) 1.2 and as well as crypting programs and data and can encrypt hibernation and swap files as well. The drive can be locked unless and PIN number or USB driveis inserted with the correct keying information included on it.

3. What is Windows Smartscreen?

Smartscreen will warn or block unrecognised apps or programs from running and optionally only those approved by an administrator. This can potentially block harmful apps from running on Windows 10.

4. What is Hyper-V

Hyper-V (Hypervisor) replaces Virtual PC which allows you to run upto Virtual PCS on your computer. So, you can run Windows XP or Vista, 7 (32 or 64 bit) and so on, so that you can run legacy software that has not yet been updated for Windows 10. Hyper-V is available on Windows 10 64 bit Pro or Enterprise.

5. What is UEFI and Hybrid Boot?

EUFA is the new Unified Extensible Firmware Interface which will eventually replaces BIOS for booting Windows systems.
Hybrid boot allows the PC to hibernate the Windows kernel on shutdown to speed up the subsequent boots.

6. What is in the new Task Manager?

Task Manager has been substantially updated with new Performance screen, an improved Application list with a more oricess moved to Details tab. Also has links to Resource Manager as well.

7. What is available in DirectX 12?

DirectX is Microsoft's API for graphics, sound and input systems for gaming and multimedia. DirectX 12 now reduces driver overhead, similar to AMD's Mantle technology. It also achieves 'console-level efficiency' like the XBox. DirectX 12 will support all Fermi and later NVidea GPUs, AMD GCN-based chips and Intel's Haswell GPUs.

Windows 12 supports DirectX 9,10, 11 to run older games using the older DirectX APIs so applications and games for Windows XP or later can run on Windows 10.

8. What is the Windows Store?

It is a store for users to purchase and download WinRT apps to install on their Windows 10 machines.

9. Can you image a Windows 10 computer?

Yes, you can use a new feature called ImageX which can create WIM files which contains your OS image. Unlike, XP it is a lot more hardware independant, so you do not have to create multiple images due to different HALs or disk types. You can get ImageX from the Windows Automated Deployment Kit from Microsoft Downloads page. If you have to deploy Windows 10 to multiple PCs, you can use the new WDS (Windows Deployment Services) on Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2.

10. What has been removed or replaced in Windows 10?

The tile based Windows 8.x start screen has been removed and, you can only see these Apps on the start menu.
The charm icons (Search, Share, Start, Devices, Settings) on the right hand side is no longer avaiable. See new Start menu instead.
Windows Explorer is now named as File Explorer, it no longer has a traditional menu system, but now has a 'Ribbon' in the explorer window.
Microsoft Edge web browser will be the default, instead of Internet Explorer (which has been kept for backward compatibility).
The Easy Transfer tool, used to transfer documents and settings to a new PC or OS.