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How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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Microsoft may pitch Windows 10 subscriptions at consumers

The move would echo the Microsoft 365 plans now aimed at enterprise users and would further the company's effort to push subscriptions.

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Patch Tuesday breaks records — some good, most bad — and ‘Check for Updates’ still stings

A rather light Patch Tuesday this month brought security fixes for every version of Windows and every version of Office. Edge’s ChakraCore takes another one on the chin. Only one known zero-day, and it’s not directed at garden-variety...

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Avoid malicious Outlook email forwarding

Set up Office 365 to defend against hackers who use hidden Outlook rules to forward emails.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4471332 (OS Build 17763.194), released Dec. 11, 2018.

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Will 2019 be the year of the Mac?

There are some pretty good reasons why 2019 may be the year of the Mac.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 19H1 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18298, released on Dec. 10, 2018.

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Patch Tuesday’s coming; make sure you have Windows Update shut off and stop seeking!

If you enjoy drinking out of a toxic fire hydrant, by all means, keep Windows Update enabled. But if you’re a bit skeptical about Windows patches, here are the easy steps to set and verify that the wolves are barred from the door....

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With move to rebuild Edge atop Google's Chromium, Microsoft raises white flag in browser war

After watching its Edge browser bleed users, Microsoft this week gave up the ghost and said it will replace the browser's home-grown rendering engine with Blink, the engine that powers Google Chrome.

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Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

With the buggy Win10 version 1803 cumulative update officially yanked, two bad Office patches pulled, and the Win10 1809 forced upgrade momentarily defanged, the coast is clear to install November’s patches. Here’s what you need to...

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide

With Windows 7 approaching the end of support deadline, it’s time to get cracking on upgrading your organization to Windows 10. Use this planner to help ensure a successful migration.

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Nine weeks later, Microsoft resumes its ill-fated Win10 1809 rollout — but only for seekers

The worst version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 10 SOND 2018 Update, just received its first cumulative update in more than three weeks. The fifth version of the “non-security” update, KB 4469342, was released late yesterday....

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Microsoft trash talks Windows 10 LTSC – again

LTSC, which was once called LTSB, is a specialized edition of Windows 10 Enterprise that promises the longest intervals between OS feature upgrades.

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Microsoft, acknowledging Win10 1803 update blue screens, offers limited remediation

The cumulative update turns the Surface Book 2 into a quivering pile of blue screen mush. A week after pushing the patch, Microsoft acknowledges the problem, tells blue screen beneficiaries to pull the patch, and promises it won't...

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How to use Windows Delivery Optimization

Allow devices to share and distribute updates across a network without having to rely on Windows Software Update Services.

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Microsoft gets explicit about Windows 10 upgrade blockers

Relying in part on the telemetry it receives from Windows 10 computers, Microsoft is getting more aggressive in blocking PCs from getting problematic updates.

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Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168

While Win10 1809 is back in the garage getting fixed, we have news of yet another cumulative update, which brings the test build number up to 17763.168. Other than a new acknowledged bug in 1809, we have no documentation, but Win10...

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 fails to unseat Windows 7

Migration watch: If past is prologue, Windows 10 is likely to overtake Windows 7 this month as the world's most-used OS.

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