Windows 10 Data Collection

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

By on July 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent” within three months.

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Windows 10 Download

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

By on July 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

Look, we’re going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you’re on a work PC and your IT department hasn’t authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you’ve confirmed just won’t work on Windows 10. Maybe you’re afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you.

We’re not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade Full-Screen Prompt

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

By on July 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

Imagine this: you’re watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your Windows laptop or desktop, paying bills online, or you’re catching up with some work, and an annoying image appears taking over your entire screen. It looks like a blue screen of death at first – or a new version of it – and you might panic for a few seconds until you read the prompt on that blue background. Your computer is safe, your documents have not been lost. It’s just Microsoft being even more annoying than ever with its Windows 10 upgrade notifications. More →

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Release Date

Microsoft announces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd

By on June 29, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Microsoft announces free Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out on August 2nd

The first major content update for Windows 10 finally has a release date.

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Anniversary Edition — a free update for all Windows 10 users — is launching on August 2nd. The update was originally unveiled at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference in March, but the company wasn’t ready to show off all of the new features and upgrades.

Now, with just a few weeks until launch, the curtain has been pulled back.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications Fixed

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

By on June 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM.

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn’t giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week.

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Lawsuit

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

By on June 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM.

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with “my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded” tend to end with “and then all my data was lost,” but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money.

A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable.

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Microsoft Edge Battery Life Comparison

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

By on June 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM.

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating the release of Opera’s power saving mode, but on Monday, Microsoft decided to prove to everyone that its own proprietary browser might be the best in the market for your battery.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Edge web platform team director Jason Weber explains how Edge can help save your computer or tablet battery.

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Windows 10 Clean Install

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

By on June 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

Windows 10 has been the center of countless controversies over the past year. But while many users have been (often justifiable) complaining about some of the software’s privacy settings and intolerable update notifications, Microsoft has been quietly working behind the scenes to improve Windows 10.

On Thursday, the company released a preview build for Windows 10 which included a new tool that makes it even easier to perform a clean installation.

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Block Windows 10 Upgrade

The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

By on May 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM.

The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Like, a lot. So much so that if you leave your PC to its own devices for too long, you might come back and find that Cortana has settled in and made itself at home.

If you want to hang on your Windows 7 or 8 install without having to live in fear of an unexpected update (like this unfortunate TV weather crew), or if you want to prevent Windows 10 from spying on practically everything you do, we’ve put together the definitive guide.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Trick

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

For months now, Microsoft has done everything in its power to shove Windows 10 down your throat. The free update is mandatory at this point, and we’ve heard from many Windows users who discovered their computers updated to the newest version automatically, without their knowledge or explicit permission. Microsoft kept offering excuses for these annoying occurrences, and even said it will stop pushing upgrades to Windows users refuse to hope aboard the Windows 10 train.

Now, the company has come up with its most evil trick yet to get you to update your PC to Windows 10, and it’s based on the same methodology hackers use to trick people into installing malware.

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Halo 5 Forge Mode PC

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

Exciting news, PC gamers: 343 Industries is bringing the Forge editing tool from Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10. This is big news not just because Forge is a great tool — it’s what it hints at for Halo 5 and PCs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Forge, it’s a tool that allows players to create new maps and unique game types for Halo, originally introduced in Halo 3. It came to Halo 5 in the form of an update late last year, and now the developer is porting it to PC as a standalone experience, completely free to download.

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