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    One of the key functions of the PC Advisor website is to help technology users. We offer free tech support in the Helproom Forum, and hundreds of technology tutorials both big and small. Search around on PC Advisor and you'll find advice on everything from ultra-techie niche problems, through simple home entertainment setup to tips on keeping your PC in tip-top condition.

  • How-Tos: How to run XP-compatible software in Windows 7

    I'm still using Quicken for my home inventory. Unfortunately, a necessary refresh of Windows 7 has left me with problems reinstalling Quicken. I get the error message: ‘The program cannot load because MFC70.DLL is missing from your computer'. I'm a novice user and would be grateful for any advice you can offer me.

  • How-Tos: How to create a drive partition using Acronis

    It’s a good idea to have more than one partition on your hard drive. This is a virtual division that Windows regards as a separate drive, and can even be reformatted without affecting the remainder of the drive. We show you how using Acronis Disk Director 11 Home.

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    Windows 7 does its best to make backing up your files easy, so there's no excuse for not organising and protecting all your valuable data.

  • How-Tos: How to find Windows Explorer

    Yesterday I explained the existence of Windows Explorer (which is not the same as Internet Explorer, mind you), the Windows file manager that many a novice user has found mysterious, confusing, and just plain hard to find.

  • How-Tos: How to set a second hard drive as your PC's primary drive

    I added a larger hard drive to my PC and installed a second copy of Vista on it. Wanting to remove the old drive, I've changed the boot priority in the Bios. But Windows still looks for it as the primary drive.

  • How-Tos: How to update your PC's BIOS

    Updating your BIOS can cut boot times, fix compatibility issues, and improve overall performance--or brick your system if you do it wrong.

  • How-Tos: How to access the Bios when your PC shows a blank screen

    I'm unable to access the Bios on my Vista PC and instead see a blank screen. I haven't altered any settings, so what could be the problem?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a PC that shuts down without warning

    My Windows 7 64bit desktop PC has started shutting down without warning. Malware scans find nothing and chkdsk is unable to fix the errors that it does find. Short of formatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows, what options do I have?

  • How-Tos: How to fix corrupt DLLs in Windows XP

    I upgraded my Windows XP PC to Service Pack 3 (SP3). Every time I boot up the PC it asks for my SP3 disc so it can copy files to the DLL cache. I no longer have this – what should I do?

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    We show how to build a desktop PC with enough power for typical computing tasks, all for around £350.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a system configuration error

    I've been trying to dual-boot my Windows 7 PC using Acronis Disk Director 11.0. When I rebooted the PC as prompted, I got an error message reporting a missing ‘hal.dll'. Now, when I try to reboot the PC, it tries to install XP and says a system configuration error has occurred

  • How-Tos: How to fix corrupt system files

    I'm unable to access the right-click menu to delete Jpeg photos in Windows XP, although it works with other file formats. A second Administrator account doesn't suffer from the same problem.

  • How-Tos: How to alter the size of icons in Windows XP

    I have a Linx Net-TV box running on Windows XP and connected to a 40in Sony LCD TV via an HDMI cable. Only the 1280x720 setting provides a proportional picture in fullscreen mode when watching BBC iPlayer and similar TV on-demand services, but this creates an oversized display that's awkward to use for other tasks.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a conflict between your Windows Firewall and router

    I purchased Windows 7 online and have since been getting the error message: ‘To run this application you must first install one of the following versions of .Net Framework v4.0.30319'. When I get online, Internet Explorer tells me ‘Windows can't find a computer or device named http'.

  • How-Tos: How to fix problems with your PC's Registry

    I recently used Registry Repair Pro, CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller to clean out my Windows XP PC. But after defragging the Registry my PC doesn't recognise either my internal or external DVD drive – both are marked in Device Manager with a yellow exclamation mark. I also get Windows hardware device error codes 41 and 19. System Restore won't let me go back far enough to undo the damage.

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  • How-Tos: How to fit a hard drive in a SATA drive bay

    My HP dv9700 Vista laptop has a spare SATA drive bay. A 500GB Hitachi drive has been fitted using the correct caddy and connector, but when I reboot the PC, the drive doesn't appear in Computer. When connected using USB it appears as drive F.

  • How-Tos: How to connect a graphics card to your PC's PSU

    QUESTION I bought a Club 3D ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card, but my motherboard doesn't recognise it. When I plug the monitor cable into the graphics card, the screen goes blank; when I put the monitor cable back into the onboard graphics card slot, the screen is fine.

  • How-Tos: How to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium

    I upgraded my HP netbook from Windows 7 Starter Edition to Home Premium. Following a fault, I returned the netbook to HP for repair. It came back fixed, but with the original Starter Edition installed. Can I reinstall my copy of Home Premium using the original activation key?


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