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The webcam privacy guide for Windows PCs

April 17, 2024

Via: Computerworld

Is someone watching your PC’s webcam? Modern laptops are packed with webcam LEDs, privacy shutters, and even switches that physically disconnect the webcam to ensure you have control. Windows has a variety of useful settings, too — but those software […]


Operating systems, Windows

You’re not really still using Windows XP, are you?

April 16, 2024

Via: Computerworld

I don’t know whether to be amazed or horrified at how much out-of-date technology we’re still using. Maybe both. Both is good. It’s been 10 years since Windows XP support expired. That’s a whole decade, people! But when I recently […]


Operating systems, Windows

Microsoft wants to show you ads in Windows 11’s Start menu. Here’s how to prevent them

April 15, 2024

Via: ZDnet

Microsoft is testing a way to further mismanage the Windows 11 Start menu: displaying icons for recommended apps. In a Friday blog post announcing the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build for the Beta channel, the company revealed that it’s […]


Operating systems, Windows

Former Microsoft developer says Windows 11’s performance is “comically bad,” even with monster PC

April 12, 2024

Via: TechSpot

Andy Young, an ex-Microsoft senior software engineer, posted a message on X/Twitter bemoaning that even with his $1,600 Core i9 CPU and 128 GB of RAM, Windows 11 Start menu’s performance is often awful. Young included a video clip illustrating […]


Operating systems, Windows

Microsoft’s lock screen cards for Windows 11 are about to arrive – and a much-needed addition will follow

April 9, 2024

Via: TechRadar

Microsoft recently tested a new feature for the lock screen in the form of info cards in both Windows 11 and Windows 10, which are now imminent, but this functionality is missing an important piece of the puzzle – something […]


Operating systems, Windows

How to send and receive iMessages on Windows

April 8, 2024

Via: ZDnet

If you’re an iPhone user with a Windows PC, Microsoft has a feature that allows you to send and receive iMessages directly from your PC. You can also view your phone’s notifications and place or receive calls. Android users have […]


Operating systems, Windows

The best ways to share files between Windows PCs

April 3, 2024

Via: Computerworld

Microsoft wants you to use the cloud, but there are a lot of good options — including trusty old network file sharing and a little-known modern Windows feature. Remember the HomeGroup on Windows 7? This feature made it easy and […]


Operating systems, Software Category, Software Security, Windows

Microsoft reveals how much Windows 10 Extended Security Updates will cost

April 3, 2024

Via: TechSpot

In an official blog post, Microsoft announced that organizations will have three options to extend update support for Windows 10: the traditional 5-by-5 activation, Windows 365 subscription-based activation, and cloud-based activation. The first option will be available for $61 per device […]


Operating systems, Windows

Chromium browsers will have better text rendering on Windows thanks to Microsoft engineers

March 26, 2024

Via: TechSpot

The next version of Chrome (124) is expected to offer improved text rendering on Windows PCs. Microsoft programmers have been working for years to integrate a ClearType feature into the “insular,” platform-agnostic text renderer developed by Google for the Chromium […]


Mobile Apps, Operating systems, Windows

The best ways to run Android apps on a Windows PC

March 20, 2024

Via: Computerworld

Though Microsoft removed Android app support from Windows 11, there are still ways to run Android apps on your PC if you want. Here are the best ways to do so, whether you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11. What […]


Operating systems, Windows

How to use Windows Backup to restore key files and settings onto a new PC

March 12, 2024

Via: ZDnet

So, you’re switching from one Windows computer to another and want to transfer certain files and settings to your new PC. One free and easy way to do that is with the built-in Windows Backup app. Available in Windows 10 […]


Operating systems, Windows

Windows 11 users rejoice – the case of the disappearing taskbar has been solved

February 28, 2024

Via: TechRadar

Earlier this month, some Windows 11 users noticed that their taskbar was behaving strangely and disappearing following a recent update – and it looks like Microsoft has now released a fix for the annoying bug. A new preview build has […]


Operating systems, Windows

Windows 11 24H2 will block processors that lack the SSE4.2 instruction set

February 27, 2024

Via: TechSpot

Windows 11 is approaching its third anniversary, and Microsoft is gearing up for the next major upgrade. Following the system requirement policy introduced in 2021, the upcoming Windows 11 24H2 release will discontinue support for PCs using certain older CPUs. […]


Operating systems, Windows

Microsoft breaks users’ PCs again with latest Windows 11 update

February 27, 2024

Via: TechSpot

Microsoft dropped an update (KB5034765) for Windows 11 on February 13. The patch includes non-security improvements for Windows 11 22H2 and 23H2. However, the update is also causing some unexpected issues for an unspecified number of users, so much so […]


Operating systems, Windows

Windows-as-a-nuisance: How I clean up a “clean install” of Windows 11 and Edge

February 23, 2024

Via: Ars Technica

I’ve written before about my nostalgia for the Windows XP- or Windows 7-era “clean install,” when you could substantially improve any given pre-made PC merely by taking an official direct-from-Microsoft Windows install disk and blowing away the factory install, ridding […]


Operating systems, Windows

Microsoft is giving Windows Copilot an upgrade with Power Automate, promising to banish boring tasks thanks to AI

February 22, 2024

Via: TechRadar

Microsoft has revealed a new plug-in for Copilot, its artificial intelligence (AI) assistant, named Power Automate that will enable users to (as the name suggests) automate repetitive and tedious tasks, such as creating and manipulating entries in Excel, handling PDFs, […]


Operating systems, Windows

Windows 11 with no taskbar? A crucial part of Microsoft’s OS has gone missing for some thanks to new update

February 21, 2024

Via: TechRadar

Windows 11’s latest cumulative update comes with an odd bug, it seems, one that reportedly causes the taskbar to disappear – or rather, to become blank space. The February patch (KB5034765) for Windows 11 23H2 (and 22H2) has seen a […]


Operating systems, Windows

Developer sets new record by installing Windows 10 in 104 seconds

February 19, 2024

Via: TechSpot

Windows developer and enthusiast NTDev challenged themself to install Windows 10 as fast as possible and succeeded in setting a new record for such a feat at 104 seconds. To be clear, this was not a typical Windows 10 download. […]


Operating systems, Windows

New Windows 11 update makes a small but important tweak to Copilot and fixes some nasty bugs

February 14, 2024

Via: TechRadar

Windows 11 just got a new cumulative update that applies a bunch of security fixes, and makes a small number of changes to the OS, although they include some important tweaks. The most interesting change here is that Microsoft has […]


Operating systems, Windows

Windows 11 24H2 goes from “unsupported” to “unbootable” on some older PCs

February 13, 2024

Via: Ars Technica

Officially, Windows 11 has higher system requirements than Windows 10. But to date, once you’ve bypassed those requirement checks, there have been few consequences to running Windows 11 on old hardware. Unsupported or not, Windows 11 would run on pretty […]