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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:33:02 +0000

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Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:21:00 +0000

In 2017, Ed Bott answered hundreds of questions about Windows 10. Here are the topics that readers found most interesting.

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

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:22:00 +0000

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

Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Protecting an organization from attacks based on two widespread and potentially deadly security vulnerabilities requires monitoring software, firmware, and antivirus updates. New capabilities in Microsoft's Windows Analytics service display that status on a single dashboard.

Windows 10 tip: How to capture and print Windows 10 screen

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:31:00 +0000

Windows 10 offers a wide range of built-in screen capture options. You can save the full screen, the active window, or a rectangular selection to a file or to the Clipboard for reuse in another app. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to memorize.

Windows 10 tip: How to choose the right download package for a clean install

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:25:00 +0000

Microsoft makes the installation files for Windows 10 available from a variety of sources. If you download an ISO file from a site intended for IT pros or developers, you might be unable to create bootable media. Here's how to solve that problem.

Microsoft is about to kill off its weirdest Windows 10 experiment

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:27:00 +0000

If the rumors are true, Microsoft is about to ditch Windows 10 S. After struggling with this unmanageable operating system recently, I say good riddance.

Windows 10 tip: How to play back DVD movies for free

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 14:03:00 +0000

A clean install of Windows 10 doesn't include the software required to play back DVD movies. If your PC includes a DVD drive, you could pay Microsoft $14.99 to add this capability, but why not use a free alternative instead?

Windows 10 privacy guide: How to take control

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:18:00 +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: Microsoft rolls out new privacy tools for telemetry data

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Beginning with the April 2018 feature update, Microsoft will release a tool that allows Windows 10 users to inspect diagnostic data collected and sent to Microsoft's telemetry servers. Windows Insider Program members can test the app starting today.

Windows 10: Latest preview builds hint at new privacy tools

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:29:00 +0000

For years, privacy advocates have been pushing Microsoft to offer more transparency over the telemetry data it collects in Windows 10. The latest Insider Preview builds suggest that new tools to manage this data are in the works.

FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:34:00 +0000

If you've spent years mastering the ins and outs of Windows Update, prepare to do some unlearning. Windows 10, with its emphasis on "Windows as a service," rewrites almost all the rules of updates and upgrades. Here's what you need to know.

How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:29:00 +0000

Using the Windows Update for Business feature, you can postpone or pause Windows 10 upgrades and updates. You don't have to be an IT pro to use Windows Update for Business (although it helps), but you'll need a business edition of Windows 10. Here are step-by-step instructions.

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

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:20:00 +0000

Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, right? Not exactly. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital license. But those offers could end soon.

Meltdown-Spectre: Four things every Windows admin needs to do now

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 19:01:00 +0000

When a major security incident occurs, there's a natural tendency to overreact. My advice: Don't panic. Instead, use these four guidelines to build a response plan that works for Meltdown and Spectre and prepares you for the next big incident.

How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:02:00 +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 tip: How to install a new font and manage a font collection

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:33:05 +0000

Every Windows 10 PC includes more than 100 fonts as part of the default installation, and third-party apps can add more. Here's how to see which fonts are available on your PC and how to add new ones.

Windows 10 tip: How to disable unwanted startup programs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:16:00 +0000

It seems like every third-party software developer insists on automatically running its own programs every time you start your PC. Windows 10 offers a powerful tool to help you determine how much of an impact those programs have on performance and shut down those you don't want.

Microsoft says ASLR behavior in Windows 10 is a feature, not a bug

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:59:00 +0000

After a prominent security analyst criticized the implementation of a Windows 10 security feature, Microsoft fired back. That behavior is "by design," says Redmond. Here's the full story.

Windows 10 tip: Take full control over how your PC shuts down

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:13:00 +0000

The most common shutdown options are available on the Start menu. For additional options, such as restarting and configuring firmware options, use the Shutdown command.

Windows 10 tip: Move your default data folders to a different drive

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:13:00 +0000

If you have more than one physical drive, keep your system (C:) drive from getting overwhelmed by moving default folders (Music, Pictures, Documents, and so on) to a secondary drive.