Windows 10 celebrated its first year with the aptly-named Anniversary update this year. The free upgrade also finally ran out. Here are our biggest Windows posts from 2016.
Microsoft’s first big feature update for Windows 10, the Anniversary Update, is out today. With it comes a smarter Cortana, better multiple desktop tools, and tweaks that fix annoyances we’ve hated since Windows 10 launched.
If you don’t have a backup system in place already, today’s the day you build one. In about 15 minutes, we’ll finally get your computer and all of its precious data backed up on a regular schedule. It’s mostly painless in Windows 10, and it’s easier than ever. There’s really no excuse not to.
Smart mirrors have been all the rage this year, and it looks like Microsoft’s getting into the game too. While Microsoft’s mirror is teased as a commercial product, they’ve released the source code if you’re interested in making one for yourself.
Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer officially ended yesterday. However, the company has left a loophole. If you need to use assistive technologies, you can still upgrade for free. Microsoft also isn’t verifying if you do.
We highlighted Paul Vreeland’s System Rescue Toolkit a few months ago, but now he’s built a new, “lite” version that packs most of the same tools and can automatically run against and repair common Windows problems for you. If you liked the original, you’ll love this.
Windows has more great programs than we can count, but some are essential to just about every PC setup. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack for Windows, we’re highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from some of our favorite to-do apps, Wunderlist and Any.Do, which means it’s a perfect time for a fresh look at both apps. Both are still some of the best, cross-platform, free to-do managers available, but let’s see how far they’ve come.
Microsoft isn’t forcing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10, but they are pushing it on them pretty aggressively. Windows 10 is now automatically downloaded to all Windows 7 and 8.1 machines as a “recommended update” with the Windows Update tool—whether you want it or not.
Windows/Mac/Linux/Android: One of Microsoft’s Office 365 program chief advantages over open source alternatives is the ability to sync documents via the cloud so you can edit them everywhere. Open365 has stepped up to finally match this feature set.
Windows has more antivirus programs than we can count, and none of them are quite perfect. Right now, we recommend Avira for the best balance between protection, ease of use, and cost.
The Anniversary update to Windows 10 is rolling out later this summer, but you can try out all the new features like Bash and notifications from your Android phone right now with the Windows Insider program.
If you’ve applied a major update to Windows 10 recently, you might notice that a couple of your apps have gone missing. It’s not a bug. Windows 10 is removing apps it considers incompatible or outdated.
Windows 10’s lock screen features a cycling rotation of pretty great photography. If you’d like to save the images you find, here’s where to find them on your hard drive.
Windows: Built-in desktop widgets left Windows with the end of the sidebar, but they’ve always been available with third party apps like the always-incredible Rainmeter. Win10 Widgets is a Rainmeter package that brings a lot of those informative widgets back to Windows in a way that looks natural in Windows 10.
Transmission is one of your favorite BitTorrent clients that has unfortunately been limited to Mac and Linux users for a long time. Now, it’s finally available for Windows.
Windows: The Start Menu in Windows 10 is useful, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes tiles go missing, or it won’t open at all when you click it or press the Windows key. Other times the tiles don’t refresh, or Cortana doesn’t respond. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Start Menu Repair Tool is here to help, and it’s free.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update drops today and one of the coolest features deserves a little special attention. Now, you can mirror your Android notifications from your phone to your computer, and even control it with a few voice commands. You just need the Cortana app.
When solid state drives were first becoming commonplace, most sites (our own included) suggested ways to optimize your SSD. With the exception of very rare cases, this just isn’t necessary anymore.
It’s a great time to buy a laptop. Back to school deals are on now, and new models are hitting store shelves. We’ve talked about how to pick the perfect laptop, but if you’re headed to college, or even back to school, and aren’t sure what you’ll need, you have it tougher. Don’t worry, we’ll help you through it.
It’s the end of the line for Windows 8.0 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. With Microsoft pulling support on them today, it’s upgrade-or-get-hacked time.
If you still want more Windows tips and news, check out our best Windows posts from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and you can stop there. At that point you’ve rolled all the way back to Windows 7 and Microsoft will probably force you to upgrade to a newer version of our Best Ofs with a pushy update.