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How to Reset Your Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 is prone to all sorts of issues, from the sudden disappearance of files to problems with installing updates. If your computer isn’t running the way it should, giving you strange errors or performing slowly, then it’s probably time for a reset.  Resetting your PC or restoring to an earlier state can clean out any pesky background programs and wipe your computer’s hard drive of any unneeded files. The operating system provides a number of options that let you reset your Windows 10 computer to an earlier state. Here’s how to reset your PC in Windows 10.

How to Reset Your Windows 10 PC

  1. Navigate to Settings.  You can get there by clicking the gear icon on the Start menu.Select settings
  2. Select “Update & security”Select Update & security
  3. Click Recovery in the left recovery
  4. Windows presents you with three major options: Reset this PC, Go back to an earlier build and Advanced startup. Reset this PC is the best option for starting fresh. Advanced startup lets you boot off a recovery USB drive or disc and “Go to an earlier build” is made for Windows Insiders who want to roll back to a previous version of the OS.

    Recovery options

  5. Click “Get started” under Reset this PC.Click Get started
  6. Click either “Keep my files” or “Remove everything,” depending on whether you want to keep your data files intact. Either way, all of your settings will return to their defaults and apps will be uninstalled.Choose whether to keep your files
  7. Select “Just remove my files” or “Remove files and clean the drive” if you chose “Remove everything” in the prior step. Cleaning the drive takes a lot longer but will make sure that, if you are giving the computer away, the next person can’t recover your erased files. If you are keeping the computer, choose “Just remove my files.”select clean drive option
  8. Click Next if Windows warns you that you won’t be able to roll back to a prior version of the Next
  9. Click Reset when prompted.Click Reset

    Windows will then restart and take several minutes to reset itself.

  10. Click Continue when prompted.Click Continue
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How to stream with two PC using OBS NDI

A popular streaming setup involves two computers. The major benefit of this is that it allows the second computer to bear the brunt of the encoding load. Streaming at the highest quality, using the CPU intensive x264 encoder, can be a huge impact on a system, causing the framerates of your games to suffer and making the whole experience unenjoyable for both viewer and streamer.

Another benefit is that if your main gaming PC has a problem and you need to restart it, or restart OBS because the stream is actually coming from the second computer, your stream will not go offline.

The traditional method of a two PC streaming setup involves using something known as a capture card, like an Elgato HD60S. These cost almost $200 though and thus have a slight barrier to entry.

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Not everyone wants to pay for something like a capture card, especially if you’re just starting out streaming.

Fortunately, a plugin utilizing something called NDI from a company called Newtek has been developed for OBS Studio. This uses your available network bandwidth (not your Internet speed) between your computers and your router to send/receive anything in your OBS preview window.

Since the main PC isn’t actually streaming, this NDI protocol is very lightweight on the gaming system and so the majority of your performance is maintained, while the second PC does all the heavy lifting. All the traffic is passed through your local area network, or LAN also known as your Home Network.



Since the second PC will be a dedicated streaming machine, you don’t actually need some super crazy high-end and powerful system in order to stream at a decent quality. Most old computers can work well as secondary computers, so long as they fit the below requirements.

  • The CPU must support Supplemental SSE3 instruction set (SSSE3). Please note, that’s THREE S’, not two. Google your CPU model + “cpuworld” to get a result that will tell you if your CPU supports that instruction set. AMD CPUs before the FX/Bulldozer series did not support SSSE3.

  • OBS Studio and the NDI plugin

  • Quad-core or hyperthreading dual core for 720p at 30 frames per second

  • Hyperthreading Quad-core or better for 720p 60 frames per second (preferred), or 1080p at 30 frames per second/1080p at 60 frames per second

Gigabit (1000 megabit) network connections between computers and router/switch. You can verify this on each computer by going to the control panel in Windows > Network Connections > Selecting and opening your active ethernet connection

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Step 1: If you don’t already have OBS Studio, go to and download and install the appropriate version. Reboot your computer after installation (this is optional but good practice to ensure the NDI plugin installs correctly). Make sure OBS is not open before proceeding to the next step. This guide is for Windows, so be aware of that.
Step 2: Download and install the OBS NDI plugin using the windows installer package.
Once installed, follow the prompt to reboot your computer.

