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Enter the brave new world of Windows 10 license activation

Historically, hardware upgrades on Windows PCs that involved major changes (new motherboard and/or CPU, for example) required a phone call to Microsoft to reactivate the Windows license. Microsoft has altered its licensing policy to...

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Lockdown! Harden Windows 10 for maximum security

To make the most of Windows 10's security improvements, you must target the right edition and hardware for your needs

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GWX swept away as pattern emerges in Windows updates

This hornet’s nest of rollup patches, .Net offal, and miscellany looks remarkably like the mess we’re expecting to see in October

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Red Hat links Java to Microsoft's Visual Studio Code

An extension based on the Language Server Protocol offers developers expanded use of Microsoft's development tool

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Surface Pro 3 plagued by yet another battery problem

Complaints about the SP 3 LGC battery may have their origin in the recent Simplo 'batterygate' patch

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Your PC is simply another mobile device

IT needs to start planning now for the day when PCs are managed and secured like mobile devices, and desktop apps are developed and deployed like mobile apps

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Why (and how) you should manage Windows PCs like iPhones

The pieces are finally coming together to implement an omnidevice systems management approach for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android

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Hybrid tablet showdown: Huawei Matebook vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4

CIO.com's Sarah White puts these two hybrid tablets through the paces to see which one is the best fit for the enterprise.

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New project runs Arch Linux on Windows

A new tool, still in very early stages, allows Linux boot images to be run in Windows 10's experimental Linux subsystem

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What's been fixed and what's still broken in Windows 10

Microsoft has provided some relief for well-known bugs, but there are still big problems, especially with the Anniversary Update

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KB 3185911 speeds up the Windows 7 scan for updates

We have a new "magic" patch that cuts Windows 7 updates scans from hours to minutes

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Here's how to install balky Windows 10 cumulative patch KB 3189866

If your Windows 10 Anniversary Update install gets stuck at 95 percent, these steps will fix it without using Internet Explorer

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Still no timetable for RAW partition bug fix in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

A month ago, Microsoft promised a fix 'soon,' but it hasn't shown up yet

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Why You Lost Your Windows 10 Product Key

Goodbye, product key; hello, digital license. Learn more about the changes here.

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Which way with Windows? Here are your options

Among Windows' bewildering array of versions, builds, rings, updates, branches, and editions, here's what you should consider

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A USB device is all it takes to steal credentials from locked PCs

A security researcher demonstrated that all it takes to steal an OS account's password hash from a Windows computer in a locked state, is to plug in a special USB device for a few seconds.

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What should you do with your .Net apps?

'The .Net Core has brought a renaissance in .Net,' says Scott Hunter, a member of the .Net engineering team. But that doesn’t mean you should port your existing apps

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Sophos false positive detection ruins weekend for some Windows users

Sophos antivirus products detected winlogon.exe as malicious, preventing some users from accessing their computers

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