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- 08/14/16--04:00: _Upgrading your hard...
- 08/14/16--04:00: _How to make Broadca...
- 08/15/16--08:01: _This cheap little a...
- 08/16/16--04:00: _How to archive and ...
- 08/16/16--09:00: _How to fix NVIDIA C...
- 08/16/16--11:00: _How to upgrade Offi...
- 08/16/16--12:00: _How much RAM does y...
- 08/17/16--04:00: _How to move your Wh...
- 08/18/16--04:00: _How to change your ...
- 08/18/16--13:00: _How to disable Wind...
- 08/19/16--04:00: _How to protect your...
- 08/19/16--18:53: _How to fix the webc...
- 08/20/16--04:00: _How to delete your ...
- 08/20/16--05:00: _How to safely and s...
- 08/20/16--08:00: _How to prevent Wind...
- 08/21/16--07:00: _How to add new Cort...
- 08/22/16--10:29: _How to improve batt...
- 08/24/16--04:00: _How to use the Sono...
- 08/24/16--04:00: _How to find and pla...
- 08/25/16--04:00: _How to add another ...
- 08/14/16--04:00: How to make Broadcast Lists in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
- 08/16/16--12:00: How much RAM does your Windows 10 PC really need?
- 08/18/16--04:00: How to change your phone number in WhatsApp for Windows 10 Mobile
- 08/18/16--13:00: How to disable Windows Ink Workspace on Windows 10
- 08/19/16--04:00: How to protect your privacy in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
- 08/20/16--04:00: How to delete your account from WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
- 08/20/16--05:00: How to safely and smartly clean your dirty Xbox One
- 08/21/16--07:00: How to add new Cortana search file locations on Windows 10
- 08/22/16--10:29: How to improve battery life on Dell XPS 13
- 08/24/16--04:00: How to use the Sonos Controller desktop app on Windows 10
- 08/24/16--04:00: How to find and play music with Sonos for Windows 10 PC
If you've had issues updating Windows 10 after a drive clone, it's probably time to clean install.
Since I've had this issue myself recently, I'm probably not the only one to experience it. Upon delivery of my new Dell Inspiron 15 7559 the first thing I did was pop in an extra stick of RAM and install an m.2 SSD in the vacant slot. This laptop is generally superb but can suffer from some serious slow downs thanks to the slow 5200rpm HDD installed as standard equipment.
I was able to easily upgrade the RAM and HDD and install an SSD, but issues presented around the time the Windows 10 Anniversary Update dropped. Here's what went wrong and why I recommend doing a clean install over a clone.
Everything seemed to work just fine. Windows 10 was on the new SSD, everything was booting very fast, no drama. That is, until I tried to install a Windows Update. Every time the update would download, reboot to install and nothing happened. The laptop just booted straight back to Windows. No...
How do I send a WhatsApp message to a group of contacts — but have the replies come only to me? Broadcast Lists!
Group messages in WhatsApp are great when you want to get a discussion going between you and a bunch of your friends (like whether your crew wants to play airsoft or paintball for a friend's birthday). But sometimes you want to send the same message to a big group, but don't necessarily want the replies visible to everyone (like asking how much everyone wants to chip in to cover the costs for the birthday boy or girl).
When you want to send a small or large group the same message, but want to replies to only be visible to you, set up a Broadcast List in WhatsApp. Think of it as an email-style BCC, but for WhatsApp.
How to add contacts to your Windows 10 Mobile Phone to make a WhatsApp Broadcast List
How to make a Broadcast List in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to send messages to a Broadcast List on Windows 10 Mobile
How to add contacts to your Windows 10 Mobi...
Cortana is available on Xbox One, bringing natural language commands to the console, but she comes with some specific hardware requirements.
As specified by Microsoft, to use Cortana on Xbox One you either need to have a Kinect or a headset microphone.
As much as I love my Kinect, it can be expensive to purchase as a standalone device, especially if you have no intentions of using its motion tracking features. Since the new Xbox One S comes with an IR blaster built in, you may find yourself even less likely to want a Kinect unit. Additionally, if you have invested in a dedicated sound system, donning to a headset just for Cortana might seem a little counter-intuitive and silly.
