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- 06/21/18--12:00: _How to connect Play...
- 06/22/18--04:00: _How to play SteamVR...
- 06/22/18--12:00: _7 best ways to free...
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- 06/26/18--04:00: _How to change monit...
- 06/26/18--12:00: _How to fix a Window...
- 06/27/18--04:00: _How to add a shortc...
- 06/27/18--12:00: _How to watch Blu-ra...
- 06/28/18--04:00: _How to open HEIC an...
- 06/28/18--06:00: _How to build a capa...
- 06/28/18--12:00: _How to auto-hide th...
- 06/28/18--13:35: _How to get the new ...
- 06/29/18--04:00: _How much RAM does y...
- 06/18/18--11:13: State of Decay 2: Known bugs [Updated: Patch 1.4 live]
- 06/18/18--13:02: How to install Amazon Alexa on any Windows 10 PC
- 06/19/18--04:00: How to change the priority order of network adapters on Windows 10
- 06/19/18--12:00: How to use Xbox One and Nintendo Switch cross-play
- 06/20/18--04:00: How to change your account name on the Windows 10 sign-in screen
- 06/20/18--12:00: How to use your own headphones on Xbox One
- 06/21/18--04:00: How to reinstall Windows 10 S on your Surface Laptop
- 06/21/18--12:00: How to connect PlayStation VR to your PC
- 06/22/18--04:00: How to play SteamVR games on Oculus Go
- 06/22/18--12:00: 7 best ways to free up hard drive space on Windows 10
- 06/26/18--04:00: How to change monitor refresh rates in Windows 10
- 06/26/18--12:00: How to fix a Windows Mixed Reality headset that won't wake up
- 06/27/18--12:00: How to watch Blu-ray discs on Windows 10
- 06/28/18--04:00: How to open HEIC and HEVC files in Windows 10's Photos app
- 06/28/18--06:00: How to build a capable gaming PC for less than $800
- 06/28/18--12:00: How to auto-hide the taskbar in Windows 10
- 06/29/18--04:00: How much RAM does your Windows 10 PC really need?
State of Decay 2 is an addictive zombie apocalypse simulation, but it's not perfect.
Several bugs hinder the overall experience in State of Decay 2 as of writing, but Undead Labs is hard at work to polish up and fix the finished product.
Here are some of the issues we've found, and some of the issues Undead Labs is currently working to fix.
Updated May 23, 2018: Added new bugs discovered by myself and the community. Including invincible zombies and missing UI elements.
Updated May 23, 2018: A new patch is currently being tested on the game's closed technical beta, expect bug fixes and polish soon.
Updated June 3, 2018: A new full reinstall patch has arrived fixing tons of stuff.
Updated June 18, 2018: Undead Labs has issued Patch 1.4 fixing several notable issues, including door states.
Current version: Patch 1.4
Fixed issue with ladders where players would sometimes not mount the ladders properly during descents and as a result fall off and take damage.
Fixed some ...
You asked for it. Here is Amazon Alexa for your PC.
The app for Amazon Alexa is limited exclusively to PCs sold through HP, Lenovo, and Acer, but you install it to any PC.
As usual, there are some caveats, but for those who want a peek at what Alexa can do you for you on the go, this is what you need to get started.
Amazon Alexa: download, install
Amazon Alexa is currently a single executable file called 'Alexa_App_for_PC_Installer_1_2_9' at 134MB in size.
Download Amazon Alexa for PC
Install the app and follow prompts.
Launch app from Start menu.
Log in using your Amazon account.
Those outside the U.S. may need to change system language.
Optionally enable 'Launch app on sign into this computer' under Alexa settings for auto-start feature.
Installation of the app will automatically grab Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 if your PC does not already have it loaded.
Presumably, newer versions of Alexa will become available. This version we are providing is version 220.127.116.11 (Shopping...
If you use multiple network adapters on your Windows 10 PC, in this guide, we'll show you the steps to prioritize each one in two different ways.
On Windows 10, if you have a device with more than one network adapter (such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi), each interface receives a priority value automatically based on its network metric, which defines the primary connection that your device will use to send and receive networking traffic.
Although, for the most part, Windows 10 does a pretty good job selecting an optimal connection to access the network, sometimes you may need to configure the order of the network adapters manually. For example, if you want to use a Wi-Fi over an Ethernet interface when both adapters are connected to the network.
