Articles about Windows
The Sandbox in Windows 11 gives you an isolated and temporary virtual machine to run things without affecting your core OS environment.
You can put the kibosh on your password in Windows, but a couple of issues pop up if you do.
Some older versions of Windows 10 have now reached the end of the road when it comes to security updates.
Microsoft has closed the window during which testers can switch from the Dev to the Beta channel as of today's release of Windows 11 build 25115 to the Dev Channel.
Microsoft's Authenticator app can help you juggle passwords on your mobile device and in the Chrome and Edge desktop browsers.
A new version of Windows always incites high emotions. But is this the best way to soothe the skeptics?
After using a Surface Pro 8 with LTE for a few weeks, I've nearly been converted to a Windows user.
Got a tech question? Ed Bott and ZDNet's squad of editors and experts probably have the answer. This week: What does a TPM do? How do I get from Inbox 100,000 to Inbox Zero? And what's the best way to move large files between devices?
Microsoft integrates Xbox game controllers with Windows 11 PCs.
You can add a work or school account to Windows even if you're already using a local account or Microsoft account.
Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels can check out Windows 11 Build 22610, which adds a bunch of new policies for IT admins and removes SMB1 support by default for many users.
Five-week project is a big success story, says Microsoft.
It will finally be available for download from the Store as of May 2022.
But if you still need it, you can get it.
Got a tech question? Ed Bott and ZDNet's squad of editors and experts probably have the answer. This week: Sidestepping Microsoft's compatibility rules, understanding virtual private networks, and diving into driver updates.
Microsoft started working on the hybrid devices that now make up the Surface family back in 2009. The group has made some missteps along the way, but today its lineup of Windows 10 devices is genuinely impressive and widely imitated. Here's how the brand has evolved.
At the dawn of the Internet age, Microsoft used every trick it knew to dominate the World Wide Web. That strategy worked for a few years, but aggressive antitrust enforcement and equally aggressive competitors crushed the company's onetime dominance. Here's a quarter-century of history that explains just what happened.
A clean install is the perfect way to get a fresh start with a Windows PC. Use this checklist to make sure you take care of the small details that make a big difference in productivity
If you need to navigate regularly between Linux and the Windows world, there are many applications that can make your job easier. We spotlight 21 quality applications that will pave the way.
Every installation of Windows 10 includes a huge collection of built-in apps. Some are Universal apps that are updated from the Microsoft Store. Others are legacy apps that hang around because other programs expect them to be there. If you prefer a tidy system, many (but not all) of these apps can be uninstalled, especially if you prefer a third-party alternative. This gallery offers a comprehensive look at how to unclutter your copy of Windows 10.
Windows 10 version 1903, which will be officially dubbed the May 2019 Update, begins rolling out soon. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)
Windows 10 version 1809, officially the October 2018 Update,started rolling out October 2. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in this surprisingly feature-packed release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)
macOS is a great platform, but there are times when some Mac users still need access to Windows and Windows apps.
The latest Windows 10 feature update includes the first public release of the Timeline feature as well as dozens of smaller enhancements to the Windows 10 user experience. Here's what you can expect.
The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.
In the early days of the PC revolution, Microsoft aggressively pursued the consumer market with products and services built for fun and games. In recent years, with the notable exception of Xbox and related gaming products, Microsoft has been killing off those products. Here's a look at the departed.
Like the look of Apple's new iMac Pro workstation, but you're a Windows user so macOS is a no-go zone for you? No worries! You can get all the power and performance of the iMac Pro while still being able to run Windows.
While many are switching to Mac to break free of Windows, some of us still need to have access to the operating system to run specific applications or to carry out testing and development. Whatever your reason for wanting to run Windows 10 on your Mac, you have a number of options available to you.
Want to use the Windows BitLocker feature but there's no TPM in your PC? No problems. Here's how you can fit one yourself for under $20.
Windows 10 comes with a whole bunch of helpful apps. Unfortunately, some of them aren't as powerful as you might like. Fear not, for we have 15 power tools that will help you supercharge your Windows install.
This Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers.
Exclusive: Government misses its own target of updating all PCs by January this year.
The longer you've used Windows the more likely you are to have built up a collection of tips and tricks for squeezing out extra performance. Here are five popular techniques that haven't stood the test of time and deserve to be retired.
You can pay for extended security updates after Windows 7 support ends in Jan. 2020. Ed Bott has tips on how to find a partner who can assist. Read more: https://zd.net/36LbzCp
Beginning January 15, 2020, Microsoft will be delivering its new Chromium-based Edge browser automatically to Windows 10 users via Windows Update, unless its Edge Blocker Toolkit is applied.
Microsoft also gives Windows 10 a new take on the classic four square grid.
Microsoft is getting the November 2019 Update ready for release to the general public. Ed Bott explains what makes this update different from the feature updates you’ve come to dread. Read more: https://zd.net/2P1kysX
The seven-year-old Surface line welcomes a slew of new and updated devices -- including a few surprises. Ed Bott walks us through the highlights. Read more: https://zd.net/2nK4rFf
Don’t want to be surprised by unexpected upgrades? Ed Bott explains the three strategies you can use. Read more: https://zd.net/2mhWJ4l
Are you finding that the battery in your Windows laptop isn't lasting as long as it used to? Here how to tell if it is getting worn. Read more: https://zd.net/2LJzPxh
Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. Read more: https://zd.net/2HLtL6f
With Windows 7 security upgrades about to go poof in less than a year, there are still some Windows 7 diehards who refuse to upgrade. Read more: https://zd.net/2T3lxv8
The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.
The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.
An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.
Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid early adopter.
Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?
If you're shopping at the premium end of the business desktop market, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell OptiPlex 960.
Despite its strong performance, the tacky design and inflated price leaves the Toshiba Tecra R10 behind the competition.
The desktop is dead, long live the thin client desktop. Following the trend of migrating applications into the datacentre, thin clients have become increasingly popular. We found HP's first mobile thin client to be a reliable system at a reasonable price.
The Lenovo A57 is a well-priced office desktop with a strong performance. While very similar to its smaller sibling, the M57e, the A57 offers better performance and upgrade options for a small price increase.
A good value laptop that outperforms many other notebooks at the same price -- the only feature missing is a DVD burner.
The Acer Aspire e650 is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we're still not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption.
ASUS enters the local smartphone arena with a bang -- the P525 quad-band PDA looks to be a great companion for the mobile professional.
Microsoft has changed the look and feel of its venerable browser while adding some much-needed security features.
The BlackBerry for non-corporate users who require extensive multimedia capabilities, in addition to push-e-mail. (It's also a phone, portable audio/video player, camera, organiser, navigator and note-taking device.)
It has Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, yet shares the same dimensions as the Xda II Mini. Find out what the hype on the Xda Atom is all about.