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Step 3: Repeat these steps for the second computer
Step 4: Verify that the NDI installation was successful by opening OBS and clicking “tools.” Make sure to click “allow” on any prompts at this point when opening OBS. If you see “NDI Output Settings” then we are ready to proceed to configuration.

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The simplest way to take advantage of OBS NDI and a two PC streaming setup like this is to essentially mimic a single PC streaming setup. Configure all of your overlays and alerts in OBS on the computer you will be gaming on. For a step by step tutorial on configuring StreamElements overlays and alerts in OBS, please see the following videos:

If you’re at this point, we will assume that you have your overlays and alerts configured so lets go over getting OBS ready for two PC streaming.


Step 1: Open OBS and go to settings > video. Ensure your video output settings here reflect the quality you want to stream at. The lowest impact, highest quality setting will be 720p at 60fps so that is what is shown.

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Step 2:
Now go to Tools > “NDI Output Settings” and click it. You will be presented with a window that lets you name your source and checkbox as an output. The checkbox we will check is “Main Output.” Make sure you write a name that will reflect which PC you are using.

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Pressing OK will activate the NDI signal to be sent from the Gaming PC, so the gaming PC configuration is now complete*. Let’s move on to the second PC.

*Note: activating the NDI output will make you unable to change your video settings. In order to change your video settings if you need to change resolution or FPS, you will need to deactivate NDI then change the video settings, then reactivate NDI. The second computer will automatically pick it back up.

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Step 1: Open OBS on the second PC
Step 2: Go to Settings and configure your stream output settings, including your stream key (or “connect account” option for Twitch and Youtube) and set your bitrate. A good example configuration for your Output is pictured below. Adjust the bitrate as necessary for your upload speed and adjust your CPU Usage Preset based on how powerful your CPU is/how much CPU load OBS uses while streaming with this second PC.

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Step 3: Configure your Video settings to match the “Output (scaled) resolution” listed Step 1 above for configuring the Gaming PC.

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Step 4: Almost there. Now we just add the Gaming PC’s NDI signal to the second PC. To do that, go into sources and click the + sign or right click. You should see “NDI Source” on the list, click it.

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Step 5: Once you click it, you’ll be asked to create new or add existing. Create new, and give it a familiar name such as “Gaming PC.” Click “OK.”

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Step 6: Now you’ll be presented with a window that should show you a dropdown list of any NDI signals that second PC you’re on detects**. It should show “Gaming PC” along with its configured network name. You may have manually configured this network name, but it may just be random letters and numbers with the familiar name you configured above in parentheses next to it.

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Note**: You may see “latency mode” when at this screen and it has two options, Normal (safe) and Low (experimental). Try to use Low for the smoothest stream experience, but if you encounter any issues then leave it Normal.

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Press “OK” and your OBS feed from the gaming PC should appear in your preview window of your Second PC. You are now ready to stream!

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Once you are here and ready to stream, you can press “Start Streaming” in OBS on the second PC. You must NOT press that button in OBS on the gaming PC, but you MUST leave OBS open on BOTH computers.

Should you encounter any issues, fear not as there is a FAQ video that should help address most commonly asked questions about OBS NDI.

So, to wrap up. Configure everything in OBS on your gaming PC, enable the NDI output, add it as a source on the second PC, then click “start streaming” on the second PC. It might all sound complicated but if you think about it this way, you can be up and running in minutes! And yes, all audio, including your microphone, is transmitted to the second PC using this method. It’s incredibly awesome.



You may have noticed the activity feed and chat integrated into OBS in the above image. Monitoring everything from a single place becomes way easier with StreamElements OBS.Live add-on for OBS Studio.

You can see how many viewers you have, activity feed, skip/replay/manage alerts, refresh your overlays, media control, set what game you’re playing, set your stream title all in OBS…so much good stuff! The plugin is available to download right here:


If you found this article helpful, or need more help with your configuration, be sure to reach out to us on social media. Our fun and friendly Discord community is full of fellow StreamElements users too and our support staff are on-hand, providing legendary service 24/7!


