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New Windows 10 Insider build 10532 rolling out to those with build 10525

It’s official, there's a new Win10 Insider Preview build rolling out right now

KB 3081448, KB 3081449, and KB 3081452 arrive on Windows 10 sans documentation

If you're running Windows 10 RTM (build 10240), you just got Cumulative Update 5 and two other surprises with no pedigree -- and your machine will reboot tonight

How stealthy patches could bring down all of Windows 10

Here's a simple scenario where the lack of patch information could severely limit Windows 10's acceptance

How to get rid of the 'Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready' lock

Those of you who signed up for the Windows 10 upgrade but changed your mind may be able to crawl out

Windows 10 patch KB 3081444 and the future of 'service packs'

Microsoft's latest fix holds some surprises under the hood -- and could make us rethink the company's plans for updates and release schedules

Windows 10 Start menus: Start10 vs. Classic Shell

The best Windows 8 Start menu replacements bring their Win7-inspired magic to Windows 10. Which should you choose?

Microsoft releases MS15-093/KB 3088903 patch for IE

Details for the out-of-band patch are scarce, but it’s in the wild. If you use IE, you better get patched

Windows 10 SP1 beta -- aka Threshold 2 -- is now available

As anticipated, the beta builds are back and should be rolling out in the Fast ring even as we speak

Windows 10 review: Hold off if you use Windows 7

After the truly wretched Windows 8 and marginally less wretched Windows 8.1, Windows 10 comes as a breath of fresh air.

Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction

It's a few days before Windows 10 is officially slated to drop, and still, confusion abounds. Worse, many fallacies regarding Microsoft's plans around upgrades and support for Win10 remain in circulation, despite efforts to dispel them.

Windows 10 reality check: Separating fact from fiction

With the world officially on a collision course with Windows 10 on July 29, it's time to clear up common misconceptions about Microsoft's latest, evolving version of its flagship OS. Perhaps not surprising, there's quite a bit of misinformation floating around, some of it harmless, but some of it potentially damaging to any decisions you make about Windows 10.

How to make shortcuts to Windows 10 settings on your Desktop

Want to see Windows 10's log of your I/O usage -- the Data Usage app in Settings -- by simply clicking or tapping on the Desktop? Enable or disable your microphone with two clicks? Turn off your webcam? Manage your Wi-Fi settings? It's easy.

Where Windows 10 stands right now

With beta builds arriving at an ever-increasing pace, Windows 10 testing proceeds full speed ahead, with new features unveiled at every turn. If you don't have the time -- or the interest -- to keep up with the details, this report will keep you posted on how things stand. Like, right now. And we'll update it as Microsoft fleshes out more of Windows 10.

Widespread outages hit Windows 8/8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Phone 8.1 mail

Last night at about 12:30 a.m. EDT, Microsoft <a href="https://status.live.com/detail/outlook">issued a bulletin</a> warning of widespread outages for Windows 8 and 8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Phone 8.1 mail. The bulletin stated:

Leaked Windows 10 build 10051 finally shows new Mail, Calendar apps

Over the weekend, Russian leaker(s) WZor once again proved their mettle by posting a new leaked Windows 10 build, the 64-bit only 10051, on the mail.ru website. Others rapidly took the leaked WIM file (stuffed in a RAR!) and turned it into an ISO for general consumption.

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