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Aujourd’hui — 18 mai 2021Flux principal

These are the PCs receiving the May 2021 Update TODAY

The May 2021 Update is now officially available, but not every PC is getting it (on day one).

Starting on May 18, 2021, Microsoft is finally making available the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1). This rollout represents refresh number eleven for laptops and desktops, and it is yet another update that brings improvements for security, remote access, and overall quality.

However, things will be different this time around. Instead of making the first feature update of the year the most significant and the second one a minor release, Microsoft is making the second refresh the bigger update with new significant features and improvements, and the first update will be considered the minor release.

As a result, the May 2021 Update will be rolling out as a quick quality update for devices already using versions 20H2 and 2004. On computers running the November 2019 Update (version 1909) or older, the process won't change, and the upgrade will require complete reinstallation. The only caveat is that the new update will roll out slowly, which means that initially, not every device will be able to install the first semi-annual update.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will share the details on how Microsoft plans to roll out the May 2021 Update to devices.

What PCs are initially getting the May 2021 Update?

Beginning May 18, using the lessons learned from previous rollouts and technologies like Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft started deploying the May 2021 Update to devices that are known to have a smooth upgrade experience. However, the update won't install automatically. Instead, compatible devices will receive a notification in the Windows Update settings, allowing you to decide when to upgrade.

Usually, the release will begin with devices with newer hardware. However, it will depend on the latest version's stability since, in previous rollouts, the update had a few issues that prevented Surface devices from receiving the new version.

The installation experience will also depend on the version already on your computer. If the device is using the October 2020 Update (version 20H2) or May 2020 Update (version 2004), then it will only need an enablement package to switch versions. This means that the upgrade will install quickly, like a monthly update on devices using one of the most recent releases.

If the computer has an older version, such as the November 2019 Update, you can still upgrade, but the upgrade experience won't change, and full installation will be required.

As per usual, during the early days, Microsoft is expected to limit availability to minimize problems from reaching a large number of users. If an issue becomes relevant, a temporary hold will be enabled on affected devices until the problem gets a permanent fix. As the May 2021 Update gets more updates and proves to be more stable, Microsoft will expand it to more devices.

Other factors can also determine the availability of the update on your device. For instance, it could be a problem with hardware or peripherals connected to the computer, incompatible drivers, apps, security software (such as third-party antivirus), and the device's geographical location.

While you will have the option to upgrade manually, computers nearing the end of service will eventually receive version 21H1 automatically through Windows Update. However, this does not happen right away. Usually, it takes weeks or months before Microsoft begins pushing a feature update automatically.

Can I force the upgrade to the May 2021 Update?

The short answer is yes. You can upgrade manually as soon as the update becomes available. However, it is recommended to wait until the option appears automatically on Windows Update to ensure the feature update is considered compatible with your computer. If you cannot wait, there are multiple supported ways to upgrade using the Media Creation Tool and Update Assistant.

But before you jump to the upgrade process, you should consider that if the device already has the October 2020 Update (version 20H2) or May 2020 Update (version 2004), using Windows Update is the best option. The reason is that computers with one of the two more recent versions only need a small enablement package to switch versions. If you use the Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool, then a full reinstallation will be performed to upgrade regardless of the version installed on the device.

You should only use the tools when you have a device using the November 2019 Update (version 1909) or an older release or when the device has issues and will benefit from a new setup.

Update Assistant

Along with the different upgrade methods, Microsoft also makes available the Update Assistant, a tool designed to upgrade a device when Windows Update is not working. However, you can use it to install version 21H1.

Once the May 2021 Update becomes available, you can click the Update now button in this Microsoft support website to download the tool. Then launch the Update Assistant and click the Update now button to upgrade manually.

Media Creation Tool

Alternatively, you can also use the Media Creation Tool that allows you to perform an in-place upgrade or clean installation of Windows 10 with the May 2021 Update.

You can always download the Media Creation Tool from this Microsoft website and clicking the Download tool button. Then double-click the file, continue with the on-screen directions, select the Upgrade this PC option, and click the Install button.

In the event that the upgrade fails, you can try performing a clean installation to delete the current setup to start from scratch with a fresh copy of Windows 10.

Regardless of the option you choose, it is always recommended to temporarily backup the current installation in case you need to rollback or recover files.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Foldable phones are gaining a lot of interest, but still have a ways to go

Smartphones and devices with foldable screens are gaining popularity, but there is still a long way to go before more people buy one.

I began writing about dual-screen PCs right around when Senior Editor Zac Bowden broke the news about Microsoft's 'foldable mobile device with a focus on pen and digital ink' back in 2017. That foldable device reality is slowly but surely coming to life with — ironically — Samsung leading the charge and Microsoft way in the backseat.

Today, the South Korean firm wrote a blog post doubling down on foldables. Citing its own internal consumer study, Samsung noted, "Galaxy Z Fold2 has 96% user satisfaction, and nearly 9 in 10 say they would purchase a foldable phone again." The company remarked that it had lowered prices, offered its Z Premier support service, customer referrals, and more to drive user adoption of the nascent technology.

In another recent survey referred to by Samsung, YouGov asked 2,000 people about foldables, and precisely 50% were either 'very interested' or 'interested' in the tech.

Dual and foldable screen devices still have a long way to go to win over audiences, but interest is growing.

Samsung owners were even more excited (52%) and Apple iPhone users less so (47%), which is unsurprising. It turns out, if your brand does not make a foldable phone, you are less thrilled about owning one (once Apple "invents" folding screens for the world, we're sure that will change).

Indeed, a lot has been happening in this burgeoning market. Huawei now has its Mate X2 Pro and Xiaomi has Mi Mix Fold – both of which iterate off Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold2 design. Microsoft has its Surface Duo, which doesn't have a folding display, but it is dual-screen, and we're expecting an overhauled v2 design with modern smartphone features (better cameras, 5G, NFC, etc.) later this year.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold (2020) is fascinating, but the software needs work.

However, the market also still has a long way to go. I haven't yet reviewed Lenovo's exciting ThinkPad X1 Fold mostly because Windows 10 is just a bad fit for the concept-defying device. I also think "defined real estate" with two screens is better than one that folds (the exception being the Galaxy Z Flip). Durability is still a concern, with 50% of people worried about things breaking, according to YouGov. So far, we have not seen many app optimizations for Android for either folding screens or dual. Pricing is also a significant factor, with 37% of Americans thinking the $1,000+ cost is too high, and companies need to do a better job convincing people the technology is not just a fad as 43% now believe.

But it is also evident that pushing the foldable form factor forward is still the goal for 2021 and beyond. Smartphone sales rebounded this quarter, but the industry is still looking for its next big thing, and all eyes are on foldables to reignite interest — and that is what is happening. Samsung Galaxy Fold3 and Z Flip 2 should drop sometime in July, Surface Duo v2 later this fall, and more are on the way.

For more deep-dives into the tech, make sure to watch MrMobile's Into The Fold video series, which explores state of the art in foldables including what works, and what doesn't.

Windows 10 21H1 is released, these are the new features

18 mai 2021 à 19:09
Microsoft has released the next version of Windows 10 called "21H1", or the May 2021 Update, and it is available to all users as an optional update in Windows Update. [...]

NVIDIA cripples cryptocurrency mining on RTX 3080 and 3070 cards

18 mai 2021 à 18:49
NVIDIA announced today that it's halving the hash rate for Etehereum cryptocurrency mining on the new GeForce RTX 3080, 3070, and 3060 Ti graphics cards to make them less desirable for miners. [...]

DarkSide ransomware made $90 million in just nine months

18 mai 2021 à 18:33
The DarkSide ransomware gang has collected at least $90 million in ransoms paid by its victims over the past nine months to multiple Bitcoin wallets. [...]

