PC World November 2006 Contents

In the November 2006 issue of PC World, available now:

What's On the DVD

Cover Story

Ultimate PC Power Boost

We show you step-by-step how to upgrade your PC; from the latest in dual-core CPUs, memory and graphics cards, and hard drives.

Motherboard Mania!

In the test centre: we review the latest motherboards for performance and reliability.

Super-fast Wi-Fi

Pre-802.11n gear is out now, but our tests reveal mixed results for speed and performance.

Avoid Tech Travel Hell

Here's how to fly in an age of uncertainty with an arsenal of electronics.

Store it on the Web

PC World takes a look at 15 free and low-cost Web-based storage services.

Broadband Power!

Broadband over power lines explained, plus exclusive first test of BPL gear.


Industry news -- Important issues and events in the world of IT.
Quick takes -- Previewing the hottest new high tech each month.

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes

      First Looks

      • MP3 Creative Zen V Plus
      • HARD DRIVE Western Digital My Book Premium Edition 500GB
      • GRAPHICS CARD Innovision GeForce 7950GX2
      • PC Altech Nano Box-VX Mini PC
      • LCD MONITOR Chi Mei CMV938D
      • PRINTERS Canon PIXMA iP6700D; HP Laserjet 2605dtn;
      • NOTEBOOKS ASUS VX1 Lamborghini; BenQ S73G V41
      • PCs PC West Elite; Compaq Presario SR1990AN
      • PROJECTORS Casio Super Slim Projector XJ-S35 ADSL2+ ROUTER ZyXEL P-660HW
      • SPECIAL REPORT CORE 2 DUO NOTEBOOKS ASUS A8JP; Pioneer Power M57U; Toshiba Portege M400


      • SEARCH TOOL Webaroo Wikipedia DATABASE Filemaker Pro 8.5
      • WEB SPREADSHEET Num Sum (Beta); iRows; Google Spreadsheet (Beta)
      • OPTICAL RECOGNITION IRIS Readiris Pro 11
      • VOICE RECOGNITION Dragon NaturallySpeaking

      Here's How

      • Helpscreen: Your PC questions answered
      • Hassle-Free PC: More hassles fixed by Steve Bass
      • Bugs & Fixes: USB drives recalled, Powerpoint hacked
      • Windows: User accounts and damage limitation
      • Office: Zip files and working with others
      • Imaging: Is it all over for JPEG files?
      • Video: Fishtanks, pantyhose and tablecloths
      • Networking: Know your networking gear
      • Linux: Swimming with Dapper Drake

      Page Break

      November DVD

      EXCLUSIVE TRIAL: Kaspersky Internet Security 6

      FREE FULL VERSION: Muvee autoProducer 4.1CE

      FREE FULL VERSION: Clickart Fonts 2

      FREE FULL VERSION: Ashampoo Firewall

      FREE FULL game: F.E.A.R Combat

      LIVE LINUX CD: Knoppix 5

      HERE'S HOW FLASH TUTORIALS: 15 free Flash walkthroughs that show you how to take control of various aspects of your Windows OS.

      TUNE UP YOUR PC: This month we have the tools to get your PC running the way you want, from updating and controlling your graphics card to freeing up your memory.

      BEST BUY REVIEWS: ADSL2 modems, DVD burners, Graphics cards, Media centre PCs, Notebooks, PCs, TV tuner cards, Projectors and Wireless routers.

      NETWORK: Net Traffic Meter, PuTTY, UltraVNC

      FEATURES: FreeRAM XP Pro, Process Explorer, Sandra 2007 Lite

      SECURITY: Avast! Virus Cleaner, Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4, FraudEliminator 2.4

      AUDIO/VIDEO: Audacity 1.2.4b, Audiograbber 1.83, DivX 6.3, Jet Audio 6.2.6, Juice 2.2, Kristal, MediaCoder, QuickTime 7.1, RealPlayer 10, SharePod 2, Videora iPod Converter, Windows Media Player 10

      ESSENTIALS: Adobe Reader 7.0.8, DeepBurner 1.8, IZArc ZIP 3.5, OpenOffice 2.0.3, PDF Creator, SyncBack 3.2.12

      GRAPHICS APPLICATIONS: AMP Font Viewer 3.70, ScreenHunter 4, The Gimp 2.2.13

      LINUX: Firefox 1.5, Gaim 1.5.0, Thunderbird 1.5

      INTERNET TOOLS: AI Roboform 6.7.8, Azureus 2.5, Buyertools Reminder 1.5, Free Download Manager 2.1, Gmail Drive, Pluck 2, FeedReader 3.05, Skype 2.5

      WEB DEVELOPMENT: First Page 2006, Listmessenger Light 2, MySQL Administrator 1.1.9, Nucleus CMS, PHP 5.1.4 Installer, phpAdsNew 2.0.8, phpBB, Web CEO 6, Xenu Link Sleuth

      WEB BROWSERS: Firefox 1.5, Netscape 8.1, Opera 9, Internet Explorer 6 SP1, Mozilla 1.7.13

      HELPSCREEN & HERE'S HOW: SysProtect remover, Bart PE, ClipMate Trial, Control Runner Trial, Flash Player, Lookout for Outlook, NTAccess Trial, OpenOffice2.0.3, Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4, VirtualEarth Plugin

      DIAGNOSE, RECOVER & REPAIR: CDCheck 3.1.12, DriveImage XML 1.18, Partition Logic 0.62, PC Inspector File Recovery 4, PC Wizard 2006, Startup Control Panel, Windows Boot Files

      PATCHES & UPDATES: ATI Radeon CATALYST 6.8, NVIDIA ForceWare 91.47, Ad-Aware Definitions Update, Avast! 4.7 Definitions Update, Norton Antivirus Definitions UPdate, Spybot S&D Definitions Update, .NET Framework Runtime 2.0, Direct X 9.0c, Nero Update, Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.5, Visual Basic Runtime Files