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Get tips on troubleshooting Windows and fine tuning your system performance from the experts.

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Surface Pro 4 Type Cover suddenly stops working

I’m seeing more and more reports of borked Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover keyboards, likely linked to last month’s firmware/driver updates.

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Windows as a service in a nutshell, explained

Microsoft just posted a succinct, accurate description of the new 'Semi-Annual Channel' terminology, but there are a few important loose ends.

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New in Windows security: Automatically log off suspicious users

The Cloud App Security subscription service will boot users off the network, and out of apps and services, at the first sign of anomalous behavior.

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Windows 10 1607 cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History

If you’re updating the Anniversary Update, version 1607, it’s a good idea to take a screenshot of your Update History before installing this month’s KB 4034658.

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Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer

Moving files from your Android device to a Windows PC or Mac (and vice versa) doesn't have to be difficult -- or dependent on any cloud services.

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10 tricks to get (and keep) Windows 10 Creators Update running smoothly

If you’ve installed Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, take a few minutes to make sure you’re getting the most out what Microsoft offers.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 16257, released on August 2, 2017.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Get the latest info on Windows 10 updates as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4034674, released on August 8, 2017.

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Windows 10 finally has become an adult product with a child’s heart

Windows 10 is maturing to finally place the needs of the user in the forefront again.

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How Windows to Go can protect data for business travelers

Worried about workers traveling internationally with sensitive company data on a laptop? A Windows to Go USB stick might be the answer for intrusive searches or bans on airplanes.

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It’s time to check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic Update

With Patch Tuesday just around the corner, you should seriously consider disabling Automatic Update, and wait until the unpaid beta testers have their say.

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The case against Windows Automatic Update

If you’re moderately conversant with your Windows machine, you should consider avoiding Automatic Update. Here’s why.

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New Surface Pro 4 driver restores Windows Hello — and this time it’s documented

Microsoft says the buggy, undocumented 1.0.65.1 driver, pushed through Automatic Update earlier this week, caused problems on only "a small number of devices."

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Microsoft 365 Business: Office + Windows 10 in one SMB-friendly subscription

Microsoft in July introduced two additional software-as-a-service subscription plans: Microsoft Enterprise 365 and Microsoft 365 Business. It has not yet set a price for Enterprise; the Business version will cost $20/user/month.

How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

Windows by the numbers: Stubborn Windows 7 unmoved by Microsoft's call to change to 10

Migration watch: In July, Windows 7 remained behind the decline pace of XP

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Microsoft releases dozens of bug fixes for Win10 Creators Update, build 15063.502

Five days after Microsoft declared Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, ready for business, it re-released KB 4032188 and dozens of bug fixes.

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Top web browsers 2017: Look on the bright side, Microsoft

In July, IE and Edge still lost market share, just not as badly as before. Google Chrome, meanwhile, ticked up.

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The fine print behind Microsoft’s new Surface financing plan, Surface Plus

Microsoft joins Swedish online financing firm Klarna to offer consumers zero-percent, 24-month financing and a limited 18-month upgrade option on all current Surfaces.

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Surface Pro 4 problems: Windows Hello disappears, shaky screen

Surface Pro 4 camera refuses to log in with Windows Hello after an undocumented bad driver was installed. Meanwhile, the shaky screen problem continues.

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Win10 machines with 'Defer feature updates' now getting Creators Update

There’s a reason why your Win10 1607 PC with "Defer feature updates" is getting pushed onto 1703 — and you aren’t going to like it. Fortunately, a partial solution exists.

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