Cette extension Firefox vous prend un « RDV 24h » sur Doctolib dès qu’il y en a un

18 mai 2021 à 18:23

Pour faciliter la recherche de créneaux de vaccination du jour pour le lendemain, l'addon Firefox « vaccin.click » actualise pour vous des centres de vaccination présélectionnés et prend le premier RDV disponible. Vous n'avez plus qu'à confirmer le créneau. On l'a testé, et ça fonctionne. [Lire la suite]

Abonnez-vous à notre chaîne YouTube pour ne manquer aucune vidéo !

L'article Cette extension Firefox vous prend un « RDV 24h » sur Doctolib dès qu’il y en a un est apparu en premier sur Numerama.

FBI says cybercrime complaints more than doubled in 14 months

18 mai 2021 à 18:20
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen a massive 100% in cybercrime complaints over the past 14 months. [...]

Google, Amazon, Carrefour : la Cnil dresse le bilan des amendes infligées en 2020

18 mai 2021 à 18:15

La Cnil a prononcé 14 sanctions, dont 11 amendes, contre des infractions à la loi. Google est l'entreprise qui a dû régler le montant le plus élevé. [Lire la suite]

Abonnez-vous à notre chaîne YouTube pour ne manquer aucune vidéo !

L'article Google, Amazon, Carrefour : la Cnil dresse le bilan des amendes infligées en 2020 est apparu en premier sur Numerama.

Over $80 million lost to cryptocurrency investment scams since October

18 mai 2021 à 17:52
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that over $80 million were lost to cryptocurrency investment scams, according to roughly 7,000 reports received since October 2020. [...]

Gros ou petits, les trous noirs « goberaient » la matière de la même manière

18 mai 2021 à 17:43

Les trous noirs les plus imposants, dits supermassifs, semblent absorber de la matière d'une façon comparable à leurs homologues plus petits, les trous noirs stellaires. Des scientifiques ont déduit cela en étudiant un gigantesque trou noir qui a gobé une étoile. [Lire la suite]

Voitures, vélos, scooters... : la mobilité de demain se lit sur Vroom ! https://www.numerama.com/vroom/vroom//

L'article Gros ou petits, les trous noirs « goberaient » la matière de la même manière est apparu en premier sur Numerama.

The Windows 10 May 2021 Update causing issues? Here's the fix.

Is the Windows 10 May 2021 Update giving you problems? If so, then use this guide to troubleshoot and fix any issue.

The May 2021 Update for Windows 10 (version 21H1) is now slowly rolling out as a minor update for compatible devices. This is the eleventh major refresh based on the same core file system available with versions 20H2 and 2004, and it is the first semi-annual update expected for 2021.

Since this is a minor update, it will arrive as a quality update for devices already running the two most recent versions without the need for reinstallation. However, on computers still using an older release (for example, the November 2019 Update), the upgrade won't change, and complete reinstallation will be required.

Although the upgrade process to a new version is usually smooth, there are always chances of issues, especially if you have to upgrade from a version that is no longer supported. Usually, the problems happen due to the new system changes, but many other times, issues occur because of hardware and software incompatibility, outdated device drivers, or custom configurations.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the most common problems you're likely to see during the upgrade of the May 2021 Update and the instructions to resolve them.

How to fix May 2021 Update installation problems

On Windows 10, there are at least three types of problems when trying to upgrade. For example, you can come across issues with Windows Update, reactivation, and storage, which are usually not a problem with the new version. Instead, they are common issues during upgrades.

Then there are those problems that happen because of known or unknown bugs with the new release. You will see these issues during the installation process, and they are usually caused by compatibility problems with specific apps and drivers.

Also, there is a third kind of issue, which typically arrives after the upgrade, when you install quality updates that are supposed to resolve the problems with the original release, but they end up causing other issues.

This guide includes the instructions to deal with all these types of problems when upgrading to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update from versions 20H2, 2004, or an older release using the Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant, or Windows Update.

Fix problems with Windows Update installing May 2021 Update

Although the recommended method to switch versions is to use the Windows Update settings, you may still come across problems that may not be easy to figure out, but there are a few things you can do to fix the problem.

Windows Update troubleshooter

To fix Windows Update issues installing the May 2021 Update, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Click the Advanced troubleshooters option.

  5. Under the "Get up and running" section, select the Windows Update option.
  6. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.

  7. Click the Apply this fix option (if applicable).

    Quick note: If the "Apply this fix" option is not available, it does not indicate that the problem was not fixed. The tool will run a series of fixes, and if there's something else you need to repair, you will see the option to apply the fix.

  8. Continue with the on-screen directions.

  9. Click the Close button.

  10. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows Update settings should now work to install the new version of Windows 10.

If the error code is 0xc1900223, the problem is with the setup files, which Windows Update will fix automatically later.

Error code 0x800F0922 fix

In the event that you receive the error code 0x800F0922, it could be that the device cannot contact the server to download the installation files. It could also mean that there is not enough space in the System Reserved partition.

Fix server connection problem

When Windows Update cannot download the files, it is usually because the device is using a VPN connection.

To disconnect from a VPN server, use these steps:

  1. Click the network icon in the taskbar.
  2. Select the VPN connection.

  3. Click the Disconnect button.

The above steps are meant to disconnect using the built-in VPN client. If you have a third-party client, check the software support website for more specific details.

Error code 0x80073712 fix

The error 0x80073712 indicates that some installation files are either damaged or missing.

To fix the problem, delete the temporary files and redownload the new version using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Click the Temporary files option for the main drive.

  5. Clear the current item selections.
  6. Check the Temporary Windows Installation files or Windows Setup temporary files item.

  7. Click the Remove files button.

After you complete the steps, use the Windows Update settings again to download version 21H1.

If the error persists, use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade the computer.

Change System Reserved partition size

On Windows 10, it is not uncommon for security software to write data inside the System Reserved partition that could prevent a new feature update.

If this is the issue, you can use third-party tools to change the partition size to 500MB or more. If you cannot seem to fix the problem, then upgrade using a clean installation to fix this problem and other existing issues since you will be starting with a fresh setup.

Fix problems with setup installing May 2021 Update

When using the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant to install the May 2021 Update, the setup may stop unexpectedly with error code 0x8007042B 0x4000D or 0x800700B7 0x2000A if there another process conflicting with the upgrade.

You can quickly resolve this problem by terminating the process and restarting the setup. Using a clean boot to restart the Windows 10 setup or temporarily uninstalling the application causing the problem can fix the issue.

Terminate process in Task Manager

To use the Task Manager to terminate a process or application on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Task Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click the More details button.
  4. Select the app or process.
  5. Click the End task button.

  6. Repeat steps No. 3 and 4 to terminate the remaining apps.

After you complete the steps, start the setup again and continue with the upgrade.

Uninstall app on Windows 10

To remove an app on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.
  7. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the upgrade process to version 21H1 should finish without problems.

Fix problems with Media Creation Tool installing May 2021 Update

The Microsoft Media Creation Tool allows you to complete a clean installation or an in-place upgrade. However, even when this is the recommended tool when Windows Update does not work, you can also come across problems, including issues downloading the files and opening the application.

Resolve stuck downloading updates

During the preparation process, the Media Creation Tool pulls the setup files and any available updates from the Microsoft server to install the most recent build of Windows 10. However, sometimes, the tool may get stuck during updates that will block the setup from continuing the installation.

To solve the stuck downloading files problem, use these steps:

  1. Close the Media Creation Tool.
  2. Open the Media Creation Tool again.
  3. Confirm the setup files finish downloading, and unplug the network cable or disconnect from the wireless network immediately.

Once you complete the steps, the connection will timeout and continue with the setup process without updates.

