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Microsoft Store apps install quicker now and with extra Telemetry

Microsoft launched Microsoft Store installers for web over the weekend to improve Microsoft Store application installs. The feature improves the process of downloading and installing apps like Microsoft PC Manager from the […]

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Windows 10: Sign in to your Microsoft account messages roll out

Windows 10 users who sign in using local accounts may see Sign in to your Microsoft account nags when they open the Settings app. The functionality is rolling out in release preview […]

Intel

Microsoft publishes new Registry security mitigation for Intel processors (Spectre)

About six years ago, vulnerabilities were discovered that affected most Intel and AMD processors. The vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, can be exploited to read sensitive data from attacked computer systems. Intel released […]

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A new journey with Windows: Microsoft's "end of support" notice for Windows 10 users

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has about 18 months of official support left. Customers may further extend support by up to three years, but this comes at a cost. Now, Microsoft is […]

Microsoft continues push to turn Windows into an advertising space

A fundamental shift happened in the development of the Windows operating system in recent years. Some say it started during the development of Windows 11, Microsoft's newest operating system. Others suggest that […]

Microsoft releases the April 2024 Security Updates for Windows

The April 2024 security updates for Windows are now available. Microsoft released the security updates for all supported Windows versions and also other company products on today's Patch Day. Our overview helps […]

New sneaky Windows driver UCPD stops non-Microsoft software from setting defaults

Microsoft has integrated the driver userChoice Protection Driver, short UCPD, into Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems recently. This driver has just one purpose: to block access to UserChoice Registry keys. These […]

Windows 10

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 ESU pricing: starts at $61

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is nearing the end of its life. Come October 2025, support for the operating system ends officially. Microsoft announced that it is going to offer ESU, Extended […]

Windows Copilot Key

Intel: Microsoft AI PCs need a Copilot Key

Microsoft hopes that 2024 will be the year that so-called AI PCs will take off. Tidbits and rumors about this new breed of PCs are found everywhere, but Microsoft itself has been […]

Moment

Windows 11's Moment Update 5 is finally here: how to download

Microsoft released the fifth Moment Update for Windows 11 in February 2024. This release did not reach many user systems, as Microsoft limited its availability artificially. While Microsoft did state that the […]

How to launch the old Task Manager in Windows 11

Microsoft launched a redesign of Windows 11's Task Manager some time ago. The new task manager has a different design but also functional differences. Microsoft removed the -- rather useless -- basic […]

Windows Copilot

Microsoft Copilot app getting installed on Windows devices

Last week, Microsoft revealed that it started to push its AI Microsoft Copilot to more Windows 10 and 11 devices. The feature, still in preview at the time of writing, shows up […]

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Microsoft shows another Bing popup advertisement to Windows users

Microsoft has done it again. This time, the company displayed a popup advertising its Bing search service to Chrome users on Windows devices. The popup appeared for users who launched Chrome on […]

Windows 10

Next Windows 10 update brings Windows Spotlight, Lock screen content, and another Windows 11 upgrade offer

Microsoft released a new update to the Windows 10 Release Preview channel. The update KB5035941 is in testing and will be released soon to the general Windows 10 device population. While most Windows […]

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Overview of the March 2024 Windows Security Updates

Microsoft released security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating system and other company products on the March 2024 Patch Day. This overview provides home users and administrators with information […]

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Microsoft starts rollout of Windows DMA compliance changes in Europe

Microsoft has started the rollout of Windows changes for users in the European Economic Area to comply with the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA). The company says that the rollout has started […]

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Microsoft's sneaky KB5001716 Windows 10 update pushes Windows 11

If you run Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system on your devices and wan to keep it that way, you may want to check whether the Windows 10 update KB5001716 is installed on […]

How to restore the Photos Legacy app on Windows

Microsoft launched a new Photos application for Windows some time ago. It replaced the previous version of the Photos app, which Microsoft now calls Photos Legacy. Some features of the legacy app […]

Add End Task to Windows 11's Taskbar to one-up Close Window

Microsoft's Windows operating system comes with several options to close programs. Common options include using window controls and the Task Manager. Previous versions of Windows, including Windows 10, also included an End […]

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Windows 11: new Features roll out in the coming 2 months

Microsoft released an optional non-security update for Windows 11 today that introduces a set of new features. The features, part of the Moment 5 update for Windows 11, add new capabilities to […]

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Microsoft showing Windows 11 upgrade prompts on more Windows 10 devices

Starting April 2024, Microsoft is extending upgrade offers to Windows 11 on Windows 10 devices. The company announced the plan on its Tech Community website this week. When Microsoft released Windows 11 […]

