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The hitchhiker’s guide to Windows Secrets 2.0

With apologies to the late Douglas Adams. We’ve received lots of feedback and support from you this week, along with many questions. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We’ll address as many of your questions as we can here; we’re also changing some policies whenever possible in response to your suggestions. There will undoubtedly be other changes over time.

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Start 2016 right with a clean Windows PC

The old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure was never so true as when applied to computing. It’s time for our annual PC checkup. Taking an hour or so now to run through the following steps could save you many hours or even days of troubleshooting down the road.

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Options for controlling updates in Windows 10

Win10 Pro and Win10 Pro Version 1511 let everyone push off updates — for weeks or months. Win10 Home users are mostly out of luck, but a couple of options will still let you take some updating control.

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Making Windows and Marshmallow work together

Windows and Android have always had an uneasy relationship. Those of us who use both Windows and Android on a regular basis often find that the two OSes don’t always play well together. In some ways, the newest phones have made the problem worse. Here’s how to make your Android phone work with Windows.

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VirtualBox: Answers to frequent reader questions

Although Oracle’s free, open-source, virtual-PC application is a great way to safely test drive a new operating system or to keep an old OS alive, some of its complexities can be baffling. Here are answers to some of the most common questions readers have sent in about setting up and using VirtualBox.

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Future computing: The Internet of Things

Some thirty years ago, the personal computer revolution began — and no other technology has evolved more quickly. Now there a new revolution, often referred to as the Internet of Things. Here’s what you need to know about it.

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Why your next cell phone should be unlocked

Purchasing a smartphone from your cellular-service provider typically comes with all sorts of compromises, restrictions, and limitations. But an unlocked Nexus phone can eliminate many, if not all, of these problems.

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Windows 10 gets its first big update

The much-anticipated fall update for Windows l0 has arrived. If you’re looking for significant changes, you’re going to be disappointed. Version 1511 is an important update, but many of the enhancements are either buried in the Settings menus or under the hood.

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