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- 10/31/17--10:00: _The Ultimate GPU Bu...
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- 11/01/17--06:00: _How to check Window...
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- 11/01/17--10:00: _What you should kno...
- 11/02/17--08:00: _A laptop makes a gr...
- 11/02/17--10:00: _How to unblock apps...
- 11/02/17--11:30: _These are the HTC V...
- 11/02/17--12:00: _How to use My Peopl...
- 11/03/17--05:31: _Call of Duty: WWII ...
- 11/03/17--07:44: _'Gigantic' develope...
- 11/03/17--12:00: _5 tips to help you ...
- 11/06/17--04:01: _How to reset passwo...
- 11/06/17--12:00: _How to prepare your...
- 11/07/17--04:01: _How to find your Su...
- 11/08/17--04:00: _How to change the f...
- 11/09/17--09:01: _Best Xbox One X Enh...
- 11/09/17--12:00: _How to reclaim spac...
- 11/09/17--14:00: _How to safely and s...
- 11/10/17--04:00: _How to pin more tha...
- 10/31/17--10:00: The Ultimate GPU Buyer's Guide
- 11/01/17--05:00: Surface Book 2 vs. Razer Blade Stealth: Which PC is better for you?
- 11/01/17--06:00: How to check Windows Mixed Reality motion controller battery level
- 11/01/17--10:00: What you should know about Powerline networking in your home
- 11/02/17--08:00: A laptop makes a great gift, but you need to keep these things mind
- 11/02/17--11:30: These are the HTC Vive games launching in November
- 11/02/17--12:00: How to use My People in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
- 11/03/17--07:44: 'Gigantic' developer Motiga shut down
- 11/03/17--12:00: 5 tips to help you switch from Windows Mobile to iPhone
- 11/06/17--12:00: How to prepare your old Surface device before selling it
- 11/07/17--04:01: How to find your Surface Pen in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
- 11/08/17--04:00: How to change the first day of the week in Windows 10's calendar
- 11/09/17--09:01: Best Xbox One X Enhanced games with 4K, enhanced visuals, or 60fps
- 11/09/17--14:00: How to safely and smartly clean your dirty Xbox One
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 workloads 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...
Once touted as the "ultimate Ultrabook," how does Razer's latest Blade Stealth stack up against the Surface Book 2?
If you're buying a premium Windows 10 laptop you have a lot of great choices. Two of the newest to hit the streets are the Surface Book 2 from Microsoft and the refreshed Blade Stealth from Razer with a quad-core processor.
Both are powerful, highly portable and truly desirable. In a battle, though, which one comes out on top? That depends on your personal preferences. But we can help you make a decision.
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Surface Book 2 vs. Razer Blade Stealth: Spec comparison
The Surface Book 2 is available in two sizes, with different specs. The Razer Blade Stealth quad-core is currently only available in one configuration. Let's break down the hardware.
Surface Book 2
Razer Blade Stealth (quad-core 2017)
13.5-inch or 15-inch PixelSense Display
13.3-inch IGZO Touch Screen16:9 aspect ratio
The motion controllers for Windows Mixed Reality headsets run on AA batteries. But how do you know how much power is left? We have the answer.
The fact that you don't have to recharge the motion controllers with your Mixed Reality headset is a blessing, assuming you have a stash of AA batteries at hand. Hot swapping means you don't have to come back to reality and wait for batteries to recharge before you continue your virtual experience.
But the controllers don't have battery level indicators on them, and there's no obvious sign of power levels when you're inside Mixed Reality either ... or is there? In fact, there is. You just have to know where to look.
Comparing Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung
Finding your Windows Mixed reality controllers' battery level
To check, you need to be inside the Windows Mixed Reality experience with your motion controllers powered on. To check how much battery you have left in each one, all you need...
Older parents, relatives or friends don't generally require very powerful PCs, unless they're already part of the gaming community.
When you're looking to purchase a PC for them to use either on a daily basis or sporadically, you should consider ease of use, affordability, and security. Some older folks still have yet to touch a PC, so you'll need to think back to the very first time you used a mouse and keyboard (or trackpad, touchscreen) to get an idea as to what they'll initially go through.
For keeping in touch with friends and family, browsing the internet and possibly firing up Solitaire every once in a while, you can get away with picking up a cheap PC and call it a day. With Windows 10 S as a viable option, there are plenty of choices available. Windows Central member vEEP pEEP took to our community forum for some advice.
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Powerline networking is a cool and useful way to carry a wired Internet connection through your home or apartment.
For my entire adult life, I've been an apartment dweller. There was always the potential for me to move around for my job, so I didn't want to buy a house. But living in an apartment — or even a rented house — means I can't do any heavy customization. If I could, I'd punch holes in my walls and run Ethernet cable to every room, both to ensure consistent speeds and to keep my home network as safe as possible. As long as I can remember, I've always had my desktop and Xbox plugged into Ethernet for these exact reasons.
