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Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:02:48 +0000

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Windows 10 tip: Change UEFI firmware settings or start in Safe Mode

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:07:00 +0000

Who can remember the magic keystroke combo that unlocks your PC's UEFI firmware settings screen? Use the hidden Advanced Options menu instead; it lets you choose advanced startup options for maintenance or troubleshooting.

Take control of your privacy in Windows 10

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:45:00 +0000

Where do you draw the line on personal privacy? The right options are different for everyone. In this guide, I show you which privacy settings help you create the right balance of privacy and convenience in Windows 10.

Windows 10 tip: Squeeze hours of extra life from your laptop battery

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:40:00 +0000

The new Battery Saver feature is set to turn on automatically when your battery capacity dips below a preset level. But why wait? Turn this feature on manually to get the most out of your system when you're away from a power outlet.

Windows 10 tip: Create a perfect background for your desktop or lock screen

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:58:00 +0000

Personalizing your desktop background or lock screen has always involved a guessing game: Will your favorite personal photo fit the screen, or will it be stretched and distorted? A hidden feature in the new Photos app guarantees success.

Windows 10 tip: Solve network problems with a one-click reset

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:24:00 +0000

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes a new feature that lets you see your network status at a glance. If there's a problem, you can run a troubleshooter or do a complete reset, with a single click.

Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10 problems

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:36:00 +0000

The Anniversary Update to Windows 10, version 1607, has been rolling out for the past few weeks, and some early adopters are experiencing issues. Here's Ed Bott's guide to some specific fixes for known issues along with time-tested troubleshooting tools and techniques.

Windows 10 tip: Shut down OneDrive completely

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:17:00 +0000

In Windows 10, OneDrive is built in. The connections are so tight, in fact, that OneDrive has its own node in File Explorer, with no obvious way to remove it. But the options to disconnect OneDrive are there if you know where to look. Here are full instructions.

Unauthorized, mislabeled Microsoft support tool leaks; could cause more trouble than it cures

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:26:00 +0000

Several mainstream tech sites this week published details of a purported new Microsoft support tool designed to fix problems with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. After some digging, I can report that it is no such thing. My advice: Stay far away from this "Windows Self Healing Tool."

EFF rips Microsoft for "blatant disregard of user choice and privacy" in Windows 10

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:53:00 +0000

In a signed editorial, a staffer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation has blasted Microsoft for its aggressive Windows 10 upgrade program (now ended), and also criticized its privacy defaults.

Windows 10 tip: Turn off Cortana completely

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:00:03 +0000

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, Microsoft removed Cortana's on-off switch. But it's still there, if you know where to look. Use this tweak to make Windows search strictly local.

When will your PC get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:27:00 +0000

Version 1607 is rolling out to Windows 10 users slowly, via Windows Update. Here's how you can take charge of the upgrade process and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:46:00 +0000

If you've purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, chances are it has a product key embedded in its BIOS. With a little PowerShell wizardry, you can find that well-hidden key and learn more about your current licensing status.

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 01:34:00 +0000

[Updated] After a full year of public release, Windows 10 has undergone major changes. This FAQ includes details about the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 version 1607, released in August 2016.

Those free Windows 10 upgrades are over. Now what?

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:07:00 +0000

We've reached the end of Microsoft's unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10. If you choose to upgrade an old Windows PC, you'll now have to pay. But good news: Those annoying GWX notifications are finally gone. [Updated]

Windows 10 Anniversary Update reaches Release Preview milestone

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:01:00 +0000

In the last step before its official rollout to the public on August 2, Microsoft has begun delivering Windows 10 version 1607 to the Release Preview branch of the Windows Insider program.

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

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:18:00 +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.

Will your PC run Windows 10? Use the official compatibility checker to find out

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:20:00 +0000

The Get Windows 10 app lets you register for a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But it also keeps a list of potential upgrade issues you might need to deal with. Here's how to check your own compatibility report.

Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Anniversary Update

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:07:00 +0000

Microsoft is about to release a big upgrade to Windows 10. If you're running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can wait a few months before you install this version. Here's how.

French authorities serve notice to Microsoft for Windows 10 privacy failings

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:57:00 +0000

Strict online privacy laws in the EU continue to bedevil American tech companies. The latest to catch flak is Microsoft, over a handful of objections from a French data protection agency.

The procrastinator's guide to free Windows 10 upgrades

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:39:00 +0000

The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends in a matter of days. If you're on the fence, it's decision time. Here's how to streamline the upgrade process to make it fast, simple, and nearly foolproof.