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Feature showdown: Gmail vs. Outlook.com
Patch Watch update: Unexpected patch problems
R.I.P. TechNet — the sad end of an MS institution
Frying can happen any time you blink
Flying on water: Not your father’s sailing race
Tracking down the cause of an unwanted popup
Media files prove a threat to Windows
Understanding Windows 8’s File History
When a printer can’t work: Troubleshooting
Enjoy July 4 sound and light show technically
How to access ancient Win9x backups in Win7/8
Command Windows and enter data — by voice
A survival guide for the home IT manager
What awaits in Windows 8.1 — a Preview tour
See whether the dinosaurs come out for QBasic
Egyptian statue turns its back on the world
Hard drive shows wrong icon type
Understanding styles and themes in Word
Think twice about installing Windows 8.1 Preview
DIY services for creating simple websites
Preventing crashes caused by Windows Update
Filling the Wi-Fi holes once and for all
An application for overcoming password bloat
Staying in touch selectively: Any tricks?
Regular American mishap: California style
Pizza and tech: An app creates the perfect combo
Webway robbery: You can lose your domain
Every upgrade needs a good user’s manual
Hot-shop hotshots entertain museum visitors
Multiple options to obtain recovery discs
Total access to all your Windows backups
Avoiding those unwanted free applications
Patch Tuesday loaded with nonsecurity updates
Taking back full rights and control of your PC
Base-jumping the world’s tallest peak
More on creating bootable USB drives
Forgotten Windows control app for mobile users
Microsoft adds Windows 8 support to EMET
Outlook: Strain out spam and safeguard senders
Time for cleaning up leftover Windows updates
Your mother might fix your computer
Grand old machine on duty since Jazz Age
Tracking down the details on malware
Two new thin, lightweight Windows 8/RT devices
Filling Wi-Fi holes in a home network
Tips for traveling with digital devices
Join Windows Secrets’ readership survey
The afterlife of Blue Screen of Death events
Discovering new talent at Costco’s Pump 16
What you should know about disk-defrag reports
Online shopping — at the Microsoft Store
Use your smartphone to take Windows online
Catching up on Internet Explorer vulnerabilities
Shared knowledge saves time and sanity
Rising and falling by diverse means: mimed
Unlocking a read-only USB flash drive
Hard-drive crash! A tour of a data-recovery lab
Microsoft Word 2010 vs. 2013: Feature showdown
Going Google (apps) Part 3: Share/collaborate
‘Illegitimis non carborundum’ applies to tablet
If you want to write Windows 8 apps
Here comes the sun: Beach-blanket Seattle
What’s a Bitcoin and why would you want one?
Restoring SSDs from non-SSD image backups
Apps for building and organizing a music library
Utilities for better productivity and security
One way to catch your own mistake: Describe it
The travails of a good-sport fisherman
Tools for creating a bootable flash drive
How to reduce SkyDrive synching problems
Put problematic kernel updates and IE 10 on hold
Going Google (apps), Part 2: Move your docs
How do we love thee, XP? Let us count the ways
More free security tools from Microsoft
Giving employees a say over business technology
Small boy with big sticks plays gigs
20 simple tips and tricks for Win7 and Win8
Going Google (apps), Part 1: Move your mail
How to network various Windows versions
Riding on the ridge of the world in Nepal
A dozen tools for removing almost any malware
Assessing Win8 File History — and its weaknesses
Setting up a Win7/Win8 dual-boot system
It’s the final (support) countdown for Windows XP
How to share big video files privately
Ice cubes bigger than chunks of Manhattan
Microsoft’s six free desktop security tools
Are both PC and router firewalls necessary?
Two ways to put Windows 7 and 8 on the same PC
Working with the real Microsoft Support
Safely, easily move partitions with these tools
Software updates: For more than new tricks
Microsoft/Google decisions zing Calendar users
Dog and human entertained by machine
More ways to ditch unsightly network cables
Making yourself at home with Windows 8
Some excellent RSS alternatives to Google Reader
Best of both worlds: Add Win8 features to Win7
Free photo editors vs. Photoshop Elements
Up against the 2TB drive-size ceiling
Seal pup works hard at relaxing on surfboard
What’s better than an external hard drive?
