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Published: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:01:51 +0000

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Microsoft agrees to extend support deadline for Clover Trail PCs

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:32:00 +0000

Microsoft confirmed today that PCs using Intel's Clover Trail CPUs will be blocked from Windows 10 upgrades. But in a major change of the "Windows as a Service" policy, those devices will continue to get security updates.

Windows 10 tip: More secret shortcuts to your favorite settings

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:09:43 +0000

Using commands that begin with the ms-settings prefix, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific Settings pages with a single click. Here are 31 of the most useful such commands, arranged by category.

Windows 10 no longer supported? How to tell if your PC is eligible for latest version

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:19:00 +0000

Millions of three- and four-year-old PCs are being blocked from installing the latest Windows 10 feature update. Is your PC at risk? Here are two ways to check for potential problems.

Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:08:00 +0000

Updated: An entire generation of PCs, most only three or four years old, are now unable to receive new feature updates to Windows 10. But Microsoft has created an exception for those devices, allowing them to continue receiving security updates for five additional years.

Windows 10 tip: Secret shortcuts to your favorite settings

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:15:00 +0000

Are you tired of clicking through categories to find a specific Windows 10 setting? If you know the right commands, you can create shortcuts that take you to specific pages with a single click.

Windows 10 tip: Customize your Precision Touchpad settings

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:11:10 +0000

If your portable PC includes the latest touchpad technology, you have a huge array of customization options. Here's how to make yourself more productive with mouse gestures, taps, and swipes.

Windows 10 tip: Keep unwanted software off PCs you support

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:48:00 +0000

Everyone who does part-time PC support knows the pain of continually having to clean up after a click-happy friend or family member. Here's how to keep that poor soul out of trouble.

French authorities close Windows 10 privacy investigation

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:49:00 +0000

French data-protection authorities have officially closed their investigation into privacy violations by Windows 10. The notice praises Microsoft for cutting Windows 10 data collection by half.

Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:24:00 +0000

For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. Recent ransomware outbreaks underscore the need to take this important step. Here's how.

Windows 10 S is the future (but not the present) of the desktop PC

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:11 +0000

It's easy to focus on all the things that the latest edition of Windows 10 can't do. But in a world defined by security holes and data breaches, maybe a locked-down Windows isn't such a bad idea after all.

A closer look at what Windows 10 S can and can't do

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:00 +0000

Microsoft is being remarkably coy about its newest Windows edition, so I went digging. Here are a few details you won't find anywhere else about what you get with the locked-down configuration of Windows 10 S.

Windows 10 tip: Save your background and other settings as a custom theme

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:45:21 +0000

Every time you connect to a wireless network, Windows saves your connection properties. Here's how to trim unwanted networks from that list and how to prevent metered networks from blowing up your monthly bill.

Kiwi for Gmail lets Windows users break free of the browser

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Hundreds of millions of people use Google's Gmail and are frustrated daily by the experience. With the release of the Windows version of Kiwi for Gmail, you can finally get the full Gmail (and G Suite) experience in an app.

Windows 10 tip: Manage your saved Wi-Fi networks

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:31:22 +0000

Every time you connect to a wireless network, Windows saves your connection properties. Here's how to trim unwanted networks from that list and how to prevent metered networks from blowing up your monthly bill.

Microsoft warns of 'destructive cyberattacks,' issues new Windows XP patches

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Last month's devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak was just a warning shot. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft today released critical security updates to block another wave of similar attacks, making those patches available on unsupported versions like Windows XP and Server 2003.

Are there folders in Gmail? (Plus answers to other popular Google searches)

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:15:00 +0000

When you're searching for answers, Google's autosuggest feature lets you know what other people are looking for when they start with the same search terms. In this week's installment of our Google Autosuggest series, we provide some answers to the most popular queries about Google's insanely popular email service.

Windows 10 tip: Save a copy (or two) of your BitLocker recovery key

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:10:00 +0000

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a tremendous way to keep a thief from accessing your business and personal secrets. But don't let BitLocker lock you out of your own PC. Here's how to save a secure backup copy of your encryption key for panic-free recovery.

Windows 10 tip: Use BitLocker to encrypt your system drive

Wed, 31 May 2017 11:10:05 +0000

How do you protect a laptop filled with confidential files and personal secrets? For business-class PCs running Windows 10, the solution is simple: Turn on BitLocker.

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

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:19:00 +0000

In a further potential blow to business travelers' productivity, the Trump administration is considering extending its laptop ban to all international flights departing from and arriving in the US . Some previously niche products and one obscure Windows 10 feature could come in handy.

Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:31:00 +0000

Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended last year, right? Maybe not. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital license. Here's how to get yours.