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If you're using a Windows 10 machine, you might want to consider disabling Cortana — at least on the Lock Screen — if you aren't planning to install the latest Windows updates for whatever reason. (And, generally, do you really need a smart assistant helping you out when your PC is locked?)

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Unless you're the world's biggest fan of Microsoft Outlook, odds are good that you don't use a desktop email client at home. You probably use a web-based email service, and your daily routine probably involves firing up your browser to delete, move, and otherwise ignore your messages. Third-party apps like Mail (for Windows or Mac) be damned.

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Hooray. You bought a brand-new Windows laptop and, for whatever reason, the manufacturer was nice enough to let you go through the installation process yourself instead of filling your new system full of crapware for you. Just kidding. It's rare when that happens, and buying a laptop that's full of junk is one -- but certainly not the only -- reason why you might want to reinstall your operating system from scratch.

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I have a bit of reputation with my family and friends for knowing how to fix people's computer problems. When that person is in front of me, then explaining how to do that thing on Facebook or change that computer setting is pretty simple, but when I'm talking to a friend or family member across the country things get a little dicier.

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Gif. Jif. No matter your pronunciation preference, it's easy to create that word using a variety of apps and services. Since I started working at Lifehacker, I've found that it's sometimes easier to show, not tell, in the form of a little animated image that demonstrates some key feature or setting. Consequently, I've started making a lot of GIFs, and here's the app I use to do it on Windows.

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Microsoft is officially rolling out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also known as the Spring Creators Update, to computers tomorrow. While that might mean you'll get it first thing, the company typically rolls those updates out slowly, which means you also might be waiting for a bit. If you're anxious to get it now, here's a rundown on how to make that happen. If you'd rather not bite the bullet on the update right now, then you can also delay having that update come to your computer.

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This one's almost a cop-out, since all Windows users should know about WinDirStat by now. This app has been out for nearly 15 years, and it's one of the most helpful tools you can use to clean up your hard drive.

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It's been nearly a decade since we last checked out Lockhunter, an incredibly useful Windows app that ensures you'll always be able to remove files and folders that File Explorer refuses to delete. Developer Crystal Rich Ltd continues to update the app with useful features, but sporadically: It took around 3.5 years to go from version 3.1 of the app to version 3.2.