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Get the Newest Version of Windows Forever with Windows Insider

Get the Newest Version of Windows Forever with Windows Insider

The Anniversary update to Windows 10 is rolling out later this summer, but you can try out all the new features like Bash and notifications from your Android phone right now with the Windows Insider program.

Stay On the Cutting Edge With Windows Insider

Get the Newest Version of Windows Forever with Windows Insider

The Windows Insider program is designed to give adventurous users the chance to try out the newest version of Windows before anyone else does. For example, the Anniversary update brings a full Bash client, a smarter Cortana, a dark color scheme, and more. Insiders are the first to receive feature updates like these, but they also shoulder a lot of the risk of untested software (since you’re the ones testing it). However, with a few tweaks you can avoid most of those risks.

You’ll need to be running Windows 10 in order to enroll. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open Start menu and search for “Insider.”
  2. Click “Advanced Windows Update options.”
  3. Under “Get Insider builds” click “Get started.”
  4. Restart your PC to apply updates.

From this point on, you’ll be on the Insider channel and will be notified of new updates as they roll out. If you used the trick above to guarantee a Windows 10 license even after July 29th, then not only do you get Windows 10 for free, but you also get to check out any new features without paying a dime for upgrades. At least until Microsoft changes its policies.

What You Can Do As An Insider

Get the Newest Version of Windows Forever with Windows Insider

Being an Insider doesn’t just mean that you’re first on the list for free updates. Microsoft uses Insiders to get feedback on what’s working and what isn’t, and to tweak features before they’re released to the public. If you want to get involved in the feedback process, you’ll want to install the Insider Hub by following these steps:

  1. Search for “Apps & Features” in your Start menu.
  2. Click “Manage optional features.”
  3. Click “Add a feature.”
  4. Find the Insider Hub on the list and click Install.

If you don’t plan to actively contribute feedback, it’s safe to ignore this app most of the time, but it has a few useful purposes:

  • Get Preview Build Announcements: Click on the newspaper icon on the left side of the Insider app to read announcement posts. These are often a lot more detailed than what you’ll find on the Windows Blog. You’ll find information on updated Preview apps, known bugs, and release notes for new Preview builds.
  • Do Quests to Explore New Features: Whenever Microsoft adds new features to the preview builds, you can find Insider quests that walk you through how to use some of them. No, you don’t really need to follow these quests, but they’re a handy place to discover new features you might not have realized were added.
  • Provide Feedback and Vote On Changes: The Insider program also comes with the Windows Feedback app, which you can find either by searching for it from the Start menu, or clicking the shortcut in the Insider Hub. Here, you can browse feedback from other Insiders. If you’re having a problem with Windows, or are just annoyed by a change, you can probably find someone else who has the same problem here, or add it yourself.

Of course, if you’d rather ignore the Insider features and use the program to live on the bleeding edge of Windows, you can do that. The worst you’ll get is a very rare nag that asks how you like a certain feature. Beyond that, the Insider builds work just like regular Windows. I’ve been using the preview builds for over a year and my computer hasn’t melted. If you really don’t want to pay for Windows and you don’t mind living on the edge a little, this method should give you free Windows for as long as Microsoft keeps the Insider Program going.

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First, You’ll Need Windows 10 to Join the Program

To become an Insider, you’ll need to have a copy of Windows 10 on your machine. Right now, you can still get Windows 10 for free, as long as you have a license for Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. After July 29th, the price will go up to $119 (though you can get an OEM version for $100). However, if you upgrade right now, you can “reserve” a license that you can use again in the future, as How-To Geek points out. When you upgrade to Windows 10, your computer is given a “device entitlement” which is sort of like an invisible, hardware-specific activation key. This allows that hardware to upgrade again in the future. You can secure your entitlement one of two ways:

  • Upgrade your computer like normal and roll it back. Microsoft’s nag icon makes sure you don’t forget how easy it is to upgrade to Windows 10. Once you do so, there will be an option in the Settings app to revert back to whichever version of Windows you upgraded from. You have a month to do this. Even if you revert back to an old version of Windows, you’ll keep your device entitlement and can upgrade again for free in the future. This method may uninstall some of your apps, so if you’d like everything to stay exactly the way you left it, you can try the next method.
  • Clone your system, then restore after upgrading. With this method, you’ll want to create a full clone or disk image of your system before upgrading to Windows 10. Once you’ve upgraded, you can restore your system from the backup you made to ensure everything is right where you left it, and you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 again in the future.

