How to back up a Windows 10 product key

Windows 10 requires a license to work. A Windows license can be bought and used on any system of your choice, or you can by hardware that comes with Windows 10 installed with an OEM license. The license basically comes with a Product Key that you enter in Windows 10.  Generally speaking, if you have an OEM license, there is little to no need to back it up. A license that you bought separately i.e., one that isn’t associated with hardware is more likely to be lost. Regardless of what type of license you have, here are two fail safe ways to back up a Windows 10 product key.

Product key and Windows 10 edition

Before we show you how to back up a Windows 10 product key, you need to know that product keys are specific for different Windows 10 editions. A Windows 10 Home product key will not be able to activate a Windows 10 Pro installation even if it’s authentic. It is important that you know which Windows 10 edition the product key is for. What doesn’t matter when it comes to using a product key is whether you’re installing 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. A product key for Windows 10 Home will work regardless if you’re installing the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version.

Back up Windows 10 product key

There are two methods you can use to back up a Windows 10 product key and regardless if you have an OEM license or not, you should still back it up.

Notepad

The best solutions are often the simplest ones. Find your Windows 10 Product Key, copy it to a Notepad file, and save it somewhere safe. Make sure it isn’t saved where anyone else might have access to it but, also make sure that you do not save the file to a location where it might be deleted by accident.

Associate key with Microsoft Account

Microsoft knows that its activation services fail on occasion. To work around it, there’s an option to associate your Product key with your Microsoft Account. It’s fairly simple but you must be using a Microsoft account on Windows 10 for this to work. You must also be signed in with the Administrator account, and your Windows 10 version must be 1511 or later.

Open the Settings app and go to the Update & Security group of settings. Select the Activation tab. You will see an ‘Add account’ option. Click it, and sign in with your Microsoft Account. The product key will be associated with the account right away.

Using Product key backup

Now that you’ve backed up the product key, you may want to know how you can use it to activate Windows 10. If you used Notepad to back up the key, copy the key from the file. Go to the Settings app and select Update and Security. Select the Activation tab and enter the key when prompted to.

If you associated the key with your Microsoft Account all you need to do is sign in to the account on the system you want to activate Windows 10 on, and the license will automatically be detected. This method cannot be used to transfer OEM licenses to other systems.

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How to record Discord voice calls on Linux

Discord is one of the most popular VOIP/Video communication applications in 2019. Ever since the app was made available on Linux, support for the Linux platform has gotten better. However, there’s still no built-in way to save calls in the Linux app. Instead, if you’d like to save your Discord calls, you’ll need to take matters into your own hands.

The best way to record a Discord audio call on Linux is by making use of OBS. The reason that OBS is a useful tool for the job is that it allows for adding multiple sound sources, including your own computer’s speakers, which can record a Discord audio call.

Install OBS on Linux

To get started recording a Discord audio call on Linux, you must install the Openbroadcaster software on Linux. Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, with the terminal window open and ready to go, follow the instructions for how to install OBS that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

Ever since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the OBS tool has been in Ubuntu’s software sources. To install it, use the following Apt command below.

sudo apt install obs-studio

Debian

sudo apt-get install obs-studio

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S obs-studio

Fedora

Fedora Linux’s default software sources do not have the OBS Studio application, because it contains some things that the Fedora developers do not approve of. To get it working on Fedora Linux, you must first enable RPM Fusion.

After enabling RPM Fusion on your Fedora Linux PC, you will be able to install the OBS Studio application with the Dnf package manager using the command below.

sudo dnf install obs-studio

OpenSUSE

Like Fedora, OpenSUSE does not have the software in their repositories. So, if you’d like to get OBS, you must enable the “Packman all” software repository.

15.1

sudo zypper addrepo http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ packman

15.0

sudo zypper addrepo http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ packman

Tumbleweed

sudo zypper addrepo http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ packman

After enabling the repo, refresh your software sources and install OBS on OpenSUSE.

sudo zypper ref

sudo zypper install obs-studio

Flatpak

OBS is in the Flathub store, so if you can’t get your hands on OBS through your distribution’s software sources, this is a good option. To install, enable Flatpak on Linux. Then, enter the commands below to get OBS.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub com.obsproject.Studio

Record Discord audio call on Linux

To record a Discord audio call on Linux, start by opening up the OBS application. Upon opening it, you will see an OBS pop-up requesting you use the wizard tool to configure your broadcast setup. Close this pop-up, as we do not need it for this tutorial.

