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An unexpected update for Adobe Flash Player
Best techniques for the safe disposal of drives
A new Windows Secrets FAQ and a Microsoft reorg
Must Comcast customer host public Wi-Fi hotspot?
Great, expensive fun: Falling-down robots
The case of the mysteriously shrinking drive
MS OneNote: Far more than a simple note-taker
What you should know about the Win10 launch
Protecting passwords on multiple devices
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
Free first aid for a wide range of Windows ills
MS announces release date for Windows 10
Lots of chatter about Win10 upgrade this week
Sporting pig and friend catch some waves
Windows permissions issues dominate reader email
Solving complex OS issues with Process Monitor
Third time’s the charm with Microsoft’s Surface
Upgrading Windows: An ever-more-complex decision
Learning to use Visual Basic for Applications
Elephant fixes her water-pressure problem
How to secure network-attached drives and data
Knocking off a Godzilla-size list of updates
Win10 build 10122: Two steps forward, one back
Off-the-record discussions about technology
Changing our ways with our many credentials
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
How a packet sniffer reveals local net traffic
Insights and interesting news on computing
Cookies can do more than make you fat
Peculiar forces converge in Portland, Oregon
Virtual PC install kills host PC’s networking
Duplicate patches add to the usual update confusion
Activate Windows’ hidden, master admin account
Advice from fellow travelers on the Internet
Advanced technology: Waving to the whale
How to use speedy Thunderbolt devices on Windows
Lessons from the recent RSA security conference
Patch Watch update: Cleaning up April’s leftovers
Win10 build 10074: What’s new, what’s unknown
What kind of computer does an older woman want?
Are programmers training your replacement?
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
How to defend yourself from ransomware
Technology, terminology — and talk about both
What old people keep saying about young people
Clarifying OneDrive’s two types of file security
Investigating what’s on a new PC — Part 1
April’s Patch Tuesday includes Pwn2Own fixes
How to safely test file and image backups
In praise of the now-rare Easter egg
Some fun — watching a dog watching a dog
Solving vexing webpage-printing problems
A utility that helps with hard-drive cleaning
Linux for Windows users: Installing Ubuntu
Patience an elusive virtue among computer users
Dr. Jane Goodall: The soul of patience
Do system-repair disks need updating?
How to safely and securely use public Wi-Fi
An introduction to three-dimensional printing
Changing names again: ‘Metro’ becomes ‘Windows’
Keeping tools of the always-changing trade
In case you need encouragement to have fun
Do SSDs require special care and feeding?
Wireless devices: From desktop to mountaintop
March’s patching goes out like a lamb
Working with Windows 10 Preview, build 10041
Updates can cause as well as fix trouble
Brisbane musician is a one-man cover band
How to customize file and folder views
The many ways PCs have become vulnerable
A tour through the powerful Autoruns utility
Microsoft touts Universal apps, once again
Record-keeping macro seems fun for volunteers
Don’t underestimate your corvid neighbors
When File History seems to work erratically
Some utilities that are worth paying for
March’s Patch Tuesday comes in like a lion
New ways to get free Windows-installation media
Linux inspires readers to share their thoughts
Swarms of locusts: Junkware on the Internet
R.I.P. L. Nimoy, the human heart of Mr. Spock
DISM: Windows’ advanced image-creation tool
A small utility for big file-management issues
Tools for testing your Internet speed
Superfish has been around longer than you think
Don’t worry, be happy — canine style
Solving third-party backup/imaging problems
Put a virtual Android tablet on your PC
Lingering issues for two Windows kernel patches
Exploring Win10 Technical Preview for phones
Windows Secrets’ master Patch Watch chart
Searching for less-is-more software
Cloud workplace: Commuting 1,768 feet up
An OS refresh: When it’s best to start over
Build 9926 and the importance of Win10 feedback
PC gadgets go high-performance — and high-fashion
An introduction to Linux for Windows users
Getting informed about cloud storage
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
Tools for finding PC-performance bottlenecks
How Cortana gets to know you, step by step
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 Microsoft needs to include in Outlook 2016
Living a useful life making mistakes
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
What’s new — and expected — in Win10, build 9926
Tools, both plain and fancy, on the Web
Relatively welcome (and safe) among reptiles
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
Microsoft takes on scummy tech-support companies
Fine print: Bigger is not always easier to read
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
Mastering Windows 8’s backup/restore system
Offering humble opinions about antispyware
Magical piano at Chicago’s Union Station
Taming Win8’s seven-way sign-in hassles
More great utilities for better productivity
The WS Security Baseline — New Year’s edition
Win7 reaches milestone; prepare for its demise
Windows Secrets’ ultimate utilities list — 2014
Reader favorites: Wacky Web Weeks of 2014
Windows Secrets New Year’s special edition
Start the new year with a clean Windows PC
Wrapping up a year of Windows and Office updates
Asked wrong question, got good answers anyway
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
Defying Feds, MS tries to keep user data private
Windows Secrets taking a holiday break
Resigned response: “I’ll get used to it”
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
How to solve UEFI boot and startup problems
Need tools: Good but not too expensive
Father Christmas takes his holiday in Copenhagen
Stay safe when using public Wi-Fi hotspots
Send encrypted messages and files over email
Chromebooks take on cheap Windows laptops
When your problem turns out to be a known issue
Slightly skewed — but true — American history
Is it a simple software error — or malware?
