Discovering Windows 10

You can’t take full advantage of Windows 10 if you don’t know what’s there, let alone how to get back to it. Windows 10 is also too extensive to keep it all in mind.

You’ll do best if you start out with a good idea of the “lay of the land,” and with the tips and tools you’ll need to discover what you’re looking for.

In my talk, Discovering Windows 10, I’ll map out Windows 10, and then explore the paths, in part by using what I call “discovery tools”. I’ve also prepared some resources to help you navigate on your own.


  • The 10,000 foot view (a mindmap) of the Desktop-centric metaphor for Windows 10. If you’re using a tablet you’ll need to adapt that a bit.
  • My Discover Windows 10 notebook.
  • My More on Windows 8 pearltree.
  • The “Get Started” Windows 10 app from Microsoft is very good, and it’s free.
  • I use an eBook, Windows 10 Field Guide, by Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera and Martin McClean. It’s concise, fully illustrated, well written and nicely organized (as are previous eBooks by Paul Thurrott). I think it’s well suited for “discovering” Windows 10. And it’s inexpensive ($10 ̶ $15). [Sample (PDF)]
  • Windows 10 for Dummies by Woody Leonard is a nice example of Windows 10 paper-based books (there are many others). This one is more verbose than the one above, so there’s not as much left to the imagination. ($20)