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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:29:15 +0000

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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.(image)

Microsoft quietly announces end of last free Windows 10 upgrade offer

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000

More than a year after ending its free Windows 10 upgrade program, Microsoft is getting ready to shut down the last official free upgrade extension. The news wasn't exactly shouted from the rooftops.(image)

How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:04:00 +0000

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

Windows 10 setup and configuration tips: Don't settle for default settings

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:06:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips has been freshly updated for the Fall Creators Update. This page includes the most popular tips for getting Windows 10 configured exactly the way you want it.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Use the hidden repair option to avoid uninstalling an app

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:22:21 +0000

Windows 10 includes two panels where you can manage apps and desktop programs. If you dig deep enough, you'll find useful repair and reset buttons that can help you quickly fix a misbehaving app.(image)

With latest Surface device, Microsoft opts for a business-first approach

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:10:00 +0000

Microsoft's newest member of the Surface family arrives in about a month, but don't look for it in the usual retail outlets. Initially, the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced will be available exclusively for businesses. Here's why.(image)

After Windows 10 upgrade, do these seven things immediately

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000

You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you've cut annoyances to a bare minimum.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Turn on the new anti-ransomware features in the Fall Creators Update

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:19:00 +0000

A well-hidden feature in Windows 10 version 1709 prevents "unfriendly" apps (including most known strains of ransomware) from modifying files in protected folders. Here's how it works.(image)

Windows 10 productivity tips: Making everyday tasks easier

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:59:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for working smarter.(image)

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

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:58:00 +0000

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

Windows 10 networking and security tips

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:57:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for networking and security.(image)

With Surface Book 2, Microsoft shows off its vision of the PC's future

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:51:00 +0000

Microsoft claims its new Surface Book 2 devices pack more computational power than any competitor. Can these super-premium devices convince other PC makers to raise the bar as well?(image)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: New features to try, but don't rush to install it

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:38:00 +0000

The fourth feature update to Windows 10 is here now. 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. But should you upgrade now?(image)

Microsoft's mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:01:00 +0000

Microsoft's update servers are pushing out a new Photos Add-on app, with no explanation of what it does. Windows 10 users aren't taking it well.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Customize and rearrange the Quick Actions buttons

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:56:54 +0000

The Action Center pane hosts notifications, but it also includes a group of buttons that give you easy access to common tasks and settings. Here's how to personalize those buttons to match your preferences.(image)

Windows 10 tip: More shell shortcuts that offer fast access to system folders

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:54:00 +0000

Learn these shortcuts to system and user folders that use the shell: prefix. This list includes some Control Panel destinations you can't access any other way.(image)

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

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:41:00 +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.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Learn the secret shortcuts to jump straight to system folders

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:07:00 +0000

Windows 10 keeps a collection of shortcuts to system and user folders. If you know the registered name of one of those folders, you can get to it easily using shell: commands. Here are some useful ones.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Fall Creators Update

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:16:00 +0000

Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.(image)

Facing complaints, Microsoft adopts a kinder, gentler Windows 10 upgrade pace

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:57:00 +0000

As Windows 10 enters its third year, Microsoft has slowed its pace for delivering feature updates. That's a big change from its first two years, and Windows users are seeing the payoff.(image)