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How to uninstall programs and apps in Windows 10

After using Windows 10 for a while it becomes pretty clear that Microsoft is slowly moving as many former Control Panel functions as possible to the new Settings app. Given how central the Control Panel is (or was) to Windows, that must be a massive job.

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Killing Cortana: How to disable Windows 10's info-hungry digital assistant

Cortana, Microsoft's smart, snarky digital assistant, is one of the highlight features of Windows 10, imbuing the operating system with a sense of presence that never existed in previous versions of Windows. Cortana's natural language search capabilities rock, and her intelligent surfacing of news and notifications that matter to you help to tailor Windows 10 to suit your specific needs. I'm in love already.

SECURITY | STORAGE

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Cloud storage alternatives: Three ways to sync your own data securely and privately

Robert D Lonsdale, Jr runs his business from two computers in different states. He needs to keep files synced between them, but he would "prefer not to use a cloud service."

COMPONENTS

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Use Windows 10's individual display scaling to perfect your multi-monitor setup

The toys for power users in Windows 10, a.k.a. Microsoft's Windows 8 apology letter, keep on coming. Today, we're looking at a great tweak for anyone running a multi-monitor setup, especially for folks rocking 4K monitors.

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How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but it also takes away some key functionality that Windows 7 users might miss. In Windows 10, you have to say goodbye to Windows Media Center and with it, the ability to play DVDs natively. Microsoft said in May it would have a native solution for DVD playback to make up for those who lost it.

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How to install Windows 10 on your PC

You've read the review, pored through the tips and how-tos, and have waited breathlessly for the day that you can download Windows 10.

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How to maximize your first 30 minutes with Windows 10

Windows 10 is here! Windows 10 is here! Now what?

SOFTWARE | NETWORKING

Set Windows 10's Wi-Fi connections as metered to download forced updates at your own pace

When Microsoft rolls out a new version of Windows, the company always likes to rearrange the furniture a little bit and put old features in new spots. If you're coming to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, one such feature is the ability to mark a Wi-Fi connection as metered (a.k.a. data capped).

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How to schedule your Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 is here, and with it a change that may surprise some home users used to handling Windows updates on their own. Microsoft will not support manual updates on Windows 10 Home PCs. Instead, all updates are automatically downloaded to your machine and then scheduled to install when your PC is idle.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.