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The basics of patching and repairing balky Windows PCs

When your Windows machine starts acting up, there are some simple ways to get things back on track.

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16 ways to speed up Windows 10

If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.

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How to keep your apps up to date in Windows 10 and 11

With dozens of applications installed on the typical Windows PC, keeping them all updated seems like a Herculean task. Automated tools can lighten the load considerably.

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20 years after Gates’ call for trustworthy computing, we’re still not there

Then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates spelled out what his company needed to do to build in better security two decades ago. And yet….

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How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

You can significantly delay some Windows updates, temporarily pause others, control what time of day they’re installed, uninstall problematic updates, and more. Here’s how.

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Patch Tuesday gets off to a busy start for January

For the first Patch Tuesday of 2022, Microsoft offered up fixes for 97 security issues, with six of them rated as critical.

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Windows security in ’22 — you need more than just antivirus software

Antivirus software is useful, but sometimes can cause more trouble than it's worth. To be really secure, Windows users have to do more.

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How to manually update Microsoft Defender

It’s imperative to keep Microsoft Defender up to date even when Windows Update isn’t working. Here are several methods to manually update Defender.

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New Windows 11 device? Want to downgrade to 10? You've got options

If you wound up with a new Windows 11 laptop or desktop over the holidays, but want to run Windows 10 anyway, there are ways to make that happen.

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Patching isn't enough for December's Patch Tuesday

With 67 flaws addressed, six publicly-reported issues and one vulnerability already exploited, this month's updates pale in comparison to the challenges addressing the Log4j issue.

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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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After a rocky year for patching, a look ahead to ‘22

If 2021 was all about ongoing patch issues with Windows 10 — and the arrival of Windows 11 — 2022 might be the year those issues become at least manageable.

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Using DISM to install Windows updates

If Windows Update can’t install a particular update (or isn’t working all), Microsoft’s DISM command provides a simple way to get Windows updates installed.

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A look at Microsoft's patches and fixes in 2021 — the year of change

This year saw the (planned) end of Windows 10, the birth of Windows 11, a new version of Edge, a plethora of patches — and not a few spillover effects from them. It wasn't your typical year for Microsoft.

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Windows 11 adoption nears 9%, but businesses are waiting

Data on the adoption of Microsoft's newest OS shows uptake ranging from 1% to 9%. But most enterprises will likely wait until at least 2023 before broadly rolling out Windows 11.

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Will the shift to Windows 11 mean more e-waste?

Because the move to Windows 11 is likely to force users to buy new hardware, a lot of older computers may wind up in the trash — worsening environmental issues for everyone.

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How to repair Windows 10 (and 11) in 4 steps

When Windows 10 gets wonky, try this series of repair techniques — in this order — to attempt to set things right.

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Windows 10 21H2, the bashful one, arrives

While the newest version of Windows 10 has arrived as promised, don't rush to install it. Think of this as the best time to see what your PCs are running already, then plan ahead.

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Microsoft releases its Windows 10 November 2021 update

The big news is that the Windows 10 release cadence is joining Windows 11 and returning to just one feature update a year from now on.

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Is Microsoft getting pushy with Windows 11?

Windows 11 isn't supposed to just magically (or mysteriously) install itself on a Windows 10 PC. But some users keep saying that's what happened. Hmm.

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