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A Peek at Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft launched Windows 10 on 29 July 2015.  According to Microsoft, “Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.”          

Feature Highlights of Windows 10

Start menu

Start menu in Windows 10

Multiple desktop


Multiple desktop in Windows 10

Using Microsoft Edge

One of the major changes in Windows 10 is the launch of a new web browser, Microsoft Edge to replace Internet Explorer (IE) as the default browser.

It is noted that Microsoft Edge provides no support for legacy technologies such as ActiveX, Browsers Helper Objects (BHOS), VBScript and Silverlight.  Users may not be able to access webpages embedded with these technologies using Microsoft Edge.   Whenever such cases are encountered, they can click the three-dot menu button on the top right corner and select the option “Open in Internet Explorer” to access these pages using IE instead.

Compatibility issues are also found in some HKU Portal applications when using Edge to open. For details on the compatibility of HKU Portal applications with different operating systems and browsers , please refer to http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/guide/infosys/hkuportal#os. Users are thus advised to consider the application compatibility, in particular the frequently used applications, before deciding to upgrade their PCs at work to the latest Windows 10.

"Open in Internet Explorer"
option in Edge

"Open in Internet Explorer" option in Edge




  1. In Edge browser, click the three-dot menu button > “Settings
    Disable Cortana in Edge 1
  2. Under “Advanced settings”, select “View advanced Settings
    Disable Cortana in Edge 1
  3. Under “Privacy and services”, turn off the “Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge” setting.
    Disable Cortana in Edge 3

Privacy in Windows 10

According to the Microsoft Privacy Statement (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/), Microsoft collects data to operate effectively and provide users the best experiences with their services.  Users are advised to review the privacy setting at Windows 10 to confirm the pieces of personal information they wish to share.  Privacy setting can be changed through the following steps-

  1. On the Start menu, select Settings > Privacy.
    Privacy setting 1 Privacy setting 2
  2. A list of general privacy options will be displayed. There are links to specific privacy settings on the left and users can choose to turn off any of them. Users are recommended to turn off options under “General”, “Location”, “Speech, inking, & typing” and “Account info” tab.
    Privacy setting 3 Privacy setting 4 Privacy setting 6 Privacy setting 5
  3. Finally, user is recommended to turn off some of the background apps if you don’t use them.
    Privacy setting 7

For more information related to privacy, you can refer to Microsoft’s page at http://windows.microsoft.com/zh-hk/windows-10/change-privacy-settings-in-windows-10


Anti-malware in Windows 10

Staff and students should have an anti-virus software installed to safeguard their PCs.  Students can download ONE copy of Sophos Endpoint Security and Control (version 10.3.15, supports Windows 10) from HKU Portal (type “Sophos” in the Search field and click the link “Download Sophos Anti-Virus”).  Staff who acquired a Sophos license through their departments can also download ONE copy of Sophos Endpoint Security and Control for use on their home PC for work-related purpose. The installation procedure for Sophos is available at http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/guide/personal/pc/virus/sophos-win/install.

Users are also reminded to perform regular Windows Update to ensure updates and patches are installed in order to protect your device.


Victor Chan
User Services Team
Tel: 3917 5303
Email: chvchan@hku.hk