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- 03/28/16--13:08: _How to install exte...
- 04/02/16--06:48: _How to activate Dev...
- 04/03/16--08:28: _How to ensure TRIM ...
- 04/04/16--11:46: _How to customize ap...
- 04/07/16--13:50: _Make the most of Ne...
- 04/09/16--11:04: _How to chat like a ...
- 04/12/16--06:58: _Microsoft shows how...
- 04/12/16--12:33: _How to create a Win...
- 04/13/16--11:17: _How to roll back Wi...
- 04/15/16--09:37: _How to shutdown, re...
- 04/16/16--08:23: _How to prevent Wind...
- 04/18/16--13:59: _How to defragment y...
- 04/10/16--08:48: _Lost your Windows P...
- 04/20/16--07:56: _How to fix the firm...
- 03/15/16--11:03: How to use the SFC command utility to fix system files on Windows 10
- 03/17/16--12:18: How to update your older Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile
- 03/17/16--12:28: How to set up and manage a Network Bridge connection on Windows 10
- 03/23/16--10:00: Put some super in your screen with this Wallpaper Wednesday
- 03/25/16--10:52: How to set up and manage an FTP server on Windows 10
- 03/26/16--14:15: How to use DISM command-line utility to repair a Windows 10 image
- 03/28/16--13:08: How to install extensions on Microsoft Edge Preview
- 04/02/16--06:48: How to activate Dev Mode on your Xbox One console
- 04/04/16--11:46: How to customize app notifications on Microsoft Band 2
- 04/09/16--11:04: How to chat like a pro in Neverwinter for Xbox One
- 04/12/16--12:33: How to create a Windows 10 ISO file using an Install.ESD image
- 04/18/16--13:59: How to defragment your PC's hard drive on Windows 10
- 04/10/16--08:48: Lost your Windows Phone? Here's how to find it
If Windows 10 isn't working correctly, you can use the SFC command-line utility to repair corrupted or missing system files.
When you begin to notice random errors, issues during boot or Windows components are not working as they should on your computer there is a good chance that one or more system files may have gone missing or corrupted.
Even though Windows 10 does a good job protecting files that are necessary for your PC to work correctly, applications, drivers, or even Windows Update may sometimes be the cause of system instability. Like in previous versions, for these situations, Windows 10 includes the System File Checker (SFC), a tiny but powerful command-line utility that can scan the integrity and replace any corrupted or missing protected system file with a known good version.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to use System File Checker (SFC) to repair any damaged system file automatically while you're running the operating system, offline using Advanced ...
As you may know, Microsoft has finally begun rolling out the over-the-air update for Windows 10 Mobile to a select number of older Windows Phones devices. Here's how you can find out if your phone is eligible and how to download the update if it is actually available for your device.
1. Check the list:
Only a small number of Windows Phones can currently support the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade. Here's the list of phones as it stands right now, but keep in mind that Microsoft will likely update this list in the coming weeks and months.
Lumia 635 1GB
Lumia 636 1GB
Lumia 638 1GB
BLU Win HD w510u,
BLU Win HD LTE x150q,
MCJ Madosma Q501
2. Download and use the Upgrade Advisor app:
If your phone is indeed on the list above, your next step is to download and install Microsoft's Upgrade Advisor app:
Download Upgrade Adviso...
When there aren't ports available on the router and Wi-Fi connectivity isn't possible, then use Network Bridge on Windows 10 to join other PCs to the network.
Network Bridge is a feature that has been part of Windows for a long time. A bridge allows you to connect two or more network segments together allowing devices to join the network when it's not possible to connect them directly to a router or switch.
For example, on an Xbox 360 without a wireless adapter, an Xbox One that no longer connects to Wi-Fi, or when a computer is far away from the router, you can use Network Bridge to share your computer's connection (e.g., Ethernet or Wireless) with these devices to allow access the network. Once devices connect using a bridge, they will appear as if they were physically connected to the router.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly set up a bridge connection on your desktop or laptop to allow other devices to join your local network and to access ...
Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!
