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Re. Column "Three Reasons to Consider Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10"
Wrapping up another year of Windows updating
A change in Windows Secrets leadership
Understanding Win10’s MS and local accounts
Speedy devices to help power up the new year
The ultimate utilities list: Windows 10 Edition
Win10's new defaults might break batch files
The five main causes of Win10 slowdowns
Microsoft fixes Wi-Fi-connectivity flaw in Win10
Mysterious loss of Win10 1607 Wi-Fi connections
Why Google and other toolbars fail on IE 11
Understanding email-attachment limitations
Collaborate on a holiday photo album with ease
Prepare your digital devices for holiday travel
Problems migrating old data to Windows 10
Ransomware attacks get more personal
Breaking news on Win10 1507 and Tor Browser
Ongoing trouble from the new cumulative updates
Unbootable recovery disk makes backups useless
Special Thanksgiving edition of Patch Watch
A review of the Windows Event Viewer
Tech wish list: A few of my favorite things
Two tools for checking hard-drive health
PC generates hundreds of Registry errors, daily
Three solutions for storing photos online
Android users at high risk from Chrome flaw
Summarizing Microsoft's new update schedules
Reactivating Windows after a hardware upgrade
Microsoft reveals what's next for Windows 10
Sorting through October's patch-servicing changes
Help for Win10 1607's confusing Wi-Fi settings
'Inaccessible boot drive' error blocks startup
Three free Microsoft apps you'll want to use
Pump up your computer-security awareness
Vista suffers the same update issue as Win7
Problems foil 'Safe Mode with Networking'
How to fully test your malware defenses
Coping with the new rules for updating Windows 7
Two apps for easier migration to a new PC
Clean out that 'Windows10Upgrade' folder
Keeping Win10 updated gets more complicated
Taking out the trash: Mastering the Recycle Bin
What you should know about Windows to Go
Program Manager prevents proper Win10 shutdown
Is the Anniversary Update just a service pack?
Help for finding many of Windows' less-used tools
The trials of updating both Win10 and Win7
A hidden tweak for Windows desktop-border colors
Filename limitations with Windows and DVDs/CDs
The ultimate security-tools list: Fall edition
Router, keyboard, and mouse do triple work
Taking control over Win10's native applications
Windows 10 upgrade boots like cold molasses
Don't be snared by new Win10 tech-support scams
Preparing for another Windows-updating change
The slowest update in Windows history?
A hidden gem in the Win10 Photos app
The end of Defender Offline for Win8/7/Vista?
Moving system folders brings big problems
Two simple but very different note-taking apps
A threat from our growing use of MS sign-ins
Social media: Telling real news from click bait
Working with the Windows shell and extensions
'XP Mode' and legacy virtual machines in Win10
A fix for a Windows system-font problem
Windows 10-style updating comes to Win7/8.1
How to hack a 'back door' into Win10, 8, and 7
More reports of problems updating to Win10 1607
How to disable built-in apps in Windows 10
Installing Win10 1607 proves to be a mixed bag
Microsoft adds complications to August patching
A quick tutorial on Windows partition types
Curing a case of 'restless-PC syndrome'
Windows 10 Anniversary Update arrives — slowly
PortableApps tour: Software offered in bulk
The free Win10 upgrade ends for almost everyone
UEFI-partition error makes PC unbootable
Four software-based keyboard/mouse switchers
Updating changes for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
Keeping Windows 7 running for the long haul
Easily access Windows 10's Safe Mode
Preparing for the Win10 Anniversary Update
Ink-jet printer comes with two years of ink
Tips for getting more from Dropbox cloud storage
Private systems generate corporate error message
Keep your data safe, wherever you are
July's updating is looking relatively sunny
The final countdown for Windows 10 upgrading
A new Windows 10 Reset tool is on the way
Live archiving of 'obsolete' Windows setups
Preserve a free Windows 10 upgrade for later use
June proves to be a bit rough for IT pros
UPDATE: Windows Secrets' ultimate utilities list
Win10 upgrade still challenging Windows users
Using Windows' powerful Recovery Environment
An update on anti-malware application testing
Deeply flawed system runs slow, won't upgrade
As with summer days, June's patching heats up
Understanding MS-product end-of-life dates
Windows 7 SP1 blocking nondestructive reinstall
Build 14361: Another preview of future Windows
Video-editing apps: When using multiple cameras
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Using password managers to automate data entry
Pros/cons: Using Slack for business messaging
Win10 Start/taskbar right-click–menu problems
Getting ready (or not) for Windows 10
Linux-based Ubuntu gets a significant upgrade
Tech-support scams take a disturbing turn
Facebook's 'Malware Checkpoint' prevents sign in
A single update for all past Win7 SP1 patches
How to completely reset Windows Update
Managing virtual desktops, keyboards, and mice
A massive Windows problem from Down Under
Making Windows a sight for sore eyes
The clock is ticking down on free Win10
Better local/cloud management for big data sets
Proper maintenance of hybrid SSHD drives
Troublesome Windows fixes and revisiting WinZip
New AV-Comparatives report ranks anti-spam tools
Excellent free utilities for Windows 10
Windows migration mangles gigabytes of information
April patching ends on a relatively quiet note
Build 14328 reveals the next evolution of Win10
Rummaging though the Microsoft Garage
Can a run-blocker protect backups from malware?