After closing the OBS wizard pop-up, go to the “Audio Mixer” portion of the app. In this area, you will see “Desktop Audio,” followed by “Mic/Aux.” The “Desktop Audio” is the sound output for your Linux PC’s sound system. “Mic/Aux” is your PC’s microphone.

Look through the audio mixer, and change up the volume levels to what you see fit. For best results, consider setting the audio so that neither audio channel sits in the red zone on the meters.

Once you’ve set your OBS audio levels to what works best for you, join a Discord call in a server or start a private audio call in a DM. Then, click the “record” button.

Upon clicking the record button, you will see a pop-up message that appears. In this message, you will see, “It looks like you haven’t added any video sources yet, so you will only be outputting a blank screen. Are you sure you want to do this?” Click the “Yes” button to dismiss the message.

Continue with your Discord audio call and record everything you plan to record. When call ends, or you do not need to record it any further, click “Stop Recording” in OBS. The output of the recording will appear in your home directory as an MKV file by default (sometimes it is FLV in older versions).

Convert the call recording to an MP3 file

If you want to edit your recorded Discord file, you must convert it to an MP3 file. The best way to do this is in the command-line with FFMpeg, the encoder that OBS uses in the backend.

Open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, once in the terminal, use the mv command to rename your MKV recording to “discord-call.mkv.”

Note: be sure to change name-of-obs-recording.mkv to the actual name of the MKV file in your home directory.

mv name-of-obs-recording.mkv discord-call.mkv

After renaming the file, use the FFMpeg tool to convert the MKV file to an MP3 audio file for editing (or listening) purposes.

ffmpeg -I discord-call.mkv discord-call.mp3

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How to install Peppermint OS

Peppermint OS is an offshoot of Ubuntu Linux, with a heavy focus on a lightweight, useable desktop environment, and ease of use that Ubuntu does not deliver. If you’ve tried out Ubuntu and found it too difficult but still want to try out Linux, follow along with this tutorial as we demonstrate how to get started with Peppermint OS!

Note: though Peppermint OS generally works excellent on lightweight computers with limited system resources, we highly recommend using this OS on computers with at least 4 GB of RAM, or it will not be as responsive.

Download Peppermint OS

Peppermint OS has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions system that users can download. So, if you’re looking to get going with Peppermint OS, no matter what CPU architecture, they’ve got you covered.

To download Peppermint OS for use on your PC as your new operating system, start by heading over to the official Peppermint OS website. Then, once there, click the red 64-bit button to start a download. Alternatively, if you need 32-bit, click the 32-bit button.

Note: it is also possible to download either the 64-bit or 32-bit versions of Peppermint OS with your favorite Torrent client. To do it, go to the official website, click on either 32-bit or 64-bit, then select the “Torrent Download” button.

Are you using a Linux PC and have access to a terminal window? If so, you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to download the Peppermint OS ISO file directly to your system via the wget download command.

To use wget on Linux to get your Peppermint OS ISO, start by opening up a terminal window with Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, enter one of the commands below.

64-bit

wget https://peppermintos.com/iso/Peppermint-10-20190514-amd64.iso

32-bit

wget https://peppermintos.com/iso/Peppermint-10-20190514-i386.iso

Create Peppermint OS USB

Peppermint OS is distributed via an ISO file. This ISO file must be made into a bootable USB for your computer before attempting to install Peppermint OS. To create a bootable Peppermint OS USB, you must download an ISO imaging tool.

There are many different ISO imaging solutions for modern computer systems. However, out of all of the ones out there available, Etcher is the best for this use case. Why? Etcher works on Windows, macOS, and Linux, and offers up the same user interface. So, no matter what OS you create your Peppermint bootable USB on, the instructions will be identical.

To get your hands on the Etcher ISO imaging tool for your computer, head over to the official website. Then, once on the website, click the download button to grab it for your PC.

Once Etcher is done downloading, go through the process of installing the application on your PC. When the installation process is complete, open up the program on your PC. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your very own Peppermint OS USB.

Note: this guide requires a USB stick of at least 2 GB in size!

Step 1: Look for the blue “Select image” button and click it with the mouse to bring up the file browser UI. From there, use the file browser UI to select the Peppermint OS ISO image you downloaded previously in the guide.

