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Technology Tips and News for Busy Professionals

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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 3, Number 2

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

Speed Up Windows by Stripping it Down

 

How to Upgrade to Windows 7

 

Prepare Your PC for Future Data Disasters

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Chrome, Safari Reach Record Browser Share Highs

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Speed Up Windows by Stripping it Down

 

 

Windows has plenty of features that you can turn off to speed things up.  Here's how to find the features you don't need.

Windows can do all sorts of amazing things, some of which you might actually want it to do. Unfortunately, the things you don't want it to do can slow it down. By turning off unnecessary programs, processes, and services, you can unburden Windows and help it live up to its full potential.

Some of the following suggestions may not produce a noticeable improvement in performance individually. But their cumulative effect can be to speed up your system significantly.

You don't have to turn off all of these features, mind you. Most of them are useful--or at least aesthetically pleasing--to some people, but pointless to others. I've tried to provide enough information to enable you to make an informed decision about which ones to keep.

To help you follow my suggestions more easily, I've organized the questionable features in my list by the Windows location where you must go to turn them off. That way, you won't have to visit the Windows Features dialog box, or Services, more than once.

 

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If you have any questions about these features, call us today to talk with one of our Certified Technicians.

 

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How to Upgrade to Windows 7

 

 

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Upgrading your operating system is always fraught with problems and anxiety, and quite often with disaster. But by taking the right precautions, gathering the needed materials, and hoping for the best while preparing for the worst, you can upgrade your PC without losing functionality or gaining gray hairs. I'm here to tell you how.

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Upgrade Advisor: Click for full-size imageThe free Upgrade Advisor utility checks your PC's hardware and software to ensure that they will still work with Windows 7. Since you're reading this, I'll assume you've already made the decision to upgrade, have checked to make sure your hardware is compatible, and have purchased your upgrade. If you haven't yet checked your hardware, download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (as a general rule, if you're running Vista, you probably already have Windows 7-capable hardware).

 

You have one other early decision make: Do you want to upgrade your current Windows installation, or go for a clean, fresh install? The upgrade is certainly easier--your applications, your settings, and your data travel with you, and there's little you have to do after the install itself is complete. After a clean or fresh or (Microsoft's word) custom install, you'll have to set up your users and network, reinstall your drivers and programs, and move your data back into place.

 

A custom install is cleaner than an upgrade. Windows accumulates garbage as you use it, and flushing it out every so often makes sense. So does starting a new version of the OS with a clean slate.

 

If you're currently using XP, the choice has been made for you. The custom install is your only option.

 

These instructions are for both kinds of installs.  I'll let you know when instructions are only for one group or the other.

 

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Need help with upgrading your PC or laptop?  Call us today to talk with one of our Windows 7 professionals.

 

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Prepare Your PC For Future Data Disasters

 

 

 

You've reinstalled Windows and restored your data.  Now learn how to make the restore process smarter, safer, and easier next time.

 

Reformatting and restoring a PC is not fun--in the way spending 2 hours in the dentist's chair is not fun. You have to back up all your data (and pray that you haven't forgotten anything), reformat the hard drive, install Windows, track down missing drivers, find and reload all your software, restore your data, and pull out clumps of hair over the things you inevitably neglected to save. (Firefox plug-ins, anyone?)

 

Definitely not fun--yet it's something that most PC users end up doing at least once. When your machine becomes so sluggish, flaky, malware-infested, or ill-behaved that no optimization utility can help, sometimes the only remedy is a full system-wipe and restore.

 

If you're smart, however, you'll look upon this as an opportunity--not only to return your PC to its former out-of-the-box glory but also to make it better than it was before. I'm talking about implementing a bulletproof backup system to thwart future disasters, organizing your folders and desktop to keep clutter at bay, cutting performance-clogging security software to a bare minimum, and making sure that if you ever need to reformat and restore again, the process will go a lot easier.

 

In other words, you've cleaned house. And now it's time to get that house in order. 

 

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Call us today to talk with one of our IT Professionals to help make this process easier for you.

 

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Rule of Thumb

 

 

 

DO NOT respond to any Facebook messages you receive in an email.  There have been a multitude of attempts, by scammers, to disguise their emails as Facebook friend requests, which are bogus.  Instead, go to Facebook directly to respond to any requests.

 

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NEWS:  Chrome, Safari Reach Record Browser Share Highs

 

 

 

Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari posted record numbers in January while Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) lost ground for the sixth month running, an Internet measurement company said today.

 

Both Chrome and Safari passed major usage share milestones, breaking the 10% and 6% bars, respectively, said Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Net Applications.

Chrome, which has added 5.5 percentage points in the last year, gained just over seven-tenths of a point in January to end the month with 10.7% of the global browser market.

 

Meanwhile, Safari piggybacked on a boost in Mac usage -- last month Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system posted its largest gain since September 2009 -- to climb four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.3%. Safari's January increase was the largest one-month jump since Net Applications began compiling browser statistics.

 

Since the browser usage market is a zero-sum game -- when one browser advances, another has to retreat -- it's no surprise that the long-running trend of IE's decline continued last month.

 

IE lost over a point to end January with a 56% share, a new low. IE has lost six points in the past year, with only two months of gains during that time.

"We're seeing the trend [of IE's decline] continue, but where once the growth went to Firefox, now it goes to Chrome and Safari," said Vince Vizzaccaro, vice president of marketing at Net Applications.

 

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