The malware wars: How you can fight it
Microsoft makes an about-face on Flash in IE 10
Edit, spruce up, and share your videos for free
What survives an upgrade from XP to Win7?
Old dance steps meet new(er) mambo music!
Malware hitches a ride home on a thumb drive
Two free, full-blown alternatives to MS Office
Prepping for IE 10, plus a master PW chart
Using Trusteer to enhance online-banking security
How to safely use a drive-connector kit
Bringing Richard Parker to the screen
Read specs, say the experts — even to one another
Surviving your first hour with Office 2013
Four apps that restore the Start menu in Win8
Using multiple layers of security — an update
Admirable companions: Two dogs dining
Lounge members discuss costs of upgrade
Security alert: Bogus tech-support phone calls
Jump-starting your new Windows 8 installation
Flash and Java: It’s déjà vu all over again
Internet Explorer 10 coming to Windows 7 — soon
Preserving files for the generations
How and when to update your system’s drivers
Russian crash-cams catch crashing meteor
Understanding Elements’ photo-editing tools
Call it unreliable: your precious hard drive
House Call 2013 — Part 2: Prepping for an upgrade
Picking the right way to schedule Windows tasks
Beautiful gray horse takes up hip-hop
Install two updates before shopping for flowers
Maintaining a computer: The car analogy
House Call 2013 — Part 1: Sanitizing a drive
Software SmackDown: Office 2013 vs. Office 365
A few digital oddities from the 2013 CES
Finding Safe Mode in Windows 8 isn’t easy
Finding and silencing (or reducing) computer hum
New Year’s resolutions of mysteries
Java update comes sooner than expected
Football people say the strangest things
Legitimate app breaks popular encryption systems
Your contributions help us sponsor needy kids
Java: More than the usual cup of coding coffee
Headlong history of electronic invention
Tackling the thorny .NET update process
When a HomePlug network suddenly stops working
Should you use a ‘Hosts file’ hack on Windows?
Security alert: Remove Java from your browsers
Pursuit of high-risk happiness via surfboard
As if paying taxes weren’t hard enough
Microsoft releases critical patch for IE
Devices to give Wi-Fi networks a boost
Zapping System Progressive Protection
No-reformat reinstalls for all Windows versions
Eight bits of animal lore — contradicted
Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
A refresher course on Facebook privacy controls
How to understand your best friends
Restoring Remote Desktop from afar
Microsoft starts 2013 with a hefty Patch Tuesday
External SSDs: Excellent speed, many new choices
How to benchmark your portable devices
Let your PC start the new year right!
With Windows 8, “off” isn’t really off
A Windows-patching December to remember
Henri presents the best Wackys of 2012
A book to help you think — effectively
Eight simple steps for setting up Windows 8
MS Security Essentials: Poor showing in new test
Real law applies to you et al. at Facebook
Putting Wi-Fi router’s security to the test
Special Windows 8/RT Patch Watch edition
Generous in the Lounge all year ’round
Bad news just in time for the holidays
Making your software environment fully portable
Holiday sounds and lights in Sioux Falls
Ending 2012 with the typical Windows fixes
Routers using WPS are intrinsically unsafe
Goodbye, Messenger; hello, alternatives
Windows Secrets’ guide to essential utilities
How to measure your true Internet speed
Disable Win8’s SmartScreen for better performance
Help with changing a Wi-Fi network password
Middle Earth flies Air New Zealand
Technology to warm your heart — it works
Some end-of-the-year thoughts on PC maintenance
Bonus helps you get to know Windows 8
Zelda: Not an ordinary New York City matron
Making the hardware switch to Windows 8
The fizzy season of festivities and fraud
Getting a handle on security certificates
Controlling apps that launch unexpectedly
Microsoft Accounts: The good, bad, and indifferent
Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 Preview out
Synching Outlook to an Android device
Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 5
Managing news in a high-tech company town
The art of domino toppling: A natural for video
Readers offer tips, views — and resistance
Laplink’s PCmover makes migrating to Win8 easy
Keeping in touch: Facebook versus LinkedIn
BSoDs from an unexpected source: WMP service
Windows Secrets’ annual readership survey
Internet data centers battle back from Sandy
Holidays burden the existential mind
Effective naming practices of scareware
Getting to know Windows 8’s File Explorer
Improving the Win8 experience with a Touch Mouse
Navigate Win8 quickly with keyboard shortcuts
Why I actually want to buy Windows 8
Upgrade to Windows 8 — or not!
