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Windows 10 is coming to Windows Update: be careful if you don’t want an accidental upgrade

Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July, making it available as a free updated for users running Windows 7 or later for the first year of availability. The company also placed a little Windows icon in the system tray of most users, prompting them to register for an upgrade. Soon the company will be rolling out […]

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Your PC might download Windows 10 even if you don’t plan to upgrade

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for computers running Windows 7 or later. If you don’t want to install Windows 10 you don’t have to, but if you choose to upgrade by July 29th, 2016, you don’t have to pay an extra penny. But Microsoft would really like you to upgrade… and the company’s […]

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Trouble with mandatory updates: Some Windows 10 users experiencing reboot after reboot

Microsoft changed the way Windows Update works for Windows 10 Home users. All updates are automatic: there’s no way to disable or delay updates. That could be a good thing for many users, since it will help ensure their computers receive the latest security updates with little to no user intervention. But every now and […]

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Maybe you’ll be able to block Windows 10 updates after all

Microsoft says Windows 10 represents a new stage for its flagship operating system: the transition to Windows as a Service. This means that the company plans to treat Windows 10 as a platform that evolves and grows over time… but that only works if users regularly download and install software updates. That’s at least one […]

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Windows 10 automatic updates can’t be disabled

Windows Update is Microsoft’s service for sending security patches, bug fixes, and new features to Windows users over the internet. While the updates are often meant to fix problems, sometimes they introduce new ones — especially if they conflict with third-party software running on your PC. Up until now, you’ve had the option to disable […]

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 10240

With two weeks to go until the official launch date for Windows 10, Microsoft has pushed out another pre-release build to beta testers in the Windows Insider preview program. This comes just two days after the company temporarily suspended the release of new builds. So why is the company giving Insiders a new version of […]

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Windows as a service: Windows 10 will be continually updated (with no Windows 11 in sight)

Microsoft has been throwing around the phrase “Windows as a service” for a few months, but up until recently it hasn’t been all that clear exactly what that meant. With Windows 10 set to launch in a few months, Microsoft is doing a better job of explaining what kind of service we’re talking about: the […]

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Microsoft pulls some Aug 12th Windows Updates following crash reports

Microsoft rolled out a series of patches for Windows on August 12th including security patches and a few updates that add new features to the operating system. Unfortunately 4 of the updates have been reported to cause some users’ computers to crash and some people have had problems starting their systems properly. So Microsoft has […]

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Lilbits (8-12-2014): Windows 8.1 gets a (minor) update

Last week Microsoft announced that an update for Windows 8.1 was on the way… but contrary to primary rumors, this wouldn’t be the big “Windows 8.1 Update 2” that some people had expected. Instead it’s a minor update featuring touchpad improvements, the ability to use a PC as a Miracast wireless display receiver, and a […]

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Windows 8 updates will only restart your computer once a month… usually

Microsoft is changing the way Windows Update works for Windows 8. You’ll still be able to choose whether to download and install updates automatically or manually, but Microsoft is trying to minimize the number of times you’ll have to restart your computer after applying a software update. Like all versions of Windows, the new operating […]