But if you have the revised Xbox One controller with a built-in 3.5mm headset jack, there's an easy, cheap and cheerful method for activating Cortana voice commands on Xbox One.
Amazon is crammed with mini-microphones designed for use on smartphones with dictation software. Thanks to the standardized 3...
How do I backup and archive my WhatsApp calls and messages?
When your significant other becomes your ex, what do you do with your rich chat history? You don't want it visible in your WhatsApp chats, but you don't want to delete it forever in case you reconcile. The Archive feature in WhatsApp is the answer to your problem!
You can also backup all of your content to your phone so you can reload your chats and media should you ever need to uninstall the app or switch phones.
Using WhatsApp's archive and backup features can be really helpful is also really simple!
How to archive a chat in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to unarchive a chat in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to archive all chats in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to backup your chats in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to backup your pictures and videos in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to export messages in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to archive a chat in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How do I get NVIDIA Control Panel working in Windows 10 Anniversary Update?
The most recent upgrade to Windows 10 might have pulled a few tricks on your NVIDIA graphics card. Trying to open the NVIDIA Control Panel yields nothing but a blank stare from your PC.
Here's the problem: Windows Update thinks your NVIDIA driver is up to date, but in reality it is not. Here's how to download the latest graphics card driver and get NVIDIA Control Panel up and running again.
How to fix NVIDIA Control Panel not opening on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Right-click the Start button.
Click Device Manager.
Double-click Display adapters.
Double-click your NVIDIA graphics card.
Click the Driver tab at the top of the window.
Click the Update Driver button.
Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will search for and download a driver.
Click Close when the download and install is complete.
Click the X in the top right corner of the Device Manager window.
Click Yes to ...
How do I upgrade my Office 365 subscription?
Office 365 is a great way to access Microsoft's suite of office tools on a subscription basis. It ensures you won't be left in the dust when a new version of the product comes out — your Office is going to be kept up to date as long as you're a subscriber.
Did you start with Office 365 Personal but now need Office on multiple computers, tablets, and phones? No problem. Upgrading from Personal to Home won't take long.
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Office 365 subscriptions
How to upgrade to Office 365 Home using a product key
How to upgrade to Office 365 Home without a product key
Office 365 subscriptions
There are several options to choose from when purchasing a subscription. Each one gets you access to classic Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Where the subscriptions really differ, however, is in how many individual devices can use Office 365.
How much RAM do I need for my PC?
RAM 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 with that PC — gaming, for instance, takes a generous amount of RAM, while media editing can take a lot of RAM.
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?
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 everything faster. It will, however, aid your PC in multi-tasking and performing...
How do I move my WhatsApp messages to a new Windows phone?
An exciting new phone hits stores and you just have to have it! But your old phone has all your classic WhatsApp messages that you can't bare to lose (like that late night when you and your boo discovered you both love ham and peanut butter sandwiches with the crusts cut off).
You can transfer your chat history to a new phone, but it depends on a lot of things. If you're going from a Windows 10 Mobile phone that has an SD card to a new Windows 10 Mobile phone that has an SD card, you're fine. If you're going to any other type of phone, or your Windows 10 Mobile phone doesn't have an SD card slot, unfortunately, you're out of luck.
You can't transfer your WhatsApp history from a Windows 10 Mobile phone to any other platform, so if you've just upgraded to an iPhone, Android phone, or a Blackberry, you're options are limited. You can always export your chat history as a .txt file and email it to yourself if you really want ...
How do I change my phone number in WhatsApp?
If you've recently switched phones and cell phone providers, chances are you've had to change your phone number. You're a heavy WhatsApp user and need to get back in the saddle because the honeys overseas can't wait too long to hear from you.
You're going to have to change your phone number within WhatsApp. Lucky for you, it's a quick and easy process. Before thinking of changing numbers, you'll want to backup your WhatsApp chats so that they transfer to your new account.
Also, you'll have to make sure that your phone has a SIM card that's set up to receive texts and calls. If you've got a new phone number, then you'll have a new SIM card, so just make sure you can send and receive messages and you'll be good to go!
How to change you phone number in WhatsApp for Windows Mobile 10
Launch WhatsApp from the Start screen or the applications list.
