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Windows recovery disk tip: When and if it needs updating

Once you make your Windows recovery disk, do you ever need to update it? We asked Microsoft, and this is what we learned.

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How to sideload extensions in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge lets you install browser extensions from unofficial sources. Here's how to do it.

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4 Windows Command Prompt tricks everyone should know

For all of Windows 10's icons and tiles, sometimes, only the Command Prompt will do what you need to do. Learn these four special tricks to work smarter with your PC.

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Three tips for dealing with an unruly desktop

A cluttered Windows desktop hampers productivity. Here's how to whip your desktop into shape.

How to Block Ads in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 ads are pretty unobtrusive, but several get right up in your face. Here’s how to disable them with a few simple menu tweaks.

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How to reinstall Windows 10 without any bloatware

Windows 10 actually has the ability to install just the OS without any additional software, which is great news for those with prebuilt systems laden with unwanted software.

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How to defer Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 forces updates on home users, but Windows 10 Pro users can slow down feature upgrades if they want.

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How to download Windows Store apps with a local account

Microsoft didn't want you to use the Windows Store without signing in with a Microsoft Account. That no longer appears to be the case.

Everything you need to know about Windows 10 recovery drives

We take a look at the recovery drive, one of the most useful troubleshooting tools included with Windows 10.

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When your Windows 10 login password fails, you need a recovery drive

Your Windows 10 PC could lose track of your password due to an upgrade gone awry, or some other unexpected hiccup. We have a few workarounds.

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How to make Chrome warn you before closing

Chrome on Windows doesn't have a built-in warning dialog box before closing the browser. This workaround can help.

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How to add a Hibernate option to the Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 doesn't include Hibernate in the shut-down options by default, but it's easy enough to add it.

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Google Drive dumps Windows XP and Vista, now what?

Google Drive is dumping official support for Windows XP and Vista. Here are some options for anyone running those systems.

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How to customize Windows 10 colors

You can tweak the built-in Windows 10 color palette quite easily; you just have to know where to look!

How to Get Windows XP's Quick Launch Bar In Windows 10

The beloved Quick Launch Bar from Windows XP lives on in Windows 10, providing easy access to specific folders and files from the taskbar. Here’s how to get it.

Disable Autoplay Settings In Windows 10

Use the AutoPlay settings to keep malicious files from downloading to your PC. Here's how.

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How to pin the Recent Items folder to File Explorer in Windows 10

File Explorer already has a recent-items section in the Quick Access section. But this one's better.

How to repair Windows 10's Master Boot Record

You should know how to repair your Master Boot Record, because if ransomware or some other disaster bricks your PC, you just might be able to save it. Here’s how.

Use Windows 10's Battery Saver to squeeze more life out of your laptop

Settings for screen brightness, low-power mode and more will help you last longer on a charge.

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3 handy image tools you can use in File Explorer

File Explorer's Manage tab for photos has some quick-and-easy photo-management tools for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users.