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Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:10:17 +0000

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Windows 10 tip: Add extra details to Task Manager's Processes tab

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:00 +0000

Task Manager's list of running processes is a useful tool all on its own. But you can tweak its display to add extra information, including the full path of the command that started each running process.



How to set up a new Windows 10 PC perfectly in one hour or less

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:49:00 +0000

Doing a clean install of Windows used to be a tedious process that could take the better part of a day. With Windows 10 and cloud-based software and services, you can get the entire job done in an hour or less.



Windows 10 tip: Navigate the Windows Settings app like an expert

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:00:19 +0000

Use these common navigation tricks to get around the Settings app at full speed. Version 1703 adds a new keyboard shortcut that lets you go back home in a single jump.



Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 10:00:04 +0000

Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn't really shut down Windows. That's a great time-saving feature, but it can cause problems with some updates and installers. Here's how to do a full shutdown when necessary.



'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:43:00 +0000

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging.



Laptops and tablets banned? Here's how to stay productive in flight

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:41:00 +0000

The Trump administration's ban on laptops in airplane cabins on some nonstop flights to the US is a body blow to business travelers' productivity. But the new announcement makes some previously niche products and one obscure Windows 10 feature suddenly relevant.



Windows 10 tip: Make sure your hardware drivers are up to date

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:05 +0000

Do you have the latest device drivers for your display adapter, network card, and other crucial components? Here's how to see which driver is currently installed and how to check for the latest updates.



Intel Optane: Memory acceleration kicks PCs into warp drive on April 24

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The story of the PC industry for the past few years has been about incremental changes in performance. Intel says that's about to change, as it launches a new acceleration technology that represents "the first major step forward in decades."



Windows 10 tip: More window-snapping shortcuts and secrets

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:25:16 +0000

Windows 10 offers a handful of keyboard shortcuts that make it ridiculously easy to snap application windows into place. Here's a full list.



Windows 10 Creators Update in the homestretch: Here's what's next

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:16:00 +0000

With a flurry of recent Windows 10 preview releases, anyone in the Windows Insider Program Fast ring has a right to feel exhausted. What comes next? Based on past development cycles, here's what you can expect.



Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:01:00 +0000

Windows 7 is supported until 2020, and Windows 8.1 will get updates until 2023, right? Not if you're trying to run those older Windows versions on new hardware, as some frustrated customers discovered this week.



Windows 10 tip: Master advanced window-snapping techniques

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:06:00 +0000

Windows 10 adds some smart improvements to the basic snap technique for organizing windows. Here's how to go beyond the simple "snap two apps side by side" scenario.



Microsoft quietly delivers two Windows Update surprises

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:14:00 +0000

The upcoming Creators Update makes an early appearance, signaling its imminent arrival, and the first slimmed-down "delta updates" arrive for Windows 10.



Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Creators Update

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:28:00 +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.



What to expect from the Windows 10 Creators Update

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:49:00 +0000

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on the next big update to Windows 10. Here's what you can expect when the Creators Update begins rolling out to the general public next month.



Microsoft prepares new update options for Windows 10

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:13:00 +0000

In the Creators Update, this spring's big Windows 10 release, Microsoft is adding some new knobs and levers for managing updates, including an option to delay feature updates by up to a year. The biggest change is a new option to schedule or snooze updates. Here's what you can expect.



Windows 10 tip: Use the Magnifier tool to zoom in on text or objects

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:18:00 +0000

Even if you have 20/20 vision, there are times when it's helpful to zoom in on a portion of your display. For anyone with less-than-perfect eyesight, the Magnifier tool can help prevent eyestrain.



Windows 10 tip: Cut to the front of the line for the next version

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:45:00 +0000

If the idea of joining the Windows Insider program fills you with dread about the dangers of running beta software, consider the Release Preview ring. Here's how to sign up.



Windows 10 tip: Make your mouse pointer easier to locate

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Finding a tiny white mouse pointer on a light background can be frustrating, especially if your vision is less than perfect. Use these settings to make the pointer larger and bolder, so it's easier to locate even on a small laptop screen.



Life in the Fast Ring: A survival guide for the Windows 10 Insider Program

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:02:00 +0000

Want to participate in the Windows 10 development process? Join the Windows Insider Program and add your feedback. But before you sign up, know exactly what you're getting into and follow these six rules.