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How to use a gorgeous Bing images slideshow on your Windows 10 lock screen

Windows Spotlight puts a Bing images slideshow on your lock screen, but right now only for Windows 10 Home. Here's how to get something similar in Windows 10 Pro.

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How to block the Windows 10 upgrade

It's nice of Microsoft to offer all of us a free upgrade to Windows 10. But it's not so nice when they insist upon it.

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How to upgrade from pirated Windows to legitimate Windows 10

Pirated Windows copies abound, and instead of fighting it, Microsoft is inviting pirates to come clean. Here's how to get a legitimate copy of Windows 10 now, and more on the one-click upgrade Microsoft plans for the near future.

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How to use Windows 10’s Reliability Monitor to fix and fine-tune your PC

Whether you're troubleshooting issues or trying to push a Windows 10 machine to its highest level of performance, Windows Reliability Monitor can help in a big way.

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If you forget your Windows admin password, try this

That Windows admin password is pretty important. If you lose track of it, though, all is not lost. You just have to wiggle in through the virtual back door.

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When a deleted Windows file won't go away: 3 ways to move or erase it

Moving or erasing a file should be easy. But sometimes Windows just won't let go.

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How to disable Windows 10's window animations to speed up responsiveness

Are Windows 10's animations killing your PC's performance? Here's how to turn them off.

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You can change drive letters, but know the risk of doing so

You can easily change drive D: into drive F:. But if Windows expects a file to be on drive D:, this is going to cause a problem.

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How to add tabs to File Explorer in Windows

The Clover 3 extension adds tabs to File Explorer in Windows to make file management easier.

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3 simple cures for lingering Skype headaches

Love Skype, but hate what it's become? Here are three tweaks that will help make it better.

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How to save specific Windows File Explorer searches for fast future queries

This tip will save you from constantly repeating your searches time and again.

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How to enter Windows 10's Safe Mode

Sometimes, whether you like it or not, you have to boot into Windows' stripped-down Safe Mode. But with Windows 10, that gets complicated.

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How to make Cortana search with Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

Windows 10's Cortana uses Bing for web searches by default with no official option to change it, but there are ways to get Cortana to embrace Google.

When your Windows registry gets cluttered, here's what's worth doing about it

Your Windows registry may look like a big mess, especially if you install and uninstall a lot of software. But before you clean it, here's something else to consider.

Don't want a standing desk? Use Workrave as a break timer to remember to move around

Don't want a standing desk, but worried about the evils of sitting all day? Time yourself to make sure you take regular breaks.