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If you’re a Windows user, all Patch Wednesdays should be important, save for those instances where Microsoft borks a patch and actually makes your Windows system worse than it was previously. Getting the latest feature and security updates for your system—mostly the latter—should be something you look forward to each month. But today’s Patch Wednesday is even more important than most.

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It's the end of an era. Today (January 14), Microsoft officially ended free security updates for Windows 7. If you want to keep using the operating system you'll need to pay an ongoing fee. Or do you? Turns out there's a trick to get ongoing Windows 7 support - for free.

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While the launch of new gaming hardware is always an exciting time for console gaming fans, we’re bound to see plenty of fake “leaks” and rumours in the lead up to the official launch of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 5 later this year. Sometimes, these “leaks” even come from places you wouldn’t expect to see them—like another large company’s press event.

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Microsoft has revealed more information about its next-generation Xbox, launching late next year. We now know the console will be called the Series X and will resemble a rectangular PC tower. Here's everything we know so far.

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Microsoft accidentally pushed yet another unnecessary Windows 10 update. This week’s “KB4532441" update went out to regular users of Windows 10, even though the update was meant for those using Windows Autopilot—a way for IT departments to set up and manage new computers. Microsoft even let loose with a number of reminders to non-Autopilot users to install the update, unnecessary as it was.

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Attention bargain hunters: The Microsoft Store had updated its Black Friday deals portal and there's some bloody good stuff on there. We're talking up to $700 off Surface laptops, $299 Xbox One S game bundles, dirt-cheap audio gear and up to 30% off performance laptops. Here are the highlights!

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Microsoft is preventing certain PCs running older versions of AVG and Avast antivirus software and outdated Qualcomm Wi-Fi drivers from installing Windows 10 versions 1809, 1903, and 1909. Here’s why: Microsoft no longer allows Windows 10 to automatically update on any and all systems due to potential bugs and incompatibility issues.

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Here’s the good news: If you haven’t updated your Realtek Bluetooth drivers in some time, or don’t even know that’s a thing, you can finally update to Windows 10 version 1909—the latest and greatest iteration of the operating system as of when we published this article.

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Microsoft rolls out smaller Windows 10 updates fairly regularly, saving its larger batches of fixes, tweaks, and features for a twice-annual release. We just had one, in fact—the big November update, otherwise known as Windows 10 version 1909. And with that comes the axe for some Windows 10 features that Microsoft doesn’t want to work on anymore.