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9 free tools that make Windows much better

Nix Notepad. Pack away Paint. These free utilities do image editing, file management, screenshots and more, much, much better than Windows’ own versions can.

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Everything we know so far

The next refresh of Windows will place more emphasis on desktop-friendliness, and it's said to be right around the corner.

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Xbox One, holiday sales drive Microsoft to record revenue

Microsoft easily blew away analyst estimates, thanks to its consumer businesses and Surface tablet. But Windows revenues decreased.

Metro apps infiltrate the desktop in leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 images

Images from a prolific Windows leaker show Metro apps pinned to the desktop taskbar.

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How to easily find drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows

Sure, you can rip your PC apart and eyeball troublesome hardware directly - but there's an easier way to find drivers for unknown devices.

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Ouch: HP brings Windows 7 'back by popular demand'

What's old is new again on a handful of HP desktops and laptops.

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ICE turns to the crowd to fund its xPC modular computer

The xPC, a Windows computer that can "transform" into a notebook or tablet PC, will ship by June, its backers say.

Windows XP still on the way out, but anti-malware support for its users to continue

Microsoft said the decision will assist customers with their migrations away from Windows XP.

Microsoft readies urgent patch for Windows XP next week

Microsoft is patching Windows XP on this month's Patch Tuesday, shoring up a vulnerability that can lead to computers being taken over entirely by attackers.

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Lenovo widens lead as PC market decline slows

Worldwide PC shipments dipped again in the fourth quarter of 2013, but analysts said that they believe the market is leveling out. Lenovo continued to hold the top spot as the world's leading PC supplier.