Resolve Media Creation Tool won't start setup

If you are using the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade, it could happen that the setup won't start automatically after downloading the required files. If this happens, you may need to start the upgrade process manually.

To launch the Windows 10 setup manually, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Browse to the following path:

    C:\ESD\Windows\sources

  3. Double-click the Setupprep.exe file to launch the setup wizard.

After you complete the steps, continue with the version 21H1 upgrade process. Alternatively, you can try the Update Assistant to update the system to the newest version.

Fix problems with USB flash drive installing May 2021 Update

If you are using a USB flash drive to install the Windows 10 May 2021 Update and the setup fails, some of the files may be damaged or missing. You can quickly get around this problem by recreating the bootable media with the Media Creation Tool.

To create a USB bootable media to install Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Windows 10 download page.
  2. Under the "Create Windows 10 installation media" section, click the Download tool now button.
  3. Save the installer on your device.
  4. Double-click the MediaCreationTool21H1.exe file to launch the setup.
  5. Click the Accept button.
  6. Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option.

  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Click the Next button again.

  9. Select the USB flash drive option.

  10. Click the Next button.
  11. Select the USB flash drive from the list.

  12. Click the Next button.
  13. Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, the Media Creation Tool will create a new setup drive with the files to install the May 2021 Update.

If the media fails again, then use another computer to recreate bootable media.

Fix problems with Update Assistant installing May 2021 Update

Microsoft also offers the Update Assistant, a utility to install new versions of Windows 10 when the Windows Updates option is having problems. However, even with this tool, you may not be able to upgrade your computer.

Since the Update Assistant is meant to offer an easy mechanism to upgrade a device, the problems are usually related to networking, which you may be able to resolve doing the following:

  • Close the tool, disconnect the network cable or disconnect the computer from the Wi-Fi network using the network flyout on the taskbar. Wait sixty seconds, reconnect to the network, and restart the Update Assistant.
  • Restart your computer, reopen the Update Assistant, and continue with the upgrade.

If the problem persists, then switch to the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade to the May 2021 Update.

Fix error code 0xC1900101 upgrading to May 2021 Update

The error code starting with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011 indicates a device problem during the Windows 10 May 2021 Update upgrade process.

These are the related "0xC1900101" error codes you may find on Windows 10:

  • 0xC1900101 - 0x2000c
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x20017
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x30017
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x30018
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x3000D
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x4000D
  • 0xC1900101 - 0x40017

Cleanup storage space

The installation of version 21H1 requires at least 20GB of space. If you do not meet this requirement, you will see one of the 0xC1900101 error codes. If this is the case, you can use the Storage and Apps & features settings to free up space.

You can use this guide to find valuable tips to clear up unnecessary files to free up storage space on your device.

Disconnect devices

If you have peripherals (such as external drives, printers, Bluetooth devices, USB devices, cameras) connected to the computer, disconnect them before proceeding to reduce the chances of problems upgrading to the May 2021 Update.

You can always reconnect them (one at a time) after the upgrade.

Uninstall security apps

The error codes 0xC1900101 0x20017 and 0xC1900101 0x30017 may appear if there an issue with third-party security software.

Usually, you can mitigate this problem by temporarily uninstalling the third-party antivirus, anti-spyware, and any other security solution installed on the device.

To temporarily remove security software, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the security app.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.
  7. Continue with the on-screen directions.

After you complete the steps, proceed with the upgrade process and reinstall the software one more time.

Update device drivers

The error code that starts with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011 indicates a drive problem with one of the components, which you can usually fix by installing the latest update available.

Important: When using an update you downloaded from the manufacturer support website, always use their instructions, and skip the steps below.

To update drivers on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the View optional updates option.

    Quick note: This option is only available when there is a driver update through Windows Update.

  5. Click the Driver updates list to expand.
  6. Select the driver to update.
  7. Click the Download and install option.

Once you complete the steps, the update will resolve the error codes previously preventing the device from installing the May 2021 Update.

Repair current installation

On Windows 10, an error starting with 0xC1900101 could indicate an issue with the current setup. If this is the case, you can use the Deployment Servicing and Management (DISM) and the System File Checker (SFC) command-line tools to repair the installation and continue with the version 21H1 upgrade.

You can use this guide to use these tools to repair the Windows 10 installation.

Repair hard drive

Alongside DISM and SFC, it is possible to use the CHKDSK tool to repair logical and specific physical errors on the hard drive that includes the Windows installation.

To use the CHKDSK tool, close all the applications, and then use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:

    chkdsk/f c:

  4. Type Y and press Enter to schedule a scan.
  5. Restart your device.

After the computer reboots, the CHKDSK tool will run and repair any hard drive problems that it may find.

Clean install upgrade

Alternatively, if the device continues to show an error code 0xC1900101, the best option to continue with the upgrade would be using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to perform a clean install of the Windows 10 May 2021 Update.

Fix error code 0x80070002 0x20009 upgrading to May 2021 Update

In the upgrade process to version 21H1, you may also see the error code 0x80070002 0x20009 that describes a problem with the setup unable to find the installation files.

You can quickly resolve this problem by removing any external drives connected to the device, including USB flash drives (except the setup media) and hard drives.

Fix error code 0x80070070 upgrading to May 2021 Update

The error code 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000 means the device does not have enough space to perform the upgrade. You can fix this problem by clearing up temporary files from the computer to free up space.

To free up storage space to continue with the May 2021 Update, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Under the "Storage" section, click the Temporary files option for the system drive.

  5. Check the items to remove.

    Quick tip: When selecting the items, do not choose the "Windows Setup temporary files" or "Windows ESD installation files" options since these are the upgrade files.

  6. Click the Remove files button.

Once you complete the steps, continue with the upgrade to the first semi-annual update for Windows 10.

If you could not make enough room, you can connect an external storage (such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive) with at least 16GB of space that the setup can use as temporary storage for the upgrade.

You can also use this guide with more recommendations to clear up more storage space on your computer.

Fix error code 0xC1900107 upgrading to May 2021 Update

As you try to upgrade a computer to version 21H1, you may see the error code 0xC1900107, which indicates that the system has not completed the cleanup of the previous installation files. You can quickly get around this issue by rebooting the computer, or you can delete the previous setup files using Storage Sense.

To remove a previous installation of Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Under the "Storage" section, click the Configure Storage Sense or run in now option.

  5. Under the "Free up space now" section, check the Delete previous versions of Windows option.
  6. Check the Delete previous versions of Windows option.

  7. Click the Clean now button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will clean up the previous installation files, and you should now be able to proceed with the update.

Fix error code 0x800F0923 installing May 2021 Update

The error code 0x800F0923 describes a compatibility problem with a drive or program installed on the device.

Although many applications (outdated programs, old drivers, or third-party antivirus) can be the reason for this issue, it is usually a problem with the graphics driver.

When it is a known issue, the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant should provide details of the app causing the problem.

Image source: Microsoft

If this is a driver issue, then installing the latest updates from the manufacturer support website may help fix the problem. In the case that there's not a newer update, you should consider using a beta release of the device driver. If there is a bug, perhaps it is a known issue that the company is working to fix in an upcoming update, which may already be available as a pre-release.

If you cannot find any updates, you can get around this problem by uninstalling the driver to proceed with the May 2021 Update and then reinstall it after the upgrade.

Resolve app compatibility

When dealing with an incompatible application, either update or remove the app before proceeding with the upgrade.

To uninstall a Windows 10 app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the incompatible app.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.
  7. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, continue with the installation of the May 2021 Update. After the upgrade, you can reinstall the apps again.

Resolve driver compatibility

To uninstall a Windows 10 driver, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the branch with the device having issues.
  4. Right-click the component and select the Uninstall device option.

  5. Click the Uninstall button again.

After you complete the steps, the Windows 10 version 21H1 should now install without issues.

