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Three years after Microsoft redeemed for the sins of Vista with the launch of Windows 7, another new Windows is upon us. Quite unlike its conservative predecessor, Windows 8 represents a huge departure from the way things used to work. A touch-based “Modern UI” interface now lies at the heart of the Windows experience, which brings a wave of tablet hardware to go along with it. Here’s everything you need to know about the tectonic shift the Windows universe is undergoing – and where it will take us.

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As Microsoft removes support for Windows 7, Windows 10 will ensure that you're not open to security issues. Here's how to get Windows 10 for free.
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How to uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade to Windows 8.1

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This controversial Windows 11 feature is already upsetting people

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How Windows 7 saved Microsoft from driving over a cliff — twice

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Tomorrow’s laptop will work more like your phone — and you’re going to love it

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The free Windows 10 upgrade party is over and Microsoft is cleaning up the mess

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Microsoft nixes plan to cut Windows 7 and 8 support early for Skylake users

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Microsoft left the Secure Boot golden key sitting out in the open

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After only 6 months, Windows 10 tops 8, XP in market share

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Windows 10 beats out 8.1 for installations, closes in on Windows 7

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Windows 8 dropped by Microsoft in latest Patch Tuesday

Windows 8 dropped by Microsoft in latest Patch Tuesday

Microosft has ended full support for Windows 8 and certain versions of Internet Explorer and now encourages everyone to update to newer versions.
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6 built-in Windows tools you might not know about

6 built-in Windows tools you might not know about

After decades of development, Windows has developed hidden depths. Here are six built-in tools and functions that will save you from an extraneous download.
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Windows 10: Our complete guide to Microsoft’s next OS

Windows 10: Our complete guide to Microsoft’s next OS

With the past few technical preview builds, Windows 10 is starting to take shape into a modern and relevant OS that is sure to please users from XP and 8.1.
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Windows 7 has replaced XP as the most popular version of the OS

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

Despite being a few years older than its competition, Windows 7 continues to beat out Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as the most widely used version of Windows.
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Does the death of Windows RT cast a shadow on Windows 10?

Does the death of Windows RT cast a shadow on Windows 10?

The legacy of Windows RT continues to haunt Microsoft. Windows 10 is trying a new way of combining the desktop with mobile, but does it fix RT's mistakes?
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Want to ditch your Microsoft account? Here’s how to do it in Windows 8.1

Want to ditch your Microsoft account? Here’s how to do it in Windows 8.1

Not everyone requires use of a connected Microsoft account in Windows 8.1. To help, we've put together this walkthrough for adding a private local account.
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Finally, Windows 8.1 surpasses XP in usage

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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Fancy a Windows 8 PC on a stick? You can have one today for just $100

Fancy a Windows 8 PC on a stick? You can have one today for just $100

A little known Chinese device manufacturer just stole Intel's thunder by putting a Windows 8 stick PC up for sale for American buyers.
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Out with the old, in with the new: Windows XP use falls sharply, while 8.1 soars impressively

Out with the old, in with the new: Windows XP use falls sharply, while 8.1 soars impressively

In an unusual turn of events, Windows 8.1 usage has massively soared in October, and Windows XP has taken an abrupt plunge. Here are the latest numbers.
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Windows 7 use surges, while Windows 8 and 8.1 popularity falls

Windows 7 use surges, while Windows 8 and 8.1 popularity falls

Windows 7 is as popular as it has ever been. Windows 8 and 8.1? Not so much. Learn more here.
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Make the Windows 10 Start menu more personal with these tips and tricks

Make the Windows 10 Start menu more personal with these tips and tricks

The Start menu is back, and we have some tips that will help you customize it to your liking. Learn more here.
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Microsoft exec: Windows 9 will be free for Windows 8 users

Microsoft exec: Windows 9 will be free for Windows 8 users

A Microsoft exec recently stated that Windows 9 will be free for Windows 8 users. That's not all, though. Learn more here.
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Reader Poll: Will you upgrade to Windows 9, or stay with Windows XP/7/8/8.1?

Reader Poll: Will you upgrade to Windows 9, or stay with Windows XP/7/8/8.1?

Microsoft is probably just days away from revealing Windows 9. Based on what current rumors tell us about the OS, will you be upgrading?
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Windows 8 and 8.1 both gain users, but still can’t touch Windows XP, even combined

Windows 8 and 8.1 both gain users, but still can’t touch Windows XP, even combined

Windows 8 and 8.1 gains users, but neither can still sniff the amount of computers that Windows XP is still installed on. Learn more here.
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Windows 9 will eliminate the Windows 8 Charms menu, report says

Windows 9 will eliminate the Windows 8 Charms menu, report says

A report says that Windows 9 will not include the Charms menu that debuted with Windows 8 back in 2012. That's not all, though.
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Windows 8.1 Update 2 could arrive next week

Windows 8.1 Update 2 could arrive next week

The next update for Windows 8.1 could land as soon as next week, but don't expect any big changes to come with it.
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Chinese government officials visit Microsoft offices without warning

Chinese government officials visit Microsoft offices without warning

Officials from the Chinese government made an unannounced visit to Microsoft offices, and it's unclear why they made the trip.
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Wacom brings Bamboo Paper app to Android and Windows 8

Wacom brings Bamboo Paper app to Android and Windows 8

Wacom's popular iOS drawing app Bamboo Paper is now available on Android, Amazon's Fire OS, and Windows 8.
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How to restore My Computer, Recycle Bin, and other Windows icons to your Win 8.1 desktop

How to restore My Computer, Recycle Bin, and other Windows icons to your Win 8.1 desktop

Did the Windows desktop icons you've gotten so used to seeing disappear? Here's how to revive them in Windows 8.1.
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$199 Windows 8.1 laptops to reportedly start hitting the market this fall

$199 Windows 8.1 laptops to reportedly start hitting the market this fall

Microsoft reportedly said that $199 Windows 8-based laptops will be available starting sometime this fall.
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5 real-life problems OS X Yosemite solves, and Windows 8.1 screws up

5 real-life problems OS X Yosemite solves, and Windows 8.1 screws up

Mac OS X Yosemite solves real world problems, and that's coming from a life-long Windows user.
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State-run Chinese TV broadcast has harsh words for Windows 8 and Microsoft

State-run Chinese TV broadcast has harsh words for Windows 8 and Microsoft

The Chinese government doesn't like Windows 8, and a state-run TV network reiterated that sentiment.