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- 06/07/18--04:00: _How to create an un...
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- 06/07/18--12:00: _How to fix Microsof...
- 06/08/18--12:00: _How to buy and read...
- 06/09/18--12:00: _How to transfer you...
- 06/09/18--13:25: _How to play Unravel...
- 06/10/18--06:00: _How to customize sh...
- 06/11/18--04:00: _How to connect your...
- 06/11/18--12:00: _How to disable the ...
- 06/12/18--04:00: _How to connect to a...
- 06/12/18--12:00: _How to fix disabled...
- 06/13/18--04:00: _How to back up Stic...
- 06/14/18--04:00: _How to enable or di...
- 06/14/18--12:00: _How to change Wi-Fi...
- 06/15/18--07:12: _Sea of Thieves guid...
- 06/07/18--04:00: How to create an unattended installation of Windows 10
- 06/07/18--04:30: Where (and how) to watch the BlackBerry KEY2 launch livestream
- 06/07/18--12:00: How to fix Microsoft Office 365 subscription and license problems
- 06/08/18--12:00: How to buy and read ebooks in Windows 10
- 06/09/18--12:00: How to transfer your data from an old PC to a new PC
- 06/09/18--13:25: How to play Unravel Two for Xbox One right now
- 06/10/18--06:00: How to customize ships in Sea of Thieves
- 06/11/18--04:00: How to connect your wireless printer in Windows 10
- 06/11/18--12:00: How to disable the lock screen in Windows 10
- 06/12/18--04:00: How to connect to a Wi-Fi network on Windows 10
- 06/12/18--12:00: How to fix disabled AMD Ryzen processor cores
- 06/13/18--04:00: How to back up Sticky Notes on Windows 10
- 06/14/18--12:00: How to change Wi-Fi network connections priority order on Windows 10
- 06/15/18--07:12: Sea of Thieves guide: How to find all of the Skeleton Thrones
You can perform a clean installation of Windows 10 without any user interaction, and in this guide we show you how.
When you need to install a fresh copy of Windows 10, you typically start your computer with a bootable media and go through the setup process to manually configure various settings, including region and language, product key, and partitions. Then after the installation completes, you're presented with the out-of-box experience (OOBE) to finish the setup, configuring personal settings like keyboard, account, and privacy settings.
Although it's not a difficult process to handle for most tech-savvy users, you still have to sit through the installation and answer questions which can take a very long time, even more when you need to install Windows 10 on multiple devices.
If you want to speed up and automate the installation process, you can create a special file with the answers to every question, which you can save in the bootable media and the setup can read automatica...
The KEY2 event will begin on June 7 at 10:00 AM ET.
The BlackBerry KEYone stood out as one of 2017's most interesting and unique phones, especially for Windows phone users who finally decided to make the jump to Android and who wanted a best-in-class keyboard experience. This year, BlackBerry's going to follow it up with the KEY2. We've already come across quite a few leaks and rumors speculating about what the phone will come equipped with, but soon we'll be able to lay the rumor mill to rest.
BlackBerry's holding an event in New York today to announce the KEY2, and while our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino and Managing Editor Al Sacco will be there, you can watch the entire thing without having to leave your home or office. The company is hosting a livestream on YouTube, and you can tune in by simply clicking on the video above.
The livestream will begin at 10:00 AM ET on Thursday, June 7.
Are you a current or former BlackBerry user? Are you still using a Windows phone but a...
Being hit with a license error when you try to use Microsoft Office 365? There's an easy fix.
I have an Office 365 license, and it's still definitely valid and very much paid for, but Excel didn't seem to think that was the case when I went to open the app.
Fortunately, there's a really easy fix to the problem that doesn't involve contacting Microsoft and yelling at anyone on the phone.
How to fix Microsoft Office 365 subscription problems
Here's what you should do to resolve the issue:
Right-click on the Start button.
Select apps and features.
Find the application from the list that you had the error in. (If you're using Office 365 the app will be labeled as the package and not the individual app name).
Select online repair.
In some cases, errors can be fixed with the quick repair option, but when a license comes into play you need to go online to ensure everything syncs back up correctly.
Office will now download whatever files and data i...
Appreciate the joy of reading on your Windows 10 PC!
The Creators Update for Windows 10 added an e-reader function that lets you purchase and read ebooks, and it has since received some new features in the more recent April 2018 Update. You can still buy books from the Microsoft Store and read them in Edge thanks to a built-in reader feature, but the process has changed slightly.
