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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.(image)



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.(image)



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.(image)



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.(image)



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

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:04:00 +0000

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



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.(image)



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.(image)



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.(image)



Windows 10 tip: How to capture a screenshot

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:28:23 +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.(image)



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.(image)



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.(image)



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)



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)