You could disable those adapters you don't use, but it may not be the best solution as you may need them as backups. Instead, a more straightforward solution is to adjust the interface metric to specify in which order your device should use each n...
Cross-play is becoming common on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – here's what you need to know.
Cross-platform multiplayer is one of the latest features on the rise across new releases, with a growing list of titles offering multiplayer between platforms. Allowing players to band together regardless of their console, "cross-play" blurs the lines between ecosystems, making it easier than ever to play with friends.
While Sony policies mean that the PlayStation 4 is often excluded from the cross-play action, the Nintendo Switch has embraced the initiative alongside the Xbox One. Here's everything you need to know about Xbox One and Nintendo Switch cross-play and the growing list of titles with support.
How the Nintendo Switch fits perfectly in this PC gamer's life
How cross-play works on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
In the past, buying a console has meant being locked into an ecosystem, with games and online services tied down to a single family of devices. However, the lines be...
If you don't want to reveal your full name on the sign-in screen of Windows 10, there are three different ways to change your account name.
On Windows 10, when using an account connected to a Microsoft account, you'll notice that your full name always appears on the sign-in screen. Although revealing the user's name in the sign-in screen is usually no a big deal, as it makes the experience more personal, some users may find this feature to be a privacy concern, especially for those using their devices in public.
While you won't find an option to stop showing your full name or use a nickname, a workaround to this limitation is to change your name in your Microsoft account ,which Windows 10 will then download automatically and use to display your account information in the sign-in screen.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through three different ways to change your account name that appears on the sign-in screen, whether you use an account connected to a Microsoft account or a t...
Want to use your own set of headphones with the Xbox One rather than a headset? Here's how to make it happen.
You don't have to purchase a sometimes very expensive gaming headset to get the most from your Xbox One audio experience. Especially not if you've already invested in a set of good, sometimes very expensive headphones.
There are some features you'll lose, but ultimately it might well be the way to go for you. Here's everything you need to know.
Connecting your headphones
This part is super simple as long as you're using the more recent versions of the Xbox One controller. These have the 3.5mm headset jack in the bottom, and so to use them all you have to do is plug the headphones into the controller.
If you're using a first-generation Xbox One controller, there is no headset jack on it. As such you'll need to invest in the Stereo Headset Adapter. It connects to the bottom of your controller with your headphones hooking up to the bottom of the adapter.
You also get a...
Having issues with your Surface Laptop or just want to go back to Windows 10 S after upgrading to Pro? Here's how to recover it and restore the factory settings.
Microsoft provides Surface customers with recovery images that allow you to reset your Surface as if it was just new out of the box. This requires a USB drive, some time, and an internet connection. If you're planning to sell your Surface Laptop, go back to Windows 10 S after an upgrade to Pro, or are having technical difficulties, recovering the Surface Laptop is recommended. Here's how to do it.
How to reinstall Windows 10 S on Surface Laptop
Download the recovery image
Before we get started, you have to acquire the files necessary for recovery. To do that, you're going to need your Surface Laptop serial number and some time to allow the download to complete. (You can find the 12-digit serial number on the bottom of your Surface Laptop.) The download is around 9GB, so it may take a while depending on your internet co...
You can connect your PSVR to your PC with the help of some third-party software.
Sony's entry into the VR world has been a hit — the head-mounted display is as comfortable as they get, and the library of quality games continues to grow. For some of you, however, PlayStation VR (PSVR) games might not be enough. Thanks to some clever programming by the developers at Odd Sheep Games, you can actually connect your PSVR to your PC. Trinus PSVR is a piece of software that handles all the communication between your PC and PSVR that would normally never happen.
Why would you want to connect your PSVR to anything other than a PS4? If you have a library of Steam games on your PC, whether VR or not, you can play them with Trinus PSVR. If you'd like to watch movies or TV in VR, you can also do so through the PSVR head-mounted display.
If this is something you've always wanted to do, I'm here to show you how to get it all set up.
See PlayStation VR at Amazon
What you need before you begi...
Want to enjoy a SteamVR game inside your Oculus Go? Our guide to using ALVR can help.
Oculus Go, the standalone, wireless headset that's made it possible for more people than ever before to enjoy a quality VR experience, can now be used in tandem with SteamVR. That's right; content that's normally enjoyed on a PC-based VR system, like Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive, can be ported over to the Oculus Go for a wireless VR experience.
How does it all work? I'm here to walk you through the process of getting everything set up.
See Oculus Go at Amazon
What is required for SteamVR games on Oculus Go?