For now, you can still use Windows 10, even if you don’t pay for it. Unlike previous versions, Windows 10 doesn’t stop working entirely if you don’t activate it. You’ll just be nagged with a watermark, and a few personalization features won’t work until you pay up. Switching to Insider builds may remove some of the nags, since each periodic update resets the clock on the nags Microsoft sends your way.

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Adjust Your Settings As An Insider to Limit Your Risk

Get the Newest Version of Windows Forever with Windows Insider

Microsoft doesn’t advise using Insider previews as a daily driver, but you can tweak a few settings in order to limit the risk to your machine.

Change Your Insider Level

There are three different levels of Insider builds, depending on how much risk you’re willing to take. The Fast level will give you the most bleeding edge, potentially broken updates Microsoft releases. The Slow level will take it easier, minimizing risk but still giving you pretty early updates. Finally, the Release Preview level (which should be the default when you first sign up) is the safest update channel. These are the builds that are ready for final testing before going out to the public at large.

To tweak these settings, search for “Insider” from the Start menu and choose “Advanced Windows Update options.” At the bottom of the window that opens, adjust the Insider Level slider. We recommend staying on Release Preview if you’re planning to use this machine regularly.

Defer Upgrades

You can also slow your update process down even further by deferring updates. This feature exists in Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, and Education, but Windows 10 Home users don’t normally have the option. Ironically, becoming an Insider lets you “defer upgrades for several months.” This is especially handy if you want to get into the Insider program without the risk.

You can find this feature in the same menu where you adjusted your Insider level. At the top of the window, enable the checkbox that says “Defer upgrades.” Unfortunately, you can’t determine how long upgrades are deferred (and security patches will continue to rollout no matter what), but it at least gives you a long time to make sure Microsoft fixes any critical, computer-breaking bugs.

You Can Only Disable Defender In Windows 10 Home By Installing Another Antivirus

You Can Only Disable Defender In Windows 10 Home By Installing Another Antivirus

Windows Defender isn’t the best antivirus software (even Microsoft admits its first-party solutions aren’t ideal), but it’s enabled by default on Windows 10 Home. In fact, the only way to disable it is to install something else.

In a strange turn of events, Microsoft has made its Windows Defender feature a permanent fixture of Windows 10. You can temporarily disable it, as you see in the screenshot above, but you can’t turn it off permanently. If it stays off for too long, Windows will turn it back on.

The one caveat to this rule, as pointed out by tips site MakeUseOf, is to install third-party antivirus software. Our pick for best antivirus software, Avira counts, as do most other major brands including BitDefender, AVG, Kaspersky and more. Once you install those applications, Windows Defender will disable itself. In other words, Microsoft doesn’t really care which antivirus program you use, but you have to use something. On the one hand, this seems a little intrusive. On the other, how many of us have friends or relatives that refuse to take basic precautions, but still need help fixing their problems? If you really don’t want to use any antivirus software, you can upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Professional. Unfortunately, the upgrade costs $99.

How to Manually Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10 Home | MakeUseOf

How to Save the Windows 10 Lock Screen Images You Like

How to Save the Windows 10 Lock Screen Images You Like

Windows 10′s lock screen features a cycling rotation of pretty great photography. If you’d like to save the images you find, here’s where to find them on your hard drive.

As tech tips site How-To Geek points out, there’s no easy way to grab the images on the Windows 10 lock screen. Fortunately, you can find the pictures tucked away on your computer. Here’s how to find them:

  1. Make sure hidden folders are visible by opening an Explorer window and selecting Show Hidden items from the View tab.
  2. Navigate to %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets
  3. Copy the files in this folder to another location on your computer where you can easily find them. Create a dedicated folder for these images.
  4. In the Explorer window for the new folder, open a command prompt as an administrator from the File menu.
  5. Run the following command to add a .jpg extension to all of the files you just copied: ren *.* *.jpg

What you’re left with will be a mixture of images, plus some assorted junk files that are used by the lock screen. You can delete any of the images that you don’t need. Again, be sure to only work out of a folder dedicated to the images you copied from the lock screen folder, as the renaming command could screw up other files if you’re not careful.