Tap the menu button in the bottom right of your screen. It looks like three dots in a row.
If Windows Ink Workspace isn't a feature you need, this guide will walk you through the steps to disable the experience on your Windows 10 PC.
Windows Ink is a new pen experience that Microsoft is introducing with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. At the core of Windows Ink, there is the same pen support that the operating system has included for years, but there are a number of new improvements.
It all starts with the Windows Ink Workspace that acts as the central hub to access the new Sticky Notes to create notes and reminders using Cortana, and you can also draw on a whiteboard or on a screenshot using Sketchpad or Screen sketch. In addition, Microsoft has promised to keep improving the experience to make it easier for developers to implement Windows Ink support on their apps.
If you own a Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, or similar device that includes support for an active pen, the Windows Ink experience will be enabled by default. However, as with any feature, the new improve...
How do I block a WhatsApp contact or turn off read receipts?
You've just got started with WhatsApp and things are going great! You've got your profile picture uploaded, your account synced to your phone number, you've input a witty, early-2000s throwback status (WhazzzzzzAaaaaaap), but now you're thinking to yourself, "who can see this stuff? Do I want everyone in the world to see my profile pic of me at the annual cat calendar convention?" Maybe not.
WhatsApp lets you control how much of your account information is viewable and whether or not it can be seen by everyone in the world, just your contacts, or no one at all!
How to adjust your privacy settings in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to adjust who can see your profile photo on WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to turn on read receipts in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to block a contact in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to unblock a contact in WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
How to adjust your privacy settings in ...
If your PC webcam keeps freezing up, even when trying to make a Skype video call, use this guide to get around this issue after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Microsoft recently released the Anniversary Update bringing a lot of new features and improvements to Windows 10. Aside from all the good that brought the update, during the rollout, many users also reported a number of issues after installing the update, and today, unfortunately, we also have to add a problem with webcams.
According to various reports from customers, some PC webcams are not working correctly after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Microsoft says that is aware of the problem, but the company won't be issuing a permanent fix until sometime in September.
On a support thread at the Windows Dev Center, some users explained that their webcams are freezing up, even when trying to make a simple Skype video call. The bigger problem is that this isn't just affecting home users, but it is al...
How do I clear my WhatsApp history and delete my account on Windows 10 Mobile?
You heard great things, you downloaded the app, you gave it a shot, but decide WhatsApp isn't for you. It's cool. No need to make this breakup long and drawn out. Time for you both to move on with your life! But who gets to keep the cat?
WhatsApp makes deleting your account easy, but it is a permanent action. You can always download the app again, but when you reinstall you'll be starting over from scratch — all of your settings and chat histories will be gone forever.
How to delete your account from WhatsApp on Windows 10 Mobile
Launch WhatsApp from the Applications List on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.
Tap the more button to launch a pop-up menu. It's the three dots in the bottom right corner.
Tap settings from the pop-up menu.
Tap delete account.
Tap the phone number text field.
Enter the phone number associated with your WhatsApp account.
Tap the next arrow at the bottom of the...
It's time to clean your Xbox One!
After you've had your Xbox One console for a while, you'll probably notice that it starts to get dusty. Dust can easily build up, and cause a problem down the line. That's why we've put together this handy guide to cleaning your Xbox One. Here's what to do — and what not to do — to keep your console shiny and clean!
Your very best friend, when it comes to cleaning your Xbox One, is a dust cloth. That's because as long as you keep the exterior clean and dust free, you shouldn't ever have to clean out the inside of your console. A dust cloth lets you grab most of the dust that can accumulate on your system.
All you need to do is run the dust cloth over the outside of your system. This includes the top, bottom, sides, and ports. Depending on how long it's been since you've wiped down your Xbox One you may need to clean off the cloth a few times, but for the most part this method will get the job done.
If it's been...
When your PC is ready to install a Windows 10 Insider Preview that you don't want, use this trick to cancel the installation.
If you've been testing pre-releases of Windows 10, you're probably familiar with the Windows Insider Preview program. The program let you get early access to releases of the operating system to test new features and changes that will be part of a new major update.
The caveat using early versions of Windows 10 are potential bugs and problems running unstable code, as builds available through the Insider program are heavily under development.
