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  • Thursday, June 20, 2019

    • Windows tip of the week

      How to download updates manually

      by Ed Bott

      The most common way to get the latest security and reliability fixes for a Windows PC is to use Windows Update. You can also download any update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog. This option can help save bandwidth if you have multiple PCs to update. It's also an excellent workaround if Windows Update is having trouble installing a specific update.

      First things first: Bookmark the Microsoft Update Catalog: https://catalog.update.microsoft.com. Then learn how to find the exact update you're looking for.

      The catalog contains an unfathomably large number of updates, including hardware drivers. To narrow the list, start by clicking in the search box in the upper right. Enter product="Windows 10" in the search box, for example, to display only updates for Windows 10. To refine the results even further, add the current year or the current month (in the numeric format yyyy-mm: 2019-06, for example). Or enter a Windows version number such as 1809 or 1903. If you know the KB number for an update, use that.

      You can click any column heading to sort by that value. Sort in reverse order using the Last Updated column, for example, to see the most recent updates at the top of the list.

      And be aware that there are separate update packages for x86 and x64 packages, so inspect the results carefully before clicking the Download button.

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  • Thursday, June 06, 2019

    • Windows tip of the week

      Make your laptop run as long as possible with Battery Saver

      by Ed Bott

      Here's a surefire recipe for anxiety: You have a long, compute-intensive task ahead of you, and there's no power outlet nearby. Maybe you're on an international flight and your plane doesn't offer AC power. Maybe you're working on site at an archeological excavation or an early-stage construction site. Regardless of the location, when you want your Windows 10 PC to keep working as long as possible, switch into Battery Saver mode as soon as possible.

      To turn on Battery Saver manually, go to Settings > System > Battery and slide the Battery Saver Status Until Next Charge switch to the On position. By default, this setting turns on automatically when your remaining battery life hits 20%. You can change that value to as high as 100% if you want Battery Saver on at all times when you're not plugged in.

      In Battery Saver mode, the Mail & Calendar and People apps stop syncing; most scheduled tasks are delayed and non-critical telemetry uploads are blocked; and apps that normally run in the background are no longer allowed to do so. The effect on battery life can be significant.

      An overlay on the battery icon shows when you're running in Battery Saver mode. To return to normal operation, connect to external power or slide the Battery Saver switch off.

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    • In summary: Everything Apple announced in its WWDC 2019 keynote Don't have time to watch a two-hour presentation? Here's a full breakdown of Apple's announcements.