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    How do I buy and read e-books with Books in Windows Store? The Creators Update for Windows 10 has added an e-reader function that lets you purchase and read e-books. Officially known as Books in Windows Store, books are purchased through the Windows Store and accessed through Edge. While some users have been calling for a standalone e-reader app, having everything in Edge is quite convenient. Ready to start reading? Here's how to buy e-books and get everything set up in Edge. How to buy and download e-books How to change font, text, and theme How to add and access bookmarks How to have your book read aloud and how to change settings How to search for words and phrases How to buy and download e-books Books in Windows Store can be primarily operated through Microsoft Edge, although you can just launch straight into the Windows Store and navigate to the Books tab. Here's how to buy and download an e-book when launching through Edge. Launch Edge from your Start menu, desktop, or ...

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    How do I use the new night light in Windows 10? The Creators Update for Windows 10 has brought a ton of new features, one of which is the night light. It is a welcome addition that cuts down on blue light coming from your screen. Why does this matter? Excessive blue light can cause damage to your eyes and can disrupt your natural sleep pattern. Let's take a look at how exactly night light works and how to program it to your needs. How to enable night light How to manually turn on night light How to schedule night light How to change the color temperature of night light How to enable night light First, we need to enable night light in Windows 10 settings. Right-click the Start button. Click Settings. Click System. Click Display. Click the switch beneath Night light so that it turns On. Night light is now enabled but it might not be on due to scheduling settings based on your location. How to manually turn on night light Instead of setting a schedule for night light, you...

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    How do I fix the black screen hourglass bug on Oculus Rift? Using your Oculus Rift with Steam VR is usually a painless experience, but some people are reporting a bug that essentially ruins a gaming session. In the middle of playing, you will be switched over to a black screen with an hourglass in the middle — the default loading screen for the Rift. The problem: the black loading screen doesn't go away until you restart the game. There is no official fix from Steam or Oculus, but that doesn't mean the bug can't be avoided. It seems as though being a part of the SteamVR and Steam Beta Update is what's causing the problem, and people who have opted out of the Beta have not seen the bug again. See the full fix at VR Heads! VROculus RiftHelp & How To...

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    How do I win in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS? PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS recently hit Steam Early Access and has seen an exponential player-base growth. It's been consistently in the top three streamed games on Twitch and Beam due to it being about as much fun to watch as it is to play. Here's everything you need to know. What is PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS? The premise is simple: similar to the Hunger Games, you're dropped from an airplane with 99 other people onto an enormous island, and it's up to you to loot the buildings for weapons and armor. You can team up in pairs or squads, as well as going solo. A circle is shown on the map, and you have to move into it before a timer expires. If you're caught outside, an encroaching wall of death will drain your health until you die. Sound easy? It isn't. Those other players are all trying to get to the same spot, and the circles keep getting smaller. To help you last longer and potentially be the final survivor, here are...

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    How do I use the new Start menu in Windows 10 Creators Update? The Windows 10 Creators Update brings the Start menu a few new customization options to help make it feel more familiar. You can now create and resize live folders to hold more apps in a smaller area, and you can remove the app list that normally appears on the left side of the Start menu. Let's take a look at how to create and customize live folders and how to hide your app list. How to create and customize a live folder in the Creators Update Start menu How to hide your app list in the Creators Update Start menu How to create and customize a live folder in the Creators Update Start menu Windows Mobile users will immediately recognize this feature that lets you group apps together into something called a live folder. This allows you to keep many more app tiles in your Start menu without having to expand the size. Here's how to create a live folder. Click the Start button. Click and drag a tile onto another tile....

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    Fans can come in some unusual color schemes (looking at you, Noctua!) but manufacturers are allowing for easy customization through LED lighting and even removable extras. Should you find taking a fan apart or painting the entire unit to be off the table, options like these can be both time and life savers. Today we'll take a quick look at the results of spending half an hour painting the colored rings bundled with Corsair SP and AF series fans. Each fan purchased comes with three rings that can be attached to one side of the cooler. The three colors are red, blue, and white. This is great for anyone needing one of the said options for a PC build, but what if you need a green, black, pink, or orange? This is where a can of paint spray comes into action. Grab some newspaper or a surface you don't mind spraying some color onto and we're good to go. It's best to read through the instructions on the side of the can before applying any particles to the rings. We were tasked with shak...

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    With more choices than ever before, which GPU is best for you? With a growing list of VR-capable graphics cards on the market, choosing one that suits your demands is becoming increasingly difficult. Whether you're on a budget or reaching for the best performance through your rig, these are our picks for every type of virtual reality user. Read more at VRHeads virtual realityamdnvidiaHelp & How To...