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The latest Windows 11 Security Update fails to install for some users

Microsoft has just confirmed a Windows Update issue that affects the company's Windows 11 operating system. Some users may experience issues installing the most recent security update for the operating system. Microsoft […]

Windows 11

Windows 11 version 24H2 may block devices without SSE 4.2 support

Recent Windows 11 development builds include new hardware compatibility rules that block the operating system on unsupported devices. Unlike current compatibility requirements, these new requirements cannot be bypassed. Microsoft released a new […]

Windows 11 version 23H2 is going to be installed automatically on older systems

Windows 11 device owners who still run an older version of Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system need to be aware that their systems may be upgraded automatically to Windows 11 version 23H2. […]

Windows Copilot

Windows 11: Copilot is gaining more Windows management options (with a catch)

Microsoft released a new Insider build for its Windows 11 operating system to the Canary channel yesterday. This new build is all about improving the Copilot AI in Windows. One of the […]

Windows

Windows 11's final "Moment Update" has these new features

Microsoft is preparing the fifth Moment Update for its Windows 11 operating system. Currently available in the Release Preview channel, Moment Update 5 is included in the February 2024 optional updates for […]

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Windows 11: Microsoft replaces Show Desktop with Copilot on taskbar

Microsoft has changed the position of the Copilot icon on Windows 11's taskbar in the latest stable version of the operating system. Previous versions of the operating system show the Copilot icon […]

Disable AI Bloatware on Windows 10 and 11 with BloatynosyAI

Disable AI Bloatware on Windows 10 and 11 with BloatynosyAI

Microsoft continues to push Copilot aggressively, it is available on Windows, Microsoft Edge, Office. The AI-assistant is also coming to Notepad, even the SwiftKey Keyboard isn't spared from these AI features. The […]

The Windows Security Updates for February 2024 are here

This is the Microsoft Windows security updates overview for February 2024. Microsoft patched 73 different security vulnerabilities in its products and six non-Microsoft vulnerabilities on today's Patch Day. Our overview is a […]

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Windows 11 24H2 to enforce hardware requirement

Microsoft is working on the next feature update for Windows 11 currently, which it calls Windows 11 version 24H2. The company confirmed the name of the update this month and ended speculations […]

Microsoft is pestering Windows 10 users to upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft is pestering Windows 10 users with full-screen pop-ups to upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft is displaying a full-screen pop-up on Windows 10, to prompt users to upgrade to Windows 11. This is not the first time it has employed this strategy to try and attract […]

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Microsoft adds games that you can play without download to the Microsoft Store

Microsoft has just launched a new feature in the official Microsoft Store that allows users to play games instantly on the Store. Select games do not have to be installed anymore to […]

Next Windows

No Windows 12 update in 2024? What we know

We do not know much about Microsoft's plans for 2024 and beyond when it comes to the Windows operating system. Rumors suggest that the company could release Windows 12 this year, but […]

RAM

Your next Windows PC may need at least 16GB of RAM

How much RAM do you need to work without any drawbacks on Windows PCs? The answer depends on what the PC is used for. Several tasks, including gaming and video editing, benefit […]

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Fix Microsoft account "is already here" error on Windows 11 and 10 devices

"Microsoft account is already here" is an error message that you may receive when you try to switch from a local account to a Microsoft account on Windows 11 or 10 devices. […]

Microsoft is bringing Windows 11's weather widget to Windows 10

Microsoft is bringing Windows 11's weather widget to Windows 10's lock screen

Copilot is not the only new feature that is coming to Windows 10. Microsoft is adding the Windows 11 lock screen weather widget to the older version of the operating system. Microsoft's […]

Microsoft confirms 0x80070643 error during Windows update installation

Some Windows users who tried to install the January 2024 security updates for their devices received the error 0x80070643 Error Install Failure during the process. Microsoft provided background information and a workaround […]

How to remove "Start back up" in Windows 11's File Explorer

Start back up may be displayed in File Explorer on Windows 11 if you open certain folders. The command is displayed in the path field and its placement may irritate some users […]

Microsoft Copilot Studio

Copilot-key: not mandatory and no fixed placement

When it comes to recent announcements regarding AI by Microsoft, none discussed as controversially here on Ghacks as the announcement of the dedicated Copilot key. The Copilot key is a new key […]

Microsoft configures Windows Copilot to launch automatically on certain setups

Soon, Windows users who start their PCs may be greeted by Windows Copilot's interface when the system loads the desktop. Microsoft released a new build to the Dev channel that tests the […]