When you start Windows 10 for the first time, there's a point in the setup process where you choose your level of privacy. The installer encourages you to use the express settings instead of customizing. But the express path will give Microsoft and Windows 10 more info about you than you may be comfortable sharing -- such as how you browse the web, what websites you visit, which apps you use and how frequently you use them --... Read More »
Google's photo storage and editing tools are making the jump from the Google+ sidebar to their own app. Called Google Photos, the new app is part of Google's effort to sharpen the focus of its social network by uncoupling nonessential services.
For many users, the moves are welcome. At times it has seemed overbearing of Google to put the Google+ social layer over its consumer products, such as making you sign in to Google+ to upload or comment on YouTube... Read More »
Windows 10 is now available as a free upgrade to millions of people, and dozens of you have sent us questions about it. We tackled a few last week and have six more answers this week to your recent questions about installation, browser compatibility, Control Panel, and more.Installation woes
"I tried to install Window 10 Technical Preview. I tried a solid state drive and two different hard drives. The program could not find a partition to install... Read More »
Folks with good Mac backup plans can be smug. Give them a chance, and they'll tell you about the virtues of backing up your OS X data. About the terror of losing treasured photos. And about how there are two kinds of people: those who back up their Macs and those who eventually wish they had.
Get past the self-satisfied pronouncements, however, and these people are sharing hard-earned advice. Hard drives and storage devices fail. Software updates go wrong. Files... Read More »
On modern PCs, a file doesn't actually go away when you hit the Delete key. The bits on your storage drive that represent that file simply get flipped to a hidden state, and they're tagged to be written over by other bits later. This requires less time and processing power than scrubbing every deleted file off your hard drive. Gradually, bits from other files overlap the old file and eliminate it. This process could take seconds or weeks, depending on... Read More »
Try as we might, we can't anticipate every question about Windows 10, which. So we asked you, and you have delivered. We've answered as many as we can, though some things we just don't know yet. Keep sending your questions, and we'll post more answers. Our review of the operating system may also provide some answers.Recording TV with Windows Media Center
"I have an HDHomeRun digital cable TV tuner. How will I be able to use... Read More »
Many of your apps work -- or work better -- because of Location Services: maps, navigation, search, weather, ride services, photo geotagging, social media check-ins, and so on. However, you may also find Location Services invasive: burning up battery life, targeting you with local ads, or letting apps track you when you don't need or want them to. Uber, for example, has gotten flak for accessing users' location even when they're not using the app (it also wants... Read More »
Windows comes with a number of default apps, which are handy if you need a quick way to open a file but vexing if you'd rather use your preferred apps. For example, when Windows 8 came out, it had a bad habit of opening full-screen apps every time you wanted to view an image, listen to an MP3, watch a video, or read a PDF, and there wasn't a clear way to exit the app. You probably also want better... Read More »
Windows 10 will be released to retail on July 29, giving us just a week and a half until takeoff. It's a big deal for Microsoft, which hopes to get this OS on about 1 billion devices in the next few years, starting by making Windows 10 free to Windows 7 and 8.1 home users until July 29, 2016. Because of that, we expect wide adoption this time -- so covering the story correctly is a big deal... Read More »
Windows 10 is coming on July 29, and it's going to be free for most home users of Windows 7 and 8.1 until July 2016. But while a legitimately free copy of Windows is pretty enticing, upgrading isn't the best move for everyone. You may recall that Windows Vista had some compatibility woes, largely due to how other software detected the version of the operating system. Depending on the vintage of your PC and how you use it, upgrading your... Read More »