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Tips & Tricks May 2017

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20 must-know keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10
Written by: Ian Paul (Contributor, PCWorld)
Windows 10 has a bunch of new features that bring new keyboard shortcuts along with them. Here's a list of the best keyboard shortcuts to know to make your time with Windows 10 more efficient.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has added a ton of new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft recently released a handy-dandy Word document with Windows 10's Windows key shortcuts to aid in your study.

If you're new to keyboard shortcuts, however, one glance at that list can be overwhelming and there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts that don't involve the Windows key whatsoever. To help you streamline it a bit, here's a list of 20 must-know shortcuts for Windows 10.

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How to update a Microsoft Windows computer
Written by: Computer Hope (Computer Hope)
Since the introduction of Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft has greatly improved the way users can update their computer. Below are steps on how to perform these updates, as well as additional recommendations to help update your computer.

Microsoft Windows Update

If you are running Microsoft Windows 98 or later, at least some updates should be available for your computer. In most cases, automatic updates and the latest drivers are available online. To update your software through Windows, follow the steps below.

Note: Users on a corporate network or running an illegal copy of Microsoft Windows may be unable to perform Microsoft Updates. If you are on a corporate network, contact your administrator if you are concerned about updating your computer. If you are running an illegal copy of Microsoft Windows, we recommend you purchase a valid copy of Microsoft Windows to download updates.

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The best free PC backup software 2017
Written by: Cat Ellis (
It's only a matter of time until your hardware fails, so be prepared

Regular backups are an essential part of PC housekeeping, but one that's easy to ignore or forget. Windows includes its own backup tools, but they're not all in one convenient place, their scheduling options are limited, and they don't offer encryption or optimization. For hassle-free backups, it's worth installing a third-party program.

Before we begin, it's worth understanding the different types of backups. An image is an exact copy of an entire drive or partition, including all installed programs and system files. If you need to reinstall Windows, you can boot from the image file and avoid having to reinstall all your programs and reconfigure your Windows settings. Note that you can't use an image to restore your system on a different PC.

Images are very large and take a long time to create, so you won't want to make one every day. For everyday backups, you'll only want to copy the most important data on your PC - your documents, photos and music, for example.

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What is a VPN and why should I use one? The essential guide
Written by: Ben Woods (
With near-constant talk of privacy breaches, hacks, and all manner of security-related tech issues in the headlines, VPNs are an increasingly vital tool for many people. We explain what a VPN is and take a look at who might want to use one.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It's a way of connecting your devices to the internet through your normal data or broadband connection, while adding an extra layer of privacy and security to everything you do online.

VPNs are frequently used by businesses and employees to connect to intranets when working remotely, but with more people sharing increasingly private data over online services than ever before, there's an argument that everyone might want to at least consider a VPN for personal usage.

What does a VPN do?

A VPN can be used in many different situations to encrypt and reroute any traffic directed over its network.

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