How to Save Windows 10’s Lock Screen Spotlight Images to Your Hard Drive | How-To Geek

Screenshot by How-To Geek.

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

Microsoft’s Build conference is always full of news about Windows, Office, Xbox, and other Microsoft products, and Build 2016 was no exception. We got a look at the newest Windows 10 update coming this summer, new features for the Xbox One, and updates the Windows Store. Here’s the best new stuff we saw.

Windows 10′s Anniversary Update Is Coming This Summer

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

This summer, Microsoft will release a major update to Windows 10 that’s being affectionately called the Anniversary Update. It’ll be free for anyone currently Windows 10, and users in the Windows Insider program can download the new builds and try them out today. The Anniversary update includes a ton of improvements and new features, which we’ll go through one by one.

Windows 10 Apps, Including Microsoft Edge, Can Support Biometric Authentication

Fingerprint support is all the rage these days, but mostly on mobile devices. Microsoft got into the game in Windows 10 with Windows Hello, which allows you to use your fingerprint to log into your devices. Now, Windows 10 will allow developers to integrate that same authentication in their own apps and websites. If a developer supports Windows Hello (and if your device has a fingerprint scanner), you’ll be able to login to your email, Microsoft account, or other web service without entering a password and just by using a supported fingerprint reader.

Windows Ink Makes the Pen a Much More Powerful Tool

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

Half the problem with styluses on computers is the lack of software that supports them. In the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 will get more support for pen tools. Microsoft’s new Ink Workspace will let you create sketches, write sticky notes, annotate screenshots, and find pen-enabled apps.

Microsoft is also offering new APIs for developers to add pen-related features to their apps. One of the most interesting is a virtual ruler that users can rotate and move around freely to make drawing on-screen easier, and some auto-alignment and adjustment tools to make everything from highlighting text fall into place to drawing charts neat and tidy. Any lines drawn along the edge of the ruler will be kept perfectly straight. Microsoft has already added support for this tool to several apps including Office, but developers can add it to their own apps with just a couple lines of code. This should make stylus-friendly apps much easier to come by.

Bash Is Coming to Windows

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

What even is life.

Users of Unix-style operating systems like Linux and OS X are probably familiar with the Bash shell—it rules your command-line life. Now, Microsoft has partnered with Canonical—the company that maintains Ubuntu—to bring the Bash shell to Windows. For developers, tweakers, and people who use multiple platforms, this is huge. Now, you can use the same commands that you’re familiar with on OS X and Linux distros inside Windows, and that includes everything from file management to app development and installation.

This also opens up fans of the command line to a whole host of new tricks that aren’t available in the DOS-style command line. Microsoft points out that this isn’t an emulator or virtualized app, but Bash is running natively directly in Windows.

The Windows Store Is Getting More Apps and Gaming Features, Will Be Unified With Xbox One

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

So far in Windows 10, the Store has been a bit of an oddball. There are some modern apps that are worth using, but most developers haven’t brought their apps to the Store yet. Now, Microsoft’s making that much easier with a simple app converter. Developers can run old win32 apps to make them compatible with the Windows Store very quickly.

To demonstrate this, Microsoft showed off Age of Empires II, a very old but classic game, running as a native Windows 10 modern app. This app was the same one that’s available on Steam, just run through the converter. That was the only step necessary to make it a modern app, compatible with the Windows Store. Microsoft demoed the same thing for The Witcher 3, live on stage, turning it into a full-screen modern experience. This is already pretty huge, and developers now have an alternative, more curated store from which to sell their games to consumers.

Additionally, Microsoft announced that it will unify the Windows Store with the app store on Xbox One, which brings desktop modern apps to the Xbox (if they’re supported.) A user can flip a simple switch to turn their Xbox One into a dev kit, and developers can use this to optimize their apps to play on Xbox One. This applies to not just games, but any universal Windows app.

Since Microsoft is unifying the Store across both platforms, that means on Windows, developers will also have support for features like bundles, pre-orders, and season passes that were previously exclusive to Xbox. The Windows Store is quickly setting itself up as a Steam competitor that’s not just for games.