Cleaning up a rough PC-patching month
Help for picking your next anti-malware tool
A remote Windows Secrets Thanksgiving
Tool to prevent one problem can cause another
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
Touch Office for iPad/Android — but not Windows?
Diagnosis: It just might take a village
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
Ending UAC headaches, once and for all
What’s often in too big a hurry to be right?
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
How businesses fail to protect customer info
Moving to Windows 8.1 — ready or not
PATCH WATCH UPDATE: New zero-day threat for OLE
Applying a program to different circumstances
At work with your feline colleagues
Solving problems with VirtualBox virtual PCs
Windows 10 Tech Preview now at build 9860
Handy add-ons for enhancing mobile devices
Privacy Badger helps block Web-activity tracking
Protecting yourself from POODLE attacks
When to leave well enough alone in computerland
Everyone’s here (more or less) for the meeting
How to make standard Windows apps portable
What to do when your PC refuses to boot
Microsoft tackles three zero-day exploits
How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step
Microsoft’s EMET 5 has some teething pains
What the mouse did and why it did it
Extreme testing of a well-made machine
Customize File History’s backups with ease
Find free software and tips at
Why you should join Win10’s tech-preview process
Microsoft unveils preview of a new Windows
Let’s talk about worrisome discoveries
Fall from sky, meet scary pig, tell the tale
Low-tech options for safe hard-drive disposal
The green home PC: How to use less electricity
Find a universe(ity) of education online
What ‘Shellshock’ means to you and me
Stubbornness wins when restoring iOS 7
The best surprises are secretly rehearsed
More on using a Windows PC as a Wi-Fi hotspot
Monitor/protect your kids with MS Family Safety
September’s updating more painless than August’s
Enhance Windows’ online security with EMET 5
iPhone photos to PC in two languages
Will the Scots ever be truly understood?
How to avoid Windows 8 sign-in hassles
A router upgrade results in some surprises
Windows Phone: Where Win8 is actually worthwhile
Sneak peek: An early look at the next Windows
Mysteries never cease: “Magic” fixes
Technology advances: How to read a bookbook
A tweak and a free tool greatly improve Win8
Sync browser settings across multiple computers
Recovering from a rough August Patch Tuesday
Turn your Windows PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot
Mother-son divide over Windows memory management
A lawfully countercultural town in the desert
Little-known differences in IE security settings
Data recovery before and after a hard-disk crash
Why the U.S. needs better privacy laws, now!
Application code lessons and tool use
Catch me if you can — or go away
Overcoming the limitations of command windows
No strings attached: Acquire ebooks without DRM
MS releases replacement for recalled patch
The Windows Maintenance Challenge: Part 2
Researching maintenance questions in advance
Photographic monkey business: Who’s the artist?
When Data Execution Prevention malfunctions
Bargain laptops and a local cloud-storage device
Help in keeping your desktop organized
The fight for net neutrality goes to round two
IE version change wrecks Google Maps?
