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Thoughts on navigating the transition to Windows 11

Windows 11 has only been out for a week, but users are already finding ways around security requirements and making UI changes. Here's what to keep in mind if you're planning to do either one.

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Windows 11 arrives: my initial impressions

Though I had a few hitches getting Windows 11 installed on a PC I had just built, the upgrade from Windows 10 is worth it for the added security alone.

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Apple gains traction as enterprise workplaces become hybrid

Research data shows that hybrid work has propelled Apple device use across the enterprise, with the cost-of-ownership argument cutting through.

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Microsoft lets Windows 11 loose on the world

PCs running Windows 10 that meet Microsoft's hardware requirements are immediately eligible for the free Windows 11 download. And new devices with Windows 11 factory installed are now on sale.

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Windows 11 in-depth review: Windows 10 gets a nip and tuck

Microsoft’s new OS gives Windows 10 a much-needed facelift, tighter security, and a better overall experience.

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How to choose the best desktop-as-a-service solution

With the future of work moving from office cubicles to the home, DaaS is becoming a more attractive choice than ever.

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Survey says! What my informal survey shows about Windows

The vast majority of people who responded already know about Windows 11, most don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon and many have serious issues with the overall Windows patching process.

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Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio: The perfect Windows 11 laptop?

If you want to see an early benchmark of a PC explicitly designed to show off Windows 11, take a look at the Surface Laptop Studio.

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How Windows 10 ends up a lot like Windows 7

With the arrival of Windows 11 on Oct. 5, Windows 10 may well end its career much as Windows 7 did — as something of a dead end.

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MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and the Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT.exe) do more or less the same thing: scan for and remove Windows malware. We explore and explain the differences.

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A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

Though Microsoft has tried a variety of patching schemes over the past two decades, update problems continue with no end in sight.

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Legacy apps are at risk with the September Patch Tuesday update

Testing your legacy applications and printing will be important when dealing with this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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It’s been a big week for patches

In addition to Patch Tuesday’s retinue of updates from Microsoft, fixes arrived this week for zero-day flaws affecting Google’s Chrome browser and Apple hardware.

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Windows 11: Just say no

In a few weeks, Windows 11 will arrive. Should you upgrade to it? Let me answer with a question: "Should you stop hitting your head against the wall?"

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Microsoft OneDrive cheat sheet

If you have Windows 10, you have OneDrive. With this quick guide, you can learn how to back up, sync, and share files in OneDrive.

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Planning to update to Windows 11? A checklist before you do

With the Oct. 5 launch date less than a month away, it's time to think about when Windows users should move from 10 to 11. (Helpful hint: Don't rush.)

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4 quick tips for Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana can make your life easier and more efficient — if you know how to take advantage of it.

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Microsoft to launch Windows 11 on Oct. 5; rollout to last into ‘22

Though Microsoft plans to start pushing Windows 11 to users early next month, it may be mid-2022 before everyone gets the new operating system.

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How to check if your PC can run Windows 11

Microsoft has re-released its PC Health Check app, but not everyone can use it. Here’s how to use the tool and two third-party alternatives to assess a PC’s ability to upgrade to Windows 11.

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Triggered by email? Some thoughts on how to stay safe

When even previewing an email can let attackers gain access to your system, it pays to be cautious.

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