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New Year, New Broom

New Year, New Broom

So, what’s all that got to do with computers then? Well you’d be amazed how many people still have old Windows XP and Windows Vista PCs & laptops that they don’t want to replace because they “only use them for email and a bit of internet … just a glorified typewriter really”. Now, just to put you in the picture, Windows XP was retired by Microsoft some years ago and most software and anti-virus companies have ceased supporting both operating systems at the same time. These machines are now in their twilight years being over 10 years old and really ought to get replaced.

Not that I should complain as they keep going wrong and I keep fixing them … it’s all good business but there is a risk in all of this. These older operating systems are no longer receiving updates that keep you secure in a challenging on-line world, nor are they supported by most of the anti-virus companies, and the only remaining supported browser is Mozilla Firefox! That means your computer will be more susceptible to hackers and other scammers, who could exploit bugs that Microsoft is no longer fixing to gain access to your machine and steal your personal information. The final nail in the coffin is that if you have to replace your printer, most new ones aren’t supported either. Like it or not, you will eventually have to bite-the-bullet and upgrade.

That is not really as life-changing as it may seem as despite the bad press around Windows 10, its much better than Vista and Windows 8, that were never popular, furthermore, we can make Windows 10 look much like your existing setup and most of your programs like Word and Excel, along with email and internet browsing, will look very similar. All of your data is transferrable along with your email history and address book, so there is little to worry about … just do it!

New laptops and desktop PCs are relatively cheap today compared to 10 years ago and you get a lot more for your money; I think you’ll pleasantly surprised by the speed improvements.

As always, if you need help with this or any other related technology, you know where to come!

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Added: 12th January 2018

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