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- 01/30/18--12:00: _How to redeem Micro...
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- 01/31/18--13:00: _5 must-know Monster...
- 02/01/18--09:30: _How to stream Super...
- 02/01/18--10:00: _How to use the Wind...
- 02/01/18--12:00: _How to use voice di...
- 02/02/18--04:00: _How to remove Windo...
- 02/02/18--08:00: _Should you upgrade ...
- 02/05/18--04:00: _How to play Oculus ...
- 02/05/18--05:00: _Everything we know ...
- 02/05/18--08:00: _How to find the rig...
- 02/05/18--12:00: _How to use a green ...
- 02/06/18--04:00: _How to create a ful...
- 02/06/18--12:00: _How to add a Spotif...
- 02/07/18--04:00: _How to fix common p...
- 02/07/18--10:24: _Xbox One 1802 updat...
- 01/29/18--12:00: How to fix common USB problems on Windows 10
- 01/30/18--04:00: How to use Kodi on Xbox One
- 01/30/18--05:00: How to listen to your own music in Spotify
- 01/30/18--06:00: Best practices for managing Windows 10 in the enterprise
- 01/30/18--12:00: How to redeem Microsoft Store codes and gift cards
- 01/31/18--04:00: How to set OneDrive as your default save location on Windows 10
- 01/31/18--13:00: 5 must-know Monster Hunter: World for Xbox One tips and tricks
- 02/01/18--09:30: How to stream Super Bowl LII live
- 02/01/18--10:00: How to use the Windows 10 Microsoft Store if you're a gamer
- 02/01/18--12:00: How to use voice dictation on Windows 10
- 02/02/18--04:00: How to remove Windows 10's Settings app tips
- 02/02/18--08:00: Should you upgrade the RAM in your Acer Aspire E 15?
- 02/05/18--04:00: How to play Oculus Rift games on the HTC Vive
- 02/05/18--08:00: How to find the right aftermarket CPU cooler for your PC
- 02/05/18--12:00: How to use a green screen in OBS and XSplit
- 02/06/18--04:00: How to create a full backup of a Windows 10 S PC
- 02/07/18--04:00: How to fix common problems with Outlook .pst and .ost data files
- 02/07/18--10:24: Xbox One 1802 update: The complete changelog
If you're having issues with a USB drive, audio, or printer, use this guide to quickly troubleshoot and fix common problems on Windows 10.
On Windows 10, we use many peripherals with a USB connection, as it's a widely adopted technology, offers fast data transfer speeds, and it's super-easy to set up. However, nothing is ever perfect, and eventually your peripheral may stop working correctly, or Windows 10 may simply not be able to recognize that new device you're trying to use.
When this happens, instead of taking the long route to try to fix the problem, you can use the "Windows USB Troubleshooter" tool to automatically diagnose and repair many common problems with external storage, audio, and printers using a USB interface.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to quickly troubleshoot and fix common problems you may encounter with a USB device connected to your computer.
How to repair USB problems using Troubleshooter
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Kodi can now be used directly on the Xbox One. But it's not quite ready for prime time yet.
There was a time when using Kodi on the Xbox One required a workaround; Installing it on a device like a Fire TV Stick and using the HDMI passthrough on the console. Thankfully, that's no longer necessary.
Kodi is now officially available on the Xbox One thanks to the developers rebuilding the app in UWP for Windows 10-based devices. It's still an early alpha of version 18, Leia, so while it's here and usable, there are things which are buggy and some that just don't work at all.
Kodi 18 Leia: Everything you need to know
The first thing to do is to download it from the Store. If you have ever installed it on a Windows 10 PC from the Store, you'll find it in your ready to install section on your console. If not, either search for it in the Store on the Xbox One or hit the link below to install it from your PC.
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What you c...
If you moved your streaming to Spotify it's easy to use the app to also listen to your own local music, too.
Unless you're still using OneDrive to stream your own music from the cloud, the reasons to keep using Groove Music on Windows 10 got a lot less compelling with the death of the streaming service. If you moved your streaming over to Spotify and still have local music on your PC you want to enjoy, you can do both in the Spotify app on Windows 10.
Here's what you need to do.
In the edit menu, select preferences.
Scroll down until you come to the section labeled local files.
By default you can enable the default music folder on your PC, music files in your downloads folder or anything you currently have in Windows Media Player.
To add a different folder, first click add a source.