Fix error code 0xC1900208 upgrading to May 2021 Update

The error code 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C indicates a conflict with an application, which you can fix by removing the app in question.

To uninstall a app on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the incompatible application.

    Quick tip: If the application causing problems is not obvious, you can start removing the third-party antivirus or older programs that were not designed for Windows 10.

  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.
  7. Continue with the on-screen direction to remove the app.

Once you complete the steps, you can continue with the version 21H1 installation.

Fix error completing installation of May 2021 Update

While applying the Windows 10 version 21H1 using the upgrade process or enablement package, you may see one of these two errors when completing the installation:

  • Error: We couldn't complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don't turn off your computer.
  • Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.

These general error messages do not provide any specific details. However, you can find out the error code using the Settings app, which you can then use to research online and find the appropriate instructions to fix it.

To check the error code preventing the version 21H1 installation, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the View your update history option.

  5. Check the error code next to the failed update.

Once you complete the steps, note the error code and search online to find a fix or workaround.

Fix black screen problem with May 2021 Update

On Windows 10, a black screen is a common issue that can occur during or after installing a new version. Usually, the problem is the graphics driver or an issue during the upgrade process.

If the error happened during the upgrade to the May 2021 Update, use this guide to resolve the issue.

If you cannot determine the problem, it could mean that the new version is not yet compatible with your computer. In this case, the option is to remove the update and roll it back to the previous installation.

Rollback to older version of Windows 10

If you previously had the November 2019 Update or an older version, use these steps to uninstall the May 2021 Update:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the "Go back to a previous version of Windows 10" section, click the Get started button.

  5. Select any of the reasons available.

  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Click the No, thanks button.

  8. Click the Next button.

  9. Click the Next button again.

  10. Click the Go back to earlier build button.

After you complete the steps, the best action is to wait until a new update release to try the upgrade one more time.

Rollback to Windows 10 version 20H2 or 2004

If you updated installing the enablement package, then to uninstall version 21H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the View update history option.

  5. Click the Uninstall updates option at the top of the page.

  6. Select the Feature Update to Windows 10 21H1 item from the list.

  7. Click the Uninstall button.
  8. Click the Yes button.
  9. Click the Restart now button.

In the case this is a known issue, Microsoft usually details the problem and workaround (if applicable) in the Windows 10 health dashboard page.

Fix Wi-Fi and Ethernet adapter problems with May 2021 Update

When installing a new version of Windows 10 can also cause problems with Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters. For instance, it is not uncommon to read user reports of connectivity problems or adapter breaking entirely.

Although there could be many reasons for a particular problem (such as drivers, settings, wireless signal, cable, switch, router, and Internet Service Provider (ISP), it could be a bug with the May 2021 Update.

If the issue happens after applying Windows 10 version 21H1, this is likely a driver or configuration-related problem, which you can usually fix using the network troubleshooter or resetting the networking stack.

Network troubleshooter

To fix network adapter problems after upgrading to version 21H1, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network & Security.
  3. Click on Status.
  4. Under the "Advanced network settings" section, click the Network Troubleshoot button.

  5. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the computer should reconnect to the network.

Network reset

If you still cannot connect to the network, resetting all the network adapters may fix the problem.

To reset network adapters on Windows 10 to their default settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network & Security.
  3. Click on Status.
  4. Under the "Change your network settings" section, click the Network reset button.

  5. Click the Reset now button.

  6. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 uninstall and reinstall all the adapters, and it will reapply all the default settings.

In the case that you are still dealing with the same problem, there is a good chance the problem is a bug with the new feature update. For additional assistance, you can use this guide to resolve most networking problems.

Windows 10 May 2021 Update recommendations

While the May 2021 Update is a minor update based on version 20H2 and 2004, you can still stumble upon problems during and after the upgrade, especially if you are updating a device with an older version. However, if you spend the time to prepare, you will have a better experience.

Create temporary backup

A full backup should always be the first step to prepare for a new update. The setup process includes safety features to roll back automatically if the upgrade does not complete successfully for any reason. However, it is not guaranteed that it'll work.

Also, even though the upgrade process usually works, there is always a minimal chance of data loss and other problems, which is the reason you always want to create a full backup before making changes.

You can use any backup software, but you can always create a temporary backup using the imaging tool available on Windows 10. In addition, it is also recommended to create a backup of your files to an external drive or cloud using OneDrive.

Create System Restore point

If you are using the October 2020 Update or May 2020 Update, you can also configure System Restore to create a restore point to undo the update if something goes wrong with the installation.

To enable System Restore on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Create a restore point, and click the top result to open the System Properties app.
  3. Click the System Protection tab.
  4. Under the "Protection Settings" section, select the main (System) drive.
  5. Click the Configure button.

  6. Select the Turn on system protection option.

  7. Click the Apply button.
  8. Click the Create button.

  9. Specify a name for the restore point. For instance, Restore point before installing the May 2021 Update.
  10. Click the Create button.

  11. Click the Close button.
  12. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the feature will take a snapshot of the current setup then if the feature update is causing issues, you can use the restore point to undo the changes without affecting your files.

Uninstall non-essential apps

Programs that were not designed for Windows 10 can cause compatibility problems. You can always prevent issues by uninstalling apps that may conflict with the installation process. Usually, you want to remove legacy applications and third-party antivirus.

To uninstall apps on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app you want to remove, and click the Uninstall button.

  5. Click the Uninstall button again.
  6. Continue with the on-screen direction (if applicable).

After you complete the steps, repeat the instructions to uninstall other apps as necessary.

If you have a third-party antivirus or firewall, you should check your software vendor support page for specific details on how to disable or remove the solutions during the upgrade progress.

In the case that you decide to uninstall the security software, consider that the device won't be unprotected since the Microsoft Defender Antivirus will automatically enable to keep the device secure.

After the installation, you can reinstall the apps again.

Disable metered connection

A metered connection will block the Windows 10 May 2021 Update from downloading automatically. If you are trying to update using Windows Update, confirm that the network connection is not configured as metered. In the case that you have a capped internet connection, connect to another network or disable the metered connection (assuming that you have enough data left) to download the update.

To disable a metered connection on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network & Security.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  4. Select the active network connection.

  5. Under the "Metered connection" section, turn off the Set as metered connection toggle switch.

After you complete the steps, Windows Update should be able to download the May 2021 Update on the device.

Disconnect non-essential peripherals

When you plan to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10, non-essential peripherals (USB flash drive, SD cards, external hard drives, printers, scanners, dongles, and Bluetooth devices) can cause the installation to fail.

As a result, it's always recommended to disconnect all peripherals attached to the computer. You only need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and internet connection.

After the installation, you can reconnect the peripherals again.

Perform clean installation

If nothing seems to work to fix the problem, it is best to stay in the older version for a bit longer, or you should consider doing a clean installation with the May 2021 Update.

A clean installation is always better than an upgrade because the device will start with a fresh copy of Windows 10, and it will even help resolve other issues.

The process to perform a clean install is not difficult. It only takes a little more time since you need to create a USB flash drive, and you need to reconfigure the system after the setup. You can use this guide to find specific steps to perform a fresh install of Windows 10.

Wrapping things app

While we are outlining a slew of solutions, most of them resolve common upgrade problems when trying to upgrade using the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant. Since the May 2021 Update is a minor update for devices already using version 20H2 or 2004, it will download and apply like a cumulative update, which means that the risk of problems will be minimal.

Usually, it is never recommended to install a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it releases since it hasn't been fully tested on every hardware and software combination. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to wait until Microsoft releases several quality updates before proceeding with the upgrade process to minimize problems.

Did you encounter problems installing the May 2021 Update on your computer? Let us know in the comments and the steps you used to fix the issue.

