Maximum PC Specials

Maximum PC Specials

Volume 3 2017

This information-packed special issue delivers the hardcore details on all the latest PC hardware and software. It’s loaded with hot hardware, product roundups, lots of lab testing, and hands-on projects to get you started on your own PC experiments.

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windows 10 power tips

Windows 10 may have been with us for a while, but in the last year we have seen the arrival of both the Anniversary Update and the Creators Update. Many loyal Windows users favored Windows 7 over Windows 8, and so Windows 10 sought to pick the best elements of both operating systems and it has won over users with ease. Windows 10 is brimming with settings that can be tweaked, tools that you can use to get a better performance and apps that will make using your PC a lot of fun. In this edition of Windows 10 Power Tips, we will show you everything from installing Windows 10, in-depth tutorials on how to use the Core Tools, and how to customize Windows 10 more to your liking. We…

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get started with windows 10

The fact that Windows 10 was offered as a free download (for the first year, anyway) has helped, but the response to new features such as the return of the Start menu and new Desktop, has also been very positive. If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8 then installing Windows 10 is pretty straightforward, it is available to purchase as a download through the Microsoft website and installing it is very simple thanks to its step-by-step guide. The whole update process can around an hour depending on the age of your computer. Naturaly, some people have been holding back, waiting to upgrade once the new system has clearly proved itself. Whether you’ve been waiting to see how others got on with it before you take the plunge, or whether…

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windows 10: the big new features

1 Start menu Windows 8 introduced a screen full of icons and tiles that looked more tailored to a tablet than a PC, but Windows 10 rolls back to something more usable. If you’ve got a tablet, there’s a whole Tablet Mode too. The Anniversary update in 2016 tweaked the Start menu, all of your installed apps now appear in a list on the left for example. 2 Cortana Microsoft’s digital assistant (a rival to Apple’s Siri) will search for things on your computer and the internet, add events to your calendar. She’s named after a videogame character who blows up a lot of aliens, and while we can’t guarantee she’ll do the same on your PC, she’s a handy addition to your Windows PC all the same. 3 Snapping Windows 10 makes app management…

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installing and reinstalling

“Ideally, your data will reside on a physically separate drive from Windows itself” The chances are that you will have Windows 10 pre-installed when you bought your new PC, but if you’re building a computer from different parts or looking to reinstall the operating system after upgrading the startup disk, you’ll need to install it from a DVD or downloaded disc image. If it’s a fresh system, you’ll need to tinker in the motherboard BIOS to make sure it can boot from DVD or USB, so you can start the install process. A disc image is available from the Microsoft website free of charge – you only pay when the time comes to activate Windows and enter a serial number, once the trial period is up. Downloading the disc image and either burning…

2 Min.
make a backup

Backing up your data is a good thing to do regularly. Electronics aren’t infallible, and you never know when you might find your PC dead one morning, all your precious work and photos trapped on its unresponsive hard drive. Luckily, Microsoft bundles a backup tool, File History, with Windows 10, and while it’s not as complex or fully featured as third-party alternatives, it’s good enough to save your data in the event of a disaster. Here’s how to get started with it… 1 Open Settings In Windows 10, open Settings from the Start menu, then choose Update and Security > Backup. If this is your first backup, then click on Add a Drive to turn on File History and follow the wizard that will guide you through the process. When asked to…

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reinstall or recover?

Sometimes the worst can happen and you’re left with a PC that doesn’t operate well. Whether you know the cause or not, restoring the system back to a point at which it worked, or reinstalling the operating system altogether, can soon have your machine back to its old self. Windows 10 offers you a few options for how you reinstall your OS. If you suspect that it is a newly installed device or application that is causing the problems, you can then use System Restore in order to roll your PC back to a point before you installed the pesky peripheral or program. If, that is, you have enabled it, because Microsoft turns this feature off by default. Just head over to Control Panel rather than Settings, then System and…