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10 Ways to open File Explorer in Windows 10

File Explorer is one of the most used apps from Windows 10. Whether you need to copy or move files, or delete some, there’s always one thing you need to do first: open the File Explorer. So, we thought it would be a very good idea to write this roundup article, which contains all the ways in which you can open File Explorer in Windows 10. They involve everything from search, to keyboard shortcuts, to using speech and so on. Let’s get started:

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How to make Windows 10’s File Explorer start in any folder you want

Windows 10 offers an easy way of changing the start location for File Explorer. However, it only gives you two starting locations to choose from: Quick access and This PC. But what if you want File Explorer to start in another location? What if you’d like your File Explorer to start in your OneDrive folder, your Dropbox folder, one of your Libraries or any other folder from your Windows 10 computer or device? Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do that in Windows 10. Because of that, we started to scour for possible solutions. In the end, we managed to find one hack that works well. Read on to learn how you can set Windows 10’s File Explorer to start in any location you want:

NOTE: If you want to change the start location for File Explorer to one of the default choices you have in Windows 10 – Quick access or This PC – we recommend you to read this guide: How To Set The Start Location For File Explorer In Windows 10

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: The new features heading your way

Microsoft is marking the first birthday of Windows 10 by giving the OS a major upgrade.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will add a variety of features to the OS, as well as extending and fixing what’s already there.

The detail of what will be included in the free update — due to drop on August 2nd — is already known, as early versions have been available to testers for some time under the Windows Insider program.

A gallery version of this article is available here.

Here are the major new additions to Windows 10 due in the Anniversary Update.

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How to set when Windows 10 is allowed to install updates and restart your PC

Up until now, Windows 10 users had no control over how and when their computers or devices chose to reboot in order to automatically install operating system updates. That’s not exactly what you’d call a friendly approach and, even more, it can be quite unhelpful for people using Windows 10 at work. Just imagine what would it mean for you to have a meeting on Skype with an important client and your Windows 10 computer decides to restart and install updates. Not to mention those apocalyptical situations when updates encounter errors: all your work is on that Windows 10 computer and troubleshooting takes forever. Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft finally took some steps towards correcting these issues with the help of two small and helpful features: Active hours and custom restart times. Read on to see where you’ll find these settings and how to configure them:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

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How to get the Linux Bash in Windows 10, in 3 steps

It’s been a while now since Microsoft declared its love for Linux and, at first, it felt strange to see Windows 10 embrace the Tux penguin. However, the fact that Windows 10 is able to run native Linux applications directly, without having to resort to using virtual machines, is a proof of Microsoft’s new strategy of embracing other ecosystems. Microsoft teamed up with Canonical and now you can install the Ubuntu software subsystem in Windows 10. That allows you to run Bash directly from Windows 10. Strange times we’re living in, right? They are also interesting times, so let’s see how to enable the Linux Bash in Windows 10:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of July 2016.

Conclusion

Enabling the Linux Bash on Windows 10 is not very hard and it implies changing just a few settings. However, working with Bash might be something that’s not quite for everybody. If you are a developer, if you love running commands in a text environment, or if you have some experience in working with Linux, then you’ll probably be very excited with the love Windows 10 how shows to Linux users.

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Ubuntu’s bash and Linux command line coming to Windows 10

Microsoft built a Linux subsystem for Windows for Project Astoria, its system for running Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile.

But in February the company confirmed that Astoria was dead, as it rather undermined the Universal Windows Platform concept. At the time, we speculated that portions of Astoria might live on, as portions of it had mysteriously started showing up in Windows Insider Previews. And today, that has come to pass, with Microsoft saying that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include the ability to run the popular bash shell from Unix, along with the rest of a typical Unix command-line environment.

We’re still trying to get the inside story on what Microsoft has done here, but what we’ve known for several months now is that the company has developed some Windows kernel components (lxcore.sys, lxss.sys, presumably standing for “Linux core” and “Linux subsystem,” respectively) that support the major Linux kernel APIs. These components are not GPLed and do not appear to contain Linux code themselves; instead, they implement the Linux kernel API using the native Windows NT API that the Windows kernel provides. Microsoft is calling this the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL).

A kernel API is one thing, but to be useful you need user mode applications. For Astoria, this would have been a version of the Android Open Source Project, Google’s mostly BSD-licensed code that provides a Java-like runtime and various applications and system services. For WSL, however, Microsoft is turning to Canonical, creators of Ubuntu, for help. Canonical has provided a system image containing the Ubuntu versions of the various command-line tools that are typically found in a Linux distribution.

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How to use the Contact Support app from Windows 10 to get help from Microsof

Microsoft has included a brand new app dedicated to helping it’s customers get fast tech support when theyencounter problems. It’s a new universal app that works both in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is named Contact Support and acts as a portal for reaching the appropriate support service for the specific problem that you are having. As you will see in this guide, it helps you get to the right place faster and more easily, depending on your need. Let’s see how the Contact Support app works:

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Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven’t done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you’ll be prepared should you encounter a problem with your Windows 10 installation.

In Windows 10, you can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive as well as on an optical disc. While both procedures produce the same recovery tool, they are created from different user interfaces. The USB flash drive version is created using a stand-alone tool; the optical disc is created from the Backup And Restore (Windows 7) user interface. Why Microsoft didn’t unify the process under one roof, I don’t know. In this article, I’ll show you both ways to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive.

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Has your Windows 10 Start menu stopped working? Here are four ways to fix it

I had this issue after my latest update from Microsoft and I Tunes. Lynda found this link, and i found it quite helpful.

I had already rebooted and this start menu returned, magically. But, these would have been simpler solutions….

The Windows 10 upgrade hasn’t been smooth sailing for everyone, and one common complaint is that the Start menu stops working for no apparent reason. Here are some ways to reactivate it.

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How to share a printer with the network in Windows

If you have a network where multiple devices and operating systems are used, you might not be able to use the Homegroup for easy network sharing. In such scenarios, you need to share your folders and devices using different procedures. For example, sharing a printer with the network involves a different and lengthier set of steps. Here’s how it works in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10:

NOTE: Sharing a printer works the same way in Windows 7, in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10. Thus, for simplicity reasons, in this tutorial, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Some visuals might be slightly different in previous versions of Windows, but the essentials are the same.

How to share a printer with the network, in Windows

First, open the Devices and Printers panel. There you will see a list with all external devices installed on your PC. Go to the Printers section and select the printer that you want to share

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