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Five rules for trouble-free software updates

It often pays to wait before installing new versions of your system software and applications.

By Oct. 31, 2013


Microsoft's Windows 7 hits 600 million licenses sold

The software giant has been discussing Windows 7 sales quite a bit lately, even as it gears up for the release of Windows 8 later this year.

By Jun. 6, 2012


Xbox One plays audio CDs and streams MP3s… kind of

Looks like the Xbox One trumps the PS4 when it comes to media skills. Now if only the price would come down a bit.

By Nov. 2, 2013


How to run Windows 8.1 for free for 90 days

Microsoft offers a free 90-day evaluation version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition just as it did with Windows 8.

By Oct. 25, 2013


Results of the Windows 7 upgrade poll

Many, but not all, people who upgraded to Windows 7 over the weekend say it was easy as pie. Read on to find out what CNET readers thought of the upgrade experience.

By Oct. 27, 2009


Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99, Media Center too

Upgrading to the next version of Windows just got cheaper: Microsoft knocked down the upgrade price to $39.99, and throws in Media Center, too.

By Jul. 2, 2012


How to improve Windows 7 Explorer

Efficient file management requires the ability to navigate quickly between folders and files. A few tweaks to Windows 7 Explorer's settings and a handful of keyboard shortcuts make it easy to navigate your machine's gigabytes of stored data.

By Oct. 25, 2011


Microsoft: 350 million Windows 7 devices to be shipped in 2012

CEO Steve Ballmer says the milestone, which the company expects to reach, would make "Windows the most popular single system."

By May. 22, 2012


Microsoft taps free Windows 7 Touch Pack

The free pack of six games and apps is designed to show off the capabilities of multitouch-capable screens.

By Apr. 22, 2010


Get a Ceton InfiniTV 4 tuner for $169.99 shipped

This sweet CableCard adapter brings four HD tuners to your Windows Media Center PC. Over the long run, it costs way less than TiVo.

By Feb. 27, 2013