Blog Profile / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report


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Archived Since:February 3, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10 problems

Windows 10 has been in wide release for only a few months so far, and as with any version 1.0 release some early adopters are experiencing issues. Here's Ed Bott's guide to some time-tested troubleshooting tools and techniques.

Your Windows 10 troubleshooting and repair toolkit

If you're experiencing problems with Windows 10, these are the built-in tools you can use for troubleshooting and repair.

The many faces of the modern PC (Gallery)

Pick a form factor, any form factor. Can new, shape-shifting designs restore the PC industry to its former glory? Or will boring old desktops and clamshell laptops continue to define the PC?

Once-mighty PC industry tries to shape-shift its way back to health

This fall, when OEMs begin shipping their new Windows 10 devices for the holiday season, you're going to see a lot of decidedly unconventional designs. Can these mostly small, highly flexible, often quirky new designs attract mainstream support?

Windows 10 after one month: Hits and misses

Nothing about Windows 10 has followed the standard timeline for a new Microsoft operating system release. Even the FUD is flying faster than usual.

No, Microsoft is not spying on you with Windows 10

The Windows 10 privacy agreement doesn't mean Microsoft is secretly stealing the data from your hard disk. Where do people come up with these crazy ideas?

Windows 10 upgrades continue at a torrid pace

More than two weeks after the worldwide launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is keeping quiet about how many upgrades it's delivered. But third-party data suggests that the upgrade pace isn't slowing. The next major milestone? 100 million installs.

Microsoft quietly rewrites its activation rules for Windows 10

Windows activation is alive and well in Windows 10. Microsoft doesn't like to talk about the inner workings of its anti-piracy software, but it's clear from testing that Windows 10 included a major change in the way activation works...

How to protect your wireless network from Wi-Fi Sense

If the recent controversy over Windows 10's Wi-Fi Sense feature has you concerned about wireless security, good. In this post, I explain why wireless security is as much social as it is technological, and suggest four ways to make your wireless network safer.

How fast can Windows 10 grow?

The early results for Windows 10 suggest that it has come roaring out of the gate at full speed, with 14 million successful upgrades in the first day and no sign of slowing down yet. What comes next?

Windows 10's Wi-Fi Sense is not a security risk. Here's why

Yesterday, tech sites went full Chicken Little over a Windows 10 feature that allows you to share your wireless connection without having to give away your Wi-Fi password. If only those alarmists had actually used the feature first....

Windows 10: A new beginning

Say hello to Windows 10. Tomorrow's launch isn't the end of the road; rather, it's the first stop on a long journey as Microsoft's new operating system transitions from preview to a wide-scale global release. Here's what to expect.

Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.

Windows 10 and the cloud: Still hazy after all these years

Microsoft is a master of the cloud, running solid and successful commercial services based on its excellent cloud infrastructure. But when Windows 10 launches next week, the new client for its signature OneDrive services will be MIA. Here's why, and what's next.

Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10: Biggest surprise? No gotchas

Sorry, conspiracy theorists: The new documents are simple and straightforward, with absolutely no gotchas.

A closer look at Office 2016 for the Mac

Here's a quick tour of the official Office 2016 release for the Mac, now available to Office 365 subscribers.

New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd

If you regularly switch between a Windows PC and a Mac, here's some good news. The just-released Office 2016 keeps the familiar Mac look and feel but overhauls the user experience to ease the pain of going back and forth. It's available now for Office 365 subscribers.

With a nod and a wink, Microsoft gives away Windows 10 to anyone who asks

Yes, Microsoft is giving Windows away for free to people who don't technically qualify for the upgrade. That's a good deal, but it's not that big a deal. Here's why.

Gartner says sales of hybrid devices will soar in 2015

The PC market may be down worldwide, but the future is bright for two-in-one notebooks and convertible tablets. A new Gartner report says sales in this category will rise 77 percent in 2015. The report also offers the first independent estimates of how well Microsoft's Surface devices are selling.

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