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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.



FAQ: How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:51:12 +0000

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



What to expect from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:28:00 +0000

The fourth feature update to Windows 10 is scheduled to arrive in October. 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.



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: Keep your Microsoft account secure and private

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.



Windows 10 after two years: Microsoft's mixed report card

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:15:00 +0000

Two years after its splashy debut, Windows 10 is now running on more than 500 million PCs worldwide. Was the upgrade worth it? Here's my report card.



Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Creators Update

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:07:00 +0000

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



Windows 10 S is ready for testing (but just barely)

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:39:00 +0000

Microsoft finally made Windows 10 S available for developers and IT pros to download and test. But the new builds come with major warnings that you'll be well advised to heed.



When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:28:00 +0000

As Windows 10 reaches its second birthday, the support clock for earlier versions is ticking. Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows Vista earlier this year, and support for Office 2007 ends in a few months. So how long until Windows 7, Office 2010, and other currently supported versions reach the end of the line?



Windows 10 tip: Add custom shortcuts to the Start menu

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:10:20 +0000

Adding your own customized program shortcuts to the Start menu is easy, once you know where those shortcuts are stored. Here's how to create your own subfolder full of one-click links to tasks in the Settings app.



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.