How To Play PUBG Mobile On Windows 10

Playerunknown’s Battle Grounds is a PC game that costs $30 to play on your desktop. It’s mobile version however is free and it seems some players prefer it over the desktop version. It’s no secret that you can run mobile apps on a desktop PC if you’re willing to run an emulator and to that same end, players have managed to run PUBG mobile on Windows 10.

Of course, not everyone is up to running games via emulators which is why Tencent, the developers of PUBG mobile have released their very own, easy to install emulator that can run PUBG on Windows 10. It’s in beta but using it is as easy as installing an app, and running it.

PUBG Mobile On Windows 10

Download the emulator from Tencent’s website here. It’s a simple EXE file that you need to run. It will download the emulator, and then the game files. There’s literally no intervention needed on your behalf.

It will install the Tencent Gaming buddy first. Once it does, click the Start button.

Once installed, it will download files for PUBG Mobile. This can take a while depending on your internet connection.

Once that’s done, you’ll see the following screen. This emulator is built for a very specific purpose; to play PUBG mobile on Windows 10 so that means it already knows you have a keyboard and that keyboard is already configured. You won’t have much in the way of control keys to configure but you may want to tinker with the resolution a bit, especially if you have a PC that can run games at HD.

We should mention that just because you’re running a mobile game on a desktop, it doesn’t automatically mean you will be able to play it on the highest settings available. That doesn’t happen regardless which emulator or which game you play. Likewise, the Tencent Gaming buddy emulator has hardware limitations when it comes to the graphics quality.

The game runs like it does on your mobile phone. You can play as a guest or you can connect your Facebook account. The rules are the same but the controls are obviously different. There is support for a controller if you have one. Additionally, the emulator lets you record gameplay, take screenshots, and even play in fuillscreen mode.

Why?

PUBG is available for Windows 10 in the Steam store. It may cost a little money but it’s the same price as Minecraft so it’s not exactly expensive. This begs the question as to why you might want to play the mobile version of the game on your desktop instead of playing the desktop version on your desktop.

For some players it may simply be that they prefer the mobile version but they do not have a mobile device that can run the game e.g., an iPhone 6 can’t run it. Regardless, you have a simple way to play PUBG mobile on Windows 10 and it’s a great way to demo the game if you’re wondering whether or not you’ll enjoy the full desktop version.

 

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How To Find And Read Windows Error Log Files

When something goes wrong in Windows, whether it’s with a major or minor update or a RSOD or a BSOD, a log entry is created. The log files will tell you what error code was generated. If you’re trying to troubleshoot a recurring problem on your PC, those log files are crucial once you’ve tried restarting your system and it hasn’t fixed the problem. Here’s how you can find and read Windows error log files.

Windows Error Log Files

There are several different types of errors in Windows and as such, the log files for each are sorted that way.

If you’re trying to install Windows 10, and it fails you’re going to have to access the file via the command prompt during installing. It’s in the following location in your Windows drive.

$windows.~bt\Sources\Panther

If you rolled back to an older version of Windows e.g., an older build of Windows 10 or back to Windows 7, the log file will be in the following location in your Windows drive.

$windows.~bt\Sources\Rollback

If you tried to install a plug and play device, such as a speaker or a wired headset, and it failed, the error log will be found here. You can enter this path in the Run dialog or in File Explorer.

%WINDIR%\Inf\Setupapi*.log

Memory dumps for bug checks reside here. You can enter this path in the Run dialog or in the location bar in File Explorer.

%WINDIR%\Memory.dmp

Error logs from the Sysprep command reside here;

%WINDIR%\System32\Sysprep\Panther

Reading Error Log Files

Error files are saved with the .log or .dmp file extension.

.dmp files are memory dump files and can most easily be read and understood with a free Nirosoft tool called BlueScreenView. It can give you a fairly good analysis of the dump file. If that doesn’t do the trick for you, consider using WinDbg.

.log files can be opened with Notepad. It’s a mess if you try to read it in Notepad so just copy everything and paste it into Excel. If you don’t want to use Excel, turn off word wrap. Each error is accompanied by a date i.e., when the error occurred and an error code with a description. Your best bet to resolve it is to Google the error code.

As far as resolving errors goes, no log or dump file is going to give you step by step instructions on how to resolve it. If you keep getting the same error over and over, you’re going to have Google and Google until you figure it out.

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How To Enable Support For HEIC And HEVC Files In Photos On Windows 10

HEIF is an image and video format that’s been around for a while. Up until Apple released iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, this format wasn’t exactly something the average user needed. That’s changed though since iOS 11 is now saving photos in that format. We covered a little codec before that lets you open HEIC images on Windows 7, 8/8.1/10 but with the April Update, there is native support for HEIF files in Photos. It’s not enabled by default though so if you’re an iPhone user, you’re going to want to know how to enable support for HEIC and HEVC files in Photos.

HEIC And HEVC Files In Photos

To enable support for HEIC and HEVC file in Photos, you need to install two extensions/apps. The HEIF Image Extension is for viewing photos, and the HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer is for videos. Once you install them, you’ll be able to open HEIC and HEVC files in Photos.