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3 supported ways to install Windows 10 May 2021 Update

Windows 10 May 2021 Update is out, and in this guide, we'll show you the different ways to get it.

Microsoft has just unleashed the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1), and it is slowly making its way to compatible devices. This is the refresh number eleven after the original release, and it only includes a small set of improvements and several fixes to complement the work done with the May 2020 Update (version 2004) and October 2020 Update (version 20H2).

If you have a device running the October 2020 Update or May 2020 Update, then version 21H1 is available as an optional update through the Windows Update settings. This means quick installation like a cumulative update without a complete upgrade since the device only needs an enablement package to switch versions.

On computers still on an older release of Windows 10 will also receive this new version as an optional upgrade. However, a full upgrade to version 2004 will be required before installing version 21H1. The only exception is if the device has a version nearing the end of service. If this is the case, the computer will eventually automatically upgrade to prevent interruption of security and maintenance updates.

The company plans to roll out the new version in stages, starting with computers that will have a smooth transition experience, and then once the update has been through more live testing, it will be available more broadly. Typically, compatible devices are expected to receive the option to upgrade within the first weeks of the original release. However, it will take time to reach every device since there are always issues that can occur along the way.

If you do not want to wait, it is possible to force the upgrade manually in at least three ways using the Media Creation Tool, Update Assistant, and Windows Update.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to download and install the Windows 10 May 2021 Update on your computer.

How to install Windows 10 May 2021 Update using Windows Update

Although there are many ways to upgrade to the May 2021 Update, the recommended method is to manually trigger the installation when you see the notifications in the Windows Update settings.

To install version 21H1 using Windows Update, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.
  5. Under the Feature Update to Windows 10, version 21H1 section, click the Download and install now button.

  6. Click the Restart Now button.

Once you complete the steps, the enablement package will download and update the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or the October 2020 Update to version 21H1 as a regular cumulative update without reinstallation.

In the case the device has the November 2019 Update or an older release, the May 2020 Update will install as a regular upgrade, and then you will be able to apply the May 2021 Update.

If the computer is not seeing the option to update, there is a chance of compatibility with the current setup or hardware blocking the new version. If this is the case, you should not try to force the feature update to affect the experience negatively.

How to install Windows 10 May 2021 Update using Update Assistant

To upgrade to Windows 10 May 2021 Update using the Update Assistant tool, use these steps:

  1. Open this Microsoft support website.
  2. Click the Update now button to save the tool on the computer.

  3. Double-click the Windows10Upgrade file to launch the assistant.
  4. Click the Update Now button.

  5. Click the Next button.
  6. Click the Restart Now button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will download the files and install version 21H1 on the device, keeping your files, settings, and apps. If you choose this method, it could take some time, depending on the speed of the internet and hardware configuration.

Since version 21H1 is based on version 2004, the Update Assistant is only recommended for computers running an older version (such as version 1909). If you try to use the tool on devices running versions 20H2 or 2004, it will perform a full installation that will take time, and you may come across upgrade problems.

How to install Windows 10 May 2021 Update using Media Creation Tool

You can also use the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade or clean installation of the Windows 10 May 2021 Update.

Warning: The upgrade setup uses a non-destructive process, but it is still recommended to create a temporary full backup of your PC before proceeding, in case you need to rollback.

To upgrade Windows 10 to the May 2021 Update with the Media Creation Tool, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft support website.
  2. Click the Download tool now button to save the installer on the computer.

  3. Double-click the MediaCreationToolxxxx.exe file to begin the in-place upgrade process.
  4. Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.
  5. Select the Upgrade this PC now option.

  6. Click the Accept button again to agree to the licensing terms.
  7. Confirm the Keep personal files and apps option is selected.

    Quick tip: By default, the option is selected, but if it is not, click the Change what to keep option to choose to preserve your apps, settings, and files after the upgrade.

  8. Click the Install button.

Once you complete the steps, the Media Creation Tool will upgrade the device to Windows 10 version 21H1 from any previous releases, preserving your apps, settings, and files.

If the new version does not apply successfully, use the Media Creation Tool to create a USB bootable media and continue with a clean installation of Windows 10.

You should only use the Media Creation Tool if the computer is running the November 2019 Update or an older release. If you have the October 2020 Update or May 2020 Update, you should use the Windows Update option, as the tool will perform a full installation, which in most cases is not necessary unless you are already having issues with the current setup.

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Microsoft confirms Windows 10X is not coming in 2021, and likely never will

What you need to know

  • Windows 10X is not launching this year.
  • Microsoft will bring the best of 10X to Windows Desktop instead.

The company says some 10X features are coming to desktop instead.

Microsoft has today confirmed that Windows 10X will not be launching this year, citing a decision to instead deliver certain parts of Windows 10X on other Windows products instead. Microsoft will be bringing a number of Windows 10X innovations to the full version of Windows this fall.

The blog post doesn't specifically state that Windows 10X is never coming, but it's likely that it never will. If Microsoft is bringing the best of Windows 10X over to the full version of Windows, the need for Windows 10X becomes significantly less obvious.

Microsoft's blog post details the following:

Following a year-long exploration and engaging in conversations with customers, we realized that the technology of Windows 10X could be useful in more ways and serve more customers than we originally imagined. We concluded that the 10X technology shouldn't just be confined to a subset of customers.

Instead of bringing a product called Windows 10X to market in 2021 like we originally intended, we are leveraging learnings from our journey thus far and accelerating the integration of key foundational 10X technology into other parts of Windows and products at the company. In fact, some of this is already reflected in the core of Windows in Windows Insider preview builds, for example the new app container technology we're integrating into products like Microsoft Defender Application Guard, an enhanced Voice Typing experience, and a modernized touch keyboard with optimized key sizing, sounds, colors and animations.

Our teams continue to invest in areas where the 10X technology will help meet our customer needs as well as evaluate technology experiences both in software and hardware that will be useful to our customers in the future.

Microsoft says Windows 10X features like app container technology in Microsoft Defender Application Guard, a new Voice Typing experience, and a modernized touch keyboard will be coming to Windows users this fall, and are already in testing with Insiders.

We also know that Microsoft is currently working on a major user experience (UX) rejuvenation effort for Windows internally, which is codenamed Sun Valley and is expected to include UI changes such as a centered taskbar and new Start menu UI, among many other UX changes.

Much of this new UX will be inspired by some of the UI changes that Microsoft was exploring on Windows 10X. So, although Windows 10X itself isn't launching, the best parts of the Windows 10X UX still will.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Windows 10X? Let us know in the comments.

Windows 10 May 2021 Update rolling out now

The Windows 10 May 2021 Update only has a few new features, but you can grab it now.

What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2021 Update is rolling out now.
  • The update doesn't include any major changes but does include some new business-critical additions.
  • The Windows 10 May 2021 Update also comes with the new Microsoft Edge preinstalled.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 May 2021 Update today, which is also known as Windows 10 version 21H1. While it is a feature update, the Windows 10 May 2021 is relatively small in terms of new features and noticeable changes. Microsoft designed the Windows 10 May 2021 Update to be minor since a much more significant update, which is codenamed Sun Valley, is on the way later this year.

The biggest change in this Windows 10 update is that it comes preinstalled with the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge rather than the legacy version of Edge. The new Edge has been available for over a year, but this is the first time that it's been preinstalled in Windows 10.

The Windows 10 May 2021 Update also allows PCs with multiple Windows Hello peripherals to set a default device.

Here's everything that's new with the update. We'll update this list as Microsoft releases the official release notes:

  • Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.
  • Removes the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application that is out of support and installs the new Microsoft Edge.

Along with the short list of new features, the update includes several bug fixes and general improvements.

