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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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Macs now account for 10% of active personal computers

According to Net Applications, macOS accounted for 10% of the global PC user share in January and virtually the same level in February.

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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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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 4 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17120, released on March 13, 2018.

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Android P is a perfect example of why OS updates still matter

It's easy to see the present form of Android P as lacking in pizzazz, but our first glimpse at Google's next effort speaks volumes about the ongoing importance of the OS-level update.

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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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Android P in depth: An up-close look at what's new with security

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the most significant privacy and security changes on the way with Google's Android P release.

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Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro

When it comes to expensive Macs, you can't get much pricier than the iMac Pro, an all-in-one workstation that starts at $4,999. Just who needs that kind of horsepower? This week's guest, that's who.

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Mingis on Tech: Why buy a pricey iMac Pro?

When it comes to expensive Macs, you can't get much pricier than the iMac Pro, the all-in-one workstation that starts at $4,999. Does anyone really need that kind of horsepower? (Yes.)

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Android and the shifting simplicity spectrum

Google's approach to Android has slowly but surely been shifting over the years — and an equal but opposite force has been pushing back at the same time.

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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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7 useful Calendar tips for Mac users

Apply these tips to get the most out of using the Calendar application on your Mac.

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