‘Situation threatens to become catastrophic’
How to prevent repair/recovery disc failures
Turn vacation photo albums into a group project
Win8.1 Update: Much ado about (almost) nothing
The Windows Maintenance Challenge: Part 1
Problems with Firefox synching
Skype kills third-party IM client support
How to avoid overreacting to threat detection
Science suggests better way to slice cake
Running 16-bit programs on 32/64-bit Windows
Evernote vs. OneNote: Two excellent note-takers
Underused tools hiding in Windows 7 and 8
Approach with caution: Preparing to update
In a canine universe, meet St. Jumpy
Follow-up questions about Android security apps
Why we’re moving to the IPv6 network protocol
A few glitches with July Windows/Office updates
What you need to know about 802.11ac Wi-Fi
When your needs don’t change but software does
Live in World Cup culture every day
See what’s bogging down any Windows PC
Useful Excel functions for crunching numbers
How to reset lost passwords for Windows
Move over, Windows; Google and Apple are movin’ in
Word 2003 toolbars lost and recovered
We can supply you with binder twine
Problems with Win8’s custom recovery image
New attacks on Windows’ secondary components
Mobile security: Apps to protect Android devices
Frequently attacked software has adherents
Your mailbox, fridge, garbage bin are occupied
Fixing a ‘program blocked by Group Policy’ error
Review: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet
Housekeeping tips for common Web browsers
Revisiting the WS Security Baseline: Part 1
Workaround fixing and miraculous fixing
Contrary to popular belief times 10
Preventing data theft from Windows system files
Resizing digital images for use on the Web
Summertime, and the patching’s (relatively) easy
Office Online versus Google Apps: Facts and FUD
How to keep pieces of the Web for later
Because of how you look: Through Google Glass
More on better data/boot security for Windows
Devices for Win8, cloud storage — and your car
Patch Watch update: Hyperbole about an IE update
Data-encryption alternatives to TrueCrypt
Help offered you might not yet know you need
The cruelest months, according to Henri
The problem with BIOS-level passwords
A visual tour of Win8’s new Task Manager
June brings a hodgepodge of security fixes
The life and untimely demise of TrueCrypt
New home, new connections to Internet
Little box works at purposelessness
Readers disagree with Wi-Fi troubleshooting tips
Word tips — for the task of writing words
Cleaning up May’s Windows and Office updates
Shortcuts for working with Win8 (Win7, too)
Favorite software of the image-editing crowd
Artful walking and other choreographed endeavors
Strange ‘phantom folders’ on networked PCs
Manage Windows faster with Run commands
Picking the right image format for the Web
File-sharing strategies for Windows 7 and 8
The ‘try something else’ solution for Hotmail
Acrobat over real-life, rush-hour bridge traffic
How to downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7
Tips for setting up a new Windows PC
The rapid-fire updates for Office 2013 continue
Better data and boot security for Windows PCs
Confusion about latest Windows security update
Why did the crow slide down the window?
Curing unexplained Wi-Fi interruptions
What to look for when buying a new PC
Office 365 Personal: Not an outstanding value
Common myths about troubleshooting a slow PC
Net neutrality: What it is, why you should care
Heartbleed threat goes well beyond PCs and websites
Out-of-cycle update from MS for IE vulnerability
Making a list: Counting virtues of Windows 8
People in the sky in diamond formation
Confusion about MS Security Essentials on XP
Taking a new approach to old problems
Working with email in browsers and apps
The fuss about a new IE zero-day vulnerability
Why continuing support for XP is bad math
New tools, new features: Getting to know them
Natural events when we’re not on the scene
Obscure error halts rescue disk–creation process
Patching Windows — the Windows 8.1 Update edition
Win8.1 Update becomes the new patch ‘baseline’
Times-have-changed department: Marital chat
Playing with winter snow — in August
Is it worthwhile to upgrade an XP-era PC?
Taking Microsoft’s Office for iPad for a spin
Shedding some light on security-cert warnings
Emergency repair disks for Windows: Part 2
Simplifying life: How to have email, sans PC?
“Please don’t watch this movie on your phone”
Diagnosing a computer’s power-state troubles
Time for spring cleaning — your hard drive
Adieu XP; bonjour Windows 8.1 Update
Emergency repair disks for Windows: Part 1
Patch Watch special: Windows 8.1 Update coming
All’s well one day; can’t load browsers the next
Department of odd couples: Man and goose
Is XP Mode — or any virtual XP PC — safe to use?
30 days of working and living on a Win8 laplet
Bing: Searching the Microsoft way
What you should know about Windows 8.1 Update
Evaluating ISP’s security recommendations
Don’t have to be batty to like bat babies
What to do when a CAPTCHA verification fails
Gadgets fill in mobile computing’s missing links
Revisiting nonsecurity fixes, plus XP’s countdown
Why — and when — net neutrality is important
When your ISP server is blacklisted
Canine joyfully breaks household rules
Restore accidentally deleted admin privileges
Making a Win8 laplet into a Win7-ish workstation
Giving Win8’s Hyper-V virtualization a spin
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: The upshot for us
Day 30: Windows fast and slow
Service says you’re online when you’re not?
Most of the venom has been taken out of her”
Controlling what Win8’s File History saves
Easily move files between Windows and Android
The final countdown for Windows XP support
How to run Google’s Android OS on a Windows PC
Rethinking passwords and their keepers
Getting past obstacles but not over your nerves
Using Win8’s File History with multiple drives
Microsoft reinvents its online Office suite
Simple ways to back up your most precious files
Notes from the RSA Conference on security
Day 23: Keeping up with the news
Phone calls from knowledgeable strangers
A more extreme version of Olympic speed skating?
