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  • How-Tos: How to get more from a quad-core PC

    QUESTION My Windows 7 Home Premium computer has a quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. I’ve not found any advantage to using four cores. How can I use the processor more effectively and allocate different processes to the individual cores?

  • How-Tos: How to set your PC's default search engine & web browser

    I recently installed the free email client Incredimail. It works fine but, on downloading an update, it has taken over Google Chrome, Firefox and my other internet browsers. When I try to open them via their desktop shortcut icons or the Programs menu, up pops the My Start by Incredimail page and a message stating that what I’ve tried to open isn’t my default browser. Clicking on ‘Make this my default browser’ doesn’t change things.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your PC to run cooler and quieter

    We demonstrate how to upgrade a PC for super-silent, energy-efficient, ice-cool performance

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 on a Vista laptop

    I’m about to replace my Vista Home Premium laptop with one running Windows 7. I’ll be passing on my old laptop to my son, but I’d like to install Windows 7 on his laptop too. Can I purchase an upgrade version, and will I lose any programs or other files in doing so? What’s my best (cheapest) option?

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 1 - choosing your components

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 4 - how to add RAM and cards

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 6 - how to insert the drives

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider. There's also a video version of this tutorial for you to watch for further instruction.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 3 - how to install the CPU

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 2 - how to install a motherboard

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 7 - how to configure the BIOS

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider. There's also a video version of this tutorial for you to watch for further instruction.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC: Part 5 - how to connect the PSU

    When it comes to choosing a PC, you probably head straight to an online or high-street retailer. But why not consider building it yourself? We've put together a step-by-step guide covering every aspect you need to consider. There's also a video version of this tutorial for you to watch for further instruction.

  • How-Tos: How to replace a corrupt Windows system file

    My Windows XP-based AMD PC has a corrupt usbehci.sys file and I can’t get the USB port to work. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver and rebooting the PC. The driver installs but the port still refuses to work. Windows reports that it can’t find a better match for the hardware. Aside from a message that the driver isn’t Windows XP logo-certified, I can find no obvious cause.

  • How-Tos: How to fix folder view in Windows Vista 64-bit

    I can’t view folders properly on my Windows Vista 64bit PC. I set the folders to show the view and icon size I wanted, then clicked 'Apply to Folders', ticked the 'Remember each folder's view settings' option and checked that 'Restore previous folder windows at logon' wasn’t selected. But Windows is unable to remember my settings. I don’t have this problem with my Vista 32bit PC.

  • How-Tos: How to create and manage System Restore points

    PC Advisor explains how to roll back your PC to a ‘happier’ time when things go wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC, Part 7: First boot and the Bios

    We walk you through your PC's Bios configuration

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC, Part 6: Hard disk and optical drives

    We demonstrate how to install your PC's hard disk and optical drives

  • How-Tos: How to build a PC, Part 5: Power supply

    We demonstrate how to connect your PSU

  • How-Tos: How to overclock a PC

    Overclocking your processor can give your PC a significant speed boost--but you have to be careful. Here's how to overclock your system's processor without frying it

  • How-Tos: How to get your PC ready for Windows 7

    Windows 7 , Microsoft's latest PC operating system, has proven popular. A stable, good looking OS with a host of bells and whistles. But if you're thinking of taking the plunge, there are seven things you should consider before you download and install Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 quickly and easily

    Installing Windows 7 should be an easy process, but isn't always. Here's how to take some of the pain out of the upgrades process by locating your data in the correct place.


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