Win8 early adopters compare notes in the Lounge
Windows Secrets special issue on Windows 8
Add custom tiles to the Win8 start screen
Win8 boot guide: Your first hour with the new OS
New devices that connect to PCs via Bluetooth
When the short answer is ‘probably’
‘Tis the season of unsettling events
Readers recommend Thunderbird alternatives
Win8 patching gets off to a bit of a rough start
Win8 vs. Windows RT: What to know before you buy
Getting a jump on Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8 learns lessons from Windows 7
The ultimate virus scan: Clean outside Windows
Nothing lost in translation after all
Trying to make friends at Costco using song
Diagnosing PC hangs and freezes redux
Dropbox makes the easiest way to send photos
For your health: Finding an ergonomic keyboard
How to recover from an accidental reformat
Not your ordinary road hazards in Scandanavia
Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 4
Clerical error causes huge Patch Tuesday ripple
FTC takes on telephone scareware scammers
Hard news from Pippa the weathergirl
The ultimate Windows Secrets utilities list
Adobe security certificates compromised
Drive alignment and solid-state drives
Does Microsoft have an ‘official’ Facebook page?
Synching with Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive
Protecting PCs from the next zero-day threat
The decline of the PC, measured in DRAM
Incognito-type browser modes not secure
Maybe a bit too much miniature craftsmanship?
Fix for the most recent IE zero-day threat
Ultrabooks: Thin and light, but at what cost?
If you use IE, don’t — at least not for now
Windows Secrets newsletter site hacked!
Testing new new OS-updating procedures in Win8
A cheap, effective home server — using Windows 8
Can you come back from a bad website unscathed?
A fine-tooth comb process for malware removal
Video-streaming services you might like to try
‘Computer frustration’ is a video genre
Hidden tricks to make Gmail work better for you
Forgotten/lost/damaged Content Advisor password
A deep and wide reference to Office work
Always good advice: Check your settings!
A new operating system, a new round of patches
Shall we dance everywhere with Matt?
Rethinking the process of hard-drive sanitizing
Java: Patching’s good, but removal is better
Protect your laptop and your digital life
Using and understanding SMART hard-drive tools
Near-certain ways to improve PC startup times
Digital sublimity: Typewriting the iPad
Java: Conduit for new zero-day attack
The best of Windows Secrets on Windows 7
An argument for best use of credit cards
Do graphics tricks without Photoshop
Apps temporarily — and randomly — freeze
Printing without hassles — or cables
Hey you, cyber thief: Get off my Cloud!
Where we’re all headed with Windows RT
Facebook is almost everywhere: you might be, too
A bountiful summer crop of Patch Tuesday updates
Readers ask many questions about Soluto
Artists with paint cans strive for glory, too
New malware claims it’s the FBI, shuts you down
Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 3
World Order shows us “Machine Civilization”
Clever malware masquerades as system scanner
Reducing shutdown delays in XP
Outlook.com: At last, a worthy MS mail program
Test-driving ‘free scan’ tune-up suites
Windows Secrets readers share their findings
Keeping secure connections in an XP/Win7 net
He is a walrus of distinction and flair
What to expect from the Windows 8 rollout
The end for Home Server and Small Business Server
Banking on whether Windows is safe for banking
Cultural expectations organize our documents
In case you need to go on an information diet
Three inanimate dancers: kite choreography
Better system security: Patch it or remove it
SYSTEM_DRV and other mystery partitions
Managing your e-mail by understanding it
These days, it’s all about connections
Software that updates your other software
It’s time to do some patch housecleaning
Do Microsoft warning popups really protect you?