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    If you're a newcomer to the world of modern PC gaming, you don't want to miss this article. PC gaming contains a rich and relatively open world of niche titles, monstrously powerful systems, and epic Steam digital sales. It can, also, be quite complex and inaccessible. Shrugging off the simplicity of the console world, Windows-powered gaming PCs give you access to piles of tools, tweaks, and various storefronts for buying all of those yummy games. Whether you're a complete newb or a seasoned vet, here are a few tips and tools that might help you get more out of your gaming PC purchases. Best Gaming Laptops 2017 1. Know your storefronts If you're completely new to PC gaming, you might be wondering about the best places to actually buy PC games. Amazon.com's PC store: Physical retail isn't as widely used for PC gaming as it used to be, with the rise of digital storefronts like Steam, but Amazon, naturally, still carries a selection of PC games for those who want to keep boxed...

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    There's no need to pay full price for PC games if you take the time to shop around a little. A few specific places mostly have the monopoly on PC game distribution these days, but that doesn't mean you can't get a good deal elsewhere. Steam, for example, might be the official place to actually get a game, but you can often find cheaper prices on its games outside of its store. You just have to know where to look. Here are a few of the best places to look to save money on PC games. Green Man Gaming UK-based Green Man Gaming (GMG) is a popular, well-stocked reseller of PC games from various different online services. It offers frequent deals, and for folks who sign up to be a VIP, exclusive additional discount codes are frequent. GMG also offers loot boxes sometimes, a lucky dip of game codes for a very low price. You don't know what you'll get but it's nice to be surprised sometimes. See at Green Man Gaming CDKeys CDKeys is an excellent source of game codes. It's not onl...

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    How do you use the updated Movies & TV app in the Creators Update? The Creators Update for Windows 10 brought a bunch of changes to the built-in apps we love, including Movies & TV. Most notably, the UI has been redesigned to keep your movies in one place (it's easier to find everything!), and there is now a picture-in-picture mode. To help get acquainted with the new look, let's take a look at how to use the Movies & TV app. How to sign into the Movies & TV app How to remove associated devices with the app How to buy or rent movies and TV shows How to search for movies and TV shows How to change where to save media How to download media you've purchased How to remove media you've downloaded How to use picture-in-picture mode How to add personal videos to Movies & TV How to change the app's theme How to sign into the Movies & TV app The first thing you want to do is sign into the app. This will associate the device you sign in on with the app. You can hav...

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    The Creators Update for Windows 10, officially released on April 11, 2017, brings a host of new features to the OS. The name fits well, because many of the improvements and updates to apps are focused on bringing more creators over to the platform. But don't fret if you aren't a creative type; the update benefits everyone. See at Microsoft Whether you're already using Windows 10 or you just adopted it, we assembled a collection of articles detailing many of the changes made to official apps and the OS. More importantly, the articles here detail the steps needed to navigate the changes. We will continue to add content to this page as guides are created, so if you want to get the most out of the Creators Update, bookmark us and check back often. If you need a hand with other aspects of Windows 10, be sure to check out our collection of Windows 10 Help articles, or visit our forums, where a community of Windows fanatics is waiting to offer advice. You may also want to check out our ...

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    Running an Insider preview build of Windows 10? Here's what you need to know (and do) after the Creators Update is released. After months and countless hours of work, the Windows 10 Creators Update is now finalized and will soon officially roll out to devices, starting April 11. The update is available for PCs and Xbox One, and phones will get Windows 10 Mobile on April 25. In this new version, which Microsoft refers as 1703 (identifying the year and month of the release), there are a slew of features and improvements designed to make Windows 10 more productive and secure. After installing the update, you'll find changes on Cortana and the Start menu, Windows Update, and security. The Creators Update also introduces new gaming features, such as Game Mode to boost gaming performance and Beam integration for in-game broadcasts. You now get more granular control of how apps get installed on your PC. Microsoft Edge gains a new ebook experience, and a lot more. You can learn more about...

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    Bias lighting looks awesome, and it can help your eyes. Bias lighting for PCs is something you might have seen before but never known what exactly it was. Simply put, it's a series of (usually) LED lights that you place on the rear of your PC monitor or TV, creating a kind of halo effect that projects behind it. Not only does it look amazing, but it's affordable and there are some actual benefits for your eyes. This excellent post from PCPartPicker outlines some of the positives: If you use your computer in complete darkness a lot, the sudden drop in luminance from your monitor to the surrounding darkness creates a sharp contrast that your eyes strain to manage. The second benefit is what gives it the name 'bias' lighting. The color of the light used behind the display changes how your brain interprets the colors from the display itself, i.e., you bias your brain's color interpretation. If you shine an orange light behind the monitor, you perceive everything on-screen a...

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    The Windows 10 Creators Update is here, but if you want to avoid early adopter problems, these are the steps to delay the update. Microsoft is finally rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update, and during the next few months millions of devices will get the latest version automatically through Windows Update. Similar to previous releases, the company is pushing out the update slowly, starting with newer devices that have been tested and are known to work with the Creators Update. Then it'll reach other devices based on feedback from telemetry during the initial phase. However, whether you have a relatively new PC or older hardware, it's expected that you may come across some installation issues and unknown bugs during the initial rollout. If you've read our Windows 10 Creators Update guide, you already know some of these problems (and the fixes). Although updates are now mandatory and they download and install automatically, if you want to prevent early adopter issues, it's possi...

