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Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:04:50 +0000

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How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0000

Here's everything you need to know before you repair, reinstall, or upgrade Windows 10, including details about activation and product keys.

Windows 10 productivity tips: Making everyday tasks easier

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:59:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for working smarter.

Windows 10 performance and troubleshooting tips: Run faster, smoother, longer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:58:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for performance and troubleshooting.

Windows 10 networking and security tips

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:57:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for networking and security.

With Surface Book 2, Microsoft shows off its vision of the PC's future

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:51:00 +0000

Microsoft claims its new Surface Book 2 devices pack more computational power than any competitor. Can these super-premium devices convince other PC makers to raise the bar as well?

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: New features to try, but don't rush to install it

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:38:00 +0000

The fourth feature update to Windows 10 is here now. It's packed with a wide assortment of new and refined features, including some new security options designed to block zero-day exploits and ransomware. But should you upgrade now?

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:57:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips has been freshly updated for the Fall Creators Update. This page includes the most popular tips for getting Windows 10 configured exactly the way you want it.

Microsoft's mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:01:00 +0000

Microsoft's update servers are pushing out a new Photos Add-on app, with no explanation of what it does. Windows 10 users aren't taking it well.

Windows 10 tip: Customize and rearrange the Quick Actions buttons

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:56:54 +0000

The Action Center pane hosts notifications, but it also includes a group of buttons that give you easy access to common tasks and settings. Here's how to personalize those buttons to match your preferences.

Windows 10 tip: More shell shortcuts that offer fast access to system folders

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:54:00 +0000

Learn these shortcuts to system and user folders that use the shell: prefix. This list includes some Control Panel destinations you can't access any other way.

​Make your cloud safer: How you can use two-factor authentication to protect cloud services

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:41:00 +0000

Two-factor authentication is no longer an optional feature. If you use modern cloud services, this extra layer of security can dramatically reduce the risk of a hostile takeover. Here's how to get started.

Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:07:00 +0000

Windows 10 keeps a collection of shortcuts to system and user folders. If you know the registered name of one of those folders, you can get to it easily using shell: commands. Here are some useful ones.

Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Fall Creators Update

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:16:00 +0000

Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.

Facing complaints, Microsoft adopts a kinder, gentler Windows 10 upgrade pace

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:57:00 +0000

As Windows 10 enters its third year, Microsoft has slowed its pace for delivering feature updates. That's a big change from its first two years, and Windows users are seeing the payoff.

Windows 10 tip: Run any program (except one) as an administrator

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:40:00 +0000

You're signed in as an administrator, so why does Windows keep running your programs as if you were a standard user? Here's how to force any program (with one major exception) to run using your elevated credentials.

Windows 10 tip: Make the File Explorer navigation pane work like classic Windows Explorer

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:46:00 +0000

In Windows 10, File Explorer's left-hand pane gives preferred status to cloud services such as OneDrive. If you prefer old-school navigation techniques, you can restore the classic hierarchy, with everything in a tree under the Desktop node.

Windows 10 tip: Take control of Microsoft account security and privacy settings

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000

If you're signing in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, you can access important settings from an online dashboard. Here are direct shortcuts to options for security and privacy, as well as a page that logs attempts to hack your Microsoft account.

Windows 10 tip: Use the system calendar to look up days and dates

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:05 +0000

Clicking the date and time on the Windows 10 taskbar pops up a handy scrolling calendar. Learn these secret navigation shortcuts to jump to any date without having to scroll.

Three smart cloud services that can help keep your business more secure

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:59:09 +0000

There's more to cloud services than Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Here are three lesser-known cloud services that can help solve the kind of business problems that keep you up at night.

Windows 10 tip: Create a new local user account for troubleshooting

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:51:41 +0000

Having a secondary user account is useful for troubleshooting problems with your primary account. Here's how to create a local account and set it up as an Administrator so it's available when you need it.