Wallpapers are important. They can give our phone a new feel, even if only for a little while. Some of us change wallpapers as often as we change shirts (sometimes to match), while some of us set one wallpaper and forget it, and that's a shame. A good wallpaper can be a pick-me-up, can remind us of better times (and upcoming times). They can show off what's important to us, be it a picture of the grandkids or an emblem of your favorite house in Game of Thrones. In an effort to brighten your screen, and maybe your day, we present an offering of wonderful wallpapers to grace your smartphone.
If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.
Dawn of Justice by cainulgen
This dramatic scene feels like it'd be a bit too colorful for the Snyderverse we're about to get, b...
If you want to create your own private cloud and be able to share and transfer large files without restrictions, then build your own FTP server on Windows 10.
Building your own FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server can be one of the easiest and most convenient solutions to transfer file through a private or public network without limitations and restrictions typically found with most cloud storage services.
There are also many benefits running your FTP server. For example, it's private, and you have absolute control. It's fast (depending on your internet connection speeds), and there is virtually no limits on the amount and type of data you can store.
Also, you don't have restrictions on file sizes either, which means that you can transfer something as small as a text file or a 1000GB PC backup, and you can even create multiple accounts to let friends and family access or store content remotely too.
You'll find many third-party software on the internet to build a file transfer serv...
Is your Windows 10 PC slowing you down, and the SFC utility is unable to fix the problem? Then use DISM to repair the Windows image to enable SFC to do its job.
Windows 10 includes a nifty command-line utility known as Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). It's fairly a new tool, which Microsoft first introduced with the original release of Windows 8, and now comes installed by default on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.
The utility can be used to repair and prepare Windows images, including the Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. Also, DISM can be used to fix the recovery image within an installation of the operating system and even to service a virtual hard disk.
If your computer begins to feel buggy and you notice problems during boot, you can use the System File Checker (SFC) command-line utility to check the integrity and replace any corrupted or missing protected system files with a known good version.
When SFC is unable to fix the problem, c...
Starting with build 14291 for Windows 10 Insider Preview, insiders have been able to add a selection of extensions for Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft plans to make extensions available in the Windows Store, but for now, they have to be manually installed. There aren't many extensions available for preview, but we get a glimpse of how they can enhance the browsing experience. Read on for the steps!
Click the ellipsis in (...) the top right corner of Microsoft Edge and select Extensions.
Tap or click Get extensions.
Tap or click the Download button next to the extension you are interested in installing
Select Run from the download notification.
Tap or click More (three dots) on the top right corner, then Extensions.
Tap or click Load extension.
Choose the extension folder, then Select folder.
You're done! It'll be a lot easier when the extensions become available at the Windows Store, but, at least, Windows Insider members can get a preview of some extensions already.
One of t...
Developers building new Universal Windows Apps with Xbox One support can now turn their consoles into a developer kit to test new apps before submitting them to the Store.
During Build 2016 Day 1 keynote -- Microsoft's annual developer conference --, the company unveiled its software roadmap for the rest of the year and beyond. The software giant introduced new features coming to the next update of Windows 10, which is branding as "Anniversary Update", and it also talked about the changes the new update will bring to Xbox One.
Among the all the new changes, the Anniversary Update will bring support for Universal Windows Apps to Xbox One. Also, to help developers get those new apps ready in the Store, Microsoft is introducing the new Dev Mode, which turns any retail Xbox One console into a development kit. The mode is in a preview, but the company expects to have a final release in time for the roll out.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to activate the Dev Mode on yo...
TRIM is an essential feature for an SSD to keep it on top performance and helps the drive to last much longer. Here's how to make sure the feature is enabled on Windows 10.
Besides getting a speedy processor and as much RAM as you can afford, a Solid State Drive (SSD) also plays a very important role in making your PC fast. However, an SSD will stay on it best performance and last longer only if it's properly maintained.
TRIM is an ATA command set that was originally designed for the purpose of keeping a Solid State Drive at its optimal performance throughout its lifespan.
The TRIM feature allows Windows 10, or any supported operating system, to notify an SSD which blocks of data are no longer in use and can be safely wiped out to be writable again. Having this operation done ahead of time improves performance, as the drive won't have to spend time erasing a particular block when space is needed to store new data, ensuring the SSD reaches its advertised lifespan.
While the operat...
