How to Find Your PC Info (Windows)

How to Find Your PC Info (Windows)

Your computer’s PC info contains specifications about your computer. Your PC info tells you your Product ID, Processor, Installed RAM, System type, Pen and touch availability, Windows Edition, Windows Activation, and more. Some PC info pages will additionally contain links to the manufacture’s support website and consists of other similar information.

1. Go to Windows Start screen

search pc settings

2. Go to PC Settings or search for the term “PC settings” to locate your PC settings

pc and devices

3. In the PC settings tab select PC and devices

PC info

4. In the PC and devices tab select PC info

5. The PC info page will tell you the specifications of your computer and allow you to change your product key and rename your PC

 

How to Change Account Picture (Windows)

How to Change Account Picture (Windows)

3 Solutions: From Windows Start Screen  |  From User Settings  | From Windows Control Panel

Your Windows account picture has multiple uses. It is used by applications and is shown on Windows Sign in and Star screens. The account picture is also used for email messages and will be shown to recipients of email messages you send from your account. Windows will display a default gray picture if you have not chosen an account picture. To change your Microsoft Windows account picture follow the instructions below.

From Windows Start Screen

1. Go to Windows Start screen

change account picture

2. Click on your default image or name on the top of the Start screen and select “Change account picture

your account

3. In the Your Account tab click the Browse button in the Account picture section

choose image

4. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

From User Settings

1. Go to Windows Start screen

search users

2. Search for the term “Users” and select the Add, delete, and mange other user accounts option

account picture

3. Select “Your account” in the Accounts tab

4. In Your Account, click the Browse button in the Account picture section

5. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

From Windows Control Panel

1. Go to Windows Control Panel

user accounts and family safety

2. Click User Accounts and Family Safety

user accounts

3. Click User Accounts

make changes to my account in pc settings

4. Click Make changes to my account in PC settings

5. Click the Browse button in the Account picture section

6. Browse OneDrive, This PC, Homegroup, and Network for the image you want to use as your account picture, select it with your mouse, and click the “Choose Image” button

What is VC_RED File in Windows? Should I Delete it?

What is VC_RED File in Windows? Should I Delete it?

We were recently asked a question by one of our readers:

What is VC_RED file in Windows? I did not download it and it randomly appeared on my external drive with other files? Is it a virus? Please help.

The VC_RED file (or vc_red file) is a harmless and vital file associated with the VC_RED program on a Microsoft Windows based personal computer. VC_RED. The file and associated files are installation files for the Visual C++ Redistributable. When you install some software, they will need Microsoft Visual C++ which is already installed on a Microsoft Windows computer.

vc_red

If you delete VC_RED file from Windows it can render some applications unusable. However, if you notice these files have randomly placed themself on your external drive they are safe to delete because they are simply installation files and not the actual program. It is unknown how these files may have been placed on an external drive. If you suspect that your computer is infected with malware or some sort of potentially unwanted program (PUP) it is recommended to scan your computer with an Antimalware program such as Malwarebytes to locate and eradicate malicious files from your computer.

Associated Files

  • install.exe
  • install.res.1028.dll
  • install.res.1031.dll
  • install.res.1033.dll
  • install.res.1036.dll
  • install.res.1040.dll
  • install.res.1041.dll
  • install.res.1042.dll
  • install.res.2052.dll
  • install.res.3082.dll
  • vcredist.bmp
  • globdata.ini
  • install.ini
  • eula.1028.txt
  • eula.1031.txt
  • eula.1033.txt
  • eula.1036.txt
  • eula.1040.txt
  • eula.1041.txt
  • eula.1042.txt
  • eula.2052.txt
  • eula.3082.txt
  • vc_redist.msi
  • vc_redist.cab

How to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

How to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

The instructions on this page explain how to stream video from Windows to Xbox 360. These instructions are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and other Windows Operating Systems that have Windows Media Player installed.

1. Connect your Xbox 360 to your home network and turn it on

2. Open Windows Media Player on your Windows computer

stream video from Windows to Xbox 360

3. Click Stream and select Turn on media streaming…

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4. Click the Turn on media streaming button on the Media streaming options window

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5. Click Allow next to your Xbox 360 device and click the Next button

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6. Choose the Shared permission for the Videos library or folder

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7. Click the Finished button

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8. Click the Xbox Guide button on your Xbox 360 controller and go to Media

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9. Select System Video Player and access your computer from the list

10. Go to your Video folder and select the video you want to watch on your Xbox 360

How to remove everything and reinstall Windows

How to remove everything and reinstall Windows

The instructions on this webpage explain how to reset Windows 8, 9.1, and 10. If you remove everything and reinstall Windows all your personal files and apps will be removed and your PC settings will be changed back to their defaults. This is also called a reset or factory reset.

