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    Whenever Microsoft releases a new desktop operating system, users inevitably ponder the purchase or assembly of a new system. Although Windows 8’s controversial interface changes and obvious accommodations for mobile hardware may cause die-hard desktop users to approach the new OS with trepidation, Windows 8 offers many enhancements worth an upgrade.

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    You may have heard that Windows 7 widgets and other desktop gadgets could go the way of the Dodo in Windows 8. According to Microsoft, you shouldn't even be using desktop gadgets in Windows 7 or Vista, because nefarious hackers could use them to gain control of your PC. What's a poor, lazy computer user who wants to check CPU usage and local weather at a glance supposed to do?

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    Is your PC running slowly and making a lot of noise? It could be overheating. Our Helproom Editor explains how to deal with an overheating PC.

  • How-Tos: Install an extra hard disk in your PC

    Adding an extra hard disk is one of the easiest upgrades you can perform on a desktop PC. As long as you can wield a screwdriver, you'll have the job done inside half an hour.

  • How-Tos: Install an SSD in your PC

    Improve boot times and speed up your system with a solid-state drive. Orestis Bastounis shows you how to install an SSD as your Windows boot drive.

  • How-Tos: Should I Update My BIOS?

    Rohkai asked the Answer Line forum if a PC's BIOS, like an operating system or an antivirus, should be kept up to date.

  • How-Tos: How to Eliminate Eyestrain From Your Big, Beautiful PC

    Building a desktop computer that's amazing is easy, if a little time-consuming. But even after you’ve stuffed your new system with all the latest hardware, hooked up your cabling, and cleaned off your desk for a giant monitor, you’re not quite done.

  • How-Tos: PC Building Best Practices: Software

    Building a PC is a protracted, multistep process. First you must pick a platform and choose a case to best suit your needs. Then you have to do some research and acquire the individual components. Finally, once you've chosen all of the components, you can begin the actual assembly. See the first installment in this two-part series, "PC Building Best Practices: Hardware," for our complete guide.

  • How-Tos: How to Benchmark Your PC for Free

    Running benchmarks on a PC enables users to evaluate performance, to identify potential bottlenecks, and to choose effective system upgrades. Unfortunately, many users imagine that system performance is simply a matter of CPU frequency or memory capacity, which leads them to think that dropping in a faster CPU or more memory will automatically and immediately yield noticeable performance improvements. In reality, however, that is not always the case.

  • How-Tos: Top Ten Factors for Choosing a Gaming PC

    PC gaming is big again. According to market research firm NPD, the release of Diablo III drove PC game sales up 230 percent in May. That was in a month where overall sales of games dropped by 28 percent. The Gods and Kings expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization V did well in its recent release, too. Even smaller companies, such as Ironclad Games, with its Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, are shipping PC games that garner great reviews and attract new players.

  • How-Tos: How to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games online

    The London 2012 Olympic Games is under way, running until 12 August. As the home broadcaster of the sporting action in the UK, the BBC has pledged to broadcast a staggering 5,000 hours of coverage, utilising all its digital channels. With all that content on offer, you won't want to miss out. Here's how to catch up on-demand or watch live online the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • How-Tos: 10 ways to secure a new PC or laptop

    The joy of owning a new PC can easily turn to heartache should it be compromised by malware or a scam. Here's how to keep a new PC or laptop safe.

  • How-Tos: PC Building Best Practices: Hardware

    We publish a plethora of PC build guides here at PCWorld. In the past few months alone, we've covered how to build a quiet, energy-efficient PC, how to assemble a powerhouse Sandy Bridge-E computer, and how to put together a compact gaming machine and a compact energy-efficient system. All of those articles follow a certain theme and deal with the component selection and performance levels of the systems.

  • How-Tos: How to remotely access a Windows 8 PC

    If you're the family tech expert, you probably tire of travelling up and down the country to troubleshoot one faulty PC or another. Microsoft's brand-new Windows 8 operating system isn't about to make your life any easier, but the Soluto remote-access utility can. We show you how to diagnose and fix a Windows 8 computer from afar.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Euro 2012 online

    The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, aka Euro 2012, kicks off on Friday 8 June and runs until 1 July. Hosted by Poland and Ukraine, UK football fans will be able to get their football fix free through the BBC and ITV. Here, we show you how to watch Euro 2012 online, live or on-demand.

  • How-Tos: How to Edit Office Documents on Your Tablet

    Can a tablet replace your business laptop? Probably, if you're willing to load it up with the right apps. If you're considering carrying an iPad or Android device around instead of your laptop, you're most likely concerned about sacrificing the functionality of a full PC--especially the office software that allows you to view and edit documents.

  • How-Tos: How to personalise a Windows 8 PC

    Here's how you can give a more personal touch to your Windows 8 PC or laptop, using the Windows 8 PC settings.

  • How-Tos: Fix the error message: 'Operating system not found'

    If when you boot your PC you receive the error message 'Operating system not found', it's probable that Windows has lost partition information. Our Helproom Editor explains how to deal with 'Operating system not found'.


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