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  • Geebo 8:07 am on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Windows 10, windows 7   

    Windows 7 is no longer supported, what should you do? 

    Windows 7 is no longer supported, what should you do?

    As of today, January 14th, 2020, the Windows 7 operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft. This means that as of today, Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates for Windows 7 as the operating system has reached its end of life. If you currently have a computer that runs Windows 7, you could be vulnerable to malicious attacks. Not only that but you could also leave any other computer connected to your network vulnerable to attack. In short, if your Windows 7 computer is currently connected to the internet, your data and information are at great risk. So let’s discuss what you can do to correct that.

    The first thing you want to do is back up all your data. Most security experts recommend the 3-2-1 method. That means make 3 backups on 2 different forms of media with at least 1 copy kept offsite. The easiest way to proceed from here would be to purchase a new copy of Windows 10 for over $100. That’s as long as you don’t have an older computer that doesn’t meet the requirements to run Windows 10. Microsoft says that no computer over 3 years old should install windows 10, however, Windows 10 has been known to run on older computers. A good rule of thumb may be to only install Windows 10 on a computer that had Windows 7 or 8 pre-installed.

    But if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money to upgrade to Windows 10 there is an unofficial way to get the update for free. While Microsoft isn’t advertising this method, they’re not discouraging it either. The steps for that process can be found at this link and they’re not as hard as they may seem. Be warned that this isn’t a guaranteed method for everyone.

    If your computer is not capable of running Windows 10 all is not lost. There are a number of free operating systems that fall under the Linux umbrella that should be able to be installed on your computer. If you want one that resembles Windows 7 there is a Linux distribution, or distro for short, known as Zorin OS. They have instructions on how to install their system on your computer. One of the benefits of using Linux over Windows is that Linux is more secure. While Linux does not run Windows programs natively there are many Linux versions of your favorite apps. There are also Linux alternatives for most of your favorite Windows apps.

    Just remember to back up all of your data before attempting any of these upgrades or changes.

     
  • Geebo 10:00 am on November 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activation bug, Windows 10   

    Your Windows 10 Pro license is just fine 

    Your Windows 10 Pro license is just fine

    I’ve been a big fan of Windows 10 since it first rolled out to consumers. While Windows 7 had its advantages, I felt Windows 10 was the better operating system since it ran better on the older hardware that I had. That was until yesterday when an older laptop of mine told me that my installation of Windows 10 could not be activated. When I ran the activation troubleshooter I was told that I had Windows 10 Pro was installed on my machine but my license was for Windows 10 Home. I figured this had something to do with some new hardware I installed on my older laptop so I did a fresh install of Windows 10 Home on my laptop. As it turns out you don’t have to do that.

    If in the past day or so you’ve got the message that your Windows 10 Pro installation needs to be activated you can ignore that message for now. Your Windows license is actually fine, it’s Microsoft that’s having the problem. Many tech outlets are reporting that Microsoft is having an issue with their activation servers which is causing this bug for some Windows 10 Pro users. Reportedly, the bug mostly affects users who had upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 while Microsoft was offering the free upgrade to Windows 10.

    Normally, when Windows says it needs to be activated the OS will give you 30 days to obtain a valid license. Hopefully, Microsoft won’t take this long in fixing this latest Windows 10 bug. It is a possibility since Microsoft still hasn’t fixed their previous bug which saw files being deleted with the October Update of Windows 10. That update has been pushed back because of that bug and has not yet been fixed.

    Most consumers probably won’t even see this latest bug since Windows Pro, as the name implies, is designed more for professional users, however. Pro users really do rely on those extra security and remote desktop features. So for now, if you received the activation warning, hold tight and hopefully, Microsoft will have the problem fixed shortly. Although, you may not want to hold your breath in the meantime.

     
  • Geebo 9:57 am on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Windows 10   

    Time running out for free Windows 10 upgrade 

    Time running out for free Windows 10 upgrade

    If you’re currently running Windows 7 or 8 on your laptop or pc, and you’ve been on the fence about upgrading to Windows 10, you may want to make your mind up pretty soon. This Friday, July 29th, 2016, will be the last day you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. If you want to upgrade after the 29th, it will cost you roughly $120. Conversely, if you don’t plan on upgrading maybe Microsoft will finally stop with their constant ‘encouragement’ to upgrade.

    I personally Like Windows 10. I was a Windows 7 holdout for the longest time, then I bought a low powered Cloudbook, the Windows version of a Chromebook, that came with Windows 10 and I was hooked. I think that Windows 10 runs better on lower powered hardware than Windows 7 did and it corrects all the problems that Windows 8 had.

    The upgrade has not been without its problems though. There have been stories of the upgrade going wrong for some people. Because of that I can’t stress enough to make backups of all your important data before upgrading. As a matter of fact I would make two backups of your data before upgrading.

    Lastly, if you upgrade and then you decide Windows 10 isn’t for you, you can quickly revert back to your previous versions of Windows.

     
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