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End of The Line For Windows XP Is Coming. What Are Your Options?

Baltimore Computer RepairEveryone mark your calendars, Windows famous operating system XP will cease to be supported by Microsoft on April 8th, 2014. What this means is that Microsoft will no longer release patches or provide any public support in anyway. Are you currently running XP? If so then an upgrade might be worth checking into.

There are some strong arguments that upgrading now would be a good idea. Once Windows XP goes unsupported, then it will become a huge security risk that hackers will be able to crack, and Microsoft will do nothing about it. Using XP after it is unsupported will be incredibly risky and could potentially lead to your data being stolen or you computer becoming corrupted.

Another problem will be that 3rd party software will stop being developed for XP. This leads to users not able to use new software since it won’t be properly designed for outdated technology. For instance, the antivirus you use might not be supported since the company that created it won’t feel obligated to continue to support XP.

So you have a Windows XP machine and are looking to upgrade and stick with Windows. You have two options, going with Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows 7 is a fantastic operating system, but is quickly losing market share with retailers who will mainly be carrying Windows 8. Windows 7 is still available, but not on every new computer. Windows 8 is a viable option, but has a steep learning curve to it, especially though who are upgrading from XP.

Or you could choose to do nothing, which is an option, but not recommended, especially if you’re a business owner. Businesses who still use XP should be looking into upgrading Windows and training employees soon. Plus businesses will like that new versions of Windows was programmed with security as the focus, where XP it was more of an afterthought. Many residential homes have multiple computers running older technology. Replacing these machines either outright or with a Windows upgrade could become costly and time consuming. Their are estimated stating that around twenty-five percent of all Windows users will still be on XP.

I recommend people start looking into upgrading soon, either to Windows 7 or Windows 8. of the two options Windows 7 would be an easier transition from XP since Windows 8 carries more of a steep learning curve. Plus they both have their advantages being more reliable, better security, and quite a bit faster. Also, Windows have outlined that they will support these operating systems for many years.

Either you use XP or you know someone that does and knowing this information is important to stay protected with your technology. You still got some time but it’s important to start planning now before your XP machine.

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5 Quick Tips For a Smooth Running Computer

Perry Hall Computer Repair BusinessFive Quick Tips to a Smooth Running PC 

  • Keep all of your working files in one folder. The My Documents folder is offered by Windows expressly for this purpose. The benefits of keeping all your files in one place are multiple. One, you know where all your files are, two, it’s easy to back them all up at once, and three, your machine will run faster.
  •  Don’t put your personal files on the root of the C: drive. If you store a large number of files in the root folder, you could corrupt your disk file table which could lead to a “NTLDR is missing” error message when you boot the computer. Very bad. If you have personal files on the C: drive now, move them to the My Documents folder.
  • Uninstall programs that you are not using. But don’t just delete the program. Remove it correctly! so you won’t cause Windows errors. Go to Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs. Find the program you want to remove in the list, and click the Remove button.
  • If you download a zip file and expand it, delete the original zip file when you are done.

 

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Why You Should Hold Off Upgrading to Windows 8

While Windows 8 was held to be one of Microsoft’s great innovations, here are top 5 reasons it would be a good idea to wait on upgrading.

Learning A Completely New Operating System

This is not like when Windows 7 was released and you upgraded from Windows Vista. This is a Completely New Operating System. That means almost everything has been revamped. You will have to lean how to do everything from the advanced tasks to where the start menu is located.

Start Menu Is Totally Different

The feature most used is the Start Menu. Even that has been moved and redesigned. It is no longer just a small menu that open in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Now it actually takes up the entire screen.

Hardware And Software Compatibility Issues

Windows 8 has been known to have Compatibility Issues with either hardware or software. These are mostly due to drivers not being supported for windows 8.

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It is designed with mainly Touch Screen Computers in mind, which are not very widely used although they are quickly becoming the industry standard. Most people are still using a mouse and keyboard for their input needs. That is why the app based interface known as “Metro” seems to be such a hindrance for the average user.

 

Bugs and Glitches

When a new operating system is release is usually has “bugs” or little glitches that can cause very annoying problems. If you wait to update to Windows 8, the manufacturer usually fixes these issues with the release of a service pack. These issues are already fixed with the current Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

When thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 these are a few things to consider before making that system changing decision.

