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How to create and restore an image backup in Windows 10

Windows 10's image backup can protect your Windows configuration. Learn how to make one of your entire drive. And, should disaster strike, learn how to restore Windows from that backup.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

How to Clean-install Windows without Bloatware

You can get rid of bloatware or other troublesome software by doing a clean install of Windows 10. Here’s how it works.

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4 simple note-taking apps for Windows 10

When you want to quickly capture simple information, Evernote and OneNote can be overkill. Reach for one of these no-frills note takers instead.

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How to change the 'Hey, Cortana' wake word in Windows 10

Microsoft doesn't let you personalize Cortana's wake word, but this third-party program does.

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How to turn on the Ink Workspace in Windows 10

Even if you don't have a digital pen, you can still activate the Windows Ink Workspace to see what it's all about.

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4 reasons to kick off the New Year with an Office 365 Subscription

Office 365 is a great way to stay productive. Here are the main reasons you should give Office 365 a try.

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How to incorporate keyboard shortcuts into your workflow

Keyboard shortcuts should be on every computer user's short list of skills to acquire. Here's a look at how you can use them on an average day.

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How to customize your Windows PC with Winaero Tweaker

Winaero Tweaker lets you do deep system customizations that require meddling in the registry, without directly meddling in the registry.

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Windows recovery disk tip: When and if it needs updating

Once you make your Windows recovery disk, do you ever need to update it? We asked Microsoft, and this is what we learned.

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How to sideload extensions in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge lets you install browser extensions from unofficial sources. Here's how to do it.

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4 Windows Command Prompt tricks everyone should know

For all of Windows 10's icons and tiles, sometimes, only the Command Prompt will do what you need to do. Learn these four special tricks to work smarter with your PC.

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Three tips for dealing with an unruly desktop

A cluttered Windows desktop hampers productivity. Here's how to whip your desktop into shape.

How to Block Ads in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 ads are pretty unobtrusive, but several get right up in your face. Here’s how to disable them with a few simple menu tweaks.

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How to reinstall Windows 10 without any bloatware

Windows 10 actually has the ability to install just the OS without any additional software, which is great news for those with prebuilt systems laden with unwanted software.

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How to defer Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 forces updates on home users, but Windows 10 Pro users can slow down feature upgrades if they want.

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How to download Windows Store apps with a local account

Microsoft didn't want you to use the Windows Store without signing in with a Microsoft Account. That no longer appears to be the case.