Surrealism revisited: Super Mario Brothers
A real-world report on antivirus use
Just (barely) getting started with Office 2013
GIMP: A free alternative to Photoshop
Kill those Vista and Win7 gadgets now!
House Call 2012: One family, four PCs
Microsoft fixits offer temporary protection
Build an e-book library free of DRM limits
Why some temporary files simply won’t go away
Tech-savvy magician is an artful, honest liar
Not joking: Keep laptop off your lap
Celebrating the Fourth of July with gusto
The good and the bad of solid-state drives
Win8 + Windows RT + WinRT = mass confusion
Trading privacy for really great tools?
What makes ‘Restore Previous Versions’ fail?
Some ugliness installing an after-market SSD
Ad flood slows webpages to a crawl
Henri observes the rituals of le vet
Questions and more questions when HD fails
Where we stand — and are going — with Windows 8
Three cardinal rules of mobile computing
MS sends out a silent update to Windows Update
Getting reacquainted with PowerPoint
On the road: Working with Office docs on an iPad
The pros and cons of regular hard-drive upkeep
Theatrically decorous all day long
When security requires a conversation
Little-known browser commands and functions
Patch Tuesday features all the usual suspects
In case you’d rather be lucky than good
Alternative music sites for eclectic tastes
Is Windows’ pagefile a security risk?
Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 2
Extreme choreography for the birds
Flame malware and security-certificate issues
Why MS is dropping DVD-video playback in Win8
Blossom Time parade: Everyone wants to have fun
All subscribers get this free
Hard drive fares badly in dust storm
A Windows system that never needs defragging?
How to transfer files from Windows to the iPad
“Don’t show this update again” is a good option
Unusual photo and video effects from Microsoft
New devices move data faster and more flexibly
New Trojan/malware is spreading rapidly
A confusing mix of .NET Framework updates
Dancing in the street for health and good times
A (hopefully) final word on newsletter fonts
Best practices for trouble-free Windows patching
Patch Watch update: Duqu-patch install problems
Easily add Recent Places to your Start Menu
Beautiful, strange, and highly disciplined
A concise guide to the Win8 Consumer Preview
No joy: Can’t get YouTube videos on his PC
Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 1
Beating back Duqu and a plethora of other threats
Windows Live is dead — get over it!
More on System Restore’s disk-space needs
Playing out the future of DVD playback
Texting while driving: a required tutorial
DNSChanger is not the end of the world
More on shrinking Windows’ huge WinSxS folder
Free photo-editing tools do more than ever
Looking at MSE 4.0 in Security & Backups
Henri’s existential ennui continues
Taking stock of the Windows 8 versions
Moving media from your PC to the big screen
When to reduce System Restore’s disk space
Cross-discipline style confusion wrecks format
No heart attacks happened on camera
Time to sweep out a few of the leftover patches
Office Q&A: Image wrangling in Word 2010
Familiar computing products get new capabilities
Readers write about serious troubles
Windows reports file sizes two different ways
Well-choreographed mayhem in a town square
Targeted, but limited, attacks on text docs
Safely send sensitive information over the Net
Glamorous Vancouver, B.C., can take a joke
‘Tell your beloved to uninstall his adapter’
House Call 2012: Fixing a sluggish PC
A vexing Web-browser security warning
Stand back: performance packs a jolt
Manage mail — and life, too — in Outlook
How to pass an audit (of your computer)
Web filtering keeps you a little safer
Parental controls for kids — and adults
Protect your computer: sandbox apps and files
Shrink that gigantic WinSxS folder down to size
Musical flash mob provides a pleasant interlude
It’s springtime for Microsoft service packs
Moving data between devices is as easy as U-S-B
Internet research for the careful citizen
Sometimes the solution is to disable an AV app
Lions take notice of intrusive robocam
Take good Lounge advice: Be prepared
New “419” scam involves PayPal and Western Union
From apps to Office on Amazon’s Kindle Fire
Remote access leads to remote attacks
Controversial service puts Win7/Office on tablets
What’s causing these severe, recurrent crashes?
