Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of the settings interface, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section and some of the upcoming sections, we're going to be working with settings in Windows 10. The easiest way to get to the Settings interface is off the Start menu. We'll go to Settings. That'll pull up the initial menu, where we can look at different settings and different groups of settings. Some of this is very similar to the Control Panels we had in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Those same Control Panels do exist in Windows 10.
If we search for Find a Setting, we can search for Control Panel, and it will pull up an interface with the Control Panels very, very similar to Windows 7 and Windows 8. There are some things we can do in the Settings window that we can't do in Control Panel and vice versa. Also, personally, I try and work more and more with Settings because it seems to be the way of the future. Microsoft seems to prefer this interface and is pushing most of the new functionality towards this, so it's probably a good idea to become familiar with it.
Most of it is either self-explanatory or can be found with a little exploration. The initial interface presents us with the top level choices. Clicking on any of those gives us some sub-choices. We always have a left hand menu with various settings listed. We can click on any of those and that changes what is on the right side, and it tries to provide a very consistent interface. More consistent than what we had with Control Panels. Whereas with Control Panels, each individual Control Panel you opened could have a significantly different interface, whereas in the Settings, each section seems to have a very similar interface.
To go back one level, we have a arrow facing to the left, in the upper left hand corner, and that'll take us back up to the original menu. There are a few places that will take us outside of this familiar interface. So, for example, I'm going to click on Network & Internet, then go to VPN, and one of the options is Network and Sharing Center. That actually opens a new interface that's actually the old Control Panel interface.
So, not all of the functionality has been moved over to the new Settings windows, but it is very convenient to get into the Control Panel from the Settings interface. So, you can continue to explore the Settings, but also, in the upcoming sections, we're going to go into detail on some of these areas.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10