Windows 10 subverisons and editions

  • Windows 10 has many major sub-versions:
    • 1607: (2016) the pure original
    • 1703: (2017) good version for old hardware, but some says N2060 gpu say no drive for it.
    • 1709: (2017) some says ryzen 2700x blue screen. but most recommended
    • 1803: (2018) most recommended
    • 1809: (2018) most not recommend
    • 1903: (2019.05) [code:19H1] many say cause lag in some software, and from that on, it will force future update from system.
    • 1909: (2019.11) [code:19H2]
  • Windows 10 has many edition:
    • Home: max 128GB ram, has parent control, no remote but accept help, no domain and no group policy
    • Pro: 2TB ram
      • Pro for Workstations: 6TB ram
    • Education: 2TB ram, no store
      • Pro Education
    • Enterprise: 6TB ram
      • Enterprise LTSC: 10 year support

Back Windows 10


  1. it backs up a fully working windows 10 OS to a disk image to a external USB disk
  2. and at same time, it create system repair boot media, DVD or USB flash drive
  3. then, taken out the old hard disk, and put in the new hard disk
  4. boot from system repair media
  5. restore that disk image file into the new hard drive
  6. remove old hard drive, put in the new hard drive
  • pro:
    • keep everything including app and config
    • no need other software
  • con:
    • no
  1. put the new hard drive into a USB-external-hard-drive-case
  2. then connect that USB-external-hard-drive-case to the computer through USB port
  3. use disk clone software (many options) to directly clone current hard hard to the USD-attached-external-hard-drive-case's new hard drive
  4. remove old hard drive, put in the new hard drive
  • pro:
    • easy of process
    • keeps of everything including app and config
  • con:
    • need 3rd party app


  1. manually backup all files into external USB hard drive
  2. down windows 10 media creation tool to create a fresh OS install disk, (DVD or USB):
  3. then use the media to re-install OS on new hard disk
  4. manually copy all the files into new hard disk
  • Pro:
    • fresh copy of OS
  • Con:
    • new reinstall of apps and app config

Install Windows 10

  • install windows 7 ultimate
  • free upgrade to windows 10 (no longer available now), with nothing to keep as option.
    • takes around 30 mins (it will take same RAM size space around in D drive)
    • Make sure choose Customize setting in windows 10 setup, as by default, it will share tons of your information.
  • install driver
    1. wifi driver
    2. audio driver
    3. USB hub driver
    4. lan driver for ethernet
    5. Intel graphic driver
    6. wacom driver
    7. Kinect driver

Create Win10 PE inside Win10

Base Apps

  • Firefox app

Customize Windows 10

  1. Config Wacom under Control Panel
    • Wacom Pref Panel > pen click (right, mid click)
    • Pen and Touch (Control Panel)
      1. Flicks (disable)
      2. Pen option: Press hold (disable)
    • Addition Click Feedback fix (only applicable to Windows 7 Ultimate Edition or higher)
      1. gpedit.msc
      2. User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Tablet PC - Cursor
      3. and Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Tablet PC - Cursor
      4. Enable the Turn off pen feedback setting
    • Tablet PC setting
      1. Other: input panel setting> Opening (un-check all to disable)
    • The modifier key popups (ctrl, alt. shift) fix on Windows 10
      • Method 1: go wacom tablet setting, Tracking: Pen Mode: Mapping button, uncheck “use windows Ink”
      • Method 2 (not working): go RegEdit.exe, search UIButtonMode, and change UIButtonMode and UIModKeyMode value to 0 (ref)
  1. Windows 10 system Setting:
    1. Notification and Action:
      • tips: off; app notify: off; notify lock screen: off; alarm: off;
    2. Apps and features:
      1. uninstall junk apps
    3. Multitasking
      • Turn off auto Window Management (arrange windows automatically)
    4. Power and Sleep
      • go additional, and choose “Performance” for best kinect USB connection.
      • When use external monitor, enable laptop close, Control Panel > Power Option > Change current plan setting > Change Advanced power setting > Power button and laptop lid option > (lid close): do nothing
    5. Storage
      • check usage
      • click on system files, check and turn off Hibernation (run cmd as admin)
        powercfg -h off
    6. offline map: off
  2. Windows 10 Personalization setting:
    • Themes
      • Desktop Icon setting: Recycle Bin
    • Start
      • off suggestion and more tiles
  3. Windows 10 Device setting:
    • AutoPlay: off
  4. Windows 10 Accounts setting
    • Sign in with local account
  5. Windows 10 Update setting
    • update
  6. advanced system properties:
    • Remote: no remote allowed
  7. taskbar:
    • use small buttons
    • never combine windows
    • no show taskbar on all display
  8. Turn off quick access
    • file explorer > view > option : General tab : 1st line “open file explorer to This PC”

Last Step - Backup System Image

  1. clean up before backup and restore
    1. move user folders
    2. move browser Bookmark
    3. clean tmp folder
    4. clean run history
      reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU" /va /f >nul 2>nul
    5. clean basic history
      • Browser: History
      • Explorer: Recent Places
  2. backup System Image