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Latest Desktop PCs How-To

  • How-Tos: How to install a virtual machine

    Instead of dual-booting two operating systems, you can run one as a virtual machine. Here we explain how to install a virtual machine in order to run another version of Windows in Windows 7 using the free VirtualBox virtualisation software

  • How-Tos: Why can't I access my NAS device from my Windows 8.1 computer?

    A lot of us have network attached storage (NAS) devices on which we store all our music, videos, photos, and other personal files. It's a central storage location that's accessible to all computers and compatible media streamers on a network if it's set up correctly, and the theory is that you should be able to see your files without any problems from all of your computers.

  • How-Tos: Windows 7 PC won't boot

    A reader wrote in to PC Advisor after being unable to boot his Windows 7 PC and getting the error message 'deleting corrupt attribute records'. Here's how we fixed his problem.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that won't boot

    If your laptop won’t start, don’t panic. Although the problem could be serious, it’s more likely that it’s an issue you can deal with yourself. Here are six tips for fixing a PC that won't boot

  • How-Tos: How to watch Wimbledon 2014 live online

    You can now watch the entire Wimbledon tennis championships from your computer. Here, we show you how to watch Wimbledon 2014 online.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up Windows

    If your PC seems sluggish, you can revive its performance using these simple techniques. Here's how to speed up Windows 7 and other versions.

  • How-Tos: How to format a hard drive in Windows

    There are many reasons why you might want to format a hard drive, including a clean installation of Windows, to get rid of a virus or malware or simply because you're giving the drive to someone else or throwing it away. Here, we'll explain all you need to know to get the job done properly.

  • How-Tos: How to connect three PCs to one monitor

    How to run three PCs via a single monitor using a VGA switch or a KVM switch.

  • How-Tos: How to view Most Recent stories in Facebook's News Feed

    Facebook has always had an annoying tendency to switch the default News Feed view from Most Recent to Top Stories, but recently it became more awkward by moving the Sort by option. Here's how to toggle between Top Stories and Most Recent in your Facebook News Feed.

  • How-Tos: How to set up a new laptop or PC

    Getting a new PC or laptop is great, but setting it up can be a pain. Here we reveal our tips for installing and configuring a new machine in record time. Plus: How to copy your music, documents and photos from your old PC.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up a Mac

    Apple Macs are usually pretty efficient, but a Mac can slow down over time just like any PC. Here we show you how to speed up a Mac.

  • How-Tos: How to clean your PC

    When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard or disinfected your smartphone? Jim Martin explains how to safely sanitise all your gadgets.

  • How-Tos: How to access your PC on your Android smartphone

    Google has made it possible to access your Windows or Mac PC computer on your smartphone. Doing so requires two things: an Android smartphone and the Chrome browser.

  • How-Tos: How to view laptop or PC specs

    How to check the CPU, RAM, OS and graphics card in any Windows or Mac PC or laptop. Here's how to view your laptop's specification.

  • How-Tos: How to save Instagram photos to a laptop or PC

    How to save Instagram photos on a laptop or PC.

  • How-Tos: How to reinstall Windows 8

    If your Windows 8 PC isn't running well you can try the new Refresh feature which cleans up Windows without touching your documents, music, photos and videos. For a proper cleanout and format, you can use the Reset option. Here's how to reinstall Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: PC shuts down unexpectedly

    We show you how to find out why your PC or laptop is shutting down suddenly, and explain some ways to fix it.

  • How-Tos: Windows display looks awful when using Mac

    We explain how to make a monitor look good when in use with both a Windows PC and a Mac.

  • How-Tos: How to check when a laptop was last used

    We show you how to check when your laptop was last used. Plus: when was your PC first used?

  • How-Tos: How to tidy up your PC or laptop

    We show you five simple processes that will make any PC or laptop faster and more efficient. We've explained the tips in detail for Windows computers, but the principles apply to any computer, so if you wanted to tidy up your MacBook Pro or Windows gaming PC: read on.

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