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    How do I use pistons in Minecraft? If you're looking to create some redstone contraptions in Minecraft, you'll likely want to employ pistons in your design. Create hidden doors, hidden stairways, and even traps with these versatile machines. Here's how to craft and use pistons to help you get started with your contraption. How to craft pistons How to place pistons How to power pistons Blocks that cannot be used with pistons How to use slime blocks with pistons How to craft pistons There are two types of piston you can create: regular piston or sticky piston. Regular pistons will simply push a block away when engaged, whereas a sticky piston will push away and pull back a block when engaged. Regular piston This recipe is made up of any three wood planks, four cobblestone, one redstone dust, and one iron ingot. A piston can push up to twelve blocks in a row when engaged — powered with redstone — but will not pull any blocks back when disengaged. Sticky piston This rec...

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    If you need to quickly take ownership of files and folders on Windows 10, then on this guide we show you how to do it with a single click. While you'll have full control over any files or folders you create on Windows 10, certain files — like system files — are locked out. But other files, like those in other accounts or ones you might want to customize to change how Windows 10 works, are also locked out. You can manually take ownership of these files, but if it's a thing you need to do on a regular basis so you can edit, rename, and delete as you see fit, there's an easier way that takes a bit of one-time work. With this Windows 10 guide we'll show you how to create a right-click context menu option to make it quick and easy to take ownership of a file. How to add a 'Take Ownership' option to the right-click context menu Important: Before you go through this guide, you should know that modifying the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation...

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    What are villages and how do I trade with villagers in Minecraft? Although trading hasn't yet been implemented in the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft, it is coming at some point and you should be prepared. Here are the top things you need to know when you happen upon a village. Where do I find villages? What do villages contain? Why is this village abandoned? How do I breed villagers? Why do I need emeralds? What do villagers have for trade? What is an iron golem? How do I improve my popularity? Where do I find villages? Villages can be found in plains, desert, taiga, forest, or savanna biomes. The best practice for finding a village in an existing world is to explore, explore, and explore some more. They generate randomly, so one could be sitting just over the next hill. If you'd like to cover more ground, consider saddling a horse and using it for transportation. If you want to find a village immediately, consider starting a new game using a seed with a village next to the ...

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    When you're having problems with Groove Music or your library is a mess, use this guide to reset it. Groove Music is now your default music player app on Windows 10, which lets you play your favorite tunes stored on your computer, OneDrive, and from the vast music library from the Store. Heck, you can even use Cortana to control your music with voice commands on Groove. Through the development of Windows 10 the app has been maturing, and Microsoft has been adding a lot of features. However, like with any app, sometimes you may come across some hiccups. It could be that your library has grown so big that it's now a mess, you have a lot of playlists you don't listen anymore, or the Groove Music app isn't working correctly on your device. Thankfully, on Windows 10, you have a few ways in which you can re-organize your music library and fix any problems you may come across while using the app. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to reset your cloud collection...

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    If you're looking to bring your traditional app to the Universal Windows Platform, this guide walks you through the steps to use the DesktopAppConverter to convert your app. On Windows 10, Microsoft is not only adding new features and making the operating system more secure, but it's also investing on making the Windows Store the single place for users to acquire apps. The caveat with the Windows Store is that it doesn't include support for distribution of traditional desktop applications -- you're only able to download Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. However, Microsoft is making some changes, and now thanks to Desktop Bridge, we're slowly starting to see desktop apps and tools available in the Store. What's Desktop Bridge? How does Desktop Bridge works? Things you need before converting an app How to prepare your computer to convert apps How to convert desktop apps into Windows Store apps How to install a converted app on Windows 10 What's Desktop Bridge? It's all part ...

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    You're building or upgrading your PC, and you get to the business of storage. What should you go for? Building a PC can be hard enough before you get as far as thinking about what storage you're going to have inside it. But when you do get there, it's one of the most important parts of the build and a crucial thing to get right. For you. You can go for a Solid State Drive (SSD) or a more traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD). There are merits to both, but what's going to be best for your build, and your budget? Let's break it down. What's the difference between the two? In its simplest form, an SSD is flash storage and has no moving parts whatsoever. As a result, they're smaller and take up less space in a PC case, in some cases even mounting directly to the motherboard. SSD storage is much faster than its HDD equivalent. HDD storage is made up of magnetic tape and has mechanical parts inside. They're larger than SSDs and much slower to read and write. Why use an SSD? If y...

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    When you need a quicker access to Bash shell, you can use this guide to add a new option to launch the tool from the right-click context menu on Windows 10. The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 brings a slew of new features and changes, which makes every user more productive, including developers. For example, in this new update, the operating system introduces a full-blown Bash shell, which is a Linux command-line tool designed specifically for developers -- and it's a big deal. It's not a complicated task to install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10, and it can be easily launched from the Start menu. However, many times, developers will find themselves working inside File Explorer where they wish they could simply use the right-click menu to open Bash from the working directory. Just like it's possible when you press and hold the Shift key to open Command Prompt. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the process to include a new option in the right-click context menu to...