If you are not ready for a big change in the view and use of your computer system then it benefit you to wait before upgrading to Windows 8. Should you choose to upgrade to Windows 8 I would recommend visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility website to assure a smoother transition to the new operating system.

 

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Don’t Pay For Parental Controls: Introducing Parental Controls Windows 7

Baltimore Computer RepairThere are many programs out there for sale that provide Parental Controls. From standalone applications  to Internet Security Suites that also offer parental controls, but did you know Windows includes parental controls already?

Windows 7 Parental Controls:

To access Parental Controls open the Start Menu and type parental controls into the Search box and hit Enter. When you open Parental Controls, click on the child’s account you want to set up.  Under Parental Controls mark the radio button next to On, enforce current settings. Then you can go through and control their computer time, games, and programs.

Time Limits: Click on Time limits to control when your child has access to the computer. If you want to only allow a few hours each day, it’s easiest to left-click and drag the mouse across all of the time slots to block them. Then allow the time blocks when you want to make the computer available.

Control Programs: If you want to restrict certain programs on the machine, click on Allow and block specified programs then scroll through the list of installed programs and block them.

Control Games: Click on Games to control the type of access your child has to games on the computer. You can completely block all games or select games by ratings and game names. These game ratings are based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

You can also select different game rating systems if it’s more appropriate for your location or if you like a certain system better than another. You can also block games based on the type of content it contains.

The Parental Controls feature is easy to use and helps you administer how your children use the computer. Of course nothing is perfect or foolproof and the Parental Controls won’t replace good old fashioned “real parenting” but it makes it easier.

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Yes, Internet security suites may offer a few more features in their parental controls, but don’t underestimate the parental control options included with Windows 7.

We Fix The $50 Craigslist Repairs!

I am sure if you have been on Craigslist you have seen the ads ” We’ll fix anything for a $45 flat fee! ‘  Or the infamous  “Computer Repair for $25” …..How can this be?

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It can’t! When you see these types of ads on Craigslist or anywhere else, our best advice to you is to move on and keep looking. This type of ad normally indicates that the service provider has little experience, insufficient skills, or is simply somebody who is trying to make an extra buck to supplement their existing income.

Think About It

One service that this is especially true of is virus and spyware removal. It takes HOURS, to completely remove a virus. If someone tells you they can remove your virus simply by running a special software utility, you are being misled or the person simply doesn’t know what they are doing. Viruses leave behind remnants that can only be removed manually and this requires that the technician has advanced skills and knowledge of Windows and all of its components.

When you consider the information above, now ask yourself how someone can provide this service for a flat fee such as $30? It takes several hours alone just to wait while your data is being backed up and then to re-install windows and restore your data after the install is complete. On average it takes us at least 4 hours of labor to clean a customers PC. That breaks down to an hourly rate of a little over $6.50 an hour if you charge $.30 Keep in mind this doesn’t include travel time if provided.

Now ask yourself if this person really has the background and skills that you would want them to have before working on your PC? We don’t think so and we doubt you do either.

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We Fix The $50 Craigslist Repairs!

I am sure if you have been on Craigslist you have seen the ads ” We’ll fix anything for a $45 flat fee! ‘  Or the infamous  “Computer Repair for $25” …..How can this be?

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It can’t! When you see these types of ads on Craigslist or anywhere else, our best advice to you is to move on and keep looking. This type of ad normally indicates that the service provider has little experience, insufficient skills, or is simply somebody who is trying to make an extra buck to supplement their existing income.

Think About It

One service that this is especially true of is virus and spyware removal. It takes HOURS, to completely remove a virus. If someone tells you they can remove your virus simply by running a special software utility, you are being misled or the person simply doesn’t know what they are doing. Viruses leave behind remnants that can only be removed manually and this requires that the technician has advanced skills and knowledge of Windows and all of its components.

When you consider the information above, now ask yourself how someone can provide this service for a flat fee such as $45? It takes several hours alone just to wait while your data is being backed up and then to re-install windows and restore your data after the install is complete. On average it takes us at least 4 hours of labor to clean a customers PC. That breaks down to an hourly rate of a little over $10 an hour if you charge $45. Keep in mind this doesn’t include travel time if provided.

Now ask yourself if this person really has the background and skills that you would want them to have before working on your PC? We don’t think so and we doubt you do either.

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