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How to Setup a Wireless Router

With so many new routers hitting the scene last year packed to the brim with features like 802.11ad transmission and mesh range extenders, figuring out how to setup a wireless router isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. Buying the router is only half the battle, and knowing how to set up your new device is imperative to getting your home WiFi network up, running, and secured in 20 minutes or less!

How to Add Website Links to the Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10’s Start menu is very customizable. Add website shortcuts to your Start menu and you can quickly access your favorite websites by clicking a tile. This works with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or any other browser.

The instructions are a bit different for each browser, however, so we’ll go through them one by one.

How to Reset Your Forgotten Password in Windows 10

We’ve all done it before. You sit down to log into your Windows machine, type in what you think is the password, and bang, you realize you forgot what it was! You scramble to try different combinations of letters and numbers to see what will fit, but nothing works. What do you do now?

Thankfully, the process of recovering your password in Windows 10 is much the same as it has been in Windows 8 and above, albeit with a few slight tweaks. Here’s how you can recover both your Microsoft Live 10 login, as well as the credentials for any other users registered with the local machine.

How to Turn Your Old Laptop into a Chromebook

Although it’s been a slow, arduous process getting there, these days Chrome OS is looking like a better alternative to Windows, OSX, and Linux for a growing number of users from around the globe. But what do you do if you want all the benefits of Google’s operating system without the hassle of buying a whole new laptop to get it?

In normal conditions, Chrome OS is only available on Google-approved laptops sold by the likes of Toshiba, ASUS, and Dell.  Many of which can be found on our list of best Chromebooks for 2016. Now however, the independent developer Neverware has made Chrome OS available to the masses thanks to their software called CloudReady.

How to Customize Your Xbox One's Privacy Settings

Microsoft is no stranger to controversy in the world of privacy, so it's not too surprising that its flagship Xbox One console comes with such an extensive range of customizable privacy features. Users can configure dozens of settings, from how visible their gaming content is on Xbox Live down to whether a profile can connect to Live at all.

How to Install an External Wi-Fi Adapter On a Windows 10 Laptop

If your laptop’s internal Wi-Fi adapter is dead, or just doesn’t have enough power to get the kind of speed you were hoping for, you might want to look into installing a third-party adapter that can boost the signal. Here’s what you need to know.

This guide assumes you’ve already picked out an adapter and bought it–so check out our buying guide before coming here to get everything up and running.

How to Broadcast Your Games Online with Steam is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for game streaming on the web, with video sites like YouTube following closely behind. But you probably already have a decent streaming program on your computer: Steam. Sensing the opportunity to set up its own community of streamers, Valve has added the option to easily broadcast your games […]

How to Customize Your Chromebook’s Keyboard and Touchpad

Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and unique design, but the keyboard and trackpad can take some getting used to for new users. Chromebooks don’t have the same layouts you’d find on a regular Windows or OS X laptop, with several different buttons that are exclusive to Google’s operating system.

This guide will teach you how to customize a Chromebook’s keyboard and touchpad to get the most out of your daily web browsing, and make the whole experience feel a bit more familiar.

How to Set Up Parental Controls in Netflix

Netflix has tons of content, but not all of it is suitable for younger viewers. Popular shows that have become synonymous with the service like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black contain a lot of mature content. You may want to create a set of parental controls to prevent any kids in the house from starting up any shows that you don’t approve of beforehand.

How to Choose a USB Wi-Fi Adapter for Your Laptop

If you’ve bought a laptop within the past five years, it probably has a decent Wi-Fi card installed already. But if you’ve been experiencing a shoddy connection, spent too long waiting for Netflix to buffer, or missed that last fireball because of lag, then it might be time to consider adding on an external USB Wi-Fi adapter instead.

How to Manage Your YouTube Privacy Settings

Thanks to Google’s big Google+ push a few years ago, many YouTube accounts are connected with the real name of their owner. Punch your name into Google, and one of the first results could be your YouTube account, complete with a feed containing all the videos you’ve viewed and channels you’ve subscribed to over the past few years.

Thankfully, you can still control what the rest of the world sees by correctly configuring the level of your privacy inside your YouTube account settings.

How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good.

How to Customize Your Mouse Scroll Speed in Windows

Often when you get a new mouse, there’s a bit of a learning curve to nail down just how fast (or slow) it scrolls. Some stickier scroll wheels take all the strength you have to get down a notch or two, while others can be too loose and will have you hugging the bottom of the page with a light flick. Thankfully, you can customize how your scroll wheel responds.

How to Calibrate Your Gaming Controller in Windows 10

Most PC gamers would rather die than let you take away their mouse and keyboard. But for third-person action games, racing, or emulated retro games, gamepads may still be worth using. If your controller isn’t quite working properly, you can calibrate it in Windows 10 to make sure that every movement translates to your game with 100% accuracy.

How to Change the Name on Your WiFi Network

If the default name of your router’s wireless network seems a little dull, you can learn how to spice things up a bit with this handy guide which will quickly (and easily) explain how to change your WiFi Network’s name.

More importantly, if you’re surrounded by a number of other wireless routers around your apartment or home, this can make things confusing for anyone who tries to connect to the network but isn’t sure which one is the right one to link up to.