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Microsoft replaces WSUS patch KB 3148812 with KB 3159706

Microsoft tries again with a faulty WSUS patch, but more work will be required of users to fix the problems caused by its predecssor

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Confirmed: Windows 10 free upgrade will end on July 29

On the same day, Microsoft will also take down the controversial Get Windows 10 app

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Windows 10 File History offers a simple backup solution anyone can do

The File History feature lets you set up an external drive to back up your files automatically. You don’t need any extra software, and it’s very customizable.

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Microsoft tackles .Net Framework compatibility

Developers are advised to target the latest version but not to retarget older apps

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Recommended KB 3133977 patch can cause Asus PCs to freeze

Blame Asus for the headache, which is apparently caused by a conflict with a Secure Boot setting in the Asus BIOS

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Mystery solved: KB 3150513 is another Windows 10 update-enabling patch

Released by Microsoft without documentation, it's safe to hide this patch if you don't want Windows 10 or its related updates

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WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2 appears to be badly broken

Windows Update server won't synchronize and is throwing errors 7032 and 7053 when trying to connect

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Microsoft re-releases Windows OLE patch KB 3146706 with little explanation

Microsoft doesn't say whether the new version fixes conflicts with EMET 5.5 caused by the original, so it's best to steer clear

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Windows 10 nagware patch KB 3035583 back on Windows 7 PCs

Documentation is sketchy, but the patch has just appeared as an unchecked optional sucker punch

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Windows 10 on pace to reach 20% share by June

Growth slows in April after a push by Microsoft the month before

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PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop fight, and Burning Man for the 1 percent

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

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Microsoft to begin SHA-1 crypto shutoff with Windows 10's summer upgrade

IE11 and Edge will drop the lock icon for sites that secure traffic with SHA-1 certificates this summer and will block access by Feb. 14, 2017

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Death of Intel's Atom casts shadow over rumored Surface Phone

Microsoft still reportedly remains committed to Windows 10 Mobile running on ARM chips. But is that enough?

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Cortana now restricted to Edge and Bing: It’s the clicks, stupid

There’s a reason Cortana will only work with Edge and Bing, and it isn’t quality of experience

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Docker's ready for Windows Server 2016

The latest build of Docker for Windows Server 2016 addresses Docker's distribution of apps written for multiple platforms and OSes

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Microsoft finally gets the bugs out of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

Users' complaints about buggy, unreliable systems have subsided since the massive April 19 fixed most driver problems

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Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface Book (and the importance of ports)

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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Cyberespionage group abuses Windows hotpatching mechanism to hide malware

The Platinum cyberespionage group has been leveraging a Windows feature known as hotpatching to inject malicious code into running processes

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