How To Skip Adding A PIN During Windows 10 Set Up

When you do a clean install of Windows 10, you have to go through a rather long set up process. This set up process excludes all the times Windows 10 tells you things like ‘Just a moment’ or ‘We’re getting things ready’, or something similar. During this process, you have to set up a user account, select the account type you want to use, connect to a WiFi network, manage privacy setting, enable Cortana, and add keyboard layouts. Part of setting up the account includes setting a password, and a PIN. When you add an account though, Windows 10 also tells you to add a PIN and there’s no skip option that accompanies it. Here’s how you can skip adding a PIN during the set up.

Skip Adding A PIN

During set up, enter the account credentials for the user you want to set up. This can be a Microsoft account, or you can configure a local user. Though you can skip entering a password for a local account, it’s a good idea to set it up. If you choose to skip the password, you may not be prompted to set up a PIN either but not setting a password might cause problems with sharing later on. To skip the password, just leave the field blank and click Next or Continue.

Once you’ve set a password, you will be prompted to enter a PIN, and a Skip option may not be present (depends on builds). Click ahead to set up a PIN but instead of entering a PIN, click the Cancel button.

After that, you won’t be prompted to enter a PIN again during the set up, and you can proceed to whatever the next step is.

A lot of users do not like to set up a PIN because once they do, they’re almost always prompted to enter the PIN instead of their password to unlock their desktop. To counter this, all you need to do is select the Password option on your lock screen when you first boot to your desktop, and it will stick to that sign-in option.

If you’re avoiding a PIN because it’s too short and someone could guess or memorize it, you can opt to enter a longer PIN. There’s an option to do just that in the Settings app as well as during set up. A PIN is a better option because you never have to enter your password which, if it’s not very strong or you have to enter in front of someone, isn’t going to unlock more than just the current device.

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How To View Game Performance With The Game Bar On Windows 10

Buying and assembling expensive hardware to make a gaming PC doesn’t always guarantee the best gaming experience. There may be a certain price tag that, once you cross it, it will probably give you a PC that can run games well. That said, if you’ve build a gaming PC, or you’ve bought one and want to know how well your games are running you normally have to turn to third-party benchmarking apps. Microsoft is making it easier to view game performance on Windows 10 with a new addition to the game bar.

This feature is currently part of the Windows 10 Insider Build 17704 and available only to users on the Insider program.

View Game Performance

To view game performance for a game, you need to run it. Once the game is running, tap the Win + G keyboard shortcut to open the game bar. The game bar will look very different from what it does right now. Instead of the bar, you will see an entire control panel that tells you the FPS of the game. It not only tells you the current FPS but it also graphs it as you play the game. The game bar will give you the average FPS for the game, as well as how much CPU, GPU, and RAM it’s using. Each one has its own graph that can tell you how much of each resource the game has been consuming.

While this is a great addition to the game bar, it goes without saying that the Game bar isn’t really a bar anymore. It’s a big floating window that obscures most of the game. You can still record, screenshot, and broadcast from it. The controls are all there but you are not going to want to open it to do all those things because it obscures the game. Chances are that this version of the Game bar will go through a few iterations before it rolls out to users on the stable channel. This is the very first build that the feature has been made available on so hopefully it’s not going to look the same when it’s out of beta.¬†There ought to be an option to turn off the performance monitor for users who don’t want it.

The performance monitor isn’t poorly developed. It’s not just graphing the FPS for a game; it’s also giving you CPU, GPU, and RAM usage. There’s even a switch to enable and disable dedicated resources on the fly. Maybe Microsoft will even add a way to store the data beyond a single session.

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How To Find Power Consuming Apps On Windows 10

Historically speaking, Microsoft has never made a lot of changes to the Task Manager. It has remained, for the most part, unchanged up until Windows 8. Of course, with Window 10, the Task Manager has gained a whole host of new features. It can now tell you how well your GPU is performing and come this fall, you will be able to find power consuming apps on Windows 10 from the Task Manager. Not only can you view which apps are consuming a lot of power, you can also view their historical power consumption.

This feature is available in the Windows 10 Insider Build 17704. It should be part of the next major feature update for Windows 10 that is expected to be released in fall this year.

Find Power Consuming Apps

The power consumption information is available for apps that are currently running. Open the Task Manager and you will see two new columns next to the default ones called Power usage and Power usage trend. If you don’t see these columns, right-click any one of the columns and enable these two columns by selecting them from the context menu.

