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How to restore your Windows computer to its factory settings

With this guide, you'll be able to restore your Windows PC to the settings that it had when you first bought it. We cover every version of Windows since Vista.

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Not convinced Windows 10 is for you? Here’s how to revert to an older version

Windows 10 is an excellent operating system, but it's not perfect. There are several ways to revert back to an older version if you're like, and it's easy if you upgraded from Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft wins over its harshest critics as gamers move to Windows 10

The July 2015 results from Steam's opt-in hardware and software survey point to some interesting trends in Windows 10's release, such as where the biggest chunk of its users are migrating from.

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Windows 10 is better than Windows 7, and you should upgrade now

Microsoft's Windows 7 was well-loved, and many fans have stuck with it despite Microsoft's efforts to sway their opinion. Now that Windows 10 is available, though, the time has come to stop being stubborn and embrace progress.

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These are the best ways to print-to-PDF in Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7

Printing to PDF in Windows can be a hassle if you don't have the right software. We run you through how to convert files to PDF in Windows 7,8, and 10 with or without Adobe Acrobat.

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6 built-in Windows tools you might not know about

Windows has a ton of behind-the-scenes programs and features that you might not know about. Here are six that will be particularly useful for regular users, and might replace paid or free third-party programs.

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For some reason, someone got Windows 7 running on an Asus ZenFone 2

XDA user ycavan was able to install the full version of Windows 7 on his Asus ZenFone 2. This was made possible because the phone runs on a quad-core Intel Atom processor, which allows Windows 7 to run at almost native speeds.

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Want to move your Windows install to a new hard drive? Here’s how

Migrating your your files can be a bit tricky, whether you’re moving your Windows install to a new hard drive or an entirely new rig. This guide will help you move files, settings and other critical data to a new drive.

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Windows 7 still dominates the desktop OS market with a 60 percent majority

Not only does Windows 7 maintain the highest market share in the desktop OS space, but its figures are actually growing from month to month.

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Microsoft is tackling a Windows 7 pirate (with help from logged IPs)

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit in a Washington court against a Verizon IP address alleged to be behind pirating Windows 7 software for commercial gain at a significant scale.

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Apple drops Windows 7 Boot Camp support with its latest MacBook Pro and Air

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will no longer support Windows 7 on Boot Camp. Its 2013 MacBook Pro will also stop supporting the operating system, according to Apple's website.

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Windows 7 has replaced XP as the most popular version of the OS

While Microsoft are looking ahead to the release of Windows 10, the majority of PC users are still holding on to Windows 7 as their operating system of choice.

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Is your system booting slowly? Here’s how to flush out clogged startup apps

Bothered by programs that start when you boot your computer, or want to add some that don't? Here's how to change your startup items on a PC or Mac.

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It may be frozen in time, but Windows 7 will live on until at least 2020

Windows 7 will no longer receive new features and design-tweaking updates after tomorrow's end of mainstream support, but security updates continue.

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Finally, Windows 8.1 surpasses XP in usage

The latest data harvested from around the web shows Windows 8.1 is at long last the second most used OS in the world, behind Win 7 and ahead of XP.

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