An Elevated Command Box is a useful way to run certain specialised commands. Here’s how you do it:
The Start Button is the little flag icon in the bottom-left corner of the main screen in Windows 10.
Right-click the Start Button to get a menu of useful commands. From here you can click on Command Prompt (Admin) to get an elevated command prompt – you’ll be asked for permission first (just click Yes). It will open in a black window. When you’ve finished with the command box, you can type exit or just close the black window by clicking the normal “red X”.
The Windows 10 Search Box is a very useful tool, and under-used by many people. You can use it to search for almost anything on your PC (and maybe on the Web) – files, photos, documents, settings, and so on.
It’s at the bottom of your main PC screen (the desktop), just to the right of the little Windows flag (the Start button). It may contain the words “Search Windows”, “Search Windows and the Web”, or “Ask me anything”, depending on your PC’s settings.
It may also just be an icon, like this:
To use it, just type the start of a word or phrase into it. As you type, it will show you matching things that it finds.
Let’s say we want to find Windows’s “Command Box”. So I type com and up it pops:
I could either click it to run a command box, or right-click and choose Run as administrator to run an Elevated Command Box (that is, a command box with extra privileges).
There are a number of ways, but one of the easiest, and one that works on all modern versions of Windows is this:
In details: hold down the Windows key, press and release the “R” key, let go of the Windows key.
The “Run box” will appear:
Type “winver” (without the quotes) and click “OK”.
You’ll be shown a box that tells you which Windows you have (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10), and, in smaller letters the version and edition – version 1610 of Windows 10 Pro, for example. Click “OK” to make the box go away.
People say they don’t like Windows 10, but I find a few simple changes make it much better. Here are the changes I usually make for my customers. These are just my preferences, I’m not claiming everyone will agree, but they suit me and they seem to suit most of my customers.
As Windows 10 is the last ever version of Windows (there will be lots of small changes, but no more “big bang” new versions), we might as well get it how we want it, and just start calling it “Windows”.
Now the “free upgrade” period for getting Windows 10 is over, where do we stand? It seems to have come in for a lot of criticism, much of which seems to me to be rather undeserved. I’ve upgraded dozens of my customers for Windows 10, and had remarkably few problems.
Windows 10 was released in July 2015, with the offer of free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 home users (there is no Windows 9). My advice at the time to most of my customers was to wait and see how Windows 10 worked out, and not to rush into the upgrade. Sure enough, there was a major re-release of Windows 10 in November 2015 (the “Fall upgrade” or the “1511 upgrade”).