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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:48:23 +0000

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

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:15:00 +0000

Questions about installing and activating Windows 10? Here's what you need to know before you dive in.(image)

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:35:00 +0000

[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. Here are the latest details ahead of the major Creators Update coming in spring 2017.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Monitor system performance in real time

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Windows 10 has a generous assortment of performance monitoring tools. One of those tools, hidden in Task Manager, can help you watch the performance of a network connection or disk controller in real time.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Find and decode secret version details

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000

Do you have the most recent update to Windows 10? Finding the answer takes a little digging and a secret decoder ring that maps detailed version information to update numbers.(image)

Microsoft tries to soothe regulators and critics with new privacy controls

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In the past year, regulators and privacy advocates have taken potshots at Microsoft over its data collection policies. Today, Microsoft announced some new privacy-related initiatives, including a significant change to the way Windows 10 collects telemetry data.(image)

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

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:59:00 +0000

Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended months ago, 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.(image)

Windows 10 tip: The fastest, smartest ways to open a Command Prompt window

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0000

Every Windows power user knows that a Command Prompt window is often the quickest way to get things done. For some tasks, in fact, it's the only way. Here's a collection of ways to get to the command line quickly.(image)

Windows 10 tip: More hibernation secrets to save time and disk space

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:08:29 +0000

Hibernation is a great alternative to sleep, allowing you to cut your PC's power use to zero while still being able to quickly get back to work. Here's how to configure this feature and manage the size of the hibernation file.(image)

YubiKey for Windows Hello brings hardware-based 2FA to Windows 10

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:28:00 +0000

After a wait of nearly two months, Yubico has finally released an app that adds strong hardware authentication for unlocking Windows 10 PCs.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Keep your laptop from waking up in your travel bag

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:17:00 +0000

Everyone who owns a laptop knows the feeling of reaching into a travel bag to discover that your PC woke up unexpectedly at some point, chewing through your battery without your knowledge. Here's how to prevent that from happening.(image)

Tech Ticker: EFF launches anti-Trump initiative; Tim Cook promises "great desktops" on Apple's roadmap

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:31:00 +0000

The Electronic Frontier Foundation comes out swinging with a new "in defense of users" campaign aimed at convincing tech companies to oppose Trump. Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook tells employees on a private message board that new Mac desktops are in the pipeline.(image)

The cheapskate's guide to buying a new PC or Mac

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:59:03 +0000

Only suckers pay sticker price for a new Windows PC or Mac. If you're patient and willing to do some research, you can save hundreds of dollars and get a more powerful configuration than you ever dreamed possible. Here's how.(image)

Tech Ticker: Yahoo gets roasted on security; Windows 10 preview builds take a holiday break

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:10:00 +0000

A former Yahoo engineer says the company's services are "not safe to use." Also, Microsoft says it won't cooperate on a registry of Muslim Americans, Windows 10 Insiders get some time off, and Microsoft Edge gets a new extension: the popular uBlock Origin ad blocker.(image)

Take control of your privacy in Windows 10

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:01:00 +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.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Create a full image backup using this hidden tool

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:04:00 +0000

Do you miss the old Windows 7 backup tool? It's still there, well hidden in Windows 10, and its most impressive trick is the option to create a complete image-based backup.(image)

Microsoft to disable most Flash content in its Edge browser

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:57:00 +0000

Following in the footsteps of other major browser makers, Microsoft announced plans to enable Click-to-Run functionality for Flash-based content in the next public release of its default web browser for Windows 10.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Turn on File History for automatic backups

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:16:00 +0000

Windows 10's File History feature keeps regular copies of files so you can roll back to a previous version of a file or restore an entire system. The feature is designed to use an external drive, but you can also specify a network location. Here's how.(image)

Tips, tricks and shortcuts: Ed Bott makes Windows 10 work for you

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:28:00 +0000

Need help navigating Windows 10? Let Windows pro Ed Bott be your guide.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Jump through your list of installed apps

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:04 +0000

The Windows 10 Start menu includes a handy scrolling list of all the apps and desktop programs you've installed. It also offers a hidden alphabetical index. Here's how to make that index visible.(image)

Fake news: It's not just for politics anymore

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:44:00 +0000

The problem of fake news isn't just limited to election campaigns. Legitimate tech reporters have been tearing their hair out over bogus stories for years. The latest example is a report that Microsoft is giving telemetry information to a well-known security company. It's not true, but Google and Bing don't seem to care.(image)