Preview build highlights future Win10 changes
What you need to know about Windows 10 accounts
A follow-up on online-storage services
Problems with USB-attached external hard drives
Update: Tools to remove almost any malware
April’s shower of updates for Windows and Office
New hardware + Win10 upgrade = license trouble?
Security issues with Flash Player and Firefox
MS Build 2016: What’s coming in Windows 10
Working with Win10's schizophrenic config tools
Bogus error messages and Win10-blocking options
Protecting your backup files from ransomware
Two important changes at Windows Secrets
Tracking Microsoft updates — and other things
Questions about rolling back a Win10 upgrade
Forced Win10 upgrades? What you need to know
A few problem patches among March's many updates
Win10 setup randomly runs the OS-install process
How to keep your Facebook privacy private
Ransomware alert: Don't be unlucky with Locky
The perils of Bitcoin; the promise of blockchain
New HP hybrid laptop/tablet powers up with USB-C
Moving File History backups to a new PC
Prepping an Android phone for safe disposal
Using IE 11 to promote Win10 upgrading
Pro security tips from the 2016 RSA conference
Sleep-mode solution reveals major thermal issue
Why three coding editors are better than one
Keeping your default settings as Win10 evolves
Special PW edition: Win10 gets an important fix
How users are (and are not) blocking malware
Free diagnostic tools solve weird boot problems
Using Windows 10 as an iPad replacement
Recalled Office fix and another 'Get Win10'
The best way to rebuild Windows 7 from scratch
'Sleeping' PC actually running full-blast
Encrypted backup kicks ransomware to the curb
Is it safe to remove old .Net versions?
Keep work and play separate on the same PC
A weighty round of Windows and Office updates
Putting Windows 10's Cortana to work for you
What maintenance do solid-state drives require?
Improve Internet Explorer 11's security settings
Ready or not, here comes Windows 10
Windows Secrets' ultimate security-tools list
Whether to upgrade a perfectly good Win7 PC
New reports remind us to check our security
Time to review .NET Framework installations
Tips for setting up a new Windows 10 system
When Windows Update won't run to completion
Updating issues and taking control of PC privacy
Revisiting MS TechNet's updated Autoruns utility
Why that new computer might not run Windows 7
Problems networking Win10/Win7 PCs
PCs get smaller — and seemingly so do PC sales
System folder hogging 60 percent of drive!
A deadline for obsolete IEs and Windows 8
Seven ways to breathe new life into an older PC
Tips for preserving privacy while browsing
How to adjust your just-made resolutions
Coming changes to the Windows Secrets newsletter
Start 2016 right with a clean Windows PC
Bring your Windows music to Android Marshmallow
Tools and tips for getting faster PC boots
UPDATE: An out-of-cycle Adobe Flash update
Options for controlling updates in Windows 10
A 12 days of Christmas plus five Wacky favorites
Problems upgrading Win10 to Version 1511
The Yuletide Windows-/Office-patching edition
Making Windows and Marshmallow work together
You can blame strange impulses on the holidays
Is Win10 more vulnerable to malware than Win8/7?
