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How to transfer files from Windows to the iPad

The iPad (and other iOS devices) might be the coolest computing device, but it lacks a clear and simple way to share files with Windows PCs. Sure, an iPad contains storage and connects to your PC via USB, but it doesn’t behave like a flash drive or Android phone. Here are three tricks for moving files on and off an iPad.

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Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft

Digital photography gives us the freedom to take hundreds of photos and videos of places and people, at very little expense — so many images, that family and friends might be blasé at best about your latest efforts. But three little-known apps from Microsoft can put some unexpected novelty back into your images.

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Best practices for trouble-free Windows patching

For Windows users who manage their own system updates, the patching process is a bit like going to the dentist — you really hope it’ll be pain-free. For making that twice-monthly chore a little easier, here are some simple tips and tricks to avoid patching woes.

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Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 1

Windows has a long and honorable history of including advanced tools and options that help unlock the operating system’s full potential. In this first installment of a series of articles on these tools, you’ll see how a few easy tweaks can give you two-click access to hundreds of Windows’ most powerful features.

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DNSChanger is not the end of the world

DNSChanger virus spells ‘Internet Doomsday’ … The end is nigh, according to the FBI … ‘Internet doomsday’ will strike us all on July 9 … That’s what a couple of popular websites had to say about the DNSChanger virus. What a crock!

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Taking stock of the Windows 8 versions

Microsoft just released details on the versions of Windows 8 it’ll offer when the OS ships — most likely sometime in October. Although the company will simplify the current huge array of Windows versions with Win8, the choices are really not any simpler at all.

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Office Q&A: Image wrangling in Word 2010

We include pictures in everything — from blog posts to annual reports to letters to Grandma. But easy as it is to insert pictures into a doc, we’re often flummoxed by how to keep them exactly where we want them. This article explores a few of the maddening Word picture-placement issues our readers (and editors) have faced.

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House Call 2012: Fixing a sluggish PC

It was a typical winter day in Seattle — gray, rainy, and raw — when I visited Windows Secrets reader Gary Nobel. Gary’s system would occasionally slow “to a crawl.” I was there to find out why.

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Web filtering keeps you a little safer

Web-filtering services can provide additional security and protection from malware. Several vendors now provide this valuable service.

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It’s springtime for Microsoft service packs

In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s springtime — time to revisit Windows 7 and Office service packs. Our lack of major updates at the end of the month means we can devote time to getting needed service packs installed.

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