How to Format a Drive or Disk for Maximum Compatibility

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Hard drives can be formatted to various standards, each with their own pros and cons. Some formats can be understood by many operating systems, while others only work with a […]

The Best Portable Linux Distributions (Updated 2021)

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Linux has blossomed into dozens and dozens of different distributions (or “distros”) over the decades since it was first created. Each one has its own fanbase, as well as a […]

How to Fix a “CPU Fan Error” Message

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Sometimes, when you start up your computer, you may see a CPU Fan error appear during the boot process. A message from your computer BIOS that something seems to be […]

Xbox Game Bar Not Working? 10 Fixes to Try

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The Game Bar in Windows 10 tries to bring a little of that Xbox magic to Windows computers. By simply pressing the Windows key and G, you can summon the […]

Xbox Controller Not Connecting to PC? 9 Fixes

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Thanks to Microsoft’s Xinput controller standard, almost every Windows game for the past few years works seamlessly with an Xbox controller. That is, if your Xbox controller itself is properly […]

What Is Vsync and Should You Use It?

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Vsync is an option that you’ll see in most PC video games and sometimes even in other applications. But what is Vsync? What does it do? Should you switch it […]

How to Check if a Windows 10 Product Key Is Genuine

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Are you worried that you may actually be using a pirated copy of Windows 10? If you bought your copy of Windows directly from Microsoft or from a reputable retailer, […]

What Is DirectX and Why Is It Important?

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DirectX is an API or Application Programming Interface. It acts as the middleman between the software code of video games and the hardware used to play them. Without DirectX, playing […]

How to Fix Windows Update Errors

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Since the release of Windows 10 and Microsoft’s shift to a software-as-a-service model for their flagship operating system, the updates have been coming thick and fast. At least once a […]

What Is Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable & Do You Need So Many?

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Sometimes when you install an application in Windows, you might be asked to install an additional application called Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable. One day when looking through your installed applications, […]