Windows 10

How to install and activate a new SSD or HDD with Windows 10

The first step is going to plugging your drive into the PC, we’ve popped a quick video at the bottom of this blog from GGPC Instagram showing where the cables usually are for this ūüôā

Once you’ve plugged your new SSD or HDD you’ll need to activate the drive and assign it a name or letter.

The good news is, it’s super easy to do!

With the new storage now installed, turn the PC on and let it boot into windows as normal. The new drive won’t be usable until we activate it.

Press/Click the windows key and type in ‘partition’ then press enter/click

This will make the ‘create and format hard disk partitions’ tool pop up.

You’ll see your new SSD in here but it will be coloured black to indicate it’s not currently active.
Right click on the black drive and select ‘new simple volume’ 
The tool will then pop up, click next to begin!
The first thing it will ask us to do is to specify the volume size

The default number that appears here automatically is the max storage available (yep, 500GB becomes 476B when formatted..) so just go with what pops up and click next.

Now choose a drive letter
Now name your new SSD
All done! Your new SSD will now be usable on your PC.

The same process can be used for all types of storage, HDD and regular SSD too.

GAME ON!

How to Clean Install Windows 10 from USB

For this guide we’re going to be erasing our hard drives, and clean installing our operating system from the Windows 10 Retail Edition USB Kit.

All GGPC systems include a recovery USB, even if the windows is OEM, but if this is missing you can download Windows 10 for free from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15088/windows-10-create-installation-media (you’ll still need your key to activate the licence of course, so we’ve popped guide at the bottom of this page)

Step #1 – Insert the USB Drive into a port on your PC

Step #2 – Turn the PC on and immediately start tapping DEL to enter the BIOS

Step #3 –¬† in the ‘Boot Menu’ (for high end BIOS you might have to click advanced options first) select the ‘USB’ drive as option Boot Option #1. Press F10 to save and exit BIOS.

Step #4 – Reboot

Step #5 – You’ll PC will now boot into the screen shown below, select the 64-Bit option

Step #6 – For New Zealand, change the keyboard option as shown to ‘United States-International’ and leave the language + time and currency as English (United Kingdom)

Step #7 – Click the big ‘install now’ button that has appeared ūüôā

Step #8 – Select ‘I don’t have a product key’

Step #9¬†– Select ‘Windows 10 Home

Step #10 – Once you accept the terms you’ll reach this screen, select ‘Custom: Install Windows Only’

Step #11 – Click delete on all existing partitions, a warning will pop up for each one reminding you that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Step #12 – Now you should only be left with a single option, per drive, that’s says ‘Unallocated space’ – click the one you want to install on to highlight it, then click next.

Step #13 – You’ve done it, now you’re installing Windows on a nice clean drive as though it was a brand new PC.

From this point it’s going to be pretty straight forward, it will progress through the menu then ask to reboot.

IMPORTANT! 

Remember step #1? When the PC reboots it’s going to boot from the USB if that’s still plugged in, so if you find yourself on step #2 or even #3 simple turn off the PC, remove the USB and turn it back on!

Now that you’re back up and running, you’ll need to enter the Windows 10 Key again.

Find Windows 10 Key here, it’s usually here, on the top front corner of the non-windowed panel of your PC.

Or, if it’s a custom creation you designed but we’ve built for you, it could be here, in the accessories box.

Open this up and inside the blue/white box you’ll find a little card with a picture of a key.

To enter it into a system that’s asking for this detail, follow the steps below

Press ‚ÄúSTART‚ÄĚ and type ‚Äúactivate‚ÄĚ

If the screen looks like above, click ‘change product key’ and enter your details from the licence sticker/keycard.

And you’re all done! Windows is activated and ready to customise.

Good Gaming – Halo Wars 2 Blitz BETA

GGPC Halo Wars 2 BETA

For a limited time those fine folks at Microsoft have made the new Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta available to Windows 10 PC users and you can download it now via the Windows Store¬†ūüôā This early access sample gives us a go at a new game mode designed to put players right into the action.

Blitz is a new twist on gameplay that combines card-based strategy with action packed RTS combat. Your card deck is your army in Blitz as you build collections of powerful Halo vehicles and troops and command those units in fast-action battles.

The¬†Halo Wars 2: Blitz Beta is available to try out for yourself until January 30th, you’ll¬†and the full game is set to release February¬†18th in NZ.

We’ve captured a quick round on with our own GTX 1050 Hero Gaming PC so you can check things out, with no bases to produce units in Halo Wars the card system is used to strengthen your armies and the currency drop effectively replaced the traditional resource¬†harvesting we had in games like Star Craft and C&C.