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How to fix Windows 10 with an in-place upgrade install

Reinstalling Windows 10 over itself is an easy and surprisingly effective way to fix all kinds of problems with the OS. Here’s how to do it.

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Massive March Patch Tuesday relaxes antivirus restrictions, but there are problems

With 74 separately identified plugged holes, every version of Windows and Office gets goosed. No known exploits for any “Critical” vulnerabilities, but there’s a report of more forced upgrades.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

What you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4088776, released March 13, 2018.

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Turn Automatic Update off, temporarily, in anticipation of another round of pernicious patches

January’s patches were horrible. February’s were a little better. Take a moment now to make sure you aren’t tossed in with the cannon fodder, and wait to see what tomorrow will bring.

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How to handle Windows 10 updates

Here’s what’s changed with the Fall Creators Update. Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.

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Microsoft again forced upgrades on Win10 machines specifically set to block updates

For the third time in the past four months, Microsoft 'accidentally' upgraded Windows 10 1703 machines to version 1709 in spite of explicit, correctly applied, deferral settings.

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Microsoft to name Windows 10 1803 'Spring Creators Update'

The feature upgrade is now expected to be released in early April; Microsoft's naming convention drew some barbs on Twitter.

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Microsoft forces Win10 1709 upgrades on PCs set to restrict telemetry

Howls of pain from Win10 1607 and 1703 users who were forced to upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today. No advanced warning. This is the third time some Win10 customers have been pushed onto Win10 1709.

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Microsoft claims KB 4090913 fixes last month's Win10 1709 USB bug

Microsoft released another out-of-band patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, along with a Servicing Stack Update, KB 4090914. The jury’s still out on whether the patch works.

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Get the February Microsoft patches applied, unless you’re using Win10 Fall Creators Update

Last month’s patches and repatches have stabilized, except for one glaring problem: KB 4074588, the latest patch to Microsoft’s flagship operating system, still stings far too many.

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By 2020, we’ll be using Windows in the cloud

In just a few years, we’ll have a lot of compelling alternatives to a running apps on locally on a PC and this will drive a trend similar to what happened to Blockbuster and Netflix.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 shows signs of enterprise upgrading

Migration watch: Windows 10 has been on an upward climb since its 2015 debut, and though its user numbers softened a bit last month, there are signs businesses are starting to migrate.

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Windows 10 quick tips: 8 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

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How to make Windows go Linux with Cygwin

It gives you a Linux-like environment and access to thousands of Linux programs.


Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft walks the road to browser irrelevance

Microsoft's slide to browser ignominy – despite occasional monthly upticks in use – looks likely to continue, based on the latest data from Net Applications.

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Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664

This month’s fourth-Tuesday patches includes a bevy of bug notices and a warning to uninstall old Previews, the fourth “Monthly Channel” update this month for Office 365, and our old snooping friend KB 2952664.

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Windows 10 spring 2018 update: Key enterprise features

Timeline, Bluetooth sharing and an improved "do not disturb" feature are among the highlights of the upcoming release, code-named Redstone 4.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: February's fixes aren’t as bad as last month, but problems abound

All is not well. The Win10 Fall Creators Update cumulative update is bluescreening some PCs  and dropping USB connections for many — and there’s a bug in the Win7 Monthly Rollups that cause a boot-to-black.

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