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How to burn discs in Windows, using File Explorer or Windows Explorer

How to burn discs in Windows, using File Explorer or Windows Explorer

What desktop app do you use to burn your data to DVDs, CDs or Blu-Ray discs? If you are thinking Nero, Roxio, Power2Go or any other third party application for Windows, you might be interested to know that you also have a free option built right into your operating system. Both File Explorer and Windows Explorer have the ability to burn data to CD, DVD
The 5 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker

The 5 best free alternatives to Windows DVD Maker

Windows DVD Maker was a free DVD authoring tool that was included in some editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Unfortunately, even though it was used by many people, Microsoft decided to stop including it in their operating systems, starting with Windows 8. If you use a computer running Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, you won't find it included. We thought it would be
Game Mode in Windows 10: Testing real-life performance in modern games

Game Mode in Windows 10: Testing real-life performance in modern games

One of the most marketed features of Windows 10 Creators Update is the new Game Mode. This feature promises to improve the gaming experience for all the Windows 10 users, regardless of whether they have a new high-end computer or an older, slower device. What's not clear though is whether Game Mode actually works and helps increase the number of frames per second rendered by
What is Windows 10 Creators Update and why should you install it?

What is Windows 10 Creators Update and why should you install it?

When Windows 10 was released for the first time, Microsoft said that this would be their last operating system. And they have kept their promise up until now: they have developed no new operating systems. However, that doesn't mean that Windows 10 is stalling. Quite the contrary! Windows 10 is probably the most dynamic operating system created by Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft gave us the
The complete guide to using the Kindle app to read eBooks in Windows 10

The complete guide to using the Kindle app to read eBooks in Windows 10

If you own a Windows 10 PC or device and you enjoy reading, but you do not own an eBook reader like Amazon's Kindle, there's great news: Amazon also provides a desktop app which offers you access to over a million books from the Kindle Store including new releases and bestsellers. Besides reading your favorite eBooks with it, you can place bookmarks, highlight text, add
What version of Java do I have installed? 3 Ways to learn the answer

What version of Java do I have installed? 3 Ways to learn the answer

The Java runtime software for Windows computers and devices is responsible for allowing us to run programs and apps that were developed using Java. Because many apps still use Java, you probably already have it installed on your Windows PC. Either because you've installed it in the past, because some software asked you to, or because your PC's manufacturer pre-installed it for you, Java is
11 things you can do to fix webcam issues on Skype

11 things you can do to fix webcam issues on Skype

Are you having problems with your webcam while using Skype? You can hear the people to whom you speak, but they can't see you? Or maybe the only thing they can see are blurred lines or gray images? Whether you use an external webcam that's connected to a USB port on your computer, or you rely on the built-in webcam from your notebook, there are
5 things you can do with the new Windows Defender Security Center

5 things you can do with the new Windows Defender Security Center

Windows Defender is Microsoft's in-house antivirus product, and it has been protecting users for a long time now. However, in Microsoft's Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, its interface and usability didn't improve much. Luckily, good times have come to it too, and in Windows 10 Creators Update we get a new app called Windows Defender Security Center, which promises to make it easier than ever
How to identify broken chargers and USB cables on your Android smartphone or tablet

How to identify broken chargers and USB cables on your Android smartphone or tablet

If you're using a tablet or smartphone charger from another device or that was bought separately, it's possible that the battery will charge more slowly. Also, even if you use your device's original charger and USB cable to charge it, it may have become defective with time. When you're twisting or winding cables too much, they break. When you plug them in and out, the
6 things you can do with Paint 3D in Windows 10

6 things you can do with Paint 3D in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft decided to include a new app called Paint 3D. This app that shares its name with the classic Paint application from all previous Windows operating systems. This is because it wants to be as simple as the previous application that was used for 2D image drawing. The main difference is that the new app works in 3D, although it's
Digital Citizen Awards - The best antivirus product of the year 2017

Digital Citizen Awards - The best antivirus product of the year 2017

One of the most asked questions on Google regarding of security is: "What is the best antivirus?". It is a legitimate question as most people are not security experts and need recommendations to identify the best antivirus product for their needs. The time has come for us to name the best antivirus product of the year, based on our experience in testing the many commercial
Digital Citizen Awards - The most popular antivirus product of the year 2017

Digital Citizen Awards - The most popular antivirus product of the year 2017

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to cast a vote for your favorite antivirus product of 2017. The nominees from which you could choose were the best security products we reviewed in the last couple of months. Alphabetically, your choices were: Bitdefender Total Security 2017, BullGuard Premium Protection, ESET Smart Security Premium, F-Secure Total Security and Privacy 2017, Kaspersky Total Security 2017, and
Digital Citizen Awards - The most innovative antivirus product of 2017

Digital Citizen Awards - The most innovative antivirus product of 2017

Some people regard antivirus products as being rather conservative, software which doesn't evolve very quickly. But that couldn't be more false - cyber criminals don't lose time in creating malware that's the same as last year's. If that were true, we wouldn't have to fight today against things like advanced ransomware. Viruses and other cyber crime vectors are evolving at a very fast pace, and
Reviewing the HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard: minimalism always wins!

Reviewing the HyperX Alloy FPS mechanical gaming keyboard: minimalism always wins!

When we hear about HyperX, we instantly think about memory modules, solid state drives or USB flash drives. But, in the last few years, Kingston - the mother company - decided it was time for HyperX to become a brand known worldwide for gaming accessories too. We recently saw their Cloud Stinger gaming headset at work, and we were pleased with what it had to
What are the F1, F2, F3 to F12 keyboard keys used for?

What are the F1, F2, F3 to F12 keyboard keys used for?

If you have used a computer, then you have also used a computer keyboard. And if that's true, you surely saw and probably also used its function keys. They are the F1, F2 to F12 keys that are found on the top row of most keyboards. Although you're likely to know what a few of these keys do, there could be some F keys whose
How to setup a system from scratch: the best order for installing everything

How to setup a system from scratch: the best order for installing everything

Do you have a brand new computer on which you need to install and configure everything: starting from the operating system to drivers, applications, plugins and so on? Do you need to delete everything from an "old" computer and reinstall all from scratch? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then you are in luck! After setting up many computers (both old
How to infect your Windows PC while browsing the web for free stuff

How to infect your Windows PC while browsing the web for free stuff

Do you believe that if you don't download many things from the internet and you use your web browser only for visiting popular websites, you don't need an antivirus solution? Do you think that your personal information can't be stolen by criminals because you can identify dodgy websites without the help of an antivirus? If you do, we have some bad news for you. Web
Best free weather apps for Windows computers and devices

Best free weather apps for Windows computers and devices

Ever hear the old saying "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it?" Today, although we still can't change the weather, we have many ways of checking the forecast so we can at least be prepared for what's coming. Every operating system offers a variety of weather apps to suit nearly anyone's needs. After checking out the offerings for Windows 8.1, iOS