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Microsoft skills: What's hot and what's not?

SQL Server, Azure, SharePoint, and .Net are among the Microsoft skills most in demand

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How to use Windows 10 backup and recovery features

Sooner or later, you’re going to experience a hard drive failure. Don’t panic -- there’s a good chance Windows 10 will let you restore seemingly lost documents and files

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Adding a child user account in Windows 10

It actually costs you 50 cents to set up a child user account in Windows 10! But there's a good reason why, and you'll find out how it all works in this video.

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Does the Linux desktop really matter in the long run?

Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Tails 2.0, and Stremio is an alternative to Popcorn Time for movies, TV shows, and more

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Microsoft defends new Windows Server licensing

Microsoft rebuts a law firm's analysis of the new licensing rules for Windows Server

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I forgot my Windows 10 password!

Forgetting your Windows 10 password isn't the disaster it used to be. Windows lets you get back on track with a pretty easy reset process. Here's how it works.

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Setting up a local user account in Windows 10

You can set up a local user account on a Windows 10 PC so you don't have to bother with a Microsoft account. Here's how to do it.

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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

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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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