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Welcome to the Microsoft Windows category of Ghacks.net. This section of the website lists all Windows-related articles that we have published. The main focus of our site are software reviews, but we also feature operating system related news, tips and tricks or tutorials that help you get the most out of your PC.

You may especially be interested in some of our overview articles and guides that help you understand and use core Windows features and concepts such as Windows Update, software to backup Windows or our latest Windows software reviews

Windows XP was the state of the art operating system when we launched our website and we have followed development of the operating system closely thereafter. This means that you will find articles covering Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 here on the site as well as coverage of server versions of the Windows operating system.

We make sure that our software reviews always highlight compatibility with versions of Windows so that you know if applications are compatible with your version of the OS or not.

I suggest you check out our Windows tips section, our software reviews or the list of portable programs that we have reviewed in the past.

reserve windows 10

Only a couple of days are left until Microsoft's "everyone, gather around and grab a free copy of Windows 10" offer expires. Without getting into the "should you, or should not you" argument again when it comes to the upgrade offer to Windows 10, you may wonder if there is a way to grab the […]


windows 10 version

Microsoft changed how feature updates are released on Windows. While updates are still delivered via Windows Updates and other update options, updates on Windows 10 are not reflected in the operating system's name. There is no Windows 10 Service Pack 1, or Windows 10.1, for instance, and Microsoft has no plans to change that. This […]


windows 10 security

Windows 10 Privacy, it seems like a never ending story that just won't get away. France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) served Microsoft with a formal notice on July 20, 2016 asking the company to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The claim? Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is used for […]


windows-10

In a little bit over a week, Microsoft ends the free upgrade offer for eligible Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. While some may still get the upgrade for free after July 29, 2016, the majority of Windows devices aren't. It is likely that Microsoft servers will experience a rush of late-comers who want to grab […]


switch to microsoft edge

If you are running a recent stable version of Microsoft Windows 10 on a mobile device, you may have received notifications already about programs or apps that drain battery on the device. For instance, if you run Chrome or Firefox, you may get the message that said browser is draining battery faster than Microsoft Edge. […]


windows-10

Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10's free for the first year upgrade offer, rumors circulated around the Internet that the company would introduce subscriptions after that time period that all users who had upgraded to Windows 10 for free would have to pay. While those rumors are not true as far as I can tell, […]


windows 10 free support

There are reasons for and against upgrading an existing system to Windows 10. I covered reasons to keep on using an existing operating system yesterday already and suggest you check it out first. Today, I'm going to look at reasons for making the switch to Windows 10. I want to make clear that you have […]


windows updates

The free to upgrade period to Windows 10 is almost at an end, and it is likely that many users who have not upgraded yet consider doing so. The reason is simple: the upgrade is free, and it is possible to go back in the first month should things turn out not to your liking. […]


sorry to interrupt

Microsoft's free upgrade offer to Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016 and will not be renewed at that time. The company pushed Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in different ways throughout the past eleven months since release. First, it offered Windows 10 as an upgrade that users had to […]


windows 10 messaging everywhere

Microsoft announced today the release of a new Windows Insider Build for Fast ring users that removes the Messaging Everywhere feature from the operating system. Messaging Everywhere allowed users to browse, send and receive Windows mobile text messages on a PC running Windows 10. Basically, what it did was keep the messages in sync between […]


windows10 anniversary update august 2

Microsoft announced today that the much awaited Anniversary Update for Windows 10 will be available on August 2. The Anniversary Update will introduce a massive set of new features and improvements to Windows 10. This includes among many other things Linux Bash support, extensions for Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink for better ink support, Cortana updates […]


decline windows 10

Better late than never. Microsoft is about to release an update to the company's Get Windows 10 application for Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices that includes a decline option. Microsoft has been criticized heavily for its aggressive push of the Windows 10 operating system. The company's offer looks like a good one on first […]


install offer

One of the most frustrating experience when it comes to software is how some companies won't accept no for an answer when it comes to software. A prime example of this is how Microsoft advertises Windows 10 on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Instead of displaying a one-time dialog to users with clearly […]


windows activation

Microsoft introduced a new feature in windows 10 Build 14371 that allows you to link the digital license of the operating system to a Microsoft Account. Even though Microsoft stated in the announcement that the feature is available starting with Build 14371, things look different currently than how Microsoft describes them. Considering that this is […]