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  • Thurrott Daily: October 1

    Thurrott Daily: October 1

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    Tech tidbits from around the web: This is your final month to buy a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, Windows 10 usage share sort-of dropped in September, new PIXEL UI brings a bit of desktop elegance to Raspberry Pi, EU will reportedly charge Google with Android-related antitrust abuses, more.

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    Thinking About Windows 8.1 with Bing Licensing

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    A curious report suggests that Microsoft will soon restrict the availability of Windows 8.1 with Bing on PCs with bigger screens as a way to “prop up slumping Windows licensing revenues.” But if that’s true, this change will do nothing of the kind: the only real growth in PC sales is already with very small […]

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    Clean PC Walkthrough: Windows 8.1 Ultrabook/2-in-1

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    If you followed my travails in cleaning up a Windows 7-era Ultrabook, then you know that the process was time-consuming and difficult. But if you have a more modern Windows 8.1-based device, your experience could be much, much better based on my initial experiment with such a PC. The phrase “night and day” comes to […]

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    Ask Paul: Configure File History to Use a Single Drive

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    Here’s an interesting question about File History, an update to the “previous versions” functionality that Microsoft provides in Windows 8.1. By default, you can only configure File History to use a second disk or a network drive. Is there a way to store previous versions of files on the PC’s only internal disk? Why yes. There […]

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    Ask Paul: What About Windows RT?

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    Over the past decade, Microsoft fans have been burned by a number of ill-fated initiatives including Windows Media Center, PlaysForSure, Zune, Windows Home Server, and, most recently, Windows RT. This most misunderstood and misguided Windows version never really had a chance, but for the millions of people still using these devices—many quite enthusiastically—that doesn’t matter. […]

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    Windows 8.1 with Bing Pricing Explained

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    A trusted source close to Microsoft has provided me with some Windows 8.1 pricing information that helps to explain why PC makers have so thoroughly embraced smaller tablets: As you know, the OS is effectively free on those devices. But it’s also free when they provide a free year’s worth of Office 365 Personal too, […]