Step 2: Plug in your USB device into the USB port (3.0 ports work best), and click on the “select drive” button. After clicking “select drive” in Etcher, use the pop-up box to select your USB device.

Step 3: Find the “Flash!” button, and select it with the mouse to begin creating your Peppermint OS USB device. Be patient; the creation process tends to take a long time, especially if you have a slow USB port.

When the process is complete, your USB device will have the Peppermint OS ISO file flashed to it. From here, plug in the USB into the PC you plan to install Peppermint OS onto, and boot from USB.

Install Peppermint OS

Upon loading up Peppermint OS from USB, you will see a boot screen. On this boot screen, there are several different options. Look for “Install Peppermint OS.” Then, use the Down Arrow key to highlight the “Install Peppermint OS” option, and press Enter to confirm the selection.

Upon choosing the “Install Peppermint OS” option with the keyboard, the live environment will load and present the “Welcome” screen. Look for the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page and click on it to move to the next page.

On the next page, you must choose your keyboard layout. Using the UI, select your preferred keyboard layout. Then, click the “Continue” button on the bottom to move on.

Following the “keyboard layout” section, you’ll get to the “Updates and other software” page. On this page, choose your type of installation (Normal or Minimal). After that, select “Download updates while installing Peppermint” and “Install third-party software.” Then, click the “Continue” button to move to the next page.

After “Updates and other software” comes “Installation type.” here, you must choose how Peppermint OS will install. For best results, click the “Erase disk and install Peppermint” button. If Peppermint detects Windows, choose the “install alongside” option instead.

On the “Where are you?” Page, you must tell Peppermint OS what time zone you are in. To do this, select the location you live in on the world map. Then, click “Continue” to confirm the selection.

Once you’ve set your timezone, you will see the “Who are you?” Page. On this page, use the UI to create a username, name your PC, and to create a password. Be sure to select “log in automatically” if you’d like Peppermint to log in automatically.

When you’ve picked your username, Peppermint is all set to install. Sit back and allow the installer to set up your OS. When everything is done, reboot the computer.

After rebooting your PC, Peppermint OS is ready to go!

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How to Link from One PowerPoint Presentation to Another

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Linking two presentations together allows you to save time by using already-existing slides. The transition is almost seamless, giving it the illusion of one single presentation. Here’s how to link PowerPoint presentations together.

Before we get started, note that both presentations need to be in the same folder to link them together. Moving or renaming the second file after the link has been created will cause the slide to break.

Linking two presentations together isn’t magic, but it’s as simple as inserting and clicking a hyperlink. What this trick does is allows you to insert a link within an object or text from presentation A that brings you to a specific slide of presentation B while still in presentation mode.

Once you’ve opened the first presentation and have navigated to the slide in which you will be linking from, select the text or object where you want to place the hyperlink.

If you haven’t already inserted an object, you can do so by selecting any of the options in the “Images” or “Illustrations” group of the “Insert” tab, and then selecting the object you’d like to insert.

RELATED: How to Insert a Picture or Other Object in Microsoft Office

Select The Geek to insert a hyperlink

Once selected, head over to the “Links” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Action.”

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How to Set App Time Limits and Block Apps on Android

Focus Mode lock in an app on an Android phone.
Khamosh Pathak

Spending way too much time on your Android device? Use a digital wellbeing app to track your app usage and set app limits. Want some peace of mind? Block specific apps for a bit with Focus mode.

How to Set An App Timer in Android 9 and Higher

Digital Wellbeing is Google’s screen time management feature. It’s available on Google Pixel phones, Android One devices (that run Android 9 Pie and higher), and a limited number of other phones. After you download the Digital Wellbeing app on your device, it shows up as a Settings item.

The Digital Wellbeing app monitors how much time you spend on your phone. It tells you how many times you’ve picked up your phone, how much time you’ve spent in a specific app, and how many notifications you’ve received today.

You can use this information to make decisions about how much time you spend on your smartphone. The app also gives you tools, like App Timer, to curb your usage.

With App Timer, you can restrict how much time you can spend in an app. For example, you can set it up so you only use YouTube 30 minutes per day.

To do this, either swipe down on the notification shade, and then tap the gear icon to open Settings (or open it from the app drawer). Next, tap “Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls.”

Tap "Digital Wellbeing and Parental Controls" in Settings.

In the Dashboard, scroll down to the YouTube app and tap the hourglass icon next to it.

Tap the hourglass icon next to the app.

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