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How to use Windows 10's Active Hours to prevent surprise update installs

Want to make extra sure Windows 10 won't install updates when you need your PC the most? Active Hours can help.

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How to install Microsoft Edge browser extensions

With the Anniversary Update Microsoft Edge can finally use browser extensions. Here's how to install them.

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A beginner's guide to BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool

Here's how to get started with BitLocker, the encryption tool Microsoft built right into many versions of Windows.

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How to find your Windows or Office product key

Locate your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office product keys with this simple guide.

You can safely use Windows 7 until 2020, but I won't be answering your questions

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in January of 2020, but I'm turning over Answer Line to Josh Norem today.

How to clean your Windows registry and speed up your PC

A cluttered registry can slow Windows to a crawl, but cleaning it effectively isn't easy. We put several registry cleaners to the test and offer tips to help you get your registry down to size and improve your PC's performance.

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How to use Microsoft Edge, Windows 10's new browser

Windows 10 introduced a new Web browser, Microsoft Edge. We'll show you its new features, from Cortana to Web Notes, and how to use them effectively. (Now updated with Anniversary Update features!)

3 ways to remove Windows 10's default apps

Microsoft makes it easy to remove some apps, but for others, you'll need assistance from a third-party utility.

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Removing Windows 10's default apps isn't easy, but CCleaner can help

Microsoft makes it hard to remove its built-in apps in Windows 10, even if you really don't want them. CCleaner gives you a way, though, and we'll show it to you here.

This trick will stop Windows 10 Automatic Updates, but be careful

A little white lie could save Windows 10 Home users from automatic updates, but it comes with big responsibilities. Watch for the full details.

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How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a useful tool, but it's not a desirable working environment. If your PC only boots into that limited environment, here's your way out.

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How to set up photo reminders in Cortana in Windows 10

The Anniversary Update is chock-full of little tweaks that will make your experience just that much better, like photo reminders in Cortana.

2 ways to get out of Windows 10 Safe Mode

You went into Windows Safe Mode to fix something, and now you can't get out. Luckily, you have two emergency exits. Watch for more details.

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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Previous Windows versions let you update manually or automatically. But Windows 10 updates whether you want it to or not…unless you know the trick.

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How to remove your email address from Windows 10's login screen

The Anniversary Update adds a nice little feature that makes it easy to hide your email address on Windows 10's sign-in screen.

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How to use Cortana-friendly Sticky Notes in Windows 10 to keep track of tasks

Sticky Notes and Cortana merge in the Anniversary Update for a stylus-free way to set reminders.

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How to run a DOS program in Windows 10

There are some old DOS applications that you just can't afford to lose (or games you still like), and Windows 10 lets you keep them. Here's how.

How to remove your Windows 10 password

Windows 10 wants you to enter your password all the time. You can remove your password, or reduce how often you have to enter one, but there are security risks to doing so.

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7 things I learned once I built my first PC

There's always a first time for building a PC, and the guides can only go so far when it gets to specific details for each part. Read on for seven things I wished I'd known before I started.