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It's been a long time since we've had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.

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If you want to give the impression that you've been using Windows 10 for years, learning a few keyboard shortcuts is the best way to go about it — you can navigate around the interface, get apps in position, trigger events, change settings and more with a couple of taps on your keyboard. Here are the shortcuts we've been finding most useful.

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Computer settings in Windows 8 were a hot mess: they were split between PC Settings and Control Panel, two completely separate ways to change most settings, but with enough differences that you had to use both. Windows 10 makes things better, but I still wouldn't give the engineers a gold star.

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Did you hear there's a new version of Windows in town? If your Windows 8-toting friends ask you exactly what you can do with the new Windows 10 that they can't do on their own machines, here's what to tell them. These are some of the best new features and functions Microsoft has added to its all-encompassing operating system.

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It's hard to build a cheap two-in-one PC that doesn't have something fundamentally wrong with it. Believe us, we've looked — lower end convertibles usually have bad screens, flimsy hinges or sell essential accessories separately. Then something like the new 10-inch HP Pavilion x2 comes along. It's small, costs only $US300 and, at first blush, seems to do almost everything right.

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Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft's OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required.

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"Oooh, what's that?" It's the reaction I get every time I pull out the new HP Spectre x360 in a coffee shop. It hasn't failed yet. Java fiends always want to know where I got such a good-looking laptop — and they're always surprised when I tell them the answer. But the truly surprising thing about HP's new Spectre is how much you get for your money.

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If you use more than one desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows 8.1 then you can use Microsoft's OneDrive platform to sync some settings across all of these devices, from the background wallpaper to the passwords stored in your browser. Here's how to configure the feature and to switch it off if you don't want Windows 8.1 to sync itself across multiple machines.

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It started as an offhand brag, but turned into a dare. I was telling my Gizmodo colleagues why I loved my Windows 8 tablet: it's fast, it's cheap, it's a fully fledged PC. Hell, I said, I could probably hook it up to a monitor and use it as my workhorse for a week.

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Asus popularised the cheap detachable laptop, but they have always been chunky little things. Not the Transformer Book Chi. Asus claims the new 10.1-inch T100 Chi is the thinnest Windows tablet ever made. And the 12.5-inch T300 Chi — combined with its keyboard — is now thinner than a MacBook Air.