Cortana Is Coming to Other Platforms, Will Learn Some New Tricks

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

In the newest Windows 10 update, you’ll be able to use Cortana right from the login screen without logging in (minus the personalization, of course).

Cortana is also getting smarter, integrating everything it knows about you across all of Microsoft’s products. For example, Microsoft demoed a user asking the question “what toy store did I visit last year at Build?” Cortana recognized that “Build” is the calendar event Build 2015, and checks the user’s location history during that time frame last year for any toy stores they were in or near.

Microsoft is also opening Cortana up to other developers, so they can add features that integrate with the assistant. For example, Microsoft demoed the Just Eat app, which can optionally offer to send meals if you have a meeting during lunch. Developers won’t receive information about you that Cortana has collected unless you allow it, of course.

Microsoft’s AI Tools Help Developers Build Powerful Chat Bots

All the Important Things Microsoft Announced Today at Build 2016

Microsoft’s artificial intelligence plans don’t end with Cortana. The company also introduced tools that let developers build powerful chat bots. For example, Domino’s was on hand to demo a bot that could take natural-language orders for pizza and pass that info along to your local store.

These chat bots can also talk with Cortana. In the Skype app, Cortana was able to open conversations with third-party bots that can ask for specific information. For example, one app called Cups and Cakes notified Cortana that it has a delivery. Cortana then asks the user if she’s okay with sharing her location. The location isn’t shared with the third-party app until the user gives Cortana permission to share it.

In the same conversation, Microsoft demoed how booking an event could work. First, they told Cortana to add an event to their calendar. Cortana then proactively suggested they may want to book a hotel room and asks if she can add a third-party bot to book the hotel room. The user can then confirm or deny this request. In this case, the Westin bot was added to the conversation and helped the user find a hotel room and book it. There may be some privacy concerns when your personal assistant starts chatting with third-party bots, but we’ll have to see how it works in practice.


There are likely more new things hiding under the surface for the new Windows 10 update. We’ll poke around in the anniversary update as soon as it rolls out to Insiders to cover all the things Microsoft didn’t get around to announcing.

How to Create a Guest Account on the Latest Version of Windows 10

How to Create a Guest Account on the Latest Version of Windows 10

If you’re on the most recent version of Windows 10, you might have noticed that you can’t create guest accounts like you used to. Here’s a workaround to fix that problem.

For reasons unknown, Microsoft quietly removed the ability to create guest accounts in Windows 10 around the middle of last year. Guest level permission systems still work, but the option in Control Panel to create new guest accounts is gone. Fortunately, you can add your own with a few simple commands. To do so, open a command prompt as an administrator and perform the following steps:

  1. Enter net user Visitor /add /active:yes to create a new account. You can replace “Visitor” with whatever name you wish, but be sure to change it for every command on this list. “Guest” is reserved by the Windows system.
  2. Enter net user Visitor * to create a password for the account.
  3. Press Enter twice to create a blank password.
  4. Enter net localgroup users Visitor /delete to remove Visitor from the regular Users group.
  5. Enter net localgroup guests Visitor /add to add Visitor to the guests user group.

And now you have a brand new guest account! This account will have the same privileges as the old guest accounts. Hopefully Microsoft will bring back a proper interface for this option in the future.

Super User via Laptop Mag

Windows 10 Updates Are Deleting Some Apps Without Notifying Users

Windows 10 Updates Are Deleting Some Apps Without Notifying Users

If you’ve applied a major update to Windows 10 recently, you might notice that a couple of your apps have gone missing. It’s not a bug. Windows 10 is removing apps it considers incompatible or outdated.

As tech site the How-To Geek points out, critical Windows 10 updates (like the big November update) sometimes remove apps from users computers. On my own machine, I found that system information tool Speccy was no longer on my computer. Other users are reporting that apps including CCleaner, HWMonitor, and CPU-Z are also missing after an update.

It’s unclear why Windows is doing this right now. While the primary theory is that the upgrade is removing outdated apps and drivers, Microsoft hasn’t officially commented on the reasoning behind it. For now, if you want your apps back, you’ll have to reinstall them manually. Check out the How-To Geek’s post for more details on how to potentially recover your files as well.