Navigate to the folder on your PC where you keep the music you want to import.
The location you just selected will now be added with a toggle switch like the standard options for...
Here are a few ways to help you manage your company's Windows 10 computers!
Windows and the enterprise market have gone together like peas and carrots since computers were brought into the mainstream, and that relationship has continued since then. Managing a fleet of Windows 10 computers in an enterprise setting is easier than ever, but there are still some things to consider when setting up your environment.
A small bit of backstory on me: my day job involves configuring, tracking and managing Windows laptops and desktops for a ~500 person non-profit. The tips I'm sharing below are what I've picked up since starting the job seven months ago.
System Center Configuration Manager — or SCCM — is Microsoft's own suite for managing Windows deployments in an enterprise setting. Administrators can use SCCM to remotely control client machines, manage updates and patches and even manage iOS and Android devices. SCCM does have a licensing cost per device, which keeps my com...
Here's how to redeem codes and gift cards for use with your Windows 10 PC.
The Microsoft Store is home to everything available from Microsoft, from physical devices, accessories, movies, apps, and more. And while all content can be purchased directly from the store, redeemable codes play a major role in obtaining specific items, credit, and subscriptions from outside of the online storefront.
If you purchase Microsoft digital goods from outside of the online store, 25-character redeemable codes are provided to access those items online. Here's how to redeem a code on a Windows 10 PC and access its related contents.
How to redeem a code on a Windows 10 PC
If redeeming a code on a Windows 10 PC, we recommend navigating to the integrated Microsoft Store app. As an app tightly integrated into Windows 10, redeeming codes for Windows apps and games automatically triggers downloads upon redemption. Likewise, credit and subscriptions will be automatically applied.
Open the Microsoft ...
Are you browsing to your OneDrive folder every time you want to save a file on Windows 10? If so, use these steps to change the default save location.
Although you can always browse and select the location to save files you create using an application, Windows 10 also has a default configuration to save your newly-created files that points to your profile folders (Desktop, Documents, Pictures, and videos, for example).
If you use OneDrive, starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it's possible to change the default configuration so you can save files directly to the cloud storage service instead of having to browse to the path every time.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the simple steps to use OneDrive as your default save location.
How to save your files directly to OneDrive
To set OneDrive as your default location to save your documents and files, follow these steps:
Click the OneDrive icon in the notification area.
Click the menu button (three-dots)...
New to Monster Hunter's beast-riddled world? Here's what you should know.
Monster Hunter has made its arrival on Xbox One X with its latest installment, Monster Hunter: World. Following success on both Sony and Nintendo platforms, the game marks the series debut on Xbox One, with a variety of changes to take advantage of the new hardware.
As a franchise renowned for its steep learning curve, Monster Hunter: World isn't easy to get started with. Although efforts have been made to create an entry-point for newcomers, there are still things to keep in mind. Here are five beginner's tips you should know before getting started with the game.
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Prepare to grind
Before jumping into Monster Hunter: World, prepare yourself to grind away at the same content. This latest entry is one of the most ambitious games in the franchise, but its legacy of requiring heavy investment is still there. While replayability factors into its mission and world design, t...
Hopefully you've already sorted how you're going to watch the game, but if you're looking for a way to watch it on the go, or just need a backup plan in case something goes wrong, you can view this year's Super Bowl through the NBC Sports app or just visit NBCSports.com.
Live-streaming the Super Bowl
The app itself is free but in order to view content you need to have a subscription to a cable or satellite service that includes NBCSN. The app's listing in the Microsoft Store has a full list.
The benefit of using the NBC Sports app is that you can view the game anywhere in the US where you have an internet connection. The app is available on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One.
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Kickoff for Super Bowl LII is a at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday February 4th, so make sure to get out and prep for the big game. Let us know in the comments how you're getting ready for the event and who you think is going to win.
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The Windows 10 app store continues to be rather bad you're a gamer, but with Xbox Game Pass it's becoming a necessity for some quality titles.
The Windows 10 app store, officially branded the "Microsoft Store," comes as standard with Windows 10, offering a handful of great apps and games based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). UWP has a raft of benefits (as well as downsides), but the idea is to help developers create games and programs with a single codebase for several different endpoints. For example, Sea of Thieves for PC uses the same code as it does for Xbox One and Xbox One X.
