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Koen Timmers
by Koen Timmers
Educator - Author - Keynote speaker - Global Teacher Prize 2017 finalist

Skipping version 9 was a smart thing to do. Windows 10 works like a charm. In this tutorial I will offer a quick guide in installing and using Windows 10. I'll list up benefits of this new UI. 

* update

In the meanwhile Windows10 can be downloaded for free. If you are currently running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 on your PC you are entitled to a free upgrade!

* How to turn your Windows 10 Insider Preview into Windows 10 RTM

I think most active Windows Insiders have been hoping for a new build of Windows 10 today since it has been three weeks since build 10130 was released but unfortunately that build is not coming. We did however learn quite a bit about the last stages of the Windows Insider Program in these last 40 days or so before the release of Windows 10.

You need to take the following steps:

  • Be a registered member of the Windows Insider Program.
  • Install build 10130 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview.
  • Set up Windows 10 build 10130 using your Microsoft Account. The next build released to Windows Insiders will ask you to connect your Microsoft Account if not in order to validate that system for downloading of future builds. No Microsoft Account – no Fast or Slow Ring build after the next build is released. If you are an Insider and forget to connect your Microsoft Account there will be reminders beginning in the next Windows Insider Preview release which could come at any time.

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The installation

Yesterday I decided to install Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 3. I have to admit I have other talents than installing new software. In most cases Murphy's law can be applied to installing games, etc. But installing windows 10 worked like charm. It took me 40 min and I didn't have to do anything but double clickin at the file setup.exe. 

First things first. The release date of Windows 10 is July 29 2015. One can download the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO at, which is for free

windows 10 installation

The computer rebooted a few times, but as it promised in advance: no actions required like hitting buttons, etc. Once Win10 was installed, all software and apps remained working. 

Graphic interface

Windows 10 is totally flat UI. No more gradients, shadows and rounded rectangles. It is solid, clear and beautiful. The taskbar is black and sublte. Active software icons are underlined. The wallpaper is attractive. Take a look how the wallpaper was created at (behind the scenes). The start button is back (since 8.1) and the start menu evolves. It contains all you need: apps, explorer, configuration, the ability to switch the computer off, short news flashes, etc. 

Windows 10 wallpaper

The action center on the right side offers a clear overview of tweets, settings, facebook posts, and other useful messages.

Windows 10 enables multiple desktops, which makes multitasking very easy and avoids desktops full of icons. 

A new browser: edge

You have to admit. People and especially web designers had a very good laugh with Internet Explorer, so Microsoft made a wise decision: building a new browser from the bottom up. The code name was Spartan, based on Chrome. Microsoft's new browser is called Edge (to enable keeping the E-icon). And it works like a charm. For now Edge has to do with a HTML5 score of 402 (out of 555 points), but it is fast, has a good scrolling function and the settings are clear. Microsoft also got rid of SilverLight. 

Browser Microsoft Edge

BUT! Remarkable: Internet Explorer is still in the house and can still be founded and used. 


The Windows Explorer is pretty much the same as before. It offers some new features. Windows 10 gets a new Windows Store, where you can download desktop programs as well as modern Windows apps. The settings are modernized, but the configuration window is still here. Not sure why. Windows Phone users will love the fact that Cortana was implemented on Windows 10. 

Windows 10 works perfect on phone, surface and desktop computer in contrary to Android (Google) and iOS (Mac), who are still using different Operating Systems. 

Last but not least: Windows 10 is free. Indeed. Free. 

To my humble opinion Windows 10 is in all aspects a better operating system than Windows 8 and the fact that it works on all windows devices gives it credits towards Apple's OSX. 



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