Windows 10 May Delete Your Programs Without Asking


Use Cortana to Identify the Song You’re Listening To

Use Cortana to Identify the Song You're Listening To

Cortana says “Ask me anything,” so why not ask her “what song is this?” if you’re listening to music you don’t know the name of.

If you have the “Hey Cortana” feature enabled, you can just say that to launch the assistant and then ask “what song is this” to have Cortana try to identify it, the album, and the artist’s name. Otherwise, tap the microphone and ask.

MakeUseOf notes that she was pretty good at identifying popular songs but not some more obscure stuff. That was my experience as well.

Still, if you’re not using something like Shazam, you have a built-in music identifier in Windows. Perfect for those times you’re in a coffeeshop or hear a commercial and wondering what song you are listening to.

Cortana Can Help Identify That Song You’re Listening To | MakeUseOf


Windows 10 Is Showing Ads On Your Lockscreen, Here’s How to Turn Them Off

Windows 10 Is Showing Ads On Your Lockscreen, Here's How to Turn Them Off

Windows 10′s new Spotlight feature usually shows you neat photographs and fun facts when you first start your computer. Now, it’s started showing ads. Here’s how to turn it off.

Tips site How-To Geek discovered that Windows Spotlight—which normally rotates between a selection of photographs—was being used to display an ad for Ubisoft’s Rise of the Tomb Raider. Understandably, most people probably don’t want to be hit in the face with a full-screen ad for a video game before they even unlock their computer. If you want to make sure you’re not hit with these ads, follow these steps to disable Windows Spotlight:

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for “Lock Screen Settings.”
  2. Under “Background,” select either Picture or Slideshow, instead of Windows Spotlight.
  3. Scroll down to “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen” and this toggle.

Apparently the “and more” is where Microsoft hid the advertisements. If you like the Windows Spotlight feature and just don’t want to see ads, How-To Geek points out that you can select a drop-down menu when you see the ad and provide feedback saying you don’t want to see more content like this. It’s yet to be seen if this will remove all ads, or just ads for video games, but it’s worth a shot if you really like Windows Spotlight.

How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen | How-To Geek

Revert to the Old Volume Slider in Windows 10

Revert to the Old Volume Slider in Windows 10

The new volume slider in Windows 10 is pretty, but if you’re hankering for the old look or that handy link to the full Mixer, you can get the old one back with just a bit of Registry hacking.

Editing your Windows registry sounds more complicated than it actually is, but if you’ve never done it before you might want to give this explainer a quick read first. Pay particular attention to the part about backing up the Registry or creating a System Restore point just in case you need them.

That said, our friends at WonderHowTo put together some easy-to-follow instructions on reverting to the old style volume slider in Windows 10. You’ll just need to add one Registry key (a DWORD value named EnableMTCUVC in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/MTCUVC folder) and set the new key’s Value data field to 0. Hit up the full article for instructions and illustrations.

How to Revert to the Old Volume Slider in Windows 10 | WonderHowTo

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Microsoft has made a big deal about its new Universal Apps for Windows 10. While some developers are slow to jump on the bandwagon, a few have developed new versions of their apps just for Windows 10, and they’re worth taking a look at.

The new Universal style apps you can find in the Windows Store are still pretty new, and not all of them are as powerful as their traditional counterparts. However, Windows 10 apps have a few key advantages built in:

  • They can be updated through the Windows Store. One of the biggest pains with Windows is there’s no central way to update apps. With Windows 10 apps, you can update them through Microsoft’s store, which is not only easier, but safer.
  • They work well with the built-in media controls. Windows 10 has improved the way its on-screen media controls work. Any time you adjust the volume, or use a media button on your keyboard, you’ll see an overlay popup that shows you what’s playing, and gives you a volume meter, play/pause, next, and back buttons. This automatically gives apps like Netflix and Plex an edge over their browser-based counterparts.
  • Interfaces support touch input by default. Most Windows machines aren’t touch-enabled, but there are a lot more available in recent years. Some of them are pretty nice, even. If you’re using Windows on a touch-enabled device, you’ll appreciate these apps.
  • They look great. This may be a bit superficial, but even as Windows 10 starts to look way better than its predecessors, older apps still use outdated and difficult designs. Some apps may be easier or nicer to use in the new Windows 10 style, even if their older counterparts have more features.