For those who might be interested in picking up Microsoft Store-exclusive PC games, such as Gears of War 4 and beyond, the store can be a bit convoluted to navigate. Here's what you need to know to survive Xbox gaming on PC.
Managing your game library
Unfortunately, there's no easy way to simply manage and view your installed games. The game library on the Xbox app does bring in all the game...
Windows 10 includes a new voice-to-text feature, and in this guide, we'll help you to get started with the experience.
The Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 brought a new dictation feature that allows you to translate spoken words into text a lot easier than before — and in any app and across the desktop experience.
Dictation joins the touch keyboard and handwriting as input options, and is very similar to Speech Recognition that's also part of Windows 10. Dictation focuses exclusively on converting voice into text, so you can't you can't use it to navigate the desktop and apps using your voice as you can with Speech Recognition.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to start using voice dictation on your device.
How to get started with dictation on Windows 10
If you have a microphone connected to your device, dictation will be enabled by default, and you'll be able to access it using the Windows key + H keyboard shortcut or clicking the microphon...
If you don't find the tips embedded in Windows 10's Settings app helpful, you can use this guide to remove them.
On Windows 10 version 1709 and later, the Settings app includes tips with embedded videos to highlight different ways you can use related features within the pages you view.
Although these tips can be helpful, the tips available are limited, and chances ar, if you're an average or advanced user you already know them.
If you don't find the Settings tips useful, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to remove them using the Local Group Policy Editor and Registry.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to remove tips, including those embedded videos located on the right side of a page in the Settings app.
How to remove Settings tips using Group Policy
How to remove Settings tips using Registry
How to remove Settings tips using Group Policy
If you're running Windows 10 Pro (or Enterprise), the easiest way to remove tips on the right side of the Setti...
Is it worth buying the budget Acer Aspire E 15 and then upgrading the RAM yourself?
The Acer Aspire E 15 is a budget laptop that's a bit of a throwback to laptops of days gone by. It's thick, it has an optical drive, and it has plenty of legacy ports for connecting your aging hardware. Although it has many features that are going extinct, it also has an eighth-generation Intel Core processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card (GPU).
Part of this laptop's charm is how easy it is to upgrade the RAM and storage. You undo three screws, pull off the cover, and slip in some new hardware. Despite the simplicity, is it really worth buying more RAM?
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What will you do with your Acer Aspire E 15?
The biggest factor when thinking about upgrading RAM is for what purpose you'll be using the laptop. Remember that the Aspire E 15 comes with 8GB of RAM, which is already a decent amount.
How do I get Rift games working on my Vive?
PC gamers have long been proud of their peacefulness (other than a few mild dust-ups with the console armies). There hasn't been a war between PC gamers in years!
Keeping with the trend of sharing and caring, LibreVR created Revive, software that lets HTC Vive owners play Oculus Rift games. Why can't Rift games by default be played on Vive? We'll get into that.
Let's take a look at how Revive works, a little history about Oculus games, and finally a list of all the Rift games that work with Vive.
What is Revive and why does it exist?
Why use Revive?
How does Revive work?
How to download and install the Oculus app
How to download a game in the Oculus app
How to set up Revive
How to enable the Revive button in the Vive dashboard
How to inject Revive into a standalone game
How to patch Rift games downloaded through Steam
How to restart the Oculus Runtime service
Which Oculus games work with Revive?
What is Revive and why does it exist?...
Rainbow Six Siege is set to receive a cooperative zombies mode in early 2018, with the release of "Operation Chimera." Here's what we know so far.
Rainbow Six Siege has grown to be one of Ubisoft's biggest successes of the generation, delivering a shooter experience that while competitive, delivers unrivaled tension and atmosphere. Despite its rocky beginnings in 2015, the game has grown to be one of the biggest titles of today – now entering its third year of post-launch content.
Kicking off 2018, Rainbow Six Siege is on track to receive its ninth major content drop, "Operation Chimera." Deviating from the formula of previous expansions, Chimera brings significant shift in tone, with a new "fantasy" setting. And although a full reveal is still some time away, Ubisoft hasn't held back in teasing what's to come.
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The centerpiece of Operator Chimera is an all-new game mode, known as "Mission Outbreak." While details are sca...
Here's how to choose the right CPU cooler for your PC.
