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  • Reinstall Windows 10 Without Deleting Your Software, Files or Settings

    We recently experienced an installation of Windows 10 with system files that were totally corrupt. After attempting typical repair options, we used a Windows 10 ISO to perform an in-place upgrade, reinstalling Windows 10 while preserving even the software you have installed.

    By Mark Turner on

  • What Ever Happened to ICQ?

    ICQ, short for the phrase "I Seek You," laid the groundwork for standalone instant messaging clients when it arrived in November 1996. Think about how long ago that was... Windows 95 was barely a year old, Nintendo had just introduced the N64, and those with a reason to have a cell phone actually used it to talk on.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Graphics Card Pricing Update: December 2018

    Time is running out for 2018 and this will be last update to our series before new GPUs possibly arrive in Q1 2019. In the meantime, we are seeing some interesting trends with further discounts and some previous generation GPUs running out of stock. Here's how prices have changed, what we expect in the future, and the current best value cards.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips, Tricks & Cool Things You Can Do

    We've compiled a list of things that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, including some commands everyone should know for general usage, more advanced ones for tweaking or troubleshooting your PC, as well as lesser known Command Prompt features.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How Much RAM Do Gamers Need? 8GB vs. 16GB vs. 32GB

    Today we're looking into how much RAM you need to play the latest and greatest gaming titles. About this time each year we set on a memory capacity quest and last year's expedition lead us to conclude that for gamers 4GB is out, 8GB was the minimum, 16GB is the sweet spot and 32GB is overkill. Read on for our 2018 test.

    By Steven Walton on

  • The State of PC Gaming in 2018

    PC has never been a singular platform like, say, PlayStation or Xbox. Instead, it's a series of disparate landmasses sharing the same turbulent sea. PC gaming looks to become more fragmented than it's been in the past few years---for better and worse. More options means more chances for new ideas to flourish and, perhaps, for a new middle class of developers to emerge.

    By Heather Alexandra on

  • The Worst CPU & GPU Purchases of 2018

    If you want to know what graphics card you should buy or what's the best CPU for your new rig, we've already got you covered. Today we're discussing something else. Welcome to our second annual hall of hardware shame, where we list what we feel were the worst CPU and GPU purchases of 2018. Some of these products should have never existed, others are just a bit pointless or made promises they did not fulfill.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Standing Desk Starter Guide

    It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door.

    By Mark Turner on

  • Ever Wondered How Those Computer-Controlled Christmas Light Displays Work?

    Depending on where you live, you've likely seen a house with crazy flashing Christmas lights that change color and dance to music. Almost every neighborhood or town has "that one house" that goes all out for the holidays each year. In my neighborhood, that house is mine.

    By William Gayde on

  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.

    By Graham Singer on

  • Custom PC for Work: Ordering a Machine from Puget Systems

    If you've been in the PC community for a while, you may have heard the name Puget Systems before. They are a custom system builder specializing in workstations and gaming PCs. This includes workloads such as engineering, content creation, 3D modeling, ML/AI, streaming, and more.

    By William Gayde on

  • Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

    Pepsi vs. Cola, Edison vs. Tesla, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, history is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and, quite often, the viciousness that comes when two tech industry giants clash heads. Chartering their path from the dawn of computers to the current digital age, here are the five biggest rivalries in computing history.

    By Rob Thubron on

  • Windows To Go: How to Install and Run Windows 10 from a USB Drive

    Did you know that a full copy of Windows can be installed and run from a USB drive? Microsoft introduced "Windows To Go" with Windows 8 Enterprise and has continued supporting the feature in Windows 10, which can be kept on a pen drive in your pocket as a portable operating system.

    By Mark Turner on

  • The Past, Present and Future of Diablo

    Since 2014 updates to Diablo III have been light and sporadic, and four years later, Blizzard's announcement of Diablo Immortal at a time when fans are hungry for any news of a Diablo IV has led to big questions about the future of the franchise. What's really going on with Diablo and what happened to Diablo III's long-term plan?