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    How do you add custom skins to Windows 10? Stardock makes an array of powerful customization tools for Windows, but few are as great as WindowBlinds. And the tool just got updated for the Windows 10 Creators Update, allowing users to easily, quickly, and safely skin the entirety of Windows. Here's a quick look at how it all works. You can pick up WindowBlinds from Stardock's website for the reasonable price of $9.99. It also comes with a free trial if you want to give it a test run. Unlike other skinning methods for Windows, WindowBlinds does all the heavy lifting for you, and it's wrapped in a neat and intuitive UI. It comes with an array of pre-installed themes, but you can also grab more from WinCustomize, and they instantly install themselves into WindowBlind for use. Here are a few examples of content you can grab from WinCustomize's WindowBlinds section: When you select a skin for customization, you can also modify various other aspects of the skin before you appl...

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    How do I use the Dynamic Lock feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update? Another ease-of-use addition available in the Windows 10 Creators Update is Dynamic Lock, which uses a Bluetooth connection between your phone and your PC to automatically lock your PC when you (and your phone) move out of range. Your PC will stay unlocked for 30 seconds after it senses you've left the Bluetooth range. It doesn't unlock your PC; if you go out of range and Dynamic Lock shuts things down, you have to sign in with your password, PIN, or Windows Hello. Despite its shortcomings, Dynamic Lock can be useful for people who uses their devices in public or for anyone who likes to lock their device every time they leave the desk. This feature works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone. Let's take a look at how to set everything up so you can add an extra layer of security to your PC. How to pair your phone with your PC First, you need to change some settings on your phone. As stated, Dynamic Lock can work...

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    Before you throw away an old laptop hard drive, think about recycling it instead! If you're upgrading the storage inside your laptop, or perhaps upgrading your laptop entirely, there's no need to send everything to the great electronics scrapheap in the sky. With basic tools, knowledge and a little time, you can reuse those existing drives somewhere else. You can never have too much storage, right? What you can do If you have or are going to acquire a desktop PC, the most obvious thing to do would be to add another mass storage drive made up of your old laptop storage. This will only really apply to 2.5-inch drives, since m.2 drives attach directly to the motherboard and many modern desktop systems already have one. Desktop PC cases generally have space to accommodate multiple storage drives of both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch sizes. If you're building your own PC you'll almost certainly have space for extra drives, and adapting a 3.5-inch bay to fit the laptop-sized 2.5-inch driv...

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    Are my files encrypted when I save them to the cloud? After another round of high-profile celebrity hacks, it's clear that cloud storage isn't exactly as safe as it's made out to be. It's easy to sync your files with a service such as OneDrive or Dropbox, but it's also easy to forget about those files down the road. You may have deleted some sensitive photos from your phone, but they still ended up synced in the cloud, and now they're in the hands of a hacker. Let's take a look at how your cloud data can be potentially compromised and how you can add another layer of protection by encrypting them before they reach the cloud. Cloud-storage encryption There are two forms of encryption when you're dealing with cloud storage services: transit and resting. When your files travel between your PC and a cloud service, the files and folders you upload are generally encrypted with at least 128-bit secure sockets layer (SSL) technology. When your data is resting in storage, however, ther...

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    We take a look at some of the problems that can arise when building your next PC. Don't be that person who breaks something because the utmost care was not taken. Update 13 April 2017: Don't screw it up — we've added a few more helpful tips for building your first PC. Make sure it will work One of the bonuses of building your own PC is the excitement of taking delivery of all the parts required. That is until you work out that you've mistakenly ordered the wrong part or a specific component like RAM isn't compatible with the motherboard. Research should always be thoroughly carried out prior to filling up an online (or physical) cart and parting with hard-earned cash. There are websites that can even do the hard work for you. While they're handy to utilize, we still recommend you double-check everything before ordering. Make sure all your PC parts are compatible Don't buy cheap power The Power Supply Unit is the most important component of any PC simply because it's tasked w...

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    How do I stream games in Windows 10 Creators Update? Broadcasting games on Beam from your PC is easier than ever thanks to the Windows 10 Creators Update. Instead of having to use third-party software, there's now a streaming tool built right in. All you have to do to start streaming is log into a few apps, launch a game, and click to start the broadcast. To help you get started on the path of becoming a gaming superstar, here's how to broadcast on Beam in Windows 10 Creators Update. How to set up a broadcast for the first time Changing broadcast setup overlay settings Changing live broadcast overlay settings Changing Windows broadcast settings How to customize your Beam channel How to set up a broadcast for the first time First, you need to ensure your privacy settings allow you to broadcast from your PC. By default, broadcasting should be allowed, but here's how to check. Navigate to the Xbox user settings page. Type your username. Click Next. Type your password. Click S...

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