Win8.1 drops Win7-style backup option
Services for managing online storage
A rough week for both Apple and Microsoft
Turmoil at Microsoft; implications for Windows users
Day 16: My ASUS laplet and its troubled sleep
Day 10: Changing the docking station
Microsoft releases fixes for IE 9, 10, and 11
SkyDrive becomes OneDrive: New name, same wares
Who can suspend your email account?
Invitation to leaping in a stream: Elk version
Preserving Windows XP in a virtual PC
Time to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 for Win7?
Sorting out the revolution in PC backups: Part 2
Day 6: Saturday tablet nightmares
Day 3: The annoyances of the no-zoom tablet
Readers write about the coming XP end-time
Trick-shot Titus has a magic way with basketball
Preventing unwanted mapped-drive disconnects
Text support, back support, and tech support
Staying safe on the Internet — year round
Sorting out the revolution in PC backups: Part 1
Living and working with a Win8.1 tablet: Day 1
A lively discussion about migrating off XP
A good way to see PC content when far from home?
How Seattle celebrates a Super Bowl victory
Virtual PC helps diagnose driver issues
Take back your privacy when using the Internet
Why privacy is increasingly difficult to protect
A last reprieve for the enduring Windows XP?
Out-of-cycle security update for Flash zero-day
Newsletter delivery issues
Wise to try more than one antivirus program
From the sidelines: They crushed his cape
How to correct failed updates and hotfixes
Microsoft tightens security for Microsoft accounts
MS gives us all a bit of good patching weather
Going small(er): Trading spinning disks for SSDs
More on cracking browser-stored passwords
Microsoft employees hacked
When it’s smart to lose a little money
Fox makes making a living look like fun
Taming Chrome’s excessive drive activity
At CES 2014: Mobility, security, and more
Reaching into your desktop PC remotely: Part 2
A few security lessons from the Target breach
How to manage the contents of your hard drive
Are you mad about the costume, pet?
Fixes for network access and sharing issues
Enhancing KeePass: Plugins and other tools
January updates: Something new, something old
Keep a healthy PC: A routine-maintenance guide
When a hacker might look like a helper
Automatic one-man band is a collectable
Clean out obsolete, space-consuming update files
Why and how to use an open-source password manager
Reaching into your desktop system remotely
The best of LangaList Plus from 2013
Windows Secrets goes on holiday-season break
Considering free online backup options
Light show plus 10 popular 2013 Wacky videos
Why relocating default folders is no longer wise
Moving documents from paper to bits to text
The 2013 ultimate Windows Secrets utilities list
Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support
‘Local’ important concept in formatting
A dangerous proximity to curious bears
Making use of unallocated hard-drive space
Windows 8 mice: Pointing in the right direction
Closing a long year of Windows patching
Pre-encryption makes cloud-based storage safer
A clear preference for the next Microsoft chief?
When ad-blocking tool blocks good popups
Play is still serious for the working dog
Verifying that an anti-malware app is working
Reducing Office updates with Click-to-Run
MS adds more options to Office 365 Home Premium
The increasing importance of backups
First Thanksgiving reimagined by Wednesday
Win7’s XP Mode virtual disk can grow huge
Manipulate document, image, and video formats
Everyone gets a holiday from Windows patching
A hands-on look at Microsoft’s new Xbox One
Websites don’t like old browsers or old settings
Hardly anyone more cooperative than a hungry dog
Working with user accounts in Windows 8x
Apps for synching Windows music with Android
Botnet innovation: Resistance is (nearly) futile
In Windows 8.1, you don’t sign out of Skype
Athletic competition — among Danish bunnies
More good questions on password management
MS Surface Pro 2 — the only PC you need?
IE 11 coming to a Windows 7 PC near you
‘PC settings’ gets major makeover in Win8.1
SkyDrive delivers old news after Win8.1 upgrade
Broadway Bombers skate through NYPD blockade
Questions about MS Security Essentials
Moving data — from PC to phone to TV to cloud
Moving up to Windows 8.1 without an MS account
Parsing Office 365 requirements: Always online?
Uneasy lives of dogs in cats’ houses
Different approaches to solving driver problems
Three good Windows 8 apps — and two lousy ones
A rocky start for the Windows 8.1 launch
CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus
In Outlook, search might be a sometime thing
Thanks to Lizzy, the level-headed chicken
Solving Windows 7/8 networking slowdowns
A complete Windows repair kit — in your pocket
Protect yourself from the next big data breach