Rules For Computer Safety 2016

Rules for computer safety 2016

These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2016.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.

The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 - use GWX Control Panel to disable upgrade notices

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade: [] Now  [] Tonight”). […] continued

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The Last Windows 10 Tip Of The Year: How To Sign Out

Windows 10 - how to sign out

It’s the end of the day. You’ve finished your work and you’re packing up. You can walk away as soon as you log off of the computer, which is running that new-fangled Windows 10 that’s all the rage in tech circles.

Here’s a picture of the new Windows 10 Start menu on my computer. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Find A Lost Laptop

Windows 10 Find My Device

A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition. […] continued

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Why Are PDFs Opening In The Edge Browser? And Other Windows 10 Default Annoyances

Windows 10 - change default PDF program

Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: How To Clean Up The Navigation Pane In File Explorer

Windows 10 File Explorer icon

When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, you see many things designed to make life simpler. There are so many, in fact, that the navigation pane on the left has become cluttered and confusing, exactly the opposite of what you need. Here are some tips about how to remove the “features” that don’t matter to you, to make File Explorer simpler and make you more productive. […] continued

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The Best New Feature In Windows 10 Is . . . A Swipe

Windows 10 Task View

Many of you are finding your way around Windows 10 on your newly upgraded computers. It’s a blend of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, with some new features that show lots of promise: Cortana talks to you! The notification center sends messages to you! The Edge browser – well, let’s not use the Edge browser as an example. […] continued

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Ten Ways To Make Windows 10 More Lovable

Ten ways to make Windows 10 more lovable

Finally! Next week, you’ll do your backups and you’ll upgrade to Windows 10 and everything will go smoothly and you’ll log in and everything will work perfectly and you’ll love it. It’s absolutely guaranteed – subject to my Standard Disclaimer, of course.

Here are ten ways to make Windows 10 more lovable. […] continued

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Six Things You Must Do Before Upgrading To Windows 10

Six things you must do before you upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 will get a major update soon, probably on November 10. The upgrade process has been battle tested by 120 million people. Windows 10 will be ready next week.

Now it’s time for you to get ready. Sorry to be a nag, but there are six things you must do before you upgrade a computer to Windows 10. […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrade Tip: Uninstall Start8 Before Upgrading

Start8 - Windows 8 Start screen replacement from Stardock

The picture above appears to show a normal Windows 7 Start menu. If your computer is running Windows 8 and your Start menu looks like the picture, then you’re probably running Start8, the wonderful utility from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 8 Start screen with a familiar looking Windows 7-style menu. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Make The Edge Browser Disappear Until It’s Finished

Windows 10 - make Edge disappear until it's finished

Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continued

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When Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Windows 10 - upgrade after Threshold 2 is released in October

Previously:

What’s new in Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?


Spoiler alert!

When should you upgrade to Windows 10? October. After Service Pack 1 is released, probably on Patch Tuesday, October 13.


Windows 10 isn’t finished yet.

It is widely rumored that a major Windows 10 update will be released in October, referred to internally as “Threshold 2” and possibly named “Service Pack 1” for its public release. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?

Today: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Next: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?

If you read the last article, you have the basics: Windows 10 is an incremental but quite nice upgrade, combining elements from Windows 7 and 8 with modest new features and nothing to hate. […] continued

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What’s New In Windows 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

The worldwide Windows 10 rollout has been proceeding for two weeks. Before long some of you are going to be notified that your free upgrade is available for the taking. Time to get ready!

There are three questions to talk about.

•  What’s new in Windows 10?

•  Should you upgrade to Windows 10? […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Four Ways To Customize The Start Menu

Windows 10 Start menu

Windows 10 has launched! Microsoft said 14 million computers were running Windows 10 after the first 24 hours, and Windows Central claims that the number had risen to 67 million computers after four days. If you’re interested, look around – there are hundreds of reviews and articles with descriptions of new features and tips for all types of users. […] continued

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