Powerline networking is a cool way to bridge this gap. With the right adapters, an Internet connection can be carried over the electrical wiring in your house or apartment, rather than having to string Ethernet cable everywhere. I wanted to try this, so I bought a TP-LINK set. There are cheaper models that carry a connection at slower speeds, but I wan...
Should you give a laptop as a gift? What is there to know first?
Here's the bottom line: laptops can make great gifts, no matter the occasion or time of year. However, there are some things you must keep in mind to ensure that the laptop is actually well received, and that the person isn't let down by the specs, build, or display. You might have the word "ungrateful" in your head, but purchasing a new laptop is really a personal thing, akin to buying a new phone. Let's take a look at whether or not you really want to gift a laptop, and if you do, we'll also examine some key questions to ask before buying.
Do you really want to gift a laptop?
Before we get into the things to look out for when buying a laptop, it's good to first answer whether or not you really want to gift a laptop. Sure, they make great gifts, but they can also become quite expensive depending on the configuration. You can go the budget or used route, but it might be harder to get what's required. There are so...
Did you block automatic file downloads on an app by mistake? Here are the steps to unblock it on Windows 10.
Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, in order to give you more control over file downloads, you'll now see a toast notification with the file description, download progress, and an option to cancel the download when an app tries to open a file only available online from services, such as OneDrive or Dropbox.
The only problem is that after blocking the app, future downloads will trigger "The cloud operation was aborted" message preventing you from accessing the file, which in some cases it can make the app unusable.
If you change your mind, or you block automatic file downloads on an app by mistake, the updated Settings app now provides a new option to quickly unblock apps on your device.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to remove the block and allow apps to download files stored from cloud storage services to your computer.
Here's what's new for the HTC Vive for November 2017!
A number of interesting titles are set to release for the HTC Vive this month, fit for the fan of any of virtual reality genre. Although we won't be getting any highly anticipated releases from big studios, some indie gems are on the horizon. Here's an in-depth breakdown of all the HTC Vive games releasing over the month of November 2017.
Note: This list is compiled from Steam store listings at the start of the month.
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My People gives you a quick and easy way to communicate with a handful of your favorite contacts.
We all have a handful of people in our contacts list that we communicate with on a daily, often hourly basis. To help stay in touch with those people, Microsoft introduced a feature called My People in the Fall Creators Update. It lets you quickly send a message, Moji, file, or other form of media with just a couple of clicks. Let's take a look at how all this works and how to get it set up for the first time.
How to set up My People
My People comes mostly set up with the Fall Creators Update. All you have to do is click a few buttons to get it all started.
Click the People button in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar.
Click Get started.
You should now see a window that includes your connected apps. In our case, all three apps were connected by default because we'd signed in to them in the past. If you've never signed in, you'll instead see Click to connect this app below th...
Call of Duty: WWII has ditched the 'Create-A-Class' system, ushering in a new approach to multiplayer loadouts.
Call of Duty: WWII promises to bring the franchise back to its roots, with the revival of "boots on the ground" multiplayer gameplay later this year. Moving away from jump-packs and exosuits, the game is already shaping up to deliver some welcome changes, while also bringing back a level of purity associated with the series a decade ago.
One of the biggest new changes to Call of Duty: WWII's multiplayer is the new "Divisions" system – a new route for customizing your multiplayer experience.
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What are Divisions?
Divisions are a new approach to competitive multiplayer classes, making their debut in Call of Duty: WWII. Unlike the existing "Create-A-Class" system, which allows players to finely tweak multiplayer classes to their liking, Divisions promote a more structured approach to both gameplay and progression.
After "enlisting" in a ...
Motiga, the development studio behind hero shooter MOBA Gigantic, has shut down.
Motiga employees have confirmed the shutdown, indicating that all employees are impacted by the shutdown. In a statement to Destructoid, Motiga founder and CEO Chris Chung confirmed that the shutdown was a monetary decision by Gigantic publisher and studio owner Perfect World. From Chung:
Yes, [the closure] was the corporate decision. It was a budgetary decision at the highest level. Perfect World as a public company has a profitability goal and they decided to cut parts of the company that were not profitable. In short, Gigantic was not making enough revenue. Unfortunately, Motiga is not the only Perfect World studio being impacted by the decision.
As for what the studio's shutdown means for Gigantic, Chung says that the game will "be left at the hands of a maintenance team composed of a few dedicated folks at Motiga." So, at least in the near term, the game will remain available to play, but it...
It stings, but if you're a Windows 10 Mobile user thinking of jumping ship to iPhone, let us help your transition.
Because the iPhone is as popular as it is, you're able to use virtually any popular app or service on it. And that new iPhone X looks pretty slick. The truth is, you can make the happily switch and still be all about Microsoft if you want to. After all, why should you give up the services you love just because you change phone platforms?
The sad truth is Windows 10 Mobile just isn't competing right now, and its future is unclear. Of course, we'd much prefer the opposite situation, but cold hard facts are impossible to ignore.
If you're looking elsewhere and the iPhone is where you're headed, we have some tips to make the transition as painless as possible.