    By Jason Schreier on

  • Weird Keyboard Layouts: A Showcase

    There's no place like home row, am I right? We have all undoubtedly come a long way from typing our very first letters to the point it becomes second nature, but it's probably safe to say that many of us don't know much about what lies beyond the standard QWERTY keyboard. Well, there's so much more. Let's take a look at some popular and regional keyboard layouts.

    By Devin Kate Pope on

  • Recommended 4K TVs That Can Effectively Be Used As Desktop PC Monitors

    If you're interested in replacing your desktop monitor with a 4K TV and want to know what to buy, you've come to the right place. Maybe you aren't quite sure where to start or could use a hand in narrowing your search. Whatever the case, this guide is intended to help steer you in the right direction.

    By Shawn Knight on

  • Buying an MP3 Player in 2018

    While most people who enjoy music on the go these days are listening from their phones, there are still many reasons someone might want to own a standalone portable music player. Models range from around $1 to more than $3,000, for what is already a niche market, the world of dedicated MP3 players is fragmented into various sub-niches targeting wildly different shoppers.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Export Old Device Drivers to a New Windows Installation

    Finding drivers online for old hardware can range from difficult to impossible. But we discovered that you can export drivers for third-party devices from one copy of Windows to another -- great news if you have a previous instance of Windows where your old device is installed and functional.

    By Mark Turner on

  • How to Play Long Video Games When You Have No Time

    For a lot of gamers with demanding jobs, marriages and/or families, the excitement of reading good reviews for games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey is tempered by the sinking realization that they'll never have time to play them. How do you make time for a 60+ hour game when you have a busy life?

    By Keza MacDonald on

  • How We Test: CPU Gaming Benchmarks

    This a topic that's often raised when we do our CPU gaming benchmarks. As you know, we perform a ton of CPU and GPU benchmarks tests throughout the year, a big portion of which are dedicated to gaming. The goal is to work out which CPU will offer you the most bang for your buck at a given price point, now and hopefully in the future.

    By Steven Walton on

  • Game Streaming Investigation: Which Quality Settings Are Best?

    In the next weeks we'll dedicate a couple of articles to game streaming and provide you with a definitive answer on what sort of setup is the best, and what quality settings make the most sense to use. Today's investigation is focused on streaming quality settings.

    By Tim Schiesser on

  • Improve Windows Start Menu's Search or Simply Install a Better Replacement

    Although the Start menu is supposed to be the fastest way to find local files, software and settings, Windows 10's search indexing service is far from the best. It is not uncommon that a simple query won't return any valid results, no matter how simple or precise your query is. Here's how you can turn things around.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Tech Brands and Fanboyism

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is about tech & geek brands. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, minimalism, abstract illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Minimalist Wallpapers

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is minimalist wallpapers. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, minimalist illustrations and designs, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Add Windows 10 Lock Screen Pictures to Your Wallpaper Collection

    Microsoft has made Windows 10's login screen more visually pleasing than ever by displaying high-resolution images in the background. The pictures are of a good enough quality to be used as the wallpaper on your desktop background and if you've seen one recently that's worth adding to your collection, there's a chance the image is still stored locally.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Retro Wallpapers

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, theme is retro wallpapers. Whether you are into abstract illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • How to Change the Wallpaper and Other Personalization Settings on Windows 10 Non-Activated

    It's only a matter of time before you'll want to change your Windows wallpaper, however applying your own customizations to a copy of Windows 10 that hasn't been activated may not be so straightforward since Microsoft blocks access to the software's personalization settings without a valid product license.

    By Mark Turner on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Nature Photography and Amazing Scenes

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood, today's theme is nature photography and amazing scenes. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • 5 Days of Awesome Wallpapers: Geometric Wallpapers

    A great background can start your day off on a good mood. Whether you are into beautiful landscapes, minimalism, abstract illustrations, or eye-catching designs and patterns, with the kind of hours we spend looking at our computer and smartphone screens, why not make them a little prettier?

    By TechSpot Staff on

  • Add Tabs to File Explorer and Other Applications Ahead of Windows 10's "Sets" Feature

    While tabs have been a core part of web browsers for more than a decade, Microsoft is finally in the process of introducing a tabbed interface to the File Explorer and other applications. But if you don't want to wait any longer, there are a few third-party tools that offer the feature by one means or another.

    By Mark Turner on