Windows 10 is a pretty cool OS by Microsoft. It comes with an incredible user interface and many advanced features. But, this OS bears little familiarity with its predecessors, especially Windows 7 and older versions. If you are new to Windows 10, you may need help every now and then. Also, if you run into a problem, you will want to get quick assistance. The good news is there are many ways to get help in Windows 10. Here is the list!
Method 1: Using the Built-in Help Feature
Most Windows 10 supported programs have integrated help feature from where you can get assistance on a wide range of topics. You can access the help feature by clicking on Help menu in the main menu bar. If you do not find the Help menu, you will need to locate the ‘question-mark’ icon. Usually, it is on the top right, under the ‘x’ button. The location, however, may vary across applications.
Alternately, you can also press F1 function key on your keyboard to bring up the help documents. F1 key works with most applications, especially the ones developed by Microsoft.
If you are looking for help related to Windows 10 and not necessarily any program in particular, you can press F1 on the home screen of the OS to open the Help documents. The Help document is very comprehensive and you can find answers to a wide range of questions.
Built-in ‘Help’ is the simplest way to get quick assistance. But, you will notice that the information is pretty generic. If you need to resolve any advanced issue, you will want to try other Help methods we have outlined in this article.
Method 2: Getting Help from Microsoft
Windows 10 brings many new features and enhancements. Integration of ‘Contact Support’ with all versions of this OS helps the users solve many issues quickly by contacting Microsoft directly right off their desktop.
It wouldn’t be a good idea to reach out to Microsoft Support for all the basic issues. There is plenty of support for minor problems. You will not want to waste your time and effort trying to contact the company for small concerns.
But, if you do need to contact Microsoft for you cannot get your issue resolved any other way, you can do that easily using Contact Support app. All you need to do open this app is type in ‘Contact Support’ in the Windows 10 search box. You will be presented with two options to connect to Windows team – Microsoft Answer Desk (phone) or Chat (online).
If there is a wait time and you don’t want to be stay on hold, you can use the app to request a call back at the time most convenient to you.
Upon launching the Contact Support app, you can choose the kind of help you are looking for. There are 3 broad categories – Setting up (for installation and activation), Technical support (for errors and performance issues), and Protecting my PC (removal of malware and viruses). Then there are subcategories too. You will find more subcategories after choosing your preferred method of communication (phone or chat).
Method 3: Use Cortana
Cortana is your personal virtual assistant that comes for free with Windows 10. Developed by Microsoft, Cortana can be a very handy tool for users. It is indeed one of the most talked about features of the latest edition of Windows.
As a personal assistant, this intelligent app lets you schedule the meetings, set the appointments, get reminded of important dates, and search for the files in the folders on your hard disk. But, that is not it! Cortana is also capable of providing help to you related to the basic issues.
You can interact with Cortana through voice commands. But, you must have a microphone connected (or built-in) to your computer. You can type your question or speak it out. If you have one of frequently asked questions, Cortana will give you instant answers. It has its own database of questions and answers.
But, you cannot rely on Cortana for advanced issues. If you are looking for deeper insight or you have a more complicated problem, you will need to find other means to get help for Windows 10.
Method 4: Microsoft Support Website
No surprise, Microsoft has its own support site where you can get all the help you need related to all the Microsoft products. If you are looking for Windows 10 help, this is what you need to do:
- Open a web browser on your PC and visit https://support.microsoft.com/
- Select ‘Windows’ in the section ‘Which product do you need help with?’
- In the Browse Categories dropdown, select ‘Windows 10’ (if not already selected)
Here you will see the list of the trending topics. These are the most popular recent help topics. Scroll down a bit and you will see a list of topics by categories (such as ‘Install, upgrade, & activate’, ‘Get Started’, ‘Microsoft Account’, and many more.)
You can explore the categories to find the answer or solution. You can also type in your issue in the search box on the top.
Method 5: Independent Windows 10 Forums and Blog Sites
Internet is an open playfield and it has answers to almost all the questions. The big world of Web has a plenty of user generated content, which can used very effectively. If you have a problem with Windows 10 you have not been able to resolve so far, you can try looking up for the solution on the independent forums.
The forums work in a pretty simple way. There is a good chance the problem you are experiencing or the question you have is not unique to you. A lot of people may have had the same experience or have felt the need to ask the same question before. These forums allow the users to post their questions. The questions are answered by the other users. Some renowned forums also have their own experts, who regularly answer questions or resolve user issues.
In addition to the forums, you can also look up for the blogs that answer users’ questions pertaining to Windows 10. There are lots of sites with several Windows 10 tutorials. There is a good chance of getting the help you need through these sites.
In order to find the right forums or blogs simply type in your problem in Google or any other search engine such as Bing. The search engine will list the most relevant sites.
Method 6: YouTube Videos
YouTube is arguably the best place to find any type of information you are looking for. You will find plenty of free video tutorials on this platform. Experts post the tutorials free of cost because they monetize their videos and they make money when the views increase.
Whether you have a generic issue or something more specific to a program or application, you will find most of the answers on YouTube. Many people find YouTube video walkthroughs better than the text-based articles. You could actually see what you need to do and thus it is easier to follow.
If you are experiencing issues with Windows 10 or have a question, you must be seeking help. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get help in Windows 10. Microsoft provides some built-in functions to get quick help. You can also use internet to look up for independent forums, blogs and YouTube videos. Microsoft also has its own support site where you can get help on various topics.