Windows Explorer is gone, replaced by File Explorer. You will either love it or hate it as its Ribbon based with some new features and a few that once were easy to find now a bit harder or less capable.
File Menu: A quick way to open a Command Prompt is to navigate to the C: drive, select File/Open command prompt. You have two choices, either the standard command prompt or to open the command prompt as administrator.
Want to know when Windows was installed the open a Command prompt and enter at the prompt: C:>systeminfo and press the Return key.
Home Tab: Most of your every day use of File Explorer capabilities (Move, Copy, Paste, Delete) can be found in the “Home” tab. You can make this tab your default each time you open Explorer by clicking on the “Stick Pin” located in the upper right corner of the menu bar.
View Tab: One nice feature in the View Tab is called “Item check boxes”. Place a check mark in this option and you can then use check boxes to select which files you want to perform some operation on.
How to show hidden files and folders: At first glance the View tab’s “File name extensions” and “Hidden item” check boxes would imply that checking these 2 items would been all you need to do, but it doesn’t work.
What you need to do is either open the Control Panel, select Appearance and Personalization and then in the Folder Options click on “Show hidden files and folders”.
In the Hidden files and folders section, select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Remove the check mark from the “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files”.
Now you should see for example all the files in the root (C:\) of the Windows partition.
Alternately you can save a few mouse clicks by using the Search option as show in the screenshots below.
The Alt key: There are shortcuts available for each ribbon tab by using the “Alt” key. Not to useful for keyboard and mouse users but may come in handy for touch based systems.
Share Tab: One very nice feature is the ability to select a group of files, choose the zip option and then copy (or share) my photos to another computer for editing.
Picture Tools Tab: Have a bunch of photos and want to use one as your background. Select the picture file and choose the Set as background option.