Ready to start reading? Here's how to buy and read ebooks using Edge in Windows 10.
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How to buy and download ebooks
Books from the Microsoft Store can be accessed in a few different ways, though they all ultimately lead to the same place. You can visit the Books section of the Microsoft Store in your web browser, you can launch the Store app straight from your desktop and click the Books tab, or you can navigate there through Edge, signing in with the appropriate accounts along the way. Let's take a look at the final, most thorough route.
Here's how to buy and download...
Take advantage of one of these five ways to move your data from an old PC.
Moving to a new Windows 10 PC is an exciting time — shiny new hardware and a snappy system are sitting there waiting to be used. The problem is that your familiar files are sitting on the old PC, and you don't want to start over entirely anew. To ease your transition between PCs, here are six ways you can transfer your data.
Use OneDrive to transfer your data
Use an external hard drive to transfer your data
Use a transfer cable to transfer your data
Use PCmover to transfer your data
Use Macrium Reflect to clone your hard drive
Sharing files without HomeGroup
Use OneDrive to transfer your data
One of the easiest ways to back up and transfer your data is to use the cloud storage service OneDrive. If you have a Microsoft account, you automatically get 5GB of storage for free.
This isn't a lot of space for a backup, especially if your old PC has been around for a long time, but there are affordable opt...
While Unravel Two was only just announced, here's how to play right now on Xbox One.
Electronic Arts recently unveiled Unravel Two, a successor to its 2016 indie puzzle-based platforming game, as a part of its E3 2018 showcase. This latest entry revives the adorable "Yarny" for a new set of adventures, with new locations, puzzles, and a seamless local co-op mode.
One of the biggest surprises of the show was Unravel Two's availability, with the game already up for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Players can now dive in Yarny's latest adventure, with the game retailing for $19.99 across digital storefronts.
Xbox One players can now download the game via the Microsoft Store, with a price cut to $17.99 offered to EA Access subscribers. The game also offers Xbox One X enhancements which bump the game the 4K resolution, although High Dynamic Range (HDR) support appears to be absent.
To download and play Unravel Two today, head to the game's Xbox One listing on the web ...
Here's how to deck out your ship in Sea of Thieves with hulls, figureheads, sails and flags.
Sea of Thieves starts players on equal footing, yet there's still a variety of way to stand out on the seas. With few upgrades and progression beyond your initial skill set, unique cosmetics are the main drive keep climbing to the ranks of Pirate Legend. A vast collection of ship cosmetics is also up for grabs, providing a fresh flair to your galleon or sloop.
We've wrapped up how to obtain and equip Sea of Thieves' ships cosmetics, following its latest update.
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Purchasing ship cosmetics in Sea of Thieves
Like most of Sea of Thieves cosmetic items, a majority of cosmetic ship items are accessed from the appropriate outpost vendor. Shipwrights stock new figureheads, hulls, sails, and flags, all in exchange for a sum of gold. However beware – with a majority of items priced into five digits, you'll need to work to unlock them. Here's where and how to...
Don't you just despise those times when you need to quickly print something but your printer is packed away somewhere, or you need to keep plugging in a pesky USB cable? Picking up a wireless printer will allow for remote access to the peripheral, enabling Windows 10 to print, fax and scan without being physically attached to the unit. Let's take a look at how to set up your wireless printer in Windows 10.
Connecting your printer
Windows can't find your printer?
Set default printer
For this guide, I'll be using my trusty HP 4500, but any wireless printer or all-in-one should work just fine — there's a newer model to my one if you're interested. Note that we'll be looking at direct connections. Should you be interested in learning more about HomeGroup in Windows 10, be sure to check out our in-depth guide, which will enable you to set up and configure the sharing of printers and content.
Connecting your printer
Let's take a quick look at how to add your wireless printer in ...
The lock screen, which appears just before the Windows 10 sign-in screen, can be disabled.
The Windows 10 lock screen divides many users. Some don't mind seeing a nice picture along with a news blurb, some notifications, and the time of day. Others find it to be a waste. Why click or drag just to get to the actual sign-in screen?
Disabling the lock screen is entirely possible as long as you're running the Creators Update or anything newer, including the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The steps required are a bit different for Home and Pro versions, but we'll explore them both here.
How to disable the lock screen in the Home edition of Windows 10
If you have Windows 10 Home edition, to disable the lock screen you need to make some changes in your registry.
Note: As always when editing your registry, there is a chance that your OS can fail if the exact steps are not followed. Before beginning, make sure you create a full backup of your PC.
