How To Configure A Microphone Headset On Windows 10

Headsets come in two basic variations; with a microphone, and without one. They both fall in more or less the same price range so people usually have a headset and a mic. On Windows 10, you can start using the headset by simply plugging it into the audio jack. You will be able to listen to all outgoing audio. The mic on the headset is going to be a different case though. It doesn’t always work. Here’s how you can configure a microphone headset on Windows 10.

Hardware

This post deals with systems that have a single audio jack. Older laptops and PCs came with a separate jack for the headset and the microphone. This was back when the hardware was also sold separately. This post deals with systems that have a single audio jack for headsets that are headphone and mic in one. This includes headsets and headphones that come with your phone.

Configure Microphone Headset

Normally, you shouldn’t have to do more than just connect your headset to your system to get the mic working but if that isn’t working, then try the following.

Connect your headset to your system. Right-click the speaker icon in the system tray, and select Sounds. Go to the Recording tab. If your headphone’s mic appears in the list of audio devices, right-click it and select Set as default device. Of course your headset’s mic may not show up in the Recording tab. The headset will appear in the Playback tab but its mic will not appear in the Recording tab in which case, you have a driver problem.

To fix the driver problem, open the Device Manager. Expand the Sound, video, and game controllers devices. Here, you need to look for your audio device. This is going to be your sound card and will have a name like High Definition Audio Device, or something similar. Right-click it and select Properties from the context menu. On the Properties window, go to the Driver tab. Click Update driver>Browser my compute for driver software>Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

In the list, look for and select the Realtek Audio driver. Install this driver and restart your system once it’s installed.

After your system restarts, connect your headphone or headset. If you see an on-screen prompt asking what type of headset you’ve connected, select the headset with microphone option. This is likely only something that happens on Dell laptops but you might get something similar on other systems.

Both your headphone and mic ought to work now. If the mic still doesn’t work, repeat the very first step described in this post i.e., set the mic as the default input device.

If Windows 10 fails to list Realtek audio drivers in the Device Manager, you will have to download and install them manually.

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How To Play System Startup And Shut Down Sounds On Windows 10

Operating systems have, for the longest time, played system startup and shut down sounds to indicate the event. To some users, this is an annoyance and while this feature was largely pervasive they sought ways to disable it. In the current version of Windows 10, you cannot play system startup and shut down sounds. The option was removed a while ago however a registry hack existed that could still enable it. That too is gone so we need a different work around for it.

You must have sound files ready, on hand, for startup and shut down. They should be in MP3 or WAV format.

System Startup Sound

In order to play system startup and shut down sounds, you will need to create two separate tasks in Task Scheduler.  Open Task Scheduler and click Create New Task in the column on the right and follow the steps below.

  1. Give the task a proper name that tells you what it’s for. In this case, name it Startup Sound as the first task will be responsible for playing sound when your system boots up.
  2. On this same tab, select the ‘Run whether user is logged on or not’ option and enable the ‘Run with highest privileges’ option.
  3. Open the Configure for dropdown, and select Windows 10.
  4. Next, go to the Triggers tab, and click the New button at the bottom. Open the ‘Begin the task’ dropdown and select ‘At Startup’.
  5. Go to the Actions tab and click New. On the New Action window, select the sound file you want it to play when the system starts up.
  6. Go to the Conditions tab and disable the ‘Start the task only if the computer is on AC power’. If you prefer to not play sound when your system is on battery power, you can leave this option enabled. Click Ok.
  7. You will be prompted to enter the password for your account to create the task. Once it’s done, Windows 10 will play a sound when you turn your system on.

System Shut Down Sound

To play a system shut down sound, follow the above process but change what you do in step 4 to the following.

Go to the Triggers tab, and open the ‘Begin the task’ dropdown. From the dropdown, select ‘On an Event’. Open the ‘Log’ dropdown and select ‘System’. In the Event ID field, enter 1074.

Follow the rest of the above process and when your system shuts down, it will play the sound file that you selected.

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How To Reset And Repair Apps On Windows 10

Windows 10 has a reset feature that allows users to reset the OS to a fresh install state. It’s useful for when your system is infected with possible malware or the registry is corrupted beyond repair and you do not have a backup of it, among other things. When you reset Windows 10, you have the option to keep your files, or remove them. There is a similar option that allows users to reset and repairs app on Windows 10.

The reset and repair apps option isn’t available for all apps. It’s something that the app itself has to add support for it and if it doesn’t, you cannot reset and repair it. Unfortunately, very few apps give users this option which is why most users may be unaware that it even exists. Microsoft Edge is a stock app on Windows 10 that you can reset. Other apps that you can be reset and repair are the UWP iTunes app, and the stock Photos app.