The Microsoft Band 2 keeps getting better even after several months since its release date. The latest update that was released earlier this month added a social aspect to the Band, but there was another feature that was quietly added that we're equally happy about.
The Microsoft Band 2, in conjunction with the Microsoft Health mobile app, now lets you choose which apps send you notifications. You get notifications from only the apps you care about most. We'll show you how to set it up.
Make sure you have the latest version of the Microsoft Health app on your phone. Check the Windows Store for updates.
Open the Microsoft Health app on your phone, scroll down, and tap Add and Manage tiles at the bottom.
Enable the Notification Center tile and tap the pencil icon next to it.
Take a look at the list and enable the apps you would like to show up in the Notification Tile on your Microsoft Band.
When you're done, tap the back button and tap Confirm.
That's it! Previously, all the ...
Neverwinter is the free to play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for Xbox One that takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. In anticipation of next month's expansion, The Maze Engine, Double XP weekend has just begun in Neverwinter. Time to get your adventurer leveled up and ready for the new Maze Engine content!
Double XP weekend runs from right now through Monday, 10 AM PT. Read on for detailed tips to help you level up faster, details of the next Neverwinter expansion, and how to join the Windows Central guild!
The importance of leveling up
Like any MMORPG, Neverwinter players will spend much of their time working towards the maximum experience level, 70. The game doesn't end there, though – that's when you reach the endgame content and the real fun begins.
Level 70 players can use powerful artifact equipment that can be leveled up independently, participate in Epic Dungeons, and most importantly, engage in endgame campaigns such as Drea...
With Double XP weekend currently ongoing in free to play Xbox One MMO Neverwinter, players have lots to discuss in the game's text and voice chat.
Unfortunately, Neverwinter doesn't tell console players how to use or customize chat very thoroughly. Windows Central is here to help with this detailed guide that covers everything you could want to know about using and customizing chat in Neverwinter!
Voice chat or text chat?
Neverwinter supports both voice and text chat on Xbox One. As you'd expect, voice chat is the fastest and most convenient way to communicate with other players – especially during combat. However, you can't just voice chat with anyone at any time. The game would be a mess of overlapping voices if that were the case!
Thus, voice chat is limited primarily to players who join the same group. Groups can consist of up to five players. After joining a group, all group members should be able to hear each other's voice chat, regardless of area or proximity.
Microsoft has been hyping up the use of its Windows Bridge for iOS tool to developers who want to bring their iPhone and iPad apps over to Windows 10 without a lot of effort. This week, the company posted a highly technical blog post showing an example of how a real iOS app, Pori Fashion Show, can be converted to Windows 10 with the bridge tool.
The blog post states that Pori Fashion Show is the creation of Dong Yoon Park, a Microsoft team member:
Dong Yoon Park is currently leading the design effort for Windows Bridge for iOS, focusing on the translation of iOS controls and patterns into Windows to achieve the best Windows 10 experience. He also has a developer background and has developed a wide variety of apps on iOS.
The app itself, Pori Fashion Show, is for a younger audience:
Pori Fashion Show is a paper doll style game for kids that lets you dress up cartoon characters using drag-and-drop mechanics. Once their dolls are dressed up, children can save them as im...
Do you want to install the latest build of Windows 10 using an ISO? Then use this guide to turn the install.ESD file into an installation media with the most current version of the operating system.
When you need to do a clean install or upgrade to Windows 10, similar to previous versions, Microsoft provides the installation files through a new ESD (Electronic Software Delivery) image format, which is commonly available via Windows Update.
We know this image as the install.ESD file, which is around 3GB in size and contains everything that is needed to install the operating system from scratch. Windows Update will typically download this ESD file plus other files to the $WINDOWS.~BT hidden folder on your computer.
The benefits of the Install.ESD is that it's an encrypted and compressed version of the Install.WIM image, thus making the download faster and more secure, which also results in spending less time during an upgrade.
While Microsoft makes publicly available the files to i...
Microsoft is deep into developing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The Anniversary Update is known internally as Redstone 1 (Redstone 2 is due early next year) and many Insiders on PC and Mobile are already using the preview OS on their daily devices.
Today, we'll walk you through on how to roll back your phone from Redstone (from Fast or Slow Ring) to the more stable production release. While not a hard process you will need some time, a USB cable and a PC.
