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5 must-know Windows 10 tips and tricks

Brad Chacos | July 30, 2015
Windows 10 is finally here, and Microsoft's latest, greatest operating system is chock full of tricks and tweaks that can enhance your experience--and tailor Windows to your personal needs. Here's a look at five of the most useful.

Schedule your restarts

Last but certainly not least, Windows 10 won't allow you to skip updates this time around, but it tosses enthusiasts a bone by finally--FINALLY--including an option to schedule exactly when those mandatory restarts happen.

Once an update's been downloaded, head into the Windows Update section of the Settings app's "Updates & Security" section to tell your PC when it's got a greenlight to reboot. If you head into the advanced options you can tell Windows to notify you to schedule a restart whenever an update's ready to rock.

If you want to save some bandwidth, you can also download Windows Updates to a single machine in your house, then use it to spread the patch to other PCs in your network. To do so, head to the same Advanced Options menu for Updates & Security, then click on "Choose how updates are delivered." By default, updates are available either way--via direct download to an Internet-connected PC, or via other PCs on your network--but you can change it to accept Windows Updates only if delivered via your local network. Be sure not to enable the option on the PC you'll use to download the initial update!

 

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