1. Windows Sonic Surround

With the update of Creators Update last year, Windows 10 got a very cool and interesting feature, which will appeal to gamers and sound enthusiasts. Sonic Surround is a virtual surround sound emulator for headphones.

  1. Virtual desktops

This is an extremely useful function that helps to systematize work with a large number of programs and applications. For this you need to:

Press Win + Tab to open the “Task View” menu;

Click on “Create Desktop” at the bottom right of the screen.

Of course, you can also switch using Task View, but it’s much more convenient to manage virtual desktops with hotkeys:

Ctrl + Win + left or right arrow – switch between desktops;

Ctrl + Win + D – create a new desktop;

Ctrl + Win + F4 – close the current desktop.

  1. Windows built in backup utility

A great backup tool, built right into the system. And Windows 10 itself will create backup copies, you only need to specify the frequency and place where they will be saved.

Go to “Settings” → “Update and Security” → “Backup Service”.

Add a disk or device where backups will be saved.

In the advanced settings, you can select the folders for which you want to back up.

  1. Windows Update Options

Windows update has a tendency to pick the most inconvenient times to reboot and install. Luckily we can specify the timing of these update installs by changing the settings.

Go to “Options” → “Update and Security” → “Windows Update” → “Change the period of activity.”Set the time you use the computer. Windows will not reboot the device during that time period.

  1. Dynamic locking

Windows can automatically block access to the computer when you are not around. For this you need:

Connect the phone to the computer via Bluetooth;

Go to “Options” → “Accounts” → “Login parameters”;

Scroll down the page to the “Dynamic Lock” section and tick the box to allow Windows to determine when you are out.  Windows will block access to the computer one minute after you leave the Bluetooth-enabled coverage area.


  1. Alternative ways of entering

It is absolutely necessary to protect a Windows account with a strong password. However, it does cut into the convenience of a quick login. Windows offers several other ways.

Go to Settings → Accounts → Login Options.

Select what you want to use: a PIN or pattern.

If in the first case everything is simple and clear, then the second option looks more interesting. You choose any picture and come up with three different gestures for it. The next time you want to unlock your computer, you will need to repeat these gestures. But, without a touch screen, this is not very convenient.


  1. Controlled access to folders

Use this feature if you do not want to become a victim of cryptographic viruses that attacked users around the world last year.

Go to the “Windows Defender Security Center” → “Virus and Threat Protection” → “Virus and Other Threat Protection Settings”.

Scroll down to the section “Controlled access to folders” and put the switch to “On”.

Choose which folders you want to protect and which applications to give access to them.