Replacement Cover Disc:

If you require a replacement for your cover disc because it is either damaged or otherwise please submit a request to us.

On this month's Cover Disc

OCT 2015 | ISSUE 243 ON SALE 19TH AUG 2015 | COVER PRICE £5.99

Main Content

iolo System Mechanic 14 : Full program; six-months of updates

System Mechanic 14 uses patented technology to restore speed, power and stability to your PC. It fixes errors, boosts performance, defends against infections, and proactively prevents problems from reoccurring. This allin-
one solution for complete PC optimisation also provides online backup, recovers deleted files, securely wipes data, and includes high-performance triple-certified antivirus protection that won’t slow you down.


  • Boosts Speed
  • Repairs problems
  • Cleans-up & protects privacy
  • Plugs Security Holes


PCA 244 pack shots

Ashampoo Media Sync; full program, worth £20

Don’t spend time hunting down and organising your files manually.Ashampoo Media Sync scans, identifies and automatically organises your media for you into categories – Documents, Music, Pictures, Video

Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro; full program, 90 days of updates

Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro is innovative software that lets users take a screenshot and record anything on their PC screen. With its multiple screenshot/recording modes, rich image editing and sharing options,various output formats and hot keys, users are able to create quick communication via intuitive screenshots and dynamic video guides.

Cover Disc: General FAQ

» My cover disc is missing/damaged.

If your cover disc is missing or damaged then please contact customer services on [email protected] or call 01858 438 867 for a replacement.

» I need help installing software from the cover disc.

Scroll through the PDF document to find detailed information about each application on the disc. There are links to websites for each of the programs and system requirements for the main programs on the disc. If the software on the disc requires a serial number or registration code, there will be a link on the appropriate page. Click the links to register, making sure that you provide a valid email address.

To receive software serial codes from the PC Advisor website, you first need to be a registered user of our site. When you initially register, you will be sent an email containing a confirmation code for your membership. You need to confirm your membership (by clicking the link in the email you receive) and then return to the appropriate product registration page and follow the instructions to get the software code. If you are already a registered user, simply log in and then follow the instructions to obtain the code.

Also included on the cover disc interface are upgrade offers from software developers, where you may be able to purchase the latest versions at a special discounted rate.

Cover Disc: Specific Issue FAQ

May 2012, Issue 202

Uniblue DriverScanner 2012

 online registration is required – please follow the instructions from the DVD interface or click here

November 2011 issue 197

Removal of the Windows install button from cover disc PDF

The Windows installation button from the cover disc PDF will no longer be included on PC Advisor's cover disc's. Users can access all content by following the information provided from the disc interface:

Go to My Computer. Right-click the DVD icon, and open the disc.

Select Files XXX\*software program name* and open the install file

April 2011 issue 189

AVG PC TuneUp 2011

PC Advisor's April  2011 DVD included AVG's PC TuneUp 2011. The version included on the DVD coverdisk is a cut down 'Special Edition' and not a 'Full version' as promoted in the magazine.

The following six features are not available. 

Disaster Recovery feature - File Recovery

Registry Maintenance features - Repair & Defragment

Privacy feature - Erase History

Speed Up Internet features - Automatic & Manual Optimisation

January 2011 issue 186

O & O Media Recovery 4

PC Advisor's January 2011 DVD included O & O's MediaRecovery 4. As stated in the magazine online registration is required. Please click here  to register the full version

Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the installer for Magix Movie Edit Pro Silver 15 is not working. Instead, simply download the file here. It shouldn't take any longer than a few minutes.

Click here to download the Magix Movie Edit Pro Silver 15 installation file

**Download time: 3 minutes**

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and please let us know if we can provide any further assistance.

December 2010 issue 185

Due to a technical error you will not have been able to download Serif PagePlus Starter Edition from latest PC Advisor December 2010 DVD and CD discs. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. However it's really straight forward to download the file, please click here

Serif PagePlus Starter Edition

To download the Serif PagePlus Starter Edition .exe file please click here

**Download time: 2 minutes**

Users that install PagePlus Starter Edition receive one run of the software. 

Upon running the software for a second time, users are required to register the software by telephone (freephone UK) to unable unlimited usage of the program thereafter. Registration is free.  Upon registering the software, an email containing a link to download and install PagePlus Starter Edition Content Pack is automatically sent to the user’s email address.

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