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Latest PC Upgrades How-To

  • How-Tos: Don't update one motherboard BIOS with another's BIOS file

    Two motherboards may be very similar, but it doesn’t take much difference to render their BIOS files incompatible with one another. Here's why you shouldn't update one motherboard BIOS with a different motherboard's BIOS file.

  • 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: Use IDE drive in PC with SATA connectors

    How to use IDE drives in a PC or laptop with only SATA connectors.

  • 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: What is the ideal CPU temperature?

    We explain the acceptable temperature range for CPUs in laptops and PCs, and how you can monitor your processor to check if it’s getting too hot.

  • How-Tos: Problems with OptionRom

    One reader found that his PC wasn't able to boot in UEFI mode. He kept getting the error message: 'OptionRom Authenticate fail'. It turned out his graphics card isn't compatible with UEFI booting. Here's how to deal with problems with OptionRom.

  • How-Tos: How to safely import a dynamic disk

    How to safely import a dynamic disk and its data to a new PC or laptop

  • How-Tos: Improve graphics card performance

    How to make sure you get a noticeable improvement in graphics performance when you upgrade the graphics card in your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: Test the memory in your PC or laptop

    We show you how to check that the memory installed in your PC or laptop is working correctly. Here's how to find out if your RAM is faulty.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade your graphics card

    Turn your humble PC into a games machine at a fraction of the price of a next-gen console. Here's how to fit a more powerful graphics card.

  • How-Tos: How to check your CPU temperature

    We explain how to use the free SpeedFan utility to check your CPU temperature, as well as other temperatures in your PC and monitor fan speeds.

  • How-Tos: Should I boost my PC's memory?

    Will more RAM speed up your PC? We explain how to boost your PC's speed by increasing the installed memory.

  • How-Tos: Fix power surge damage to PC

    How to check your PC for damage after a power surge. How to fix your PC after a power surge.

  • How-Tos: How to slave a SATA drive

    Want to add storage to your PC using a second SATA hard drive, or install a new SSD and make your old SATA drive the 'slave'? We explain everything you need to know.

  • How-Tos: How to speed up a computer

    We show you how to speed up a PC or speed up a laptop. Free software tweaks to speed up Windows, and the best hardware upgrades to boost your PC or laptop.

  • How-Tos: Add a touchscreen monitor to your Windows 8 PC

    Running at a full HD resolution of 1920 x1080 the Dell S2340T is pin sharp and offers superb colour accuracy

  • How-Tos: Connect Bluetooth keyboard to Android

    It's a question we've been asked several times: can you use a PC Bluetooth keyboard on an Android smartphone or tablet? Here we show you how to use a Bluetooth keyboard with Android.

  • How-Tos: How to install a new CPU cooler – step by step

    If your PC quite literally never fails to make itself heard, you might want to take a look at the usual suspect for persistent fan noise: Your CPU cooler. Here's a detailed, visual guide on how to replace it with something better.

  • How-Tos: Speed up your PC with an SSD – and the right tweaks

    If you are still using a conventional hard drive, there has never been a better time to upgrade. Prices for SSDs have finally dropped to under £1 per Gigabyte, making them one of the best hardware investments at your disposal. In this How-To, we'll tell you how to prepare and what to keep in mind for the upgrade to an SSD.

  • How-Tos: How to install a Windows 8 upgrade on an empty hard drive

    If you have bought the Windows 8 upgrade, you will need at least Windows XP to apply it. What seems like a small nuisance at first, can quickly get bothersome and time-consuming if you tend to reinstall Windows at a regular basis. Here’s how you can install the upgrade without any previous versions whatsoever.

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