How To Enable Fast Startup In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is supposed to be faster than its predecessors and it's also supposed to run better on older hardware. The OS is meant to be less demanding in terms of hardware requirements but if you've upgraded to Windows 10, you know that it is all it promised to be in terms of speed. Perhaps this has to do with the many bugs that still need fixing but if Windows 10 is exceptionally slow to start, there is a little setting that will allow you to speed up the boot process. Read More

How To Extend Your Windows Desktop With The Chromecast [Guide]

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The Chromecast is considered a device meant for entertainment purposes. Most apps that are developed for it tend to be geared for entertainment but it has actual productive uses, for example, you can use it to give presentations from your phone. Another great use you can put your TV and Chromecast to is as an extended display for your system. You can do this with Windows 7, 8, and 10. Here's how. Read More

How To Factory Reset The Second Generation Chromecast

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The second generation Chromecast differs from the first generation in many ways and one of the major differences lies in its designs. The second generation Chromecast has a more solid streamlined look but if you're upgrading from the first generation to the second one, the one thing you will notice right away is that a certain button is missing on the new device. The button, present on first generation devices, allowed users to manually reset their device to factory settings. You can just imagine how important it was. With it no longer part of the second generation device, you might be wondering how you can reboot or factory reset the second generation Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

Get Large Icons On App Tiles On The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Start Menu supports different tile sizes for the apps you pin to it. Resizing a tile is really simple and the size variation lets you highlight the more important and frequently accessed apps while fitting the less often used ones in a smaller area. For apps that haven't been optimized for Windows 10, you might notice that resizing an app tile on the Start Menu will leave you with a large square or rectangle that still has a small app icon sitting in the middle. For some apps like Chrome, the entire tile will show the Chrome icon but for many popular ones, that just isn't the case. To fix the problem, there's a free open source app called TileIconifier. Read More

Automatically Turn Off The Monitor/Display When You Lock Windows

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Windows lets you set a time limit on how long your display should stay 'On' even if you've been inactive. This setting can be accessed from the power plan options under 'Turn off display'. The display, along with other power conserving options like dimming the display or putting Windows into Sleep mode are bound by a time trigger and dependant on the user being inactive. MpowerSaver is a little Windows utility that will turn off your display or external monitor immediately if you lock your screen. It also lets you set a schedule for when you system should shut down, restart, go to standby, or hibernate. Read More

How To Disable The Sign-In Screen Background Image In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the lock screen background, the desktop background, and the sign-in screen background. Of these three background images that appear on your screen, the sign-in screen background cannot be changed unless you use an app. If you leave the background untouched, you will always see the Hero wallpaper that is one of the defaults in Windows 10. If you aren't too fond of the wallpaper and would prefer to not have any image appear on the sign-in screen, here's how you can disable it altogether. Read More

Block & Uninstall All Updates That Force The Windows 10 Upgrade

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Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 on to its current user base since it announced the release date for the new OS. Even though the number of people who have upgraded to the new version of Windows is pretty impressive, Microsoft doesn't think it's good enough. In order to fix this problem, it is pushing Windows 10 on to people all the more aggressively. Microsoft has now dubbed all updates that will push Windows 10 on to users as 'Recommended'. This means users will once again have to sit down and hide these updates if they haven't installed already. If you're looking for a very quick and very effective way to remove all traces of Windows 10 from your system, Aegis is a little script that you can use. Read More

How To Force Windows 10 To Upgrade To The Latest Build

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The November 2015 build of Windows 10 i.e., build 1511 was one a lot of people were looking forward to. Not only did it introduce new features but it also fixed quite a few bugs. The only problem with the build was that it didn't roll out for everyone. People are still waiting on it. If you aren't sure what build you're running you can use the version check tool to find out. If you're running an older build and Windows is continuously telling you that it's up to date, it's time to force your hand and force the update. Here's how. Read More

How To Check The Build Number In Windows 10

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Windows 10 build updates have introduced a few new features and quite a few improvements to the OS. The latest stable builds work better than what was originally passed off as the first stable version of Windows 10 in July 2015. If you haven't seen any stability improvements or any of the new features that the later builds have introduced despite your OS being up to date, it might be you're running an older build of Windows 10. Here's where you can check the build number. Read More

Record A Screencast And Save In MP4, AVI, OGG, WebM, Or GIF Format

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Screencasting apps are no longer rare and it's easy to find an app that will record screencasts with no time limits on how long a video you can record. You're practically spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an app and VClip is just another screencast app that you ought to consider. The app stands out by offering users a rich choice in output formats. It supports saving in MP4, OGG, WEBM, AVI, and GIF formats. While MP4 and GIF formats are both become common with screencasting apps, the others are rare to come by. The app uses FFMPEG to encode videos and the output, regardless of which format you select, is excellent. VClip also lets you select the frame rate for recording. It comes with three frame rate presets to choose from. Read More

New Features In Firefox 44 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 44 is out for both desktop and Android with few noteworthy features for end users. Developers are likely to appreciate the slew of new animations tools added in the web console on the desktop version. For Android users, there's the ability to set a custom home page and hide the speed dial i.e. Top Sites panel. Firefox for iOS did not receive a simultaneous update however, it has been updated twice this month, once with bug and security fixes, and once with two major feature additions to the app. You can now request the desktop version of a website and use third-party password managers on iOS. Here's a detailed look at the major new additions in Firefox 44. Read More

VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Headset Review

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Virtual Reality headsets are slowly entering the mainstream market. Smaller, cheaper sets in the form of Google Cardboard have been out for a while and 2015 saw the much anticipated Oculus Rift go on sale for a whopping $600. The set is riding on the high end of the VR headset market requiring users to own a desktop running the latest hardware. Between Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift there are countless VR headsets currently available for anyone who wants to enjoy a VR game or an immersive VR experience without spending a lot of money and the VR Shinecon is one very good option. We took the headset for a test spin and here's our review of the device. We've also included a $5 discount code for anyone interested in buying the headset. Read More

How To Use A VPN Service With The Chromecast

People use VPN services for a lot of reasons. Nowadays, that reason is so we can access more content on Netflix because the current listing it has in a lot of countries is disappointing to say the least. You will find, however, that while you can easily use a VPN to access websites on your desktop and/or smartphone, you can't cast anything accessed via a VPN to your Chromecast. This is because Google forces the Chromecast to use the Google DNS which, as you can guess, blocks your VPN. Here's how you can resolve the problem. Read More

Play Windows Games On Your iPad Or Android Tablet

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PC games very rarely have mobile versions and that's to be expected since a mobile device can't give the same experience as a desktop. Even if you were to use a mobile device that came packed with the best hardware available, playing the game wouldn't be the same. Remotr is a desktop streaming app that comes with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone clients and it seeks to challenge this very notion. The app lets you play games installed and running on your Windows PC from your mobile phone or tablet. The apps can detect which games you have installed and you can launch a game on your computer from one of the mobile apps. The mobile apps let you configure on-screen game controls to play the games. Read More

Check If Your Computer Is Compatible With The Oculus Rift

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The Oculus Rift is one of the most promising VR headsets to enter the market. Though the device has been out for a few years, it is now finally available for purchase to the general masses for a pretty high price. Before you buy it though, there is something to stop and consider and that is if your current computer setup can run the device or not. To run the Oculus Rift you are going to need a very powerful computer. Even something you might have bought a few months ago might not do the trick. Fortunately, Oculus Rift has released an app to test your system's compatibility for the device. Read More

Chromecast Media Servers: Plex vs. Emby

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The Chromecast has changed how many of us consume media. People who have amassed a large media library can seamlessly cast their movies and TV shows with the help of the device. It's not just people with large media libraries that benefit from the Chromecast. A smartphone and a Netflix subscription work great with the Chromecast and there are many other apps that have grown in popularity simply because they support this device. Plex is a very famous app that has become a must-have for anyone with a Chromecast. It's a media server app that supports Chromecast in a market where very few others do. In fact, we could only find one other Plex alternative that worked as a media server and let you cast to the Chromecast; Emby. With only two apps filling this particular niche, we decided a comparison of the two was in order to help you decide which one is better. Read More

How To Activate A Clean Install Of Windows 10 With A Windows 7 or 8 License Key

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Windows 10 is free for Windows 7/8 users and the upgrade process is incredibly smooth. You need only download the right files and chances are they're already there. Create the media tool of your choice and you're good to go. The Windows 10 upgrade process will let you keep your apps and files intact and if you were running a genuine version of Windows 7/8, you won't have to enter a license key for the new OS. Now imagine you did all that but later decided to do a clean install of Windows 10. Where does the license key come from now? According to Microsoft, you're Windows 7/8 key should do the trick but there's one small trick to getting it to work. Read More

How To Set Up Plex To Cast Movies & TV Shows Over Chromecast [Guide]

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Plex is an app that is exceptionally popular for streaming movies and TV shows. It's become a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast. The app plays media in exceptional quality and you can add your media library to it making it super easy to access and play. It supports a large number of media formats and is built to recognize episode and seasons of TV shows. The only tricky part is setting it up. If you've been wanting to try Plex out on your computer but aren't quite clear on how to get it to read your library, here's a quick guide to help you do just that and start casting to your TV. Read More

How To Fix Out Of Sync Subtitles In VLC Player

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People watch movies and TV shows with subtitles for a variety of reasons. You can get subtitles as a stand-alone file that you later load in your media player, or you can get hard-coded subtitles that are part of the media file. Needless to say if you have a media file with hardcoded subtitles any errors you might get with them are not errors that are going to go away. If however you have subtitles in a stand alone SRT file, you can fix a lot of problems that may occur such as subtitles being out of sync. Subtitles being out of sync means that the subtitles are showing dialogue that has already been spoken on-screen, or that has yet to be spoken. If you use VLC player to watch movies, there is a built-in fix for out of sync subtitles. Read More

Ten Best Windows Apps Of 2015

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2015 was a year that revolved, for better or for worse, around Windows 10. The new OS took center stage with few notable apps coming out, and even fewer being reviewed here. That said, there were still a few great apps that we reviewed last year for the Windows platform. Here are the ten best Windows apps we reviewed last year. Read More