A short list of high-speed, high-def tech gifts
Windows Secrets' ultimate utilities list — 2015
VirtualBox: Answers to frequent reader questions
Managing multiple Windows system images
Taking a free VPN service for a drive
Good taste not required to attract tourists
Closing out 2015 with a bulky batch of patches
Coping with Windows 10 upgrades and updates
Future computing: The Internet of Things
Cuisine you should probably avoid in any season
A Win10 upgrade with persistent errors
Text support: Good books for mastering Win10
Best wishes to all who celebrate Thanksgiving
Why your next cell phone should be unlocked
Bluetooth/Wi-Fi-driver issues in Windows 10
Turkeys not in favor of being dinner
Shopping online? Check your browser's security
Whether to install Win10: Time to make a choice
Windows 10 gets its first big update
How to reset the new Edge browser to defaults
Taking some control over long context menus
The bird who might beat you at chess
Making Office secure is November's patching task
Windows 10 bumps up support-call traffic
Still no formal word on the Win10 Fall Upgrade
MS Office files locked after Win8/10 upgrades
Famous Northwest artist wary of reporter
Get your USB devices out of low gear
Changes to Win10 and OneDrive draw complaints
Wally the squirrel decorates a pumpkin
Update: More on testing and verifying backups
Surface Book and Pro 4: Two stellar portables
Wrapping up a relatively mild month of updates
Why so many W10 articles in the Windows Secrets Newsletter
Odds and ends: Updates and reader questions
Irish interpreters of baseball study the game
A review of Win10's new security features
Install Win10 without product key or activation
Taking the Microsoft HoloLens for a test drive
Remedies for common printer pains
Changes coming to the Windows Secrets newsletter
Best of breed: Win10's hybrid backup system
Running ancient apps in Windows 7, 8, and 10
Suggestions for a more dependable Windows 10
Watch for lots of Office patch goblins in October
Fashion and other tips from Jeremy Lin, NBA star
Duplicating user profiles in Windows 7
A few good reasons to upgrade from Win7 to Win10
Windows Update error can block Win10 upgrade
Don't lose your head over enticing offers
Warning: Vulnerabilities in TrueCrypt revealed
Windows Secrets celebrates Issue 500
Attempting to answer whether MS is snooping
Unintended consequences of selfie-stick abuse
'System cleanup' option missing on some Win7 PCs
Win10 tweaks to improve computing work and play
Office 2012: We never really got to know ya
If Henri, le chat noir, were your host
Solving very different Win10 upgrade problems
Wrapping up an eventful summer of patching
Learn to use the Windows 10 Recovery Drive
Lost and found: Windows 10's safe mode
SSD stuck in slow IDE-emulation mode
As if Berlin were a whole little earth
New devices that help you stay connected
How to clean-install a Windows 10 upgrade
Working through Win10's many privacy settings
The fine art of carrying on at Burning Man
Only one season for Windows and Office patching
Sorting through the changes in Windows licensing
Two new features for Dropbox sharing
Strolling down a beach — with strandbeests
More on lithium-ion-battery longevity
The highs and lows of Windows 10 patching
Thirty-day Win10 experiment lasts only a week
Running Windows 10 Insider Preview under Win10
Bird-feeder challenge for yet another squirrel
Working around Edge's teething pains
Digital cables: Making the best connections
Wrapping up a confusing month of Win patching
Microsoft has a busy week of Windows/IE updating
Why is the Internet slow and costly in the U.S.?
Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, from A to X
Warning: Win10 rollbacks limited to one month
Trashumancia in Madrid means lots of sheep
How to make lithium-ion batteries last for years
Doing work while doing your civic duty
No summer break from Windows/Office patching
What to do when Win8 system images won't restore
Don't play with puff adders; play with popcorn
Windows 10: Good, but is it good enough?