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    Did you change ownership of a system file? Use this guide to restore the original TrustedInstaller built-in user account as the rightful owner of the file on Windows 10. If you're like most tech-savvy users, you don't settle for default configurations. You're always looking for ways to customize your system to improve productivity or to make your PC more unique. Sometimes, to customize the operating system, in this case Windows 10, you need to modify some system files. When you need to do this, it often requires taking full control of certain files, which involves removing the special built-in "TrustedInstaller" user account as the owner of the file and granting your account full access. However, later on, you may want to restore the original permission settings to the system file, but there is not an option to do that on Windows 10. In addition, if this isn't something you do every day, you'll probably forget what the original settings were. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll wal...

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    How do I make a monster spawner trap in Minecraft? If you happen to find a dungeon and don't destroy the monster spawner, you can create an XP trap. Why do you need XP? You can use your levels with your enchanting table — the higher your level, the better the enchantment. Ready to start farming monsters? Here's how to create an XP trap in Minecraft! How to prepare How to build a zombie or skeleton XP trap How to prepare Assuming you've located a dungeon that spawns zombies or skeletons, it's time to prepare for the building process. Place torches around the monster spawner and in the dungeon to keep mobs from spawning. Empty out the chests, mine them until they break, and keep them in your inventory until later. Outside the dungeon, create a safe-room with a door where you can place a crafting table, furnace, and the chests you collected from the dungeon. Craft 23 signs. Block off any open holes in the dungeon except for your access point. You can block this off later. ...

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    If you're having problems signing into games that use Xbox Live after installing Windows 10 build 14942, then use this workaround to fix the issue. Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 build 14942 for PCs enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider program. The new release part of the Redstone 2 update brings some new features, changes, and improvements. One of these new improvements include changes to how the operating system handles service hosts. While in the past grouping services into service hosts was used to save memory, now with computers featuring more than enough RAM, the memory-saving advantage has dramatically decreased. On Windows 10 build 14942 and later, most service hosts are no longer grouped. Instead, they are split into separate processes on devices featuring 3.5GB+ of RAM. Unfortunately, as a result of the change, users may encounter issues trying to sign into games that use Xbox Live. However, Microsoft is aware of the issue and is offering a workarou...

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    If Microsoft Edge keeps crashing every time you open it after installing Windows 10 build 14942, try this workaround. Windows 10 build 14942 for PC has been released to Insider through the Fast ring. The new update rolling out is part of the Redstone 2 update and brings some small features, improvements, and fixes. However, we all know beforehand that installing early versions of Windows 10 from the Fast rings means higher chances of coming across bugs and features not working correctly. A good case and point is the recent Xbox sign-in failure after installing the latest Windows 10 Redstone 2 update, which fortunately Microsoft was able to provide a workaround. Now on Windows 10 build 14942 a small number of users are reporting that after installing the latest update Microsoft Edge keeps crashing every time they try to open the browser. While the company hasn't included this particular problem in its list of known issues for Windows 10, a workaround has surfaced that it seems is ...

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    Should you need to remove the keycaps on your mechanical keyboard to clean the device or to switch out the caps and add a personal touch, you'll need to use a keycap puller. These small accessories wrap around a keycap, enabling you to pull out the caps without damaging them or the switches they're attached to. Gone are the times of spending a solid 10 minutes attempting to launch keycaps into space using a pocket knife. Depending on the keyboard you purchase, the manufacturer may include a keycap puller. If not, you can pick one up off the likes of Amazon from $6. There's the choice between a wire and plastic remover, but both work in a similar fashion and should be absolutely fine in completing the task at hand. Attach the puller to the keycap you wish to remove. Pull up on the keycap to remove it from the switch. Remove the keycap from the puller tool. Be careful when removing keycaps, especially if your keyboard has LED backlight illumination. Should you have the input de...

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    Here is our new quick how-to guide on installing the new Paint Preview app for Windows 10 Over the weekend some videos were posted revealing the all-new Microsoft Paint app coming for Windows 10. Yes, the little art app that could is getting a big makeover in the new few weeks and now you can try it early. Today on Twitter, Gustave M., who's known for is Interop and GusTools, kindly posted the Paint .appx file signed from the Store. That means a simple sideload to your PC will let you try out the app right now. Installation is very easy, and we'll show you how to do just that so you can play with Paint on your lunch or dinner break! Sideload Paint Preview for Windows 10 Grab the .appx file hosted here on Mega Double-click the downloaded file; you may be asked to associate .appx files with App Deployer (this is part of the Anniversary Update) SmartScreen Filter may give a warning; Click More info instead of Don't Run Select Run anyway to run installation Select Install from...