On principal, if you only want to open HEIC files, installing the image extension ought to do the trick but if it doesn’t, install both the image and video extensions and that should do the trick.

Once you’ve added these extensions, you can use the import feature in the Photos app and use it to import photos and videos directly from your iPhone. You won’t have to change settings on your iPhone and have it convert photos to JPEG or save them to that format.

These extensions/apps may install system wide but that doesn’t mean that support for these files is system wide. For example, if you’ve enabled the Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 10, these apps won’t work with it. You’re going to have to use the codec we mentioned earlier.

For all other file viewers such as IrfanView, this app will do absolutely nothing. It will be upto developers of file and image viewing apps to add support for this file type. It seems not even Chrome has support for this format so if you own an iPhone you’re going to want one of the stock app on Windows 10 to be able to open it. It’s either that, or you convert your photos to JPEG.

In case you were wondering, the HEIF files i.e. both HEIC and HEVC are not as big as JPEG files and that’s saying something. It’s a pain to convert files before you can move them to your PC but if you plan on storing them on your hard drive, or an external drive, having an easy-to-open format that takes up less space than a JPEG is a big plus.

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How To Fix Timeline Not Working On Windows 10

Timeline is one of the most anticipated features in the Windows 10 April Update. Microsoft announced this feature a long, long time ago and it only rolled out this year. This feature should work right out of the box if you’ve updated to the Spring Creators Update. Unfortunately, it doesn’t. It seems the feature, while showing up in the UI isn’t saving your activity. Here are a few things you can try to fix Timeline not working.

Timeline needs at least one day to gather your activity so if it hasn’t been 24 hours since you updated to the next major update, give it the right amount of time.

Check Timeline Is Enabled

Make sure Timeline is enabled i.e. it’s allowed to collect your activity history. Open the Settings app and go to the Privacy group of settings and select the Activity History tab.

Make sure that the ‘Let Windows collect my activities from this PC’ option is checked.

Clean Activity History

You might need to jumpstart Timeline, crazy as that sounds. Open the Settings app and go to the Privacy group of settings. Select the Activity History tab again, scroll down to the Clear activity history section, and click the Clear button. Do this even if Windows 10 hasn’t had time to collect your activity.

Switch Temporarily To A Local Account

This solution is a bit annoying but it does work. Open the Settings app and go to the Accounts group of settings. On the Your Info tab, click the ‘Sign in with a local account instead’ option. Switch to the local account and Timeline should start working.

You might want to stick to using a local account for a while before you switch back to a Microsoft account. Users report that switching to the local account will fix Timeline not working right away however, if it doesn’t fix the problem instantly, you may want to use your desktop for a while with just a local account. It may need some time to get going and once it does, you can switch back to your Microsoft account.

We should also mention that Timeline works with apps that support it. If your problem is that Timeline isn’t showing you all your apps, it may be because the app you’re hoping to see doesn’t support the new feature just yet. The stock apps all work so if you’re trying to check whether it’s the apps that are a problem, or the feature itself, use Edge for a while.

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How To Disable Web Search On Windows 10 April Update

Windows search i.e., the search bar next to the Start button on Windows 10 can search the web as well as your system for whatever app or file name you type. Web search wasn’t part of Windows 7 and Windows 10 users haven’t warmed up to it. They prefer to disable it and with each major Windows 10 update, Microsoft enables it again. Sometimes even removes whatever trick users come up with to disable web search.

The same has happened with the Windows 10 April Update aka the Spring Creators Update and understandably, you will want to disable web search again. Here’s how.

Disable Web Search

The process will be the same for both Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home users. You will need administrative rights as this involves editing the Windows registry.

Open Notepad and paste the following in a new file. Save it as disableStartSearch.reg. Make sure you save it with the REG file extension. Run the file with administrative rights, and accept any and all prompts that you see.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search]
"CortanaConsent"=dword:00000000
"AllowSearchToUseLocation"=dword:00000000
"BingSearchEnabled"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search]
"ConnectedSearchUseWebOverMeteredConnections"=dword:00000000
"AllowCortana"=dword:00000000
"DisableWebSearch"=dword:00000001
"ConnectedSearchUseWeb"=dword:00000000

If you want to know what changes the file is making to the registry,  a total of five new values are added to the following location;

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search

The values that are added are DWORD values. The first is named AllowCortana with the value 0. A second DWORD value named ConnectedSearchUseWeb is added and again, its value is 0.

Three other values are added to the following location;

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search

The values are all DWORD values. Their values are all 0. The new values are named AllowSearchToUseLocation, BingSearchEnabled, and CortanaConsent.

This will probably break with the next major Windows 10 update. The monthly Tuesday updates i.e., the ones released on patch Tuesday will likely not break this.

Microsoft tends to break whatever solutions users find to disable web search. It’s still trying to push Bing web search which makes sense because it’s one of their products. The only thing is, not many users need web search bundled with their local disk search. Regardless of which search engine is used, there should be an option to turn  this feature off, or at the very least, manage which order search results appear in.

This is made worse by the fact that most users, to this day, still can’t get Windows search to find files on their local drives. All it does is find web search results and those are useless when you can’t even use your preferred search engine.

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