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Why you should always test your recovery plan

A hard system crash can really ruin your day — or days, or even weeks. Often, getting the PC back up and running on a basic level is the easy part; then comes restoring your applications, data, and settings.

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Ransomware: Still armed and dangerous

Windows 10 Anniverary Update might be still giving users fits, but security is also an ongoing topic. A discussion about protecting yourself from ransomware, started in August, is still going strong.

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Updating Win10 an agonizing experience for some

It should be no great surprise that Windows 10 continues to be the hot topic in the Windows Secrets Lounge.

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Microsoft angers both Win10 and Win7 users

Windows 7 and Windows 10 are both hot topics in the Lounge these days. For Win10, it’s the issues with the Anniversary Update release, which, as we note in this week’s Patch Watch column, appears to have lots of teething pains.

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Licensing tribulations when upgrading PCs

One of the seemly never-ending confusions about Windows is licensing. Is an OEM license the same as a Retail license? How far can you upgrade hardware before the installed version of Windows is no longer authorized?

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Windows 10: Still getting to know you

Many Windows fence sitters must have finally made the jump to Windows 10 — just before the end of the free upgrade offer. But a review of new posts about Win10 issues suggests many users are still coming to terms with the new OS.

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Coping with Windows 7 and Windows 10 issues

With the deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade rapidly approaching (July 29), there are numerous new posts about upgrade failures — and driver problems with Win10 after a “successful” upgrade.

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The ongoing problem with Win7 updating

A problem bedeviling some Windows 7 users is Windows Update’s refusal to scan for new patches. In a continuing discussion, forum members offer a bunch of tips for this annoying issue, including third-party update helpers and resetting the Windows Update service.

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Keeping track of devices on the network

A Lounge member uses Net Watcher to track who or what is on the local net. But a device listed as “private” keeps showing up, despite being blocked at the router.

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