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    What do I do when I find an ocean monument? The upcoming Boss Update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, set for release on October 18, will bring a whole bevy of new features, including ocean monuments and their Elder Guardians. To prepare for the update, here's a guide to ocean monuments, including how to find them and what to do when you get there. What is an ocean monument? What is an Elder Guardian? How do I find an ocean monument? How to prepare for an ocean monument What does an ocean monument contain? What is an ocean monument? An ocean monument is a large structure that you'll only find out in deep sea. It is about three times larger than the temples you'll find in deserts, and it is made primarily from a special block called 'prismarine' that is teal in color and can be mined with a pickaxe. Ocean monuments are sort of U-shaped, with the treasure room located somewhere inside — an ocean monument's internal layout is completely random, so you'll feel like you...

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    If you keep forgetting to empty the Recycle Bin on Windows 10, then use this guide to delete your computer's trash on a schedule automatically. When you click the delete button on a file, you're not actually deleting it from your computer. It only gets moved to the Recycle Bin, which continues to use valuable space on the hard drive. Even though chances are you already know how to empty the Recycle Bin, you often forget to do such a simple task. Then it's not until you're running out of space that you go through the steps to manually empty the trash to delete all its content for good. Although there are number of ways you can configure the Recycle Bin on Windows 10 (and previous versions), emptying the trash on schedule is not one of them. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to automatically empty the Recycle Bin using the Task Scheduler to keep the hard drive space optimized, while giving you enough time to recover deleted files. How to automatically em...

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    Make your sign-in experience more secure by disabling the Password Reveal button on the Sign-in screen on Windows 10. On Windows 10, Microsoft is adding a lot of significant changes to the operating system, including tweaks to the sign-in experience. For example, now the Sign-in screen shares a deeper integration with the Lock screen, and your email address is no longer visible for anyone to see, which was a security concern among users. However, one thing that hasn't change in the sign-in screen is the option that reveals in the box in plain text the password you enter before trying to access your account. The option is called "Password Reveal," and while it's there on purpose to reduce the chances you don't enter a password incorrectly, if you have security concerns you can easily disable the option. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to further tighten security by disabling the Password Reveal button on the Sign-in screen. How to disable the Password ...

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    It's not rocket science, but purchasing a GPU can be a rather daunting task. Here's our buyer's guide to help you make the perfect choice. Should you wish to not only work but play on your PC, you'll need to look at investing in a capable GPU. The Graphics Processing Unit is responsible for rendering everything you see on-screen, as well as taking work loads off the CPU when working through calculations. The last thing you want to do when purchasing a new GPU is to waste your money on an old one or one that's not powerful enough to do what you need! In this buyer's guide we'll help you get the best GPU for your money. Here's what you need to know: Check what you have Check what you need Pick a GPU Check what you have Whenever you look at investing in a new component for your PC, it's good practice to run a piece of software to have a gander at what you have already. This will help determine just how recent other components are and whether or not they will become a bottlenec...

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    What are the achievements in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta? Thanks to integration with Xbox Live, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta has achievements to unlock. There are 56 in total, each earning you points toward your Gamerscore. Here's a collection of all the achievements and how to unlock them! Guide to Minecraft achievements Acquire Hardware: (15 points) Mine a block of iron ore and smelt it in a furnace — creating the iron ingot will unlock this achievement. Adventuring Time: (40 points) Discover at least 17 different biomes in the Overworld. Archer: (10 points) Use your bow and arrow to kill a creeper before it explodes. Artificial Selection: (30 points) Breed a mule by placing a horse and a donkey into love mode. Bake Bread: (15 points) Craft bread using three pieces of wheat. Benchmaking: (10 points) Craft a workbench using any four blocks of wood planks. Body Guard: (20 points) Create an iron golem using four iron blocks and a pumpkin. Camouf...

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    If you only want to change the accent color in the taskbar, you can edit the Registry to prevent the Start menu and Action Center from changing color in the process. Windows 10 includes a lot of personalization options to change the appearance of the operating system to make the experience more personal. However, there some customization options that are designed to change a group of elements on Windows 10, when you're probably only interested in customizing one. For example, if you want to pick an accent color for the taskbar, you only get one option to show accent color on the Start menu, taskbar, and action center. Unfortunately, the Settings app doesn't offer separate options to change color individually. However, if you know your way around the Registry, you can change the taskbar color to anything you want, while preventing the Start menu and action center from changing color in the process. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll guide you through the steps to modify the Registry t...

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    How do I use custom player skins in Minecraft? One of the coolest parts of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is the ability to upload a custom skin for your player. These skins can be created by you, or they can be chosen from a list of pre-made designs. Here's how to swap out the stock player skin with a custom skin of your choice! How to create your own skin How to download a premade skin How to upload a skin into Minecraft How to create your own skin The website minecraftskins.com has an excellent skin editor you can use to make whatever skin you want. Launch your favorite web browser from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar. Navigate to www.minecraftskins.com/skin-editor/. Click a color from the color wheel. Click squares on the player model to apply the color. Click the eraser button. Click any colored squares you want to erase. Click and drag a blank space beside the model to rotate it. Click the Download to Computer button when you're happy with your skin. Click...

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