You can sort the apps by lowest or highest power consumption and use it to determine which apps you shouldn’t use when you’re on battery power. The power usage trend¬† column will start to fill up almost immediately so if you want to see the long term power consumption of an app, you should let it run a while and get a more accurate idea of which apps are power hungry.

Power consumption isn’t something that is impacted by other apps running on your system. It is however impacted by whether or not you’re putting the app through its paces. For example, if you’re cropping an image in Photoshop, it isn’t going to need a lot of power or a lot of resources. If however, you’re using Photoshop to process HDR photos, it will consume more power and more resources. The point is, using an app long term is what will give you a better idea of how much power it consumes.

Windows supports different power plans based on how much power you want your system to consume. You can create custom power plans, use the Balanced power plan, or use the battery power slider to optimize your system for better battery performance. With this new addition to Task Manager though, you might be able to get more out of your battery even when you’re on the balanced power plan by limiting the power hungry apps.

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How To Make A Video Call On Instagram

Instagram is rolling out video calls to all its users. The new call feature is integrated with your inbox where you also receive replies to your story. The feature appears to have been added in one of the recent updates to the app and has now gone live for most, if not all users. Here’s how you can make a video call on Instagram.

Video Call On Instagram

Open Instagram and tap the paper plane button at the top right that takes you to your inbox. Tap the friend you want to call or tap the plus button at the top right, and select a contact.

At the top of the chat thread, you will see a new camera icon. Tap it to start the call. Your recipient must also have this feature enabled and that might include having the latest version of the Instagram app. Though you initiate a call as a video call, you do have the option to make it a simple voice call by turning off your camera and leaving the mic on. You can also switch between the front and back end camera. By default, Instagram uses the front camera.

The video call can be minimized to a little floating window by tapping the square button at the top left of the call interface. You can then continue to browse the app while still in the middle of the call. Any time you want to return to the full screen call interface, just tap the floating window and it will maximize.

So far, you can only call one person at a time but we going to go out on a limb and predict that this feature will expand to allow group calls. Group video calls are quickly becoming a thing; Snapchat has them, and iOS 12 will allow you to FaceTime multiple people at once.

Video calls aren’t a new feature for social media apps or messaging apps. There are plenty of apps that offer it but they’re mostly productivity based. Given how terrible Skype has become over the past few years though, it’s a market that could do with a new, better alternative. A lot of people favor Discord, some use Slack but there isn’t anything quite like what Skype was back when it was good. You never really know what feature an app will develop well enough for it to replace an app like Skype. Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp already seem to be a preferred mode of messaging for anyone that doesn’t have iMessages. Instagram has as good a chance as any other app to replace Skype.

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How To Enable Or Disable Auto iOS Updates

Updates are important but not everyone likes to install them the second they’re available. Some users prefer to defer updates, while others prefer they install automatically with little to no involvement on their own part. It’s a tricky thing to manage which is why in iOS 12, users can now choose to enable or disable Auto iOS updates.

On older versions of iOS, the next available version would automatically download if you device was sufficiently charged and connected to a WiFi network. It would never automatically install but you would see prompts to install it regularly, or schedule when to install it. As of iOS 12, you can prevent the update from downloading.

Auto iOS Updates

Open the Settings app and go to General. Tap Software Update and you will see an Automatic Updates option. Tap it, and turn the Automatic Updates option On or Off.

This option will prevent the next version of iOS from downloading on your device. You’re far less likely to accidentally update to the next version. Since newer versions of iOS slow down older devices, this will be a welcome feature and it’s only too bad that you have to update to the next version of iOS to get it.

Pros And Cons

This option will be useful given how iOS versions have begun to ship with quite a few bugs. Each new update brings its own bugs and while Apple does address them in the very next update, users may want to avoid an update that has bugs altogether until a version with a fix for said bug is available.

This does come with its own set of problems i.e., security updates will be deferred as well. Apple doesn’t differentiate between security updates and feature updates like Microsoft does for Windows 10. As such, if you turn off auto iOS updates, you likely will not automatically install any important security updates that may be the sole purpose of an iOS update.

This option is unlikely to impact how many users update to the next version of iOS though. iOS conversion rates are 90% within the first month a new major version is released. Unlike Windows 10 users who do everything humanly possible to avoid a feature update, iOS users actively wait for and install the next version.

Apple is obviously giving its users more control over their devices. With iOS 11. it gave users the option to turn off throttling for devices with aging batteries and now it’s giving them more leeway with installing updates.

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