Windows 10: 5 things I like

Martin Brinkmann
May 3, 2015
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

I'm fairly critical when it comes to new software versions regardless of whether it is an update to a web browser I use (Firefox) or the underlying operating system (Windows 10).

Part of that comes from me using a program or system for a long period of time in specific ways that often get torpedoed by updates.

Windows 8 was no exception to the rule and while Microsoft seems to have changed its course in regards to development in Windows 10, it is offering an experience that is often completely different to what you may have used before.

This article is about features that I like in Windows 10. Those are not all of them obviously but the ones listed below have made an impact on my day to day work routine.


Search is not really that different from the way it was in Windows 8 or even Windows 7. You tap on the Windows-key, type your phrase and pick one of the results.

What I like about the presentation in Windows 10 is that it highlights the best hit which makes it easier to identify and pick it.

While Microsoft sorted search results before, for instance on Windows 7 into programs, files and other data types, it never highlighted a specific result before.

It is clear that this is mostly a cosmetic change but those may often be more useful than complete rewrites of features.

Since I'm using Windows on the desktop, I don't have any use for Cortana yet. This could change if Microsoft adds full dictation support to the digital assistant similar to how Dragon Naturally Speaking works.

Window snapping

window snap

Microsoft introduced window snapping in Windows 7. I love the feature and use it regularly to display two windows side by side on my 1920x1080 screen without having to adjust size and position of those windows manually.

All it takes is a little drag and drop action to do so.

Snapping evolves in Windows 10 as you get more snap options. While you can still snap windows to the side so that they take up half the space, or to the top to maximize them, it is now also possible to snap them to the top/bottom left or right so that they take up a quarter of space on the desktop.

This allows you to display four windows next to each other similar to how you are able to display two on Windows 7.

Windows highlights the area the window will be displayed in when you start to drag so that you can control that easily.

Command Prompt

command prompt

While I don't use the command prompt too often, I do use it regularly to run commands or test new programs that run from it.

The command prompt has not really changed that much in recent versions of Windows, but that is going to change when Windows 10 comes along.

For instance, copying always felt broken and useful features such as paste were not even available at all.

Now you can use Ctrl-c to copy selected text (or the current line) and use Ctrl-v to paste text right into the command line.

There are more shortcuts to explore which may improve how you work on the command line.

Windowed apps

windowed apps

This one I like a lot. Instead of being forced to run all apps fullscreen, or snap them to one side of it, you run them in windows now.

Not all apps are designed for that unfortunately which means that you may run into compatibility issues with some older apps.

Most apps do work fine however . What I like the most about this is that you don't switch between two interfaces anymore when you run apps.

On Windows 8, you had to run apps on the Start Screen which meant switching to it whenever you wanted to do so.

On Windows 10, you run apps from the start menu and they open up in windows on the desktop. That's an improvement.

No Charms menu

The Charms menu was terrible as it made no sense to have it in first place on the desktop and even on mobile, it felt misplaced and terrible.

Good news is that Microsoft removed the Charms menu in Windows 10. Part of its functionality went into the new start menu, some into controls offered by windows and another part into the new notification center.

Now You: Any Windows 10 features that you like in particular?

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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