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Windows 11 adoption appears to be stagnating

Windows 11, which launched six months go, appears to be flatlining in terms of uptake in the month of March, according to one data source. It's being used on one in five systems, and Microsoft says adoption has been faster than with...

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When it comes to Windows, out with the old, in with the…what?

The arrival last year of Windows 11 has prompted a lot of Windows users to think about upgrades — and what can actually meet their technology needs. Some thoughts on what works and what doesn’t.

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Microsoft, its partners, and the ‘last-mile problem’

Microsoft recently unveiled changes to its partner program that shift the emphasis from customer to support to sales, sales, sales.

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How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

Microsoft’s ‘channels’ for Windows Insider Previews and new Windows releases are confusing for everybody. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 and 11 for yourself or your business.

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Do you know where your software comes from?

As the world watches what's happening in Ukraine, computer users are thinking more about the software and hardware they use — and where it comes from.

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Microsoft delivers a solid, low-impact Patch Tuesday

This month's Patch Tuesday brought a solid set of updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Chromium-based Edge (Chromium). But there weren't any critical issues requiring companies to patch right away.

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Windows 11: The end of the old-school Windows desktop

In the long run, Microsoft wants you to switch to a Desktop-as-a-Service model, and the first steps on this journey may already be in place on your conventional Windows PC . You know it as Windows 11.

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Change my password? AGAIN?

It’s not unusual for companies to require password changes routinely. But that doesn’t do as much for security as most people think; multi-factor authentication is a better option.

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Cortana explained: The rocky past and promising future of Microsoft’s digital assistant

At first meant to compete with virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, Cortana has been stripped of many functions and seemingly left to wither away. But its business-focused reboot may hold the key to long-term success.

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In a time of war, it’s important to stay secure

With the Russia-Ukraine conflict under way, cyberattacks are likely to emerge. That's why it's important to take steps now to make sure your hardware is secure.

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Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Before Russia invaded Ukraine this week, cyberattacks were already under way. Not surprisingly, Windows systems were a common target.

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12 classic but essential (and free!) utilities for Windows 10 and 11

Boost your computer’s performance, find anything on it, and perform other useful tricks with these free tools.

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No, Microsoft, don’t require an account to set up Windows 11

A recent preview build of Windows 11 makes an unwelcome change: it mandates a Microsoft account when installing even Windows 11 Professional. But not everyone wants or needs an account.

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Meet Chrome OS Flex, Google's new weapon for desktop domination

Is that an old Windows system or a current Chrome OS computer? Google's getting ready to blur the lines of desktop computing in some seriously shape-shifting ways.

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The Windows 11 feedback loop — what do users want most?

Microsoft says it wants users to weigh in with requests, suggestions, and advice using the built-in Feedback hub. But is that any way to really get Microsoft’s attention?

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Take your time testing these February Patch Tuesday updates

With this month's very light Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft, security and systems administrators should take time to test their apps and desktop/server builds.

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Workarounds for 4 tasks Windows 11 makes harder

Windows 11 may be prettier to look at than Windows 10, but some tasks have become more difficult. Try these tweaks to get around some impediments that Microsoft introduced in Windows 11.

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Research shows Windows updates can take six hours to complete

Devices running Windows 10 and 11 can take up to six hours to fully download and apply software updates, but most will update in under an hour, according to a new report from Microsoft.

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The Windows 11 ‘push,’ revisited

Some users still complain that their PCs are being unexpectedly upgraded to Windows 11 without their consent. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on, but there are ways to avoid the move.

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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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