Right-click the Start button.
If you need to set up a new Wi-Fi connection on your Windows 10 device, there are multiple ways to do it.
These days, wireless networks are virtually everywhere, giving us a way to get online without cables.
Thankfully, Windows 10 offers more than one way to quickly connect to the internet using a Wi-Fi connection, whether you're setting up a new device, bringing your computer to a new place, or looking for an efficient way to connect multiple devices to the same network.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to connect to a Wi-Fi network using the Taskbar, Settings app, Control Panel, and Command Prompt.
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using Taskbar
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using Settings
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using Control Panel
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using Command Prompt
How to connect to a Wi-Fi network using Taskbar
Using the network flyout in the Taskbar is the most straightforward way to connect to a new Wi-Fi networ...
If your Ryzen processor is suddenly reporting disabled cores, there's an easy fix.
PCs are funny old beasts, and in the process of setting up my new Ryzen 7 2700X build I encountered a few ... hiccups. One of the more troublesome ones was the PC reporting that four of the eight cores were disabled, which I verified in several places and ran some benchmarks just to be sure.
I searched the web, trying anything and everything, including resetting the CMOS (aka the small onboard memory) on the motherboard by removing the battery and reflashing the BIOS. Nothing worked. But eventually I found a very simple thing did. All you need is AMD Ryzen Master.
If you have cores disabled, Ryzen Master or Windows 10 Task Manager will show you.
I'll preface this by saying that this is by no means a guaranteed fix for your system. In my case, one very specific set of events triggers the cores to be disabled and this method has, so far, always brought them back.
Update: As folks have been asking...
If you use Sticky Notes on Windows 10, in this guide we show you the steps to back up and restore your notes to the same or different computer.
Sticky Notes is an application that has been around for many years, but it became a modern app with Windows 10, and it's a software approach to the physical paper sticky notes you usually post around your monitor.
The only caveat to using Sticky Notes is that your notes don't sync to the cloud (although the app integrates with Cortana), and there's no way to save them outside your device. As a result, when you reinstall Windows 10, or if your machine breaks, your notes are gone for good.
Related: How to use the Windows Sticky Notes to remind you all the things
However, using the right set of instructions, you can make a copy of the database, which you can then restore on any device to get your notes back.
In this Windows 10 guide, we show you the steps to create a backup of your notes and the process to restore them.
How to create a b...
If you have to disable a network adapter you don't use, or one that doesn't work, in this guide, we'll show you the steps on how to do this on Windows 10.
Although a network adapter is an important part of your computer — it connects your PC to your local network, and thus the internet — sometimes you may need to disable it. Regardless of if you need to turn it off to just shut down things you're not using, or to save battery life, or to keep your computer off a network, you have your reasons.
The only problem is that while you can use the Settings app on Windows 10 to manage network settings, Settings doesn't include an option to enable or disable network adapters. Here's how to do it.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to disable and enable a network adapter using GUI and command line tools.
How to enable or disable network adapters using Control Panel
How to enable or disable network adapters using Device Manager
How to enable or disable network a...
If your PC keeps connecting to the wrong Wi-Fi network automatically, in this guide, we'll show you the steps to change their priority to always try to connect to the preferred network first.
On Windows 10, when the Wi-Fi adapter is enabled on your device, it'll connect to only one particular network automatically, even if you have multiple connections saved on your computer, and those networks are in range. The selection process to which wireless network you'll be connected is based on the priority system, which is assigned to each connection.
However, if your device keeps connecting to the least preferable wireless network automatically, on Windows 10, you can change the priority order of each connection to make sure that your device always hooks to the preferred access point first.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to change the priority order of Wi-Fi network connections using the modern user interface and command line allowing your device to always co...
Riches and loot await, for those with a keen eye and steady aim...
The 1.1.2 patch for Xbox's popular pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves recently went live, and with it came a collection of new items and features. You can check out the full patch notes in our summary here, but in this article we're going to focus on the limited time event that came with the patch: Skeleton Thrones.
Skeleton Thrones are large wooden chairs hidden through the game world that award you with commendations and the new currency, Bilge Rat doubloons, when you sit on them. There are 10 in total — five small, and five large. The small ones only require you, but for the larger ones, you'll need to have a pirate from another crew sit with you. If you "unlock" all of the thrones, you'll receive two titles for your in-game profile that give you bragging rights. Here's how to find the thrones, and some tips for using your cannon to reach them.
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