Although many times Microsoft releases great Windows 10 previews with a lot of changes and features, other times (usually at the beginning of a new development) builds may include a lot of bugs and things not working correctly, which could make you think twice before installing them.
Of course, you can always change your Windows Insider Preview preferences to stop getting new flights. However, if you forget to change ...
If some files are not showing up on search results, it's probably because Cortana doesn't know where to look. Here's how to add alternative search locations on Windows 10.
Cortana is your personal digital assistant in Windows 10. It's a feature designed to help you accomplish many tasks, including reminding you of important appointments, track packages and flights, and sync notifications between devices.
In addition, Cortana shares a deep integration with Windows Search and search on the web using Bing. If there is anything you need (e.g., image, document, or another type of file), you simply enter the query in the search box in the taskbar, and Cortana will return the best results based on local and online searches. However, if you store files on an external hard drive or in different folders other than the defaults (Downloads, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc.), you'll notice that the digital assistant will never bring up those files in the results.
The reason is that Cortana rel...
How do I get more time out of my Dell XPS 13 battery?
Your favorite little laptop has a solid battery already, but what if you want to get the most out of it? Say you're on a long flight and want to watch a few movies, or you're on a road trip trying to get work done while someone else drives; you're going to need a few tricks to keep your battery running longer!
Dim your screen
Close any unnecessary programs
Limit your wireless use
Use and configure battery saver mode
Change your power plan
Update your BIOS
Dim your screen
Yes, this might seem obvious, but it can help you eke out more minutes from your battery. How bright is your screen right now? Do you need it that bright? Try going as low as you can and letting your eyes adjust. Both your eyes and your battery will thank you.
To dim your screen, you can use either the XPS 13 keyboard's Windows key + F11 shortcut, or you can use the Action Center.
Here's how to dim your XPS 13's screen through the Action Center:
Click the ...
Command and control your tunes right from your desktop with the Sonos desktop app for Windows.
While you can control your music's volume directly from any Sonos player, the Sonos app for Windows gives you full control over all aspects of your home audio. If you have more than one room set up, then you'll definitely want to take advantage of the options the app gives you.
Here's a quick look at what you can do:
How to control the volume on Sonos for Windows
How to mute the volume on Sonos for Windows
How to pause play-back on Sonos for Windows
How to go back to the previous track or advance to the next track on Sonos for Windows
How to turn cross fade on in Sonos for Windows
How to customize alarms on Sonos for Windows
How to set a sleep timer on Sonos for Windows
How to control the volume with the Sonos Controller app for Windows 10 PC
Launch the Sonos app from your Desktop or the Start menu
Click and drag the volume slider to your desired level. It's in the upper left corner o...
How to blast music on Sonos from your Windows PC.
You've got your Sonos player all set up and you're ready to fill your house with the sweet strains of your favorite music. There are a few ways that you can get started. Let's review them:
How to add a music service to Sonos for Windows
How to play music from a music service on Sonos for Windows
How to play your own music on Sonos for Windows
How to search for music on Sonos for Windows
How to add a music service to the Sonos Controller app for Windows 10 PC
Launch the Sonos app from your Desktop or the Start menu.
Click Add Music Services under Select a Music Source.
Click on your desired music service. You will have to log in to your account to use the service.
If you don't see the music service you want to use listed, you can click on More Music Choices at the bottom of the list to be taken to a webpage with an expanded list of music services that work with Sonos.
How to play music from a music service with the Sonos Co...
Adding additional players to your Sonos system on Windows has never been easier!
You've bought a shiny new Sonos player or SUB to add to your existing Sonos setup. How awesome for you! The process is pretty much the same as when you initially set it up, except that you don't have to go through setting up your music library again.
Here's how to connect additional players to your Sonos system:
How to add another Sonos speaker using the Sonos Controller on Windows PC
Launch the Sonos app from your Home screen or the Start menu.
Click Manage from the top menu bar.
Click Add a player or SUB….
Follow the on-screen instructions through the setup process.
Click on the model of player you're setting up from the drop-down list.
Click the Set Up This Player button.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the player setup.
Click Next at the bottom of the dialog box to advance to the next part of setup.
Click on the room where your Sonos will live, from the drop-down menu.