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Review: Windows 10 October 2018 Update delivers modest but useful tweaks

Microsoft pulled the feature with the biggest “wow” factor from version 1809, but there are some hidden gems in this release.

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Microsoft takes second swing at Windows 10 1809, re-issues troubled upgrade

The 'October' update rollout was put on hold for 38 days after a file-deletion bug caused problems.

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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 KB4464455 (OS Build 17763.107) and KB4467708 (OS Build 17763.134), released Nov. 13, 2018.

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Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Microsoft’s stumbling all over itself trying to get Win10 1809 released. Unless you need an updated Notepad, a clipboard that works almost as well as free add-ons, or a screenshooter that can’t even save in JPG format, wait for more...

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The Linux desktop: With great success comes great failure

Linux is both the most popular operating system and a niche end-user OS. How can that be? Follow along, my friends, and I’ll tell you.

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FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained

The 'Long-term Servicing Branch' of Windows 10 was initially aimed at enterprises that wanted to avoid Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model and delay frequent feature updates. Here's how it's supposed to work.

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Windows 10 rollout snafu: Day 37

Microsoft's fall feature upgrade, released on Oct. 2, was pulled from distribution four days later. The company has yet to restart the release.

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Time to block Windows Automatic Update — with a new twist for Win10 Pro

With Patch Tuesday right around the corner, it’s time to make absolutely sure that you won’t get the latest offal pushed onto your machine before we’ve had a chance to take a look. For those of you with any Win10 Pro version, I have...

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Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant now available on Windows 10 PCs as a standalone app

Alexa, which debuted on select Windows 10 laptops earlier this year is now available for download on all compatible devices, building Amazon's push into the enterprise.

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Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

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Win10 activation server down; your Pro license is still good, despite the warnings

A bug in Microsoft’s activation server has led to pandemonium among people trying to activate or re-activate their Windows 10 Pro licenses. No need to panic. Microsoft will fix it “within one to two business days.” (Try telling your...

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BitLocker on self-encrypted SSDs blown; Microsoft advises you switch to software protection

Reacting to a recently discovered security hole in hardware-based encryption in solid state drives, Microsoft recommends that if you’re using BitLocker to protect a solid-state drive, you switch from hardware to software encryption. ...

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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 18277, released on Nov. 7, 2018.

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8 noteworthy new features coming to Chromebooks this month

These hidden gems will make Chrome OS more versatile and powerful — but it's up to you to find 'em on your Chromebook.

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Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

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Macs, iPads, price hikes and the enterprise alternative

Although Apple now claims an active installed base of 100M, that doesn't mean the company's computers and mobile devices represent a real alternative to Windows.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 nears 'crossover' point with veteran Windows 7

Migration watch: If Windows 10 continues to gain users at its recent rate, it's likely to overtake Windows 7 this month.

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It’s time to install the October Windows and Office patches — and maybe tweak your settings

Yesterday, Microsoft suddenly stopped playing Three Card Monte with the Win7 Monthly Rollup. The Win10 1809 ‘up’grade remains under wraps. For the first time in a long time, the coast’s clear. Now’s an excellent time to get your...

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