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Windows 10!

Greetings Earthlings,

While you’ve been lulled into a sense of your computer never changing, Microsoft has decided to shake up your world once again.  Announcing the arrival of Windows version 10 by the end of July.

You might have missed Windows 8, …yawn…, but progress we must and that means a change to what you see on your screen.  Be prepared for a look that’s designed for touch screens.  That probably the most important piece.  In our view, Windows 10 is really the finished product of Windows 8.  What happened to 9?  Microsoft isn’t talking…   Here’s the punchline: Windows 8 looks like your cell phone or tablet.  Icon city.

You can still get all your stuff done.  Heh, and you can clear away all the clutter of “charms” (icons) that continuously remind you of the temperature, last gambling stats on the New York Stock Exchange, what Nike thinks you should be excited about, and even what Beyonce wore last night.

One thing you might notice is that a Windows update is advising you to update to Windows 10.  Will look like a little notice on the lower right of your screen.  Most new computers are coming with free upgrade to 10.  And we’re not sure but if you have 7 or 8, you’ll get  free upgrade too.  Guess they want us to move to it.

So this is mostly an inevitable cosmetic change not to be feared, just like Windows 8.  Just think “touch”.  Will it make you more productive?  Time will tell.

p.s.  Now is a really good time to buy stock in screen cleaners….

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Trust technology, but always verify!

In the computer world, we take to heart a former President’s phrase of “Trust, but verify”.

Too many times we’ve come into situations where computer users believe one thing, but further examination reveals another.

That’s why at Computer Wrangler when we set up backups for instance, we take the time to verify that what’s supposed to be getting backed up is actually getting backed up.  You can pay a zillion dollars for backup but if it’s not selecting the right files, it’s not worth much.  Or that antivirus you paid for, but it’s now a half year out-of-date because it was never activated and your PC is infected.  Perhaps your new, supposedly-fast laptop doesn’t seem much faster than the old one just because one check box wasn’t checked.

We get the big picture, the bonus is we’re also about the details.

That’s why when we troubleshoot any particular issue, we methodically take the time and extra steps to make sure that all will be well when we walk out the door.

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Keep your computers up to speed!

Slow computer? Here are some quick tips to get you speeding along that Information Highway!

  1. Get rid of rogue programs or applications. Maleware, spyware, ransomware, etc. https://www.malwarebytes.org/ Maleware is not classified as a virus, which can spread from computer to computer.  Maleware is not contagious, it is like a sliver.  Painful, but you can’t give it to a family member.
  2. Right click on your recycle bin icon and hit ‘empty recycle bin’.  This also includes emptying your ‘deleted items’ folder in your email,  your junk (spam) folder and your infected items folder.
  3. If your hard disk is really full, your computer will be running really slow.  YOu may need to do some disk cleanup. 10% of disk space should be free.  (check this by looking at ‘computer’ when clicking on start button.  Disk Cleanup do before going to lunch, it could take awhile. To do a disk cleanup, go to (button formerly known as) start menu (like the musician, Prince!), all programs, accessories, system tools, disk cleanup.  This action deletes .tmp files (temporary files), the .chk files (lost file fragments), the tilde files (temporary copy files). *Ccleaner is faster version of disk cleanup, and more effective. http://www.piriform.com/
  4. Your computer can be like a library in a windstorm – pages might get loose in a book and fly all over the library.  This program puts the pages back in the appropriate book. *Defraggler (also found on piriform.org) this runs faster than the disk defragmenter. To do a disk defrag go to start menu, all programs, accessories, system tools, disk defragmenter.
  5. Remove unneeded programs.  Go to the ‘button formerly known as’ the start button  – Control panels, Programs & Features.  Uninstall the programs you no longer use.  Better safe than sorry, if you don’t know what it is, maybe keep it…
  6. Add more RAM.  RAM is the short term memory (do you remember what maleware is from the beginning of my blog?? If not, you need more RAM…) another example – computer not keeping up with your typing speed. Very annoying. *AND/OR – switch your hard drive to a solid state drive!  No moving parts and amazingly faster… Here you may want to enlist our services in transferring your data…

That should do it!  Now you can cruise along at a speed you are happy travelling…

Happy computing!

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