5 New Windows 10 features you may like

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 1, 2015
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Windows 10 ships with several big changes and features, for instance Cortana, the digital voice controlled assistant or Microsoft Edge, a new web browser that replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser on systems running Windows 10, or that applications run in windows on the desktop now and not anymore fullscreen.

I talked about things I like in Windows 10 before but this article looks at some of the smaller changes and adjustments that Microsoft made in recent time.

These don't get talked a lot about and may please some users who plan to upgrade to Windows 10 or buy a device that runs the operating system.

Please note that some features may still change as Windows 10 has not been released yet. This could not only mean that a feature gets removed before release of the operating system, but also that it is moved around or modified in one way or another.

1. Start Menu and Taskbar personalization

start personalization

The personalization menu for Start holds several interesting options. For one, it allows you to hide or show most used and recently added applications.

More interesting than that are options to select which folders appear in the start menu. A click on "Choose which folders appear on Start" displays a selection of system folders, e.g. the personal folder, download folder or pictures, that you can pin to start using the menu.

2. Windows Store reveals (some) in-app purchases

in-app purchases

In-app purchases are often used by free to play applications and games to generate revenue. They may unlock items or features in the game, provide extra cash for purchases, or other bonuses.

Most stores inform you about these purchase options but they don't list how much you'd pay for items.

The new Windows Store does that by listing five sample items that are available for purchase in the selected application.

What it does not do is reveal what they do and while it is sometimes easy to tell -- money boost -- it is not possible to find out if the price is acceptable or not.

3. Pin Websites to Start for fast access

pin website to start

I'm not a fan of the new start menu even though I think that it is an improvement over the Start Screen of Windows 8.

The two elements that I don't like the most are the placement of the power button and that you cannot switch to list view in the right pane.

You can pin lots of things (modern settings for instance) to the Start Menu including websites. To do that start Microsoft Edge and visit the website that you want to pin to it.

Click on the three dots in the interface once you are there and select "pin to start" to add a shortcut to the site to the start menu.

4. Set Save locations for apps and personal data

save locations

Microsoft added preferences to Windows 10 that allow you to specify new default save locations for applications, documents, music, pictures and videos.

The default partition is set to c: but if you are running low on space on the drive, you may now switch to another one easily using the settings menu.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type Settings and hit enter.
  2. Navigate to System > Storage.
  3. Change Save Locations as you see fit on the page.

5. Control Privacy settings in one central location

Privacy is a group in the settings that you can use to modify (mostly) app-related privacy settings. You may for instance disable the advertising ID, turn off SmartScreen Filter, or disable sending information on how you write to Microsoft.

The same page lists controls for location, camera and microphone, the account, and several core applications such as calendar, contacts and messaging.

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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:

  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):


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