Fix Media Creation Tool Error 0x800704DD – 0x90016 When Upgrading To Windows 10

Microsoft's Media Creation tool for upgrading to Windows 10 has made it a very simple and straight forward process to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or perform a clean install of the latest Windows 10. For a long time, users had to jump through hoops to install a new Windows version if an installation disk wasn't available. Between the forced updates and this tool making the update so much easier, Windows 10 adaptation has grown rapidly. That said, the tool doesn't guarantee a successful upgrade and does throw errors. At times, the tool refuses to start until you force it to. Another error you might see is the Error code 0x800704DD - 0x90016 which is rather easy to resolve. Here's how. Read More

How To Troubleshoot And Fix The Windows 10 Start Menu

The Start Menu in Windows 10 is of the most problematic features of the OS. If it works well for you then you're lucky but there are hoards of users who have a dysfunctional Start Menu that fails to open, fails to launch apps, doesn't let you pin apps, gets stuck, and won't let you access the list of all installed apps, among other things. Those with a buggy Start Menu deal with a very essential feature on their desktop being useless. Users employ different hacks to fix the problem but no one hack has been able to track down and fix the problem for everyone and many fixes that work for some users often do not work for others. Microsoft knows there's a problem and has released a  tool called Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tool that aims to troubleshoot and fix problems with the Start Menu. Read More

How To Stream Audio From Your PC Or Mac To Chromecast

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are two different devices. The Chromecast is meant for video and audio streaming and aims to give users a 'smart' TV for the very cheap price of $30. The Chromecast Audio is meant to stream audio to speakers and give you 'smart' speakers without breaking the bank. Even though both devices are cheap, you might not want to buy them both and perhaps would like some way to use the Chromecast as just an audio streaming device. This is possible provided you aren't trying to hook the Chromecast up to a pair of speakers. What you can do, with the right third-party apps, is stream audio from your PC or Mac to the Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

Screenshot A Web Page And Add A macOS Window Frame To It [Chrome]

Screenshots make it easier to explain a process or show-off an online product's feature. A good screenshot can actually get users interested in trying a product out or make an otherwise long tutorial seem easier to follow. There are plenty of screenshot tools available for every desktop platform in existence and even mobile platforms are spoiled for choice but the ability and tool to take a screenshot isn't always enough especially when aesthetics matter. Standardized Screenshot is a Chrome extension that takes screenshots of web pages. It won't scroll a web page and capture all of it but it will resize the browser window to 1366px, frame the screenshot in a macOS Window frame, and add a nice drop shadow all in one click. Read More

How To Publish Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom To Instagram

Instagram is more than just a place to show off clothes, food, jewelry, and selfies. The social network is an excellent place to showcase artwork. It's where you can find artists who work wth all sorts of mediums showing off their work and their works-in-progress. For photographers, Instagram is no different and in addition to using the platform to showcase their work, photographers make use of other photo editing tools as well such as Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a feature rich photo editing app that works great with other Adobe products and has a huge offering of Plugins to make it all the more useful. LR/Instagram is one such free Plug-in that might interest you if you're looking for an easy way to publish photos from Adobe Lightroom directly to Instagram. Read More

How To Enable A Download Save Prompt In Microsoft Edge On Windows 10

Windows 10 really wants to make Microsoft Edge everyone's default browser and it's trying everything it can to make that happen regardless if users want it or not. The browser isn't bad but it's definitely a work-in-progress with several features, add-ons being the major one, yet to make an appearance on the stable Windows 10 builds. It also has it quirks one of which is that the browser doesn't ask you if you want to save or run a file when you click a 'Download' button. The download simply starts and you can only cancel or pause it. If you wanted to save a file to a different location i.e. not in the default downloads folder, then you will have to move it later once the file has downloaded. If you'd like Edge to prompt you before a download begins and ask whether to save a file, and where to save it, you can get it do so with a little change in the Windows registry. Read More

How To Disable Sticky Corners On Windows 10 Dual Monitor Setup

Windows 10 has reasonably good support for a dual monitor setup. It's possibly the best support Windows has ever had for a dual monitor setup compared to the previous version. Windows also has a super neat feature called Snap that lets you quickly snap windows to either edge of your screen. Couple these two together and you have a problem; users on a dual monitor setup who try to move a window from one monitor to the other by dragging it along the top of the screen are stopped because the window snaps to the edge instead. The sticky corners along the top are meant to prevent users from unintentionally moving a window to the next screen but they are often a hindrance to users looking to do just that. The solution is to disable the sticky corners using a free and light weight app called Non Stick Mouse. Read More

How To Download A File You Skipped In A Torrent

Torrenting is a much frowned upon and extremely popular way to share files. It can help files download faster, it lets you pause and resume a download, and it builds a community. A single torrent can download multiple files. Let's say you want to download multiple versions of the Firefox browser but don't want to be bothered looking for it in different software and app repositories, and then downloading the versions individually. You could probably find them all in one place and ready to download as torrent. Where a torrent lets you download multiple files in one go, it also lets you individually choose which of the files you want to download and skip the ones you don't want. If you have skipped a file in a torrent and later decided to download it, you might wonder just how to do that since there is no 'I changed my mind and want to download this file now' button to do the trick. Here's what to do. Read More

How To Bring Back ‘Open With’ Option In Windows 10 Right-Click Context Menu

The amount of bugs Windows 10 has, one might think they're a feature and Microsoft is just trying to teach everyone how to Google for a solution to problems. An odd bug that some Windows 10 users have encountered is the 'Open with...' option missing from the right-click context menu when users right-click a file. The option is a very important one as it allows users to select an app to open the file with. For unidentified files, or files that a default program has not been associated with, this option is the fastest and at times only way to set a default program. If the option is missing on your system it's to do with a problem in the Windows registry. It's easy enough to fix even if the solution isn't obvious enough to spot. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Use A Script To Pin A Window To The Top With A Keyboard Shortcut [Windows]

