Automatic Windows 10 Update Reboot Loop

Bugged Windows 10 update could force your computer to reboot forever

By on August 11, 2015 at 5:25 PM.

Bugged Windows 10 update could force your computer to reboot forever

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Windows 10 would automatically install updates to users’ computers, which rubbed some upgraders the wrong way. All things considered, it wasn’t the most pressing issue with the new OS, but now that updates have started to drop, we’re beginning to see the potential fallout of automatic updates.

When the first major update rolled out last week, some users found themselves locked in a reboot loop, effectively shutting them out of their accounts until they could find a workaround. More →

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Microsoft Trolls Google

Microsoft hilariously trolls Google’s ‘Alphabet’ announcement

By on August 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM.

Microsoft hilariously trolls Google’s ‘Alphabet’ announcement

Google’s Alphabet announcement yesterday left a lot of people scratching their heads, at least at first. In the blink of an eye, Google completely restructured the entire company under a parent company called Alphabet, of all names.

While Wall St. is seemingly supportive of the plan — the stock shot straight up immediately following the press release — Microsoft, Google’s friendly rival to the north couldn’t help but have a little bit of fun at the expense of the search giant.

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Windows 10 Download Free Apps

Windows 10: Five free apps you should download immediately after you upgrade

By on August 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Windows 10: Five free apps you should download immediately after you upgrade

Now that you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you’re probably looking for software to fill your desktop with. You’d probably prefer that software to be free as well, which is why we’ve scoured the Windows Store to find the best complimentary apps available for Windows 10. More →

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Windows 10 Install Store Apps Without Microsoft Account

Windows 10: How to protect your privacy and still install apps from the Microsoft Store

By on August 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM.

Windows 10: How to protect your privacy and still install apps from the Microsoft Store

For some Windows 10 users, guarding their privacy and preventing Microsoft from collecting personal data might take precedent over using certain Windows 10 features. There are plenty of settings to customize in order to prevent or limit Microsoft’s tracking, and many users have advised against creating a Microsoft account when prompted to make one. More →

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Windows 10 Downloads

Windows 10 downloads surge to nearly 27 million

By on August 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Windows 10 downloads surge to nearly 27 million

As the best version of Windows we’ve seen in years, it should come as no surprise that consumers are downloading and installing Windows 10 in large numbers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that upgrading to Windows 10 is free for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, but that’s a topic for another story.

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Xbox One Xbox 360 Saved Games Transfer

Xbox One: How to transfer your old Xbox 360 save files to the new console

By on August 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Xbox One: How to transfer your old Xbox 360 save files to the new console

If there’s one way the Xbox One is much better than the PlayStation 4 – at least right now – it’s that Microsoft announced backwards compatibility for previous-generation games. That means more Xbox 360 games will be playable on the Xbox One in the future, which should convince some longtime Xbox 360 gamers to upgrade. But that also means that moving from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One will involve one crucial step: backing up your old saved games to move them to the new console. More →

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Microsoft Windows 10 DVD Player App

Windows 10: Whatever you do, don’t buy Microsoft’s new $15 DVD player app

By on August 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Windows 10: Whatever you do, don’t buy Microsoft’s new $15 DVD player app

Satya Nadella’s Microsoft’s is an exciting company that looks nothing like the old Microsoft – you know, except for those moments when it does. Windows 10 is a massive update for the company’s flagship platform that has been highly praised in spite of the various bugs and its privacy-unfriendly default settings. Even the annoying Solitaire subscription app isn’t so bad, especially when you compare it with the $15 DVD player app the company is selling. More →

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Windows 10 Privacy Tips And Tricks

Windows 10: How to maintain your privacy without disabling its best features

By on August 6, 2015 at 2:40 PM.

Windows 10: How to maintain your privacy without disabling its best features

We’ve written a lot about privacy issues with Windows 10 but that doesn’t mean you should disable every potentially infringing feature because that could also cut out some of the platform’s best features. To help break things down a little further, LifeHacker has put together a handy guide explaining which are the really important Windows 10 privacy features you need to deal with to keep your most important information out of Microsoft’s hands without hurting overall user experience. More →

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Windows 10 Cortana Commands Tips Tricks

Windows 10: Everything you need to know about Cortana

By on August 5, 2015 at 11:00 PM.

Windows 10: Everything you need to know about Cortana

One of the main features of Windows 10 is Microsoft’s voice-based virtual assistant Cortana, which has been ported from Windows Phone to the desktop. In fact, Microsoft beat Apple and Google when it came to adding voice assistant features to its PC operating system.

The company is clearly hoping Cortana becomes a daily part of users’ PC experience, but what kind of commands can Cortana handle? More →

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Windows 10 Phone Companion App

Windows 10’s Phone Companion app makes syncing your iPhone or Android device a snap

By on August 5, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Windows 10’s Phone Companion app makes syncing your iPhone or Android device a snap

Unless you’ve spent every waking moment with Windows 10 since it launched last week, there are still likely plenty of new features and software additions you have yet to explore on your upgraded computer. One of those new apps is the Phone Companion, which should be installed by default on your machine after you apply the update. More →

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Windows 10 Privacy Security Tips Tricks

The most important Windows 10 security settings for guarding your privacy

By on August 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

The most important Windows 10 security settings for guarding your privacy

So you’re one of the millions of Windows users who have upgraded to Microsoft’s latest operating system and you’ve heard that the company tracks and collects a boatload of information about you. Don’t be afraid, though, there are things you can do to prevent that. More →

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Microsoft Nokia Deal Major Disaster

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition was an even bigger disaster than we ever imagined

By on August 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition was an even bigger disaster than we ever imagined

Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset division thinking it could use the company’s considerable hardware talent to build phones capable of going head-to-head with the iPhone. It was clear at the time of the deal that this was never going to happen and that’s why we weren’t surprised to see that Microsoft last month was forced to eat a $7.6 billion writedown related to the deal. But now TechCrunch has taken a look at some of the numbers Microsoft posted in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that reveal the Nokia deal was an even bigger disaster than we realized. More →

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