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Hands-on with Windows 10: Upgrading, installing and activating in the real world

Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Here's what you need to know before you upgrade, including details about activation and product keys. [Updated December 2, 2015]

Is Amazon's online storage really 'unlimited'? Read the fine print

Amazon's Black Friday offer of "unlimited" storage in its Amazon Cloud Drive service has been getting plenty of attention. But read the terms of service before you dive in, and you'll find some substantial limits. Here are the detai...

Windows Defender removes potentially dangerous Dell certificate

Days after security experts identified a self-signed root certificate that could allow attackers to gain access to some Dell PCs, Microsoft is using its built-in security software to neutralize the threat.

?U.S. Government data shows Windows 10 usage climbing as Windows 7 share drops sharply

The latest data from the massive United States Digital Analytics program shows that Windows 10 usage has climbed sharply, with older versions, including Windows 7 and Windows XP, dropping steeply. The only other desktop platform showing signs of growth is Chrome OS.

Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)

Windows 7 is more than six years old. Most of the cheap upgrade offers that were available when it was fresh and new are long gone. But if you prefer the familiar Windows 7 interface (or need it for testing and evaluation) you can still find great deals. Here are all the details you need.

Microsoft reverses course, restores downloads of Windows 10 November Update

Last weekend, Microsoft suddenly pulled its online tool for downloading the latest Windows 10 installation files. Today, the company explained the seemingly minor bug responsible for the decision, and has now made the tool available again.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Windows 10 update disappears, Amazon adds 2FA, Lumia fails to inspire

What should have been a routing update for Windows 10 has suddenly turned into a mystery. Also, Amazon adds two-factor authentication, the latest Lumia phone gets lukewarm reviews, and Windows turns 30.

Microsoft yanks latest Windows 10 release from its download server

Without explanation, Microsoft has removed the just-released November update (version 1511) from the download page it offers to the general public. The media creation tool now downloads the initial release of Windows 10 instead.

30 years of Windows: 10 milestones that changed the face of computing

When Windows 1.0 arrived 30 years ago, it hardly seemed like a juggernaut. Apple had beaten Microsoft to the punch with the Mac OS, and Windows was mostly a shell on top of MS-DOS. Here's a record of three decades of successes and missteps that took us from Windows 1.0 to Windows 10.

How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business)

Thanks to a new feature in Windows 10 version 1511, you can now postpone or pause Windows 10 upgrades and updates. You don't have to be an IT pro to use Windows Update for Business (although it helps), but you'll need a business edition of Windows 10. I've got the details here.

Microsoft updates Privacy Statement, addressing concerns from critics

Windows 10 isn't the only Redmond-based product that got a big update in the past few weeks. Microsoft recently revised its global Privacy Statement, with a few minor changes and some significant additions aimed at cooling overheated privacy concerns. Here are the details.

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. This FAQ includes details about the first big update, Windows 10 version 1511, released in November 2015.

?With November update, is Windows 10 ready for business?

Traditionally, IT pros take their time with new Windows versions. Microsoft is hoping it can accelerate enterprise deployments of Windows 10. Here are the three key questions that skeptical business managers will be asking.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Good Microsoft, Bad Microsoft edition

When Microsoft is good, they're very very good, which is why Windows 10 users are about to get a big and very welcome update. But when Microsoft is bad, they take it out on consumers. This week, OneDrive users drew the short straw.

Is Windows 10 telemetry a threat to your personal privacy?

Microsoft has built an entirely new telemetry system for its 'Windows as a Service' engineering model. In Windows 10, you can dial data collection back almost to zero, but you can't turn it off completely. Here's why.

Microsoft reneges on 'unlimited' OneDrive storage promise for Office 365 subscribers

A little over a year ago, Microsoft announced with great fanfare that all Office 365 subscribers would get 'unlimited' OneDrive storage. Tonight, months after an executive shakeup, the company says it has no intention of keeping those promises.

Microsoft gives OEMs a deadline: one year, then no more new Windows 7 PCs

Want to buy a new Windows 7 PC? Better get busy, because there are only 364 shopping days left. As promised, Microsoft is providing one year's notice to PC makers on Windows 7's end of life. The clock starts now.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Forced Windows 10 upgrades? Plus: Chrome OS farewell, unboxing Apple TV, startling Start screens

Microsoft really, really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10, as they explained this week. Elsewhere, new rumors have Chrome OS getting folded into Android, I learn that people still blog about unboxing Apple products, and Microsoft releases two OS previews in one day.

Why I dumped my iPhone 6 and went Android

After using an iPhone 6 Plus for six months, I've spent the past six months with Android devices. I expected it to be a learning experience. I didn't expect to find an Android device that is so much better than the iPhone for my needs that I can't imagine going back.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Surface reviews, Ballmer disses Amazon, MSFT earnings surprise

A small army of reviewers delivered their mixed judgments on Microsoft's new Surface hardware this week. Also in the news: Steve Ballmer talks like it's 2007, Google gets kinder and gentler, and Wall Street loves it when Microsoft quietly lays off 1000 people.

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