1. Get an Apple ID
If you're going to use an iPhone, you're going to need an Apple ID. Without one, you can't sign in to the phone or download apps. So if you don't already have an Apple ID, get one. It's easi...
Did you forget your account password? No worries, you can now quickly reset it from the Lock screen starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
It happens to everyone. You start your PC, type your password as usual thinking that is the correct one, but then the account won't unlock. You continue trying different combinations, and even different passwords, but nothing works until you finally realize that you have indeed forgotten your password.
If you're having trouble signing in to your account, starting with the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 includes a new option that makes it super easy to reset your password when using a Microsoft account.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to quickly regain access to your device after forgetting your password or PIN.
How to reset password from the Lock screen
How to reset PIN from the Lock screen
How to reset password from the Lock screen
If you no longer remember your Microsoft account password to ...
Get the best result when selling your old Surface device.
So you're getting a new PC — what do you do with your old Surface? Sure, you could keep it around, but you could sell it instead. There are some great ways to sell your old Surface, but what about getting it ready for its new owner? There will no doubt be a lot of questions about the condition of the device, and you definitely want to make sure it's been wiped of all your data before sending it off to its new owner. No matter the Surface, here's how to get it ready before selling it.
How to change the battery in your Surface Pen
Having a Surface Pen included in the sale is no doubt a big selling point. If the pen attached to your Surface device is no longer working, it might just need a new battery. The battery should last about a year or longer, but it will eventually run out. In that case, you need to grab a new AAAA battery and swap it out.
You can grab a four-pack of AmazonBasics AAAA batteries from Amazon for abou...
If you ever happen to lose your pen, Windows 10 can help to track it down, but you must enable the feature before you can use it.
Windows 10 has been able to track the physical location of your device for quite a while in case it gets lost, which is particularly useful for laptops and tablets. Now, with the Fall Creators Update, the feature expands to help you track your pen as well.
Although it's impossible for Windows 10 to know your pen's current location (due to the fact that they don't include GPS), because they connect to your device using Bluetooth, the OS can tell the last location you were using the pen, and saves that information to help you track it down.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to use the pen tracking feature included with the Fall Creators Update.
How to find your pen using the Settings app
In order to find your Surface Pen (or any supported pen) use these steps:
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Find my de...
Is Windows 10 showing the wrong first day of the week in your location? Or do you simply want your week to start on a different day? If so, you can use these steps to change the calendar format.
Windows 10 sets the first day of the week during setup based on your region settings, but it can't adjust the setting automatically if you're visiting another country, or your work schedule starts on a different day.
Fortunately, you can use the Settings app or Control Panel to set the start of the week to any day you want.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the easy steps to change the first day of the week on your device.
How to set the first day of the week using Settings
How to set the first day of the week using Control Panel
How to set the first day of the week using Settings
In order to change when your week starts on Windows 10, do the following:
Click on Time & Language.
Click on Date & Time.
Click the Change date and time formats link.
Looking for the best of the best on your Xbox One X? These are the Xbox One X Enhanced games you need to try on your new console.
Microsoft's Xbox One console has finally hit store shelves, with the promise of delivering the best console gaming experience on the market. Taking advantage of hardware far superior to competing devices, the Xbox One X aims to produce a "true 4K" gaming experience, alongside benefits such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) and improved visual effects.
While all existing games can expect some form of a performance boost, specific "Xbox One X Enhanced" games are where the console truly shines. These games are developed especially for Xbox One X, with the ability to take full advantage of its available resources. While many games built for the console strive to achieve 4K resolution, other benefits such as improved framerates and textures are becoming increasingly common sights.
We've rounded up our favorite Xbox One X Enhanced games available for the console ri...
If you're running low on space after getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, use this guide to delete the previous version to reclaim storage.
During the installation of the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 makes a backup of the current setup that can be used to restore the previous configuration in case of problems during and after the upgrade.
The only caveat is that even after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was successfully installed, and it's working without a glitch, the copy of the previous version stored in the Windows.old folder is still around on your drive — wasting gigabytes of space that can be used by more important files.
Although this might not be an issue for devices with large hard drives, if you have a laptop or tablet with limited storage, you can reclaim that storage space (and more).
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through three different ways to delete the previous installation saved on your computer after upgrading to the Fall Creator...
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!
When it comes to cleaning your Xbox One, your very best friend 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 ...
Do you want to pin more than just three contacts to your taskbar? No problem. Here's how to do it.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a new feature called My People, that allows you to pin your favorite contacts directly to the taskbar for quick and easy access to instant messaging services, email, contact details and more. Unfortunately, Microsoft imposed a limit of just three contacts that can be pinned to the taskbar, which just isn't enough for some people.
If you're one of those people longing for more pinable contacts, you've come to the right place. The three-people limit isn't fixed and can be adjusted via a simple Registry edit. As always, fiddling around with the Registry can be dangerous, so you should proceed with caution if you're not already familiar with the Windows Registry.
Step No. 1: Open the Windows Registry
First, you need to open the Windows Registry to be able to edit the values necessary to increase the number of people you can pin to the taskb...