Our daily workflow often involves one app that we simply cannot function without. It might be the web browser for some and Photoshop for others. It depends on what you do but what many people often need, regardless of what line of work they're in, is to pin an app on top of all others so that it's never ever sent to the background even when out of focus. Some apps have this feature built-in but they are a very rare breed. Third-party apps like PinMe do a decent job of letting users pin any app or window to the top but they aren't the most convenient to use given they lack support for hotkeys. If you're looking for a way to pin the current active window to the top in Windows 10, you can use AutoHotkey and a little script to get it done. The script will let you use the Ctrl+Space bar shortcut to pin a window to the top. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Stream From VLC Player To Chromecast

Since February of 2015, VLC has promised to add support for Chromecast but the feature has yet to be implemented. The stable version of VLC still doesn't support casting to the Chromecast but support for it has been spotted in the nightly builds of  VLC 3.0. The release date for a stable build of version 3.0 hasn't been given yet and for all we know it might not drop until the end of this year (or even early next year) but VLC is indeed adding support for the Chromecast just as it promised. If you aren't too bothered with bugs, you can download the nightly build yourself and use it to cast to your Chromecast. Fair warning: it's very buggy. Read More

How To Open An App Or File In A New Virtual Desktop On Windows 10

The virtual desktops on Windows 10 are a small yet significant addition to the desktop OS. The feature is great and is begging developers and Microsoft alike to develop it into something better. The concept has been around for ages with macOS and Ubuntu both supporting it but no one seems to want to develop the feature into anything really useful. Fortunately, there are apps that lend virtual desktops in Windows 10 more functionality than they come with out of the box. VDesk is a free and open source little app that lets you open any app or file in a new Virtual Desktop from the context menu. It also supports command line arguments that can open an app or file on a specific virtual desktop. Here's how it works. Read More

Here’s Where Windows 10 Default Wallpapers Are Saved

Windows isn't known for its breathtaking desktop wallpapers but they aren't bad either, just not comparable to those found on macOS. At one point, the Windows XP desktop image was one of the most popular images in the world. If you're in love with any of the Windows 10 wallpapers and want to use them elsewhere, in addition to your desktop, you might want to know where they're saved on your system. The images, in all their HD glory are inside your Windows root folder. Read More

How To Enable GameDVR On Windows 10 On An Unsupported System

The Xbox app on Windows 10 has a pretty amazing little feature that lets users screenshot games or record game play. It can even be used to record your screen but oddly enough, the feature is tied to hardware i.e. the graphics card installed on your system. If the card isn't the right series GameDVR simply won't work. This is odd since recording your screen is something people have  been doing for ages and there are countless apps that let you do just this. If you have a system that doesn't have a supported graphics card, or the graphics card is supported but Windows 10 still tells you GameDVR won't work on your system, then you need to give GameDVR_Config a try. It's a little configurations file that makes it so GameDVR will work on Windows 10 even if the graphics card isn't compatible. Read More

How To Enable/Disable Adaptive Brightness In Windows 10

Adaptive brightness retroactively adjusts the brightness of your screen according the light around you. It's one of those features on our smartphones we like to take for granted. Adaptive Brightness will dim or brighten the display according to the light in your surroundings. This ensures the display is neither too bright nor too dark no matter where you. Windows 10 has an adaptive brightness feature that works on laptops with an ambient light sensor built into them. Depending on your power plan, adaptive brightness may or may not be enabled on your system. Here's how you can enable/disable it. Read More

How To Upload A 360° Photo To Facebook

Facebook has long supported 360° videos and it's no secret that the company is vested in virtual reality. With 360° videos, you couldn't get in on the action much unless you had the right device to record one. Most users were left to watch them while not being able to record their own. Facebook has just rolled out 360° photos which lets you get in on some of the action. The feature takes photos captured as panoramas and uploads them in a 360° view-able format. Your friends can pan around the image like they can with videos and look around. Previously, Facebook treated panoramic photos like it did all others. Here's how to upload one. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Enable/Disable The Multimedia Actions For The Function Keys

The function keys on our laptops double as multimedia keys that allow us to pause/play a video, mute/unmute the speakers, manage the volume, manage screen brightness, toggle the WiFi switch, and project to a screen. If you have a PC then it's likely the keyboard you use with it has dedicated keys for most of these functions. The function keys, i.e. the F1-F12 keys simply perform their default functions without you having to hold down a special Fn key on your keyboard. Laptops are a different story and if you're looking to disable the multimedia function for these keys there's a simple setting in your BIOS that should disable it. Alternatively, if the function keys refuse to perform the multimedia actions they are associated with, you need to look at your system's BIOS to sort it out. Read More

How To Get The Windows 8 Volume Control In Windows 10

Windows 10 more or less fixed all complaints users had with Windows 8 and its UI. The chief problem was of course the lack of the Start button and the very confusing Start Screen. Windows 10 has a pretty nice UI but users are still nostalgic for certain Windows 7 UI elements. If you're pining for the old volume controls that appeared in Windows 7 or Windows 8 when you clicked the speaker icon in the system tray then there's a simple little registry edit you can make to get it back albeit with a slight Modern UI touch. Read More

How To Calculate The PPI Density Of Your Screen

A high PPI means a screen that will display a much sharper image. Many laptop models are sold on the high resolutions they support and both the pixel density and the resolution is a major selling point that laptop manufacturers advertise. Even if it isn't advertised, some manufacturers will mention it in the laptop or monitor's specifications. Assuming you can't find this information on the official manufacturer's website or the manuals that came with your laptop here's an easy way to calculate it with reasonable accuracy. Read More