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A Month After Microsoft’s Windows 10 Release

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

It’s been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10 and we, your PC Magicians at CET, have been pleasantly surprised. Yes, there have been some hiccups but that’s kind of expected with a major operating system release, just ask Apple and all those Mac users to reflect on last year’s Yosemite release.
As expected, when impatience users attempt their own upgrades, there can be “heck to pay”. Remember that the upgrade will probably take significantly more time than the time it takes to watch a half hour episode of “The Big Bang Theory”. Also be aware that during the upgrade, your system may restart several times and could display a black screen with no indication of the system running for fifteen minutes or so – do not shutdown the system during this period. In fact, if you get anxious in any way, you shouldn’t watch the upgrade proceed at all – walk away and go watch “The Matrix” or something.
Another issue that we have seen at CET is that video drivers, particularly on HP systems running Intel HD graphics, can become corrupted during the upgrade. If you’re having issues after the upgrade, check with your manufacturer to get updated drivers.
Not everything is rainbows and unicorns, of course. We have also seen issues with folders being marked as Read-Only following the upgrade but simply changing the folder attributes will resolve this issue.
One of the nice things we’ve found is that – if you’re unhappy with your Windows 10 upgrade – you have the option to go back to your Windows 7 or Windows 8 (or 8.1) operating system. We have tried this on several systems and it works well – but should be done within the magical 30-day window.
We’ll keep an eye on Windows 10 as the system updates progress and keep you updated on the positives and negatives as we see them.

The Next Windows “End of Life” Issue

Monday, May 26th, 2014

As you know, Microsoft stopped providing support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 last month and, while it has been a challenge (and still is for some), most people have accepted it and moved own. Windows 8.1 was a good fit for most of the old Windows XP systems and functions pretty well on them. Windows Vista is scheduled to be supported until 2017 so no issues there yet – besides, most Vista users have already moved on. However, the next big “End of Life” issue (just over the horizon) will be for small businesses – Windows Server 2003 gets axed by Microsoft next year, July 2015. One of the most unfortunate issues with this revelation is that many of the existing Windows 2003 servers owned by small businesses will not support the current server operating system offerings. If nothing is done, many small businesses may be forced to eliminate their servers and Microsoft Exchange in the process and have to find other options. The cost of a new server can run upwards of $2500 – not a bill that struggling small businesses seeing more regulation and cost heaped upon them can easily absorb. Only time will tell if Microsoft stays on top of their game and offers small businesses an out with something like Windows 8.1 which works well on most Windows XP systems. Until then, small businesses with servers need to start looking at their options.

The End is Here!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It has been reported that 30% of the PCs in the United States are still running Windows XP! The end is near! In fact, tomorrow Microsoft ends support of one of the most beloved operating systems ever produced. So what does that mean to you?

1. Software updates for Windows XP will no longer be available.
2. No new Microsoft security updates will be released to help protect your Windows XP computer from viruses, spyware or hackers.
3. Microsoft’s Security Essentials antivirus software will no longer be available for download for Windows XP systems.
4. Your Windows XP computer may not be compatible with new hardware devices or applications.
5. There will be no more Windows XP reliability or performance updates.

Unfortunately, not all Windows XP systems can be upgraded to Windows 8 – but at CET, we can help you find a solution whether it is a Windows 8 upgrade or a Linux solution or a brand new custom built system. We’re here to help!