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How to Control Updates in Windows 10
Written by: Lance Whitney (PCMag)
Remember how Windows always seemed to interrupt what you were doing by insisting on installing an update and then rebooting your computer? Well, those interruptions are a thing of the past, at least if you're running Windows 10. Microsoft has smartly changed the update process in its latest OS so you have control over when your PC reboots following the installation of an update.

Thanks to a feature called Active Hours, you can schedule specific times when your computer restarts after an update. These can be times when your computer is on but when you're not using it, hence avoiding any incessant prompts to reboot. You can even delay non-security related updates for weeks or months if necessary to avoid the dreaded reboot. Let's see how this works.

Click on the Start button > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. Click on the link to "Change active hours."

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How to Download a Backup Archive of All Your Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Other Google Data
Written by: Cameron Summerson (How-To-Geek)
Everyone who uses Google services knows that Google has copies of your data-your search history, Gmail, YouTube history, and so much more. But did you know you can also download a copy of this data for yourself? Yep, and it's stupid easy.

The product, called Google Takeout, has actually been around for a few years now, but it's surprising how many people still don't know about it. It's a full featured way of downloading all of your Google data across all Google services. Here's a full list of everything included in Takeout:

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