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Setting Up Your New CCL Computer

A quick guide to cover some of the common issues with setting up a new computer

Guide to Installing Windows 10

A step by step guide covering the full process of installing Windows 10.

The Complete Computer Assembly Guide

Building your own computer is not only rewarding but it gives you many more options with regards to future upgrades. The best thing about building your own computer is also that it's not as difficult as people may think.

Guide to Installing Windows 8

Whether you're buying a computer without an operating system or reinstalling your existing computer there comes a point in every computers lifetime where it's going to be necessary to perform an installation of Windows.

Guide to Installing Windows 7

Whether you're buying a computer without an operating system or reinstalling your existing computer there comes a point in every computers lifetime where it's going to be necessary to perform an installation of Windows.

Creating a Windows USB Installation Drive

Covering Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8, this guide shows how to create USB installation media for each version of Windows.

Windows 7 - Unable to Download or Install Updates from Windows Update

A quick guide to restore Windows Update in Windows 7 to full functionality.

Windows 10 - Start Menu Not Working

Dan goes through the steps you can take to restore a non working Start Menu in Windows 10

Windows 7 Boot Problem "The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers"

A recent Windows 7 update has left some users unable to start their computer, Dan is on hand with a quick guide to get you up and running again.

Hard drive Capacity - Fomatted Size vs. Advertised Size

A quick guide to cover the difference in the size you'll see when comparing the size of a hard drive in Windows to it's advertised size on the box.

Intel Small Business Advantage

A brief guide into Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) and its software suite.

Getting Online With Your New Computer

A quick guide on how to get your system online and stay protected.

Windows 8 Mail App

How to use and customise the Windows 8 Mail App

Game Console Hard Drive Guide

A brief guide to what works and what doesn't with all the current games consoles - UPDATED December 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Windows 8

The first in a series of guides for new computer owners.

How to manually update a driver in Windows

Ever wanted to know how to update a driver, when you have no installer and just a list of files ?

Christmas Tablet Buyers Guide

Struggling to make heads or tails of the tablet market or just simply looking for help to make your decision easier, check out Tom's guide to tablets

Keyboard Technology Guide

The Ins and Outs of keyboards, broken down and hopefully easy to understand.

How to format a hard drive in Windows

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 covered

Getting the best and most out of the Steam Summer Sale

A quick guide on how best to spend your money in the Steam summer sale

Tech Support Phone Scams on the up

Don't get caught out, follow our and Microsoft's simple advice in this article

Keeping Your Computer Cool: Part Two - CPU Coolers

There are many benefits of a cooler computer such as increasing its lifespan and allowing for higher overclocks, but how can you reduce the temperature of your processor?

Keeping Your Computer Cool: Part One - The Case

There are many benefits of a cooler computer such as increasing its lifespan and allowing for higher overclocks, but how can you reduce your systems temperature?

Configuring Multiple Monitors - AMD Eyefinity (Single GPU)

Having multiple monitors is one of the many benefits of falling monitor prices, as they're becoming more affordable more and more people are opting for multi-monitor gaming.

Configuring Multiple Monitors - NVIDIA Surround (Single GPU)

Having multiple monitors is one of the many benefits of falling monitor prices, as they're becoming more affordable more and more people are opting for multi-monitor gaming

Stay Safe Online: Avoiding Ransomware

The internet is a minefield to those unfamiliar with its trickery and darker sides, but there are ways to stay safer online

Turning your old computer into a home theatre media centre PC using XBMC Part Two

If you have recently purchased a new computer or if you've still got an old one laying around. Don't send it to landfill, install Xbox Media Center on it and give it a new lease of life as a home theatre PC.

Turning your old computer into a home theatre media centre PC using XBMC Part One

If you have recently purchased a new computer or if you've still got an old one laying around. Don't send it to landfill, install Xbox Media Center on it and give it a new lease of life as a home theatre PC.

Turning your old computer into a webserver running XAMPP and installing WordPress Part 2

Just because you have a new computer, it does not mean your old one is redundant. If you've ever wanted to host your own website but the monthly costs have put you off I'm going to show you how easy setting up your own webserver can be.

Turning your old computer into a webserver running XAMPP and installing WordPress Part 1

Just because you have a new computer, it does not mean your old one is redundant. If you've ever wanted to host your own website but the monthly costs have put you off I'm going to show you how easy setting up your own webserver can be.

