System hacks: Tapping the potential of the Windows 10 “About” window

The “About” window of software usually displays the name, version, copyright, official website link and other information of the software, and Windows 10 is no exception. However, if we take a closer look, we can find that this window also allows us to perform some useful tasks beyond the above mentioned functions.

First, follow the path of “Start→Settings→System” and click “About” in the “System” settings list to enter Windows 10 “About” window. Or search “About” directly in the “Settings” window and select “Computer Information” or “Device Specifications” or “Windows Specifications”. You can also access it by selecting “Computer Information” or “Device Specification” or “Windows Specification” (Figure 1). Next, let’s dig into the window step by step in order from top to bottom.


1. System security at a glance

After entering the Windows 10 “About” window, the top of the window shows “The system is monitoring and protecting your computer” and lists five security indicators. If all of these indicators are marked with a white checkmark on a green background, then the security situation is normal. If an icon other than green is displayed, there is a security problem of some kind, so click on the blue text link below and go to the Windows Security Center to deal with it (Figure 2).


2. Rename the computer to make it easier to identify remote control

Click “Rename this computer” under “Device specification” in the “About” window to set a new name for the current system, which requires a reboot of the computer to take effect (Figure 3). This can provide a clear and recognizable name for LAN share identification or remote control.


3. Activate for key One Click Access

Click the “Change Product Key or Upgrade Windows” link under the “Windows Specifications” group in the “About” window, and then you will enter the “Update and Security→Activation” window, where you can activate or change the product key of Windows (Figure 4).


The primary use of this feature is for activating the system. In addition, it can also be used to change between different system versions, for example, from Education to Enterprise, or between other versions, provided that the license keys for those versions have been obtained.

4. Set up BitLocker to complete disk encryption

If the current version of Windows 10 contains BitLocker encryption (Professional, Education, and Enterprise editions all contain this feature), the “BitLocker Settings” option will appear at the bottom of the “About” window (or on the right if you enlarge the window). “Click this option to start the encryption protection settings for your hard disk or removable storage device (Figure 5).


5. Click System Information to access Advanced Settings

Click the “System Information” item at the bottom of the “About” window (or the right side if you enlarge the window) to access the System Advanced Settings window, which is the same setting window as the old Control Panel’s System Advanced Settings.


Or search “About” in “Settings” and select “System” in the Smart Match list to enter the System Advanced Settings window.


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