Playing SteamVR games in your Oculus Go headset is made possible thanks to an open-source project called Air Light VR (ALVR). It's available for download on GitHub for free, and it will also work with Samsung's Gear VR and compatible phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+.
See Air Light VR at GitHub
Aside from the VR headset, you'll need a relatively high-en...
If you're running low on drive space, this guide shows you seven ways to get rid of junk file, apps, and games you don't need to free up space on Windows 10.
While hard drives keep growing in capacity at a pace we've never imagined, we still find ways to fill them up quickly on our Windows 10 devices with tons of pictures, videos, apps, games, and files we download from the web.
If you're running low on space, before rushing for a new drive, you can use tools built into Windows 10 to clean up junk files, apps, and games you never use to optimize the space you already have. Using these tools will not only help to free up space, but it'll also help to improve system performance as it's never recommended to run a hard drive at full capacity.
In this Windows 10 guide, we' walk you through seven quick ways, plus an eighth bonus trick, to free up storage space on your device (in addition to emptying the recycle bin) to make room for more important files and improve performance.
Did you know that Microsoft keeps a copy of everything you asked Cortana? In this guide, we'll show you the steps to view and delete your voice data, and the steps to stop sending out this information.
On Windows 10, Cortana is your digital assistant that can help you to tackle an extended range of tasks. Using this feature, you can always say "Hey Cortana" to get quick answers for virtually any question, set reminders, keep track of flight, packages, calendar, and much more.
Although it's a powerful feature, when you enable Cortana, you're also giving it permission to upload a copy of your voice data to the Microsoft servers every time you talk to the assistant on your PC, phone, and Xbox. The reason is that this data helps the recognition engine to learn your speech patterns and ultimately answer your questions more accurately over time.
Microsoft has always been upfront disclosing the data that is collected while using the digital assistant, but if you were not aware of it, and...
Using the correct monitor refresh rate can help to improve your viewing experience, and in this guide, we'll show you the steps to adjust this setting in Windows 10.
Refresh rate refers to the number of times per second an image refreshes on the screen — in a process measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the refresh rate, the better the experience, while lower refresh rate usually results on screen flickering, and it can cause eye strain and headaches.
Typically, a refresh rate of 60Hz is good enough for everyday computing tasks. You'll notice some jitters while moving the mouse on the screen, but it's an optimal rate. If you drop below 60Hz, that's when you'll start experiencing problems.
If you're a gamer, things are a bit different. Although 60Hz should provide a good experience, using a higher screen refresh rate of 144Hz or even 240Hz will offer a much better and smoother gaming experience.
Depending on the monitor, resolution, and graphics card you're using, on Windows 10,...
Display inside your WMR headset won't turn on? We have some potential fixes.
Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), the PC-based VR system, is relatively easy to set up compared to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but you might still run into a snag here and there. One issue commonly reported is that the headset doesn't "wake" when it's needed and won't show any sort of picture on the internal display. If you've recently plugged it in or switched ports, a PC restart might take care of the problem. Read on if you're still stuck with a sleeping headset.
See WMR at Microsoft Store
Ensure Windows 10 is up to date
The WMR Portal app is a bit finicky, especially when you start using other software, like SteamVR, with it. If you're not sure if Windows 10 is up to date, it won't hurt to do a quick check and download and install anything outstanding.
Right-click the Start button.
Click Update & Security.
Click Windows Update.
Click Check for updates.
If there are updates detecte...
You can add an option to open Timeline using the context menu from the desktop. Here's how.
On Windows 10, Task View is an experience designed to help you organize apps and create virtual desktops to multitask more efficiently. Using this feature, you can see and quickly switch between your running applications or jump to a different virtual desktop.
Starting with Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803), Task View also gives you access to your Timeline activities, to pick up tasks where you left off on apps you were working in the past — on your computer or other devices, including iOS and Android devices.
While you can access the experience using a dedicated button in the taskbar, you can also add an option to the context menu to open Timeline from the desktop.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to modify the Registry to add a new context menu option to access your Timeline, part of Task View, and running applications by right-clicking the desktop.
Want to watch Blu-ray discs on your Windows 10 PC? It's easy when you know how.
DVDs are fairly simple to deal with on Windows 10, but what about Blu-ray? These discs are now the standard for HD video on the physical format, and as more and more of us use our PCs for home entertainment, it's perfectly acceptable to want to play a Blu-ray on it.
