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Bypassing the Windows 10 password with a PIN

There's an easier way to get into Windows: setting up a numerical PIN, just like you'd use with a bank ATM. Here's how to do it.

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Fed up with bogus computer support calls, man turns tables on scammers

Played along with scammer using a Windows PC whose 'My Documents' folder was loaded with malware

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KB 3123862 eerily resembles Microsoft's earlier Get Windows 10 patch

The mystery update has too many parallels with last year's Get Windows 10 patch debacle, so you may not want to install it

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PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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Windows 10 beta build 14257: Solid, stable, and boring

If you're in the Windows Insider Fast track, you now have an undistinguished new beta copy of Redstone

10 hurdles to Windows 10 adoption

10 hurdles to Windows 10 adoption

Here's what Microsoft needs to do before the so-called last version of Windows is truly ready for prime time

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Avoid Windows 10 cumulative update KB 3136562

Yes, it's on Microsoft's servers. No, you don't want to mess with it unless/until it's in Windows Update

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KB 3135449 and 3135445 could be useful, but ignore the rest of Microsoft's batch

KB 2952664, 2977759, and 2976978 are optional patches that users can safely dismiss

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Why do companies make Android phones if they can't make profits?

Also in today's open source roundup: The Turing phone will run Sailfish OS instead of Android. And Google Chrome will finally get smooth scrolling in Linux

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New details emerge about forced Windows 10 upgrade -- and how to block it

There are still preventive measures available for users who want to resist Microsoft's latest Windows 10 upgrade offensive

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Security flaws not so critical if admin rights are taken away

Privilege management can be a good workaround while waiting for IT to catch up on patch schedules

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10 essential OS X command-line tips for power users

Believe it or not, the Mac GUI can't do everything -- or at least not as quickly or powerfully as these command-line utilities

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 push may leave IT seeing red

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 push may leave IT seeing red

Exposing the Get Windows 10 app to business users provides an easy upgrade path potentially rife with landmines

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What works where: Outlook vs. Outlook vs. native apps

Office 2016 starts to unify the Exchange experience on the desktop, but native apps do better on mobile clients

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PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the SwiftKey acquisition, and the new Windows phone

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Samsung adds ad blocking to its Android browser

Also in today's open source roundup: Removing the Facebook app can help boost your Android device's battery life by up to 20 percent. And is Linux Mint better than Ubuntu?

Microsoft signals renewed push to force users onto Windows 10

Cryptic Microsoft post seems to indicate Windows 10 is being switched to 'recommended' status. It's unclear how the update can be kept at bay

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It's time to pull the plug on Windows 7

As is the case for Outlook, OneDrive, and Internet Explorer, Microsoft's pile of Windows legacy is collapsing, and the only hope is to make a clean break

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