While streaming services such as Spotify and Hulu are popular, many people prefer to purchase their own media content. Sonca allows you to play local videos, songs, and other files and can stream files from cloud storage providers including OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive. The app has a gorgeous design, filled with Fluent Design elements that work with touch or mouse and keyboard. It's available for Windows 10, Xbox One, HoloLens, and the Surface Hub. The standard price is $7.99, but it's on sale at the time of this review for $4.99. The app is made by Finebits, who also published Torrex and some other popular apps for Windows 10. The developer sells the Finebits AppPack which bundles together multiple apps. If you've purchased that pack in the past, you can pick up Sonca for free. See in Microsoft Store Sonca is bursting with features As a media player, Sonca is versatile and impressive. You can add folders to the player to play local files back or you can connect it to Dropbox, … [Read more...] about Sonca review: A gorgeous media player for Windows 10
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Windows 10 upgrade: Survey finds half of users experience problemsBeing a Windows expert doesn't mean you have to memorize every shortcut and secret. You just have to know where to find those details when you need them.That's the point of this page, where I've collected the links I regularly use to find information and download tools and utilities. These include essential information, troubleshooting tools, and download sites, as well as some of my most popular FAQ pages and tips.I update this page frequently. The most recent update was June 22, 2018.ZDNet FAQs How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10 Here's everything you need to know before you repair, reinstall, or upgrade Windows 10, including details about activation and product keys. FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates If you've spent years mastering the ins and outs of Windows Update, prepare to do some unlearning. Windows 10, with its emphasis on "Windows as a service," rewrites almost all the rules … [Read more...] about Windows 10 how-to: Ed Bott’s free tech support and troubleshooting guide
Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Here's what you can expect[This article was originally published in August 2016 for the release of the Anniversary Update. It has been revised completely for the April 2018 Update. The current version was published May 8, 2018.]The Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, will begin arriving automatically on some PCs beginning on May 8. (Early adopters have already had access to the upgrade since its official release on April 30.)When will the PCs in your home and office receive this feature update?CNET: Microsoft Build 2018: Everything that was just announced That question's not just a matter of idle curiosity. Because this is essentially a full upgrade, it requires a large (several gigabytes) download. In addition, the installation process takes more time than a normal monthly cumulative update, which means you probably want some warning before the upgrade takes over your PC.If you're ready, willing, and even eager to install this update, you … [Read more...] about When will your PC get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update?
Windows 10 comes equipped with Windows Defender Security Center that does a great job fighting against viruses and other types of malware. Many users will say Defender is all they need, while others want a third-party option handling their PC's security. If you're interested in taking your security to another level, check out this roundup of the best antivirus software available in 2017. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2018 Bitdefender Antivirus Plus provides amazing protection against system-crippling viruses and other annoying malware. Its robust protection is built on the data gathered from over 500 million Bitdefender users — algorithms measure the data to uncover unknown threats and to discover new threats just now hitting the internet. Chosen as the best basic antivirus by Tom's Guide and as Top Ten Review's first choice overall choice, it's clear you're getting your money's worth. From Top Ten Reviews: Impressive performance, useful features, solid support and a superb user … [Read more...] about Best Antivirus Software for Windows 10 in 2018
Video: How to upgrade an old PC to Windows 10 - free [This article has been updated to reflect Windows 10 version 1803.] This article covers the most common scenarios you're likely to encounter when installing, reinstalling, and activating Windows 10. Is it still possible to upgrade a PC to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? For the first year after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft offered free upgrades using the Get Windows 10 app, which appeared in the taskbar as a notification icon and in Windows Update. With the end of the free upgrade offer, the Get Windows 10 app is no longer available, and you cannot upgrade from an older Windows version using Windows Update. The good news is that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 on a device that has a license for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You'll need to download the installation files and run the Setup program from within Windows or use the Upgrade Assistant available from Microsoft's accessibility page. For … [Read more...] about How to install, reinstall, upgrade and activate Windows 10