Setup Windows Store To Use Second Drive

I recently had to do some digging to figure out how to make Windows use the second drive on my computer by default for stuff like Windows Store Apps and Games as well as some of my files. I just added a second drive recently and wanted to install Forza Horizon 4 on my Windows PC, but the OS is on a smaller SSD that I don’t want to fill up with a game like Forza. Since it took me a moment to figure it out, I thought I’d be nice and create a little how-to guide here on my blog to help others out that may need direction on this as well. Pictures included!

Turns out it isn’t too hard to get this setup on your computer. Simply open up your Windows 10 settings by clicking on the cogwheel in your Start Menu

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Once your Settings app opens up, you want to click on System.

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Next, you need to look down the list on the left side of the window until you see Storage. Click on that to get to the storage settings on your computer.

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The Storage settings allows you to see how much is stored on your computer’s hard drives and where to store stuff. On the right side of the window, you may need to scroll down until you see the line that says “Change where new content is saved.” Click that line to get to the next screen.

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And this is the screen where you will change your storage. If you want Windows Store Apps to be saved to a second drive like the D: drive in this case, just click on the drop down menu, select the drive you want it to be saved on, and then click the apply button that appears next to the menu. You can do this for each item if you wish like I have done in my example. Change it how you want.

And that is it. Now you can install new Windows Store Apps, and they will end up on the drive you selected instead of the main drive.

When A Book Hooks You

I just started reading a new book, and while I enjoy starting a new book, I am usually a little hesitant when it is a new book by an author that I haven’t read. It’s not that I don’t think the book will be good. It’s that I hope the new author I’m about to read is going to be good, and I look for that one point in the book where I know the book will be a good one for me. I’m sure everyone has this moment in a book. Sometimes it happens early in the book and other times it happens later, with the later payoff being worth it. It’s that moment when the book finally hooks you, and you have to finish reading it.

I actually discovered this point very early on in the book that I just started reading. The book is called Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and it is a book that I’ve had for about two years now. I finally got around to reading it this week, and I quickly fell in the love with the book based off of one moment early on. Here is the exerpt:

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That for me is the hook that made me realize this book is one I’m going to enjoy, and I am. I’m just over 1/3rd through the book. I’ve been enjoying the story quite a bit, and the lead character sounds like an older version of myself, so it plays out well in my head. If a book never gives me that hook then it ends up being a book that I don’t enjoy. For me the hook can be humor, some really great action, or some really awesome writing. In this case, it is the humor that really made me start to enjoy this one.

I’d love to know what hooks you into a book. Is there something that just draws you in every time that you read? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One is one of those books that I had heard about and always wanted to read. Heck, I actually thought I had read it at one point or another because my memory plays tricks on me. When the movie came out, I knew I had to see it because it was such a great book. Then I saw the movie and realized that it wasn’t a story I was familiar with, which seemed odd since I thought I had read it. Now, I wonder what book I had read that made me think it was Ready Player One.

readyplayeroneAnyway, the movie actually got me really interested into wanting to read the book and experience the full story, so I bought the book shortly after I saw the movie and then never read it. I actually have to explanation for why I didn’t read it, but I came across it this past week and got mad at myself for not reading it, so I read it. Let me tell you, I’m glad I finally read it. It was such a great book! The movie was good, but this book was amazing.

As someone who enjoys games and especially some of the classics, this book was made for me. In fact, I could easily be Wade, so reading this book was like reading an alternate timeline of myself. I had a hard time putting this book down because I wanted to see what would happen next in their battle to find the egg. The suspense in this from time to time really got to me, and I found myself staying up late at night to just get to a decent part where I felt I could finally log off … err … I mean stop reading.

I’m kind of sad that the book ended honestly. I know it had to end at some point, but man I hated it when I saw the Acknowledgements section because I knew the story was over. I will probably read this one again at some point, which is rare for me because I’m always trying to read new stuff, but that is how good this one is. I have actually just found a new #1 book, which just unseated my former #1, Landover: Magic Kingdom For Sale, and Landover has been my #1 for close to 20 years, so congrats Ernest Cline!

With that said, I highly recommend this book. It has 80’s references, it has a bunch of nerdy gaming references, it has action, it has romance, and it even has a mech battle! If any of that sounds appealing to you then you must read this book, even if you think you have already read it.

Different Kind of Reading

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had started reading some of the older Marvel comic books because I signed up for the Marvel Unlimited service, and I am really enjoying it. I have now branched out to reading six different series when the plan was to only read one: Avengers. I wanted to read the Avengers from the beginning starting in 1963. The problem is the book kept referencing something that happened in a different comic, so I would get curious and find that book it mentioned and start reading it, and that leads me to another book. I’ve actually had to limit myself to the ones I have if I ever want to get out of the 1960’s in a reasonable period of time.

I’ve now been reading these comics for a couple of months. I’ve read close to 200 comics so far, and it dawned on me that I haven’t really read any of the books I was planning to read in June. It is now the 4th of July (Happy 4th by the way!), and I just realized I had planned to read five books last month. Instead, I’ve just been reading the comics and having a blast. There is something to those early comics that just amuse me. I can definitely tell they were written in a different time, and Stan Lee seemed to have some obsession with alliteration when naming villains.

Something that has made me laugh are reviews that people post on Goodreads about some of these books. I decided to start tracking what I’ve read on Goodreads with the comics when I found out they have each book listed, and I started reading some of the brief reviews. The ones that make me chuckle are the ones that complain the older comics take longer to read because of all the writing in them. Those are the people that give other comic book readers a bad name especially when others are like “you just want to read comics because you don’t want to read.” Apparently, this is true for some people.

I do need to get back to some of the books I’ve been meaning to read, but I’m going to alternate between my books and my comic books. It’s a different kind of reading and one that I didn’t think I’d enjoy as much as I do right now, and I’m glad that I do.

New Month New Book

46121414It’s that time again: a new month! And that means a new group of books for Amazon Prime members to pick from to receive a free e-book. I actually enjoy this perk of being an Amazon Prime member because I’ve stumbled upon a few authors that I have fallen in love with through the program. And since I’m a big fan of thrillers, this is the book I picked to read for June: Trance by Adam Southward.

This one actually intrigues me because most of the thrillers I end up reading feature similar types of individuals: some type of patriotic person who is ex-military and now works on his own or with a secret government group stopping dangerous people. For whatever reason, that seems to be the type of thriller I always end up reading and enjoying. This time around it looks like the main character in the book is a psychologist who interviews someone who appears to be controlling others. Sound very interesting.

I do plan to write a review of the book when I am done, and I will post it here on my blog, but first, I am currently working on finishing up another book I have been dying to read: Blue Sky Tomorrows by L.J. Hachmeister. L.J. is in my group of favorite authors and her most recent book came out about six days ago. So that one is my current book and then I will get onto reading Trance and see how good that one ends up being.