You can grab the Windows 10 May 2021 Update now through the Windows 10 Settings app, the Media Creation Tool, or the Upgrade Assistant. The update will roll out in waves, so you may not see it yet through Windows Update.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is about to get even better on Xbox Series X|S.

What you need to know

  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered is a wonderful upgrade to an aging game that combines GTA with absolute chaos.
  • Today, Deep Silver has announced that Saints Row: The Third Remastered is being upgraded for Xbox Series X|S and PS5 on May 25, 2021 for free.
  • Improvements to the game will include better lighting, higher texture resolutions, superior visual effects, and greater performance at up to 60 FPS.
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered is also getting an expanded PC release on May 22, 2021 on Steam and GOG.

One of the best game remasters in the last few years is undoubtedly Saints Row: The Third Remastered, which breathed new life into the 2011 game that combined aspects of Grand Theft Auto with even more chaos and humor. While the game is already worth a play on its own, Deep Silver has announced today that Saints Row: The Third Remastered is being upgraded for free on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5 on May 25, 2021.

The next-gen (current-gen) upgrade for Saints Row: The Third Remastered looks to be a pretty thorough update, and will include improvements like:

  • Greater performance settings similar to the PC edition
  • Improvements to lighting, texture resolution, visual effects, and more
  • Faster loading speeds
  • Up to 4K at 60 FPS on Xbox Series X and PS5
  • Up to 1080p at 60 FPS or upscaled 4K at 30 FPS on Xbox Series S
  • Free upgrade via Smart Delivery on Xbox
  • Activities support on PS5, with a Saints Row purple for the light on DualSense

Saints Row: The Third Remastered should be a visual treat on Xbox Series X|S, and gives fans of the series another reason to revisit Steelport and cause some mayhem.

Not only is Saints Row: The Third Remastered being upgraded for next-gen consoles, it's also getting an expanded release on PC. On May 22, 2021, Saints Row: The Third Remastered will be available on Steam and GOG on top of the Epic Games Store.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered was already a fantastic game well-worth playing, but its continued support with an upgrade on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 might make it one of the best Xbox games right now.

Remaster done right

Saints Row: The Third Remastered

$40 at Microsoft See at Steam

Already great — getting better.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered is one of the best game remasters in recent years, and Deep Silver isn't finished yet. The game is about to be upgraded for next-gen consoles for free with improved visuals, performance, and more, on top of an expanded PC release.

CLX built us this custom 'Ra' desktop PC with an RTX 3090 — it's insane

As soon as CLX offered us a review sample of its biggest gaming tower packed with an 11th Gen Intel Core i9 and RTX 3090 GPU, we just had to say yes. Wouldn't you?

When it comes to desktop gaming PCs, there are many possibilities. The mainstream route is going with something like the HP Omen 30L. It packs some serious hardware, looks fantastic, and is easy to upgrade. At the other end of the PC building spectrum is DIY — spending hours and days building your own custom platform.

In between those two extremes is CLX Gaming.

Owned and operated in Wichita, Kansas, under CybertronPC, CLX Gaming makes custom-built PCs, including laptops, for anyone with particular tastes and wants. The company offered Windows Central carte blanche to configure and try one of its builds. Let's say we really took them up on the offer.

This article is the first part on the CLX Ra — arguably one of the most impressive and gorgeous-looking desktop PCs we have experienced. It weighs 55 pounds and costs over $7,300: a true monster.

Here is what it is like to order one and get it in the mail.

Going nuts

CLX Ra: Configuring and ordering

Who's the big boi? You are.

Most hardcore PC enthusiasts argue for building your own desktop system. After all, it's fun, often cheaper, and you learn a lot about computers. That's how I did it 20 years ago, and it helped me get to where I am today.

You may need a Ph.D. in geek to get through the ordering process.

But today's DIY PC scene is so much more complex. If you are new to it, you can spend weeks and months preparing for the right machine. It is exhausting, and frankly, mainly a young-persons hobby as putting time aside in your teens and 20s is much easier than in your 40s (speaking from experience). I also know nothing of setting up a water-cooled system or doing boutique cable management — it's not simple stuff if you're new to it.

The ordering process for a CLX PC is, likewise, reflective of today's abundance of components. You could pick a pre-built system from them and call it a day. Or you could go down the route of choosing a case size and going through the insane à la carte menu to build your own.

One of what feels like 300 steps to picking your PC, not that we're complaining.

That's what we did and went with the CLX Ra — the biggest full-tower you can go with from the site. And it is big — it's nearly 2 feet tall!

The sheer number of options provided by CLX is almost overwhelming. After picking Ra, we had to choose either standard chassis or liquid cooling. We, of course, chose the latter. Between both categories, though, there was an astounding 19 options. We still had to pick exterior paint design (11 choices), finish (three choices), technique (four choices), fans (13), and lighting (three).

The sheer amount of component options is almost overwhelming — but also impressive.

Then it came to the "core components," which includes CPU, motherboard, GPU, memory, power supply, cabling, storage, RAID, sound controller … this is absurdly awesome. You can't complain that CLX doesn't give you a choice.

CPU options range from Intel 11th Gen Core i7 and i9 (17 options) to Ryzen 7, 9, and even Threadripper (11 picks).

All of this is exhausting but also impressive. CLX is doing what most DIY builders do, except the labor and shipping are all done by them. Sure, you pay for that, but the system I ended up building was never one I could put together without extensive research (and maybe even practice), to wit:

Category CLX Ra
OS Windows 10 Home
Case Ra Evolve X Foundry II Edition
Jade Green
CLX Jasper technique
Motherboard ASRock Z590 Taichi Wi-Fi
Processor Intel Core i9-11900K (3.5GHz)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB/GDDR6X
Memory 32GB Trident DDR4-3600
Ports Rear: Four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, four USB 3.1 Gen 2 (three type A, one type C), two Ethernet, SPDIF, five audio jacks
Front: One USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, two USB 3.0 Type A, headphone jack, mic jack
Storage 1 TB Seagate Firecuda 520 NVMe M.2 SSD
4 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Power supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G3 80 Plus Gold
Chassis fans 7x CLX RGB fan
Cooling solution CLX Temper Hardline Liquid Cooling
Cabling Sleeved, black
Dimensions 20.5 x 9.5 x 20.5 inches (520mm x 240mm x 520mm)
Pricing From $2,128 (as configured: ~$7,400)

Indeed, I had to have our chief PC tower builder Rich Edmonds assist with selecting motherboards, RAM, and more just because it has been years since I have read up on the latest hardware and which is the best.

But, which PSU defines who I am?

For those curious, we did try to order an AMD Threadripper for laughs, but with the cost ballooning to $16,000, CLX wisely called us back to reality. But, we are just saying, you could theoretically build a $16,000 PC if you had the fortitude (and cash).

We also didn't go for dual RTX 3090s as we didn't feel like disrupting the quantum realm, but that, too, is possible.

Gonna need a bigger box

CLX Ra: Receiving

Umm, my pew pew pew computer is here.

I've been covering PCs for many years now at Windows Central and have received a lot of review units but never had UPS Freight call me to schedule a delivery. UPS Freight is for heavy, oversized shipments, and it arrives in what looks like a moving truck with a hydraulic lift.

"No one knows its secrets."

The CLX Ra landed in a giant, well-made crate on a pallet, which is daunting. Luckily, I have a two-car garage as UPS had to use a mini forklift to bring inside so I could begin the unboxing. The crate is wrapped in plastic, has metal latches, and the paperwork is attached. It was all a bit hilarious for something to play video games with, but I don't make the rules.