Should you use Redstone on your primary Windows Phone?
At this time, it is hard to recommend Fast or Slow Ring Redstone builds (14295+) over the production build (10586.218 as of today) if you are looking for a smooth, bug-free experience. Redstone is in the early stages and is more akin to running Windows 10 Mobile last July than necessarily a mature operating system.
Personally, I keep Redstone on a secondary device for testing while for my Lumia 950 I prefer Production. Windows 10 Mobile build 1...
Here's a handy trick you can use to use voice commands with Cortana to shutdown, restart, hibernate, or sign-out of your Windows 10 PC hands-free.
Cortana is perhaps one of the best features of Windows 10. You're likely to have interacted with other digital assistants, such as Apple's Siri and Google Now, but with Windows 10, you get it everywhere -- on your PC, tablet, phone, and soon, Microsoft is even working to bring the feature to Xbox One.
The coolest thing about the personal assistant is that you can use voice commands to get help on anything you need, such as find files on your device, track packages, set up appointments or new reminders, answer common questions, and much more.
However, as much as you would like to actually "ask anything" and get an instant answer or action, Cortana still limited on the things it can do. For example, you can't ask basic tasks like: "Hey Cortana: Shutdown my PC" or "Hey Cortana: Restart my PC."
But there are other ways to trick Cortana int...
Here's how you stop web results from showing up on every search you do on Windows 10 while improving local results for files, apps, and settings.
When you are on the look for a document you have been working on, trying to launch an app, or looking for a particular PC setting, you can quickly click the new search box in the taskbar to start a search. However, as soon as you start typing, Cortana pops up, and you'll start getting different grouped results, including (sometimes unnecessary) web data
While certain web results can be helpful, they are not always necessary, because we tend to use search in Windows to find local documents, settings, and apps, and we leave the online searches as a task for the web browser. Also, these web results powered by Bing seem to get more priority, pushing your local stuff to the bottom of the list, which makes the experience a little inconsistent.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you the easy steps to prevent the operating system from serving ...
Is your PC slowing you down? Use this guide to defragment files using the Optimize Drives tool on Windows 10.
In order to minimize slow hard drive performance, Windows 10 (and so Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and previous versions), includes a built-in tool to defragment all fragmented files and help your PC stay at top speeds.
Over the years, improvements have been made to the Windows drive optimization tool. However, even when the operating system can accurately detect the type of storage and handle defragmentation of files automatically, it's not always optimal. Because you may not keep your PC turned on long enough or you may have an external hard drive that it's not always connected to your computer that prevents maintenance from running properly.
As a result, the time will come when you'll begin to notice that opening apps and saving files to disk will take longer than usual, in which case manual optimization may be required. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you the easy steps...
Losing your phone can be really annoying. Fortunately, Windows Phone has a free service called Find My Phone that can help you recover your phone. It even goes a step further by giving you options to lock or erase your phone from any computer.
Head past the break to watch our how-to video.
Two settings you should turn on
When you first get your Windows Phone, there are two settings we recommend turning on. Go to settings, then Find my phone. Check both boxes.
The Find My Phone service and the Windows Phone Store on the web use text messaging to send commands and apps to your phone. Check the first box to use push notifications instead. Push notifications can be faster than text messages, and might also be cheaper if your carrier charges you for each incoming text message. Also, My Phone can only send 15 text messages to your phone in a three-day period while there's no limit with push notifications.
The second box saves your phone's location periodically and before the bat...
Microsoft recently began rolling out fresh new firmware updates for its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. The new release includes major fixes and improvements that users have been waiting to see for a long time.
The April 2016 firmware update for the latest model of the Surface tablets brings improvements for Windows Hello, fixes for screen flickering, auto-rotate problems, and a lot more. However, it appears that the installation process is not going as smooth for everyone.
On the Surface subreddit, users are reporting some issues trying to install the new update and that it's even causing a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in certain situations.
Reddit user Zac_l, a developer from the Windows team, has noted that the company is aware of the issue, and it's working on a fix. The software giant also said that the issue is already fixed in the Redstone update.
Microsoft officials on Reddit also explain that the company is unable to publish the instructions to resolve the issue, because ...