Microsoft hasn’t exactly been endearing themselves to tech geeks everywhere lately, with all the privacy concerns and other issues. And now they are automatically downloading all of Windows 10 to your Windows 7 or 8 PC, whether you asked for it or not.

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Mozilla Firefox is due for some big changes soon. By the end of 2015, Firefox will move to a more Chrome-like multi-process design. And, in a year to a year and a half, Firefox will abandon its current add-on system for one largely compatible with Chrome extensions.

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We all have a pretty good idea of the fonts that we do and do not have installed on our computers, but what is going on when you receive a Microsoft Word document that ‘displays’ a font you know is not installed on your computer? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused reader.

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How often do you load a web page on your phone only to be confronted by awkward layouts, ads that get in the way, and heavy pages that stutter as you scroll them? “Reader mode” is a one-tap solution to reading web pages without the frustration.

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Filled with an array of helpful tools that can make getting through your day that much simpler, using the Quick Action buttons at the bottom of the notification center is a great way to connect to your VPN, take down a note, or launch the Settings app with a single click. But did you know you can also customize these buttons to your specific tastes?

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The majority of people use very weak passwords and reuse them on different websites. How are you supposed to use strong, unique passwords on all the websites you use? The solution is a password manager.

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Does YouTube stutter, heat up your laptop, kick your fans into gear, or just use a lot of CPU? Even if you’ve never noticed, YouTube in Chrome is almost certainly using more battery power than it needs to. Like Chrome’s other performance problems, this is probably worst on Macs.

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Microsoft gives you the 32-bit version of Windows 10 if you upgrade from the 32-bit version of Windows 7 or 8.1. But you can switch to the 64-bit version, assuming your hardware supports it.

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Internal file sharing has been a part of the Windows operating system for years, but it’s only with the introduction of version 10 that Microsoft has finally decided to give its users the opportunity to share their content with local accounts and the world at large, all from the same place.

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One of the big complaints Minecraft players have is that Minecraft runs on Java — it’s a pain to deal with because it’s insecure and needs frequent updating to avoid exploits, and they’d rather not deal with it at all. Thanks to a new launcher, Minecraft no longer requires you to install Java, so you can finally remove it.

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If you only pay attention to the headlines that Microsoft wants you to keep your eye on, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Windows 10 has been a universal success. So far, Redmond’s latest OS has been installed on around 72 million systems around the globe, and for the most part, has been met with overwhelmingly positive reactions from both the press and the public. But what if Windows 10’s many privacy violations, annoying Start menu, and bogus apps are too much for you to bear?

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Windows 10 is a great upgrade. Microsoft paid a lot of attention to the feedback they ignored while developing Windows 8, and it shows. Unfortunately, some parts of Windows 10 are inexplicably bad and hostile to users.

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Click-to-play plug-ins allowed you to prevent video plug-ins from starting as soon as you load a web page, but more and more websites are moving to HTML5 video. Thankfully, it’s still possible to prevent autoplay in many browsers.

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Google Photos offers unlimited storage for your photos and videos, a slick website, and automatic-upload apps for Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac. It’s a great option for storing your photos.

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Google’s Picasa photo management tool is a really fantastic free tool for consumer photo organization but it has a really annoying habit: it snaps a picture of your entire desktop every time you press the Print Screen button. Let’s take a look at the effective (but very unintuitive) way to fix that.

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Dolphin is an open source Wii and GameCube emulator that supports the majority of games for both consoles. Dolphin will run your collection of Wii and GameCube games very well at 1080p on most new PC’s, and even older systems still can crank out playable speeds at 480p, the native GameCube resolution. Installing Dolphin is easy, although if you want to put your collection on your computer, you will need a Wii and be willing to homebrew it.

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Music streaming is the hot new thing, with many services offering access to millions of songs for a monthly fee. If you have your own music collection on your computer, you can put it online and stream it from anywhere — free.

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Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.

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The Xbox One Controller is a fantastic gamepad, and although Microsoft has only recently started bundled the drivers for it in Windows 10, there are drivers available for Windows 7 and 8 on their website. Mac users do not have an official driver, but there is an lightweight open source solution that works well.

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Antivirus should be a last-ditch line of defense, not something you rely on to save you. To stay safe online, you should act as if you had no antimalware software on your computer at all.

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Anyone who has used Windows has seen the occasional system message stating that a program is not responding, but how exactly does Windows know that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a baffled reader’s question.

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Attackers are trying to compromise your web browser and its plug-ins. “Malvertising,” using third-party ad networks to embed attacks in legitimate websites, is becoming increasingly popular.

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Although millions of people have already jumped on the Windows 10 wagon, there are still millions of upgraders waiting in the wings. If you want your upgrade to be as painless as possible read on as we highlight the best practices for upgrading your PC to Windows 10.

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Windows 8 had trackpad edge swipes that opened the charms bar and did other things desktop users didn’t care about. Microsoft overhauled these gestures in Windows 10, and they’re now useful even for desktop users.

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You have a brand new high-capacity flash drive that can store more than the hard drive of your first three computers combined, but when you go to copy a large file it denies you. What gives? Read on as we show you how to solve your flash drive frustrations.

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