Unboxing this beast of a PC felt like opening the Ark of the Covenant out of Indiana Jones. Fortunately, there were no beams of light, but the power within is just as remarkable. Inside the crate is a cardboard box that fits perfectly. Open the box, and the CLX Ra is also wrapped in a plastic wrap with 3-inch-thick air-sealed foam inserts on all four corners to absorb shocks during its journey. Within the computer tower, all the water-cooled piping, graphics card, and critical components were reinforced with Styrofoam inserts so nothing would shake loose during the passage. It's all very professional and much better than my iBuyPower experience a few years ago.

Unboxing this beast of a PC felt like opening the Ark of the Covenant out of Indiana Jones.

The CLX Ra by itself weighs an extraordinary 55 pounds (25kg), so you may need a second hand to help unpack it and move it to its final destination (unfortunately for me, that meant moving to my main office, not my house).

The CLX Ra is packed to ensure nothing rattles apart during transit.

Overall, the packaging and support from CLX are terrific. Once set up and plugged in, the Ra powered on with its magnificent lighting and Core i9 and RTX 3090 purring to life.

It's now time to game.

CLX Ra: More to come

"My god, it's full of stars."

So, how good is this behemoth of a gaming PC — especially that GeForce card and latest Intel processor? For that, you will have to wait for my review coming early next week. There, we'll take a closer look at thermals, fan performance, features, lighting, and more, so stay tuned!

Have any questions you want answers for in that review? Leave them below and let me know what you think of this setup — what would you change or do differently?

CLX Ra

From $2,128 at CLX Gaming

CLX Gaming makes custom high-end gaming rigs for those with specific hardware requirements including Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and exclusive CLX Temper Hardline Liquid Cooling. Based in the US, the Ra is the biggest tower it has for the ultimate gaming desktop system.

Days Gone shoots to the top of the Steam sales chart on launch day

Days Gone isn't a PC success yet, but it's certainly starting off strong.

What you need to know

  • Days Gone is the first game in a new IP from Sony Bend at PlayStation and sees players surviving a brutal zombie apocalypse.
  • Days Gone is launching on PC today and has already rocketed to the top of the global Steam sales charts.
  • It's too early to tell if Days Gone will be a massive success overall on PC, but it's certainly off to a strong start.
  • Amidst weak critical reception but overall commercial success, Sony reportedly canceled plans for a Days Gone 2 to focus on lower-risk blockbuster games.

Days Gone was an exciting new IP from studio Sony Bend at PlayStation and launched as a PS4 exclusive. Days Gone is a third-person action survival horror game set during a zombie apocalypse, and makes its claim to fame with massive hordes of undead and environmental hazards players can use against them. Today, Days Gone is officially launching on PC through Steam and the Epic Games Store, and it's apparently off to a solid start. At the time of writing, Days Gone still tops the global sales chart for Steam on its launch day.

Days Gone just hit the #1 Global Top Selling game on Steam right at launch

Curious to see how it performs on PC overall. This is the 2nd major PlayStation 1st party PS4 game to launch on Steam after Horizon Zero Dawn last year. Rooting for it to do well as I loved the game pic.twitter.com/7OlsWLScl6

— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) May 18, 2021

It needs to be stated that this does not mean Days Gone is an overall runaway success for Sony PlayStation on PC because of the way Steam tracks its top sellers. However, it does mean Days Gone is already off to a great start for a long life on PC. It'll be interesting to see how Days Gone performs on PC over the coming weeks and months, and whether or not it can find the same dedicated audience on PC that Days Gone enjoys on PS4.

When Days Gone initially launched, it unfortunately suffered from relatively mediocre critical and media reception. However, Days Gone's unique gameplay and post-launch support helped the game find a passionate player base on PS4 despite mixed reviews, leading the game to become an irrefutable commercial success. This apparently wasn't enough for Sony, as plans for Days Gone 2 were reportedly canceled as PlayStation moves toward focusing more on lower-risk "AAA" blockbuster games from studios like Naughty Dog.

Hopefully, Days Gone is a massive success on PC for multiple reasons. PC players would love to see even more first-party Sony games head to PC like God of War, The Last of Us Part II, and more. Microsoft has already seen a ton of success on PC with their renewed support and commitment to bringing more Xbox games to PC day and date (like Halo Infinite.

Continued success for Days Gone may also encourage Sony to reconsider a potential sequel in the future, which would be awesome news for an industry that sometimes relies too much on established franchises and brands. Plenty of players have been vocal about their desire for Days Gone 2.

It's too early to tell if Days Gone can stand toe-to-toe with the competitive list of best PC games, but we certainly hope this zombie survival game can give its all and find success.

Review: Fractal Design's Meshify C cuts a few corners but not on cooling

Fractal Design took the standard ATX case and added a mesh front panel to stay cool and stand out in the crowd.

Like Lian Li, Fractal Design was regarded as a premium chassis manufacturer that produced some of the best PC cases. The company still does just that but it has since expanded into the more affordable segment of the market. The Fractal Design Meshify C is a case that ditches the company's exceptional sound damping and aluminum parts for an all-steel construct that focuses on airflow.

This chassis follows the same design principles as most mid-tower ATX cases out there. You can configure it with or without a tempered glass panel, and that mesh front panel is a sure upgrade on competitor cases that restrict airflow using small side vents for style over functionality. On paper, the Fractal Design Meshify C should be the case for anyone wanting a good value PC chassis with expansion.

Fractal Design Meshify C

Bottom line: There's so much to love with the Fractal Design Meshify C. The meshed front panel allows plenty of air to be pulled in through a 360mm radiator, resulting in a cooler yet slightly noisy PC build.

The Good

  • Multiple water-cooling radiator support
  • Plenty of dusty filters
  • Excellent airflow thanks to mesh front panel
  • Good cable management
  • Solid build quality with optional tempered glass panel

The Bad

  • Drive cage removal for 360mm front radiator
  • Not the quietest PC case around
  • Compact spacing for PSU
  • Not designed with water cooling in mind
  • Weak front panel I/O

$90 at Amazon

$90 at Newegg

Fractal Design Meshify C: Price and availability

The Fractal Design Meshify C has been out for many years now and it's easy to find the case available for $90 at various online retailers. Like other PC cases in this price bracket, you can be sure to see it go on sale for promotions like Prime Day. For what you're getting in terms of quality and features, even at full price, this is a good deal.

Fractal Design Meshify C: What's good

The Fractal Design Meshify C is an interesting PC case since it doesn't resemble much else in the company's catalog. You'd be hard-pressed to tell it was from Fractal Design if it weren't for the branding plaque on the front panel. Speaking of which, the main panel is the highlight of this case and is included in the name.

The Meshify C isn't your typical Fractal Design case, but it performs just as well as pricier chassis.

It's a mesh panel that has numerous perforated holes instead of a flab of plastic or tempered glass. Usually, you'd find the latter two materials here, but Fractal went all out with catering to large amounts of airflow. All that's required to achieve maximum results are three 120mm fans. On top of the front panel is the rather limited I/O, which consists of two USB-A 3.0 ports and a combined audio jack.

The Meshify C can be bought in a variety of models. There's the choice of black or white for color, then tempered glass or metal for the side panel. The tempered glass will allow for additional sounds to escape, so if you're going for absolute silence, it's best to pick the steel panel, which can also have some sound damping added to the interior side.

The top and far side panels are bare, so too is the rear aside from the 120mm adjustable fan mount, rear I/O for motherboard cutout, and seven expansion slots. The PSU, as usual with mid-tower cases is installed in the lower chamber, which is separated from the main area inside the chassis by a plastic PSU shroud.

