Top 5 Built-In Features of Windows 10

Windows has been around us like forever and in this period it has introduced a lot of features for us,not just new but also some very old one’s that have found their place in the latest Windows 10.

So here are the top built-in features that you might not know of but are very useful:

1)Windows Task Scheduler:

Task Scheduler Windows 10

Task Scheduler is one the most mature Windows utility serving customers since Windows ’95.

As the name suggests it helps us to schedule various tasks on applications present Windows

It automatically performs routine tasks on the computer by monitoring certain conditions we choose( here named as triggers) and executing the respective tasks when these triggers are met.

For example:- Initiating Windows Defender every midnight to check for presence of virus in the system.

Type ” Task Scheduler” in the search area and click on it to open the application. Click on Create Basic Task or Create Task for creating a routine schedule.

2)Managing Disk Space

Disk Clean Up Windows

If you’ve a lot of data on your device and need to free up some space or even check some old system files which are redundant then Disk Cleanup is one of the best in-built utilities of Windows 10 that will help you.

It is also one of the old utilities just search it up and click on the first result to launch the application.

This utility helps us in regaining the disk space by eliminating system files that are no longer needed for the functioning of the operating system.

  1. Click on Disk Cleanup in the search bar.
  2. Click on any one of the drives you wish to run this utility for(here it is C:).
  3. After clicking OK you will see at top the total memory space that you can free up- 25 MB in my case see the picture above.
  4. Click on clean up system files if you want to clean.

3)Remote Desktop Connection

We all know software’s like TeamViewer and Skype that helps us to share screens and allow our peers control over that screen.However in Windows 10 you can do this without any Third-Party apps.

Remote Desktop

This is done by the Remote Desktop Connection which is an in-built Windows utility that allows us to connect to another PC in a private network(local IP address) or over the internet(public IP address).

If both of the users are using Windows 10 then Quick Assist utility will do the job for you which is also an in-built feature.

4)Checking for File Errors

This in-built feature allows you to check for any presence of missing/corrupted files in the system.Its called as System File Checker which is a command-line utility and not an application.

Check out my previous post on How To Use System File Checker to Repair Files on Windows 10.

5)Recording Your Screen Activity

Game DVR

Now if you want to to record your screen activity then Windows has a built-in app for called Game DVR.

All you need to do is open up an application that you want to record and then press Win+G .You will be prompted with a question tick the checkbox and then click on the big red button to start the recording.

How To Use System File Checker to Repair Files on Windows 10

If you notice some random errors on your Windows or while booting up there occurs some issues then there is very good chance that the System Files and Folders present  are corrupted.

Windows 10 has been pretty good in handling the files required for proper functioning compared to its older versions however the instability occurs when there is a Windows Update.

So in order to check whether your system has corrupted files Windows 10 has a built-in System File Checker which is a command-line utility that automatically scans and repairs corrupted files if present any, with a proper and stable version.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on using this service:

Implementing SFC:

  1. Click on Windows icon on bottom left-> search Command Prompt.
  2. Right Click on Command-Prompt->Select Run as Administrator also called as elevated command prompt.
  3. Now type sfc /scannow (Note that there is a space in between).
  4. Wait for the process to complete as this might take some time.

After the process gets 100% completed look in the Command Prompt screen

  • If you get a message as displayed below then there were some file errors which were detected and restored.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not supported in offline servicing scenarios.

  • And if the message is displayed like the one below then there were no problems detected with the files.

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

  • If message displayed is like the one below then Windows was not able to repair those files.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.

Note: If there were any repairs made by the System File Checker then Restart your device as the SFC might not prompt you to do so.

Did you notice CBS.log which is mentioned whenever errors are detected?This is a LOG file where list of all the corrupted files which were restored or not are saved.

So if you want to check the list of files here’s how you can access it , go to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. If you want to analyse the files check out on  How To analyse the Log Files created by SFC

Conclusion:

The Built-In System File Checker is one the best tools you can use to view corrupted files however if you’re not satisfied you can always try and implement the third party software available online.

 

How To Backup Files on Windows 10

Windows 10 provides a way to backup your files on external hard drive using the built-in File History feature.

File History backs up versions of your file that keeps on updating over time Only the files which are present in Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive folders available offline on your PC are backed up by the File History.If there are file present elsewhere just copy them into one of these folders.

So before you backup we need to select a Drive where all your backups are going to be saved. Now open the Settings app and go to Update & Security -> Backup.

FileHistory Windows10

Connect your External Hard drive to the PC ,now click on the Add a drive by clicking the ‘+’ sign and choose the External drive for archiving the data.

By default Windows backs up all of your files present in the above folders.

Click on More options button below the Add a drive , here you can see  the overview and detailed list of all the files that are ready for backup.

FileHistory BackupOptions

In order to Add a Folder click on the ‘+’ of Add a folder button  and to remove some files from the backup list choose that particular folder and click on Remove present in gray button.

Now finally click on the Back up now to back up your data.

Regarding how long you want to back up with File History:

  • The default mode is forever as in the data will get saved until the drive runs out of space.
  •  You can select Until space is needed where the old version of file will get erased to save the space for future backup.