Windows 10 Guide

Windows 10 offers a bevy of helpful features, including the Cortana digital assistant, an improved Start menu and a flexible user interface that toggles between desktop and tablet modes. Read our advice before deciding whether to upgrade, then browse through dozens of tutorials designed to help you make the most of Microsoft's operating system.

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5 Ways Microsoft Can Promote Windows 10 Without Fooling Users

Come on, Microsoft! There are so many great reasons for people to upgrade to Windows 10. But when the company resorts to deception and UI trickery in an effort to get users to install the new OS, it u...

Microsoft Tricking Users Into Windows 10 Upgrades

There are many reasons to upgrade to Windows 10, but Microsoft appears to have decided it doesn't want to convince users anymore. A recent change to the upgrade prompt is fooling Windows 7 and 8 users...

How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10 and Previous

By default, all modern versions of Microsoft Windows hide some important system files and folders from you to prevent you from accidentally deleting them. However, there are many reasons why you might...

How to Get to the Desktop in Windows 10

If you do a lot of multitasking, your screen gets covered in different windows. But what do you do when you need to find that icon or folder on the desktop or you just want to hide the clutter?You c...

A Future Without Windows Is a Dystopian Nightmare

I had a nightmare last night. In it, my company hired a new head of IT, who decided to "lock down" all of our computers so that we couldn't install software or change any settings — or even the wall...

How to Get Mac-Like File Previews in Windows

One of OS X's greatest features is Quick Look in Finder, the ability to preview a file by pressing the spacebar. Windows Explorer doesn't have this capability, but you can add it with a free utility c...

How to Set Time Limits for Any Account in Windows 10

Windows 10's parental controls let you designate an account as a child account to restrict certain features and monitor activity. These child accounts require you to use a Microsoft account. But what ...

How to Shut Down Windows 10 with a Cortana Voice Command

Ever wish you could just say, "Hey Cortana, shut down my computer" and have it work? There's no built-in way to use voice control to shut down your computer, but there is an easy workaround. You just ...

Windows Ditching Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing

Ding-dong, the Wi-Fi Sense is dead. Microsoft has announced that it will be removing the cloud-based password-sharing feature from its operating system (it's already gone in Windows Insider build 143...

How to Fix a Sideways Screen on Your Windows Computer

Perhaps it happened when you plugged in or detached an external monitor. Maybe you just hit the wrong key somehow, but now your Windows desktop is sideways, positioned in portrait mode while your scre...