Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).

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Free Windows 8 upgrades? Not so fast (or easy)...

Free Windows 8 upgrades? Not so fast (or easy)...

You might have heard reports that Microsoft has accidentally been giving away free licenses to Windows 8 Pro. Sorry, but that's not true. It's just another move in the long cat-and-mouse game between Microsoft and the pirates.

published November 21, 2012 by

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How PC makers destroy the Windows experience

How PC makers destroy the Windows experience

Building a PC should be easy. Design great hardware, add an operating system and any specialized tools that your hardware needs, and delight the user. So why do some PC makers insist on screwing things up?

published November 17, 2012 by

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How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

You can get a smoking deal on an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you're ready to make that purchase before January 31, 2013. But there are some gotchas, and one inexplicable and unfair pricing decision means that early buyers of Windows 8 PCs pay more than Windows 7 users.

published November 1, 2012 by

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Windows 8 is the new XP

Windows 8 is the new XP

This new version of Windows is a disaster. Power users can't wait to replace the UI, and businesses are avoiding it like the plague. I'm talking, of course, about Windows XP. Ah, how quickly we forget.

published October 21, 2012 by

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What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8.1?

What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8.1?

Microsoft keeps threatening to simplify the Windows upgrade process, but the reality is never quite as simple as it should be. Windows 8.1 is just around the corner, and your upgrade options are still confusing. Use this guide to find the cheapest, best way to update to Windows 8.1 or downgrade to Windows 7.

published October 12, 2012 by

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