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Start up the mini PC

With your all of your kit's equipment assembled, now it's time to start using it.

Turn on the PC

The power button for the mini PC is on the front left side of the unit. Press it once to turn on the computer.

Your monitor will automatically power on once it detects a signal. After a moment, Windows will finish starting up and you can start using the PC.

The four recommended Windows configurations outlined below have been pre-configured on your mini PC, but we have provided the steps to set them up in case you ever need to reset Windows or have otherwise changed your settings.

Fix Font Sizing Issues in Windows 10

Scaling Windows font to 100% will make it easier to use Livestream Studio with Windows 10.

 

Open the Start menu and navigate to Windows Settings.

Select System.

Select Display and drag the scale all the way to the left so it reads "100%." Then, click Apply to save the settings, which will take effect immediately.

Force the mini PC to Run the Maximum Amount of Cores

To optimize your computer's performance when using Livestream Studio, we recommend configuring your system to use the maximum number of cores at all times (in this case, eight).

Open the Windows start menu and type Run, then open the Run desktop app.

Type msconfig into the text field, then click OK.

This window will open up. Navigate to the Boot tab.

Click Advanced options...

Check Number of processors to enable the dropdown menu.

Select the highest number of processors your system has (in this case, 8), then click OK.

Apply the settings, then click OK.

You will be advised that you may need to restart your computer to apply your settings. We recommend doing so before launching Studio to ensure the settings have taken effect.

Recommended Windows Power Settings

Optimizing your power settings helps reduce CPU usage when using Livestream Studio. 

 

Go to the Start Menu and navigate to Settings.

Select System.

Select Power & sleep from the navigation menu on the left side.

Click Additional power settings.

Select High performance, then click Change plan settings.

Under Turn off the display and Put the computer to sleep, select Never. Then, click Save changes.

Prevent Windows Automatic Updates

The last thing you want right before or during an event is to be forced to update Windows, which could postpone your setup or interrupt your stream. While there is no way to turn off updates entirely, you can configure Windows settings to run updates only at certain times.

 

Open the Start menu and click the gearwheel to open Settings.

Select Update & security.

Under the Windows Update tab, click Change active hours.

You can choose a 12-hour time range during which Windows will not automatically update. If an update becomes available during that time frame, a notification will appear letting you know that your computer will restart outside of active hours.

If you do see the notification and feel your event is going to run longer, you can select Restart Options and tell Windows when to restart your computer to install updates.

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