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Linux tip: Learn to use display release commands

In this tip, we look at commands that identify the version of Linux in use on a Linux system – the lsb_release and uname commands.

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Linux tip: Learn to use the shred command

In this Linux tip, we look at the shred command, which removes a file from a disk in a manner that is far more thorough than the rm (remove) command.

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Microsoft yanks two buggy Office patches but keeps pushing one that crashes

On Friday afternoon, Microsoft pulled KB 4461522 and KB 2863821, two non-security patches that trigger Entry Point errors in various Office 2010 products. Security patch KB 4461529 is still being distributed, in spite of acknowledged...

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Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system. (Now updated for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.)

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Kudos to Microsoft: Resurrecting the Release Preview ring for Win10 1809 brings 17763.165 to heel

Somebody at Microsoft deserves a medal. There’s a new, test version of the next Win10 1809 cumulative update floating around – KB 4469342 – and it’s being distributed through the Insider Release Preview ring. That is precisely where...

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Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one

The move, expected to roll out in 2019, comes in the aftermath of the company's botched rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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How to upgrade to the version of Win10 Pro that YOU want

With Win10 version 1809 knocking on your door, and version 1703 knocking on heaven’s door, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that you have some choice in which version of Win10 Pro you’ll get next. There's a trick, and this...

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How to use PowerShell to scan for Windows 10 updates

Here’s how to tell what patches and security improvement are in Windows 10 updates before you install them.

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020 and beyond.

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With Windows 10 1809 re-release, Microsoft decides not to cheat on promised support

By acting as if the Windows 10 rollout delay had not happened, Microsoft ensured that users will generally get the support timeline they expect.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 19H1 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282, released on Nov. 14, 2018.

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Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

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Patch Tuesday problems include even more reported bugs with Win10 version 1809

November Patch Tuesday largely looks like other Patch Tuesdays, but there are troubling reports of server problems, WSUS stumbles, new SSUs lurking in the manual-install background, and (even more!) bugs in the toxic Win10 version...

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features

Here are 10 changes in the new major update to Windows 10, version 1809, that business users and IT admins should know about.

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Review: Windows 10 October 2018 Update delivers modest but useful tweaks

Microsoft pulled the feature with the biggest “wow” factor from version 1809, but there are some hidden gems in this release.

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Microsoft takes second swing at Windows 10 1809, re-issues troubled upgrade

The 'October' update rollout was put on hold for 38 days after a file-deletion bug caused problems.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4464455 (OS Build 17763.107) and KB4467708 (OS Build 17763.134), released Nov. 13, 2018.

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Windows 10 version 1809 re-released. Pro tip: Wait.

Microsoft’s stumbling all over itself trying to get Win10 1809 released. Unless you need an updated Notepad, a clipboard that works almost as well as free add-ons, or a screenshooter that can’t even save in JPG format, wait for more...

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