Getting started with the new Windows
Surprising results from early Win10 benchmarks
A trip around the Windows 10 Start menu
Making Windows 10 a bit more private and secure
Hills are alive with the sound of airplanes
Updating to Win10: Definitely a mixed experience
July's PC patching collides with Win10 release
AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job?
Will updating Windows get easier — or not?
Huge WinSxS folder stymies PC cleanup
Ubuntu 101: Using this popular Linux distro
Arts and sciences: How to see Pluto
Adobe and MS scramble to fix new Flash threats
Are system/Registry cleaners worthwhile?
Final countdown for the release of Win10
How to correct even deep-seated IE 11 problems
The good, the bad, and the sheepishly busted
Tools for foiling malicious links and files
Raccoons and other animals: Mutually wary
Protect your Win7/8 setup from the Win10 upgrade
Apps for finding potentially unwanted files
Email: Drop the junk; keep your contacts
How Microsoft plans to release Win10 updates
Celebrating holiday with old and new technology
Prepping a Win7 PC for the Win10 upgrade
Enhanced mice and keyboards for power users
Best techniques for the safe disposal of drives
Lessons learned from infrastructure failures
Sun-drunken solstice revelers parade in Seattle
An unexpected update for Adobe Flash Player
MS sunsetting support for Java, ActiveX, etc.
What you should know about the Win10 launch
A new Windows Secrets FAQ and a Microsoft reorg
Great, expensive fun: Falling-down robots
The case of the mysteriously shrinking drive
MS OneNote: Far more than a simple note-taker
Free first aid for a wide range of Windows ills
Versatile Finnish cover band also plays hockey
What to do when Windows Update fails
Ways to encrypt sensitive data in Windows
No summer break from MS Office updates
Third time's the charm with Microsoft's Surface
MS announces release date for Windows 10
Sporting pig and friend catch some waves
Windows permissions issues dominate reader email
Solving complex OS issues with Process Monitor
Win10 build 10122: Two steps forward, one back
Upgrading Windows: An ever-more-complex decision
How to secure network-attached drives and data
Elephant fixes her water-pressure problem
Knocking off a Godzilla-size list of updates
How a packet sniffer reveals local net traffic
Off-the-record discussions about technology
Do you want an app for the time of day?
Windows 8 upgrade error locks user's files
Use Word macros without learning to write code
Possible solution to saving photos "in the field"
Activate Windows' hidden, master admin account
Insights and interesting news on computing
Virtual PC install kills host PC's networking
Peculiar forces converge in Portland, Oregon
Duplicate patches add to the usual update confusion
Win10 build 10074: What's new, what's unknown
How to use speedy Thunderbolt devices on Windows
Lessons from the recent RSA security conference
Advanced technology: Waving to the whale
Patch Watch update: Cleaning up April's leftovers
How to defend yourself from ransomware
Remove Windows 7 from a Win7/8, dual-boot PC
Free backup programs — not from Microsoft
Network-attached drives for here and there
An April Patch Watch special-edition report
Are programmers training your replacement?
How to safely test file and image backups
Clarifying OneDrive's two types of file security
Investigating what's on a new PC — Part 1
April's Patch Tuesday includes Pwn2Own fixes
What old people keep saying about young people
Newsletter pop-up ad
Linux for Windows users: Installing Ubuntu
Some fun — watching a dog watching a dog
Solving vexing webpage-printing problems
A utility that helps with hard-drive cleaning
Changing names again: 'Metro' becomes 'Windows'
Do system-repair disks need updating?
How to safely and securely use public Wi-Fi
An introduction to three-dimensional printing
Dr. Jane Goodall: The soul of patience
Working with Windows 10 Preview, build 10041
Do SSDs require special care and feeding?