Reset And Repair Apps

Repairing an app will not result in any data loss however, resetting an app may result in you losing data. The data lost will be related to app settings and not files. For example, if your reset the Photos app, it will not delete photos from your hard drive. It will however, remove any custom folder locations you’ve added to the app, remove people data, and possibly delete the thumbnail cache.

There is no way to tell which apps support the reset and repair option, and which do not. You will simply have to check each app manually.

Open the Settings app and go to the Apps group of settings. On the Apps & features tab, you will see a list of all apps installed.

Click an app and if you see ‘Advanced options’ under it. If it’s there then the app can, most likely, be repaired and reset. Click Advanced Options.

On the Advanced Options screen for the app, scroll down and you will find both a reset and repair option. In some cases, a repair option may not be present. If that’s the case, as it is with the Alarms and Clock app, you can always uninstall and reinstall the app.

From what few apps we’ve checked, it seems that only UWP apps can be reset or repaired. All stock apps have one or both options. Some apps do not require a reset or repair option which is why it may not be present.

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How To Fix System Not Booting After KB4100347 On Windows 10

A new Windows 10 update named KB4100347 is rolling out to users and this is one of those buggy updates. It may go smoothly for some users however, if it doesn’t, your system will not boot. You will not be able to get to your desktop to uninstall or rollback the buggy update. If that’s the case, you will have to roll back the update from the Command Prompt. The trick is to find the update and to access Command Prompt without booting to your desktop. Once you have Command Prompt open though, you need to find your Windows drive, and then uninstall the update.

This solution is from Reddit user a_false_vaccum.

System Not Booting After KB4100347

Step 1: Turn on your system and boot to the troubleshooting menu. If you can’t get to the troubleshooting menu, you will need to use an installation disk for Windows to use it.

Step 2: Once you’ve booted to the Command Prompt, you need to use the Diskpart utility to move to your Windows drive. For the sake of this guide, the screenshot you see was taken on the desktop but it will be more or less the same even if you aren’t on your desktop. First, run the following command to start the Diskpart utility.

diskpart

Next, enter the following command to list all volumes on your hard drive.

list volume

This will list all the volumes on your hard drive and it’s up to you to determine which one is your Windows drive. It’s normally the C drive however, you will also see ‘Boot’ next to the Windows drive in the Info column. That’s really all you need from the Diskpart utility. Type Exit to close it.

Step 3: Type the following command and take care to replace <driveletter here> with the letter of your Windows drive.

Syntax

dism /image:<driveletter here> /get-packages

Example

Dism /Image:C:\ /Get-Packages

The command will return a list of packages. It is going to be an exceptionally long list. Look for a package with KB4100347 in the name. It will have quite a long name. Copy it by selecting it and tapping Enter.

Step 4: Remove the package with the following command.

dism /image:<driveletter here> /remove-package /PackageName:<Package name for KB4100347>

Step 5: Finally, run this command to undo any damage that has been caused.

dism /image:<driveletter here> /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

You should now be able to boot to your desktop. If you haven’t installed this update just yet, consider skipping it and save yourself some trouble.

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How To Print From Chrome Using The System Print Dialog

You can print files directly from Chrome. If you have a PDF file open in Chrome, or a text file, or an image, you can tap the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut to bring up the print dialog. The dialog you see is Chrome’s own print interface which, regardless of your printer, will always look the same. Your printer may have richer printing options, or it may not support the default ones but Chrome is more or less indifferent to it. If you must print from Chrome, you can still use the system print dialog.

Chrome System Print Dialog

There are two ways to get to the system print dialog from Chrome. If you’ve already pressed the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut, then look for the ‘Print using system dialog’ option at the very bottom of the left column.

To jump directly to the system print dialog, you can use the Print+Shift+P keyboard shortcut.

The Chrome print dialog is simple however it does have basic settings that allow you to change the size of the paper that you’re printing on, select the number of copies that are to be printed, set custom margins, and choose between portrait and landscape layouts. If you can’t find these settings, click the More Settings option on the left column.

Of course, Chrome doesn’t have advanced color management options which your system’s print dialog may support. The system dialog allows you to make allowance for blurred text, save toner on a print job, and even add a watermark. Again, you may see more or fewer options in the system print dialog depending on what your printer can do.

Chrome provides a simplified interface for many things that other browsers do not. Firefox for one, sends print jobs directly to the system print dialog. Chrome on the other hand has a simplified version of it, much like it has its own simplified version of the task manager.

If you’re sending print jobs to your printer via Chrome, and they seem to get stuck, you can try using the system’s options for printing. For Chrome to print, your printer must be configured correctly. This may be via generic printer drivers that your OS (Windows or macOS) installs, or it may be via model-specific drivers that you installed. If a print job fails to complete from both the Chrome and the system print dialog, it may be because it isn’t configured correctly, a problem with the USB ports in use, or the printer cable in use.

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