But it's not just a case of popping a disc in the drive and putting your feet up. There are paid apps out there that will do the legwork, but you don't have to part ways with your money.
Converting your discs to digital
This isn't for the light-hearted, mostly because it takes such a long time to do and it's easy to make a mistake. But there is a free way to do it using two pieces of software.
MakeMKV and Handbrake have been featured before in our roundup of DVD cloning software, and for good reason. Both are completely free, though MakeMKV is technically still a beta, and they're still very powerful.
Essentially you use MakeMKV to p...
If you have HEIC image files or H.265 videos, you can use this guide to view them on Windows 10.
High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is an image and video file container that uses codecs like the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) to significantly improve file compression, while still providing better image quality and additional benefits over older formats, such as JPEG, PNG, and GIF.
If you've never heard of this format, you're forgiven, because it's not until Apple started using HEIF to save photos on its products that the format began to gain popularity. (Google also supports HEIF since the release of Android P.)
Originally, Windows 10 didn't include native support for HEIF, but starting with the April 2018 Update, you can now open photos and videos wrapped in this file container. However, it's not a feature that comes enabled by default. Instead, you need to download and install two extensions to open HEIC images and videos encoded using HEVC (also known as H.265 and MPE...
Here's a solid gaming PC build that doesn't require a vast budget.
The most important component (aside from the power supply unit (PSU) which essentially powers everything) for PC gamers is the graphics card. This is where we'll spend the most money on our custom build, but it's well worth it especially if you wish to enjoy the latest games on PC. A GTX 1060 or GTX 1070, paired with 16GB of RAM and a decent processor, ensures we have ample power available with little bottlenecking.
Of course, you won't be able to turn all the settings up to "ludicrous" and beyond, but solid frame rates can be achieved when configuring visual quality conservatively.
Build a gaming PC on a budget
Now, time for the build. Here are all the pieces of our puzzle:
Phanteks Eclipse Series P400
Ryzen 3 1200
ZOTAC GTX 1060 (6GB)
Corsair 450W B1
ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1x...
Make the taskbar come and go as you desire with ease in Windows 10.
The Windows 10 taskbar is a pretty useful tool, but it's also one you might not want to see on your screen all the time. Whatever the reason, you can make it come and go as you please in Windows 10 with a few simple steps.
This works for both desktop PCs and tablets, and the method is exactly the same.
How to auto-hide Windows 10's taskbar
Just follow these simple steps:
Right-click on an empty area of the taskbar. (If you're in tablet mode, hold a finger on the taskbar.)
Click taskbar settings.
Toggle Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode to on. (You can also do the same for tablet mode.)
The taskbar will now disappear unless you move the mouse to the appropriate area of the screen, when it'll magically just pop back up before your very eyes. On a tablet, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen at any time to make the taskbar re-appear.
There are a few other taskbar related goodies in her...
Here's how to quickly get the all-new Skype app for Windows 10.
The Skype team is at it again, with another attempt at making Skype a great experience on Windows 10. The app has been rewritten using React Native and Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
You can read more about the new Skype app, what's new, and some behind the scenes info here, but if you want the app now and are not a fan of early "Redstone 5" Windows Insider Program builds, here is how to get it officially.
Join the Skype Preview Program to get the app
Microsoft has individual preview programs for many of its apps, including Skype. Users can opt-in to the preview program and download the latest version even if they're not a Windows Insider or on Redstone 5 (which is currently how most users are getting it).
Update: Turns out, you must at least be a part of "Release Preview" for the Insider Program, which is just new apps and drivers but never touches the OS.
Signing up for the program is super easy,...
It's never fun to not have the right amount of RAM for the task at hand.
RAM, or random access memory, is a vital hardware component used by your Windows 10 PC to store temporary data that can be accessed quickly by software, speeding up processes and keeping you from banging your head against the desk in frustration. Essentially, the more RAM you have, the more you can have going on at once.
The amount of RAM you need in your PC depends on what you plan on doing — gaming, for instance, takes a generous amount of RAM, and media editing can take a lot of RAM. Let's find out how much RAM you currently have, what type of RAM is compatible with your system, and how much RAM you should have for specific daily tasks.
Benefits of upgrading your RAM
How much RAM do you really need?
Choosing RAM speeds
Your PC's RAM configuration
Best RAM for your PC
Benefits of upgrading your RAM
Let's get one thing straight: adding RAM to your computer is not a process that will magically make e...