Of course, the big disadvantage for Windows 10 apps is that Microsoft’s design language still isn’t exactly perfect for every app. While some have made good use of what Microsoft has to offer, there are many that feel forced or constrained by the style Microsoft is going for. That being said, here are some of the best ones we’ve found that have a pretty awesome experience on Windows 10.

Netflix

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Netflix tends to have its own style of interface across all platforms, so its Windows 10 app likely looks the least out of place. It has big, touch-friendly buttons that also look great on a home theater PC or a second monitor. You can also use keyboard media controls, so it’s easier to pause, skip ahead, or turn down the volume in the middle of a show. Of course, if you’d prefer to stick with the browser, you can also tweak that with our Flix Plus extension.

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Plex

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Plex is one of our favorite apps for streaming your own media and it fits right in as a Windows 10 app. The big poster art and thumbnails makes it look great as a home theater PC app, or for just browsing your library. Media controls also work natively with the app, which makes it stand out from the Plex web interface. The design is also pretty consistent with Plex on other platforms, so it should be easy to navigate for Plex veterans.

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VLC

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

VLC has always been known for being able to play anything you can throw at it, but not for its interface. However, it has a slick app designed for Windows 10 that, frankly, looks way better than the normal VLC Windows app. Unlike the basic VLC app, you can use this to manage your media library, complete with album art, thumbnails, and cover photos. It’s not quite as feature rich as the regular app, but for most basic tasks, it doesn’t really need to be. It just needs to play back video and audio files, which this one does wonderfully.

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Adobe Photoshop Express

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Smartphones get all the fun when it comes to free photo editors. Adobe Photoshop Express finally shares the love with desktop users. This free app can do basic fixes like crop, color correct, add filters, and reduce noise in a super-simple interface. It’s not going to replace the more professional Photoshop CS6 or anything, but if you need basic photo edits, this’ll get the job done.

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Wunderlist

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Wunderlist has been one of our favorite to-do list apps on Windows for a while. Few developers have taken up Microsoft on its promise of Universal apps quite like Wunderlist. Not only does the app look gorgeous, but it automatically adjusts to your window size, optimizing on the fly for the space you have available. Shrink the window and you’ll get a more compact interface. Use a bigger window and you’ll have more buttons and space to work with. While the normal Windows 7-style app works similarly, it also lacks some features like signing in with Google, or the benefits of being a Universal app (like updating through the Windows Store), which makes this version to clear choice for Wunderlist users.

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Dropbox

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

Dropbox doesn’t normally have an app in the traditional sense. It’s just a syncing service that runs in the background. The Windows 10 Dropbox app, however, is a full file manager and browser. You can explore your folders, see previews of your files, and manage your Dropbox settings like camera upload and account security.

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Calendar (Stock app)

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

The built-in Microsoft Calendar app (simply called Calendar) is one of the best stock apps around. You can use this app to manage your Outlook, Exchange, Google, or iCloud calendars. It also looks great, which isn’t easy for a calendar application. It also works with Windows 10’s new notification center, so you can get alerts on your desktop when an important meeting is coming up. It even plays nice with Cortana on the desktop.

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OneNote

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

OneNote has a different approach to notes than our usual note-taking favorite Evernote, but it’s still pretty powerful. The OneNote Windows 10 app is also a nice look into what Windows 10 apps could be like in the future. It uses a ribbon-style menu, but without the clutter and confusion of all the tiny icons jammed into a small space that usually ruins the ribbon interface. If you’re already a OneNote user, or just want something nicer than WordPad to jot stuff down, OneNote is pretty stellar.

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Xbox

The Windows 10 Apps That Are Actually Worth Using

If you’re an Xbox owner (and even if you’re not), the Windows 10 Xbox app is pretty incredible. You can check out your profile, chat with friends, start voice chat, and even record your games with this app that’s already built in to Windows. The game recording features aren’t limited to Xbox games or even games at all, really. So it’s even handy if you just need a basic screen recording app.

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