An average Windows user gets lost in Win8
Readers with ideas write to Windows Secrets
Step by step: How to safely test-drive Win8
Take control of Google’s privacy policy settings
The Start menu super guide — Part III
Do hardware drivers need to be updated?
Introducing the Lord Howe Island stick insect
Hello, World: Windows 8 shows its face
A Windows veteran looks at Win8 Consumer Preview
Windows 8 Consumer Preview — First impressions
Windows 8 Consumer Preview hits a PC near you
It’s a Windows patching clean-up week
The Windows Start menu super guide — Part II
Readers react to antivirus ‘resource pig’ story
At the Oscars: Not everyone loves a clown
Know thyself: applies to your hard drive, too
Office 365: Office in the Cloud still promising?
PC security Golden Rule: patch early, patch often
Smart configuration tricks for Win7 Explorer
When Win7’s internal diagnostic utilities fail
All that jazz in NOLA — in case you missed it
Ribbon creep or Ribbon triumph: Which is it?
The Windows Start menu super guide — Part I
Windows Secrets’ top tips for Windows XP
A definitive guide to the mysteries of Windows 7
A slew of Valentine’s Day security updates
‘Blue Screen of Death’ over and over again
Champis: The world’s smallest shepherd
E-mail power user makes a Win8 mail-client wish
Readers talk back to Windows Secrets
Is your free AV tool a ‘resource pig?’
Getting to basics: straight and simple text
How to change Microsoft’s %$#@! Ribbon
What, exactly, does System Restore protect?
Fiery Celtic dancing by Dutch horse in the U.S.
Why would you change your default calendar?
Windows 8 — streamlining the update process
Turn that spare PC into a digital video recorder
Take a note: OneNote versus Evernote
Finding Windows Media Player’s hidden controls
Culturally relevant rugby in the South Pacific
Loungers consider new Google privacy policy
Your next computer could well be a tablet
Waiting for more information on fallen updates
Hard-drive partitioning gives better protection
Vague error messages complicate troubleshooting
Waltz of the crashes in snowy Seattle
Do e-readers need antivirus protection?
Ready or not, you’re getting IE 8 or 9
Learn to use the versatile Microsoft OneNote
Lessons learned from the Stratfor files
Welcome to the 64-bit era of Windows
Are tracking-prevention tools worthwhile?
Imagining the secret life of books, after hours
Tablet users curious about smartphone apps
Say goodbye to BIOS — and hello to UEFI!
Starting 2012 with a typical Patch Tuesday
Storage Spaces might be Win8’s best feature yet
Secure your browser from homepage hijacking
Illusions in an ice-and-water world
Continuing ed: VBA programmers like books
Great Android helper apps for Windows
Some leftover patch business from 2011
Five tricks for improving Windows Media Player
Staying in touch with voice and video
Easily edit Windows’ right-click context menus
Ducks take on all comers — friend or foe
Malware removal: Learning the hard way
Windows Defender Offline — old name, new use
The best of Wacky Web Week — 2011
The best of LangaList Plus — 2011
Create highly effective documents with MS Office
One year and 99 security bulletins later
Give your Win XP system an end-of-year cleaning
Plenty of alternatives to Adobe Reader X
Tired of surfing in the wet? Try a volcano!
Do you mix and match your scanner software?
Setting up a temporary ‘ad hoc’ network
A special offer for Windows Secrets subscribers
VM: Running computers inside computers
Sysinternals: an underappreciated utility suite
Correcting a dual-boot setup failure
Airport voice speaks to you kindly — from Maine
Among the browsers: Firefox endangered
Carrier IQ: A privacy tempest of what size?
Should you apply the new Duqu workaround?
Menu opens doors to little-known Windows tools
Different ways to move user folders
A gift that’s unique and challenging!
Against SPAM: Retaliation considered
Building your own XP Service Pack 4
Turkeys in pursuit of state troopers
Everyone gets a small holiday — from patching
The unequal offerings of photo-storage services
Smart surge protectors can cut your power bill
Extending the reach of your Wi-Fi signal