10 Basic Windows 10 Skills for Engineers

With the start menu back in Windows 10, Microsoft once again pleased its users. The new and improved Windows 10 has bridged the gap between computers and tablets as well as that between type and touch. Its new applications, with intelligent user interface, can adjust to touchscreens when required. In this blog post, we will discuss everything that is new and improved with Windows 10.

The new substitute for Internet Explorer, the Microsoft Edge browser, is widely accepted by internet geeks with its text-only reader mode, annotation tool, and Cortana integration. Speaking of Cortana, it is now more than just a voice command. Its strong integration with Edge browser allows users to set reminders, add calendar events, and even give Google Now-style cards with relevant information. Better customization, task switcher, action center, improved command prompt, and multiple desktops are a few important additions to the latest version of Microsoft's graphics API. With such technological advancements, it has become a necessity for engineers to be proficient in Windows 10 if they want to see their career grow.  

If you are an engineer, you must know these 10 basic Windows 10 Skills that will help boost your efficacy.

1. The Basics

You must know the basics of creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders, zipping and extracting files, launching and closing applications, updating windows, and using Cortana. You must also know how to share files over home networks and connect to the internet.

No matter how basic this sounds, you cannot work out windows 10 without starting from starting.

2. Configuration Management

Configuration Management (CM) is a technical management discipline widely adopted by Systems Engineering as well as Software Engineering. Knowing the basic methods of windows deployment through CM is an essential skill that you must have. Effective CM will ensure that recent design and build state of the system is known and recorded, and makes it possible to rebuild the system correctly in case of errors.

3. Microsoft Windows Server

Microsoft Corporation has designed Microsoft Windows Servers to efficiently handle corporate networking, Internet/intranet hosting, databases, enterprise-scale messaging and other similar functions. You should know how to install, configure, and administer Windows Server to avail useful benefits like Dynamic Access Control, storage pool, and easy backup. 

4. Browsing with Microsoft Edge

The Edge browser has an integrated sharing feature with a Share button on its toolbar that enables you to share web pages; it also has Cortana integration, reading list feature, and web page annotations that allow you to highlight, make and erase notes and copy certain parts of a web page. However, one requires knowing the basics about disabling flashes, change download folder, stop restore tabs after crashing, import favorites from other browsers to edge, block pop-ups and configuring home page to make complete use of it.

We strongly suspect that you have completely ignored Edge’s heart-redning pleas to use it as your default browser, and have only used it once to download chrome, but we do recommend giving it a shot. It may surprise you.

5. Security and Networking

Security and networking are downright essentials for you. To know Windows 10 parental controls, turning windows PC to a WI-FI hotspot, mirroring the screen on a television or monitor screen, password protect a folder, setting up Window’s Hello facial recognition, and creating a guest account are the basic necessity.

6. Supporting and Troubleshooting

Learning how to support and troubleshoot Windows 10 will enable you to resolve issues that pertain to hardware devices and device drivers, application installation and operation, issues related to accessing resources from devices that are not domain-joined, recover and maintain a device running Windows 10. It also helps you resolve issues related to user settings, remote connectivity, client configuration failures and issues with application of Group Policy Objects.

7. Operate Microsoft PowerShell

Microsoft designed PowerShell to automate system tasks, such as batch processing, and to create systems management tools for commonly implemented processes. The PowerShell language is similar to Perl programming language. PowerShell, built on the .NET framework, offers several ways to automate tasks. It simplifies the process to discover and install software on a computer, enhances debugging, defines the classes in functionality, and improves Desired State Configuration.

You can't do everything from the GUI any more, besides, Microsoft itself has claimed, “It's safe to say that the single most important skill a Windows administrator will need in the coming years is proficiency with Windows PowerShell."

8. Microsoft Patch Management

Patch management is a critical part of maintaining the security of your systems and network. Although it is sometimes viewed as a systems management discipline rather than a security discipline, its role in addressing vulnerabilities through the deployment of updates makes it an essential component in an organization’s security operations. Because the timely application of security updates is one of the most important and effective things you can do to protect your systems and network, your patch management system must be as efficient as possible.

9. Backup and Recovery techniques

Many businesses are already adopting Windows 10 in their work environment. After the free upgrade from Windows 8, 8.1 and 7 is made available, Windows 10 has become a widely used OS in personal computers. Thus, reclaiming hard drive space by shrinking Windows 10, deleting old folders, saving space by cleaning out the WinSXS folder, mounting and burning ISO files, controlling OneDrive files, and mapping OneDrive as a network drive has never been more important to learn.

 

10. Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office programs are used in the most administrative positions, regardless of industry. Having Microsoft Office skills is in the top 3 skills desired by employers. With 99.9% financially backed uptime guarantee and system security, it is widely used in different commercial industries. It enables communication and collaboration inside as well as outside the organization and offers password-protected portal to share large, hard-to-email files. It also delivers scalable and secure online solution such as online meetings and document collaboration.  

Increased Demand but Skill Gap

Windows 10 is the most powerful operating system that Microsoft has ever made and most businesses are already turning to Microsoft Windows and using it widely. Therefore, learning the basics of Windows 10 would serve as a benefit for any engineer who wishes to earn good. Anyone who yearns to learn as time since even the best IT pros are finding it difficult to deploy secure Windows 10 across the thousands of enterprise endpoints fast enough to meet business demands.

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At QuickStart you can boost your career by learning everything there is to learn about Microsoft Windows 10 from the configuration to cloud computing, backup and restoring.

Along with configure data security, device security, and network security, and maintain, update, and recovery training courses, QS offers training for Supporting and Troubleshooting Microsoft Windows 10. It trains the audience for a widespread range of issues related to configuration failures, user settings, remote connectivity, hardware devices, startup, operating systems, and accessing resources from domain-joined and non-domain-joined devices.

Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (EDST), IT professionals, and students who seek certification in the 70-697, Windows 10 Configuring exam are eligible for the course.

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