Creating a Bootable Windows 7 System Repair Disc

Medialess systems are becoming more common, but that doesn't really help in instances where you can't boot into the built in recovery options that Windows has available. Luckily there's a simple way to create a system repair disk to access these tools in such an unfortunate scenario.

The Computer Troubleshooting Guide Part 1: No Display on Boot - Failure to Power On Self-Test (POST)

Troubleshooting computer faults can be laborious and baffling at times, but following a quick series of simple tests they can be easier to diagnose than you may think. Let me show you just how easy troubleshooting a computer fault can be.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 6: Installing a Graphics Card or Any Other Add-in Card

Once you've built your computer you may want to improve or expand it using expansion cards such as graphics cards, WiFi cards, controller cards, etc. they are super simple to fit and in this guide I'll show you how.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 4: How to Fit and Connect an Optical Drive, a Solid State Drive and a Mechanical Hard Drive

Every computer needs a device to boot from whether that's a CDROM, a HDD or an SSD and in this guide I'll show you how easy they are to install. This easy process can also be followed for adding additional drives to your machine.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 5: How to Fit and Connect a Power Supply Unit

Power is essential for every computer and PSUs are very simple to fit, with connectors being specifically moulded for specific applications it's a process that's easier than most people may think.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 3: How to Fit Your Motherboard into Your Case

If you're buying a motherboard bundle or building a system from components, you're going to have to fit the motherboard into the case. Let me show you just how simple installing and fitting your motherboard is in this short handy guide.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 2: Memory Installation & Fitting

RAM is the simplest component to fit in my opinion and in this handy little guide I'll show you just how easy it is.

Computer Assembly Guide Part 1: How to Install a CPU and Cooler

If you're looking to build your own computer one of the first steps is installing the CPU and cooler. If this is a task you haven't undertaken before, let me show you just how simple it is in this guide.

Laptop Memory Upgrade Guide

Ever wanted to increase the performance of your laptop with a simple and easy to perform memory upgrade? Let Steve show you how in this step by step guide.

How to Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 with a USB Stick

No optical drive? No problem, Mathew shows you how easy installation via a USB is in this handy guide.

The laptop Christmas gift buying guide 2012

If you are stuck for a present this Christmas there is still time to order from CCL, here are some of our best laptop offers this Christmas

Operating System Buying Guide

This updated and improved guide covers all the major operating systems including the newly released Microsoft Windows 8 & Google's Chrome OS

Do floppy disk drives still have a place in a modern PC?

The essential question on everyone's lips this year. Or maybe not!

Installing and Configuring Microsoft Security Essentials

Stay safe while browsing online.

Kingston HyperX 3K SSD

Kingston's HyperX 3K SSD delivers high-speed SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) performance.

Kingston Hyper X Predator

Kingston HyperX Predator memory features fast speeds, low latencies and high capacities.

Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0

DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB Flash drive combines extreme speed with high capacity.

Kingston Hyper X Genesis

Kingston's HyperX Genesis sets the standard in high-performance memory.

What is overclocking your CPU all about?

This guide briefly touches on what CPU overclocking is, what the benefits are and some of the potential risks, if you have heard overclocking being mentioned but never quite understood what it was then this is a great place to start your research

CCL Guide: Updating NVIDIA Display Drivers

CCL-Tech's newest author Josh takes us through updating our drivers for our NVIDIA based graphics cards.

So you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8

A detailed run down of what changes you can expect moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

Building Your Own System - Component Compatibility Guide

Martin walks us through checking compatibility when looking to build our own systems, it's not as scary as you may think.

Wii U Launch & Prices, what you need to know.

Nintendos latests hardware is on the horizon, here is everything you need to know.

PC Maintenance, a Beginners Guide

When was the last time you cleaned inside your PC?

Why Buy an NVIDIA Powered Laptop Computer?

Tom gives us some of the beneficial features of using NVIDIA products and the impact they have on mobile computing

3D Gaming - The Cheap Way

Martin tries to wet our palate and tempt us with 3D in a fairly in expensive way

How To: SSD Optimisation - Moving the location of Windows User folders in Windows 7

One easy change to make to Windows when optimising your install after upgrading to an SSD is changing the default location of the Windows User folders to your mechanical drive. This simple guide shows you how.

CCL Guide: How to upgrade a laptop HDD to a SSD

In this short video Steve shows you just how easy installing a SSD in your laptop really is

Future Proofing - A Valid Concept?

Our newest writer Martin Castaldo gives our readers his view on future proofing