Subscribe to our YouTube channel for helpful video tutorials going over the basics, features, and news on upcoming, or new updates! StreamElements is always working hard to make streaming better for YOU!

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Clear your web browser’s cache, cookies, and history

Before you begin

Clearing your web browser’s cache, cookies, and history may remove data such as the following:

  • Saved passwords
  • Address bar predictions
  • Shopping cart contents, etc.

While you should clear your web browser’s cache, cookies, and history periodically in order to prevent or resolve performance problems, you may wish to record some of your saved information first. If you are unable to do so, see Troubleshooting alternatives below.

For details about browser cache, cookies, and history, see:

  • For desktop browsers, to quickly open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, ensure that the browser is open and selected, and press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete(Mac). If this doesn’t work, follow the appropriate instructions below.
  • If the instructions below don’t exactly match what you see, you may need to update your web browser to the latest version.If you don’t see instructions below for your specific version or browser, search your browser’s Helpmenu for “clear cache”. If you’re unsure what browser version you’re using, from the Help menu or your browser’s menu, select About [browser name]. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, if you don’t see the menu bar, press Alt.

Troubleshooting alternatives

If you need to clear your cache, cookies, and history for troubleshooting purposes, but aren’t yet prepared to lose the content listed above, you may wish to consider using a private browsing window in your preferred browser as a temporary solution:

Mobile browsers


The steps to clear your cache, cookies, and history may differ depending on the model of your Android device and your preferred browser, but you should be able to clear your cache and data from your application management settings menu:

  1. Go to Settings and choose Apps or Application Manager.
  2. Swipe to the All tab.
  3. In the list of installed apps, find and tap your web browser. Tap Clear Data and then Clear Cache.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Chrome for Android

  1. Tap Chrome menu > Settings.
  2. Tap (Advanced) Privacy.
  3. From the “Time Range” drop-down menu, select All Time.
  4. Check Cookies and Site data and Cached Images and Files.
  5. Tap Clear data.
  6. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Safari for iOS

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap Clear History and Website Data and confirm.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Chrome for iOS

  1. Tap Chrome menu > Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Clear Browsing Data.
  4. Choose the data type you want to clear.
  5. Tap Clear Browsing Data.
  6. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Desktop browsers


  1. In the browser bar, enter:
  2. At the top of the “Clear browsing data” window, click Advanced.
  3. Select the following:
    • Browsing history
    • Download history
    • Cookies and other site data
    • Cached images and files

    From the “Time range” drop-down menu, you can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information. To clear your entire cache, select All time.

  4. Click CLEAR DATA.
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.


  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Next to “Details”, click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.
  4. Click Clear Now.
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Microsoft Edge

  1. In the top right, click the Hub icon (looks like star with three horizontal lines).
  2. Click the History icon (looks like a clock), and then select Clear all history.
  3. Select Browsing history, then Cookies and saved website data, and then Cached data and files. Click Clear.
  4. After the “All Clear!” message appears, exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Internet Explorer 11

On January 12, 2016, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer versions prior to version 11 . UITS strongly recommends that you upgrade to a new operating system if your current system does not support Internet Explorer 11. If you experience difficulty with Internet Explorer, make sure compatibility mode is turned off.
  1. Select Tools > Safety > Delete browsing history….If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.
  2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select:
    • Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files
    • Cookies or Cookies and website data
    • History
  3. Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.


  1. From the Opera menu, select Settings, then Privacy & Security, and then Clear browsing data….
  2. In the dialog box that opens, from the “Obliterate the following items from:” drop-down menu, select The beginning of time.
  3. Select the following:
    • Browsing history
    • Download history
    • Cookies and other site data
    • Cached images and files
  4. Click Clear browsing data.
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Safari 8 and later

  1. From the Safari menu, select Clear History… or Clear History and Website Data….
  2. Select the desired time range, and then click Clear History.
  3. Go to Safari > Quit Safari or press Command-Q to exit the browser completely.