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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:43:08 +0000

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Windows 10 tip: Cut to the front of the line for the next version

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:45:00 +0000

If the idea of joining the Windows Insider program fills you with dread about the dangers of running beta software, consider the Release Preview ring. Here's how to sign up.(image)



"Windows as a service" means big, painful changes for IT pros

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:46:00 +0000

Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging.(image)



Windows 10 tip: Make your mouse pointer easier to locate

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Finding a tiny white mouse pointer on a light background can be frustrating, especially if your vision is less than perfect. Use these settings to make the pointer larger and bolder, so it's easier to locate even on a small laptop screen.(image)



Life in the Fast Ring: A survival guide for the Windows 10 Insider Program

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:02:00 +0000

Want to participate in the Windows 10 development process? Join the Windows Insider Program and add your feedback. But before you sign up, know exactly what you're getting into and follow these six rules.(image)



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

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:26:00 +0000

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



Windows 10 tip: Back up your third-party hardware drivers

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Tracking down drivers and control software for internal and external hardware devices after a clean reinstall doesn't have to be a tedious job. The secret is to back up the driver file repository that Windows 10 maintains. Here's where you'll find it.(image)



FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:26:00 +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)



Windows 10 tip: Repair your Windows 10 installation

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:00:17 +0000

Performing a clean install or a reset means you have to reinstall apps and desktop programs and start over with settings and preferences. If you suspect Windows has become damaged, there's a less drastic solution: Run Setup to repair Windows. Here's how.(image)



Windows 10 tip: Reset your PC completely

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:58:00 +0000

Windows 10's Reset option allows you to remove apps, settings, and drivers, effectively giving you a clean install without the hassles of a regular setup. You can keep your files if you're planning to reuse the PC, or wipe everything if you're selling or giving away the device.(image)



Windows 10 versus Windows 7: Whose numbers do you trust?

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Are users really in love with Windows 7? Or are they clinging to old habits as Windows 10 rolls out? Three popular data sources offer very different answers. Regardless of which one you choose, take that data with a heaping helping of salt.(image)



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

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

[Updated] Windows 10 has undergone major changes in the 18 months since its initial release. This FAQ includes details about every development through the end of 2016. It also previews the Creators Update due 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)