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5 must-know Windows 10 tips and tricks

Dive right into some of Windows 10's coolest new features with these tips for the Start menu, Cortana, virtual desktops and more.

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Set Windows 10's Wi-Fi connections as metered to download forced updates at your own pace

Want to avoid Windows updates downloaded to your PC automatically? Setting your connection as metered can help avoid that.


How to schedule when Windows 10 updates restart your PC

You can't choose which updates to download in Windows 10, but you do have a say about when they're installed. Here's how to schedule Windows 10 updates.

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3 tips for a hassle-free Windows 10 upgrade

Even if you aren't part of the first wave that's getting Windows on July 29, your upgrade shouldn't be far behind. Here are a few things you can do to get ready.

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Meet Cortana: The ultimate guide to Windows 10's helpful digital assistant

Windows 10's Cortana digital assistant is pretty darn easy to use, but she becomes even more powerful with some tinkering.

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How to disable Windows 10's Wi-Fi Sense password sharing

Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10 takes the headache out of managing Wi-Fi networks, but some people have security and privacy concerns. Here's how to disable it.


How to use Windows 10's Task View and virtual desktops

Task View and virtual desktops are two powerful new Windows 10 features. Here's how to use them.

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How to lock and unlock your USB ports

External flash and hard drives can be used to deliver malware or steal sensitive files. Here's how to control who can use them.

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

Windows 10 introduces a new Web browser, Microsoft Edge. We'll show you its new features, from Cortana to Web Notes, and how to use them effectively.

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Upgrading to Windows 10: One good reason to wait

Windows 10 is a major and exciting upgrade that some people will download right away. Anyone with older hardware or software should do a little research first, though.

Windows Sticky Notes isn't made for backup, but these alternatives are

Windows' Sticky Notes program may seem like a convenient tool for jotting down reminders and miscellaneous stuff, but it's really a disaster waiting to happen.

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When Windows refuses to eject mass storage: 5 ways to safely remove a USB drive

The whole point of external USB-connected storage is that you can easily unplug it, but Windows's Eject Mass Storage option balks sometimes. Resist the urge to yank out the drive and try one of these solutions instead.

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How to find the secret Start Menu built into Windows 8.1

Yes, it's true. You can add a Start menu--of sorts--to the Windows 8.1 taskbar without installing a third-party program. All of the code is built into Windows itself. You just have to know the trick that makes it appear.

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How to install Windows apps on an SD card or USB drive

Windows 8 won't let you install the apps found in the Windows Store to external storage--but you can force the matter.

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When the time comes, you'll be able to make Windows 10 look like Windows 7

Based on the previews of Windows 10 so far, the OS will have some Windows 7-like capabilities. Third-party utilities could help, too.