1. Go to Windows Start Menu or Tile Screen and partially search for the phrase “remove everything and reinstall Windows.” If you search this phrase on the tile screen click Settings on the right side of the display once you have performed the search.

remove everything and reinstall windows

2. Click Remove everything and reinstall Windows.

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3. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your computer.

How to play Pokémon Go on your computer

How to play Pokémon Go on your computer

Did you know that you can play Pokémon Go on your computer using an Android emulator called BlueStacks and Fake GPS app called FakeGPS Free? It’s true; However, your phone would be the preferred choice. The difference between Pokémon Pokemon Go on your computer and playing on your phone is a wide one.

play pokemon go on your computer

There is really only one better option that can be fulfilled by playing Pokémon Go on your computer compared to playing the game on your phone. Playing Pokémon Go on your computer allows you to teleport (something Pokémon Go game developers could penalize you for). If you use the Fake GPS app you can chose a location anywhere in the world that the app enables you to. For example, I wasn’t able to teleport to Antarctica, but I was able to teleport to North Korea. In North Korea I did not find any Pokémon or monuments so I then went to the Grand Canyon and the Phoenix Zoo where I was able to hunt many pocket monsters. Using the Pokémon Go teleport option by utilizing the Fake GPS app is a risk that can get you penalized if you plan to play Pokémon Go on your computer.

Other issues with playing Pokémon Go on your computer are that you cannot really walk around to hunt because you can only go as far as your wifi or internet connection cable allows. In order to hunt while playing Pokémon Go on your computer you have to switch screens on the emulator and manually let the Fake GPS know where you want to go. Even if you want to take 3 steps in one direction to catch a Pokémon out of your range you will need to switch back to the Fake GPS app and tell it where to go. Furthermore, the Fake GPS app displays advertisements once in a while, so moving between the Fake GPS app and Pokémon Go app on your computer can be disrupted with full-screen advertisements you have to click out of.

Playing Pokémon Go on your computer is also plagued by horrid functionality and performance. The Pokémon Go game for your computer is very slow and very laggy. Moving around and simply clicking on a Pokémon is a task, but it’s achievable.

I would recommend to play Pokémon Go on your phone as opposed to playing Pokémon Go on your computer. The Pokémon Go game on your computer is very limited compared to the Pokémon Go phone application and there is always the risk of getting banned. You will have a much better playing experience if you play the app on your phone and not on the computer. However, it might be fruitful for Pokémon Go users who have existing accounts and want to teleport to random locations. You can even stand outside a gym and wait for someone to attack it so you can immediately take it back if they are able to infiltrate it.

How to download and play Pokémon Go on your computer

1. Download and install an Android emulator app called BlueStacks on your Windows or Mac computer.

pokemon go computer settings

2. Once BlueStacks is installed click the Settings icon in the top menu bar and click Settings in the list.

add account

3. In the Accounts section of the settings page click + Add account > Google and sign into your Google account.

fakegps free app

4. Once you have signed into your Google Account go back to the Android page and use the search option. Search for an app called FakeGPS free in the app store and install it.

pokemon go for computer

5. Once FakeGPS Free has been installed go back to the Android page and search for Pokémon Go in the app store and install it. *You can also open the Fake GPS app and chose your location by double clicking anywhere on the map and clicking the arrow/play button on the bottom right of the screen. But, this will cause lag between the Fake GPS app and the game if you allow BlueStacks to have the two windows open at the same time.

pokemon go teleport

6. Open Pokémon Go on your computer once it has been installed. The Pokémon Go game might ask you to download or use GPS. If this is the case you can open the FakeGPS Free app and teleport to your location by double clicking anywhere in the world on the provided map and clicking the orange arrow/play button on the bottom right of the screen.

7. Once you chose a location on the FakeGPS Free app the app will suddenly close and you should automatically be taken back to Pokémon Go.

change location

8. To move again or simply teleport in Pokémon Go, slide your mouse (or finger if you are using a touch screen computer or device) down the top of the game window as you would if you were looking at notifications on your phone and click FakeGPS Free. This accesses the FakeGPS Free app interface and allows you to manually move your location or perform a Pokémon Go teleport to anywhere in the world. Once you double click the location you want to be in Pokémon Go on your computer click the arrow button at the bottom of the screen and you will be brought back to Pokémon Go. In order to move around using the FakeGPS Free app and Pokémon Go you will need to employ this method.