Wireless devices: From desktop to mountaintop
March's patching goes out like a lamb
In case you need encouragement to have fun
Microsoft touts Universal apps, once again
How to customize file and folder views
The many ways PCs have become vulnerable
A tour through the powerful Autoruns utility
Brisbane musician is a one-man cover band
New ways to get free Windows-installation media
When File History seems to work erratically
Some utilities that are worth paying for
Don't underestimate your corvid neighbors
March's Patch Tuesday comes in like a lion
Tools for testing your Internet speed
DISM: Windows' advanced image-creation tool
A small utility for big file-management issues
Linux inspires readers to share their thoughts
R.I.P. L. Nimoy, the human heart of Mr. Spock
Don't worry, be happy — canine style
Exploring Win10 Technical Preview for phones
Solving third-party backup/imaging problems
Put a virtual Android tablet on your PC
Lingering issues for two Windows kernel patches
An introduction to Linux for Windows users
Build 9926 and the importance of Win10 feedback
An OS refresh: When it's best to start over
PC gadgets go high performance — and high fashion
Cloud workplace: Commuting 1,768 feet up
Tools for finding PC-performance bottlenecks
Work fun: No place like a farm in Kansas
How to avoid Win7/Win8 dual-boot hassles
A tour through Windows Process Explorer: Part 2
February brings a shower of nonsecurity updates
What Microsoft needs to include in Outlook 2016
Another Amadeus, happy to entertain the world
Can't install software due to "Error 2502/03"
Options for upgrading your data storage
A tour through Windows Process Explorer: Part 1
What's new — and expected — in Win10, build 9926
Could be true: "Brains can get messy"
Windows 8's data redundancy in real life
CES report: Finding practical digital devices
Wrapping up a slow month of Windows/Office fixes
Microsoft takes on scummy tech-support companies
Email security: Webmail versus app-based email
Why Office 365 is a better deal than Office 2013
Save money by cleaning up your hard drive
Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles
Mastering Windows 8's backup/restore system
Cat graciously accepts ride from French bulldog
Emergency access to your PC's UEFI settings
A geek survives her first CES experience
Easing into a new year of Windows updating
Win7 reaches milestone; prepare for its demise
Taming Win8's seven-way sign-in hassles
The WS Security Baseline — New Year's edition
More great utilities for better productivity
Magical piano at Chicago's Union Station
Start the new year with a clean Windows PC
Windows Secrets' ultimate utilities list — 2014
Wrapping up leftover Windows and Office updates
Defying Feds, MS tries to keep user data private
Origins of winter holiday traditions
Hacker takes over reader's PC by remote control
In time for the holidays: Touring with the Band
How to protect yourself from spammers
How to solve UEFI boot and startup problems
A little bit of alarm for the holidays
Controlling Win8's auto-synching of settings
Devices for stronger Wi-Fi and data security
Wrapping up a somewhat troubling year of updates
Chromebooks take on cheap Windows laptops
Father Christmas takes his holiday in Copenhagen
Stay safe when using public Wi-Fi hotspots
Send encrypted messages and files over email
A remote Windows Secrets Thanksgiving
Help for picking your next anti-malware tool
Slightly skewed — but true — American history
Is it a simple software error — or malware?
Cleaning up a rough PC-patching month
Touch Office for iPad/Android — but not Windows?
Puff, the lion-hearted rooster, rules
Can't get Windows 10 Technical Preview to work!
Cloud data protection: Synching versus backup
Patch Watch Update: Some out-of-cycle patches
Ending UAC headaches, once and for all
Canadian bear cub takes an interest in golf
PC crashes when waking from sleep mode
Taking another look at Microsoft's
A heaping helping of Windows and Office updates
How businesses fail to protect customer info
Remembering one of the wackiest guys on radio
How to shrink huge File History backups
How Microsoft changed Share in Windows 10
Two apps for more powerful desktop searches
Moving to Windows 8.1 — ready or not
Protecting yourself from POODLE attacks
Windows 10 Tech Preview now at build 9860
At work with your feline colleagues
Solving problems with VirtualBox virtual PCs
Handy add-ons for enhancing mobile devices
Privacy Badger helps block Web-activity tracking
How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step
How to make standard Windows apps portable
Everyone's here (more or less) for the meeting
What to do when your PC refuses to boot
Microsoft tackles three zero-day exploits
Why you should join Win10's tech-preview process
Microsoft's EMET 5 has some teething pains
Extreme testing of a well-made machine
Customize File History's backups with ease
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Microsoft unveils preview of a new Windows
What 'Shellshock' means to you and me
Low-tech options for safe hard-drive disposal
The green home PC: How to use less electricity