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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4594440, released Nov. 19, 2020.

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A pre-Thanksgiving all-clear to install patches

As the US gets ready for Thanksgiving, Windows 10 users can be thankful for one thing: you can go ahead and install Microsoft’s November updates on laptops, desktops and workstations.

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Deciphering (and understanding) Microsoft’s patch management options

The pandemic this year forced admins to scramble to keep their Windows systems up and running (and properly patched) at a distance. So it's important to understand what options are available and which work best in different situations....

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Microsoft deviates from the norm, forcibly upgrades Windows 10 1903 with minor 1909 refresh

The latest 1903-to-1909 migration, a departure from the company's recent practices, may offer clues to how Microsoft plans to service Windows 10 next year.

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Microsoft, it's time deliver these four Windows wishes

When is a "major" OS upgrade not really a big deal? And just what would constitute big changes in Windows 10? Herewith, a few thoughts and wishes.

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Microsoft exhorts enterprises to quit text, voice multi-factor authentication passcodes

Microsoft Authenticator, the company's app-based authenticator, and Windows Hello, the umbrella label for Microsoft's biometrics technology, are better methods of authentication, a Microsoft exec says.

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Browser updates are back for Update Tuesday; testing may be needed for Windows patches

Microsoft this week released 112 updates to its Windows, browser, development and Office platforms. But there were no zero-days or reports of publicly exploited vulnerabilities for November.

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How to migrate to a new Windows PC

All your files, apps, and settings are on your old computer. Here’s how to move them to your new Windows PC, from either Windows or macOS.

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Microsoft readies Office for Big Sur, M1-based Macs

One day after Apple unveiled new computers that run on Apple-designed silicon, Microsoft issued a preview of Office for the Mac that will run natively on the new hardware.

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The November Patch Tuesday aftermath

There were a few surprises in this month's updates released on Tuesday, including Office 2010 updates, some Intel Microcode updates you can probably skip and fixes for Outlook memory issues.

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How Microsoft Teams is keeping Suffolk Construction workers connected

Boston-based Suffolk Construction used Teams to keep operations moving ahead as it — like companies worldwide — scrambled to deal with a pandemic-related shutdown this year. Now, some workers are essentially 'living on it,' says a...

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For Patch Tuesday, it's time to pause those Windows 10 updates

After introducing herself, Susan Bradley offers advice on dealing with Patch Tuesday and on picking the right version of Windows 10.

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Mass-market Windows on the cloud will be here in the spring

Here comes Windows as a Desktop-as-a-Service: Microsoft Cloud PC.

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Microsoft’s Cloud PC plan for Apple Silicon and iOS

As Apple’s major Mac event looms, more information about Microsoft’s cunning plan that lets Apple devices run Windows leaks….

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 rolls on past 70%

Windows 10 accounted for 72.2% of Windows-only machines in October, according to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications. At that rate of growth, it will run three out of four PCs by the end of January.

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Top web browsers 2020: Edge makes double digits

In October, Google's Chrome browser shed market share for the third month in a row. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Edge broke into double-digits — the largest ever gain for Edge in a single month

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Get Microsoft's October patches installed — and seriously consider Win10 2004

Odd ancillary patches have their problems, but the mainstream October patches look pretty reliable. The big question: Is Win10 version 2004 up to your stability standards. I’m skeptical -- especially because it has few worthwhile...

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IT can now force Windows 10 feature upgrades past Microsoft blockers

Microsoft has now empowered IT admins to push a Windows 10 feature upgrade onto PCs, even if Microsoft attempts to block the hardware from getting the refresh.

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