How to uninstall a program from Windows

This guide shows you how to uninstall a program from Microsoft Windows operating systems.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel (or Programs and Features).

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program (in earlier versions of Windows this is called Add and remove programs).

3. Double click the Windows program you want to uninstall to begin the uninstall process.

How to do a Windows 10 recovery

How to do a Windows 10 recovery

This guide will show you how to perform a Windows 10 recovery. A Windows 10 recovery (or Reset) allows you to reset your computer. It lets you choose if you want to keep or remove your files, and then reinstalls Windows 10 on your machine.

How to do a Windows 10 recovery

Windows 10 recovery

1. Click the Windows icon on the bottom left of the tray menu and go to settings > Update & Security > Recovery

recovery windows 10

2. Find the “Reset this PC” section and click Get Started

Windows 10 can automatically disable pirated software, unauthorized hardware

Windows 10 can automatically disable pirated software, unauthorized hardware

A new bombshell about Windows 10 has officially dropped with the latest update. Microsoft can now disable any pirated and counterfeit software or hardware running on the Windows 10 operating system, or at least this is what is being interpreted based on the updated End User License Agreement (EULA) that was recently released.  The new Windows 10 terms and conditions allow Microsoft to replace, modify, or update software on your computer without warning. The changes to the Windows 10 EULA were first spotted by PC Authority (even though other people likely read through the EULA before them) and according to their report, section 7b or the ‘Updates to the Services or Software, and Changes to These Terms’ section filed under the Windows 10 EULA states that Microsoft, “may automatically check your version of the software and download software update or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.”

Windows 10 can automatically disable pirated software, unauthorised hardware

This can mean a lot of things. How will Microsoft know that a program is pirated or fake? Will Microsoft simply use this tactic to disable games and software they are affiliated with such as Microsoft Word, or will they seek third-party games and help their competitors?

With Windows 10 Home edition, Microsoft has already made the Windows 10 software update mandatory and denied the choice to say no to them. This can be a huge problem because users might not even know when the update will take place or if it has even happened in time to remove software that may be counterfeit without their knowledge. What if a person was to purchase hardware or software they suspected was legitimate but turns out not to be? It happens.

Another issue with this is that it could (not certain) affect the games people play on Xbox gaming systems. It’s currently unclear what Microsoft means by ‘unauthorized hardware peripheral devices’ in their EULA.  Microsoft ended its Windows Live Games in support of Steam with Windows 10; However XBox gaming controllers can now be used with Microsoft Windows 10 computers for gaming.

How to remove “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows”

How to remove “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows”

If you receive an unwanted notification that says something similar to “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” when you try to log into a machine running Microsoft Windows your computer is infected with a trojan horse and malicious software. This type of malware is very similar to ransomware because it can restrict access to your computer and make your computer very difficult to use. The fake notification basically holds a Windows computer hostage, just like ransomware, but instead of offering instructions on how to ‘pay a fine’ or remove the restriction as ransomware does, the “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” alert wants victims to “contact support.”

Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows

Overview

  • The “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” window cannot be closed
  • The support phone number leads to an answering machine that says “you called outside of business hours”
  • This infection can affect windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
  • This is a fake notification that is not associated with Microsoft

Examples

Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows

This copy of Windows did not pass genuine Validation.

You might be a victim of a software counterfeiting.

Before you can install Microsoft Security Essentials, you must have a genuine and properly licensed copy of Windows on this computer.

To acquire a genuine copy of Windows, click "Update Now."

Contact Support US/CA Toll Free 1-800-931-9159

Could not connect to windows activation server, This could be due to a problem with your windows security or corrupt win32 system files.
[Your computer will be shutdown in 10 minutes due to an error. You nay have a Trojan. Call Support at 800-931-9159 for help]

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How to remove “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows”

This guide will help you remove “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” malware and fix the “Validate copy of your Microsoft Windows” alert so you can access your PC again.

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Uninstall unwanted programs and malware from Windows

1. We recommend that you write down the toll free number below in case you run into any issues while removing this infection. Our techs will kindly assist you with any problems.

1-888-986-8411

2. Open Windows Start/Task Menu (left click bottom right of task bar) and go to the Control Panel.

3. Click Uninstall a program in the “Programs” section.

4. Locate suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and uninstall each individually.

Scan your computer and remove malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for Jabuticaba

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

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Refresh, reset, restore, or recover your Windows computer

Depending on your Windows operating system you can restore, reset, refresh, or recover your Windows computer to an earlier date and time.