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Microsoft to kill Patch Tuesday for some enterprise users

The company plans to launch its Windows Autopatch service for enterprise users with Windows 10 or Windows 11 Enterprise E3 licenses; it will continuously deploy patches, eliminating the need for admins to manually deploy them.

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What to do about IE and .NET?

Internet Explorer is soon to be retired, and older versions of .Net are about to run out of support. But that doesn't mean Windows users should start deleting things right now.

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Windows 11 adoption appears to be stagnating

Windows 11, which launched six months go, appears to be flatlining in terms of uptake in the month of March, according to one data source. It's being used on one in five systems, and Microsoft says adoption has been faster than with...

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How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

Microsoft’s ‘channels’ for Windows Insider Previews and new Windows releases are confusing for everybody. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 and 11 for yourself or your business.

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Cortana explained: The rocky past and promising future of Microsoft’s digital assistant

At first meant to compete with virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, Cortana has been stripped of many functions and seemingly left to wither away. But its business-focused reboot may hold the key to long-term success.

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12 classic but essential (and free!) utilities for Windows 10 and 11

Boost your computer’s performance, find anything on it, and perform other useful tricks with these free tools.

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Research shows Windows updates can take six hours to complete

Devices running Windows 10 and 11 can take up to six hours to fully download and apply software updates, but most will update in under an hour, according to a new report from Microsoft.

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The Windows 11 ‘push,’ revisited

Some users still complain that their PCs are being unexpectedly upgraded to Windows 11 without their consent. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on, but there are ways to avoid the move.

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The basics of patching and repairing balky Windows PCs

When your Windows machine starts acting up, there are some simple ways to get things back on track.

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16 ways to speed up Windows 10

If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues.

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How to keep your apps up to date in Windows 10 and 11

With dozens of applications installed on the typical Windows PC, keeping them all updated seems like a Herculean task. Automated tools can lighten the load considerably.

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20 years after Gates’ call for trustworthy computing, we’re still not there

Then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates spelled out what his company needed to do to build in better security two decades ago. And yet….

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How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates

You can significantly delay some Windows updates, temporarily pause others, control what time of day they’re installed, uninstall problematic updates, and more. Here’s how.

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Patch Tuesday gets off to a busy start for January

For the first Patch Tuesday of 2022, Microsoft offered up fixes for 97 security issues, with six of them rated as critical.

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Windows security in ’22 — you need more than just antivirus software

Antivirus software is useful, but sometimes can cause more trouble than it's worth. To be really secure, Windows users have to do more.

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How to manually update Microsoft Defender

It’s imperative to keep Microsoft Defender up to date even when Windows Update isn’t working. Here are several methods to manually update Defender.

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New Windows 11 device? Want to downgrade to 10? You've got options

If you wound up with a new Windows 11 laptop or desktop over the holidays, but want to run Windows 10 anyway, there are ways to make that happen.

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Patching isn't enough for December's Patch Tuesday

With 67 flaws addressed, six publicly-reported issues and one vulnerability already exploited, this month's updates pale in comparison to the challenges addressing the Log4j issue.

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