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Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 11 as they roll out to Windows Insiders. Now updated for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22463 for the Dev Channel, released on Sept. 22, 2021.

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Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Build 19043.1263 (21H1) and Build 19044.1263 (21H2) for the Release Preview Channel, released on Sept. 23, 2021.

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Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio: The perfect Windows 11 laptop?

If you want to see an early benchmark of a PC explicitly designed to show off Windows 11, take a look at the Surface Laptop Studio.

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How Windows 10 ends up a lot like Windows 7

With the arrival of Windows 11 on Oct. 5, Windows 10 may well end its career much as Windows 7 did — as something of a dead end.

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MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and the Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT.exe) do more or less the same thing: scan for and remove Windows malware. We explore and explain the differences.

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A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

Though Microsoft has tried a variety of patching schemes over the past two decades, update problems continue with no end in sight.

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Legacy apps are at risk with the September Patch Tuesday update

Testing your legacy applications and printing will be important when dealing with this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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It’s been a big week for patches

In addition to Patch Tuesday’s retinue of updates from Microsoft, fixes arrived this week for zero-day flaws affecting Google’s Chrome browser and Apple hardware.

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Windows 11: Just say no

In a few weeks, Windows 11 will arrive. Should you upgrade to it? Let me answer with a question: "Should you stop hitting your head against the wall?"

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5005565, released on Sept. 14, 2021.

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Microsoft OneDrive cheat sheet

If you have Windows 10, you have OneDrive. With this quick guide, you can learn how to back up, sync, and share files in OneDrive.

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Planning to update to Windows 11? A checklist before you do

With the Oct. 5 launch date less than a month away, it's time to think about when Windows users should move from 10 to 11. (Helpful hint: Don't rush.)

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4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to take advantage of it.

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Microsoft to launch Windows 11 on Oct. 5; rollout to last into ‘22

Though Microsoft plans to start pushing Windows 11 to users early next month, it may be mid-2022 before everyone gets the new operating system.

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How to check if your PC can run Windows 11

Microsoft has re-released its PC Health Check app, but not everyone can use it. Here’s how to use the tool and two third-party alternatives to assess a PC’s ability to upgrade to Windows 11.

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Triggered by email? Some thoughts on how to stay safe

When even previewing an email can let attackers gain access to your system, it pays to be cautious.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows users an alternate way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

At a time when more people use voice assistants to retrieve the most basic information, Microsoft’s Cortana doesn’t provide even the basics about protecting against the coronavirus.

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