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New features in Windows 10 laptop

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Hit by an unexpected Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to recover

If you know somebody who woke up to find Windows 10 on their computer, perhaps this advice will console them


Add accents, symbols and more with Alt codes for special characters

Pressing the Alt key and a number code gives you access to hundreds of special characters from currency to copyright symbols, to linguistic characters and tiny graphics like snowmen and smiley faces. Here's how they work.


Windows 10 tutorial: How to uninstall apps and programs

You have two new ways to uninstall programs in Windows 10. We’ll show you how it works.

New features in Windows 10 laptop

Windows 10 beta patch KB 3158988 turns build number to 14342.1001

When is a cumulative update not a cumulative update?


New Windows 7 and 8.1 patches usher in the future of rollup updating

It remains to be seen whether Microsoft's new experiment with nonsecurity patch rollups will work

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Microsoft overhauls Windows 7 and 8.1 updating -- but don't call it a service pack

The status of Win 8.1 is still unclear, but it looks like updates to Win7 will (finally!) run much faster

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KB 3159635 will upgrade you to Windows 10 version 1511

In apparent preparation for the Anniversary Update, MS releases version 1511 upgrade tool

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The end of Apple? The early signs may be in

We seem to be heading toward a post-Microsoft, post-Apple world -- and that’s OK


The Full Nerd Episode 0: GeForce GTX 1080, Battlefield 1, and 4-core vs. 8-core

This week Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman fawn over the GeForce 1080 and debate whether to build an LGA1151 or LGA2011 v3 rig.

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Microsoft releases KB 3163207, retires KB 3157993, reissues Flash patch MS16-064

Adobe just released the latest zero-day Flash patch APSB16-15, and Microsoft followed suit


The PCWorld Show Episode 16: Windows 10 upgrade, GeForce GTX 1080, and Facebook's controversial approach to news

Jon, Brad, and Gordon discuss the week's hot tech topics, including the Windows 10 upgrade offer, the GeForce GTX 1080, and the death of VGA.

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Edge's share of Windows 10 browsers continues slide

In the United States, about 1 in 5 Windows 10 users run the default browser

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Windows 10 patches KB 3147062, KB 3152599 show simpler is better

The two new patches appear as single updates -- a welcome change from the behemoths Microsoft has been pushing out of late

12 misguided habits of slow IT departments

Windows 7 update scans taking forever? KB 3153199 may solve the problem

Users are again hit by massive Win7/Vista update scan delays, but installing a completely unrelated patch seems to help

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Visual Studio 15 beta boosts XAML features

Microsoft also gives developers a heads-up on how templates will change


The truth about Windows 10's hidden drive partition

You may think there's free space in these hidden drive partitions, but think twice before messing with anything in these locations. We use a third-party disk utility to find out what's really in them.

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Windows 10 Insiders get new beta build 14342, Edge gets some love

An unusual late-night release holds additional surprises as Microsoft quickens the pace of beta builds

Top 25 Windows 10 Free Tools

Good news regarding Windows 10 v1511 cumulative update 12, KB 3156421

Build 10586.318 brings solid changelogs, and a pair of Microsoft engineers are doing their best to answer questions

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