Your PC's processor and other components produce a lot of heat when in use, and all this thermal activity needs to be transferred outside the case. There are a few ways this can be achieved with the CPU. Traditional air cooling uses a clamp to attach a heatsink block, which draws heat away from the processor. A fan then blows air through metal fins to dissipate the heat inside the chassis, which is then taken outside by an exhaust case fan.
Water-cooling is a whole other ball game, using a radiator, a pump and a block to achieve similar results but using liquid to take heat away from the processor. It's similar to how the radiator works on your vehicle. Water-cooling can produce better results by keeping the CPU cooler than air solutions, but prices can quickly get out of control. Some processors come with a bundled cooler, but even if you have one, it can be a good idea to swap it out for an aftermarket solution.
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A green screen is a great way to add a little extra production value to your streams. Here's how to get started.
If you're a frequent viewer on Mixer or Twitch and wonder how your favorite streamers have managed to make their backgrounds disappear from around them on camera, chances are they're using a green screen.
There are cameras out there that will do it through software (Logitech's C922) or by using Intel RealSense (Razer Stargazer), but to do it with any camera and with minimal impact on your PC a green screen is a great way to do it if you have room.
Allow me to walk you through the steps of setting up a green screen for use in both OBS Studio and XSplit.
What you need
Obviously, you'll need a green screen. There are plenty out there at places like Amazon, though the Windows Central recommendation easily goes to the Elgato Green Screen. It's about $160 but you really can't do any better, especially if you're tight on space.
The Elgato Green Screen is also the exact ...
If you're running Windows 10 S, here's one way you can protect your installation and personal files from malware, software issues, and hardware failure.
Although using Windows 10 S can lower the risks of malware taking over your system, it doesn't mean that your PC is immune to software problems and hardware failure. You won't know when, but one day, the hard drive may fail, a critical error may corrupt your files, or a very nasty malware may find its way into your device, and if you don't have a backup, you could lose important documents, pictures, and custom settings.
If you're using the unlocked version of Windows 10, you have a lot of options to backup your computer, but on Windows 10 S, because you can't install traditional (win32) programs, setting up a third-party backup solution is out of the question. However, it's still possible to protect your installation and files using the built-in system image tool.
A system image makes a copy of everything stored on your device, in...
If you're playing music on stream with a Spotify soundtrack, it's really simple to share what you're listening to with your audience.
Music can be an integral part of not only your own enjoyment while gaming, but also provide some additional entertainment to your audience when you're streaming. You may have noticed some of your favorite streamers with a little overlay on their broadcasts telling everyone what track they're currently listening to and thinking you'd like some of that yourself.
Fortunately, it's not complicated. I'm focusing on Spotify here because it's the most popular music streaming service and the one I use personally. But the program used here to do produce the overlay is compatible with other music apps, too.
Here's how to get set up in both XSplit and OBS.
To get the now playing information into a format that streaming software like OBS and XSplit can understand you need to use an additional program. One of the most popular and reliable is ...
If your data files in Outlook won't open or get corrupted, or items appear to be missing in your inbox, you can use these steps to resolve the issues.
The desktop Outlook app uses two types of data files to store local copies of your emails, calendars, contacts, and other items, to allow you access to your information without an internet connection.
If you're using an Outlook.com, Outlook 365, or Exchange account, this information is stored in an Offline Outlook Data File using a .ost format. However, if you're using a POP or IMAP account like those you get from an Internet Service Provider (ISP), your information will be stored in an Outlook Data File using a .pst format instead.
Typically, you can go for a long time without any problems, but sooner or later, these files may stop working, and they can get damaged, which is why Outlook includes the Inbox Repair tool to diagnose and repair common errors with .pst files, as well as a mechanism to recreate .ost files automatically.
Microsoft has brought a wave of new features to Xbox One in its latest update, including Scheduled Themes, Do Not Disturb and more.
Microsoft has released the next big update for Xbox One consoles, delivering a range of improvements upon the last year's major feature update. While the update doesn't debut any major enhancements, some welcome changes have still made an arrival.
While an official name isn't paired with this update, it goes by the version number "1802." Early builds on the next branch, "Redstone 4," are expected to roll out sometime in the coming months with a larger batch of features. We've wrapped up everything changing with the update and what to expect when it hits your console.
While a simple concept, "Scheduled Themes" is a welcome addition to the Xbox One OS. Complementing the "light" and "dark" themes implemented last year, the feature aims to deliver a dynamic color scheme to the console.
Although the dark theme is generally easier on t...