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How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece

Windows 10 has deep cloud hooks and shares a lot of data with Microsoft in order to create a smart, seamless experience across devices. If you prefer to keep some privacy, here's how to disable all of it.

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Play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively, and Windows Media Center is gone. Here are your options.

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When Windows 10 takes up too much disk space, try this

When your Windows 10 installation is too big to run comfortably on your drive, shrink it down with Compact.exe, a built-in tool designed expressly for this purpose. Read on for this and other workarounds.

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

Cortana, Microsoft's supremely useful digital assistant, is a highlight Windows 10 feature—but not everyone will appreciate the amount of personal information she demands to be helpful. Here's how to disable Cortana in Windows 10.

How to create a Windows 10 recovery USB drive

The ability to make a recovery disk or USB drive is one of the most useful troubleshooting tools included with Windows 10.

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How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Regretting the loss of DVD playback on your fancy new Windows 10 upgrade? Here's how to get that capability back for free.

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Windows 10: How to customize multi-finger touchpad gestures

Take advantage of the Creators Update precision touchpad enhancements and get more done in less time.

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How to set up a wireless router

These tips will make your wireless router installation even easier.

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How to download a Windows 10 ISO file

Windows 10 makes it easy to download and use an ISO file to reinstall the operating system. We’ll show you how to do it.

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How to download a Windows 10 ISO file

Putting an ISO file of Windows 10 on disc is your insurance against PC troubles. Here's how to get it.

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How to install Windows 10 on a USB drive with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool

Microsoft's Media Creation Tool offers an easy way to create a USB drive to install Windows 10.

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How to make a Windows 10 bootable USB drive

Microsoft makes it easy, assuming you have a Windows 10 license. You do, don't you?

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How to save Windows Spotlight images to your PC in a few clicks

The Windows 10 app SpotBright lets you save Windows Spotlight images to your PC.

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How to take screenshots in Windows 10

Taking screenshots in Windows 10 is easy if you know the right keyboard shortcuts.

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How to get past Windows Defender SmartScreen in Windows 10

The SmartScreen filter in Windows 10 can sometimes stop you from downloading the app you want. Here's how to get past it, and why sometimes you should think twice before doing so.

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What to do if Windows 10 Control Panel disappears from the WinX power user menu

If Microsoft removed the Control Panel option from your WinX menu, here's how to get it back.

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How to use your Windows 10 PC as a mobile hotspot

Even your PC can share its Internet connection with other devices when necessary.

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How to activate Game Mode in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Game Mode is a great choice for budget gamers or anyone else who needs to dedicate as many system resources as possible to their game.