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How to get free things from Microsoft

The utilities page on the Microsoft website includes

The utilities page on the Microsoft website includes links for downloadable security software, games and applications. Credit: Handout

Finding your way around Microsoft's website can be daunting. Hidden among its pages are some gems -- programs and perks that are free. Here are some:

1. Among the things on the Utilities page ( are links for: Microsoft Safety Scanner, which helps protect your PC and remove malicious software; games and applications for Windows touch-enabled PCs; and a tool to install a downloaded copy of Windows 7 onto your computer from a USB flash drive or DVD.

2. Have you purchased MS Office 2013? On the Office templates page (, you'll find additional templates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher, ranging from a birthday gift certificate card in Word to a wedding photo album in PowerPoint.

3. On the Personalize Your PC page (, there are extra themes and gorgeous desktop wallpapers as well as additional language packs for Windows XP through 8.

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