Help and Howto

You seemed to like the 21 best keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, so here are a few more shortcuts that you should know. This time, we share 28 keyboard shortcuts that can be very handy when using Microsoft Edge. These shortcuts can help you browse the web more efficiently on Microsoft's latest OS. Give them a try and let us know which shortcuts you'll be using.


How to check for app updates on Windows 10

Windows 10 can automatically install app updates when they become available, but you can also check for updates manually. We'll show you in a quick how-to video. Some people like to check manually so they can see if there are any changes mentioned in the update. We're guilty of that because we report on app updates that readers might want to know about.


21 best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts you should know

Keyboard shortcuts can save you time as you use Windows 10. You probably already know about Ctrl + C and Ctrl +V (copy and paste), but we're here to tell you 21 other shortcuts that you should know when using Windows 10. Some of these shortcuts might already be familiar to you, but think of new users who just switched from a Mac or simply have relied more on mice or touchscreens.


How to upgrade to Windows 10 over USB

Whether you just can't wait for the Windows Update app to handle your upgrade automatically, or you're having some other issue getting it to work, we're going to help you get to Windows 10 with a USB stick alone.

If you're installing on a fresh machine or you want to wipe your current one prior to upgrading, be sure to read our guide on how to do a clean install of Windows 10. What we're doing here is a bit more straightforward, though very similar, and still not quite as easy as using the automated tool. If you can't get it to work, try these tips on fixing the Get Windows 10 app before going the USB route.


How to change your Windows 10 wallpaper

With Windows 10 now on the market being sold in new PCs, offered through a free upgrade or even those Mac users trying it for the first time we are covering the basics. Sure, you may be a pro but everyone has to start somewhere!

Changing your wallpaper on Windows 10 is really easy. The hard part is deciding on which wallpaper to use. While it is very straightforward, we've made a how-to video to help you get started. See it in action on our Surface Pro 3.


How to take screenshot like a pro with Windows 10

Now that many millions of users around the world are using Windows 10, we figured it was time to cover some beginner basics. After all, some people are getting new PCs and laptops while others are installing Windows 10 on their Mac and need some help.

The ways to take a screenshot is our focus here today. Sure, you may know about Print Screen, but do you know all the other combos? What about if you are on a Surface? Moreover, what if you need something more powerful than the built-in apps?

We have you covered, so read on. You may be surprised at a few of these tricks.


How to start an Xbox Live party on Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a bunch of handy Xbox integrations, and one of the most useful is the ability to party chat between PC and Xbox One.

The ability to party chat between devices will become a necessity as games like Killer Instinct and Fable Legends arrive with PC and Xbox cross-platform play. For now though, it's simply a handy feature if you want to chat to your friends on Xbox without having them fire up the Skype app.

Here's a brief run-down of how to achieve Xbox to PC party chat in Windows 10.


With Windows 10 out for the masses this week we decided to focus a little more on Windows Hello. Although I covered it in my review, Windows Hello is so unique and interesting we know you want to see it in action.

Windows Hello is Microsoft's new biometric authentication system for Windows 10 for logging into the OS. You can also use it for Store purchases. Coming soon, Windows Hello will work with Passport. Passport is a secure system to "access a growing set of websites and services across a range of industries – favorite commerce sites, email and social networking services, financial institutions, business networks and more."


If you are having trouble syncing your Apple device — don't worry, we don't judge — after the Windows 10 update, don't worry. With just a few clicks you will be back up and running, and able to sync your device with your computer again. It appears as though the Windows 10 update is marking the iTunes folder as Read Only, meaning that your computer won't allow it to sync with the device you have plugged in.


How to manually enable tablet mode in Windows 10

Continuum is Microsoft's fancy new way of switching between tablet and desktop mode in Windows 10 as and when the need arises, but what if you want to play around with tablet mode on your desktop PC? Well, no worries, as is often the case there's a manual way to do it so long as you know where to look.

Here's where to find it.


One of the prominent new features in the task bar in Windows 10 is the Cortana search box to the right of the Start button. It's a really great tool to have close at hand, but, it does also use up quite a bit of real estate. So, it's understandable you might want to make it go away – especially if you can't use Cortana right now.

Fortunately, that's really simple.


Many users around the world today are updating to Microsoft's Windows 10. Indeed, this video shows the installation rate and just how fast it is going.

Still, some users are having issues. We already posted how to force start the update if you have Windows 10 reserved but what about if you are still one of those who cannot reserve? The file was released back in April as KB3035583, but it is not working for everyone.

Turns out, the problem can be very complex. A Microsoft moderator already answered the question on their support forums, and we see many people in _our _forums looking for the same threads.

So here is what Microsoft is recommending if you have done all the OS updates for 7 or 8.1 and you still do not get the 'Reserve Windows 10' icon.

Fix to bring back Windows 10 Reservation System

If you don't see the Get Windows 10 app (the small Windows icon in your system tray), it might be because:


There is no such as thing as too many backups. If you can make a backup of the backup, do it. Luckily, Windows makes it super easy to make an exact copy of your entire computer using the System Image Backup utility.

Never used it before? We'll explain what it does and how to use it.


How to set the default web browser in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge is your new, default web browser for Windows 10, but that doesn't mean you have to use it. Web browsing is a personal experience and many of us are already attached to and invested in a particular browser.

So, while Edge may be the default out of the box, it's pretty simple to change it up for something else.

Here's how you do it.


How to prepare your PC for the Windows 10 upgrade

On July 29, Microsoft's goal of having Windows 10 running on a billion devices in the next three years begins.

It's been a long ride, but at the end of July, millions of users around the world will finally get their hands on Windows 10. In this new release, Microsoft is going back to the drawing board to make Windows better. The company is doing this by bringing back many of the familiarities of Windows 7 with a mix of Windows 8.1 functionality, brand new features, such as Cortana, Settings, and universal Windows apps, and changing the way people upgrade to the next operating system. So far things are looking very good.


How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

The Windows 10 release is fast approaching, and it's time to start thinking about the upgrade. Have a Windows 7 machine and thinking about upgrading to Windows 10? Even though this could be a relatively easy task for many users, it may not be as easy for everyone else. There are few things you want to keep in mind. As such today, we're going to go through the basics to try to minimize any friction that may appear upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7.


If you're using Windows 10 and want to have all of your music in one place, the Groove music app is a good place to be. We've covered how to get your music out of iTunes and into Groove, but what about if you're using Google Play Music?

Google has no desktop player for its music service but you can still get your music out of there and import it to Groove with relative ease. Whether it's music you uploaded to the cloud or bought from Google's store, we'll show you how to get it onto your Windows 10 PC and into your Groove library.


How to use Snap Assist in Windows 10

Snapping in Windows 10 is a great way to use your screen real estate more efficiently. To snap a window, all you need to do is drag the title bar to the edge of the screen. Snap has been available in previous versions of Windows, but some improvements have been added. Watch our how-to video to see it action on a Surface 3 running Windows 10.