Category Fractal Design Meshify C
Motherboard Mini-ITX
Micro-ATX
ATX
I/O 2x USB-A 3.0
1x Headphone/Microphone
Expansion 7 horizontal PCI
Storage 3x 2.5-inch SSD
2x 2.5-inch SSD/3.5-inch HDD
PSU ATX
Included fans 2
Top fans 2x 120mm
Rear fan 1x 120mm
Bottom fan 1x 120mm
Front fans 3x 120mm
2x 140mm
Top rad 240mm
Front rad 360mm, 280mm
Filters Front
Top
Bottom
Clearance GPU: 315mm
CPU: 170mm
Dimensions 15.5 x 8.3 x 17.3 inches
(395mm x 212mm x 440 mm)
Weight 14.2 pounds (6.45 kg)
Materials Steel
Tempered glass
Warranty One year
Color Black
White

This case supports up to an ATX motherboard, which is a little restricting since other mid-tower cases can take E-ATX boards. There are the usual seven PCI slots for expansion, as well as three 2.5-inch bays and a further two 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch bays with the removable bracket. Up to seven fans can be installed, allowing for one super-cooled PC.

For radiator support, Fractal Design allows for up to a 24mm radiator up top and a 360mm radiator on the front panel. The latter does require the HDD cage to be removed, however. Filters are available for the top, front, and bottom panels. Cable management is pretty good with grommets and routing behind the motherboard tray.

The front mesh panel allows for serious volumes of cool air to pass through this case.

Building inside the Meshify C is a breeze. There's plenty of room to work with and all panels remove easily using a few screws. The front panel is a challenge since it uses the old plastic clips to hold it onto the frame. I always prefer magnets here since these clips can (and often do) break with the amount of force required to pop them out.

Installing a large PSU like the be quiet! Dark Power 12 would be difficult since there's only a small amount of space beneath the shroud. It's possible but you will need to spend more time fiddling around with cable management to get everything just right. Removing the 3.5-inch drive tray to allow for a radiator is recommended since 2.5-inch SSDs are the way to go in 2021.

Like all other PC cases I've reviewed recently, I put together a test rig with an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X to see how the Fractal Design Meshify C would handle even the more power-hungry processors. This CPU pumps out plenty of heat, which the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 will be more than happy to manage. To allow for convenient fan management, the NZXT N7 B550 was used as the foundation.

Case CPU temp GPU temp Noise
be quiet! Silent Base 802 65C 54C 37 dBA
Fractal Design Meshify C 68C 56C 40 dBA
Razer Tomahawk 73C 64C 42 dBA
NZXT H510i 75C 63C 43 dBA

Through rigorous testing, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X didn't go above 68C (154F) during synthetic benchmarks and gaming. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti also ran cool at around 56C (133F), which was also aided by the amount of air being pulled in through the front panel. Noise levels weren't too bad, measuring 40 dBA. It should be slightly quieter with the metal side panel and with some aftermarket sound damping.

Fractal Design Meshify C: What's not good

That mesh panel is a double-edged sword. While it's excellent having such unrestricted access to clean air upfront, this does mean sound from within the PC will be able to escape. Fans will be able to run slower, but you may notice a slight uptick in the volume of noise terminating from the case. It won't be anywhere close to unbearable but is worth bearing in mind if you're going for a silent build.

There's also the case (pun not intended) that the HDD cage needs to be removed to allow for a 360mm radiator to be installed behind the front panel. Should you have an AIO cooler for the CPU with a larger radiator and some 3.5-inch drives to install, you may need to reconsider which is more important for the overall build.

This case simply wasn't designed with water-cooling in mind since you won't find any pump/reservoir mounts. It's also a little tight in the PSU department with a clearance of just 175mm. If you have a high-end PSU (that tends to be a little larger in size), you may find the installation a little too tight on free space for managing cables.

Fractal Design Meshify C: Competition

The mid-tower segment for PC cases is incredibly competitive since it's the sweet spot for most PC builds. If you're building a PC in 2021, there's a good chance you'll be using a mid-tower chassis. There are more companies than ever making cases now too — even Razer came out with the Razer Tomahawk ATX case that's really good even if you're not a company fan.

Fractal Design priced the Meshify C accordingly since the company cut a few premium features usually on the specification sheet. At $90, it's a solid deal even at full price. An equivalent case in the form of the NZXT H510 Elite runs a little hotter (and louder) and costs $150. Cases also come down to personal preference and judging on looks alone the Meshify C can look a little lost in a sea of glass and RGB lighting.

Fractal Design Meshify C: Should you buy it?

You should buy this if you ...

  • Want a case with optimal airflow
  • Need a chassis with good thermal performance
  • Have a 240mm or 360mm AIO CPU cooler

You shouldn't buy this if you ...

  • Want to build a custom water-cooling loop
  • Desire the quietest PC case available
  • Need to install HDDs and a 360mm AIO CPU cooler
  • Have a large high-end PSU

The Meshify C was an interesting case for me to review since it's the first PC case from the manufacturer I've looked at in years. It's a departure from the premium feature set I'm used to with Fractal Design, but the company has done an excellent job at keeping cost low and ensuring there are enough reasons for someone to buy this case over everything else on the market.

This case is perfect if you want a case with optimal airflow. A 360mm radiator for a CPU AIO can be installed upfront and a single 120mm fan down below, with a further three 120mm blowers to handle exhausting all the heat. You'll be able to pack some considerable computing performance inside the Meshify C without encountering any thermal throttling.

4 out of 5

Fractal Design had to cut corners with the case to keep the price down low. Because of this, you shouldn't buy one with the expectation of seeing plenty of audio damping. There's also a lack of support for water-cooling. While there's more than enough space inside for a small custom loop, Fractal Design has not provided any mounting options for pumps and reservoirs.

That doesn't negate the fact this is a killer mid-range case at a somewhat affordable price. There's far more to like than dislike about the Fractal Design Meshify C.

Fractal Design Meshify C

Bottom line: While Fractal Design is clearly targeting a different market here with the Meshify C compared to the usual premium high-end cases, there's plenty to like about this chassis. It's one of the better value cases out there.

$90 at Amazon

$90 at Newegg

No Man's Sky VR and 8 more games gain NVIDIA DLSS support

Support for NVIDIA DLSS rolled out to nine more games this month, including two VR titles.

What you need to know

  • Nine more games just gained support for NVIDIA DLSS.
  • No Man's Sky is among the first two VR games to support DLSS.
  • DLSS is now supported by 50 games.

NVIDIA announced the nine more games now support DLSS, which helps deliver improved visuals without dragging down system performance. DLSS is now supported on No Man's Sky, AMID EVIL, Aron's Adventure, Everspace 2, Redout: Space Assault, Scavengers, and Wrench. It's also available in virtual reality headsets for No Man's Sky, Into The Radius, and Wrench. This is the first time that virtual reality games support DLSS. With the nine newly-supported titles, a total of 50 games support DLSS.

DLSS, short for Deep Learning Super Sampling, is an AI-based technology that's less demanding on your GPU than normal supersampling. Despite using fewer system resources than traditional supersampling, it can result in a game that looks better and show more detail. We have a full piece breaking down what DLSS is if you'd like to know more.

The best graphics cards from NVIDIA feature Tensor Cores that power DLSS.

NVIDIA explains that DLSS support boosts performance of No Man's Sky up to 70% at 4K. As a result of DLSS support, No Man's Sky should see smoother and more responsive gameplay. In virtual reality mode, DLSS doubles VR performance at the Ultra graphics preset, according to NVIDIA. The game should be able to maintain 90 FPS on an Oculus Quest 2 when paired with a GeForce RTX 3080.

Similar boosts in performance appear in all of the newly-supported games. AMID EVIL sees a boost of up to 2.7X at 4K with settings maxed out. Aron's Adventure sees a 60% FPS boost with DLSS support.

While it isn't part of this update from NVIDIA, Metro Exodus launched earlier this month with PC enhancements, including DLSS support. It's an excellent example of the difference that DLSS support can make. Our Jared Eden extensively breaks down Metro Exodus PC Enhancement and shares several screenshots that show off DLSS support.

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